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Taming Texture Pt. 2: Embroidering on Knit Hats / Beanies

Embroidering on knit hats can be difficult, but as a follow-up to my first article in this series, it only made sense to tackle one of the top textured garments for the coming cool weather. Beanies, toques, knit caps, or whatever you prefer to call them, are frequent subjects of conversation among new digitizers and . . . Read More

12 Sep 2017
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What I Learned while Teaching

Teaching isn’t just the best way to learn the subject you’re teaching, it’s the best way to find out how much you still have to learn. I’ve recently concluded my first series of seminars on machine embroidery for the fantastic people at the Decorated Apparel Expo (affectionately known as DAX). I taught at shows in . . . Read More

09 May 2017
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3D Foam Tribal Heart by Erich Campbell

Jane Swanzy’s Tribal 3D Foam Heart Skirt

As someone who occasionally creates stock designs for embroidery, it’s always fun to see the projects that embroiderers create based on your designs.; This week, I was absolutely amazed at the work shared by my long-time friend in the industry, Jane Swanzy. Jane is the proprietor of Swan Threads in Houston, Texas, and has won . . . Read More

08 Mar 2017
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Erich Talks Movie Prop Embroidery with 2 Regular Guys

What you may not know about the little Albuquerque-based company for which I work, is that we have done a ton of decoration for the flourishing local film and TV business in New Mexico. From Albuquerque’s most recognizable shows, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, to AMC’s Preacher, to NBC’s the Night Shift, to countless . . . Read More

09 Feb 2017
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MAKE: Learn the Lingo in simulated machine embroidery by Erich Campbell

Erich Featured by Make: Magazine – Learn the Lingo, an Embroidery Glossary

Though I attempt to keep most of my content here to posts that have their own content to spare, there are times when it’s entirely worthwhile to re-blog a piece I’ve done elsewhere. For me, it’s this embroidery glossary from the one and only Make: Magazine. In this installment of ‘Learn the Lingo’, maker extraordinaire Caleb . . . Read More

05 Jan 2017
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Taming Texture part 1 towels, fleece, and fur

Taming Texture, Pt. 1: Machine Embroidery on Towels, Fleece, & Fur

Embroidery is a textural art, but the texture of the substrate sometimes interferes. The texture of embroidery, in short, its ability to play with light and shadow is one of its greatest assets. Sadly, when the fabric on which you embroider is excessively textured, you may find your embroidery obscured and sunken into the material. . . . Read More

14 Dec 2016
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Getting Down to (improve your) business

Getting Down to (Improve your) Business: Success in the Seasonal Lull

Crunch time doesn’t last forever. What could you do with your ‘down time’ to make your business more successful? At the end of the year, embroiderers and apparel decorators of all sorts are busily turning over production, fulfilling gift orders, personalizing everything that a needle will punch through or a print will stick to. In the . . . Read More

01 Dec 2016
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Performance takes FOCUS

Tuning Up your Embroidery Shop’s Performance – It Takes Focus

Aside from your willingness to work, there is nothing more important to your performance than focus. If I’ve learned one thing in talking shop with hundreds upon hundreds of apparel decorators, it’s that the largest hurdle they face usually isn’t a technical problem or a lack of skill.  Even when they do have decorating techniques . . . Read More

18 Nov 2016
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Your Guide to Seasonal Survival Scheduling your Gift Orders Honesly

Seasonal Survival Guide – Handling Holiday Orders

It’s November, and there’s no time like the present to rev up your business for the gift-giving season! In this month’s Printwear Magazine, I’ve prepared a Seasonal Survival Guide to help you manage the incoming storm of embroidery orders while you maintain readiness for all of the wacky seasonal specialties your shop must decorate between . . . Read More

04 Nov 2016
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What are Dad Hats? Shows a picture of a soft-crowned hat with an embroidered Chile motif

What are Dad Hats? (Over)explaining the New (Un)cool

What are Dad Hats?  Put very simply, they are unstructured, curved-bill caps with fabric strap, buckle closures that feature simple decorations, like small iconic images or lines of text, centered on the front panels. Put in context, Dad Hats are a reaction to everything that recently made hats cool. Dad hats fly in the face . . . Read More

28 Oct 2016
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