Go Somewhere Between with Kreinik


Right on the heels of the season debut of Game of Thrones, in which Kreinik threads are used by costume designer Michelle Carragher, we're excited to announce that Kreinik is behind another exciting tv venture! Well, sort of... Pardon us while we brag a little bit.

Danielle Kreinik—daughter of company owner Doug Kreinik, granddaughter of founders Jerry and Estelle Kreinik, past part-time helper, and always creative input-er—is co-producer of ABC's new summer series "Somewhere Between." The show premieres this coming Monday night, July 24, 2017; check your local ABC channel for time.

Danielle Kreinik worked as a developer on the new ABC show Somewhere Between


ABC describes the drama/thriller show this way: "Paula Patton stars as Laura Price, a local news producer in San Francisco helping the police to hunt down a serial killer. After the killer strikes close to home, a twist of fate allows a "Groundhog Day"-type reset, and Laura relives the week prior to the string of murders. Unlike "Groundhog Day," she only has one chance. Can she change fate and stop the killer?"

After growing up surrounded by threads, textiles, and artists, Danielle earned her degree in Opera from Indiana University, and then moved to Los Angeles. She has worked as an actress, script reviewer, developer and producer. From idea to development and then production, Danielle has been working on this show for some time, so it is exciting to see it come to the screen for everyone to watch. Danielle actually found out that the series was picked up by ABC on the day her son was born. Our Kreinik baby is growing and smiling and charming the world, and the show is finally premiering too.

So pardon our bragging as we invite you to tune in to the show or share with friends who may be interested. For more information:






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How to use Kreinik Ombre™ 


Kreinik Ombre is an 8-ply softtly twisted metallic threadIn your Year of Becoming A Kreinik Thread Expert, it's time to learn about this unique thread: Kreinik Ombre™. You can use it in needlepoint, samplers, weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cord making, Temari and bobbin work, among other techniques. It's a loosely twisted metallic designed to give a loosely woven effect in needlework. The core color range is variegated, going along with the origin of the word, which gives you interesting color effects. 

The word "ombre" in general refers to the gradual blending of one color hue to another. The color effect is popular in hair styles right now, as well as fashion (skirts, shirts, handbags), home decor (pillows, window treatments), and even nail polish.

In needlework, the Kreinik thread Ombre is best used in specialty stitches such as Satin Stitch, Herringbone, and others that show off the loose twist and the variegated color. It was one of the first non-Braid threads Kreinik made back in the company's early days, and was particularly popular when machine knitting was in vogue. Since the unique texture of Ombre became so useful to stitchers for creating various effects, the Kreinik family started making it solid colors as well as variegated. 

Kreinik Ombre is a super soft metallic perfect for adding light to weaving projectsOmbre offers you a unique thread with elegance and texture. Get at least one solid color (we love 3200 Pearl for snow and 2000 Gold or 1000 Silver for Christmas) and one variegated color (1600 Misty Lavender is popular) to start experimenting in your projects. Read on to learn more.


What is Kreinik Ombre?

  • An 8-ply softly twisted metallic thread
  • In nine variegated colors
  • Also in four solid colors (Gold, Silver, Pearl, Copper)
  • Comes on 15-meter spools or larger cones (by special order)
  • Mmost often used in needlepoint, bobbin work, counted thread (samplers), card making, knitting, weaving, embroidery, Temari, cord making
  • For an interesting look in cross stitch, use Ombre for French Knots — they'll be fluffier
  • Iit is meant to be used straight off the spool, as it comes, not separated

Kreinik Ombre's variegated metallic is perfect in digitized embroidery (bobbin work)

Why would you want a loose twist?

