INFORMATION ON LABELS AND HANG TAGS FOR FELT ITEMS

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This file is a collection of various messages having the common theme of making labels and hang tags for felt items, that I have collected from my reading of the various internet fiber lists, although they are primarily from the feltmaker's list. I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, most of the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter. The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the individual authors. Please respect the time and efforts of those who have written these messages. The copyright status of these messages is unclear at this time. If information is published from these messages, please give credit to the orignator(s).
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INDEX QUESTION/ANSWER TOPICS
WHAT IS A GOOD SOURCE FOR LABELS?  HOW DO I MAKE HANG TAGS FOR MY FELT?
WHERE CAN I GET SMALL QUANTITIES OF WOVEN LABELS?  
WHAT IS A GOOD SOURCE FOR WOVEN LABELS?  
   
   
   

WHAT IS A GOOD SOURCE FOR LABELS?
*8/27/97 Shannon Good.   I seem to be having a problem with the supplier of my labels, Sterling Name Tape Company. They are just becoming too flakey for me to deal with, and I am hoping that some of you may have a suggestion about manufacturers of labels who will do small quantities, say 200 or so at a time...The labels I have been getting are a simple woven label, with my design name, "IMAGO" on them in a very simple roman numeral font. I really don't want anything fancy, and I would get printed labels if I have to. I can't find anybody else who will do less than 1000 at a time, and the idea of making 1000 garments or hats by hand makes me look too far into the future! I can't even contemplate that! I have spent some time searching the web, and I find all the companies there to be into the 1000 thing. Any ideas? " Charm-Woven" is not in my scheme of things either, much too "granny" looking for my taste.
*8/27/97 Jill Gully.  I recently ordered 40 printed fabric labels from a company called IDENT-IFY LABEL CORP. P.O. Box 140204, Brooklyn, NY 11214-0204. They responded in less than ten days. Phone # is 718-436-3126 for Visa/Mastercard phone orders. The labels are white fabric with black writing and red designs around the writing. You can select from pre-made inscriptions to which you just add your name, or for a couple of dollars extra, you can have up to 4 lines of your choice. These run $7.25 for 40 $9.25 for 70 and $11.25 for 100. They also have woven labels with a selection of designs to which they add your name. It does not appear that you can get customized WOVEN labels -- just printed ones.
40 labels is $10.30 + mailing etc
80 labels is $16.60 + "
100 labels is $17.75 "
200 labels is $31.75 "
For their offer of totally custom made printed fabric labels, you have to send $1 for a custom label sample kit.
*8/27/97 Pat Spark. 
I use Northwest Tag & Label Company; 110 Foothills Road; Suite 219; Lake Oswego, OR 97034 They are printed labels, and I can't remember how many I needed to order. One thing that I like about them is that they have readymade labels such as 100% wool, dry-clean only, etc. I don't have a phone number but they're probably in the Lake Oswego phone book.
*UPDATE: 4/14/05 Pat Spark.  They have moved into Portland. Here is their URL: http://www.nwtag.com/html/about.htm  Address: 432435 SE 11th Portland, OR 97214 503-234-1054  Email: mailto:info@nwtag.com 
*8/27/97 Cynthia.  Hi everyone! I'm going to jump from "lurker status"...for the person wondering about sources for labels...how about making your own? You can have a rubber stamp made up with any artwork at a printing/stationery store. Then just use waterproof ink and stamp away. You could use fabric that could be pressed under, finished on a serger, or maybe use lightweight leather. With leather, there's no edges to finish. Anyhow, happy hunting!

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WHAT IS A GOOD SOURCE FOR WOVEN LABELS?
*4/12/05  Lauri Chambers. I got good results with Seattle Garment Exchange. I think their minimum order is 5000 labels-mine were quite simple and cost me about $500. Actually I ended up with 10,000 for $50 more. If you want them to look good go for damask. They will make samples for you from your design and then you can work with them on changes to get exactly what you want. I found them to be easy to work with even though I can get pretty obsessive.........
*4/12/05 SusanSW. Anyone have a source for less than 5000 (or 10000) labels??? <g>
*4/12/05 Aliza. If you google woven labels you will get quite a few hits. I used to have a whole file but I dont anymore. Most of them are happy to send you samples of their work. Some of them are cheesy and awful but there are a few of them that do a really nice woven label with very small minimums. I'll see if I can find my links on the old computer. And I may have a file full of samples upstairs too.
*4/12/05 Erika Rosenberg.  Gil Raynor, Raynor Associates gilraynorassoc@sbcglobal.net does all of my labels.
*4/12/05 Marianne DuBois.  Take a look at the Bell Label site. They are in Lewiston, Maine and have an incredible array of designs and weaves. They also do custom work. They have a $100 minimum for in-stock labels. I think there is a 5000 label minimum for custom designs.
http://www.belllabel.com/design.html
*4/12/05 Elaine Luther.  Hi, don't know exactly what your needs are and if this will work for you --but you can print your own with the RISO Print Gocco thermal silkscreen tool. It's very easy to use, great results.
*4/12/05 Susan SW.  This just showed up on another list I'm on: Look at this tutorial on making your own ribbon labels for handmade items! http://www.grumperina.com/labels.htm
*4/12/05 Ruth Walker.  Heirloom Woven Labels will do as few as a dozen labels. I have different labels made for different products, because the minimum is so low (although I always order 12 dozen at a time -- this costs about $45).
*4/14/05 Iona Loyola. This is what I found in Heirloom Labels, they have great prices and options: http://members.aol.com/heirlooml/

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WHERE CAN I GET SMALL QUANTITIES OF WOVEN LABELS?
*10/10/04 Leaha
.  I've been doing some research about woven labels and it's a bit overwhelming. Most companies want a 1000 label order. Does anyone know of a company who will do less?
*10/10/04 Camille Ludlow. Heirloom Labels. They have a website...
*10/10/04 Rebecca Lavell. I got some labels from ....heritage labels......I think....donít remember the webpage but Iím sure you can search them. It wasnít expensive and they are quite nice....black with silver writing. I donít remember how many I got. donít think it was 1000.....sorry to be so vague! Anyway give them a look.

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 HOW DO I MAKE HANG TAGS FOR MY FELT?
*4/30/96  Pat Spark.  In the USA, we have a company called Avery.  They make all kinds of labels for things.  These are sticky labels, so they are not exactly what you want.  However, they do have software for label making and in each package of their labels they have instructions for being able to type and print their labels in the various types of common word-processing soft ware packages.  Since I use Microsoft word, I have used their label specification in that program.  I have used the same specifications, even when I am not actually using the sticky labels.  I mainly use this company's labels for the slide labels I use to identify my slides for juried exhibitions and my portfolio.  To make the hang tag-type labels for my hats, I use Microsoft word. Since my laser printer will not handle heavy stock, I take the original to a photo-copier and use the heavy stock there to actually print them.  A couple of years ago, I used a desk-top publishing program for this type of job.  It was called Ventura, and I laid-out my second book using it.  However, my version crashed at about the same time I upgraded my Microsoft word to the windows version.  Since this new MS word meets most of my desk-top publishing needs, I have not bothered to get another copy of Ventura.  UPDATE:  I now have a laser printer that will handle card stock and I use Photoshop.  I like to use the pre-perforated business card stock to make the labels.  It is easy to separate and I don't need to measure anything on the paper cutter.  Then I use a hole punch to make the hole and attach it to the item with string and a small safety pin. 


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