Heading to the Nashville Needlework Market

A few of our Kreinik staff members are heading to Nasvhille, Tennessee, later this week for a needlework trade show—that is, a buying event open only to wholesalers and licensed businesses. This is one of the ways needlework shops get new products in their stores so you can shop the latest designs, see threads first-hand, and discover new fabrics. We get to meet new designers, and network with amazing shop owners. A trade show is a lot of work, but also pretty fun.

What goes into prepping for a trade show like this? We will have at least ten new needlework kits featuring our silk floss, our Chevron Ribbon, Copper Canvas fabric, plus scissors, needles, tools, 10 other kits, silk gauze, and more. Here's a quick glimpse into Kreinik show prep:
  • Our design/marketing department works on design ideas, stitching and writing to make sure the projects are pretty and easy. Sometimes we hire outside designers to create the projects, and sometimes we design them. We do the charting, instructions, photography, and package designing in-house. 
  • Janice and Rebecca in our customer service department keep things running smoothly, making sure all staff have their lists and whatever they need for the show order, manage all printing, plus handling the usual (and some unusual) daily orders, not-to-mention making sure we are already working on the next show (which is only four weeks away…).
  • Brenda heads up our kitting department as well as our silk department, so this is a busy show for her. She will do the silk prep, cutting, winding, skeining, instruction folding, and packaging for the ten new kits (24 of each), the other kits we're bringing, plus daily orders. That's a lot of organizing, making, compiling, and producing in a short amount of time.
  • Our production manager Rodney and his team keep our machines making Kreinik Braids, then labeling and packaging the spools or cones. In addition to making threads for daily orders, we will make extra stock to take to this cash-and-carry show. At Nashville, we will have three-rack assortments (that's five spools each of 162 colors) in Kreinik Blending Filament, Very Fine #4 Braid, and Fine #8 Braid. Our team puts the thread on the racks at the factory, so all we have to do at the show is unwrap the trays and hang up the racks (a huge timesaver on set-up day).
  • There are certain machines dedicated to making the new Chevron Ribbon, designed to "braid" Kreinik base fibers into a chevron pattern in our 1/16" Ribbon size. We will bring plenty of spools of the five colors in this fun ribbon, which can be used for satin stitches, ribbon embroidery, crazy quilting, needlepoint, and any other surface embroidery stitch.
There's so much going on behind the scenes of an industry trade show, but this gives you a glimpse. Big thanks to all of the Kreinik team members working hard on this show and on daily operations, and big thanks to you for buying Kreinik thread and making beautiful creations with it.

Shop owners and designers going to the Nashville show, come see us! Kreinik will be in room 308. Visit http://www.needleworkretailer.com/nashville2015/index.htm for show registration information.


New 1/4" Ribbon colors

Kreinik's newest metallic ribbon size has expanded by designers' requests with the addition of 002J Japan Gold, 001J Japan Silver, 321J Dark Japan Gold, and 021C Copper Cord colors. These are the classic embroidery colors most often used to resemble real metal thread work.

Couch this ribbon for surface design, needlepoint, and other techniques, on fabric, canvas, or Congress Cloth. You can also spread the ribbon to create a "gauze-like" effect (see photos), then add beads or paillettes in the open areas. Due to the way we make the ribbon, with intertwining, braided fibers, it is flexible, strong, but also soft.

This new ribbon size makes three options now for using a flat metallic in your projects:
Kreinik 1/16", 1/8" and 1/4". Each size has benefits and uses:
  • 1/16" Ribbon gives perfect coverage in needlepoint stitches on 18-mesh canvas, and it's used in crazy quilting and surface embroidery (like bug wings)
  • 1/8" Ribbon has been a staple for years as an ideal weight for plastic canvas embroidery, but it's also used in crazy quilting, surface embroidery (couched, and used in special stitches). In needlepoint, use it on 14-mesh canvas.
  • 1/4" Ribbon can be couched on any fabric or canvas, used in special stitches (use a large-eye needle), or twisted using the Kreinik Custom Corder for a weightier trim.
Ask your local needlework store for the new Kreinik 1/4" Ribbon, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/1-4-Ribbon.html.


Saturday Sale at the Kreinik Factory Outlet

Fiber artists, needleworkers, spinners, weavers, art quilters, knitters, crocheters...anyone who loves FIBER will want to pass through the Mid-Ohio Valley region this weekend for a rare opportunity: Saturday hours at the Kreinik Factory Store. Here's your chance to see, touch, feel and buy unique (some are one-of-a-kind) fibers for upcoming projects.

The Kreinik Factory store is located at 1708 Gihon Rd. in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It will be open this Saturday, March 7, 2015,from 10 am to 2 pm. You will find items not carried by needlework stores, such as one-of-a-kind fibers, overstocks, discontinued threads, and embroidery kits. Artists, teachers, designers, makers, and stitchers are welcome.

Kreinik is a family thread company manufacturing silk and metallic fibers for over 40 years. We are always excited to meet people and share our passion for textiles. See you Saturday!


New Chevron Ribbon

Notice how everything is coming up CHEVRON this spring at Target, WestElm, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Pier 1, and more? This "V" shaped pattern is fun in design, accessories and home decor, and now you can get it in Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon for your needlework projects.

