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Merrowed Borders and Custom Patches

Let's take a look at different patch borders today.

Essentially, there are 2 different borders for your custom patches. The first would be a merrowed edge or border. The second is a HOT CUT.

A merrowed border is most often associated with a traditional patch. It's the "wrap-around-stitching" on the edge of the patch. It has a bit of a lip all the way around the patch. For use on a square, circle, oval, or rectangular design, it's probably the best way to go.

The second border is the HOT CUT, where we eliminate the merrowed edge, and cut the twill with a laser. It allows for unusual shapes, and VERY unique designs.

If you go to the Custom Patch Gallery, you'll see what we mean! The NASA patch on the top row, the WOLVES in the second row, and the center of the third row, the Nashville Women's soccer patches are all examples of a HOT CUT design.

NEXT WEEK: Different backing for your patches.

Tis the Season for Custom Patches!

Every now and then, I wonder what I should write about, so I ask for a suggestion here and there. One says write about what you know about. Well, I know a lot about custom embroidered patches, but that's pretty broad. Another suggests to write about the differences in patches (which I've done already...scroll down and you can see the blog). And, as she's prone to do, The Queen recommends a positive thinking theme.

Maybe we can combine all three suggestions, and as I'm prone to do, work smart, not hard.

Given the time of the year, this is a busy season for us. Between Scout Camporees, Police and Fire Department patches get ordered as they are beginning a new fiscal year (July 1 for most communities is when they get a new boatload of money...see our NAVY patches), and soccer tournament patches are getting ordered, this is a pretty good time of year for those of us lucky enough to be in this industry.

After several years using the same patch, the Fire Dept. in North Branford, CT is getting a brand new design. It took awhile to get consensus from his guys, but they'll be very pleased with the finished product.

fire rescue patches

Click here to take a look at other custom patch designs we've done this year alone.

During the summertime, of course we're all looking forward to our own Fourth of July celebrations. Personally, The Queen and I will be going to a park near our town for all kinds of July 4 food, and concerts. We'll be seeing a Jimmy Buffet cover-band LIVEBAIT, and country singer Terri Clark, and catching a few fireworks in the process. I'm probably the biggest OOOHHH'er and AAAAHHHH-er out there. I love fireworks...when somebody else does them.

Y'know, we all celebrate the July 4th holiday a bit differently, but simply put, we'd NOT be celebrating it were it not for our military personnel in all branches of service. There isn't a day that goes by where our Art Team doesn't do work for at least a couple military groups that are either here or abroad. Below are a couple of our favorites.

military patches

Check out more military patches!

Please celebrate the Holiday safely, keep a positive thought in your mind, and have a GREAT HOLIDAY break!

Fundraising and Anniversary Patches

Fundraising and Anniversary Patches Peveeta P. from Marion County in Florida recently ordered, for the third time, more custom embroidered patches from us for their local FIREFIGHTERS and wanted to let us know that the commemorative patches were a HUGE HIT!!!

The county had never made an anniversary patch before and they were very excited to have an item that represented their group. She told us that she was glad he went with the HOT CUT patch because the Maltese Cross is more defined and attractive. She went on to say that the iron on backing worked just like we said it would.

Fire Rescue Patches

The patches allowed them to raise enough money to pay for more community service events and to reinvest in some of our other promotional items. The club is currently working on a lanyard and a pin design for their summer roadshow. They plan on making new patches for the civil servant's family's to wear also. Also, she said, they'll be used to commemorate different events they'll participate in and to serve as a welcome gift to new members.

Roxy G. in Pennsylvania took these patches and put them in the concession stand at their annual tournament. She stuck 'em right on the counter, so when thirsty moms and dads went to get something cool, they couldn't help but see them.

Not only did they sell out and raise a boatload of money for the county soccer program, but the 411 is that they have a second tournament in a different town / same county and they just re-ordered another thousand of each, with the proceeds going to bleacher upgrades, and a bigger lawnmower.