  • It creates a stitch that "lifts" off the surface of your canvas/fabric, creating added loft, texture, and dimension.
  • In knitting and crochet, it gives you a metallic look but in a super-soft thread. It is one of the softest metallics you'll ever feel.
  • In needlepoint and counted thread, it gives you a unique, fluffy texture—imagine snow drifts, jacquard fabrics, and other "risen" effects.
Use Kreinik Ombre in 3200 Pearl for snow drifts in needlepoint

Why would you want a metallic?

  • Adds elegance
  • Makes a design look more expensive
  • Adds light reflection
  • Adds a different texture
  • For visual interest
Use Kreinik Ombre as a carry along in knitting for a soft variegated metallic

How to use Ombre:

  • In hand stitchery, use it straight off the reel, with a #22 Tapestry needle or a #18 Chenille needle; longer or decorative stitches are best for showing off the fuzzy texture or variegated color.
  • In crochet and knitting, use it as a carry along to dress up alpaca, cotton, wool, silk or any yarn.
  • In bobbin work, use a coordinated color of #60 or #80 cotton, mono, or rayon thread in the top; makes lovely raised, nubby effects in particular with zig zag and decorative stitches—lengthen stitch length slightly. Lovely in digitized embroidery designs or programmed machine stitches (looks like you have stitched with glitter). 
Kreinik Ombre looks great in programmed machine stitches

For more information:


Free Spring Frost Crochet Scarf pattern using Kreinik Ombre

Share how you use Kreinik Ombre in your projects. We'd love to hear and see!


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We're closed!


But only for a week! The Kreinik factory is closed this week for our annual summer holiday so that staff can spend quality time with family and friends. That means no shipping, thread making, or shopping at the factory outlet store this week. There may even be a delay in responding to emails. Boo...sounds sad! But there's good news...

Back July 10


We'll be back Monday, July 10, 2017.  See you then! Keep stitching and creating. Now is a great time to get organized for holiday stitching, make lists of the Kreinik threads you need, find a needlework store to visit, or simply enjoy making things during the long summer days. We'd love to hear about your summer projects when we get back.

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An embroidery adventure that ends with a wedding


Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth Braun
Have you ever been asked—or taken upon yourself, as your own idea—to do an important piece of needlework, one of significance, maybe even historical or memorable importance? As stitchers, we may have a talent unique among our communities, or we have friends who know the value of our handwork and want a memento from us (as someone would want a painting, quilt, or piece of furniture).

What if the embroidery request challenged your skills by encompassing something you've never done? Whether you jump right in or struggle with your confidence as you start, a commission or special project is worth it. Blogger and stitcher Elizabeth Braun (http://sew-in-love.blogspot.com/) worked on such a project, making an embroidered panel for a friend's wedding dress. It's an embroidery adventure full of meaning, love, and embroidery tips to which we can all relate. Read on as we interview Elizabeth about the project.

Beautiful Bride courtesy of Leonard Adjei for Benkowsky Photography, Accra, Ghana

Stitchery on clothing, with a twist


Q: We describe this project as an "embroidery adventure." Have you ever done anything like this before?

Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth BraunELIZABETH: No, this was a completely new type of piece for me. I’d made a ring cushion before, but never done anything so much part of an important occasion as this. Also, it was my first piece of what one could call ‘couture embroidery’ as the only stitchery I’ve done on clothes before has been a few basic flowers on baby knitting projects. The other firsts for me were working on fine netting and using water soluble stabilizer. So, yes, ‘an embroidery adventure’ is a good name for it!

Outlining Panel, photo courtesy of Janet Wellock, Halifax, EnglandQ: How did the project come about? Why did the bride want an embroidery panel?

ELIZABETH: My young friend, Lauren had been living in Ghana for a couple of years and was to
marry a local man in December. She bought a beautiful dress, but, in her words “the scoop at the back is too low, especially for Ghanaian culture (a woman’s back is considered XXX in Ghana!!!). So my mum is going to take some netting off the bottom and insert a panel in the top. We have got some silver jewels and cream beads to be sewn sparsely onto the panel in some kind of design to make it match. But it won’t need to be too complex because it’s actually going to be mostly under my hair…. Mainly for if my hair swooshes, everybody doesn’t gasp with shock!” She asked for “just something matching-ish” as the dress proper was fairly heavily embroidered and embellished, and said that “anything is a bonus on bare netting.”

