Two Colorful New Shoelaces

Perky up these winter days with Cupid's Kiss Shoelaces, a cheerful red/pink blend made from Kreinik threads. Robin's Egg Blue Shoelaces will get you marching into spring with their baby blue shades. Both are new colors in the C.A.K.S. line of shoelaces created by Kreinik.



C.A.K.S. Laces honor Charles Austin Kreinik who took his own life at age 28. In the end, Charles was affected by physical pain, alcoholism and depression, but in brighter days he was a gifted person of quirky humor and generous spirit. You could even spot that in his clothes: he loved wearing unique, patterned socks and bowties.

Suicide dimmed that light. However, Charles’ parents, Doug and Myla Kreinik, want others to keep theirs shining brightly.  One small way to do that is through these fun shoelaces, made from Kreinik threads in West Virginia.

Wear these colorful laces to brighten your corner of the world and show your sparkling personality. A portion of the proceeds  from C.A.K.S. Laces will benefit a fund designated for suicide prevention, addiction counseling, and grief support programs.

So lace up your shoes, put one foot in front of the other, and keep on going—or dancing! Your purchase helps others, supports grieving families, and makes the world a little brighter.

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New Kreinik Metallic Thread Colors

Fresh and cheerful, versatile and useful: the Spring 2016 Kreinik metallic thread color additions are here! Available now in Tapestry #12 Braid size (coming soon in other sizes), meet 5801 Cool Cucumber, 5802 Leap Frog, 5803 Seaside, 5804 Calypso, and 5800 Golden Blackberry. In a metallic finish—whether in home decor, clothing, jewelry, or stitchery—you either want classic and elegant, or bright and fun. The new colors cover all of these.


So how do we go about choosing new thread colors? We listen to designer and stitcher requests, plus examine the line from time to time to see what's missing. In this case, when we reorganized the Kreinik Metallic Color Card in shading order—all the greens together, all the silver shades side by side to better help you select threads for your projects)—we noticed a need for other shades. The two new green colors, for instance, work nicely into the chartreuse families. Use 5801 Cool Cucumber and 5802 Leap Frog for many designs; shades of lime are now standard for tropical, spring, floral, Halloween, and Christmas themes just to name a few.

We are always asked for shades of orange, so the new 5804 Calypso was created to offer a shade less metallic than 027 Orange but still rich in color. The gold-orange variegation in the Braid gives you a little depth and light play in the color, adding a pretty glimmer of shimmer. When it debuted at the TNNA needlework trade show this month, designers were already planning on using it in autumn and Halloween themes. 

The new color 5800 Golden Blackberry also joins our relatively new line of gold color blends. This one features a black-blue-purple-berry. The result is as royal as you can imagine, rich and classy while almost fairy tale in appearance at the same time. We think it also makes a gorgeous night sky color too. Don't you love a thread color that works in so many designs?
One of the main reasons to use a metallic thread in a needlework pattern is to replicate the metallic nature of a real-life object. Water, for example, is naturally shimmery. When you see water, snow, dew, rain etc stitched in a matte cotton or wool thread, your eye knows something is missing. Water motifs just need to be metallic, so for your stitching awesomeness, we proudly present 5803 Seaside, a blue/green/pearl mix. It has a fairy-tale quality as well, so look for places to use it in all kinds of designs.

Enrich your stitchery and perk up your projects with these gorgeous new shades. Ask or visit your favorite needlework resource for the new Kreinik, available now in Tapestry #12 Braid:

5800 Golden Blackberry
5801 Cool Cucumber
5802 Leap Frog
5803 Seaside
5804 Calypso

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Happy New Re Year

That's no typo in our headline…it is the Year of the Re, as in re-imagine, re-ignite, re-fresh, re-group, re-invent. January is always a good time to reorganize and rededicate yourself to what matters to you. Whether that means learning new needlework techniques, finishing projects, organizing your stash, teaching youngsters, or personal goals like getting fit or stopping smoking, every day gives you a chance to improve something, start anew, and be thankful. 

Here at Kreinik, our 2016 Quest is to journey with shops, designers, publications, makers, and stitchers to rejuvenate a love of color, texture and dimension in everything. We want to help you embellish the world, brighten your corner of it, share the love of all things creative, and have fun. We are thankful for you, our friends and customers, and can't wait to make life better for you in any way that we can.

