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Hi-Vis – Be Seen, Be Safe This Winter

Be seen and be safe as clocks go back – it’s Hi-vis time of year again!

Hi-Vis workwear for those long, dark, northern Cumbrian nights

Hi-vis in the workplace

Hi-Vis Jackets and workwear are essential if your staff are going to be seen clearly at work and that’s important for all sorts of companies in the autumn and winter months.  Whether your staff are travelling to work in dark, working on site at dawn or dusk or leaving site in the darker evenings, they need to be seen, to be safe and we’re happy to work with businesses to come up with options that fit with your other embroidered workwear packages.

hi-vis vest. Safety workwear for staff who need quick on and quick off visibiity at work.

Hi-Vis Waistcoat with reflective strips. ideal for quick on / quick off situations in the dark Cumbria winters.

High visibility at Stitch & Print isn’t just about the basic traffic jackets, bomber jackets and vests either – although we have a great selection of those to meet most business needs.  Stitch & Print also carry a range of Hi-Vis sweatshirts, Hi-Vis hoodies, and bodywarmers, available with long or short sleeves as well as a range of colours, and we’re in the business of personalising and branding those with print or embroidery too.

Whatever the needs of your workforce in the winter months, we can come up with options that fit into your standard workwear packages.

Our range of high visibility workwear includes a full range of motorway coats, bomber jackets, bodywarmers, 3-in-1 jackets , 4-in-1, 5-in-1 even some 7-in-1 jackets, – those are the ones with the zip-in fleece liner that can be worn separately to add weather dependent options to your wardrobe – and we have over trousers too, to keep your work force seen, dry and warm even in the most extreme weather.

WR002 Warrior Daytona Hi Vis Polo Shirt

“I’m not sure whether people just want to be sure or we’ve got some really hardy individuals working outdoors across Cumbria,” says Richard Mattinson of Stitch & Print, “but we’ve even been asked about enhanced visibility Polo Shirts and T-Shirts at strange times of the year; That’s OK throughout summer, but on a site on Shap Fell – in January?  We’ve supplied these embroidered with company logos as part of our business workwear packages but I do wonder how many people then sneakily cover  them up with a hi-vis jacket or fleece to “keep the cold out!”

Another trend in hi-vis clothing and workwear is headwear – hats to you and me.  Fluorescent yellow and fluorescent orange caps & beanie hats with reflective materials on the brim are proving popular and the same sort of approach is also being designed into bump caps and safety hard hats too.

“While our clients in the construction industry, builders and engineering manufacturers are governed by law there are several other sectors proving keen to incorporate high visibility requirements into their workwear to save on costs as well as making a strong statement about safety,” says Richard. “Because of all the clothing manufacturers and distributors that we’re working with, we can advise on what’s available, the different cost options and then put together embroidered workwear packages that work for the business whatever the industry or time of year.”

Custom Cycling Jerseys

If you’re supporting a good cause on two wheels we’ve custom Cycling Jerseys to help you advertise it.

The Tour Brings Retro Cycling Jerseys Out in the Daylight!

Excitement is building in and around Cockermouth, Maryport, Carlisle, Penrith and Brampton in Cumbria with the prospect of the Tour of Britain Cycle race crossing the county in two stages of the race early in September.

In bedrooms and attics around the county musty cycle shorts and jerseys are being reincarnated as the nation’s greatest cycling race heads for the county once more! Yellow bikes are appearing on buildings, the county council is issuing spectator advice (http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/tob2015/default.asp) and plenty of local cycling enthusiasts are out on the routes, trying them for themselves.

Bike Tops Deliver a Charity Boost!

The SR188F ladies cycling jersey in lime green. Easily customised for any event.

Lightweight summer cycling jersey: women’s style.

But it’s not just about racing or leisure riding. Cycling has become the basis of a massive influx of money to the charity sector through both sponsored rides & challenges including Lands End to John O’ Groats, London to Paris & a host of local cyclo sportives throughout the country.

Cycling has rapidly gained in popularity – even in Cumbria where some of the hills might put off the faint hearted – and the team at Stitch & Print have a history of supplying options for team cycle jerseys, club sportswear and other personalised sports gear for both larger events like the Commonwealth Games as well as local clubs and event riders.