Even though it was never really meant to be seen, I wanted to make it as good as I possibly could, especially as I’d always been fond of Lauren and so loved the idea of doing something like this for her. Also, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and couldn’t really work with the idea of ‘just anything’. Oddly enough, I’d find that harder to achieve than a very precise design brief!

Challenge accepted: metallic threads on netting


Q: Which Kreinik threads did you use? 
Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth Braun

ELIZABETH: Japan threads in 001 (silver) matched the embroidery on the dress proper perfectly, especially the #7 thread which I used for most of the silver work – couched down with #1, as were the smaller lengths of #5 that lent themselves well to the detail in the larger flower centres.

Q; What were the challenges—and solutions—to working on netting? 

ELIZABETH: Anyone who is used to working on loosely woven linen will have an idea of the difficulties involved. The netting was just a grid of tiny, cream hexagons and getting any sort of detail on it would have been almost impossible without stabilizer. Of course, unlike with something like linen, I couldn’t just back it with muslin or calico as the whole of that part of the dress was just embroidered net, so I used water soluble film to keep the whole thing straight in the working hoop and to allow enough stitches to be put in to make the shapes solid and stable enough.
Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth Braun
Stitching on this film was a little bit like embellishing a thin, plastic raincoat, it was rather an odd texture to work on! Once I had the design traced onto the net, (another challenge – getting enough ink on to the fine filaments of the netting so as to be able to see them clearly enough to work with), I mounted them both into a 10” hoop, keeping the stabilizer film fairly taut, but the net at its natural level of stretch bearing in mind the needs of the ‘end user’. Couching down the silver threads on net posed an extra problem as I needed to be sure to make each couching stitch cross one of the net filaments in order for the silver lines to be properly attached to the net. It would have been all too easy to have them hanging off in places.

Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth Braun
Once the embroidery was complete, the stabilizer had to be removed. Thankfully, I’d done a couple of samples as part of the design process and had learned how to (and how not to) remove it thoroughly. This part was scary! I needed to snip away the film fairly close to the motifs so as to leave relatively little to get stuck in the silk satin stitches. If you leave any behind, the motifs are really sticky and then dry encrusted - hard and scratchy, so I wanted to minimize the risk of this. I was really scared of snipping one of the net threads and ruining the whole piece! Mercifully, that didn’t happen, but I did need to rinse the panel twice and then flatten it thoroughly as the Japan threads twist a lot when they get wet. (They dry much flatter though.)

Embroidered dress panel courtesy of Elizabeth Braun

Many of us share a similar start to our needlework lives


Q: Where, how, or when did you get started doing embroidery? 

ELIZABETH:  I did some small projects as a child, but got into embroidery as an adult when I was home with CFS back in 2002-2005. I needed something to do that would stop me feeling sorry for myself and, as I gave most of the things I made to friends, it also helped me to reduce the feelings of isolation so common with long-term conditions. A Taiwanese friend had arranged for her cross stitch magazine subscriptions to come via me after she went back, so I looked through some of them and decided to give it a go myself. It all started there and I’ve learned multiple techniques over the 15 years since then.

Q: What projects are you working on now? 

ELIZABETH: Embroidery-wise at the moment I have a large cross stitch picture that I’ll be making up into a sofa scatter cushion/pillow in slow progress and I have another two projects hooped up to start – a rose thread painting and a meadow scene freestyle. Nothing with metallics at the moment, but I do use them in as many project as I can, because I just love the effect they give.

Other than these, I’m busy knitting for the babies that are expected in my group of friends this summer and also making a start on knitting and sewing my own clothes for next winter. I need pretty much all new things and I want clothes that fit and that I actually love, so I’m going to do it myself. One or two will feature embroidery.