Custom Soccer Patches

We're glad we could help Rox and her teams out. Are you a member of a group or organization that is thinking of ways to grow their name within your community? Give us a call today, and let us help!

You Have to Start Someplace!

I've been fortunate to have a really good blended family. When my wife and I met, I had a son, and The Queen had 2 boys and a daughter. Between the 6 of us, we made a really good family...he kind I remember having as a kid back in the 60's. All of us at the dinner table, unwavering support from each other, you know the run...not as good as Leave It To Beaver, not as bad as All In The Family. Sure, we had problems we had to put an iron on to get the wrinkles out, but, as you know, you patch up your differences and move forward, like all families do.

When we moved from Duluth to the middle of nowhere in 1993, to the woods of NE Minnesota, we went from a 5 plus bedroom- each room with 2 closets, 3 story, walkout basement, to a 24 x 24 Dutch Colonial (read: barn shaped) with an upper loft and a couple rooms downstairs, including a kitchen. The solitude was remarkable! You could actually hear the quiet we couldn't see another light from our home, the nearest neighbor was nearly a half-mile away. We owned a lake and could watch deer walk through the patches of snow on the ice, on our lake, each winter.

Space however was a HUGE issue. Andrea and Dale each got a 9 x 10 room, no closets, just dressers. And that's where this all begins. One real problem, and it's another one of Life's Lessons (be patient...it's coming), was Andrea's bedroom. She's straight A in her RN classes and has been for the past 2 years, and most of the way through her charter school classes. She's raised and given The Queen and I two of the BEST grandchildren you could ever hope for, and her fiance Matt is probably one of the best men you'll ever know...kind, caring, and he loves those three more than all my words can say.

Nonetheless, she had nowhere to put anything, so it went on the floor. Her clothes, new and old schoolwork, mail, backpack, right on the floor. Pretty soon she was walking over it to get to bed.

We implored her to clean it, and finally one day she started to cry, and I don't mean she was crying...I mean she was BAWLING, when we brought it up. Finally, after a couple minutes it all came clear...she just didn't know where to start or how to proceed. She wanted nothing more than to make her mom (The Queen) and me happy and she didn't know how to in regards to regarding this particular room. It kinda made all 3 of us cry. Her out of disappointment, us out of "How-could-we-be-so-stinkin'-stupid".

It was quickly determined that this was going to wear the emblem of GIRLS DAY, so I beat a hasty retreat, but before I was politely asked to leave, I heard the Queen tell Andrea it was OK...not everyone KNOWS HOW TO START A PROJECT...YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP, and figure it out as you go.

And that's exactly what they did on that cold afternoon in March. Together, my two favorite girls took the first step. First, the clean clothes were found, folded and stacked, next, the dirty clothes taken to the laundry area, and finally, that left the "stuff". Andrea worked as a waitress (SIDEBAR: Watch that movie "Waitress". I think you'll like it!), at her aunt's restaurant. Together, they found over $125.00 in different garments, change containers, and aprons! They found forgotten gifts, notes, shoes, photos, jewelry, and in the process of finding all this booty, I think they also found a little bit of the love they had somehow lost thru through the growing up years.

The laughter I heard that afternoon and early evening let me know they had fun on their GIRLS DAY, and the wrinkles I mentioned earlier all had an iron on them.

Nobody will fault you for trying...when was the last time anyone said to you, "I can't stand the fact that you tried and it didn't work!!!" On the other hand (and I quote), "Jeez Luke, at least TRY to sew on a patch." I do now, probably more than ever...and I'm batting about .500, maybe a little better. The times I don't try, I always fail, but when I try I succeed more often than not...so will you, and so did Andrea.

Life's Lesson's Thanks to Pink Floyd

Back in the 1980's I learned a couple valuable lessons I've tried to carry with me for the last 20-25 years. Get your WAY-BACK emblems turned on and ready, set, let's go head back to the mid-1980's. I was living in Cedar Rapids Iowa, a really great town by the way, and working as a media buyer for a livestock feed manufacturer owned and operated by Amish and Mennonite's for over 100 years. Simply put, I bought trinkets and baubles for the farmers of the area.

