May sale at the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store

Road trip time! Are you a cross stitcher, quilter, weaver, knitter, crocheter, needlepointer, fly tier, spinner, tatter, jewelry maker, crafter…or anyone who likes thread? If so, you will want to make plans now for a fiber extravaganza at the Kreinik factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia. We will open our parking lot and doors for anyone who loves fiber.

The tent sale runs May 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2017 at the Kreinik thread factory, 1708 Gihon Road in Parkersburg, West Virginia (the historic Mid Ohio Valley area). Ever want to feel like you've stepped into a rainbow? This is your chance. Stop by and enjoy a fun day collecting beautiful threads.

Just a few of the offerings:

  • SAMPLER LOVERS will find deals on Soie D'Alger silk floss
  • NEEDLEPOINTERS can buy cones of background colors in Braids and Ribbons
  • CROSS STITCHERS can stock up on fabrics and needles at a sale price
  • QUILTERS will find simply the best high-speed metallic threads (nothing else compares)
  • FOR EVERYONE: Special needle sale for embroiderers, stitchers, bearers, quilters.
  • WEAVERS AND SPINNERS will find interesting fibers for experimenting and expanding their creative options
  • TATTING fans will discover a world of thread colors for making ornaments, jewelry, patches
  • CRAFTERS will find unique materials (iron-on!) to make finished products
  • TEACHERS will love the deals on fiber and craft materials for their students
…and of course there will be plenty more. We will have cones of discontinued colors (some people are collecting all the leftovers!), surplus inventory of your favorites, and super sale prices on other unique Kreinik fibers. You also have a chance to meet and get your photo taken with Doug Kreinik.

Are you a retail shop?

Shops interested in bringing a van of customers should contact Kreinik for commission details and arrangements, info@kreinik.com or 1-800-624-1928.

2017 May Tent Sale Details:

  • 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26101 USA
  • May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who doesn't love a spring road trip? This one has fabulous fibers as the destination. Bring friends!



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How to stitch smart choices

The Freudian Stitch, one of our favorite cross stitch designers, just released a new pattern featuring the motto, "Make smart choices in your life." Goodness, what a great message for all of us that makes a fun, easy stitching project. Even better, there's a secret, just-as-important, message deep within the stitches, thanks to Kreinik pink glow-in-the-dark thread. Take a look at the photo to see how cleverly this is created.

From the designer's Instagram post releasing the new design:

"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art." These words by Carrie Fisher are inspiring and helped inspire my latest glow in the dark design featuring Kreinik threads. This design is now available in my [Etsy] shop. Stitch this as a reminder to keep making your life art.*

We agree! The clean lines of this pattern make it modern, suitable in any decor, and easy to stitch. The message of this pattern makes it relevant for everyone.

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How to use the most versatile metallic thread

This is your year of becoming a Kreinik thread expert. Hopefully you've enjoyed and learned from the blog posts so far (access them via the dated list on the right side of this page). To reach the next level, you need to know about one of the cornerstones of the Kreinik line: Fine #8 Braid.

Fine #8 Braid is possibly the most versatile metallic thread since it can be used by just about every creative technique. It is the perfect size for needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery, crazy quilting, weaving, bead knitting, bead crochet, tatting, fly fishing, card making, Temari, Hardanger, and more. It was the first metallic developed by the Kreinik family in the early days of the thread company.

Doug Kreinik fills us in on a little history: "In the beginning, my parents, Jerry and Estelle Kreinik, looked at the market and saw that there was a need for a metallic for cross stitch and needlepoint." Estelle was a needlepoint enthusiast, which is how they got involved in the industry. "They first created #8 and #16 braids in 7 colors along with blending filaments. The #8 Braid could be used in both needlepoint and cross stitch," Doug adds. "Since then, #8 has been used in crochet, tatting, smocking, weaving, sewing, quilting, embellishing, rug hooking and even fly fishing bodies."

Today we make #8 Braid—we don't get it from overseas or from another company—in our Parkersburg, West Virginia factory. It comes in 250+ colors including basic metallic shades, hi luster, vintage finish, glow-in-the-dark, and holographic. Corded #8 Braid is a bolder version made to resemble real metal threads.

If you haven't used Fine #8 Braid for your creative project, get a spool in your favorite color and try it. You can't hurt it and you will love the bold metallic effect in your design. It brings visual interest, light, and texture that simply makes projects better.

What you need to know about Kreinik Fine #8 Braid

  1. SIZE: The number 8 simply refers to the number of raw strands we use to make the size (or weight). Fine #8 Braid is twice as thick as Very Fine #4 Braid, and half as thick as Medium #16 Braid.
  2. WHY USE IT: To get a bold metallic look in a design (stronger light and visual effect than the whispy Blending Filament, for example). It can be used right alongside other types of fibers—in fact, that makes a design more interesting.
  3. HOW TO USE IT: Straight off the reel. Just cut a length (about 15 to 18 inches) and go. Don't try to separate it or use more than one strand.
  4. WHERE TO USE IT*: This thread was created to be the same thickness as two strands of embroidery floss. So it provides excellent coverage in cross stitch on 14-count Aida. It is also popular for needlepoint in tent stitch on 18-mesh canvas. 
  5. NEEDLE SIZE: Make sure your needle is large enough to accommodate the thread, otherwise the metallic will shred as you stitch. We suggest Tapestry #22 or #24 for needlepoint and cross stitch. For embroidery or quilting on fabric, use a #20 Chenille needle.
  6. CARE: This metallic can be washed by hand or machine. Tumble dry on low. Do not iron directly onto the metallic, use a press cloth.


