How to use Kreinik metallic threads with a Zoom Loom

If you have a spool of Kreinik metallic thread, you can do many things: cross stitch, needlepoint, knit or crochet jewelry, tie a fly fishing lure, make a tatted ornament, stitch on a card or scrapbook page, wrap something, make string art, hang something, cord some piping, and even weave. Swedish weaving and pin loom weaving are particularly perfect for Kreinik's standard sized spools (10 meters). So grab one of your extra Kreinik colors—maybe one you bought because you loved the color but haven't used in a project yet—and let's get started weaving…

First you will need a small pin loom, like a Zoom Loom by Schacht. This tiny hand loom has pins in place that allow you to weave in and out quickly, making a woven square that you can then transform into many items. Designer Deb Essen, for instance, has a line of stuffed animals made from squares. At the TNNA Columbus trade show this month, she is releasing a line of Christmas ornaments made out of Zoom Loom squares. You can also combine them into scarves, sweaters, blankets, etc.

Pin looms have been around for awhile, but they are seeing a resurgence because they use up yarn stashes, you can use any kind of fiber, they make quick projects, and they are travel size. Doug Kreinik and his brother had pin looms as children, and they made hundreds of little squares that their mother, company founder Estelle Kreinik, could turn into an afghan. (Side note: about 30 years later, Doug found the box of squares in his mother's closet, still waiting to be sewn into something. Don't be sad for Doug, though: some of those squares eventually appeared in an issue of Piecework magazine.) Once you get started making your squares, be sure to turn them into something.

How do you use Kreinik metallic threads in a Zoom Loom? The answer: just like any other yarn. We like to combine the thinner Kreinik metallics like Blending Filament, Very Fine #4 Braid, Fine #8 Braid, and Ombre with other yarns as a way to create custom blends, or dress up plain yarns. See the photos for one idea, combining Kreinik gold Ombre with a camouflage colored yarn. You can also use the heavier Kreinik metallics by themselves for a bold, contemporary woven look.

Top tips:
  • When you use a carry-along fiber in crochet, knitting or weaving, keep a watchful eye on the two fibers, making sure you don't separate them with your needle or hook. 
  • You can also use the heavier Kreinik Braids and Ribbons by themselves in your pin loom, although the final result may be a bit stiffer. These threads are ideal for projects that won't be worn.
  • Metallic threads don't have the elasticity of cotton or wool yarns. You can still wash items made with metallic threads, but they may not shrink stretch like other types of fibers.
  • In all Zoom Loom projects, watch that your tension isn't too tight. 
  • Weave carefully or slowly to avoid tangling, twisting, and knotting of the thread.
Kreinik metallic threads are also used on rigid-heddle looms, but you need larger cones for those projects. However a simple, small spool of Kreinik is all you need on a pin loom. Grab your favorite color and start weaving! It's simple, quick and fun—a perfect creative activity for kids and adults this summer.





More information:
  • For info on Deb Essen's designs, see http://www.djehandwovens.com/
  • For Kreinik threads, see http://www.kreinik.com
  • For shops and designers visiting the TNNA needlearts trade show this upcoming weekend in Columbus, Ohio, visit the Kreinik booth #918 for fibers, and DJE Handwoven's booth for patterns

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Rainy Day Cowl

Rainy Day Cowl

Designed by Diane Zangl using Kreinik Twist, a soft 3-ply carry-along metallic

Kreinik's unique line of knitting yarns offers you options: 1. the option to add any layer of sparkle to a design (choose single ply, 3-ply, 6-ply, or 8-ply metallic), and 2. the option to create your own yarn blends (combine colors to match outfits). With Kreinik carry-along metallics, designs are transformed from blah to gorgeous while you create a unique look all your own.

Diane Zangl has created this quick cowl project with these options in mind. You make a basic pattern even prettier with the super-soft Kreinik Twist, using a silver that complements any yarn (from your favorite yarn store or from your stash). We picked a wonderful cashmere blend from Trendsetter Yarns because when you are wearing something around your neck, it should be dreamy. Don't skimp on your knitting and crochet yarns—you will feel the difference.