One of the Print-media reps that our company bought from regularly, Sue L. ad a couple of tickets to see, "that Pink Floyd guy...you like him???" I said I did, very nearly soiling myself with glee, and she quickly produced two free tickets to their Waterloo Iowa show three nights hence. She had no interest in going (with OR without me), so I called my cousin Jodi and off we went.

I picked her up and we took off allowing 3 hours for a 50 minute drive. Shortly after leaving C.R. the car stalled...overheated. A motorist stopped, filled the radiator and used duct-tape for a quick patch job on the leaky hose, and once again we're off. Off for a 6 mile journey until an accident 4 miles up the road had traffic stopped for nearly 9 miles we found out later. So now that time buffer is pretty much gone. We were both pretty stoked to see the Floyd and now it was all in jeopardy because herd of hundreds of cattle decided to cross Interstate 80, and the traffic tried to tip them (great sport cow-tipping).

ANYWAY we got to the Dome, saw their flying pig emblem on the roof of the Dome and the instant we put our feet on the floor of the venue, we heard the opening chords of Learning to Fly. It's a song about growing older and maturity and it hit me: All the worry in the world won't change a thing....it'll happen the way it's supposed to. BE PATIENT AND GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN!

Back then, I loved rock concerts, but I never saw anything like the "Momentary Lapse of Reason" Tour show that Floyd put on that night...there wasn't much air circulation in the Waterloo Dome, and a Pink Floyd show...well, you draw your own conclusions. But I never saw stuff like I saw that night on that stage that night.

After the last chords of their third encore played out, instead of bolting the parking lot, we decided to let the rabbits get out, and that our tortoise-like speed would hold us in good stead. I was also a bit nervous about the duct-tape and hose making the 60 mile trip. We chilled...took our time, and let the traffic thin out, stopping every so often to re-load the radiator and to check the tape. Duct tape...is there anything it can't do?

So imagine my surprise as we were winding down at Sgt. Pepperoni's in Hamilton IA, a couple hours after the show, when Jodi and I had just finished our beer and gnocchi's (knee-o-keys...a stiff Italian pasta with SPICY marinara) when I heard a most lovely English accent at the till, I looked up and there's Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd keyboardist (R.I.P) and Dick Parry, the sax player (best mullet on the planet back then) on tour with them.

Me, utilizing a bit of liquid courage, invited them to join us and doggone if they didn't. They ended up eating their to-go order at our table with us, had some beers (Parry referred to it as slop-and-foam, and he was right...how does Pabst Blue Ribbon stay in business?) and picked up our check. During the course of the conversation they said they were off to Minneapolis and then two days later Sioux Falls S.D, and would we like to make a couple more shows, as their guests. I got some of my favorite photos of all during that run.

Waters, the keyboardist, had no interest in musical chit-chat, or my intimate knowledge of Floyd history that he was an integral part of, and seemed to be more concerned with the peculiar odor of the area. Parry kept to himself, although he warmed up a bit later on.

Cousin Jodi wasn't all that interested in taking a week off from anything, so that left me to call and fetch my buddy Muskie in Minneapolis. He was going through a divorce and needed a distraction badly...this seemed like just the ticket.

SO, one very early morning phone call to my Mennonite boss explaining to him I really needed to do this with Floyd, on their personal request, and I was off. Remarkably, I still had a job when I got back, met some of rock and roll's biggest stars, and learned that no matter what, they're not all that different than you and me...except for one of the roadies, but that's a different blog for a different day. After a week of that nonsense I was ready for some "normal". The Amishmen and the feed store looked pretty doggone good after 6 days on the road (different song/singer, but the thought remains the same).