Where do we begin? With three things:

1. A new Kreinik Metallic Color Card
Colors in the Kreinik metallic thread line aren't static; they move with the flow of trends, moods, and seasons. Since colors have been added, discontinued, dye lots changed, we created an updated Kreinik Metallic Color Card, available now through your favorite needlework store or www.kreinik.com. This tool (which contains actual thread swatches) will keep you organized and make it easier to pick colors for your next project. Plus, if you're reading a chart and don't recognize a number, the color card will show you the color.


2. New thread colors
Ok, we can't reveal too much about these fun new shades available in your favorite Kreinik Braids, because they are debuting at the TNNA trade show this week in California (businesses: come to the Kreinik booth! Visit www.tnna.org for show details). Trade show attendees get to see them first. We'll post pictures after the show on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr pages. You're going to love the cheerful colors that fill in some shading areas and can be used in many design themes.


3. Designer shoelaces for a cause
It may seem strange that Kreinik is coming out with a line of shoelaces, but they are simply a creative, colorful use of your favorite fibers—devoted to a worthwhile cause. The Kreinik family lost their son Charles to suicide last year. These C.A.K.S. shoelaces honor Charles and others in similar situations. A portion of the proceeds go toward suicide prevention, addiction counseling and grief support programs. They are fun, colorful, and cheerful, designed for every day wear or sports/cheerleading groups. Available in two lengths, with metal tips, the first color group glows in the dark. A special custom-lace program has been developed for groups to do fundraising with the laces. Contact us at info@kreinik.com for details.

Let's make 2016 a fabulous, fun year. Re-fresh, re-ignite, re-invent, and re-create everything that is good, colorful and creative to brighten lives everywhere.

For more information:
1. COLOR CARD: https://www.kreinik.com/shops/Kreinik-Metallic-Thread-Color-Card.html
2. THREAD COLORS: stay tuned!
3. SHOELACES: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/CAKS/

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New: Designer Shoelaces For A Cause

Shoelaces? Yes! Made from the quality, colorful Kreinik threads you use for stitching. This project of love comes from the Kreinik family, made to honor their son Charles who passed away in 2015. Charles loved colorful shoelaces, and this line was created so people of all ages could step out in fun, brighten their corner of the world, and donate to worthy causes.
C.A.K.S. Laces honor Charles Austin Kreinik who took his own life at age 28. In the end, Charles was affected by physical pain, alcoholism and depression, but in brighter days he was a gifted person of quirky humor and generous spirit. You could even spot that in his clothes: he loved wearing unique, patterned socks and bow ties.

Suicide dimmed that light. However, Charles’ parents, Doug and Myla Kreinik, want others to keep theirs shining brightly.  One small way to do that is through these fun shoelaces, made from Kreinik threads in West Virginia.

Wear these colorful laces to bring cheerful color to the day and show your sparkling personality. A portion of the proceeds  from C.A.K.S. Laces will benefit a fund designated for suicide prevention, addiction counseling, and grief support programs

So lace up your shoes, put one foot in front of the other, and keep on going—or dancing! Your purchase helps others, supports grieving families, and makes the world a little brighter. These cool laces are made with Kreinik glow-in-the-dark fibers and look awesome under a blacklight.

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Holiday Happenings


This week, many in the United States are traveling and preparing for the feast of food and friendship also known as Thanksgiving. We hope that all are safe, happy, and healthy—and we thank you for your business this year. The Kreinik factory and office will be closed on Thursday and Friday so that our staff can celebrate the holiday with their families and friends (no orders will be shipping after 3 p.m. Wednesday November 25). We will reopen on Monday, November 30.

Christmastime is here
Later this week our 25 Days of Free Christmas Projects begins on www.kreinik.com. Bookmark the page and check frequently as we add cute, classic, clever, and creative free projects to make for decor or gifts. We start with a few projects kids can do too; this is the perfect time of year to teach someone to stitch or craft.

Our own staff spent the last two weeks making ornaments for a Christmas tree, which will be auctioned for charity in the Parkersburg community. All the ornaments feature Kreinik threads, of course, because you can't have Christmas without some sparkle, right?! Take a look at some of the projects we made, including Bag O' Bits glass balls decorated with Kreinik Iron-on Threads, and a tree skirt decorated with the Iron-on Threads.