Be inspired by this unique, meaningful, endearing project, whether you work on it solo or with a group (the Royal School of Needlework worked on Kate Middleton's dress, and three dozen seamstresses worked on Grace Kelly's wedding dress!). Read more about Elizabeth's adventures in sewing and stitching on her blog: http://sew-in-love.blogspot.com/

Photo credits:
All the photos are copyright to Elizabeth Braun of Sew in Love Stitch Art, except the photo of tracing the panel (called ‘outlining panel’) which is courtesy of Janet Wellock, Halifax, England (i.e. the bride’s mum) and the photo of the beautiful bride one which is courtesy of Leonard Adjei for Benkowsky Photography, Accra, Ghana.  All used by permission.



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How are shoelaces made at Kreinik?

Kyle Sams created this fun video showing behind-the-scenes action at the Kreinik thread factory. Watch how we make shoelaces out of your favorite Kreinik threads.

Why shoelaces?

We make dressy silk shoelaces, plus more casual-but-fun metallic or glow-ine-the-dark shoelaces. The shoelace project came about as a way to raise money for suicide prevention programs. The project has since grown into a fun movement of sharing a spot of color and cheer in every day life – celebrating team or school colors, wearing colors associated with a meaningful cause, and group/community fundraisers. Kreinik's "accessories with purpose" line now includes lanyards, eyeglass strings, and the new Keysters™.

All CAKS products come in a core selection of the most popular colors, including several glow-in-the-dark shades. You can also have custom color combinations created for a team or group. Contact Kreinik for details.

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The easiest way to make prettier stitches


The act of stitching is creative and fun, with each project like a textile coloring book. There's one
thing that can get in the way of the gorgeousness you are creating: sloppy stitches. Some stitchers strive for perfection, some don't want that kind of stress on their favorite hobby—but all want their needlework to look good. Let's talk about how to make prettier stitches happen easily.

The easiest way to make prettier stitches is to make sure your threads lie beautifully on your fabric or canvas. Sounds simple, right? That means a few things, such as:
  1. If using stranded floss—ie, more than one strand of a fiber—stitch slowly, intentionally, and stroke your threads to make them lie parallel. This gives a smooth finish.
  2. If doing specialty stitches—like lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, etc—stitch slowly, intentionally, and position your threads to make sure they don't twist or misbehave as you complete your stitch. 

It's all about position and stroking

There are two ideal ways to 'stroke' your thread, which encourages the material to straighten out, lay flat, and give maximum light exposure or even texture for more beautiful stitches. Both ways can also be used to help "position" your stitches. It takes seconds to do, and will become second nature to you with practice. The habit is worth developing.
  1. Use a laying tool—details below, but in a nutshell, they work in tandem with your stitching hand to lay the threads right where, when, and how you want them.
  2. Use your finger or your needle—a laying tool is going to be more precise, but in a pinch use your finger or your stitching needle to keep the fibers in good shape as you complete each stitch

Basic, inexpensive laying tools to try

Needleworkers have used laying tools for centuries. Just as a good pair of scissors makes cutting the best it can be, a laying tool makes laying your stitches the best it can be. It may take practice to get used to using one, but you will love the results. Try these popular and inexpensive laying tool options to get started:
  • Bent Weaver's Needle: While commonly used for weaving, this large. blunt-point needle with a bent end is super helpful for stroking threads, fits easily in your needle case, and is cheap ($0.99!). 
  • Two-Eye Bodkin: This age-old tool us primarily used for drawing cording through things like hems, or even as a hair pin for fastening 'dos. Needleworkers find the edge useful for stroking threads. At only $0.99 get one for your needle case and one for your clothes closet (helpful for pulling cords that have retreated back into those hoodies or sweatpants). 
  • Trolley Needle: This medieval-looking, Edward Needlehands kind of appendage fits right on your finger so that your laying tool is always nearby, ready to tackle wayward stitches. It's a few dollars more than the previous two suggestions, but very convenient. Once you start using one, you'll love it. Trolley needles are very popular among stitchers.