Had we really freaked out about the traffic issues on the way up, we wouldn't have enjoyed the show nearly as much as we did, and certainly, had we raced out of the show, and gotten in line, with the rest of the lemmings, on the roads back to Cedar Rapids, we certainly would not have had a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with a couple of the more influential people in the music industry.

It's funny...normally time dulls the memory. If I relied on my own VERY MARGINAL memory, I certainly was much better basketball player in high school and college days than I really was. Those sub-par rounds of golf (several) certainly look better in my minds eye than they looked on the course (when I was all over the course), but the memory of meeting those wo and sharing some time with them isn't a memory-faded patch of time...I still smell the cologne, see the minute wrinkles in their faces, and the "he's-not-a-bad-bloke" look.

Patience...the Good Book says it's a virtue, Emerson said that "Patience and fortitude conquer all things". Personally, after that, I'm of the firm conviction that if you take your time, show some patience, not only SHOULD good things happen to you, they WILL.

REGARDING THE GREAT CHANGE IN LIFE and other assorted patches of thoughts

It's funny how life's little decisions can and often do make a HUGE impact later on down the line. Just this morning, we got an e-mail this morning from a return customer asking if she could hold off on her order of embroidered patches for a few days because her family is moving to Europe and she's planning 7 Girl Scout Camporees to happen before she moves.

It made me think about when The Queen and I moved from northern Minnesota to the sunny climes of North Central Florida and what all it took. Fifteen years in the same house, raised 4 kids there and had a little bit of "stuff". Never mind the background planning, logistics of truck rental, the FINANCES of the thing (thanks to all who chipped in to get us out of Minnesota...Dr. Kenny especially!), housing sale and purchase...all that.

We loaded the 28 foot truck ourselves in late March just as the spring thaw was happening. As the back of the truck got heavier, the deeper it sunk into the mud. It took two 4 x 4's, and a six-wheeler to pull us out! The fact is without son Dale, it would not have happened as seamlessly as it did. He got to the house, looked at the patch-work of stuff in the back and pretty much re-did the entire truck to make it easier to make the 1972.6 mile move, but who's counting?

I had been offered and accepted the manager's job at a local branch of a national computer chain. While we were still in Iowa headed south, we got the call that my store, the one I was transferring to, was to close in 10 days or less. The Queen and I looked at each other and asked each other out loud if we should continue heading south to the unknown, OR turn around and go back to -30 degree temps for literally 4 months a year...something we know and were, I guess, comfortable with. AT THAT MOMENT, we had no jobs, very little money and about all we knew was that we didn't want to be freezing cold for 8 months a year and that if we were, we wanted to be cold together.

Need less to say, we drove on and haven't looked back. It's one of those decisions I mentioned earlier in this blog. For whatever reason, she and I are still together after 20+ years. We've worn that decision like a custom badge of honor.

I write all that to tell you this: DON'T FEAR CHANGE!!! Since we've been here, we've had UNBELIEVABLE opportunities to hob-nob, socialize, meet-and-greet, and chat with some pretty neat people.

We've done both food and merchandise for John Travolta (The Queen did motorcycle chocolates for the Wild Hogs world premier...they also gave out motorcycle patches as a party favor), Toby Keith has eaten both my bar-b-que and The Queen's panini's when he was in town for a horse auction, and later that weekend, she found David Cassidy's (Keith Partridge...cool guy) rental car keys and his wallet.

My personal favorite is somehow she got us hooked up with Hank Williams III, who is a dead ringer for his grandpa, both physically and vocally. As a result of Her Majesty's handiwork we not only met and pix-ed with him, but hung out and did some very cool things with both him and his bands for the next couple days when they were here. Good musicians, YES, top shelf...lousy golfers..YES, ball players, HORRID!

Through my job working with embroidered patches, I've been able to work with the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, the WWE and the NWA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, FOX Sports, The strong University of Florida Gators (Yes...Superman DOES wear Tim Tebow shorts), Daytona Beach Thunderbirds, the entire WAC Football Conference, several times with A Special Wish Foundation, and a couple dozen ladies roller derby teams...I'm the luckiest guy around and I know it.

