How You Can Tie Dye

Beginner Techniques

Easy steps · Should take 1 day

Materials: fiber-reactive dye, soda ash, Synthrapol or equivalent laundry detergent …


  • Gather your supplies and set up your work area.
  • Prewash your garments with a laundry detergent like Synthrapol.
  • Mix your dyes according to the package instructions.
  • Pre-soak your garment in a soda ash solution, if necessary.
  • Fold or crumple your fabric to create the design. Secure the folds with rubber bands or string.
  • Apply the dye.
  • Let it sit. (Be Patient!)
  • Rinse, wash, and wear your garment.

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Why do we celebrate world design day at Craftwell?

This day celebrates all different aspects of design. Not just aesthetics but form and function. It keeps our work interesting and exciting. It touches visual communication, graphic design, and promotional awareness.

Our products and services would be worthless without the value of design. 


Thanks to all designers!

Image Courtesy of – cottonbro design


Maui Jim Sunglass Onsite Event Program

Maui Jim Sunglasses offers a custom fitting experience where we come on-site to fit your guests with their choice of Maui Jim sunglasses. Our minimum for an in-person sunglass fitting is 50 people.

We are also offering Digital Gifting Options in case you can’t all be together in person or have a smaller group, our minimum for digital gifting is 25 pairs. 

If you would like pricing for an upcoming event, Our product consultants would like to kindly request the following information:

  • Name of program:
  • Location of program (hotel name included):
  • Type of program (digital/in-person or hybrid):
  • Date of program:
  • Type of program (i.e. sales meeting, incentive, golf, etc.) :
  • Number of attendees:
  • Per person gift budget:
  • Demographics of group:
  • Any additional information important to the group:


  • Container Fees Dropping
  • More Vessels Coming Online
  • World Traffic Slowing
  • More Normal Situation Mid 2023

Logistics News

Current Affects On Promotional Products

Logistics Update (Read time: 2 min 588 words)


The cost of shipping goods across the Pacific has dropped approximately 75% from the year-ago level as global trade and consumer spending soften. A report in the Wall Street Journal cites inflation, the war in Ukraine and Chinese factory shutdowns as significant factors in the easing in trade activity, as well as the excess inventory several U.S. retailers and brands are sitting on. This means that sea container shipping is getting more predictable. Price and transit times are stabilizing.


Supply vs. Demand (And How This Affects Our Promo Products)


Promo companies like Craftwell Canada importing goods should see reductions in shipping costs going into 2023. In 2021 the cost of moving a container across the Pacific peaked at more than $24,300, according to our Global Logistics partner. Rates have eased over time but still stood at $14,500 at the start of summer 2022. While they remain elevated compared to pre-pandemic rates, by early October shipping rates have slipped to $7,900.


Data from Drewry shows that the cost of shipping a container from Shanghai to Los Angeles has declined 74% over the past year and 54% from Shanghai to New York.


Shipping rates may remain under pressure as a considerable number of new container ships are slated to enter freight companies’ fleets over the next few years. In 2022, Braemar PLC expects the container capacity of the world’s cargo fleets to grow 4%. In 2023, it forecasts an increase of 8.8% and in 2024, 9.7%.


In the 2015-2019 time period, 688 vessels, capable of transporting about five million containers were ordered. Since 2020, 1,056 ships, representing approximately eight million containers, have been ordered.


“Spot rates have been dropping across the board and have, on some key corridors, plunged over the course of the last month as lower demand and easing port congestion take effect,” says Patrik Berglund, CEO of shipping data provider Xeneta. “In short, this means the ‘shoe is finally on the other foot’ when it comes to upcoming contract negotiations for Q4 and beyond. The shippers are in the ascendancy, while carriers will now be competing to lock in volumes in the face of lower global demand.”


Cancellations On The Rise


The dip in demand has sparked a rise in journey cancellations among container ship operators. Xeneta reports that in September, container capacity in the Pacific was down by 13%. For the two-week period that began October 3, 40 scheduled voyages from China to the U.S. West Coast have been cancelled, and 21 from China to the East Coast. Typically, cancellations this time of year run two-to-four a week.


Cancellations – or ‘blanked’ journeys, in shipping jargon – are also up along several Asia to Europe routes as well.


Another sign that freight demand is softening is the recent and quick decline in container ship charters. The Harpex index, published by brokerage Harper Petersen & Co. and a measure of container ship rental rates, dropped 30% over an eight-week period ending in mid-September. The index declined 18% in the last week of the survey period alone.


Panamax-type container ships – so named for being at the size limit to utilize the Panama Canal – chartered at $40,000-$50,000 per day for a six-month period in mid-September, half of what they were going for just a few weeks earlier.


An analysis by shipping industry database provider Alphaliner suggests that these shifts represent changing market fundamentals for the industry. Cargo volumes and freight rates are declining, supply is rising, and congestion is easing while risks of recession persist around the world.


Recognition Collection


Recognition Ideas

Employee recognition is important because it boosts morale, increases productivity, and builds positive relationships. Praising employees for their achievements reinforces quality performance—benefitting both the staff and the organization.

When employees feel appreciated, they put in more effort, are more engaged and, in turn, are happier.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 79% of employees work harder due to recognition in the workplace.

Emphasizing strong work performance can be the difference between a content employee and one who goes above and beyond.

Employees who go the extra mile make employee recognition highly beneficial to co-employees and the organization.

Increase Productivity and Profitability
Build Connections Among Team Members
Strengthen Core Values
Reduce Employee Stress


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“Employers who reward achievement, new behaviors, anniversaries, and milestones through employee recognition programs have higher retention rates and employee engagement than those who don’t.”


With a vast array of designs in both standard stitched and non-stitched formats, Craftwell carries an extensive line of Shop Ticket Holders so users can select what will work best for their needs. Ideal for industrial settings, the holders keep documents protected and information accessible. The high-quality materials and impeccable construction allow these products to have a long lifespan regardless of what setting they are being used in. Our product consultant will help you with your product selection best suited for your use and

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