Re: Neckerchief source
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 11:37:40 -0700
You may wish to consider having an embroidered neckerchief patch made by
one of the international vendors; then sew the patch onto a fabric. We
have had good luck doing this for National and World Scout Jamborees.
You can get a very nice diamond or triangular shaped neckerchief patch
made for a reasonable amount. Production costs depend on how many colors
your design requires, the percentage of embroidery you prefer
(100% embroidery looks best) as well as the quantities you order
(the more you order, the les the per item cost is). As an example, our
last National Jamboree patch had about 8 colors, solidly embroidered, and
ordered in quantities of about 500 for around $3.85. Our World Jamboree
neckerchief had about 13 colors, solidly embroidered, and ran about $6.00
for 200 (it was very spectacular, designed by our SPL).
The advantage of the patch is versatility. If the neckerchief is
damaged, stained, or just worn out, the patch can be removed and sewn on
a new neckerchief. This is a better arrangement than having the emblem
embroidered directly onto the fabric. Also it is generally easier to get
a more complex and beautifully detailed design done on a patch than one
embroidered directly onto a neckerchief fabric.
Most units have a mom who is very good with a sewing machine and can
"serge" the edges of the neckerchief and sew on the patches in "record"
time. So your only additional cost really is the fabric and some thread.
We found that a cotton polyester blend available at most fabric stores
holds up the best and doesn't wrinkle or stain too badly.
We have had very good results in ordering our patches(and getting
excellent pricing) from "Wilderness Specialities" in Newton, Kansas.
Doug Lloyd is the owner and does a lot of Scout orders. He is on
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can fax a design to him or send him a
color sketch and he will give you a quote and facilitate your order.
There may also be other vendors known to Scouts-L subscribers if they
would care to share the resource information about this topic.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City