Christmas Schedule
Are you busy stitching holiday designs or organizing your projects for next year? For your Kreinik thread needs, place orders with your favorite online resources or visit your favorite needlework store as soon as you can. We will be closed for the Christmas break from December 24 through January 3.

TNNA Trade Show
We will be back January 4, welcoming the new year with a booth at the trade show: the TNNA Winter Show in San Diego, California, January 9-11. This is a trade show, open to retailers, designers, publishers and other needle art businesses, where companies like Kreinik debut new products. We are very excited to show what we've been working on the last few months. For info on the trade show, visit www.tnna.org.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kreinik family and staff!


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Update: Tokens and Trifles™ perforated paper

In 2005, the talented trio of Wendy White, Tricia Wilson, and Justyna Teverovsky of Redefined, Inc, brought an historical needlework medium back to life: die-cut perforated paper shapes in the Victorian era tradition. Recently the company announced they are closing.

Tricia provides some background on the product line's inspiration: "Back when perforation machines were developed, about 1860, the idea to combine die cutting and embossed paper with embroidery was hatched as part of the ephemera explosion of the Victorian Era." She recounts, "It was made from thick, luxurious paper with a smooth finish - and decorative edges that made the unstitched pieces works of art before the embroidery. They were the 'quick projects' of their time, often called trinkets."

Tricia, Wendy and Justyna recreated these wonderful shapes, first in a line of cards with elaborate borders, then with shapes featuring simpler lines called "Trinkets". Everyone who stitched on the shapes instantly adored them and began a collection. They connected us to stitchery's past and gave us something fun on which to stitch.

We have loved this product line from the beginning: quality perforated paper, beautiful edging to make finishing better/easier, potential for lovely designs and quick/satisfying projects. We have loved being their official distributor, providing shops with the lovely line and creating stitchery kits using the various shapes (see http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Ornament-Of-The-Month-Designs/ and http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Mini-Quilt-Collections/ ).

While the company will no longer make the products, Kreinik has stock of many shapes, see http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Tokens-and-Trifles/. We are stocking up on the most popular shapes as well to bring exciting limited-edition kits in the next year. So stay tuned to Kreinik and needlework stores for lovely projects to come.


In the meanwhile, here is the heartfelt message and story from the product creators: http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2015/11/end-of-era-tokens-and-trifles.html



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Which came first: Filament or Braid?

Stitcher Roberta recently asked us about the story behind the development of Blending Filament. "Did they come first, or did the Braids?" she asked, and "Were they meant to be used with other threads or as 'stand alone' fibers?"

Great questions, Roberta! Actually, the filaments and Braids came out at the same time. The filament was meant to be used as a blending thread, to add subtle highlights to whatever cotton or wool you use. The Braids were designed to be used as "stand alone" fibers, and were developed to be in different sizes to match (or provide perfect coverage) on common needlepoint and cross stitch fabrics or to be used in surface embroidery. Here's more detail on where Kreinik metallic threads come from, courtesy of Doug Kreinik:

In 1979, my parents, Jerry and Estelle Kreinik, loved visiting museums.  My dad spotted a 17th century sampler featuring gold work combined with silk threads and came up with an idea.  In the early 1950s, my dad worked for Naval Research.  He helped establish sizes used today for woman's clothing (during WWII it was mainly  a generic categorization of small, medium and large), invented the D ring and even created rain cap covering for officers' hats.  He also came up with the idea of using plastic metallic coated filaments to create military regalia for uniforms (the idea was nixed by the Navy at the time).  Go forward almost 30 years. He felt that the material he had seen when working for the Navy could be used for embroidery to take the place of real metal threads, which were expensive, hard to find, and could tarnish easily.

Kreinik Blending Filaments and Braids, first known as Balger (because my parents liked French sounding words) came about at the same time. My parents realized that there was a use for the filaments to give a bit of light to a blended thread, and the same material could be made into a braid to used as a separate thread or yarn. In the beginning they had Blending Filament,  #8, #16 and #32 Braids in seven colors. At the time, my mom felt that seven colors would probably be enough shades as a product line. Today there are 14+ sizes/weights and 220+ colors in the Kreinik metallic thread line.

When they began, they had a manufacturer make the Braids for them.  After a while, my dad, who loved machinery, began purchasing his own equipment.  Today we have many machines that run and run and run. We make all of our flat and round braids at our factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
For more information about Kreinik Manufacturing, visit www.kreinik.com and connect with us on www.Facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company

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