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* SIDE NOTE ON WHERE TO USE IT: These recommendations are not set in stone—feel free to use other thread sizes on these fabric/canvas counts if desired, or depending on your stitch selection. Some people prefer a lighter look on 14-count Aida, for instance, and instead choose to use Very Fine #4 Braid. Some needlepointers prefer thicker coverage on 18-mesh, so they select slightly heavier Tapestry #12 Braid. Experiment with your own preferences and design needs.



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How to use Iron-on Threads on fabric

Kreinik Iron-on metallic threads make it easy to add sparkle to story quilts, miniature quilts, wall hangings, fiber art, crazy quilts, ornaments, lampshades and other fabric projects. Create outlines, swirls, borders, bows, webs, and words without the mess of glue or taking the time to stitch an embellishment. When you want a quick embellishment, these fibers are perfect. They come in two sizes: round Medium #16 Braid and flat 1/8” Ribbon.


Step 1: decide on a design


  • Draw a design or write words and names freehand with a fabric pencil or disappearing ink pen
  • Or use a stencil to trace an outline or pattern onto your fabric
  • Or follow the lines already printed on the fabric
  • Tip: the flat ribbon is ideal for borders or outlines, while the round braid is better for words and finer lines

Step 2: have supplies


  • the fabric you’re decorating (fabric should be pre-washed and pre-shrunk)
  • Kreinik Iron-on Threads in colors to match your project
  • Smooth heatproof surface like ironing board, computer mouse pad or fabric covered cardboard
  • Clover brand mini-iron or a household iron
  • Kreinik  Adhesive Teflon press cloth—needed to prevent the thread from sticking to your iron.—available in several sizes
  • Sharp scissors to cut the thread when you’re finished 

Step 3: iron!


  • First, while your iron is unplugged, apply the Adhesive Press Cloth to the plate of your iron. Trim if needed. If you get any bubbles, smooth them out with your fingers, or pop them with a pin and then smooth the area.
  • Turn  your iron onto high and allow it to heat thoroughly (“high” may also be the “linen” setting on some irons). The iron must be on high heat for the thread to adhere properly.
  • Place the thread at a beginning point of your design
  • Press with iron for a few seconds or until the thread adheres.
  • Follow this procedure, working one section at a time for the rest of your design.
  • When finished, clip the thread



Frequently Asked Questions:

  • “Can they be washed?” Yes, and no. Yes, they can be washed, but sometimes the agitation of a washing machine can make them pop off. If so, touch up with a hot iron. We recommend, however, that you couch them down after placement if using on anything that will need to be washed. That will make them secure.
  • “Can you also use them on paper?”  Yes, use these fibers on wood, paper, fabric. You can use them on stitched needlepoint and cross stitch designs. Use them with polymer clay for jewelry too.
  • “Are they suitable for all ages?” As long as a child is old enough to handle a hot iron, they should be fine. We have taught elementary school aged children, with adult supervision, and everyone had a great time.
  • “Do you have to use a craft iron?” You can use a home iron as well. The key is that your iron should have a non-stick coating to keep the adhesive in the thread from sticking to your iron. If your iron isn’t non-stick, simply use a Kreinik Adhesive Press Cloth (available in different sizes). 

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The easier way to do beading in needlework

Beads in embroidery create interesting bumpy texture and add 3-dimensional lift. That sounds awesome—until you start stringing a hundred tiny orbs that roll around when you try to pick them up. How many times have you toppled your bead tray, or how many beads have you lost under in the couch, while trying to embroider with them? There's an easier way! We're here to make your bead-life better, with Kreinik Facets.


Kreinik Facets are a bead-like yarn that you couch on the surface of your needlework. They're essentially beads that are already strung together. So you get no mess, no flying beads—only the cool look of 3-D texture without the hassle. On your way to becoming a Kreinik thread expert this year, you will want to explore this fun fiber option. Here's everything you need to know about Kreinik Facets to make your next project as gorgeous as ever.


Five facts about Kreinik Facets

  • It's faster than beading. Imagine simply laying one strand of beads, rather than threading individual beads one at a time.
  • It's a surface embroidery thread, you don't stitch in and out with it like a traditional Kreinik Braid. This actually makes it versatile: you can use it on any size canvas or fabric.
  • It comes in two sizes: regular Facets and Petite Facets, which are half the weight of regular Facets.
  • It comes in a wired version. Aside from the obvious 3-D effects, the wire holds its shape while you couch it down (ie, great for cursive words).
  • You can use it to make interesting cords. Take the red Facets and cord with Kreinik's Micro Ice Chenille in green, for instance, using the Custom Corder tool, then turn the cording into a wreath shape. The Facets look like holly berries.
Where to use Facets

Think of this fun fiber for borders, trims, cording. Use Facets to replicate jewelry, garland, rope-like areas, or any motif where you would normally use beads.
  • needlepoint
  • cross stitch
  • embroidery
  • clothing
  • quilts
  • home decor
How to use Facets
  1. First, prepare the ends. This is the trickiest part about Facets, but easily controllable. Wrap a piece of tape tightly around the end. Use a large needle or awl to open the hole in your fabric or canvas, and plunge the end to the back of your work. Use the needle or your finger to "close" the canvas/fabric fibers around the Facets.
  2. Alternate thread-end prep: use a clear nail polish or FrayCheck™ to stop any raveling. After it dries, the ends can be secured as part of your stitching on the surface of your work (no need to plunge to the back).
  3. Couch Facets (tack them down) using either a matching color of Kreinik thread (like #4 Braid or Cord), a clear monofilament thread, or a contrasting color of any thread (like silk or metallic). What you use to couch them depends on the look you want to achieve in your design. Feel free to experiment and have fun here.
  4.  When finished, either plunge the end to the back (as in #1 above) or use #2 option to finish off the end.
For more information

Find Kreinik Facets, Petite Facets, and Wired Facets in your favorite needlework store. They come on spools or skeins (the wired version). For large projects, they are available on cones by special order.


