‘Tis the Season for 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

It’s back! We’ve got a brand new Threadbird 12 Days of Christmas full of giveaways and holiday cheer! Yup. That’s a shiny, new giveaway every day from December 8th through the 23rd.

12 Days of Christmas

Here’s how this works. Each day we will post on Twitter and/or Facebook about how to win the scheduled giveaway. It might be a race against the clock or a test of your brain so be sure to be on the lookout, and be sure you’re following us on both social accounts – maybe even on Instagram (@threadbird).

In addition to the daily posts, you can earn 1 entry towards the final giveaway on Dec. 23rd for every 50 apparel prints ordered through Dec. 16-23. For example, order 1,000 shirts and you will earn 20 entries towards the final giveaway – $500 in Threadbird Printing credit!

So what are we giving away? We thought you might ask.

Dec. 8th – 250 Vinyl Stickers (Up to 5×3 in)
Dec. 9th – 1000 Business Cards (14pt Gloss or Uncoated)
Dec. 10th – $25 iTunes Gift Card
Dec. 11th – 250 1” Buttons (up to 5 different designs)
Dec. 12th – $250 in Threadbird Printing Credit
Dec. 15th – iPod nano (color of your choice)
Dec. 16th – 1000 Business Cards (14 pt Gloss or Uncoated)
Dec. 17th – 250 1” Buttons (up to 5 different designs)
Dec. 18th – $25 Amazon gift card
Dec. 19th – 250 Vinyl Stickers (up to 5×3)
Dec. 22nd – Apple TV
Dec. 23rd – $500 in Threadbird Printing Credit

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins and miss out. Go FOLLOW us and LIKE us and check in on Monday!

Merry Christmas from the whole Threadbird team!


Best Printing Styles for Screen Printing

There is an ongoing debate over the best way to screen print. Threadbird Printing has been working to develop an answer so that we can continue to deliver the best possible product to our customers. What we’ve found is that each style has its pros and cons and there is not one perfect process. It also comes down to who is doing the actual printing (there are good printers and bad printers) and what the customer is looking for. Personally, I like my prints to be soft, either no-feel or with a slight hand (barely any feel). However, some customers associate a thicker print with higher quality.

One of the things I love about screen printing is the science behind it. The ink, as well as the shirt itself, have such an effect on the end result. The shirt color and fabric can affect the outcome of the print. An experienced printer knows this and can help you better understand what results you will get. For example, some people believe you can only use discharge on 100% cotton shirts. This is not true; however, discharge does work “best” on 100% Cotton. On tri-blends or 50/50 blends, a discharge print will come out looking faded and vintage which may be the look you are going for. If you are not looking for a vintage print and want to use discharge ink, 100% cotton is the only option.

So, let’s take a look at the 4 most popular print styles today: plastisol, waterbase, discharge and hybrid.

Plastisol

Plastisol screen printing is the traditional style of screen printing that has been around forever. It is the most commonly used ink for screen printing because it is the cheapest and most user-friendly. It works on all types of fabrics, produces bright colors and is perfect for color matching. Like the name implies, plastisol inks are essentially plastic. The major downside to using plastisol inks is that the thickness of the ink can make the final print a bit on the rough side, which can feel heavy and less breathable. Colors can also bleed together when they touch and you do not get as much detail. Very detailed prints with small dots or lines may not print well.
Plastisol
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The Threadbird Family Is Growing: Part 2

At Threadbird we’re about quality screen printing and quality people. Recently the team has welcomed on a number of new members. We continue to focus on keeping the culture we love while prioritizing customer service and the final product. We’re really pumped about what our most recent additions bring to the lineup!


Molly Williams Threadbird

Molly Williams – Community Management

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The Threadbird Family Is Growing: Part 1

At Threadbird we love two things: quality screen printing and quality people. Over the past few months our team has welcomed on a number of new members. With each addition, we’re focused on keeping the culture we love while prioritizing customer service and the end product. We’re confident that these 3 talented guys will continue to help us do just that!


Austin Cox Threadbird

Austin Cox – Sales & Support

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A Halloween Feature: Fright Rags

Happy Halloween! In honor of the holiday and all things scary and haunting, we’re featuring Fright Rags and their impressive horror-themed designs. We always look forward to new orders and getting a peek at their newest graphics.

Fright Rags is the result of Ben Scrivens’ lifelong love of horror films, wacky shirts and a desire for a new creative outlet for his design talents. Nearly 12 years later, Ben is still loving his job. “I am one of the lucky ones in that I look forward to getting up to go to the office, don’t hate Mondays, and don’t have to punch a clock. While it’s the hardest I’ve ever worked, it’s also the most rewarding.”

From Terminator to Day of the Dead to Halloween, Fright Rags has designs featuring a range of cult classics and obscure films. When asked to pick a favorite, Ben responded with, “The designs are like my children, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. However, our Silver Shamrock and 3D Jason are among my top faves.” Our personal favorites? Ernest Scared Stupid and Cryptkeeper.

cryptkeeper ernest

Ben explained that he always has a list of films to add to the collection and requests from Fright Rags customers and fans. He went on to explain that Fright Rags has an amazing following. “It never ceases to amaze me how many shirts of ours people have. I’ve seen some collections that number over 100 shirts!” These fans keep the Fright Rags team busy year round, with an expected jump in business every October through December.

In honor of Halloween, Fright Rags has released their Halloween collection and is offering a special today-only sale — 13 designs for 31% off! Go check out the rest of their collections.

We had one final question for Ben. What is your favorite horror film? His answer: “John Carpenter’s Halloween. I saw it at age 4 when it first aired on television and it changed me. It’s what set me down a path that got me where I am today.” We’re definitely glad he ventured down that path.

jason silver shamrock


5 Cool Screen-Printed T-Shirts I’ve Seen This Week

I have a t-shirt obsession, there are A LOT in my house, its part of the reason that I work for a Printing Company, and one of the many reasons why I love what I do. I’m constantly pursuing t-shirt forums and follow tons of designers and brands on social media. While there are a ton of cool shirts out there, these are the best that I have seen this week.

1. Straw Castle’s – Call of the Wild

Strawcastle's Call of the Wild T-Shirt

I really dig StrawCastle’s style, it’s hand drawn and a bit gritty with classic American influence. You can pick this up, as well as some other great shirts, at his Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197850327/call-of-the-wild-tshirt? ref=shop_home_feat_3
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