Cycling Jerseys for Cumbria’s Local Events

“We’ve had a strong local cycling links to events like the Jennings River Ride run by Cumbria Community Foundation in the past, both participating & as a supply partner” says Richard Mattinson, MD of Stitch & Print, “We’ve supplied personalised team shirts for participants and printed hoodies as prizes.  This year we’re going one better by supplying shirts for our own group of riders.  Our own design “Lanterne Rouge” celebrates the history of the last man on the road as well as giving a great visual aspect to our promotional team shirts,”

Lanterne Rouge- custom cycling jersey for S&P's own team customised & printed in house on sublimation dye printer.

Stitch & Print’s Custom Cycling Jersey – Lantern Rouge

As well as being able to offer a full bespoke kit offer, we have a range of plain cycling tops & rain jackets which are top options for small personalised quantities and we have the equipment here to print on to those to create something unique – so we’re hoping that the enthusiasm of the next few weeks will lead to plenty of groups using personalised shirts to advertise their causes in future.”

Hen Party T-Shirt & Stag Party T-Shirt printing

Cumbria hen party T shirt advert

Before your big day there’s a big night out.

Hen Party T-Shirts

Wedding season is in full flow and, here at Stitch & Print, we’re seeing the usual enquiries about Stag and Hen Party T-shirts from our many new Cumbria customers– as well as some less traditional requests from within the county and the Borders and Eden Valley!

The Hen Party T Shirt Phenomenon

Hen parties tend to fall into two types – the drink and dance party nights and the relax and refresh spa breaks.  We cater for both with a selection of T-shirt designs to mark out the party crowd (not including L plates, pink cowboy hats and feather boas) and fluffy dressing gowns and slippers for those who are planning to pamper.

Starfield design for Hen Party T Shirt for a Relaxing Weekend in Cumbria

Hen Party T Shirt for a Relaxing Weekend

Our hen party T-Shirts are always a favourite for the girls’ big night out and we’ve loads of options: round neck, V-neck, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, fitted or baggy.  Brides –to-be (or their bridesmaids) can choose from Stitch & Print’s range of hen night designs or send us their own idea and we can make something different – we can even bling a design with diamante effects for the perfect party.

One of the biggest hen party orders we ever had at Stitch & Print was for over 50 T-shirts for a local Cumbrian wedding.  These covered five different hen party dates and venues so the “Tour Dates” were recorded on the back with ticks for which ones the various girls were attending.

Stag Do T Shirts Too!

And for the gentlemen (!), we have a similarly wide range of colours, T-shirt designs and styles.  Stag night T-shirts tend to use a few standard jokes and images but we’re happy to create something a bit different if the best man has his own ideas.

One of the more unusual ones we were asked to create was for a diamante L Plate to be printed to the nether regions of a fluorescent yellow mankini whilst the rest of the boys had matching coloured T-Shirts to show their support – not a pretty look but decidedly funny!

We all know stag parties tend to be wild affairs and I think the main benefit of a party T-shirt is often to help these lads to recognise each other across a crowded bar or club. But if your chosen venue isn’t keen on something too in your face or larger groups of boys on the night out we’ve done hundreds of polo shirts with more discreet logos to help you find each other.

Hen Party T Shirt for a Wilder Women's Weekend! A Cumbrian drunken hen society example.

Hen Party T Shirt for a Wilder Women’s Weekend!

Whatever the ideas for the order and however many people are involved, it’s great for Stitch & Print to be part of a couple’s big day and we enjoy coming up with something a bit different to get the party started.

Custom Leavers Hoodies for 2015 & Beyond

Plain hoodie colour range available for customising at Stitch & Print

Hoodies ready and waiting for your imagination to create a custom leavers memento!

Whether you’re leaving School, College or University this year It’s decision time … No! Not what you’re going to do with your life … What you’re going to do, to create the ultimate custom leavers hoodies for your gang in 2015 and in the next few years too! THAT’S the first BIG decision!

Custom Leavers Hoodies: Starting Points!

Cyan hoodie. Heavyweight high quality fabric: perfect starting point for custom leavers hoodies

Deluxe hoodie in Cyan: A popular starting point for leavers hoodies.

