Free sparkling spring crochet project


Tis the season! That is, the time of year when it's too warm for winter sweaters but too cold for spring dresses. What's a girl to do when she still wants to wear her art out? Crochet these lightweight fingerless mitts for Easter dresses, tea parties, Sunday school, or early morning waiting at school bus stops. The pattern is free!

Designed by April Garwood for small sizes, the gloves feature Kreinik's soft Ombre metallic yarn. This thread is so soft you won't even notice it by feel. But the variegated color adds light and shine for eye-catching prettiness. It's the perfect add-in fiber for any project needing a special touch. April chose Kreinik's Misty Violet color, which features shades of silver, lilac, lavender, and purple.

April has many more crochet patterns you'll love. Look for her on Ravelry, Etsy, Facebook, the Banana Moon Studio blog, or the Kreinik website (link to her Spring Frost Crocheted Scarf is below). Her background is impressive: a degree in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma. Her "foreground" is universal: "I have yarn in my hands as often as possible." Many patterns are ideal for busy moms who want to make things that are fashionable, creatively fulfilling, and suitable for adults or children.  Thank you, April, for sharing this free pattern with crocheters!

How to get the pattern:
Download this free pattern on the Banana Moon Studio blog here: http://bananamoonstudio.blogspot.com/2017/03/vinita-mitts-jr.html


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New needlepoint school

If you're a stitcher, look for needlework retreats and schools in your area or where you can go on vacation. Unlike high school which may have involved homework stress and emotional turmoil, needlework school is fun. It's a chance to socialize with like-minded people—making instant friends—while expanding your stitching repertoire and making something beautiful. Hopefully you will finish your project, but the goal is to learn something and have fun. Don't hesitate to sign up for needlework school.

We recently heard about a new school/retreat in the works for January 2018 at a hotel/spa in Montgomery, Alabama. Organized by Julia Snyder of Key Stitches design company and Leigh Miller of The Needle Bug, it has your interests in mind. The teacher selection is amazing:

Mary Legallet
Tony Minieri
Barbara Elmore
Robin King
Jan Rogers
Debbie Rowley
Julia Snyder
Patricia Sone
Brenda Stofft

Choose from 4-day classes, 2-day classes, or one 6-day class. Get all the details here https://www.canvasaneedlepointadventure.com/ or here https://www.facebook.com/canvasaneedlepointadventure/

Don't fear the teacher, don't fear the project, don't fear the homework…Just sign up and have fun. We're pretty sure you'll discover new ways to use Kreinik threads in some of these classes too. What a great way to become a Kreinik thread expert.


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Rumors about discontinued Kreinik colors

Rumors about discontinued Kreinik colors are circulating again. Sometimes a shop may be out of a color, or there could be a delay in production, and that's how rumors start. We recommend you check with us directly if you hear anything about Kreinik or a color.

We haven't discontinued any colors since 2014. However, in light of recent enquiries, we thought it best to list those colors again. We hate to let go of any color, but sometimes it's necessary to clean up the line and make room for new colors. If you are mid-project and run out, contact us. We may have leftover stock or can help you find a shop with leftover stock.

Keep this list handy. Share with your stitching friends and favorite needlework store to help clear up the rumors.

