High Designing Services

As specialist printers and dyers, we operate mainly from designs commissioned by our customers, producing both apparel and furnishing fabrics to the highest standards.

Stead McAlpin has been manufacturing high-quality furnishing fabrics since 1835.

As specialist printers and dyers, we operate mainly from designs commissioned by our customers, producing both apparel and furnishing fabrics to the highest standards.

Always striving to move ahead, we keep abreast of the latest technology and continually search for ways to improve our operational techniques.

Printing

Our modern, highly flexible printing operation enables us to offer our customers rotary screen, flat screen and digital printing.
  •  Extra wide up to 3.2 meters prints
  •  We can print as little as 10 meters
  •  Rotary, flat, and digital machines

Type of Printing

Rotary is conventional way of printing using rolled nickel screens, and can allow up to 24 colours.
Flat-screen or flatbed is another convenient way of printing that uses silk mesh screens, up to 25 colours.

Dyeing

Using our piece dyeing service, customers are able to create a ground shade for printing or dye solid shades or cross-dye.

Types of Dyeing

  •  We can dye to match any shade using the expertise of our colour chemists
  •  We have pigment, reactive, VAT and high temperature disperse dyeing for man-made fibres.
  •  We also have the ability to cross dye in our soft flow air jet machines.

Finishing

Using our expertise and state of the art equipment, we are able to apply various types of finishes to meet your requirements.

Expertise

We also offer a number of finishes, including: Calendering, Schreinering, Chintzing, Compressive shrinking, Emerising, Airo-tumble finishing, Open width tumbling, and Chemical finishes including specialty coating and flame retardant finish.

Design

The design studio is made up of a team of talented artists who all have a wealth of experience in the industry.

Explore

If required we offer an in-house design service that can simply make designs print-ready from your existing images, or we can produce a new design from an initial idea to one that is fully repeated and separated.

Base Cloths

We have a wide range of over 50 ground cloths in stock onsite, and can source others if required from suppliers.

Materials

Linens, Linen unions, Cotton, Satins, Velvets, Silks, Duck, Trevira CS, Dobbies, and Jacquards.

We have a variety of weights of cloths suitable for apparel, interiors, upholstery, and outdoors; as well as numerous shade and blind fabrics.

Milestones

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Create Your Own Style

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The Stead McAlpin Archive: Memories From Our History

Our customers have access to over 25,000 designs in the design archive, dating from the end of the 18th Century to the 20th Century. This amazing archive encompasses a wide range of design styles and contains work by famous designers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Our customers have exclusive use of their selected designs and may reproduce them as they are, or adapt them as they wish.

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Daisey Dress by Kaja Clothing
Lyle Vintage Leather Holdall
Gabardine Trousers by Sherman

Over our vast history, we have printed for Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, and other Royals, as well as Winston Churchill, and the Titanic. We are also proud to print for many famous designers, including Lucienne Day, William Morris, and Harry Wearne to name a few.

We won medals at both the Society of Arts and the International Fair in 1862.

We are here to help

If you have any questions about our products, please fill in the form and we will be in touch right away.

Stead McAlpin
Cummersdale Print Works
Carlisle
CA2 6BT
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1228 525224
E: enquiries@steadmcalpin.co.uk

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