So what are your choices for 2015 up in this corner of Cumbria? Well, as always, the most obvious choice is the traditional over the head hoodie. We’ve some great options from the deluxe weight hoodie from Papini to contrast colour options & single colour hoodies from the AWDis range in a standard weight of fabric. The option often chosen is to go for the standard weight because you’ll be leaving in May or June & you’re considering how warm that deluxe weight leavers hoodie is going to be. But remember, those cool custom leavers hoodies are for life, not just for July! We see ex students still proudly wearing their old personalised leavers hoodies years after the date, all year round! So maybe, (hopefully!) that deluxe weight that’s going to be a bit warm during the day that you have your leavers party, comes into its own when December comes around & you’re walking home in a chill Northerly wind … you get my drift? And they work just as well for any of our customers from more southerly climes too!

JH053 Zoodie: a new twist on personalised custom leavers hoodies in bright green

Zoodies are a cool zipped alternative for the usual custom leavers hoodies that everyone else might have.

Over the last couple of years there’s been a big increase in the amount of people taking a zip through hoodie option. The Zoodie looks like becoming a firm favourite, for extra cool leavers hoodies around the UK, as the option of the quick throw on / throw off offered by the zip looks to be a winner, especially if you’re having a big hair day! Again, available in both standard weights as well as the deluxe weight you’ve loads of colour options available. We’ve seen a couple of these around Carlisle recently and very smart they looked too!

Hoodie Alternatives

JH044 college jacket in orange and black as an alternative to the leavers hoodie

College jacket. A recently popular alternative to the cool leavers hoodie

The other option that people often look at is the college style jacket. There’s some great new colour options this year and across the three popular styles there’s 25 different colour options, So we’ve probably got something that will fit your requirements just perfectly; whether you’re local at Nelson Thomlinson School or finishing at the University of Cumbria! So? Try something different this year & go with a college jacket rather than a hoodie? The choice is all yours!

You can check all of our hoodies, zoodies & college jacket range via our on line brochure. All sizing, as well as colour options are available to view there.

Customising Your Leavers Hoodies

So how do you want to decorate and personalise your leavers hoodie? There’s lots of options:

Examples of custom leavers hoodies, printed with personalised designs

Custom leavers hoodies to get you thinking

Embroidered Hoodies. We’ve embroidered school badges, simple text and personalised names to the breast area as well as larger personalised names to the back of garments. We have years of experience and there’s almost nothing we can’t accomplish for you with our hoodie embroidery skills and technology.

Chest & Breast  Hoodie Printing. We’ve supplied custom leavers hoodies with small printed logos to the breast as well as larger school & college names across the chest. If you’re looking at the latter we’d suggest not looking at the Zoodie as it can be an expensive process to take care of the zipped area with a tidy print!

Back of the hoodie. The most popular option for you to customize your own hoodie is still “LEAVERS” or “CLASS OF” with a large number (15 for this year!) made up of the names of all of the people involved in your leavers year. Decorate it, personalise it, or customise it how you want, there are loads of different options for your school, college or university custom leavers hoodies.

Not sure what you want on there? Want to get an idea how it will look? You can use our on line garment decoration tool to try out your options.

So how many do you need? We have a minimum quantity of one …….. But if there’s 200 of you we can still deal with it. We’ve loads of different options on decoration production to cover different class sizes in the most economic ways possible. Give us a call, or use the contact form to send us your enquiry.

Print Production; The dye sublimation route

JS001 T shirt finished with dye sublimation printing for a permanent colour fast design

T shirt with design printed by dye sublimation technique in Cumbria

One of the processes we use for production of printed garments is dye sublimation. This process uses an ink image that is transferred by the use of heat into the fabric of the garment. Sublimation is the process of transforming the solid, dried, ink into a gas. The gas is then infused into the hollow polyester fibres of the garment where it cools and instantly solidifies to form a permanent image.

Traditionally polyester garments have been used primarily in the sports wear markets. Cricket, Rugby, Football, Basketball & Netball teams have used the sublimation route to achieve striking designs for team wear. Club badges, sponsor logos & details & numbers can be incorporated into a fabric which has ideal qualities for comfort & wear as well as visual effect.

Benefits of Dye Sublimation Printing for Garment Decoration

One of the other benefits of sublimation printing for garments is in the production of one-off & short run requirements: Because there are no screens to produce for manufacture it’s possible to take an off the shelf garment, for instance a gym or running T-Shirt or vest & add images as required very economically.

One of the traditional downsides is that garments were 100% polyester. That isn’t always a feel people want. In recent times manufacturers have started using cotton rich garments with a polyester micro coating. This gives the benefit of a cotton feel with the flexibility of sublimation printing. One of the latest is the Russel HD T – here’s a couple of points raised by them.