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Finding The Best Cross Stitch Scissors

For you today we've got a post from Lord Libidan talking about embroidery scissors:

Last month I attended a conference in London and met up with a few cross stitching friends. As always we spoke about who had the newest Kreinik threads, and the newest tools. However as I sat there I realised, time after time, no one ever got their scissors out. Now whilst there isn't any new scissor technology out there, when I started asking about my friend's they all complained of painful handles, hard to use, or going blunt. However, with a wealth of cross stitch and embroidery scissor types out there, there is no reason to have that old worn out blunt pair in your kit. Today, we're going to talk about scissors.

 

Gold Stork Embroidery Scissors

No embroidery scissors post would be complete without at least mentioning the gold stork. These are the most likely to be in your kit, however their shape isn't actually meant to for use. Back in the 16th century scissors in England were classed as decorative items, and those who owned golden stalk scissors would NEVER pick them up. AS a result, they aren't that good to stitch in.

 

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors

You may also have a pair of straight, non decorative scissors in your kit. However these Premax painted embroidery scissors combine both worlds, giving you a very usable pair that's also super decorative.


 

Ringlock Embroidery Scissors

But like many pairs of scissors, sometimes the average just isn't working for you. These scissors however try to address all the issues you might have. Stainless steel construct means they don't go blunt, the large finger holes mean they're easy to grip, and their ringlock system means you never have to tighten them.

 

Weaver's Scissors

The most common problem though, by far is getting to grip with the scissors themselves. No finger holes ever seem to work correctly, and don't get me started with left and right pairs. Weaver's scissors were the modern alternative. In reality these were the style of the first scissors, easy to grip on the sides, with a small sharp edge, which can be easily changed if required. Whilst they're great to hold however, they can be a little hard to control, meaning you might chop something you didn't mean to.

 

Curved Clamp Embroidery Scissors

So Premax came up with an alternative. A slightly thinner, lighter pair work by using negative force. They also contain a curved blade to allow better control. They're made from stainless steel too, so won't go blunt, and due to their design won't need tightening. Of every pair I tried in the course of making this post, these definitely seemed like the most advanced, clearly crafted just for this purpose.
I thought this post would end there, however a friend of mine heard about what I was doing and sent me a pair of these:


 

Double Curved Sewing Machine Scissors

At first I didn't really get it, why would a pair specifically made for sewing machines help me? But then I tried them. They allow you to snip threads in a cross stitch frame like a dream, and they just work so well with the curved blades. Sure, they'll need tightening, and they aren't the easiest pair to get your head around initially, but maybe sometimes you should try something a little out of the box, because these scissors are a dream.

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June class at the Kreinik Factory Outlet

Feel like you're in a rut, like you need to jump-start your creativity? Or maybe you just want to stretch your imagination, zone out from daily stresses, and make something colorful with your hands? Perhaps you're looking for a summer Saturday activity for friends, mom-and-me, a club or community group. If so, we have great news!

We are adding creative, fun classes to our First Saturdays at the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The store is open from 10 am to 2 pm the first Saturday of every month (unless noted, like here). Now you can add playtime to the day, have a chance to experiment with Kreinik threads, try new materials, and make something useful or give as a gift. The next class is June 3. Read on for details.

Make a magnetic fabric embellished frame with crystals, threads and moreNext class: Magnetic Fabric Embellished Frames

Create magnetic photo frames using fabric, tape, iron-on thread and other embellishments. A variety of fabrics and embellishments will be available to create your own unique frames—one-of-a-kind, just like you. Class is limited to 10 students. Sign up to reserve your spot.

