Summer is here, and that means...

Roughly marking the halfway point of 2016, the summer solstice has ushered in sunny days and holidays. We want to make sure you are in-the-know about all things Kreinik, so here's a quick update. 

FACTORY HOURS: We will be closed July 4 through 8 for summer holiday. No threads will be made or shipped from our facility during that time as our staff enjoys vacation time with family and friends. We will reopen Monday, July 11.

FACTORY OUTLET: When we return from holiday, our factory outlet store will be open during regular business hours (call for hours, 1-800-537-2166). So if you are traveling through the area, be sure to stop by 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26102. See our needle arts gallery, and pick up odds and ends at great prices (merchandise varies) for your favorite needlework or fiber hobby. We'd love to meet you.

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: For the last six months, we have reorganized our production department and implemented new manufacturing procedures. We are happy to say threads are being made and shipped more quickly. We hope you've noticed this change—it is important to us that you get the Kreinik threads you need when you need them. Thank you for your business and support.

JULY SHOW SCHEDULE: Doug Kreinik will be at the Detroit Maker Faire event at the end of July. Have you ever been to a Maker Faire? As a creative person, you will love it. Visit Doug in the needlework pavilion. For details, visit http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/ 

AUGUST SHOW SCHEDULE: As we just finished the fourth show of 2016, we are gearing up for the next one: the Handweaver's Guild of America conference, Convergence, in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin the first of August. Kreinik will be in booth 635 with fibers for weaving, wearable art, mixed media, home accessories, wall hangings, and other fiber art. Doug Kreinik will be leading two segments in the demo area: one on making custom trims, and one on "all about" metallics for weaving. We hope to see you there. For details on the show, visit https://www.weavespindye.org/convergence

SEPTEMBER SHOW SCHEDULE: After Convergence, Kreinik will be a vendor at the Destination Dallas fall needlework market in September. We are already working on new thread colors for this event. This is a wholesale only trade show; shops and designers can get details here: http://www.destinationdallas.net/

Hope you are enjoying 2016 with family, friends, and stitchery. Now is a great time to plan and organize your handmade Christmas projects…teach a friend/relative to stitch at barbecues or get-togethers…or visit needlework shops as you travel on vacation. Happy summer!

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Heading to the TNNA Summer Show

It's time for new products, networking, and planning for the remainder of 2016—that is, for our summer trade show season. This week, Doug, Dena, Jim and Shay from Kreinik will be heading to The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) trade show in Washington DC. This event is for needlework businesses, publishers, designers, teachers, manufacturers, and retailers. Closed to the public, businesses can find out more about the event at www.tnna.org.

We expect to see more knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners at this summer show (the January TNNA trade show tends to be more needlepoint and counted thread). For them, we are bringing lots of fiber. There will be specials, drawings, and gorgeous colors galore. We are looking to hire weavers to make models for us, and hope to connect with many designers at the show. Kreinik has booth number 333, so if you will be attending, please stop by. We'd love to meet you.

We will post info on any new Kreinik products after the event on the Kreinik Facebook page, Twitter account and this blog, so stay tuned!

After TNNA, we head to Milwaukee for the 2016 Convergence festival, https://www.weavespindye.org/convergence. Hope to meet many more weavers and spinners at this event, which occurs every other year. This will be our first time as a vendor! If you've ever attended a Convergence, we'd love to hear from you about your experiences. Email us at info@kreinik.com.




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New French Silk Sets

Have you ever wanted to try stitching with silk thread? Here's your chance: Kreinik French Silk Sets, small starter assortments, at a great price, in beautiful color groups, all ready to use in cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery.

Many think silk is delicate, expensive, and uncommon. The truth is the exact opposite. Silk is stronger than cotton or wool, it costs the same as popular overdyed cotton threads, and it has been used in needlework for centuries. It has long been a stitcher's main thread when vibrant color and lovely luster can make a design more beautiful. Plus, it feels so good to your fingers; experience the softness just once and you'll be hooked on this fiber.

Kreinik's new French Silk Sets come in color groups: blue, green, red, yellow, pink, and black. They are perfect for hand embroidery, cross stitch, petit point, punchneedle and more. The limited edition sets feature 2.5-meter skeins of a 7-strand silk, perfect for small projects. Separate the strands if needed: use two on 14-count cross stitch fabric, or four on 18-count needlepoint canvas.