I hope Adrienne and her family have a safe and sound move to Europe. We both need to learn new languages believe me, Florida talk and what my English teacher parents taught me are two VERY different things. They'll need to learn new customs and traditions, monetary systems, and certainly a new way of life. But to me, the most important thing is that just because it's different, doesn't make it bad.

NEXT WEEK...my week on the road with Pink Floyd and my beers with Merle Haggard.

Custom Trading Pins and Baseball Patches

AHHH...the sights and sounds of springtime...the grass is getting a bit greener, the sky is a little bluer, and all the while soccer, and baseball teams of all ages are practicing for, and competing in their respective tournaments. As I write this from our 6th Floor offices in sunny central Florida I'm watching our local college baseball team taking their batting practice, grabbing some pop-ups, fielding some grounders, and generally getting ready for the season.

It makes me think about getting your kids team ready for their exciting season.

A lot of Little League teams are getting their trading pins for the upcoming tournaments and custom team patches for their jersey sleeves. We can help you with both. The neat thing is that we can do the same design for consistency.

The point is this...with the teams gearing up for play, tournaments, and play-offs, now is the time to get your orders in. You certainly don't want your team to be waiting on their baseball patches until the sixth game of the 11 game season...but every year it happens. There was one team that got disqualified from their playoffs in Wisconsin last year for not having matching uniforms. Some kids wore the previous years jerseys that had the embroidered patch we made for them and others wore this years, with no sleeve patch.

Just for the record, I spent about 15 years as a high school and college basketball referee, and baseball/softball umpire. I've had to throw Little League managers out of games for loudly cursing his 10 year old players and I've thrown college women out of basketballs games for repeated low-blows in the paint.

One afternoon a few years back I got a call from an old English teacher of mine whose regular partner was on his deathbed. DB asked if I could fill in at the last minute, and didn't tell me another thing...I figured "Why not?" and said yes. We did the game that evening with sheriff's and local police in attendance, uniformed and armed, German Shepard's at the ready because APPARENTLY the two schools had quite a violent history...sixty seconds into the game we had one broken nose, two Technical Fouls and blood on the floor. Thanks for the heads-up Dan B.

And, because I had the stripes, I've officiated several dozen pro wrestling events (take a look at last week's blog), and have been tossed over the top rope more than once, but I wouldn't do something like DQ-ing a team, in A SOFT ECONOMY for not having matching embroidered patches on their sleeves.

Some rules are meant to be enforced, and others, well, sometimes you need to look the other way.

ANYWAY...don't wait...if your team needs patches or custom trading pins...get 'em now...before it's too late and get 'em from us. We have sister companies that make just about every kind of promotional product you can think of.

Patches@custom-patches4less.com Ph: 1-888-677-4809 Fx: 1-866-841-0416

Wrasslin' with Patches, Ray Stevens and the Goold Ole Days

Every now and then it's a good thing to stop, take a step back, and just review some of the highlights/lowlights of our time here, and to remember that life's challenges don't begin and end with whether or not to buy 100 or 125 embroidered patches.

I think one of my highlights was being a pro wrestling referee for about maybe 100 nights worth of bouts in the Upper Midwest when I was in my 30's, and still pretty agile. I worked in some beautiful places, some real pits, and met some unsavory characters, and pretty cool people, but overall...a TERRIFIC experience for a young single guy.

I was there the night when it took 10-14 policemen to subdue Andre The Giant in Cedar Rapids...he just snapped that night. He wore this HUGE leather jacket, and not one area of black leather was to be seen...covered in big biker patches, and French and American Flag patches.

For years and years as a kid growing up in northern Minnesota I watched AWA wrestling on Saturday nights broadcast from a station in Fargo, ND. My brother and I watched in total horror as Mad Dog Vachon and his brother The Butcher just about killed Dr. X and The Crusher...the Vachons hammered The Crusher's head into the turnbuckle till he bled...and kept hammering, and hammering..The Crusher's wounds actually spurted blood in time with his heartbeats according to ring announcer Roger Kent (one of the best of all time!). To a couple of 7 and 9 year olds that was life changing stuff.

