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A Quick History of Screen Printing

Nowadays, screen printing is a well-known part of society. You can find screen printing techniques implemented in art, clothing, and more. However, it’s something that many people have a less than basic understanding of.

The process itself is relatively simple. According to Wikipedia, screen printing is a “printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image.” A squeegee is used to push the ink through the mesh onto the material that is being printed. It’s an affordable and simple alternative to embroidery that many Las Vegas residents opt into.

The History

To really understand what screen printing is like today, you have to take a look at the history of the process.

Surprisingly, it starts as far back as the Song Dynasty in China around the 10th century. The rough method was improved upon across Asia over the years. Eventually, screen printing is introduced to Europe in the 18th century.

After that introduction, Samuel Simon perfected and patented a screen printing process that involved using silk fabric as the printing screen. Because of the costly materials, this was really a luxury only available to the rich in the early 1900’s. Just a few short years later, John Pilsworth created the multi-color screen process that is often used today.

Screen Printing Today

The screen printing methods that we use today became popularly accepted in the 1960’s. The real reason this process became popular had nothing to do with clothing. Artist Andy Warhol got a significant buzz going about the process when he released a screen printed adaptation of Marilyn Monroe.

In 1960, Michael Vasilantone would change the way screen printing is done forever. This artist / inventor created the rotary multicolor garment printing machine that is used today to screen print company logos and custom t-shirts. With the help of this revolutionary machine, custom screen printing on clothing has taken over more than half of the industry.

The Benefits

  1. It’s cheap. If you need an image printed on an item in bulk, custom printing is the way to do it. Several copies can be made quickly and accurately with minimal overhead.
  2. It’s fast. From start to finish, screen printing is quick and easy. There are only a few minutes between when you load the shirt (or other item) to when the ink dries. If you need a promotional item fast, this is the way to go.
  3. It’s versatile. You can create larger images with more colors without sacrificing strength or quality.

Now that you have a better understanding of screen printing and how it can benefit you, head down to the best embroidery store in Vegas. Whether you are interested in a custom screen printed tee for your business or an embroidered Christmas gift, the pros at American Stitch can help you choose the type of imprinting that will suit your needs best. For more information about custom printing in Las Vegas, call 702.233.8567.

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The History of Embroidery Runs Deep

Embroidery is an art that has been around for centuries. Here is a little insight into just how deep the roots of embroidery actually run.

The History

Embroidery is the artful use of needle and thread to decorate fabric and other materials. Historically, this was done by hand. If a freehander is particularly talented, she could add in beads, feathers and sequins to an already intricate process.

Since embroidery is done with stitches, it can be said that the art has prehistoric roots. Cave men would use thread made of plant fibers and animal parts to stitch together hides for protective clothing. Eventually, they learned they could decorate their clothes with the same stitches.

Embroidery is believed to have become an art in the Iron Age, but it is said that the Chinese may have been busy embroidering things since 3500 BCE. Archeologists have found embroidered pieces of clothing dating back throughout China’s history.
Outside of china, artifacts have been found dating back almost 3,000 years showing people from all around the world wearing the embroidered garb of their native countries. Even religious relics and household artifacts have been found.

Embroidery was also used to record events. You can see the proof of this in the Bayeux Tapestry that documented the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

The Progress

By the 1500’s you would be hard pressed to find a person not dressed with embroidered clothing. Every king, queen and member of the court in Medieval Times wore lavishly embroidered garments. Even peasants were a part of the tradition.

The Industrial Revolution changed embroidery forever. Berlin wool work began to gain popularity and is probably the picture of embroidery you have in your head. The news spread in 1851 with the Great Exhibition. Shortly after that, the cross stitch was developed. Modern embroidery was not far behind.

Embroidery Today

Most of the embroidery seen in stores today is done by machine. You can see this in the form of logos on company shirts, emblems on towels, and monograms on handkerchiefs. Even people who embroider for fun tend to use machines. Hand embroidery seem to be a lost art.

If you take an item to an embroidery store, you should know that there is free motion and computerized machine embroidery options. Free motion embroidery is a bit more complicated than its counterpart and requires a person with a lot of skill and training in embroidery to get clean, even stitches.

Computerized embroidery machines are easier to use when it comes to doing shirt embroidery in Las Vegas the right way. How much an operator has to be trained depends more on the complicated nature of the machine itself.

Become a part of a time honored tradition by taking your clothes to American Stitch for embroidery that’s clean and accurately done. For more information about custom shirt embroidery in Vegas, contact 702.233.8567.