Based in Essex we are a family run business who have spent the last few years battling with various printing companies across the world and still to this date have not been 100% happy with the final product or service we have received whether it be from extreme shortages, no attempt at scaling adjustments so elements would look squashed, poor details or just awful fabric quality with zero durability. Even worse, when you need help or have a query, nobody seemed to care.
We are a small run outfit which have set up in order to try and help small shops and hobbyists get their prints back quicker without a huge expense even though we are capable of larger runs for higher turnover companies.
Print amounts start at just one metre per a design.
Our aim is to keep evolving and adapting to be as environmentally friendly as possible so a major factor for any decision we make is sustainability and what impact will we have on the environment during the start to finish process. This has seen us change the way we print in 2021. We now use child safe water based pigment inks instead of reactive dyes so there is now zero water used in the processing and the energy being used is a fraction of the amount that you use from the post process steaming and washing to fix the dyes, which can be 140,000 watts and 600+ litres of water an hour. We are an environmentally friendly pigment printer which comes at a cost with some designs. The saying "you cant have it all ways" really does apply to textile printing. Because of this some darker colours, blacks and brighter out of gamut range colours for our printer may not be as deep, bright and bold with certain designs in their appearance. Really bright colours may also have what ive heard people call "a washed out effect" as they are pulled back to the nearest colour printable. Depending on the lighting, solid black backgrounds can look really dark grey or even have a cmyk washed out hazed effect as to can some really darker colours as solid backgrounds. This is due to the light reflecting off the fabric as pigments inks are a surface print rather than a dye. With reactive printing the dyes can get drawn into the fabric slightly further due to the chemical coated fabric during steaming at 102-105 degrees which is the "reactive" part. This is also where the vibrancy happens with reactive printing. If you are wondering why reactive dye printing uses so much water when post washed it is because you need to wash all the excess dye from the fabrics that did not fix and this can take anywhere between 1 and 6 hours. Its also handy to know that RGB colours you can see on your screen may not be able to be replicated fully on physical print. We have found with our new system colours chosen nearer CMYK colour gamut have a better chance of replicating well, even though we have an sRGB printer so it can push the boundaries well past CMYK. We also never massively over saturate the files, like many overseas printers do, unless requested. I own a Samsung S8 which really saturates the images I view to the point where it actually changes the colours of the designs a lot of the time. Please check on other PC, laptop or phones so you can see how your design may turn out. We are really easy to talk to so if in any doubt about anything please just ask us.
We highly recommend that if you are use to printing overseas (this includes third party UK PYO companies) that you do a test metre first to check the results due to the previous paragraph.
We pride ourselves on the detail we are able to achieve on jersey fabrics, the quality of the fabric, its actual content, the recovery of our cotton and branded lycra's and also the way we print. The technique we have set up loses that strong surface feel that you would normally get with pigment printing on fast manufacturing runs.
Yarns change throughout the seasons and even though the final knits will be the weights they say they are they may feel slightly thicker or thinner at different times. Being a naturally grown product there is no exact science involved and even throughout a roll some parts may weigh in slightly different depending whether you take a sample from the middle or the sides of the roll. All weights are an estimated all over. We weigh all new batches that feel different before printing to make sure they are as stated.
We, the printers, and designers always suggest ordering strike offs before main runs.
We are constantly in talks with our suppliers, who use correct organic or OEKO-TEX certifications for their yarns in their UK mills, in regards to knitting further fabrics. We are making sure everything is to the highest quality before we add them to the site.