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Free sparkling spring crochet project


Tis the season! That is, the time of year when it's too warm for winter sweaters but too cold for spring dresses. What's a girl to do when she still wants to wear her art out? Crochet these lightweight fingerless mitts for Easter dresses, tea parties, Sunday school, or early morning waiting at school bus stops. The pattern is free!

Designed by April Garwood for small sizes, the gloves feature Kreinik's soft Ombre metallic yarn. This thread is so soft you won't even notice it by feel. But the variegated color adds light and shine for eye-catching prettiness. It's the perfect add-in fiber for any project needing a special touch. April chose Kreinik's Misty Violet color, which features shades of silver, lilac, lavender, and purple.

April has many more crochet patterns you'll love. Look for her on Ravelry, Etsy, Facebook, the Banana Moon Studio blog, or the Kreinik website (link to her Spring Frost Crocheted Scarf is below). Her background is impressive: a degree in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma. Her "foreground" is universal: "I have yarn in my hands as often as possible." Many patterns are ideal for busy moms who want to make things that are fashionable, creatively fulfilling, and suitable for adults or children.  Thank you, April, for sharing this free pattern with crocheters!

How to get the pattern:
Download this free pattern on the Banana Moon Studio blog here: http://bananamoonstudio.blogspot.com/2017/03/vinita-mitts-jr.html


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New needlepoint school

If you're a stitcher, look for needlework retreats and schools in your area or where you can go on vacation. Unlike high school which may have involved homework stress and emotional turmoil, needlework school is fun. It's a chance to socialize with like-minded people—making instant friends—while expanding your stitching repertoire and making something beautiful. Hopefully you will finish your project, but the goal is to learn something and have fun. Don't hesitate to sign up for needlework school.

We recently heard about a new school/retreat in the works for January 2018 at a hotel/spa in Montgomery, Alabama. Organized by Julia Snyder of Key Stitches design company and Leigh Miller of The Needle Bug, it has your interests in mind. The teacher selection is amazing:

Mary Legallet
Tony Minieri
Barbara Elmore
Robin King
Jan Rogers
Debbie Rowley
Julia Snyder
Patricia Sone
Brenda Stofft

Choose from 4-day classes, 2-day classes, or one 6-day class. Get all the details here https://www.canvasaneedlepointadventure.com/ or here https://www.facebook.com/canvasaneedlepointadventure/

Don't fear the teacher, don't fear the project, don't fear the homework…Just sign up and have fun. We're pretty sure you'll discover new ways to use Kreinik threads in some of these classes too. What a great way to become a Kreinik thread expert.


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Rumors about discontinued Kreinik colors

Rumors about discontinued Kreinik colors are circulating again. Sometimes a shop may be out of a color, or there could be a delay in production, and that's how rumors start. We recommend you check with us directly if you hear anything about Kreinik or a color.

We haven't discontinued any colors since 2014. However, in light of recent enquiries, we thought it best to list those colors again. We hate to let go of any color, but sometimes it's necessary to clean up the line and make room for new colors. If you are mid-project and run out, contact us. We may have leftover stock or can help you find a shop with leftover stock.

Keep this list handy. Share with your stitching friends and favorite needlework store to help clear up the rumors.

Discontinued Kreinik Braid Color  = Current Kreinik Braid Substitution

NM = no match

  • 034 Confetti = NM
  • 041 Confetti Pink = 044 Confetti Blue
  • 042 Confetti Fuchsia = NM 
  • 043 Confetti Green = NM
  • 070 Mardi Gras = 5011 Elfin Green
  • 195 Sunburst = 095 Starburst
  • 235 Red Ember = 307 Deep Coral
  • 271 Plum = 3223 Ametrine
  • 393 Silver Night = 622 Wedgewood Blue
  • 664 Magenta Blue = NM 
  • 3240 Opal = 095 Starburst
  • 3508 Rhumba Green = 829 Mint Julep
  • 3509 Cha Cha Verde = 008HL Green Hi Lustre
  • 3540 Bolero Black = 005 Black
  • 4001 Green Tea = 4201 Sugar Cane
  • 4002 Spiced Chai = 4202 Dusky Meadow
  • 4003 Ginseng Gold = 4203 Cattail
  • 4004 Earl Grey = 4204 Storm Cloud
  • 4005 Sugar Cube = 102 Vatican Gold
  • 4006 Rosehip = NM (slightly more lilac is 3223 Ametrine. 093 Star Mauve, or 023 Lilac; slightly pinker is 007HL Pink Hi Lustre)
  • 5002 Pixiedust = NM (close but without blue is 4013 Purple Haze or 3223 Ametrine, or without the purple is 025 Grey)
  • 5004 Love Potion = 024L Fiery Fuchsia
  • 5007 Brocade = 5006 Ore
  • 5008 Leprechaun = 009 Emerald
  • 5525 Lemon = 5725 Lollipop Lemon
  • 5530 Rosemary Green = 4201 Sugar Cane
  • 9300 Orchid = NM (closest pastel is slightly darker 093 Star Mauve)
  • 2094HL Heather Hi Lustre = NM
  • 056F Blueberry = NM 
  • 057F Grape = NM 
  • 003C Red Corded = 003 Red
  • 005C Black Corded = 005 Black
  • 007C Pink Corded = 007 Pink
  • 008C Green Corded = 008 Green
  • 011C Nickel Corded = 010HL Steel Grey
  • 012C Purple Corded = 012 Purple
  • 032C Pearl Corded = 032 Pearl
  • 034C Confetti Corded = NM (closest but without black is 095 Starburst)
  • 041C Confetti Pink Corded = 044 Confetti Blue
  • 051C Sapphire Corded = 051HL Sapphire Hi Lustre
  • 104C Colonial Gold Corded = 210 Gold Dust
  • 208C Wine Corded = 080HL Garnet Hi Lustre
  • 225C Slate Corded = 025 Grey
  • 088C Lily Pond Corded = 4201 Sugar Cane

