Tent sale at the Kreinik factory

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Kreinik Factory Outlet Store will be open September 29-October 1 from 9-3.

Our Tent Sale will feature bargains on closeout and overstock items such as: 
  • Metallic Threads
  • Silk Threads
  • Metallic & Silk Quilting Threads
  • Needles, Thimbles & Scissors
  • Collectors Pins
  • Kits
  • Fabric
  • Saturday will feature special clearance sales
Stop by and enjoy a fun day collecting fibers. You also have a chance to meet and get your photo taken with Doug Kreinik. Put it in your GPS and make the gorgeous autumn drive over to: 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26101.


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New Glowing Unicorn Cross Stitch Design


New for cross stitchers: We've partnered with 8 Bit Stitch (Kari Warning) to kit her fabulous Glowing Unicorn cross stitch design. "Don't let anyone dim your glow" is the inspirational-and-fun message on the easy-to-stitch pattern, featuring glow-in-the-dark Kreinik threads. Stitched on 14-count Aida, it is a perfect project for stitchers of all skill levels.

Special Note: The kit includes a discontinued color, so this is LIMITED EDITION. We have only 70 kits available; be sure to get yours while supplies last.

Kit includes Kreinik Fine #8 Braid, Kreinik Silk Mori silk floss, and needle. Pattern and fabric sold separately:



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Team Charles

By Doug Kreinik

Sixteen months ago, my son took his life; he was depressed, addicted and alone. We were not aware of his extreme agony and pain. He had become hopeless, helpless and hapless. He was loved, had many friends, and was a great actor.

Over the past year, my wife and I have become involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). They have programs working to the public and those contemplating suicide about suicide and prevention programs.

Please join the community of nearly 250K people walking in hundreds of cities across the country in support of the AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal by donating to a team member. To donate online, please select "Roster" and then choose one of the team members listed. Once you are on their page, click "Donate Now." Please make donations to Team Charles. http://AFSP.donordrive.com/team/Charles

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Doug's Great Key West Summer Adventure

By Doug Kreinik

Alligators, Turtles and Porpoise. Myla and I adventured down the East Coast of the US through Florida for our summer vacation this year.  Our goal was the southern most point of the United States. We have now have traveled to the Southwestern, Northwestern and Northeastern most points in the Continental US. This trip was filled with seeing wild animals in their habit along the loop road through the Everglades (10 alligators), a sea turtle hospital in Marathon, FL (40 injured sea turtles), and the home of the 20 six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemmingway House in Key West.  We also  visited with the owner of Kermits, maker of what we felt was the best Key Lime Pie, took pictures of the actual buoy marking the southern most point in the US, and spied the "0" mileage sign for US Route 1 found in Key West.

After traveling the1224 miles to Key West, we worked our way up the coast, island hoping through Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, visiting needlework shops and eating the fare of the land.  I’ll just name a few: Low Country food in Tybee Island, Key Lime Pie, Poor Boy Oyster and shrimp from Daytona to Wilmington, fried green tomatoes in NC and Cuban Sandwiches throughout southern Florida. Found the best Thai restaurant ever in Wilmington, called Indochine.  They had the most interesting salads, entrees and dumplings along with our favorite sticky rice with mangos.



We saw sunsets, sunrises, a water spout form, and beautiful lightning hitting the ocean.  Visited friends and met many wonderful people along our 3000-mile trek.



I got to spend time at various needlework and knitting shops along the way talking about needlepoint classes, weaving, knitting and shoelaces. We were able to take some videos of the shop's owners and in one case the store mascot in Wilmington, a cute little dog. You can see the videos on the Kreinik Facebook site, www.Facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company.

Here is a list of shops I visited on my trip. All give classes, all are located in incredibly picturesque areas and all are different with needlepoint, cross stitch or knitting.

Needlepoint Paradise Naples, FL  http://www.needlepointinparadise.com/
Bristly Thistle Amelia Island, FL  http://www.bristlythistle.com/
Needlepoint Junction Hilton Head, SC  http://needlepointjunctionhhi.com/
Yarns of Wilmington, Needlepoint too, NC  https://www.facebook.com/Yarns-of-Wilmington-279014498881088/
Natasha's Needlepoint Pawley's Island, SC  https://www.facebook.com/Natashas-Needlepoint-609922445747002/
Stitch in Time-Jacksonville, FL http://www.astitchintime.com/

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Meet the Minis: The Useful Little Wonder Clip

Mini Wonder Clips from Clover are colorful little tools you will soon realize you need everywhere for everything. Like little plastic bobbins, safety pins, or embroidery scissors, they are handy and versatile tools. Whether you are a stitcher, sewer, knitter, crocheter, or fly tier, you will appreciate their usefulness.
Clover created the large size Wonder Clips a a quick-and-easy way to apply binding on quilts, holding without shifting the areas you couldn't slide a pin through, or holding fabrics you didn't want to pin. They are also good for clipping stacks of fabric, or pinching your snack bag closed so you can get back to your project. Stitchers found them and began using the Wonder Clips to hold canvas edges, or to hold part of a large canvas that is rolled up while not in use. Knitters and crocheters also saw the value of "clipping" rather than losing pins int their work, and started using the Wonder Clips too.
 
The new Mini Wonder Clips are a smaller version, ideal for smaller projects. Carol from Clover told us how she bought little magnets from a craft store, and put one on each clip to hold metal objects often used in sewing/stitching. Clip one to your lapel and let your needle rest there for a moment, for instance (better than sticking it the arm of your couch or chair). Take a look at the video of Carol showing her creative uses of the Mini Wonder Clips.

Kreinik distributes many Clover items, including the large and mini Wonder Clips. For more information, visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Wonder-Clips/

Mini Wonder Clips
Jumbo Wonder Clips






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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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