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Family Day at Stahls’ UK and Stahls’ TV Feedback from Mexico!

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On Saturday 30th August, Target Transfers (Stahls' UK) held a “Stahls' Family Fun Day”.  Over 60 members of staff and family members started the day at the factory in Braintree, England. After a tour of the facilities,  everyone was given their own t-shirt which they helped print on the spot and wear on the day, proving a great memento of the day! Afterwards, they went to Britain’s premier Karting Club in Essex and their families had a choice of events throughout, including adult and junior Grand Prix racing, Laser Combat sessions, Crazy Golf. Every child attending was awarded their own trophy causing great excitement and a sense of achievement as well as a heavily populated Winners Podium at the end of the day Presentations. The adults Grand Prix was a VERY competitive event and a closely run result, the overall champion being Blair Burrows (Studio Technician), runner up Ian Daniels (the husband of our Financial Controller, Nikki Daniels) and in third place Ian Clark (Printer). A lunch time BBQ re-charged the batteries in time for an afternoon session of Laser Combat and the Junior Grand Prix races.

On Saturday 30th August, Target Transfers (Stahls’ UK) held a “Stahls’ Family Fun Day”. Over 60 members of staff and family members started the day at the factory in Braintree, England. After a tour of the facilities, everyone was given their own t-shirt which they helped print on the spot and wear on the day, proving a great memento of the day!
Afterwards, they went to Britain’s premier Karting Club in Essex, for racing, mini-golf and other fun events.

We hope everyone had a very relaxing Labor Day weekend. (Team members at Target Transfers, or STAHLS’ UK, had their Family Fun Day, see photo.) Now it’s time to get ready for the business of September. Always a busy month for most garment decorators, with fall sports, schools back in session and pre-planning for upcoming fall and winter holidays. Yes, we won’t say it but it’s almost that time of year again!  We’re happy to report that we are getting very positive feedback from our ongoing Stahls’ TV series. Here’s what one participant had to say in a letter to Josh Ellsworth: (Don’t forget to pencil in upcoming September, October and November dates) Yes, you can learn about heat printing from the comfort of your home or office, like our friend Dave here:

STAHLS’ TV Feedback Dear Josh: Good morning…..from a very sunny and warm Puerto Vallarta!  It feels this week like I have been in Stahl’s University!!  I’ve attended so many webinars this week and will attend the one later today.  All have been really great especially the CadWorx one you did on Wednesday.  I was able to follow along on the desktop computer while watching the presentation on the laptop!  I’m getting pretty good with CadWorx now…..and updated to the new version as well.  Sadly, now I’m not able to use Vector Cut for some reason again….I had it working with my Summa cutter for a long time and with the update something has changed.  I’ve sent a note to the support group so I’ll see what happens.  I can still cut with Corel Draw but Vector Cut is so much easier to use and cuts directly from CadWorx. I’ve attached a photo of Courtney doing the webinar on Tuesday…..I was able to get the feed from my laptop to the 60″ TV in the living room……nice to sit in my comfy chair and just soak up the information! Thanks again for yours and Stahl’s commitment to education for your products.  I feel so much more confident in my t-shirt business knowing there is support for my learning. Take care…and keep up the good work!!  Dave

Dave, a Stahls' TV participant, sent this screen shot of Courtney from a recent online seminar.

Dave, a Stahls’ TV participant, sent this screen shot of Courtney from a recent online seminar.

Stahls’ Manufacturing and Engineering Ice Bucket Challenge

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After being challenged by Daniel Stahl and Jan Starr in the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Brian Elliott and the team members at Stahls’ MEC or Stahls‘ Manufacturing and Engineering Center located in Chesterfield, Michigan, responded. The video speaks for itself. Thanks to everyone who participated to help raise money for ALS. Hope you are keeping cool this Labor Day Weekend! This is one way to do it!

