Wednesday, May 29, 2013

my day :: custom printing :: suzy bags

A few of you may already have seen these market bags around the place :: they are a collaboration between Yardage Design and Suzy Hausfrau Yarn Store. The design is based on my tram roll menu, but with knitter words and abreviations I know nothing about! Anyway, today I printed the second run of these for Renae, and thought I would snap some pics along the way ...


Each printing job is different :: it is changed by the climate, the screen, the squeegee and the ink. In this particular case, the combination of the design (lots of block colour as well as fine details) and the consistency of the ink make it a little tricky. This one needs two very swift passes at just the right pressure to get it right.


It also takes time to change the bags over between printing, so the screen must be flooded every time to avoid drying out or clogging, and misprints. I hate misprints (even though they are inevitable some days)!


This job has also been interesting as I had to make the ink match a particular Pantone colour ~ 246 to be exact. I tend to mix by eye normally, but this colour (a purpley pink) was tricky and the pantone formula didn't quite do it, so we ended up with a 246 "tweek" which is so pretty and works really well with the design (hard to see in this pic due to the light).


So there you have it ~ a sea of drying bags, ready to be heatset and posted to Renae; and, a peek into my day. If you like these, they are available to buy here!




6 comments:

Its raining cats and frogs said...

They look so cute! I love seeing the process of printing too

Naturally Carol said...

I really do like those bags and the variation of your trolley roll. Great knitting bags!

Christina Lowry said...

Love these peeks into your process! A year or two ago I wouldn't have understood those abbreviations either. Think these bags will need to go on my covet list... :)

Miss said...

So clever!
Love seeing pics of the printing process, too!

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

They look great!
Loved seeing how you do it - thanks!

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