Discontinued Kreinik Braid Color  = Current Kreinik Braid Substitution

NM = no match

  • 034 Confetti = NM
  • 041 Confetti Pink = 044 Confetti Blue
  • 042 Confetti Fuchsia = NM 
  • 043 Confetti Green = NM
  • 070 Mardi Gras = 5011 Elfin Green
  • 195 Sunburst = 095 Starburst
  • 235 Red Ember = 307 Deep Coral
  • 271 Plum = 3223 Ametrine
  • 393 Silver Night = 622 Wedgewood Blue
  • 664 Magenta Blue = NM 
  • 3240 Opal = 095 Starburst
  • 3508 Rhumba Green = 829 Mint Julep
  • 3509 Cha Cha Verde = 008HL Green Hi Lustre
  • 3540 Bolero Black = 005 Black
  • 4001 Green Tea = 4201 Sugar Cane
  • 4002 Spiced Chai = 4202 Dusky Meadow
  • 4003 Ginseng Gold = 4203 Cattail
  • 4004 Earl Grey = 4204 Storm Cloud
  • 4005 Sugar Cube = 102 Vatican Gold
  • 4006 Rosehip = NM (slightly more lilac is 3223 Ametrine. 093 Star Mauve, or 023 Lilac; slightly pinker is 007HL Pink Hi Lustre)
  • 5002 Pixiedust = NM (close but without blue is 4013 Purple Haze or 3223 Ametrine, or without the purple is 025 Grey)
  • 5004 Love Potion = 024L Fiery Fuchsia
  • 5007 Brocade = 5006 Ore
  • 5008 Leprechaun = 009 Emerald
  • 5525 Lemon = 5725 Lollipop Lemon
  • 5530 Rosemary Green = 4201 Sugar Cane
  • 9300 Orchid = NM (closest pastel is slightly darker 093 Star Mauve)
  • 2094HL Heather Hi Lustre = NM
  • 056F Blueberry = NM 
  • 057F Grape = NM 
  • 003C Red Corded = 003 Red
  • 005C Black Corded = 005 Black
  • 007C Pink Corded = 007 Pink
  • 008C Green Corded = 008 Green
  • 011C Nickel Corded = 010HL Steel Grey
  • 012C Purple Corded = 012 Purple
  • 032C Pearl Corded = 032 Pearl
  • 034C Confetti Corded = NM (closest but without black is 095 Starburst)
  • 041C Confetti Pink Corded = 044 Confetti Blue
  • 051C Sapphire Corded = 051HL Sapphire Hi Lustre
  • 104C Colonial Gold Corded = 210 Gold Dust
  • 208C Wine Corded = 080HL Garnet Hi Lustre
  • 225C Slate Corded = 025 Grey
  • 088C Lily Pond Corded = 4201 Sugar Cane

For more information:

• Visit the individual thread pages on http://www.kreinik.com/ to see which colors are available in which thread sizes

• Download color charts here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Downloadable-Color-Charts.html

• Buy a metallic color card here: https://www.kreinik.com/shops/Kreinik-Metallic-Thread-Color-Card.html



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How to create a stained glass quilt

 A review of the new C&T Publishing book  "Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined" by Allie Aller

It's a truth universally acknowledged that stained glass is an art form. The stained glass artist uses color, design, meaning, expression, technique…the same qualities used by quilters, stitchers, weavers and other textile artists. Reproducing stained glass ideas in fiber seems like a natural marriage, and it's the subject of the newest quilting book from C&T Publishing and Allie Aller.

Allie is the friend we all need—kind, brilliant, funny, creative, warm, encouraging, champion, food lover, family focused, teacher, supporter. With her quilt books, you have her at arm's length. We met Allie years ago at Quilt Market through her gorgeous crazy quilt work. She has created and taught stunning design work using Kreinik threads for embroidery on quilts, inspiring us and thousands of quilters to explore threads, stitches and techniques.

For quilters, Allie's newest book, "Stained Glass Quilts Reminagined," will educate and inspire. Why? It pushes the boundaries of what you thought stained glass quilts could be, teaches you fresh ideas, and shows you how to create your own patterns. "Many areas of design can lend themselves to stained glass quilt work," Allie says. "If you think of stained glass quilting as "outlined" art, any design based on simple line drawings or shapes can be transformed into a pattern." Imagine the possibilities: making custom, personalized designs for family, church, community centers, schools, etc.

Ideas for making stained glass quilts easier and better fill the 100-page softcover, full-coior book. You are going to like the three ideas to add "leading" between the pieces—it's time to expand your world from bias tape. You can have a little fun here. Wait until you see what she's done with Kreinik metallic threads. (Side note: stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic oxide to the raw materials.)

These quilts by nature are not heavily embellished, but there are ways to add depth and dimension through outlining options. She uses Kreinik 1/14" Ribbon—our widest metallic—to create gold leading in the "Windy Sunshine" quilt, for instance. The metallic is a simple update that transforms the design from "lovely!" to "Oh wow!" As Allie notes, "Those outlines don't always have to be black."