FAST FORWARD 25 years, and I'm working matches in Iowa City, who's there...THE MAD DOG. We met backstage and had a wonderful visit. Later that night his vehicle ran out of gas on the freeway, he started walking to a station, and got hit by a drunk driver and lost his leg. He's one of the good ones in this world. My mom, then a nurse at the University of Iowa hospital system, took care of him in the hospital and I visited him a couple times...he couldn't have been more hospitable...I guess that goes to his being a gourmet chef!!!! A classic bad-things-happen-to-good-people thing.

Before we met, The Queen was ringside when Jesse "The Body" Ventura, made his ring entrance bedecked splendidly in his hot-pink feather boa, pink butterfly tights and rhinestone sunglasses. He and his partner Adrian Adonis took on Verne Gagne and son Greg in a cage match. She got married on Saturday and on Sunday they were watching wrestling on TV, called for tickets. The call to the box office right before them was to cancel a pair of ringside seats. They went to the bouts, got their ringside seats, and I'll be darned if Jesse didn't hand her the sunglasses he wore to the ring. During some of my matches I was a "heel referee" and wore them to the ring. I had my manager, Julie Crabb, a very accomplished embroiderer by the way, accompany me to the ring amid a chorus of BOOO's and flying half full beer cups.

In Duluth MN, Nick Bockwinkle tossed me over the top rope, and then bought me dinner (well, a cheeseburger and a stale beer) later that night to say OOPS. He later told me he, "meant to throw me THROUGH the ropes, not over them." He was the first one to use The Piledriver back in the day....now it's pretty common on nationally telecast wrasslin' shows, but then, WOW...it SHOULD have been banned in 17 states the way he did it. Wicked Nick is one of the most articulate people I ever knew. He was a second generation wrestler, and picked up a few things from his dad, and mic-work was certainly one of them.

His partner Ray "The Crippler" Stevens was probably the meanest person I ever worked. He not only pitched me over the top rope more than once, but he genuinely enjoyed hitting people...me in particular I guess. He knocked me out COLD in Devils Lake ND, Duluth, MN, AND Thunder Bay Ontario....an international bad-guy...no love lost on my end...there are people here that think I'm still concussed because of the repeated blows to the head....I'm knot sew shure...

Out of all of them though, my favorite might be Mighty Joe Macko, "The Last In-Line of the Wrestling Gagne Family". If you've ever seen Verne or Greg Gagne, and then looked at Joe, you'd know how silly that introduction is/was. THE CONSUMMATE JOBBER (he worked hard, but never won a match...got beat up, and stomped, but I NEVER raised his hand), in that he'd ref one bout, wrestle in another, and put on a mask and ACE bandage his abundant belly for the Battle Royale at the end of the night. He'd bring an accordion backstage to the locker room and entertain those of us that needed more entertainment and had, without a doubt, one of the worst singing voices ever. But he's an entertainer and was in the best business in the world if you like to entertain people.

I guess the point of all this is this: Take just a moment and look back. As I write this, I'm flooded with memories of hot sweaty ring gigs, cold showers, and going out in -20 temps to a cold car and driving to the next night's show...not such a great memory, but some I'll cherish until the day I leave this earth...except for the knot on my head.

Custom Patches for Promotions and Advertising

So, yesterday afternoon, I'm sitting at my desk today and all of a sudden this big package from a customer shows up on my desk...Nothing like that has happened for awhile, so I grabbed it, opened it up (read that as tore it open, ripped it to shreds) and got probably the best smell I've had in a long, long time.

The package came from a customer, Robin, and she owns and operates a dandy catering company called Gourmetzing. She sent us a batch of cookies and breads that she baked off as a thank you for the "terrific patches that I'll put on every shirt I own".

