Learn how to couch fun fibers



Add this fun technique to your stitching repertoire


The fabulous San Francisco School of Needlework and Design is hosting a creative challenge featuring Kreinik threads, and many of these fibers are couchable. What's couching? Only one of the most versatile, fun, interesting, creative stitches you can use in needlepoint and embroidery! Watch the video to see how to couch and to get inspired for this stitching opportunity.

For info on the current Stitch-At-Home Challenge, visit https://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/

  • Deadline is August 15, 2018
  • Contact the school for your kit
  • It's not a contest, simply a fun creative challenge to spark your imagination and let you play with interesting fibers and themes



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Why couching is cool in needlepoint



Learn how to do couching in needlepoint

Designer of Associated Talents Carol Gantz shows you how to couch Kreinik Ribbon in this quick how-to video. She's working on a Beth Gantz Designs canvas that's fabulous for Christmas,. You can use this technique anywhere. If you've never tried couching, let this be the encouragement you need to start — it's so versatile, you'll become addicted to this embellishment stitch.

Why do we love couching so much? 


  • You can use any fiber. You're not limited to fibers that fit your needle or your fabric/canvas. You can couch ribbons, interesting threads, anything since it's simply a surface embellishment.
  • It's a fast way to fill in a large background
  • Adds interesting borders that look high-end and complicated
  • You can use different kinds of stitches to couch, making even more interesting designs
Couching is great for adding highly textured threads like Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille to designs; it's perfect for bug antennae

Couching tips

  • Keep your tacking stitches evenly spaced
  • Keep your base fiber, the one you're couching, laid smoothly, evenly, without buckles
  • Plunge the ends of your base fiber, the one you're couching, to the back of your work and secure with tacking stitches. Use a large Tapestry needle or an awl to help open the holes.
  • Another helpful video, from Mary Corbet: https://youtu.be/4X4LC8FGAsM
An awl can help you open the holes in the canvas to plunge the ends of the fiber you are couching


Kreinik threads you can couch


Couch Kreinik Facets for a bead-like embellishment; great for borders and words





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New colors in Kreinik Facets and Petite Facets



Bright, beautiful new colors in Kreinik's bead-like fiber


Couch Kreinik Facets or Petite Facets onto your needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, crazy quilts, and other fiber art for fun texture and dimension. They look like beads without the mess. We have just added five new colors to the range:

  • 015 Chartreuse
  • 024 Fuchsia
  • 033L Royal
  • 012 Purple
  • 026 Amethyst




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You Are My Sunshine String Art




Most of us love browsing stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the like for inexpensive home decor items. You are probably seeing a lot of string art designs that are cute and inexpensive. Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up those purchases, turning them into DIY, high-end, artsy, etsy-esque, personalized creative designs great for your home, apartment, dorm, or gift giving. By simply replacing the boring yarn with a metallic or glow-in-the-dark thread, for instance, you can go from ho-hum to WOW. Here’s how to do it:

What we used in this model:
  • You Are My Sunshine string art from TJ Maxx (from www.NielsenBainbridgeGroup.com)
  • sharp embroidery scissors
  • One spool of Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille in Citron yellow
  • One spool of Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid in 054F glow-in-the-dark lemon-lime 


Instructions:
  1. Purchase a string art design from a craft store, home goods store, or antique store
  2. With the scissors, remove the plain yarn currently wrapped around the nails that are in place on the design.
  3. Start wrapping with the new, fun threads using Micro Ice Chenille first. Tie one end around a nail, then start “stringing” it, wrapping it around the other nails at diagonals, or as desired. When finished with that thread, tie the end in a knot around a nail. With your finger, push the chenille down the shaft of the nail slightly to give you room for the next thread.
  4. Use the other thread, the Tapestry #12 Braid in the same manner, on top of the Micro Ice Chenille.


So easy, and so much better made with vibrant yarns of texture and special effects. String art with Kreinik threads opens up a world of creative possibilities. Everyone will want one of your creations. Start now and you’ll have all your gifts made for the rest of the year. 

OPTION, if you want to create your own from scratch:
  1. Paint a wooden base your desired color and let it dry thoroughly.
  2. Draw or use cookie cutters or clip art outlines, cut them out, and temporarily tape them onto your dried wooden base. 
  3. Hammer nails around the outside of our paper template.
  4. Decorate with threads by stringing the thread from nail to nail (tie thread ends around a nail and make a knot to secure beginning and end).
  5. Add words or embellishments around the string art with paint, stencils, or stickers. 
Here's a video showing exactly how to make string art: https://youtu.be/DN8u0ODwDWI


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Time for a name change

What's in a name? A lot, actually. Our identities, first impressions, definitions, and often lasting judgements come with names. Some people wait until a baby is born to give the child a name that fits the budding personality. Names are actually rather important. That is why we are changing the name of...a Kreinik color.