And that is one of the best messages of the book: you don't have to do things the way they always been done. Take a common theme, classic motif, or age-old design and explore. Try a variety of materials, explore different techniques, break out of the box. Whether you're creating in glass, fabric or threads, expanding you're artistic endeavors will free your imagination. That is what creativity is all about.

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Designs copyright © 2017 by Allie Aller from the book Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined from C&T Publishing, Inc.



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How to make better brighter string art

Thousands of clever string art ideas show up on Pinterest an DIY websites for a good reason: string art is fun. Consider the benefits: creative, easy, no counting/charting/sewing, colorful, and highly personal. You can create string art out of inspirational words, state and country shapes, or symbols that mean something to you. It's fiber art for all ages, all skill levels—even fun for group events and get-togethers.

For all these reasons, we are excited to announce a string art class at the Kreinik factory outlet store in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Create some "luck" with a fun, easy four-leaf-clover string art project. Learn techniques and play with bright sparkling string. Make it your own with different wood and string options.

The Details:

  • WHAT: "Lucky" four-leaf clover string art design for your home, garden patio, or give as a gift
  • WHERE: Kreinik factory outlet store, 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26101
  • WHEN: March 4, 2017 at 10 am
  • WHO: All ages are welcome
  • COST: $10
  • RSVP: By email (info@kreinik.com) or call 304-422-8900

If you remember string art in the 1960s and 70s, embrace the new take on this creative, expressive craft. If you're young, getting your first home, apartment, or dorm room and want to create something meaningful, you will love string art. Just think of all the fun designs you can create with colorful fibers like Kreinik metallic and glow-in-the-dark threads.

See you in class? More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/270691190034453/

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Fun new fuzzy fibers for your stitching pleasure

Quick: name five things that are fuzzy (bonus points for fuzzy metallic things). How about: garland on Christmas trees, legs on spiders, flower centers, bushy eyebrows, other, ahem, hairy things, peaches, caterpillars, lots of bugs actually, baby chicks, moldy cheese, your brain after a long weekend. How many could you list? Nature and life itself are full of texture. It makes things visually interesting and tactile.

You can recreate the fuzzy factor of true life objects with Kreinik's Micro Ice Chenille in your favorite hobby: needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery, fly fishing, crochet, knitting, weaving. It adds whimsy, dimension, texture, and just plain visual interest to a design. The line includes basic shades like black, pearl, peacock, green, pink, yellow and more. We just added four colors—and three are going to be perfect for your next Christmas Project.

What are the new colors?
  • Silver 101
  • Gold 221
  • Red/Green 020
  • Copper 021

What is Micro Ice Chenille and where can you use it?
  • it's a fuzzy metallic
  • use for buggers, and bodies in fly fishing
  • couch in needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, crazy quilting for surface embroidery (couch it with a Kreinik Cord or Very Fine #4 Braid, rather than stitch in and out)
  • combine it with any other fiber for cording and trims on stockings, ornaments, etc
  • crochet little accessories and appliques (wreaths, flowers)
  • use it in duplicate stitch in knitting (like a spider!)

Where can you get it?

Six places to get more information:

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How to use two fabulously inventive laying tools for stitching

 Now that the Major Football Game is over, we move on to celebrate the next holiday: National Inventor's Day! It's this week, February 11. Time to honor creative people for enabling us to do things like zip up a jacket, ride an elevator, turn on a light, microwave lunch, play with bubble wrap, and write with a pen.

"Many inventors go their whole life without recognition for their creation while others are household names," cites www.nationaldaycalendar.com. "Nearly everything around us is the result of someone tinkering in their garage, laboratory or basement trying to find a solution to a problem."