You will learn how to apply iron-on threads and hot-fix crystals. You will also learn how to use Treasure Tape and glass beads to create a unique look.

Also coming to the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store

Kreinik is a stop on the fun 2017 Collective Stitch Shop Hop adventure
Are you up for a Cross Stitch Adventure? We are a stop on this year's Collective Stitch Shop Hop! It is a cross stitch project combined with a shop-hop, treasure hunt, and mystery stitch along. Participating shops will each have a chart designed by a different designer. Visit the shops, collect the charts, and stitch them all together to create an amazing, unique project. Kreinik's special design is by Angela Pullen Atherton and features Kreinik silk and metallic threads (of course!). The shop hop runs June 1 through August 31, 2017. So make your shopping lists, gather your friends, and get ready to visit some terrific needlework stores. 

Details on the shop hop here.

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Why ironing is the best thing since sliced bread

Kreinik Iron On Metallic Threads can be used on paper, wood, fabric.With today's resurgence in Home Arts—thanks to magical books about tidying up plus entertaining new decorating shows on tv—it's time to start ironing again! Oh, don't groan. This kind of ironing is fun, doesn't require standing, and there's no steam involved. Just use that lonely iron for good, for creativity, for all that is good in the world: to embellish gifts, decor, anything really, with iron-on metallic threads.

We know you like to make things, so these threads may be an exciting new fiber to play with when you're doodling, coloring, looking up projects on Pinterest and such. They are so easy to use, and you can use them anywhere (even on your coloring books). Here are all the details.

What are iron-on metallic threads?

  • A thread line made by Kreinik in West Virginia
  • The fiber contains heat-activated adhesive—not sticky to the touch, but will stick to a surface when ironed
  • Available in Kreinik Medium #16 Braid (a round thread) and 1/8" Ribbon (a flat thread).
  • Available in metallic and glow-in-the-dark colors. See the choices here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Iron-On-Threads/

Kreinik metallic iron-on threads are perfect for decorating paper projects
Use Kreinik iron-on metallic threads on fabric and quilts

What's so great about them?

  • No skill required
  • No sewing, stitching, counting, charting required
  • As long as you're old enough to use a hot iron, you can use these threads (great for kids' summer crafts)
  • Decorate scrapbooks, cards, signs, coloring books, tags, mail, mixed media, any paper (they make store-bought cards look high end)
  • Embellish quilts, graduation caps, jeans, pillows, costumes, fiber art, any fabric (perfect for putting names on Christmas stockings)
  • Make it look like you embroidered on birdhouses, ornaments, chalkboards, picture frames, or any wooden/hard surface (Get ready to hear, "How did you do that?")
  • There's no right or wrong side to them, no "front" or "back" (twist, turn to your heart's desire)

Kreinik iron-on metallic threads are easy to use and pretty on paper 

Kreinik Adhesive Press Cloth makes your craft iron non-stick (keep it clean!)

What else do you need to know?

  • You can finally use that mini craft iron you bought years ago! 
  • If your home iron or craft iron doesn't have a non-stick plate, put one of these on it: Kreinik's Adhesive Press Cloth. It will keep your iron clean. See how it works: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/VIDEO-Adhesive-Press-Cloth.html
  • You can wash clothes decorated with iron-on threads (by hand preferred, or on Gentle) but after a few washings they may pop off. To secure, just couch them down. 


How to get started?



Personalizing your home and gifts is more popular than ever. No one wants to look exactly the same as everyone else. These iron-on threads offer a quick and clever way to leave your mark—a sparkling, metallic or glow-in-the-dark mark—to brighten your corner of the world. 


Kreinik iron-on metallic threads can embellish any hard surface
Kreinik metallic iron-on threads are ideal for quilts and wall hangings

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Sale this week at the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store

We know it's not your usual hot destination spot—Parkersburg, West Virginia, that is—but it is home to the Kreinik thread factory. Find it on the map and make your way to 1708 Gihon Road tomorrow through Saturday, May 10-13, for "wild and wonderful" outlet store sale. 