We sincerely encourage product samples from our customers that have a product we can use here...I guess Chef Robin picked up on that and sent us a thank you basket that was out of this world. She actually sent us the cookie recipe for what she calls her Cowboy Cookie. When I called to thank her for her cookie and bread baskets, I told her she's DEFINITELY on the right track food-wise (ask our Art Director...he gorged pretty hard on the peanut-butter-chocolate-chip bread), but might be able to fine-tune her marketing efforts, and here's what we talked about:

We agreed small catering companies like hers need to stretch their marketing and advertising dollar as far as possible and custom embroidered patches can do just that. To get the biggest bang for her buck, she needs to not only put them on her blouses, but she needs to iron on patches to all her chef coats, chef hats, tote bags, and the set-up and tear-down outfits for her staff. There's more exposure, more views and potentially more customers. It just flat-out looks good to have staff setting up and breaking down in company designated matching outfits, with her patches on their clothing...it speaks highly of her professionalism.

Custom embroidered patches, whether you purchase sew-on patches, or iron on patches are a great marketing solution for the small business owner. They're versatile, eye-catching, and a terrific "thank you" hand-out to your customers (rather than, ohhh, let's say...PRICE DISCOUNTING). In our mind, it's a pretty easy trade for her. Do you toss in a couple patches that cost a total of $3.00 or less, OR do you discount a basket 10%, for a total of 3-5 or maybe 10 times that? Remember, any product discounting comes right off the bottom line (PROFIT)...in our eyes it's an easy call.

A good customer will accept the patch and keep it as a souvenir, and a loyal customer will sew it on to something! So now she has 2 people wearing these dandy patches! And it goes on and on...

At the end of our visit, Robin saw the light, we think. She said her mom would wear them, I have a feeling her husband won't have any choice at all but to wear them on his golf and work shirts, and she'll put a couple in each basket she markets on The Web. Sounds like a winner to us! And Robin, if you're reading this, thank you again, the sweet potato bread was THE BOMB!!!

Next week...more about my pro wrestling refereeing adventures.

Stitching Basics for Embroidered Custom Patches

SO...you've made the decision to move forward with your custom patches for your bike rally, scout troop camporee, soccer or airsoft team. What do you do from here? An age-old question, so let's see if we can decipher some of the secrets from the ART DIRECTOR himself.

I think the biggest thing to remember is that we build custom embroidered patches, we work with needle-and-thread and that some of the smaller details will not make the final cut. One good rule of thumb to remember is that if your text is NOT at least 3/8ths of an inch tall, it will most likely be single stitched, and not legible, which defeats the purpose of a custom patch.

SECOND...please, no gradient shading. That's when the color gradually fades from orange to red to yellow..it's a GREAT effect, but we cannot replicate it. No embroiderer can, simply because there's really no thread built like that. We're back to the needle-and-thread issue.

Sorry, but we really can't work from photographs either. The characters have a tendency to look cartoon-ish, and unless that's the intent the two don't work so well. That means we can't work from a digital photo of your patch, a wall hanging, or your tattoo. We'd like to have the artwork that your existing patch was designed FROM.

To tell the truth, when you're designing your embroidered patches, artwork sent to us in JPG format works best...We know all you Illustrator guys out there are cringing, but it's the truth. Just a simple jpg is what we'd prefer to work from. KISS is best!!!

We know you're not computer-illiterate...if you found our blog, you can work a computer, so PLEASE get us computer generated artwork. That NEVER hurts!

If you need special colors for your custom embroidered patch, there are a couple things to remember...if you need a specific Pantone/PMS value assigned to your patch, please let us know. We use the COATED book for Pantone/PMS values and you can find one at most any local printer. You can also go to the DESIGNING page, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. The background twill colors are on the top grid of colors, and the bottom palette of colors is our thread selection. Click on them to enlarge the colors and thread numbers, and let us know your choices.

If you can help us by following these simple tips, we'll get you a terrific design on the first proof, and you're on your way! Until next time...


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