“There’s a myth that sublimation printing only works on 100% polyester. Not true. Our polycotton HD T is ideal for sublimation print – we’ve tested it and the results speak for themselves.”

One of the other traditional issues was the availability of colours. If you wanted white you were catered for. If you could live with a pastel shade you’d survive! But beyond that there wasn’t much to look at. Back to Russel

“There’s another myth that sublimation only works on white cloth. Not true. White might be best for colour reproduction but it’s not the only option – we offer 3 marl colours and they produce a fashionably muted, retro feel – just what a large chunk of the market demands.” 

Pros and Cons of Dye Sublimation

The issue with colour reproduction is valid; The base colour of the garment will affect the shade of colours added to the garment, White is perfect but, for instance, use a pink shirt & those clouds will be pink! Your yellows will have a peach look to them but if you want a finish which is permanent & won’t peel you’ve just found a perfect solution.

T-Shirt Printing – Everyone Wants It, We Do More Than Most!

GD05 yellow t-shirt plain ready for printing

A simple t-shirt provides a brilliant canvas to print your creative message on!

T-shirt printing gives one of the most popular and versatile garments in the world a whole new lease of life. With Cumbria based Stitch & Print’s expert embroidery and print services the t-shirt is even more versatile. We have a huge range of colours, styles & fabrics available which you can see in our web brochure.

 

T-shirts – A brief history

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century and became very popular with the US Navy, due to it’s lightweight and comfortable fit. Over time it became more and more popular as a bottom layer with workmen in various industries such as agriculture.

P1000291 Halloween T-Shirt printing. Designs printed on a spooky black base T

Halloween T-Shirt designs printed on a spooky black base are always popular with the kids.

One of the more recent developments, t-shirt printing, has seen legions of wearers using them as a medium for self-expression and advertising. Stitch & Print can help you become part of this trend with our expertise in garment printing and embroidery.

 

 

T-Shirt Printing  for Branded Workwear

HV71 Orange Hi vis T-Shirt. Printing can also put your branding on basic safety wear.Stitch & Print can help to make your workforce look smart by adding your company branding, logo and staff names to one of our range of work-friendly t-shirts. Russell Workwear are skilled in providing functional and practical work apparel, including 100% cotton t-shirts with double layer shoulder panels for added durability. These shirts are available in a range of colours to suit your company. T Shirt printing or embroidery can be applied in a number of areas giving your brand an added degree of self expression.

We can also custom print high-visibility t-shirts in four ultra-bright colours, particularly useful for walkers, cyclists and people working in low light or hazardous environments.

A T Shirt Style For Everyone – Before We Print It!

K732 Bella Canvas Deep V-neck T-Shirt womens short sleeve in PinkStylish and fashionable t-shirts aren’t exclusive to the high street shops, and Stitch & Print have a range of t-shirt styles in stock that is second to none. You can choose from B&C, Fruit of the Loom and Gildan V-neck t-shirts in black white and many colours in-between.

For a really ‘on trend’ look you could opt for the Bella Canvas Deep V-neck, which is a very popular choice for young men. Skinnifitmen offer a long sleeved t-shirt manufactured with a blend of cotton and elastane, to give it a slim and modern fit.

We have baseball style t-shirts by Kariban, which are available in over ten contrasting sleeve and torso colour combinations. Most of the t-shirts in our catalogue are available in the usual wide range of sizes, from XS to XXL.

Those looking for a particular colour will be pleased to know that the Gildan Ultra Cotton t-shirt is available in over 60 colours, including ANSI/ISEA certified safety colours. We can customise whichever colour you choose, from serene green to cherry red!

Stitch & Print can also print and embroider a variety of female fitting t-shirts, including the Okarma 100% GOTS and Control Union certified cotton t-shirt for a soft and comfortable feel. More unconventional women’s styles are also available, such as the Longine and Flowy t-shirts perfect to wear with leggings, provided by Skinnifit and Bella Canvas.

Expert T-Shirt Customisation From Cumbria’s Favourite!

Stitch & Print offer a range of the latest T-shirt printing and embroidery options to enable you to create the perfect branded t-shirt for your purpose at work or purely for fun and leisure.  Our team of specially trained staff complete all work in-house using the best T shirt printing machines and tools in the business. If you would like an instant quote, or have a special request, please contact us at office@stitchandprint.co.uk