4011V Adventure Green is now 4011V Vintage Viridian


Sure it sounds super trendy, like a character in a Star Wars movie or a superhero flick—or a Pokemon city. However, the reason for the change is simply to identify it with its color family: the Vintage line (hence the "V" in the color number). We really don't know what we were thinking when we named this antiqued, soft-hued, innocent version of chartreuse "Adventure Green" when it is obviously a more refined and elegant Vintage personality. After much research and discussion, we felt Viridian reflected it's true nature, being an old-world, medium green, a timeless spring that spans centuries.



As a metallic, this beauty has a muted finish, an antiqued look, almost a luminescence that's beautiful in designs. This color comes in Kreinik Blending Filament, Braids and Ribbons. We have updated our website to reflect the new name, but older color cards still list it as Adventure Green.

Who knows, maybe Viridian will become a popular baby name for 2019...

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Crochet a cutie with the most fabulous hair


Yes, she woke up like this: looking fabulous! This crochet cutie was created by Jessie Rayot (from @Jessie_AtHome on Twitter) using Kreinik Bag O'Bits for the hair.

"Blue Belle is a sweet doll for the sweet little one in your life," writes Jessie. "She got her name from her color and her bell shaped body." The pattern was created as part of the 2018 CAL Central Softie crochet-a-long. The free patterns in the series are designed for you to make as gifts or donate to charity. They certainly bring a smile to faces—and the metallic hair just makes the smiles brighter.

To make your own




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Transform primitive pretties into string art stunners



We found this sweet “Love Brings You Home” owl themed decor at a local TJ Maxx store. The creation, from Primitives By Kathy, featured a string art heart with muted pale pink floss. We knew instantly it was the perfect candidate for a Kreinik thread makeover. Hearts are wild, hearts are alive, hearts are vibrant and chaotic and beautiful. Layering a glow in the dark and a metallic thread will bring this one to artistic, textile life. Here’s how:

Materials used:


Instructions:
  1. Purchase a string art design from a craft store, home goods store, or antique store
  2. With the scissors, remove the plain yarn currently wrapped around the nails that are in place on the design.
  3. Start wrapping with the glow-in-the-dark Watermelon pink color first. Tie one end around a nail, then start “stringing” it, wrapping it around the other nails at diagonals, or as desired. When finished with that thread, tie the end in a knot around a nail. With your finger, push the thread down the shaft of the nail slightly to give you room for the next thread.
  4. Use the other thread, the metallic Fuchsia Braid in the same manner, on top of the glow-in-the-dark pink thread.





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Open your creative minds for a new needlework challenge

What would you stitch if you were given freedom to stitch something absurd, comedic, and over the top. No mores or stitching norms to hold you back, just free expression? Could you? It would be a great exercise in creativity and expression, though, right? And we'd love to see what you would create. Here's your chance...

Kreinik is excited to be a co-sponsor of the latest creative challenge from the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design (SNAD). These exciting design challenges are open to everyone from all over the world. The school sends the materials and stitchers create designs based on a theme. These aren't contests, just exercises to expand your creativity and encourage you to try new things. Read on for details about the newest challenge from SNAD.


Announcing the next SNAD stitching challenge: BURLESQUE!

reprinted from SNAD newsletter

Burlesque, noun: An absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work; a parody

Kreinik, maker of sparkly, metallic threads, inspired this theme and they have graciously donated threads for all of you to use on your Challenge pieces. This stitch-at-home challenge is intended to pull out the whimsical, the subversive, and the exaggerated parts of ourselves and our world. Throughout time, people have been responding to experiences that bump up against their sensibilities, that provoke a feeling of ridiculousness, frustration, or celebration. How do we reframe, exaggerate, or explode these feelings? Where do we find outrageous joy? Just like these Kreinik threads, we create contrast and we react boldly.

Contemporary and historical precedents are varied, fascinating, and provocative. We hope you'll look through this inspiration page here for ideas and entertain us. Let's have a ball!

For full rules, deadlines, and entry form, see the SNAD document here.

Side note: this challenge is created, maintained, and carried out through the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design, not Kreinik. All questions and submissions should go through the school. They can be reached via http://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/

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New string art class at Kreinik



The next crafty, creative class at the Kreinik factory will be Saturday, May 5, 2018. Make this beautiful "You Are My Sunshine" string art design using Kreinik threads on barn wood. It makes a great Mother's Day gift, birthday present, or item for your own home. You'll love playing with interesting fibers. Here are all the details and link for reserving your spot:

You Are My Sunshine String Art Class

  • WHEN: May 5, 2018, 10 am
  • WHERE: Kreinik Mfg. Co., Inc., 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV 26101
  • COST: $40 per person which includes all materials
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Purchase your ticket through the Kreinik website (paying by PayPal) here.