The list of people to thank is infinite: the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, George Washington Carver, Alfred Noble, Louis Braille, plus Clarence Birdseye, Ernie Fraze, Mary Phelps Jacob, and Jerry Kreinik…

Yes, the creator of Kreinik threads for cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, weaving, crafting and fly fishing invented many things during his lifetime of engineering. He holds the patent for dustless and instant-igniting charcoal. He worked on textiles for submariners and polar explorers, on zippers, buttons and fastener technology (like the D ring used by millions today). We asked son Doug Kreinik to name a few of Jerry's inventions: "He worked on knitted paper fabric for dresses, foam plastic furniture, resins for table top creations using fabric inserts, many jigs for lean manufacturing, rain proof fabrics, nylon evenweave fabric for needlepoint inserts…" And the list goes on.

Speaking of needlepoint, let's use National Inventor's Day as a chance to explore two rather helpful tools that someone created to make stitching easier. In our year of "The ABCs of Kreinik," we come to:

Bodkin
B is for Bodkin and Bent Weaver's Needle

A stitcher can use either one of these unique tools to help guide threads into place. The result? Your stitching will look more beautiful.

WHAT'S A BODKIN?
  • A kind of needle with a large eye designed for threading tape, cording, or ribbon through something.
  • Back in the olden days when drawstrings were main fasteners, these were pretty useful for keeping yourself together.
  • If you're cord has ever retreated back into the waistband of your sweatpants or hood of your jacket, you know how annoying that can be. A Bodkin is kind of like the safety pin you use to pull the end back out.
  • There are several types of Bodkins. Kreinik's version is flat and has two eyes (a large square eye and a long slot) for threading different types of materials.
  • Sharper-point Bodkins  are used in fly fishing for more precise placement of fibers (in making flies).
Bent Weaver's Needle
WHAT'S A BENT WEAVER'S NEEDLE?

HOW DO I USE THEM?

For cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery:
  • Use either as laying tools to help you lay a thread smoothly on your design. So whether you do cross stitch, needlepoint, or embroidery, these tools will make your stitches look better.
  • As you make your stitch, hold the Bodkin or Bent Weaver's Needle in your other hand and stroke the thread, encouraging it to lay flat or smooth as the stitch is placed. Stroke the thread as many times as needed until the fibers look good, even, smooth, flat, etc, then complete your stitch.
For sewing, quilting, or finishing:
  • Use them to thread a ribbon, shoelace, elastic, or cord through a hem or seam (as in a drawstring bag). Thread your ribbon/cord/etc through the eye or slot, and let the pointed end be the forward end, easily guiding the material through the channel.
  • Use the flat Bodkin to keep a ribbon from twisting as it is threaded through the hem/seam/channel.
Celebrate both on National Inventor's Day

Both the Bodkin and Bent Weaver's Needle were invented to make stitching something easier. Get one of each and see how they work (Kreinik's are very inexpensive). Then take a moment on February 11 to thank the inventor's of both, plus anyone who looked at a need or problem and came up with a creative solution. If you're a stitcher, keep creating and experimenting. If you're a teacher, keep encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. If you're a tinkerer, keep tinkering. It's always good to make life better, easier, safer, and more fun, yes?


10 places to get more information:
  1. Purchase a Kreinik Bodkin: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Bodkin.html
  2. A 1912 Bodkin patent: https://www.google.com/patents/US1081604 (great illustration and description of usage in sewing)
  3. A 1906 Bodkin patent: https://www.google.com/patents/US822728 (also useful in understanding how they work in sewing)
  4. Marth Edlin's bodkin, from the Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/videos/m/video-martha-edlins-casket/ (can you spot the flat bodkin?)
  5. Elegant Arts Antiques extensive study of bodkins throughout history: http://elegantarts.com/Newsletter2.pdf
  6. Purchase a Kreinik Bent Weaver's Needle: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Bent-Weavers-Needle.html
  7. Purchase a Kreinik Bent Weaver's Needle, gold pated: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Gold-Plated-Bent-Weavers-Needle.html
  8.  "What's a laying tool?" by mary Corbet, http://www.needlenthread.com/2011/10/whats-a-laying-tool.html
  9.  Inventors behind 10 of the most useful inventions ever: http://www.businessinsider.com/ten-inventions-you-never-knew-had-inventors-2011-3
  10.  13 inventors you've never heard of: http://mashable.com/2013/11/15/inventors/#ajDsy5xKpiqR

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