Wear this cowl scarf inside a coat for added warmth on cool spring nights, as an extra layer on blustery winter days, or drape it over a blouse or dress for a casual look. The scarf begins with seeded rib and features a delicate 2-row openwork pattern. It is worked circular. Both sides are equally attractive, which doubles the options.

LEVEL: Intermediate

MEASUREMENTS: 10 inches high and 24 inches around

MATERIALS NEEDED:
•   Trendsetter’s Lotus Yarns, Silky Cashmere Fingering, 55% silk, 45% Mongolian cashmere (2 oz/ 400 yds per skein): 1 skein #09 Denim
•   Kreinik Twist (3-ply, 65% Cupro, 35% Polyester) 1 cone #001 Silver
•   Size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
•   Stitch marker
GAUGE
20 sts x 26 rnds = 4” in Main pattern stitch
To save time, take time to check gauge.

DESIGNER NOTES
Cowl is worked with 2 strands Silky Cashmere and 1 strand Twist held together throughout.

STITCH GLOSSARY
CDD (Centered Double Decrease): Sl 2 sts tog knitwise to RH needle, knit next st, pass 2 sl sts over knit st. Center st wil lie on top of other 2 sts.

COWL
Cast on 132 sts. Join without twisting, placing marker between first and last st.
Begin Border pattern
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * around.
Rep these 2 rnds until a total of 7 rnds have been completed.
Begin Main pattern
Rnd 1: *P3, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P3, yo, CDD, yo; rep from * around.
Rep last 2 rnds until cowl measures 9” from beg, ending with Rnd 1.
Work 6 rnds in Border pat.
Bind off loosely in Border pat Rnd 1.

Block lightly.

For more designs by Diane Zangl, visit Stitch Witch Designs on Facebook. For more Kreinik Knitting Yarns, visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Knitting-Threads-and-Yarns/

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New Sampler Stitch-A-Pens

"Can I borrow your pen?"...Sign here...Initial here...Signature required..."Do you have a pen?"...Where's my pen?... Even with the ability to do electronic signatures, we all still need pens. So let's make them fun and all about one of our favorite hobbies: needlework.

Kreinik's Stitch-A-Pen series includes gorgeous geometric designs stitched in Kreinik silk and metallic threads. You can see the full line here. Now available: sampler-themed designs. These mini samplers are stitched in silk threads and capture the spirit of historic needlework, including bright colors and a little humor found so often in original sampler designs.

The new seasonal sampler pen designs are quick cross-stitch projects that finished as a useful high-quality pen (pens use Parker® refills, available through any office supply store). Each full kit includes everything you need: Kreinik thread, Wichelt 14-count perforated paper, needle, chart and pen. Choose Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter.

Find the new Seasonal Sampler Pens in your local needlework store or at http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Stitch-A-Pen-TM-Kits/

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Services for Charles Kreinik


Charles Kreinik, 28, a charismatic character, one who could bemuse his friends with dark and slanted humor, took his life on April 8, 2015. Charles was the son of Myla and Doug Kreinik of Parkersburg and the brother of Danielle and brother-in-law of Jonathan Siegel of Los Angeles, CA and boyfriend of Mandy Iverson. He had friends in all four corners of the globe yet suffered and hid deep depression.  After graduating with a degree in journalism from WVU in 2009, he wanted to help people. He went back to school to earn a second Bachelors degree, this time from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Unfortunately, this career was not at all what he imagined. Within the funeral industry he moved around, trying different work situations in Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City and Minneapolis. The continual frustration and disappointment of not working with the living added to his depression, finally causing his demise.

We have heard from his friends around the world—school mates, exchange students, fraternity brothers, camp friends, former teachers and work associates. Everyone has memories of his boisterous laughter, mischievous eyes, wacky humor, slanted smile, and willingness to always help others through their difficulties. The last time his parents spoke to Charles was on Easter Sunday. "When Charles called," Doug notes, recalling that conversation, "we would usually talk for at least an hour. We were in the car, so to keep our conversation going, we drove out of Parkersburg, through the rolling hills, across the ridges and down into the valleys. It was a very positive conversation on a beautiful spring day, with new life sprouting and as he spoke of the future ahead."

