March '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 6 | PRINTWEAR M A RC H 20 1 5 TERRYCLOTH EMBROIDERY Given the background of fine straight-stitch vine motifs, it may not seem like a good fit for terrycloth, but with the addition of a well-constructed knockdown mesh fill, these doubled lines stay on the surface and maintain their shape. Lurking under the surface of the monogram is the underlay. It consists of a line of stitching following just inside the edges of each stroke, upon which is lifted a scaffold of opposing double zigzag stitches. This knocks down some of the offending pile and keeps the natural thinning and contraction of the strokes from not over- powering the design. With enough com- pensation, a fine look is created, and the pile remains intact. Better yet, if the design is executed in a tone that doesn't contrast heavily with the ground, the overall effect is that more for- giving. With less contrast, an occasional stray loop isn't as noticeable. USE STRAY LOOPS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE Embossing is the second method to make stunning terrycloth decorations. Though This towel features a cut loop pile, making its fibers even more likely to breach the embroidery. While this de- sign is far from suited for terrycloth, its use of the mesh fill and careful under- lay makes even the thin strokes of the small lettering legible and clean.

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