We have metallic thread, silk thread, even some cotton thread, plus fabrics, accessories, and all kinds of fun, creative supplies. It's a big Kreinik yard sale, meaning you get great deals on materials you can use in any creative technique.

As a special bonus, bring a copy of this coupon (spend $100 and get a free color card). This offer applies in person only; no online, mail order or phone-in orders.

Hours this week at 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia 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.

What about the rest of 2017?

This week we open our parking lot to visitors from everywhere for one of two big sales events this year. Our store is generally open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month. Open times may vary due to circumstances, however, so it's always best to call ahead: 1-800-537-2166 or email info@kreinik.com
  • JUNE: Open Saturday, June 3, plus our normal weekday hours
  • JULY: Closed July 1-8 for summer break. Open the remainder of the month during our normal weekday hours
  • AUGUST: Open Saturday, August 5, plus our normal weekday hours
  • SEPTEMBER: Closed Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day holiday. Open the remainder of the month during our normal weekday hours
  • OCTOBER: Open for special tent sale event October 4 - 7, and the remainder of the month during our normal weekday hours
  • NOVEMBER: Open Saturday November 4, plus our normal weekday hours. Closed November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving holiday.
  • DECEMBER: Open Saturday, December 2, plus our normal week day hours. Closed December 25-January 1 for holiday break.

Collective Stitch Shop Hop June 1-August 31


The Kreinik Factory Outlet Store is one of the stops on the 2017 Collective Stitch Cross Stitch Event, a shop hop running June 1 through August 31. For all the fun details, visit www.facebook.com/collectivestitch.

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New Eleanor of Aquitaine needlepoint design

One of the most talented and popular needlepoint designers of our time, Gay Ann Rogers, brings history to life once again with her new pattern, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Released May 1, 2017, Eleanor is a needlepoint portrait of one of the most famous and powerful queens of the Medieval period. The creation is stunning when stitched—it sparkles majestically with Kreinik metallic threads. 

Imagine how stunning this would look in your home, a library, or a school. We asked Gay Ann a few questions about Eleanor, the third design in her queen series. Read more to discover why this piece is so special, then click on the link at the end to purchase the pattern/kit while supplies last (each of the previous queen kits sold out quickly).

Eleanor who? 

QUESTION: What inspired the new design?

GAY ANN: After I stitched portraits of Elizabeth 1 and Catherine the Great, I decided to continue stitching history’s powerful women, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most powerful of Medieval queens, seemed a natural choice. Eleanor, the heiress in her own right to one of the largest Duchies in Europe, was married to the king of France, then the king of England and she was the mother of three kings, young Henry, Richard the Lion-Hearted and John Lackland who gave England Magna Carta. Eleanor’s court was renowned for troubadours, courtly love and the legends of Camelot.


I stitched Eleanor of Aquitaine in honor of Judy Souliotis, my fellow needlework teacher and friend who had stitched Elizabeth 1 and was in the middle of stitching Catherine when we unexpectedly lost her. In my last conversation with Judy, she asked me which queen was next and she said ‘just be sure she has lots of gold and many jewels.

My husband, who is a retired history professor, guided many of my choices. It was his suggestion that I use Medieval Books of Hours as inspiration for colors and patterns. Because of the profusion of gold and the jewel-like patterns in illuminated manuscripts, it wasn’t difficult to fulfill Judy’s requests.

My, how she sparkles

QUESTION: Which Kreinik threads are used, and how are they used?

GAY ANN: I like to work in layers and if you look carefully, you will see that Kreinik braid is integrated into almost every appropriate pattern on Eleanor of Aquitaine: outlining her crown, surrounding her jewels, creating a part of her necklace, throughout her dress and cape, providing the sparkle in the background and structuring the frame.

