Learn how to couch fun fibers



Add this fun technique to your stitching repertoire


The fabulous San Francisco School of Needlework and Design is hosting a creative challenge featuring Kreinik threads, and many of these fibers are couchable. What's couching? Only one of the most versatile, fun, interesting, creative stitches you can use in needlepoint and embroidery! Watch the video to see how to couch and to get inspired for this stitching opportunity.

For info on the current Stitch-At-Home Challenge, visit https://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/

  • Deadline is August 15, 2018
  • Contact the school for your kit
  • It's not a contest, simply a fun creative challenge to spark your imagination and let you play with interesting fibers and themes



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Why couching is cool in needlepoint



Learn how to do couching in needlepoint

Designer of Associated Talents Carol Gantz shows you how to couch Kreinik Ribbon in this quick how-to video. She's working on a Beth Gantz Designs canvas that's fabulous for Christmas,. You can use this technique anywhere. If you've never tried couching, let this be the encouragement you need to start — it's so versatile, you'll become addicted to this embellishment stitch.

Why do we love couching so much? 


  • You can use any fiber. You're not limited to fibers that fit your needle or your fabric/canvas. You can couch ribbons, interesting threads, anything since it's simply a surface embellishment.
  • It's a fast way to fill in a large background
  • Adds interesting borders that look high-end and complicated
  • You can use different kinds of stitches to couch, making even more interesting designs
Couching is great for adding highly textured threads like Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille to designs; it's perfect for bug antennae

Couching tips

  • Keep your tacking stitches evenly spaced
  • Keep your base fiber, the one you're couching, laid smoothly, evenly, without buckles
  • Plunge the ends of your base fiber, the one you're couching, to the back of your work and secure with tacking stitches. Use a large Tapestry needle or an awl to help open the holes.
  • Another helpful video, from Mary Corbet: https://youtu.be/4X4LC8FGAsM
An awl can help you open the holes in the canvas to plunge the ends of the fiber you are couching


Kreinik threads you can couch


Couch Kreinik Facets for a bead-like embellishment; great for borders and words





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New colors in Kreinik Facets and Petite Facets



Bright, beautiful new colors in Kreinik's bead-like fiber


Couch Kreinik Facets or Petite Facets onto your needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, crazy quilts, and other fiber art for fun texture and dimension. They look like beads without the mess. We have just added five new colors to the range:

  • 015 Chartreuse
  • 024 Fuchsia
  • 033L Royal
  • 012 Purple
  • 026 Amethyst




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You Are My Sunshine String Art




Most of us love browsing stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the like for inexpensive home decor items. You are probably seeing a lot of string art designs that are cute and inexpensive. Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up those purchases, turning them into DIY, high-end, artsy, etsy-esque, personalized creative designs great for your home, apartment, dorm, or gift giving. By simply replacing the boring yarn with a metallic or glow-in-the-dark thread, for instance, you can go from ho-hum to WOW. Here’s how to do it:

What we used in this model:
  • You Are My Sunshine string art from TJ Maxx (from www.NielsenBainbridgeGroup.com)
  • sharp embroidery scissors
  • One spool of Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille in Citron yellow
  • One spool of Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid in 054F glow-in-the-dark lemon-lime 


Instructions:
  1. Purchase a string art design from a craft store, home goods store, or antique store
  2. With the scissors, remove the plain yarn currently wrapped around the nails that are in place on the design.
  3. Start wrapping with the new, fun threads using Micro Ice Chenille first. Tie one end around a nail, then start “stringing” it, wrapping it around the other nails at diagonals, or as desired. When finished with that thread, tie the end in a knot around a nail. With your finger, push the chenille down the shaft of the nail slightly to give you room for the next thread.
  4. Use the other thread, the Tapestry #12 Braid in the same manner, on top of the Micro Ice Chenille.


So easy, and so much better made with vibrant yarns of texture and special effects. String art with Kreinik threads opens up a world of creative possibilities. Everyone will want one of your creations. Start now and you’ll have all your gifts made for the rest of the year. 

OPTION, if you want to create your own from scratch:
  1. Paint a wooden base your desired color and let it dry thoroughly.
  2. Draw or use cookie cutters or clip art outlines, cut them out, and temporarily tape them onto your dried wooden base. 
  3. Hammer nails around the outside of our paper template.
  4. Decorate with threads by stringing the thread from nail to nail (tie thread ends around a nail and make a knot to secure beginning and end).
  5. Add words or embellishments around the string art with paint, stencils, or stickers. 
Here's a video showing exactly how to make string art: https://youtu.be/DN8u0ODwDWI


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Time for a name change

What's in a name? A lot, actually. Our identities, first impressions, definitions, and often lasting judgements come with names. Some people wait until a baby is born to give the child a name that fits the budding personality. Names are actually rather important. That is why we are changing the name of...a Kreinik color.



4011V Adventure Green is now 4011V Vintage Viridian


Sure it sounds super trendy, like a character in a Star Wars movie or a superhero flick—or a Pokemon city. However, the reason for the change is simply to identify it with its color family: the Vintage line (hence the "V" in the color number). We really don't know what we were thinking when we named this antiqued, soft-hued, innocent version of chartreuse "Adventure Green" when it is obviously a more refined and elegant Vintage personality. After much research and discussion, we felt Viridian reflected it's true nature, being an old-world, medium green, a timeless spring that spans centuries.



As a metallic, this beauty has a muted finish, an antiqued look, almost a luminescence that's beautiful in designs. This color comes in Kreinik Blending Filament, Braids and Ribbons. We have updated our website to reflect the new name, but older color cards still list it as Adventure Green.

Who knows, maybe Viridian will become a popular baby name for 2019...

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Crochet a cutie with the most fabulous hair


Yes, she woke up like this: looking fabulous! This crochet cutie was created by Jessie Rayot (from @Jessie_AtHome on Twitter) using Kreinik Bag O'Bits for the hair.

"Blue Belle is a sweet doll for the sweet little one in your life," writes Jessie. "She got her name from her color and her bell shaped body." The pattern was created as part of the 2018 CAL Central Softie crochet-a-long. The free patterns in the series are designed for you to make as gifts or donate to charity. They certainly bring a smile to faces—and the metallic hair just makes the smiles brighter.

To make your own




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Transform primitive pretties into string art stunners



We found this sweet “Love Brings You Home” owl themed decor at a local TJ Maxx store. The creation, from Primitives By Kathy, featured a string art heart with muted pale pink floss. We knew instantly it was the perfect candidate for a Kreinik thread makeover. Hearts are wild, hearts are alive, hearts are vibrant and chaotic and beautiful. Layering a glow in the dark and a metallic thread will bring this one to artistic, textile life. Here’s how:

Materials used:


Instructions:
  1. Purchase a string art design from a craft store, home goods store, or antique store
  2. With the scissors, remove the plain yarn currently wrapped around the nails that are in place on the design.
  3. Start wrapping with the glow-in-the-dark Watermelon pink color first. Tie one end around a nail, then start “stringing” it, wrapping it around the other nails at diagonals, or as desired. When finished with that thread, tie the end in a knot around a nail. With your finger, push the thread down the shaft of the nail slightly to give you room for the next thread.
  4. Use the other thread, the metallic Fuchsia Braid in the same manner, on top of the glow-in-the-dark pink thread.





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