For more information:

• Visit the individual thread pages on http://www.kreinik.com/ to see which colors are available in which thread sizes

• Download color charts here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Downloadable-Color-Charts.html

• Buy a metallic color card here: https://www.kreinik.com/shops/Kreinik-Metallic-Thread-Color-Card.html



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How to create a stained glass quilt

 A review of the new C&T Publishing book  "Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined" by Allie Aller

It's a truth universally acknowledged that stained glass is an art form. The stained glass artist uses color, design, meaning, expression, technique…the same qualities used by quilters, stitchers, weavers and other textile artists. Reproducing stained glass ideas in fiber seems like a natural marriage, and it's the subject of the newest quilting book from C&T Publishing and Allie Aller.

Allie is the friend we all need—kind, brilliant, funny, creative, warm, encouraging, champion, food lover, family focused, teacher, supporter. With her quilt books, you have her at arm's length. We met Allie years ago at Quilt Market through her gorgeous crazy quilt work. She has created and taught stunning design work using Kreinik threads for embroidery on quilts, inspiring us and thousands of quilters to explore threads, stitches and techniques.

For quilters, Allie's newest book, "Stained Glass Quilts Reminagined," will educate and inspire. Why? It pushes the boundaries of what you thought stained glass quilts could be, teaches you fresh ideas, and shows you how to create your own patterns. "Many areas of design can lend themselves to stained glass quilt work," Allie says. "If you think of stained glass quilting as "outlined" art, any design based on simple line drawings or shapes can be transformed into a pattern." Imagine the possibilities: making custom, personalized designs for family, church, community centers, schools, etc.

Ideas for making stained glass quilts easier and better fill the 100-page softcover, full-coior book. You are going to like the three ideas to add "leading" between the pieces—it's time to expand your world from bias tape. You can have a little fun here. Wait until you see what she's done with Kreinik metallic threads. (Side note: stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic oxide to the raw materials.)

These quilts by nature are not heavily embellished, but there are ways to add depth and dimension through outlining options. She uses Kreinik 1/14" Ribbon—our widest metallic—to create gold leading in the "Windy Sunshine" quilt, for instance. The metallic is a simple update that transforms the design from "lovely!" to "Oh wow!" As Allie notes, "Those outlines don't always have to be black."

And that is one of the best messages of the book: you don't have to do things the way they always been done. Take a common theme, classic motif, or age-old design and explore. Try a variety of materials, explore different techniques, break out of the box. Whether you're creating in glass, fabric or threads, expanding you're artistic endeavors will free your imagination. That is what creativity is all about.

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Designs copyright © 2017 by Allie Aller from the book Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined from C&T Publishing, Inc.



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How to make better brighter string art

Thousands of clever string art ideas show up on Pinterest an DIY websites for a good reason: string art is fun. Consider the benefits: creative, easy, no counting/charting/sewing, colorful, and highly personal. You can create string art out of inspirational words, state and country shapes, or symbols that mean something to you. It's fiber art for all ages, all skill levels—even fun for group events and get-togethers.

For all these reasons, we are excited to announce a string art class at the Kreinik factory outlet store in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Create some "luck" with a fun, easy four-leaf-clover string art project. Learn techniques and play with bright sparkling string. Make it your own with different wood and string options.

The Details:

  • WHAT: "Lucky" four-leaf clover string art design for your home, garden patio, or give as a gift
  • WHERE: Kreinik factory outlet store, 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26101
  • WHEN: March 4, 2017 at 10 am
  • WHO: All ages are welcome
  • COST: $10
  • RSVP: By email (info@kreinik.com) or call 304-422-8900

If you remember string art in the 1960s and 70s, embrace the new take on this creative, expressive craft. If you're young, getting your first home, apartment, or dorm room and want to create something meaningful, you will love string art. Just think of all the fun designs you can create with colorful fibers like Kreinik metallic and glow-in-the-dark threads.

See you in class? More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/270691190034453/

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Fun new fuzzy fibers for your stitching pleasure

Quick: name five things that are fuzzy (bonus points for fuzzy metallic things). How about: garland on Christmas trees, legs on spiders, flower centers, bushy eyebrows, other, ahem, hairy things, peaches, caterpillars, lots of bugs actually, baby chicks, moldy cheese, your brain after a long weekend. How many could you list? Nature and life itself are full of texture. It makes things visually interesting and tactile.

