ImagesMagUK_June_2024 02 images JUNE2024 SHOPTALK 04 Editorial 08 Print Shop Pooches # 103 Pippa and her pups from Supacolour 18 Decorated product of the month 22 Readers’ choice 76 Up close & personal Maria Palma of Wilcom NEWSHUB 06 Industry news One+All invests in solar energy, Colormaker celebrates sustainability advances, Sabur releases Neolt DTF cutter, and Fresh Air welcomes the first Spyder III system KNOWLEDGE BASE 28 Business Clinic Redundancy law changes, and the future of Royal Mail 30 Anatomy of an embroidery This intricate piece, created by Alice Slater of Londonbased embroidery house Hand & Lock, showcases a wide variety of techniques and demonstrates what is possible when top-notch embroidery skills are combined with a highly creative imagination 36 Talking trends: Organic & recycled apparel Tracy Richards of Neutral reports that consumers are making the move to conscientious consumption and, what’s more, they are prepared to pay a premium 48 Lighting up your path Make your designs shine this summer with some bright advice from Dominic Bunce of embroidery digitiser David Sharp 50 Digital helpdesk Want to know whether a hot wash will trash your carefully applied DTF print, or if a fast spin cycle will compromise its longevity? David Sweetnam, director of lab services at Keypoint Intelligence, reveals the results of his independent DTF wash tests 58 How sustainable is DTF? Andy Hancock of Indie Ink weighs up DTF printing from a sustainability perspective and suggests a four-point plan that all DTF users can follow to minimise their environmental impact 68 Higher tension, lower stress! Will Pearson of Phantom Screenprint argues that too many printers are burying their head in the sand when it comes to mesh tension. Here, he shares his cure for your shop’s tension headaches 70 Two routes to beanie perfection Liz Woodhouse of Embroidery Academy shares two ways to stitch a design onto a beanie 72AskTony This month, Tony takes a wander down memory lane to answer the question: how and why did discharge printing on garments come about in the UK? PRODUCT FOCUS 38 No longer niche? More decorators are now insisting on blank apparel made from organic cotton and recycled fabrics. We review the latest styles for your ‘planet-conscious’ customers 52 Unsung heroes If digital printers are the stars of DTF printing, then items of ancillary equipment are the essential supporting cast. We review the latest innovative solutions on the market 60 Everyday essentials Screen inks, digital inks, HTV, DTF films and powders, threads, backings… Our round-up of garment decoration consumables has something for every print and embroidery shop 66 Dishing out style From smart shirts and polos to versatile aprons and accessories, blank garment suppliers offer a well-stocked menu of customisable items for your hospitality and catering industry customers. We tuck into this year’s tastiest options INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT 32 Go-getters Brian Withey reveals how Birmingham garment decorator Printigo set up in a once derelict supermarket and has never looked back CONTENTS 34 32 66 6402 68 72 52 36