our family loves to create things. we have much of our house dedicated to arts and crafts projects and the kids always have easy access to glue, scissors, glitter, crayons, markers, pencils, paper, you name it. anything to create something. when i started getting into fabric dying, it seemed a natural to include the kids in on the fun. we started just creating shirts for ourselves, unfortunately, one can only have so many home-made shirts before it starts to feel like that’s all you have. that’s why we created palo verde threads: it’s our way to keep creating and not overflow our own closets with shirts.
this truly is a family business. our two kids, belize (age 8) and reef (age 5) help out with tying, dying, wash out, design patterns and great shirt ideas. my wife, marissa, helps out with some wonderful shirt ideas as well as photos that we use to create our artwork. the seahorse shirt was taken from a pic she took.
we all really like the free flowing patterns of tie-dye (though i, personally, don’t wear it all that much), but we also like the crisp lines and sharp detail you can get with screen printing. that’s why most (maybe all) of our shirts involve some combination of tie-dye and screen printing. we have also experimented with stamping (duffy bear shirt), batik (matterhorn shirt), sun-printing, dip dying and tub dying. we’ve also experimented with many different dyes, inks and color discharge. we really like fiber reactive dye from dharma trading company, which we use for both tie-dye and screen printing. we also screen print with color discharge. i really like to screen print the discharge onto a black tee and then tie dye it which is what we did for our claw machine shirt which is my personal favorite. now and again, we’ll use some metallic inks (you can’t get a metallic looks from dye) to up the fun on a shirt (check out pot o' gold).
i also love to build stuff and this field gives me plenty of opportunity to create. when i got my screen printing press (no, i decided not to create a screen printing press myself) i needed some place to keep it so i built a bench complete with a light-tight cabinet for storage. i’ve also build my own flash unit to dry and cure inks, dyes and discharge. since we often tie dye a pattern then print something on that pattern, aiming the screen to the shirt is very important, which is why i built a projector aiming housing. as we build more stuff to help create shirts, i’ll try and keep you all updated so you can try the projects in your own home tee shirt shop.
anyway, we really hope you enjoy poking around in our blog. feel free to copy and create anything you see here. also, if poking around our blog gives you an idea for a shirt you think we’d have fun making, please drop us a note or if you think we could help create shirts for your group don’t hesitate to ask.
thanks for visiting!