Back to School Promotional Items

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In addition to the traditional t-shirt, freshman at NYU could pick up everything from highlighters and water bottles to pens, magnets and tote bags.

In addition to the traditional t-shirt, freshman at NYU could pick up everything from highlighters and water bottles to pens, magnets and tote bags.

Dropping off a college student this past week? Between the multiple runs to Bed Bath and Beyond and the tears, you may have noticed an abundance of promotional items. A Stahls’ team member sent me these photos taken at move-in day at New York University, where there was no lack of school pride. In addition to the t-shirts and banners, there was just about every kind of logoed item you could imagine a student would want. I especially liked the use of the same design done in different colors. A great way to get more mileage out of your artwork. Good luck to all the students starting school this fall and a safe and (hopefully) sunny Labor Day Weekend to everyone.

This shirt was worn by volunteers who were on hand to help with moving in.

This shirt was worn by volunteers who were on hand to help with moving in.

Same design, different color.

Same design, different color.

Printed on the back of all the shirts. Great idea.

Printed on the back of all the shirts. Great idea.

Team Stahls’ Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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As part of a world-wide social media challenge that hopes to rid the world of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, we were nominated by The Rhinestone World in Bradenton, Florida to take the #ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what the ice bucket challenge is,  you can read all about how it works by clicking here: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In a nutshell it’s a creative social media challenge designed to raise awareness and funding to support the mission of the ALS Association, which is: Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. 

Special thanks to the over 100 members of Team Stahls’ located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan who stepped up to get drenched last Friday. For everyone who dared to get wet, there was also a monetary donation made to ALSA. Our son Daniel, who helped organize the event, nominated fellow team members at  Transfer Express, Great Dane Graphics, Brian Elliott and Rick Genrich at Stahls’ MEC and Sean at The Wildside. Watch till the end to see the creative way in which he nominates them. Well done everyone. We are looking forward to a world without ALS.

Two Design Ideas to Consider For Fall

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The mosaic floor tile pattern that surrounds the traditional interlocking letters on the new alternate Notre Dame jersey designed by UnderArmour is a trend that you can reinterpret with your own custom patterns and school letters. I'm not encouraging you to copy this design but to use it as inspiration for your own original looks.

The mosaic floor tile pattern that surrounds the traditional interlocking letters on the new alternate Notre Dame jersey designed by UnderArmour is a trend that you can reinterpret with your own custom patterns and school letters. I’m not encouraging you to copy this design but to use it as inspiration for your own original looks.

Did you see that Notre Dame recently revealed their new football uniforms, designed by UnderArmour? It was the alternate jersey that caught my attention, thanks to the incorporation of  two design trends we’ve been seeing. Think about incorporating these two design ideas for your team and fan wear this fall.

1. Use a pattern to spice up a standard logo. Turn your traditional logos  into works of art. Artwork sells shirts! My daughter Kaitlyn sent me an example of a shirt that’s sold at All That JAS, in Elon, North Carolina. I was really impressed with the detailed artwork.  The Notre Dame alternate jersey, with its detailed mosaic tile patterned design is also an excellent example of taking an already good looking football jersey and further enhancing it with art.

This shirt features a pattern surrounding the school name, a simple yet very artistic way to make a logo pop. Available for sale at All That JAS.

This shirt features a pattern surrounding the school name, a simple yet very artistic way to make a logo pop. Available for sale at All That JAS.

2. Don’t forget the shirt tail or hem. Have you noticed that almost nobody tucks their shirts in anymore? This is a trend we’ve been seeing for quite some time now, printing in unusual areas on the garment. Notre Dame added one of their mottos to the hem of the football jersey. You can do this as well. It’s a great way to add extra profit to any garment.

Don't forget the details! Adding a player, team name, inspirational saying or school motto to the hem or other unusual position increases saleability and profitability!

Don’t forget the details! Adding a player, team name, inspirational saying or school motto to the hem or other unusual position increases saleability and profitability!