You can recreate the fuzzy factor of true life objects with Kreinik's Micro Ice Chenille in your favorite hobby: needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery, fly fishing, crochet, knitting, weaving. It adds whimsy, dimension, texture, and just plain visual interest to a design. The line includes basic shades like black, pearl, peacock, green, pink, yellow and more. We just added four colors—and three are going to be perfect for your next Christmas Project.

What are the new colors?
  • Silver 101
  • Gold 221
  • Red/Green 020
  • Copper 021

What is Micro Ice Chenille and where can you use it?
  • it's a fuzzy metallic
  • use for buggers, and bodies in fly fishing
  • couch in needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, crazy quilting for surface embroidery (couch it with a Kreinik Cord or Very Fine #4 Braid, rather than stitch in and out)
  • combine it with any other fiber for cording and trims on stockings, ornaments, etc
  • crochet little accessories and appliques (wreaths, flowers)
  • use it in duplicate stitch in knitting (like a spider!)

Where can you get it?

Six places to get more information:

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How to use two fabulously inventive laying tools for stitching

 Now that the Major Football Game is over, we move on to celebrate the next holiday: National Inventor's Day! It's this week, February 11. Time to honor creative people for enabling us to do things like zip up a jacket, ride an elevator, turn on a light, microwave lunch, play with bubble wrap, and write with a pen.

"Many inventors go their whole life without recognition for their creation while others are household names," cites www.nationaldaycalendar.com. "Nearly everything around us is the result of someone tinkering in their garage, laboratory or basement trying to find a solution to a problem."

The list of people to thank is infinite: the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, George Washington Carver, Alfred Noble, Louis Braille, plus Clarence Birdseye, Ernie Fraze, Mary Phelps Jacob, and Jerry Kreinik…

Yes, the creator of Kreinik threads for cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, weaving, crafting and fly fishing invented many things during his lifetime of engineering. He holds the patent for dustless and instant-igniting charcoal. He worked on textiles for submariners and polar explorers, on zippers, buttons and fastener technology (like the D ring used by millions today). We asked son Doug Kreinik to name a few of Jerry's inventions: "He worked on knitted paper fabric for dresses, foam plastic furniture, resins for table top creations using fabric inserts, many jigs for lean manufacturing, rain proof fabrics, nylon evenweave fabric for needlepoint inserts…" And the list goes on.

Speaking of needlepoint, let's use National Inventor's Day as a chance to explore two rather helpful tools that someone created to make stitching easier. In our year of "The ABCs of Kreinik," we come to:

Bodkin
B is for Bodkin and Bent Weaver's Needle

A stitcher can use either one of these unique tools to help guide threads into place. The result? Your stitching will look more beautiful.

WHAT'S A BODKIN?
  • A kind of needle with a large eye designed for threading tape, cording, or ribbon through something.
  • Back in the olden days when drawstrings were main fasteners, these were pretty useful for keeping yourself together.
  • If you're cord has ever retreated back into the waistband of your sweatpants or hood of your jacket, you know how annoying that can be. A Bodkin is kind of like the safety pin you use to pull the end back out.
  • There are several types of Bodkins. Kreinik's version is flat and has two eyes (a large square eye and a long slot) for threading different types of materials.
  • Sharper-point Bodkins  are used in fly fishing for more precise placement of fibers (in making flies).
Bent Weaver's Needle
WHAT'S A BENT WEAVER'S NEEDLE?

HOW DO I USE THEM?

For cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery:
  • Use either as laying tools to help you lay a thread smoothly on your design. So whether you do cross stitch, needlepoint, or embroidery, these tools will make your stitches look better.
  • As you make your stitch, hold the Bodkin or Bent Weaver's Needle in your other hand and stroke the thread, encouraging it to lay flat or smooth as the stitch is placed. Stroke the thread as many times as needed until the fibers look good, even, smooth, flat, etc, then complete your stitch.
For sewing, quilting, or finishing:
  • Use them to thread a ribbon, shoelace, elastic, or cord through a hem or seam (as in a drawstring bag). Thread your ribbon/cord/etc through the eye or slot, and let the pointed end be the forward end, easily guiding the material through the channel.
  • Use the flat Bodkin to keep a ribbon from twisting as it is threaded through the hem/seam/channel.
Celebrate both on National Inventor's Day

Both the Bodkin and Bent Weaver's Needle were invented to make stitching something easier. Get one of each and see how they work (Kreinik's are very inexpensive). Then take a moment on February 11 to thank the inventor's of both, plus anyone who looked at a need or problem and came up with a creative solution. If you're a stitcher, keep creating and experimenting. If you're a teacher, keep encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. If you're a tinkerer, keep tinkering. It's always good to make life better, easier, safer, and more fun, yes?


