Upload your artwork for print
Now that the designs have been completed and saved in digital format, they are ready to send to us for printing and making up. Each order is uploaded through our website www.silkbureau.co.uk/upload-form/ and tells us exactly which fabric to print on, how many scarves to print, what size they are and confirms the hemming type.
Our experienced CAD team checks the file and saves it into our bespoke software necessary for sending to our large-scale printers.
We have a variety of fabrics suitable for scarves that have been specially coated for digital textile printing. These fabrics are lightweight and offer a better ink penetration. Digital printing lays down several layers of ink on the surface of the fabric. The reverse side will always be paler and so there is an obvious difference in the front and back of the final scarf. Clare’s preferred choice is 100% Silk Twill. With a 14mm weight the silk has a distinctive diagonal weave giving it strength. An ideal choice for her outdoor themed subject.
As the ultimate purpose of Clare’s digital files are for making scarves, our highly trained Printing team know exactly which of our acid dye silk printers to use and how much saturation to apply.
Once printed, the industrial dyes used during printing have to be permanently fixed by steaming the fabric. This allows the colours to pop into vibrant intense hues picking out all the original details of Clare’s beautifully painted canvasses.
To remove any excess coating and ink the printed fabric is washed and dried ready for hemming.
Hemming the scarf
The hand finished rolled hem sews onto the reverse of the fabric rolling the hem allowance back on itself with a curved needle.
All the corners are carefully hand sewn and then the labels are added. Clare always makes sure we have plenty of her own named scarf labels which she sends to us at the time of ordering. We are happy to sew these into the printed scarves along with our own Silk Bureau care labels at no extra charge.
The scarves are now carefully pressed and packed ready to send back to Clare.
Presenting the scarf
Getting the scarves ready for her customers, Clare has also sourced her own bespoke packaging. Beautiful, branded presentation boxes and wrapping are used for each scarf. They make a wonderful gift for someone very special!