Saturday, April 10

Item of the Month

Seattle Slicker

April showers bring May Flowers! We all know that the fabulous weather we have been having in Rochester the past few days will probably not last. Rain or shine, our tough Seattle Slicker shrugs off wind and water just like the city's most seasoned residents.

100% waterproof nylon shell with PVC coating
Nylon mesh lining
Front zippered pockets; interior pocket with hook and loop closure
Adjustable cuffs with hook and loop closures
Open hem

Adult Sizes: XS-4XL
$38.00 - includes embroidery

Thursday, April 8

What We're Up To

The Hottest Looks are a Cool Way to Raise Money!

At the NNEP conference we attended in March, we learned about the latest decoration techniques for apparel. What is all the rage in popular stores like the Gap and Abercrombie and Fitch is available for customization right now!

Mult-layer appliques, like the Panthers, Hawks, and Cheer! logos at right, can be made to order for any team or organization. They are a high end look and offer a great opportunity for fund raising. These appliques can be applied to many items and the minimum order is low.

Chenille lettering, like the number 5, is a great vintage look - think Varsity jackets. Available in multiple sizes and color combinations, chenille lettering can also be combined with embroidery.

Add "Bling" with crystals! Like the Class of '09 image, almost any picture or wording can be made into a crystal transfer.

All of these great apparel decoration techniques, and many more, are available at Robben's Nest Stitchery. If you are looking for a great, unique way to raise money for your organization or show team spirit, CALL US today to arrange a consultation!

Monday, April 5

What's New At Robben's Nest

We are heading into the month of April with some exciting new developments to Robben's Nest Stitchery! We are adding a second embroidery machine to the shop, we attended a great conference and we have started to deliver our first batch of varsity jackets.

Our new Tajima 15 needle commercial embroidery machine will be delivered in the next couple of weeks. We are very excited! This machine will be more robust and faster. By adding a second machine, we are increasing our production capacity and decreasing our per piece embroidery time - making our pricing even more competitive. We will send out a quick email when it arrives if anyone is interested in coming by and taking a look!

In mid-March, we attended the National Network of Embroidery Professionals annual conference in Dublin, Ohio. What a great experience to be surrounded by other professionals in the decorated apparel industry and to learn about "What's New". We attended a class on all of the new decorative threads available for machine embroidery - including wool, soft metallics and even fire resistant thread. Classes on sales and marketing on the internet were also very interesting.

The wool varsity jackets with leather trim details by Holloway have been very well received. Each jacket is custom made to order, with hundreds of possible combinations in color and options. We are looking to increase our varsity jacket sales and this order has gotten us off to a great start!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 4

Beautiful Weekend - Full of Painting

What a beautiful weekend we had! Nice to be at home and relax. I made a great ham dinner, with steamed asparagus and garlic smashed potatoes and raisin sauce. YUM! Since the weather was so lovely, we took the opportunity to finally finish the painting on our picket fences at the end of the drive. The flowers are not yet up, except the daffodils, so it went very smoothly. Stop by and check it out if you happend to be passing by! I am working on the latest version of the Robben's Nest Stitchery newsletter and will be posting the latest news on the blog as well. Hope you all enjoyed the sun!!