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.


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


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.


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


New cross stitch kits

Whether you are stitching for Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas gifts, or just want a lovely quick-to-stitch-and-finish weekend project, the new Kreinik CROSS Stitches kits are perfect. They are worked in cross stitch on premium quality Trinkets™ perforated paper.

Each kit includes everything you need to stitch a design: Kreinik silk and metallic threads, 18-count perforated paper cross, chart, needle, plus double-sided tape and backing fabric. The designs are subtle enough for primitive palettes, but with a touch of shimmer for visual interest. Luxurious ultrasuede fabric covers the back to make finishing fast yet elegant.

Choose from these four designs:

  • Alphabet Cross, featuring beautiful "Marsala" shades of silk thread (the Pantone® Color Of The Year), this design is ideal for sampler lovers, history buffs, and those wanting a simple-but-elegant project.
  • Crown Cross features a common sampler motif worked in golden silk thread, with a modern twist of metallic thread (fitting for a gold crowns!). The various yellow shades blend harmoniously, while white silk stitches provide a textured backdrop. It's a simple but gorgeous project.
  • Dogwood Cross celebrates the onset of spring in its floral glory, plus ties in with the Legend Of The Dogwood story.
  • 2015 is the Year Of The Sheep! Shepherd Cross celebrates this beloved animal, but also brings to mind one of the most popular Psalms from the Bible. 

The new CROSS Stitches kits debuted at the recent Nashville Needlework Market, so they are in stores now or coming very soon. Visit your local needlework store, favorite online retailer, or


Doug’s Favorite Scratch Pizza and Sauce

We've gotten over a foot of snow in Parkersburg, WV today so we are doing a little baking with the plant closed.  My Dad taught me the fine science of making pizzas. He actually had a collection of twenty five pizza dough recipes. I would go over to my parent’s house on a Sunday mornings and work with him to prepare pizza for a nice afternoon repass. We would always try to outdo each other on toppings. This of course made for interesting conversation.

Pizza Doug-h (it contains my name, so it must be good)
I always make a double batch, but each batch I make separately

  • 1 packet or 1 tablespoon (5 ml) dry yeast.
  • 2 tsp (30 ml) sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) luke warm water
  • 3 cups (700 ml)) all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 2 tbsp.(45 ml) olive oil
Sometimes I will add spices to the dough, i.e. Italian Spices to give the dough an interesting flavor and appearance.
  1. Heat ¼ cup (60 ml) of water for 12 seconds in the microwave
  2. Add sugar and yeast and gently stir. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes to rise.
  3. I have used a food processor and a mixer and prefer the mixer.
  4. Add flour, water, salt, olive oil and yeast in the mixing bowl
  5. Using the dough blade in the mixer, mix until a ball is formed. You may need to add a little more water to help it in forming.
  6. Take the ball of dough and place in a covered bowl. I usually wipe the side of the bowl or container holding the dough ball with olive oil so that it will not stick.  
At this point, make a second batch for a second pizza.

Marinara Pizza Sauce

While the dough is rising, you can prepare the pizza sauce. Here is my favorite Marinara sauce which is easy and fast to make.
  • 2 tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves either mashed or finally chopped
  • 1 medium purple or yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) (840 ml) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground fennel
  • 1 ½ tbsp. (22.5 ml) sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) Italian spices (marjoram, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory and sage)
  1. Sauté onions and garlic in a sauce pan until the onions are transparent.
  2. Add remaining ingredients simmer for 1 hour.  
This recipe makes enough sauce for two pizzas.

After the pizza dough doubles in size, kneed it, continually folding it onto itself. I usually let it rise twice.  When ready, shape the dough into a cookie tray or an 18” (.45 m) round pizza pan. For thinner crust, roll out with a rolling pin. I often let the shaped dough rise a little more in the pan before baking.

First Baking
Pre-heat oven to 450F (230C)
Bake the dough for 10 minutes.
After the Pizza dough is pre-baked, add your favorite toppings.

The Toppings
Spread the marinara sauce on to the pre-baked crust, then add: different types of cheeses, sautéed Italiansausage, pepperoni, deboned chicken, New Orleans Central Market Muffuletta Olive Salad mix, raw egg to be fried on the pizza, sautéed broccoli, Swiss chard, and or spinach, mushrooms, sautéed onions, sliced avocado, fried potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, artichoke hearts, anchovies, tuna or whatever sounds good.

Final Baking
Place back into the oven. Bake at 450F (232C), until the crust is brown and the cheeses are melted (about another 10 minutes). Using a spatula, lift an edge of the baking pizza up to see if the underside is done (a bit brown). The dough should lift easily from the pan and not stick. This will signal that you are ready.

Remove from the oven.  Cut and serve and wow your friends.


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 for show registration information.


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