Visitation will be Thursday 6 - 8 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Friday April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., both at Vaughn Funeral Home in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Concluding services and burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charles loved people, he loved life to its fullest. He loved his family, his friends, and even the strangers he just met. We will be celebrating Charlie's life.

If you would like to honor Charles, donations can be made to the Kreinik Fund at the Parkersburg Community Foundation or to your choice of charity that works with alcoholism, chemical dependency or suicide prevention.

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RIP Charles Kreinik

Our dear friends, family, customers, stitchers...some of you may have heard that Charles, the beloved son of company owner Doug Kreinik and his wife Myla, and brother of Danielle, passed away suddenly. As we barely grasp the heartbreaking news, and grieve to the very depth of our beings, we simply ask for your thoughts, prayers, hugs. Our wonderful, dedicated staff is handling the company operations, and we thank all of you for your support during this time.

"My family and I are devastated and grief-stricken by the passing of our loving son, brother, cousin and friend Charles.  He suffered from depression. His humor, his personality and his sharp wit masked what existed inside. His charismatic flair earned him friends from the four corners of this earth and he will be missed  He will leave this as his greatest gift and legacy." —Doug Kreinik

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Throwback story from Doug Kreinik

On the Kreinik Facebook page every Thursday, we post throwback pictures, including one photo taken on the set of a needlework TV show taping back in the 1990s. Looking at that picture of me and my Dad sitting on Shay Pendray's PBS set brought back some very funny memories. This was the first time either of us had been on a TV show. This particular episode focused on men who stitch. I brought my stitchery, my Dad brought his and we also brought a few of my older brother Ted's pieces. You can see his large oriental carpet placed behind us.

Shay asked my Dad a question, "Jerry, it must be great have your sons in business with you?" His answer was, "Well, you know Shay, because of the government's tax structure, it has made passing business down to the next generation more difficult." My jaw dropped.

After filming, I asked Shay if we could re-film. She said that her crew would redo the whole segment. I explained to my Dad that there is a difference between an infomercial and the news. Shay, I stated, was the news. My Dad was a real news hound, but he totally understood.

We reshot the show. Shay asked a new question after looking at golf club covers that had been a signature product produced by my parents when they started the company back in the 1970s. "Jerry," she said, "I bet you created these golf club covers because of your great love of golf?" My Dad said,"No, Shay, I hate golf!" They left that in.

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Heading to the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show

Spring is here! Time to hit the road and freshen up your fiber stash. Kreinik is excited to be participating in the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show this month, March 27, 29, and 29, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here's a chance to see how your projects will look gorgeous with a little Kreinik fiber "spice." Plus, if you have hats, gloves, scarves or other night-out ensembles on your to-do list this year, you will want to pick up the Kreinik Reflective Yarn, which can be combined with any yarn from your stash.

In addition to the popular Reflective Yarn, we will have our most popular fibers for knitting, crochet, weaving, and spinning: Kreinik Twist, Twisted 6, Ombre, and more. These super-soft metallic carry-along threads dress up a design like you wouldn't believe—in fact, just come by the Kreinik booth to see the design possibilities. Even "ugly" yarns are made beautiful with these fiber additions.

The Knit & Crochet Festival was founded more than 10 years ago by fiber guru Barbara Grossman as a simple fundraiser for her daughter's school. Now a renowned, award-winning event, the festival attracts thousands of knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers and other fiber enthusiasts. This year's festival features such fiber stars as Steven "StevenBe" Berg, Alasdair "Extreme Double Knitting Master" Post-Quinn, Drew "The Crochet Dude" Emborsky, and Charles "The Sock King" Gandy. Oh, and did we mention Doug "The Thread Man" Kreinik? Yes, he will be there too.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival 2015, visit http://pghknitandcrochet.com/






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