10 places to get more information:
  1. Purchase a Kreinik Bodkin: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Bodkin.html
  2. A 1912 Bodkin patent: https://www.google.com/patents/US1081604 (great illustration and description of usage in sewing)
  3. A 1906 Bodkin patent: https://www.google.com/patents/US822728 (also useful in understanding how they work in sewing)
  4. Marth Edlin's bodkin, from the Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/videos/m/video-martha-edlins-casket/ (can you spot the flat bodkin?)
  5. Elegant Arts Antiques extensive study of bodkins throughout history: http://elegantarts.com/Newsletter2.pdf
  6. Purchase a Kreinik Bent Weaver's Needle: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Bent-Weavers-Needle.html
  7. Purchase a Kreinik Bent Weaver's Needle, gold pated: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Gold-Plated-Bent-Weavers-Needle.html
  8.  "What's a laying tool?" by mary Corbet, http://www.needlenthread.com/2011/10/whats-a-laying-tool.html
  9.  Inventors behind 10 of the most useful inventions ever: http://www.businessinsider.com/ten-inventions-you-never-knew-had-inventors-2011-3
  10.  13 inventors you've never heard of: http://mashable.com/2013/11/15/inventors/#ajDsy5xKpiqR

Kreinik Gold Needle Safe

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How your group can prevent suicide


What shoes did you wear today, anything with laces? Did you slip on some fun socks to show your personality? Let's talk. Do you sometimes look at your feet and need cheering up? We're here to help. We're asking you and 25 of your friends to help too (have a group, business or club?). It's actually easy, and fun.

Shoelaces and socks go together like, well, threads and stitches. One makes the other better, right? You can have fun with both, showing off your unique style or sense of humor. They're with you most of the day, so let's make them a little more fun.

Kreinik and Blue Heel Socks of North Carolina joined manufacturing forces to create Sporty CAKS, a line of neon sporty socks and glow-in-the-dark shoelaces. A portion of each sale goes to suicide prevention, grief support, substance abuse and depression treatment programs. The socks are made by Blue Heel in North Carolina, while the shoelaces are made by Kreinik in West Virginia.



What's so great about these socks? 
  1. Well, first, you can have your logo put on the socks, which is really awesome for groups, schools, charities, teams, clubs, and the like. Imagine a bowling team with their cool socks glowing under the alley blacklight. Or the name of a roller derby team zipping around the rink. Or a private school showing school pride and unity. How about a business with staff running a charity race, wearing eye-catching matching neon socks? That's just to name a few creative ideas.
  2. 
You can use the socks-and-shoelace program as a fundraiser. The program is designed with this invaluable action network in mind. Use them to raise money for your town, a neighbor, a cause, a fund-me campaign, or anything else. The Sporty CAKS program is something everyone can use, wear, and take pride in participating.
  3. 
The socks are cool. No, really, they are: breathable, made from recycled materials, and made in the USA. Blue Heel uses nylon and recycled nylon instead of cotton. They're soft, flexible, colors won't fade—and did we mention that you can put your logo on them? More about Blue Heel here: http://blueheel.com/about-us-2
  4. 
Sporty CAKS raises money to help prevent suicide, plus comfort those who have already lost friends and family. Bullying, fear, sadness, hopelessness, exhaustion…we've all been there to a degree, but for some, it's life-threatening. We can help, you can help, your group can help. 

How to help

To purchase for your group, visit http://blueheel.com/caks-program. Basically, here's how it works:
  • pick a quantity (25, 50, etc)
  • select a neon color
  • upload logo for sock (optional)
  • Blue Heel sends you a mock up of your Sporty CAKS order
  • once approved, they send an invoice and ship
It's that simple, and so important. Share with your team, school, friends, club, business group. Thank you for helping others. #PayItForward #NeverStopHelpingOthers



More information

What's a thread company doing with socks and shoelaces? Many of you know that the Kreinik family lost one of its beloved own to suicide in recent years. In an instant, a topic you hear about, a tragedy you see on the news, the thing that has happened to people you know, became deeply personal. We don't want this to happen to you and your loved ones. If it happened already, we want to help you heal.

This is why Kreinik developed the CAKS project. You can buy shoelaces, eyeglass strings and lanyards—made of Kreinik threads by our wonderful staff in our West Virginia factory. All the details here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/CAKS/ We donate to a fund helping suicide prevention, grief counseling, drug addiction services, and depression treatment. It's an uphill battle, and that's why we're so excited Blue Heel Socks has joined the mission. Thank YOU for helping too.


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How to stitch with Kreinik Braids

Needlepoint canvas by Danji Designs
The problem was obvious: needlework was boring. We are flashing back here to 1971, when Jerry and Estelle Kreinik drove around the U.S. selling Estelle's revolutionary needlework project holder (the first one on the market). Needlepoint was popular, but stitched only in wool. Cross stitch was up and coming, but stitched only in cotton. That was pretty much IT, all that was available at the time. Very limited, a little undifferentiated, and not at all up to its potential.

With their backgrounds in textiles, Jerry and Estelle knew that needlework, from the dawn of embroidery, was so much more. Historically, embroiderers used silk threads and real metals too, for instance. Long story short, the Kreiniks set out to make these interesting threads available and affordable for stitchers everywhere. First up: importing silk threads. The next task: creating a less expensive but still beautiful, rich-looking, and easy-to-use version of real metal threads. "Braids" were born.

In your year of becoming a Kreinik thread expert, exploring "Kreinik: A To Z," the most significant subject is probably this: Braids. Here's what you need to know, which will enhance and enrich your needlework projects to infinity and beyond.

B is for Braids

WHAT ARE THEY?
The Kreiniks used the name Braid for their synthetic (as opposed to nature-made) metallic thread basically because that's how the thread is made: raw fiber tightly braided together by machine to become one unit. It's our fancy way of saying "thread." So don't think of it as stitching with a woven band or trim. A Kreinik Braid is simply metallic thread meant to be used as is, straight off the reel, not as two strands, not separated. The purpose is to add the beautiful shimmer of a real metal thread, but in a fiber that is easier to use, less expensive, washable, and more readily available.