The new Chevron Ribbon is available in five colors: 4505 Zebra, 4507 Salmoon, 4503 Red Snapper, 4522 Gnu, 4536 Tiger. Use it in a variety of stitches, but especially in long stitches, herringbone, bargello, satin stitch, and similar, where you can see the pattern. It can look like bird feathers or animal prints, or it can simply add another level of visual interest to a design. Stitch a chevron ribbon in a Chevron Stitch? Yes! Give it a try and see what new patterns you can create.

Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon has become popular in needlepoint because it provides excellent coverage on 18-mesh. In cross stitch, quilting, crazy quilting, crewel, and other surface embroidery, use this super-soft ribbon for decorative stitches on any fabric. You can also combine it with other fibers and use it with the Kreinik Custom Corder to create interesting cording and trims for finishing.

Ask for the new Chevron Ribbon from your favorite needlework store, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Chevron-Colors.html for details.


The Color Of The Year—in Kreinik thread

If you haven't heard the news already, a wine hue named "Marsala" will be the color you see everywhere this year: home decor, clothing, flowers, weddings, paint, plastics, fabrics, etc. Pantone® the company has declared it so, and they should know: Pantone® LLC is the authority, the head, the king-pin, the standard-bearer of color. Industries, manufacturers, and design companies of all types have been listening to Pantone® for the last 50 years. So, there's a lot of buzz about Marsala.
Pantone® (www.pantone.com) describes Marsala as "a naturally robust and earthly wine red." At a glance, it's a rich, chocolate-wine-berry shade — which sounds downright yummy. You can't go wrong with that combination. We like it because it mixes well with so many other colors. If, or rather, when it makes its way into our lives this year, it should go with everything and complement many styles.

Needlepoint canvas designers, weavers, spinners, and other creative types have been asking: which Kreinik metallic thread matches Marsala? We have had hues of this great color in our line for some time, so we're glad to see it come to the forefront. Here are your Marsala options, perfect for any stitching, sewing, painting, crafting, embellishing, home decor, or mixed media project on your schedule this year. Use them singly, or work with both colors for "Marsala" thread shading in your designs.

031L Berry Red
  •  One of the holographic Kreinik colors, so it has almost a variegated look—but subtle
  • Has a red base, so it gives you more of a rouge hue on the wine-color spectrum
  • Available in Kreinik Blending Filament, Braids (sizes #4, 8, 12, 16), and Ribbons (1/16" and 1/8")
  • Use in all hand embroidery/stitching techniques
  • Also good in weaving, bobbin work, couching

080HL Garnet Hi Lustre
  • Darker shade of wine than the 031L color
  • Has a little blue in it, so leans more toward burgundy on the wine-color spectrum
  • Available in Kreinik Blending Filament, Braids (sizes #4, 8, 12, 16), and Ribbons (1/16" and 1/8")
  • Use in all hand embroidery/stitching techniques
  • Also good in weaving, bobbin work, couching
To get these Kreinik colors, visit your local needlework store or www.kreinik.com for more information.

We can't wait to see how you use them in your projects this year. Pin to your Pinterest page (use keyword Kreinik so we can find you) or share photos on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturiing.Company).


Tis the Season for Tinsel Socks

Want to wow your friends, impress the teens, and be known as the best gift-giver in the family? Take a cue from knitting designer and teacher Susan B. Anderson and make some tinsel socks. Too late for gift-giving this year? Start making a pair a month in 2015, and you will have next Christmas' projects finished already.

It's easy: just add Kreinik Twist to any yarn (stash-buster!). This is a super-soft metallic carry-along we make in our West Virginia factory. Susan used two Twist colors in these fabulous striped socks, which seem to capture happiness and the holidays plus comfort and joy all in one (or two, one for each foot). She used Kreinik Twist 273 Red/Orange and 339 Teal.

The metallic makes any knitting pattern a party-in-a-sock, plus it's practical: soft (= happy feet), washable, and dry cleanable (if you are into dry cleaning your socks). Twist is a softly variegated thread, made up of two or more colors, so the hues give a lovely depth to your base yarn and almost literally dance in the light.

Susan offers this expert advice about the Kreinik Twist carry-along: "The thread I'm using is called Twist and it doesn't change the gauge at all for knitting when carried along with your yarn. I have been asked if it is scratchy and the answer is no. The thread is not scratchy at all but it does change the texture of the knit fabric slightly. It is remarkably still soft considering the addition of a metallic thread."

Check out Susan's blog featuring her Tinsel Socks here: http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/2014/12/tinsel-socks.html. Her blog post also includes a link to her free sock pattern.

Get your Kreinik Twist from a needlepoint or knitting store, or online here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Twist.html

May your holiday socks be merry and bright.


25 Free Christmas Projects

Deck the halls with handmade treasures this holiday season. What to make? Pick one or more of the colorful and quick free project ideas from Kreinik. Our 25 Days of Free Christmas Projects calendar is on the Kreinik website, featuring crochet, knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint, kid's crafts, paper crafts, and more.

Each project is designed to use one to three Kreinik thread colors, and to be made in short order (we know how busy everyone is this time of year). And we've designed them to be low-cost on finishing: many of the cross stitch or needlepoint designs can be finished using ornament frames found at craft stores and discount stores this time of year. There's even a few dollar-store transformations you have to see to believe.

Visit the 25 Days of Free Christmas Projects calendar now, and bookmark it to check for design additions.

Happy holidays from Kreinik! Make it a colorful, shiny, creative New Year.


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