For Eleanor I used gold Kreinik braid in two sizes, #4 and #8. Because I work so often on congress cloth and like light-weight threads for delicacy, my go-to weights of Kreinik braid are often size #4 and size #8.  I find Kreinik braids  lift my designs with a bit of sparkle and texture. Juxtaposed with the smoothness of silk, the texture possibilities of adding Kreinik braid are wonderful. In fact, I cannot remember the last design I stitched without Kreinik braid and my portrait of Eleanor is no exception.

Kreinik braid has long been a staple of my stitching threads and I have used the gold color #002 on each of my queens.

QUESTION: How do you select stitches and threads to give a design dimension?

GAY ANN: Years ago, when I stitched a landscape, I discovered a technique that has become the foundation of each of my portraits. I often stitch an undercoat of Diagonal Tent Stitch the way a painter washes color on a canvas, then I stitch patterns on top of the Diagonal Tent Stitch. As I almost always use a very light weight of thread, the colors of the top layers mix with the colors of the Diagonal Tent Stitch undercoat for small but interesting shifts in color. It has become one of my favorite ways of mixing colors.

By using separate layers of very light-weight threads, I also find that the patterns preserve a delicacy not possible with heavier threads. Here’s a good example: if I stitch the background first in Diagonal Tent Stitch, I can use a single ply of silk on top of the Diagonal Tent Stitch instead of the much bulkier two or three ply it would take to cover the canvas. As a result, the background does what it should do: it recedes and showcases the focal points of the design rather than dominating them.

I use beads and pearls in so many designs and I try to use layers to build up to them, so that their height flows well with the flatter stitched parts of the design, for gentle hills and valleys. This is an important way I use Kreinik braid: I build small layers around or near beads and pearls that stair step up to the height of the beads. In my design of Eleanor, the outlines around her crown are a good example: the outlines are relatively heavy and therefore they stand up off the canvas and integrate well with the height of the jewels.

I almost always use layers in stitching a project. I begin with a low and often thin layer and then gradually build on the layer to achieve a quiet dimension. It is currently my favorite way to stitch. Yes, it can be tedious and time-consuming at times, but I love the effects.

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QUESTION: Where can stitchers get the pattern and kit?

GAY ANN: My portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine will be for sale on my website, www.GayAnnRogers.com for the month of May. There will be a class through Shining Needle Society, the cost of which is included with the kit . For information about Shining Needle Society and its activities, contact Kate Gaunt (KateGaunt@aol.om)

Eleanor will be for sale throughout May for as long as I have remaining kits; Eleanor’s class at Shining Needle Society will begin on June 1.

I look forward to the class. Among the goals of the class: to remove some of the intimidation about faces: I don’t have a formula for making faces, but I do use some simple techniques over and over again. I always think the best way to create a face in needlepoint is the simplest way. Don’t say too much.

Another goal of the class is to encourage stitchers to experiment a bit and make their Eleanors their own fantasies. There is such a fine line between history and fantasy, particularly for Eleanor of Aquitaine.

The only known ‘portrait’ of this most famous Medieval queen, is a sculpture of her, so it leaves a wide berth of possibilities for individual fantasies. One of the charms of needlepoint is that it allows people to add favorite touches to their work. Too often people are too frightened to try and part of the purpose of my class is to take away some of the fright. There is always a great feeling of reward when someone’s work stands out in a personal way.

QUESTION: Any hints as to what's coming next?

GAY ANN: Next I plan to stitch two samplers derived from a traditional English sampler I bought a couple of years ago. I don’t plan to reproduce the sampler; I want to play with the designs so that the samplers I stitch relate to the historic one and draw inspiration from it, but equally reflect the era in which I stitch.

No sooner do people hear about one queen than they begin asking about the next one. Will there be another? Maybe. I find queens are industrious undertakings and I need some breathing time between them. That said, I can think of another possibility, maybe even two, so maybe. We’ll see what time brings.

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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 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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