HOW DO THEY COME?
Jerry and Estelle created Braids of different sizes so that you could have a metallic thread to fit on any size fabric, canvas, or any medium actually. To differentiate the sizes, each has a number in its name, In our line, the smaller the number, the smaller the thread size. So, from thinnest to thickest, you have the choice of Very Fine #4 Braid, Fine #8 Braid, Tapestry #12 Braid, Medium #16 Braid, Canvas #24 Braid, and Heavy #32 Braid. Select the size according to what size fabric you are using or which stitch you are using (i.e., thicker threads for surface embroidery, or thinner threads for backstitching an outline.

HOW TO PICK YOUR BRAID SIZE:
For cross stitch, use Fine #8 Braid on 14-count Aida, or if stitching over two threads on 28-count linen. Use Very Fine #4 Braid on 16- or 18-count Aida, or over two on 36-count linen. For needlepoint, use Fine #8 Braid for lighter coverage on 18-mesh, or Tapestry #12 Braid for fuller coverage on 18 mesh. Check the helpful Selection Chart on our website for more match-ups.

Our newest color 016L Olive Moss with Danji Designs Needlepoint Canvas
HOW MANY COLORS ARE AVAILABLE?
A lot! We love playing with colors. Sometimes we combine colors to come up with variegated Braid colors. Designers often ask us to create colors for their lines. Sometimes colors are influenced by home decor and fashion. So we have a lot for your fiber coloring box, usually 250+ colors in each Braid size. There's a color for every project, mood, and dream. (Feel free to email us with your color requests too: info@kreinik.com.)

WHERE CAN YOU GET THEM?
Kreinik Braids are sold in indie needlework shops (independent shops, not usually chain stores) and online sources. These shops share your passion for needle arts. See if you can find one in your area; it will be your candy store. If not, check out online shops. Let us know if you ever have problems finding Kreinik threads.

Have you tried Kreinik Braids? Get one of each size and experiment, play, test and try them in your cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, tatting, crochet, and more. Become a part of Jerry and Estelle's vision of using fun, beautiful metallic threads to make your designs visually interesting, dimensional, and as exciting as life itself. Braids are simply a wonderful fiber tool for self-expression.

Kreinik Thread Expert, Level 2! Learn more here:

Thread Selection Chart
How to use Kreinik Braids
Kreinik Metallic Color Chart
Video about Kreinik Braids
Free project ideas

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14 facts that make you a Kreinik Blending Filament expert

By the end of this year, you're going to be an expert on Kreinik. You'll be in the Kreinik Crown Club. You'll know so much about Kreinik threads and products, you'll practically be a member of the family. You probably know a lot already, but in case you don't, our blog this year features "Kreinik A to Z." That is, the ABCs of Kreinik, providing useful information, inspiring ideas, and helpful tips.

When you know more, you grow more, which leads to creating more in your beautiful and relaxing hobby. Do you remember what you learned already, about Acid-Free Tissue Paper and Adhesive Press Cloths? Well it's getting even more exciting now…

B is for Blending Filament

Oops, we heard a few groans. Perhaps Blending Filament doesn't have the best reputation IN USE, but you have to admit that IN EFFECT, it's stunning. It offers the most subtle shimmer, adding light and a little bit of visual interest without adding any weight, texture, or over-the-top effects. It's perfect for people who like just a little bit of icing on their cupcake, for example; it lifts a piece from drab to dreamy without overwhelming.

Forget any negatives you may have heard. Grab a spool and explore this baby metallic with us. Let's talk about where, why and how to use Blending Filament so that it can add grace, whimsy and elegance your projects this year.

WHAT IS THIS BEAUTIFUL FIBER

  1. It's a thin metallic thread, kind of like tinsel on a Christmas tree.
  2. Because it is so thin, it was created to be used in combination with another fiber, ie, used with cotton embroidery thread, or with a knitting yarn (but you don't have to always use it that way; keep reading…).
  3. The thinness means it creates the most subtle metallic effect. It's like a whisper, a metallic fiber whisper.
  4. Kreinik began producing and selling it in the 1980s.
  5. It comes in more than 100 metallic and glow-in-the-dark colors, giving you options for different effects.
  6. Colors with "HL" after the color number (ie, 002HL) mean Hi Lustre, or the brightest metallic in the line.
  7. Colors with "V" after the color number (ie, 003V) mean Vintage, or an antique finish.
  8. Colors with "F" after the color number (ie, 052F) mean Fluorescent, or glow-in-the-dark.
  9. Colors with "L" after the color number (ie, 001L) mean Lolographic, err, Holographic (the HL was already taken when we introduced this color line), as in variegated like a disco ball.
  10. Blending Filament comes on 50-meter spools, but is also available by special order on cones of any amount.

