Creating your custom tie: round two!
Hi Shoppers, welcome back to our series on helping you create your perfect custom tie. You can read part one about how we create your personal artwork here. Got your design picked out? Great! Out of our previous designs, we’ve chosen the tone-on-tone paisley for our own Shop4ties ties. Now we get to choose how the ties will actually be manufactured.
Material options: polyester or silk
Once you have your artwork figured out, the next step is to decide if you’d like your ties to be made with polyester or silk. Our polyester is a smooth microfiber blend that is durable and easy to clean. This makes it an especially great choice for schools or business uniforms, where daily wear is common. Silk is a sleek and sumptuous material, a favorite material for many organizations. It is a premium choice for those that want to make an impression or for personalized gifts. Since our own Shop4ties ties will be given out for special occasions, we chose silk.
Design options: printed or woven
The next choice is between having your design either printed or woven into the chosen fiber.
Woven ties have a richer texture, and are great for showcasing a distinct emblem. Weaving the design makes it part of the fabric itself, not embroidered on top of a preexisting tie. Because weaving relies on arranging threads in the fabric, it is not as well suited for tiny details such as small letters within a logo.
In the examples above, you can see the various textures in the LSMSA tie created by weaving. The emblem for the Bishop Michael Eldon school tie is also woven. At roughly 2″ wide, its small text is visible at this size, but would not be legible any smaller. Finally, we created a woven silk sample for our Shop4ties design, so you can compare the differences between woven and printed for the same artwork.
Printed ties are created through screen printing the fabric, which allows for the ties to have sharp, crisp lines. It is ideal for more detailed designs and smaller text. It works well with repeated graphic designs, as seen in the Be The Bay and Oceanbreakers tie below. We chose our own custom tie to be printed to show off the fine details of our paisley design.
Additionally, we have the option of digitally printing ties, which is more like an inkjet process for fabric and allows for full-color designs and gradients. This makes it a great choice for reproducing artwork or complicated designs. However, digital printing has the tradeoff of a $3 per tie surcharge (or $5 per scarf, which we’ll address in a later blog).
Still can’t decide?
Contact us to receive your free samples of ties so you can see the difference for yourself!
In the next part of this series, we cover our finishing options such as tie width, woven label, and more.