For information or to purchase, contact your favorite needlework store or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/French-Silk-Sets/



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How to make prettier pin loom projects

Pin looms have been around for decades. In fact, Doug Kreinik and his brothers used to weave little squares when they were kids (seems that fiber "art" runs deep in the Kreinik family). They have been making a comeback lately though, thanks to new and improved versions (the Zoom Loom from Schacht Spindle Company, for instance). Pin loom weaving is so popular, publishing powerhouse Interweave Press dedicates a special magazine issue to the technique each year. The 2016 issue is on newsstands now.

This magazine is a great way to start or at least get inspiration. From Interweave Press and Handwoven magazine, look for the special issue "Easy Weaving With Little Looms" on newsstands now. This fun project by Deb Essen featuring Kreinik metallic thread is in the issue, and would make a great gift.

Kreinik threads are perfect for pin loom weaving: you only need one spool to make a square, and the metallic makes any design prettier. You can use the heavier Kreinik threads by themselves, or combine any Kreinik fiber with another yarn to get more visual interest. It's a fun new world worth exploring, especially if you are bored with knitting, crochet, cross stitch or needlepoint but still want to play with fiber and use your hands.  (Photo Credit: Photograph by Joe Coca from Easy Weaving with Little Looms from Handwoven magazine. Copyright © F+W Media 2016. Used with permission.)

For more info on the issue, visit http://www.needleworktraditions.com/
For more info on using Kreinik threads, or purchasing a Zoom Loom, visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Weaving/
 



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New Texas Flag Pen

 By request, a new Kreinik Stitch-A-Pen kit is now available: the Texas state flag. This cross stitch kit features Kreinik soft and pretty metallic and silk threads, worked on perforated paper and inserted into a useful pen. Quick and easy to stitch, these make great gifts. Kit includes everything you need to stitch one design. Get your Texas Flag Pen from your favorite needlework store or here.

You may be wondering... "Why Texas?" We have many shops in that grand state, with many stitchers living in or hailing from Texas. Once we created the country flag Stitch-A-Pen line, which you can see here, requests came in for the red-white-and-blue Texas flag. Since the pattern is relatively simple, we easily created a cross stitch version. Finishing it as a pen makes it useful—a fun way to have a little bit of cross stitch in your every day.

"Will there be pen designs for other states?" We are always open to requests. However, some state flags are rather elaborate, or involve seals, figures, and other motifs that may not translate well to a 2-inch by 3-inch stitching area. You can reach us via email at info at kreinik dot com if you have requests or questions about any Kreinik product.


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New Flag Pens

Next in the popular Kreinik Stitch-A-Pen kit series: Country Flags. Using Kreinik silk and metallic threads, the stitches are easy and the project takes a mere two hours to completely finish. Kit includes everything, even the pen. 

Now available:
  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Russia
  • Italy

Stitch a flag pen for military members or veterans, foreign language teacher, sport fans, scout troops, school clubs, travelers, or for anyone who loves the culture of one of these countries. The pens use Parker® pen refills, so your project can be used for a long time to come.
For more information, ask for the new flag pens at your favorite needlework store, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Stitch-A-Pen-TM-Kits/

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New #8 Braid Colors


Designer-requested blends are in the spotlight of the five new metallic thread colors from Kreinik. Now available in Fine #8 Braid size (plus #12 Braid) are two cheerful lime green shades: 5801 Cool Cucumber has a touch of blue, while 5802 Leap Frog is a pearly lime. Then we filled in some of our color families with various hues: color 5803 Seaside blends pretty purple and pearl. Colors 5800 Golden Blackberry and 5804 Calypso (a rich orange) feature a golden shimmer thanks to the addition of gold to the base fiber. Calypso would add a level of elegance to Halloween and autumn designs, while Golden Blackberry covers many design themes.

Use Kreinik #8 Braid in needlepoint on 18 mesh canvas, and as a blending thread on larger canvases. In cross stitch, Fine #8 Braid is about the weight of two strands of embroidery floss, which means it gives perfect coverage on 14-count Aida. It is also good when used over two threads on 28-count linens. Kreinik Braids are proudly made in the USA, in our Parkersburg, West Virginia, factory.

All five new colors are ready to be in your stitching repertoire, to bring your next design to colorful life. You can find Fine #8 Braid in your favorite needlework store or http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Fine-8-Braid.html.

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