Embroidery on photographs is our new favorite fiber art

The hot trend of stitching on photographs is a blend of two exciting mediums: visual art and fiber art. Photos are a refreshing base material for stitchers who want to further express their love for embroidery and for making images come to life.

Get inspired with the designs of Janet Dey

Friends in the Toronto area, check out this fabulous exhibit: https://business.facebook.com/events/1241059279416533/ Designer Janet Dey uses Kreinik threads in her fun, expressive, fascinating contemporary art. She hand-embroiders on enlarged modern prints of vintage photographs.

"It is a delight to work with the threads," Janet says. We love how the gold Kreinik Braid adds a dimensional effect and a touch of light, while keeping with the gorgeous vintage color schemes of the photographs. If you aren't in the Toronto area, you can still get inspired by checking out the gallery's website here, https://www.bulgergallery.com/artists/29-janet-dey/works/, or this site featuring more of Janet's work: https://ffoto.com/collections/janet-dey

About the exhibit

The Stephen Bulger Gallery is an art gallery in Toronto, Canada. If you live in the area, keep an eye on their schedule for other inspiring creative exhibits. Here are the details on the Janet Dey exhibit:

  • Exhibition Dates: February 22 – March 14, 2020
  • Artist Talk with Janet Dey: Saturday, February 22, 4pm
  • Public Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2 – 5pm
The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition in the Reading Room of work by Janet Dey featuring her series entitled “Magic”. The exhibition is on in conjunction with “Illusions: The Art of Magic” on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario from February 22 – May 18, 2020.

In “Magic”, Dey draws attention to well-known magicians who charmed and captivated audiences, and whose stories have been retold time and time again. Compelled by their dark and mysterious minds, Dey hand-embroiders on enlarged modern prints of vintage photographs. Every stitch and knot in Dey’s design embellishes or further hides the identity of the subjects. Often masking entire faces leaving only their eyes visible, the work takes on a new story, a vision told from Dey’s perspective and left for the viewer to discover. The final artwork is unique, designed to last another several lifetimes. A rebellion against time.

The source photographs are from the collection of David Ben, writer, stage magician, performer, and magic collector.

Photos from the Stephen Bulger Gallery


Dye lot change coming to Kreinik metallic thread color 015

Plan accordingly! Kreinik color 015 Chartreuse is going to have a slight change in dye lot during the next production run in 2020. If you are mid project, make sure you have enough of the current dye lot.  

A few things you can do to find old spools:

  1. Contact needlework shops to see if they have old stock
  2. Contact stitchers through Reddit, Facebook groups or other social media to see if they have an old spool and are willing to part with it or swap for something

Speaking of dye lots...

We have had a flurry of stitchers calling in a panic lately, mid project, looking for old dye lots. Sometimes we can find an old spool, but more often than not, we can't match it. Always, always, always make sure you have enough of a current dye lot — in any thread, yarn or even fabric — when you start your project. 

This is especially important if you:

  • purchase needlework threads from a discount store or second-hand store
  • inherit someone's stitching stash
  • purchase from a shop going out of business or other clearance sale
  • buy needlework supplies from an estate sale
All manufacturers try to keep dye lots as close as possible, but sometimes it's inevitable. Minimize any stress by making sure you have enough to finish your project. 


Your chance to see Kreinik in person in 2020

Here is our tentative 2020 show and class schedule. More events and dates will be announced, so check back often. We hope to see you in person and share our passion for gorgeous, colorful, fun fibers! 

  • JANUARY 10: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk in Richmond, VA
  • JANUARY 11-12: Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, Doswell VA
  • FEBRUARY 15: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk at Stitch Stash Rehoboth Beach
  • FEBRUARY 22: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk at Hillside Needlepoint in Maryland
  • FEBRUARY 23: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk at Stitch Middleburg in Virginia
  • MARCH 6-8: Nashville Needlework Market trade show  
  • MARCH 20-23: Orlando Needlepoint Market trade show
  • APRIL 16-19: Chicago Miniature Show
  • APRIL 29: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk at The Needlepointer in Everett, WA
  • MAY 16: Doug Kreinik Threads Talk at The Village Sampler in St. Albans, WV
  • JUNE 27-JULY 5: closed for summer break
  • SEPTEMBER: Destination Dallas needlepoint trade show
  • OCTOBER 1-3: Kreinik Factory Outlet Store Tent Sale
  • OCTOBER 5-10: Fly fishing trade show in Denver
  • OCTOBER 21: Doug Kreinik Thread Talk at Needlepoint Clubhouse, Kirkwood, MO
  • DECEMBER 24: Closed for holiday break (dec 24-Jan 3)


Kreinik's 2019 holiday hours

The Kreinik factory, outlet and offices will be closed December 22, 2019 through January 1, 2020 so that our staff can spend the holidays with their family and friends. No threads will be made or shipped during that time. We recommend stocking up now so you won't run short on your favorite fibers. 


Top 3 embroidery scissors to give a stitcher this Christmas

Looking for a Christmas present for a stitcher? Pick any of these Italian scissors and they will be ecstatic! Each available in standard or serrated blades (which are good for cutting metallics).

X305 Premax® red handle 3.5" embroidery scissor. (ABOVE) This gorgeous color is only part of the quality here; the 'soft-touch' coating makes them non-slip.

X302CS Premax® 3 3/4" Curved Embroidery Scissors. (ABOVE) The red "eye" is part of the patented ring-lock system which means they will never loosen. Curved blades mean you can get closer to your stitching area, even when your work is in a hoop or frame.

X370LS Premax® 3 1/2" Left Hand Embroidery Scissors. (ABOVE) Every leftie needs a pair of scissors made just for them.

There are so many good scissors in the Premax® line, all made in Italy. Look for tiny embroidery scissors to fit in your travel case, large finger-hole scissors, double curved scissors (great for machine sewing), and more. Ask your favorite needlework shop for these terrific gifts, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Premax-R-Scissors/


New Kreinik Celadon color

We are so excited to introduce our new metallic color 5730 Celadon. This color was created by a group of designers who wanted a soft sage green to match popular needlepoint painted canvases. Of course, it's not just for needlepoint. Use it in cross stitch, embroidery, fiber art, mixed media, anywhere!

The new color comes in these Kreinik sizes:

  • Very Fine #4 Braid
  • Fine #8 Braid
  • Tapestry #12 Braid
  • Medium #16 Braid
  • 1/16" Ribbon
Choose the Kreinik thread size  based on what technique you're doing, what stitches you're doing, what fabric or canvas size you're working on, etc. For more educational info on Kreinik threads, visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Metallic-Thread-c-497/


New Kreinik metallic ribbon colors

Kreinik 1/16" 'Ribbon now comes in more colors! This thread is popular for needlepoint, embroidery, crazy quilting, and other fiber arts. The new colors are:

  • 016L Olive Moss
  • 9591 Buttercup
  • 9592 Peony
  • 9593 Wisteria
  • 9594 Bluebonnet

These colors also come in our Braid sizes. Check your favorite needlework store or www.kreinik.com to order.


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