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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Cabled Cowl

Cabled Cowl

Designed by Karen Whooley of www.krwknitwear.com 

This knitted cowl stands out thanks to the Kreinik metallic Twist, a soft 3-ply metallic. Yes — it's a soft metallic thread! It dresses up any yarn and makes your project look more elegant.

Abbreviations:
CO – Cast On
K – Knit
P – Purl
RS – Right Side
Sl – Slip
WS – Wrong side

Finished Size:
Approximately 25 inches circumference and 10 inches deep.

Materials:
  • Tahki Yarns Mesa (100% Superwash Merino; 50g=98yards) in Color # 07 Sunset – 3 Skeins
  • Kreinik Twist (65% Cupro / 35% Polyester; 250yds) in Color #031 Berry – 1 Cone
  • Size 9 (5.5 mm) Knitting Needles or size needed for gauge
  • Stitch Markers (optional for marking edge of cowl)
  • Cable Needle
  • Yarn needle
Gauge:

28 st in pattern and 36 rows = 4 inches

Pattern Notes:
  • Cowl is worked holding one strand of yarn and one strand of Twist together through out.
  • Be sure to end on row to allow Kitchener stitch to correctly graft ends together for a seamless join.
Directions:

Using a Provisional Crochet Cast On, CO 68 st.

Row 1 (and all ws/odd rows): K5, p4, (k2, p4) nine times, k5.

Row 2 (rs): K3, p2, (k4, p2) 10 times, k3.

Row 4: K3, p2, (sl next 2 st to cable needle and hold in back; k2, then k2 from cable needle, p2) 10 times, k3.

Row 6: K3, p2, (k4, p2) 10 times, k3.

Row 8: K3, p2, (k4, p2) 10 times, k3.

Repeat rows 1-8 until cowl measures 25 inches, ending with row 7.

Remove provisional cast on and graft beginning and end with Kitchener stitch. Be sure to work your Kitchener correctly for knits and purls.

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Thanksgiving Recipe From Doug

We asked Doug Kreinik to share a Thanksgiving memory and recipe, in Celebration of the Tie One One Campaign (a apron, that is!). Kreinik is a sponsor of this baking-and-sharing event, started by The Apron Book author EllynAnne Giesel. Enter the Tie One On Weekly Drawings for a chance to win Kreinik metallic threads and other fabulous prizes: http://www.apronmemories.com/

Growing up, my favorite meal was the day after Thanksgiving.  Turkey Pot Pie was my comfort food and to this day is still one of my all time pleasurable experiences.   My Mom used to use Crisco to make a very flaky crust.  I actually surprised her a number of years ago by making it with olive oil.  It was still very flaky and did not have all of that saturated fat.

Chopping up the yams, layering the stuffing, pouring in the corn, peas, gravy and adding the turkey created a yummy experience for me.   It has now been passed down to my kids as one of their favorites also.

Along with this, my Dad would make his Caesar Salad, which would top off a very delectable family meal and memory. Dessert was usually my Mom's Pecan Pie. Just thinking about it, makes me hungry.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie and Caesar Salad

Pastry Dough
Sift
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Add
1/2 c olive oil or (2/3 c crisco)
1/2 c hot water
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp lemon

Make a ball and place in refrigerator for 2 hours to chill
Pat out 3/4 of the pastry- line a 2 quart or 8" casserole dish

Filling

Sauté
1 chopped onion
2 tbsp olive oil
Add Mushrooms

When onions are transparent
Dissolve
2 tbsp cornstarch into
1 cup chicken stock along with
Turkey gravy and drippings from roasting pan if available
Stir until thickened
Blend in sauté onions and mushrooms

Season with
Dill
Chopped parsley
Basil
Salt and pepper

Add
1 c frozen peas
1/2 c frozen corn
2 grated carrots
2 c cooked turkey ( can be replaced with chicken or other poultry)

While layering
Sweet potatoes
Stuffing
Pour in concocted sauce from above

Roll out final 1/4 of chilled pastry dough and apply over filling
Seal edges and slash top to allow steam to escape

Preheat oven to 425 F

Bake for 25 minutes

Eat!

This makes terrific leftovers if you are lucky.

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New ideas for quilting and mixed media art

Book review of: Cut, Shape, Stitch

If you've ever lamented that you "can't cut a straight line," the availability of rotary cutters, punches, and die-cutting machines is heaven-sent. Our fancy edges are no longer limited to what we can do with pinking shears. Intricate shapes, decorative letters, and fancy borders can be made with the touch of a button/punch/lever/computer. Whether working in paper, metal or fabric, you expand your creative options with shape-creating machines.

After you've created fun shapes, what do you do with them? A new book aims to inspire you with mixed media ideas. "Cut, Shape, Stitch: Working Creatively With Cutting Machines" by Maggie Grey, Samantha Packer, and Paula Watkins has just been published by 4Daisy Books Ltd (ISBN 978-0-9574413-2-3). We've worked with Sam and Paula on models for our tradeshow booths and love how they think in layers, combining techniques with colors, shapes and mediums to create gorgeous designs. See some of Sam's quilts in this article: http://www.mrxstitch.com/bring-light/.

If you were lucky enough to have art class in school, you may remember the things you got to play with: shrink plastic, paste, yarn, paints, ribbons, tissue, foil. The authors take those elements and more to help you make grown-up, mixed-media, textile art with your cut shapes.

"Who can cut the perfect circle, or cut a series of words for a textural piece, without feeling some disappointment in the end product?"  says Sam, putting words to our own frowns when we get a jagged edge or crooked line. She points out that cutting machines also cut your time and labor in half, and there's no shame in this short cut. "Having your shapes ready-cut does not signify a lack of imagination," she adds, "it merely gives you more time and patience to use them to create something wonderful."

The book has chapters on Simple Cutting Ideas, Creative Die Cutting, Digital Cutting, and Negative Shapes, which show you how to combine cutters with mixed media techniques and stitching We are talking about embroidered quilts, handmade books, embellished jewelry, wired motifs, "carved" sculptures, and three-dimensional work. The decorative threads running through them include Kreinik's beautiful metallic braids, ribbons, machine sewing threads, and Flash In a Tube.

Don't be intimidated by the seemingly elaborate samples in the book. Start where you are, with whatever die cutting machine or punch you have access to right now—even if it's a simple hole punch from your office drawer. When Paula started, "I had only one die, a flower, but every time I used it with a different fabric or material, it opened more possibilities for use with textiles and mixed media work."

The availability of ready-cut shapes and cutting machines has made life easier for quilters, paper crafters, and other artists. Once you start combining shapes with art materials, fabrics, threads and stitches, you may find a whole new level of self-expression and passion.

For more information on the book "Cut, Shape, Stitch," visit http://www.d4daisy.com/.
For more information on Kreinik threads, visit www.kreinik.com.

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