HOW TO USE THIS MAGICAL METALLIC

  1. Unwind a length from the spool; about 18 inches is good for a start. First you will notice it has two parts: a metallic fiber, and a non-metallic fiber. The latter is the supporting core, there to give a little strength to the baby-thin filament. It also helps reduce static. We recommend that you leave the core, but some stitchers prefer to remove it; so that is up to you. Experiment with both options to see which you prefer.
  2. Since Blending Filament is so thin, it may slip off your needle while you are stitching. Not a problem: the easiest way to avoid this is to knot it onto your needle. See the diagram for details.
  3. Now decide if you want to use it WITH another fiber, or AFTER another fiber—or even purely by itself! (What a versatile little metallic.) For example, you can:
    •  Use one strand of Blending Filament with two strands of cotton floss for perfect coverage in cross stitch on 14-count Aida. Simply add the floss to your knotted-on-filament needle and begin stitching. The key is, since you are using two different kind of fibers with different elasticity and tension at the same time, is just to stitch a little bit more slowly than you would if using just one kind of fiber. That's all, just let the slow rhythm of the stitching movement bring a few moments of zen as you watch a little sparkle fall into place.
    •  Do your stitching in the non-metallic fiber first, then later go over the area with Blending Filament by itself. This is idea for those who don't want to use two different fibers together. One advantage of this option is that the metallic lays on top of all stitches, which means you get more shimmer.
    •  Create illusions by using filament by itself, as in background stitches. This is fun, for example, if you use glow-in-the-dark filament to add hidden words, or moonlight streaming through clouds and other background effects.
  4. Items made with Blending Filament are hand and machine washable, and dry cleanable. Tumble dry on low. Try not to iron directly onto the metallic; instead, use a press cloth between the iron plate and the stitchery.




Now that you know how unique and versatile Blending Filament is—and how to use it beautifully and easily—you may be asking: What's the negative? Well, it really isn't strong enough to use in the needle of a sewing machine, unfortunately (but we do make super-strong metallics for that). Also, if you want to combine it with big chunky yarns for knitting, it may not show up very well (but that's why we made heavier super-soft metallics like Kreinik Twist and Ombre). But aside from those, it's a jewel of a fiber to have in your stitching repertoire.


WHERE TO GET IT

To get some Blending Filament today, order from your favorite needlework store, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Blending-Filament.html


EXPLORE MORE TIPS AND IDEAS:

Glissen Gloss Rainbow Blending Thread conversion chart to Kreinik Blending Filament: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Glissen-Gloss-Rainbow-Blending-Thread-TO-Kreinik-Blending-Filament-Conversion-Chart.html
The Secrets of Blending Filament Revealed: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Secrets-of-Blending-Filament-revealed.html
Kreinik Blending Filment Threading Technique in detail: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Kreinik-Blending-Filament-Threading-Technique.html
Uses and care for Kreinik Blending Filament: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Uses-and-Care-For-Kreinik-Blending-Filament.html
Video gallery of Blending Filament ideas: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/VIDEO-Uses-For-Kreinik-Blending-Filament.html
In your quest to know more, grow more and create more, test this metallic thread to see what else it can offer. We'd love to hear from you and see photos of your projects. What do you think of Blending Filament?

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How to get out of a sticky ironing situation

Life is short and time is precious; who wants to slown down with a gummed-up iron? Touch something sticky with the hot surface, and a quick ironing job turns into a clean-up effort—and who wants to clean?

What's that? You haven't heard that word "iron" in years? Ok, it's true. Most people don't like to iron (too much time and work), and plenty of people don't even own an iron. Today we are ironing less and less. Hooray—except we're missing out on some fun crafting.

Iron-on threads, patches, and sequins make decorating creative, fast and easy. They are good for quick holiday projects and quick costume embellishments. Use them for card making, scrapbooking, quilting, crafting, and home decor.

Side note here: Not to brag, but we make the best iron-on threads. There's no right or wrong side so you can twist, turn, write, flip, tie, etc. Plus they come in two sizes, a flat 1/8" Ribbon and a round Medium #16 Braid, that you can use on wood, fabric, and paper. The color range is good: holiday, earth-tone, and jewel shades of metallic plus glow-in-the-dark colors. They're fun and easy for getting the look of embroidery without actually stitching. We'll add links below for information and free project ideas.


So here is our Tip Of The Week:


Whether you're an ironing newbie or seasoned pro, this tool will make life better: an Adhesive Press Cloth. Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? It's actually perfect in its practicality: gives any iron a non-stick coating. Why is this important? Most craft irons aren't coated with Teflon™, the material that makes it non-stick, which means any adhesive (found in iron-on items) will quickly build up on your iron. This little press cloth fixes that problem. Less time messing with your iron means more time making fun stuff.

So as we continue the new year of Kreinik A to Z, with the goal of "Know more, grow more, create more," we offer details:

A is for Adhesive Press Cloth
  • What is it: A non-stick surface you apply onto the plate of craft and household irons
  • Why it's helpful: Keeps potential residue from iron-on decorations, threads, stabilizers, and starches from sticking to your iron
  • How to use it:  Each piece of press cloth has a heat-resistant adhesive on one side. Peel off the yellow protective backing and stick the press cloth on your iron. Trim the edges if needed.
Sizes:
  • Small (pack contains three pieces): 1 inch by 1 3/4 inches (ideal for small craft irons like the Clover Mini Iron)
  • Medium (pack contains two pieces) : 2 inches by 2.5 inches
  • Large (pack contains one piece): 5 inches by 9 inches (ideal for standard home irons)

Other tips:
  • Apply it while the iron is cool, not plugged in, not in use.
  • Lasts for a long time. Not really re-usable or re-positionable.
  • For large household irons: use only on "dry" settings unless you poke steam holes in the material. Most people use an old iron or one they've dedicated to "dry" ironing only.
  • If an air bubble occurs while applying the press cloth, use a pin to poke a micro-air-hole, then use your finger to smooth it out.

Where to get it:

More fun iron-on stuff:

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