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Let loose with string art fun



String art is back! From major art installations to cute home decor, string art—also known as thread art—adds textile fun, pops of color, and creative expressions to our world. If you're a stitcher, a string art project is a nice diversion from a more detailed WIP project. You get to play with your threads, create something gorgeous, and let your creativity free-flow for awhile. Ready for string art fun?

Here's one way to get started making string art: upcycle an inexpensive purchased string art design. Check home goods stores, craft stores, and antique stores. We found this cactus string art design at a TJ Maxx here in the USA, removed the boring plain yarn and replaced it with Kreinik metallic and glow-in-the-dark threads. (This is a quick and fun way to make a gift too.) Swapping out boring fibers for fun fibers takes minutes, no hammering or designing required, and your creation looks better than the original. 



What we used in this model:
  • Wild & Free cactus string art from TJ Maxx (from www.NielsenBainbridgeGroup.com) 
  • sharp embroidery scissors
  • One spool of Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille in Fern Green
  • One spool of Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid in 053F glow-in-the-dark lime 



Instructions:
  1. Purchase a string art design from a craft store, home goods store, or antique store
  2. With the scissors, remove the plain yarn currently wrapped around the nails that are in place on the design.
  3. Start wrapping with the new, fun threads using Micro Ice Chenille first. Tie one end around a nail, then start “stringing” it, wrapping it around the other nails at diagonals, or as desired. When finished with that thread, tie the end in a knot around a nail. With your finger, push the chenille down the shaft of the nail slightly to give you room for the next thread.
  4. Use the other thread, the Tapestry #12 Braid in the same manner, on top of the Micro Ice Chenille.

For more information
The May 5 craft class at the Kreinik Factory Outlet will be a string art design. Follow Kreinik on Facebook for details and registration 





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New fiber festival in Lancaster PA


If there's anything we all love more than making things with fiber, it's shopping for fibers, right?! Some of us are fortunate to have local needlework shops, while others don't have anything within driving distance. Forget the chain stores; they don't carry much at all. There's a wonderful world of threads, yarns, patterns, and teachers out there waiting to be seen in person (not just seen on your computer). That's why events like the new Lancaster Fiber Festival are so much fun.

Gather your crafty friends and make a summer road trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania this August for the weekend show. Organizers are dedicated to creating a fiber love fest for all techniques: knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, Zentangle, embroidery, cross stitch, Temari, mixed media, art, everything. (How many people out there do more than one technique? Many!) There will be a shopping area, classes, and demonstrations. Kreinik will be there doing fun demos too. This looks to be a fun event for all ages.

Get the details here and make plans to visit the Lancaster Fiber Festival: http://lancasterfiberfestival.com/

Side note for any fiber-related businesses

Consider becoming a vendor at the show. If you're a designer, shop, kitmaker, or teacher, this is a great opportunity to meet new customers, spread the word about your business, and make some money. Take your cross stitch patterns off Etsy for the weekend, show off a new tool, or bring your unique yarns to tactile life off your web page. There's no better way to boost business than to meet customers and potential customers face to face. We're a people industry; here's a terrific chance to foster those relationships. Vendor info here: http://lancasterfiberfestival.com/festivals/2018-lancaster-fiber-festival-lancaster-pa/2018-lff-vendors/

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Nice Matters Sometimes



New cross stitch pattern!

Created by request as a fun stand-alone or companion piece to Kreinik's famous "Nice Matters" project, this counted thread design (cross stitch, backstitch, satin stitch on linen) uses Kreinik Silk Mori floss. Available as a full kit with fabric or thread kit (no fabric). Ask your favorite needlework store for the new design.

This counted thread design is stitched over two threads on 28-count fabric



No store? You can find the kits here:
The original and still available! Part of Kreinik's Remember The Ladies™ design series




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Want to experiment with real metal threads?

If you've ever wanted to learn how to use real metal threads, find an expert to show you, like teacher/designer/shopowner Meredith Willet

This beautiful charted needlepoint design features Silk Mori, Silk Serica, Tapestry (#12) Braid, and Kreinik's real metal threads. Almost 18 ago, we asked designer/teacher/shop owner Meredith (Barnhill) Willett to create a special project using silk and real metal threads for the Freebies section on our new website. We had no idea something this stunning was coming. This beautiful project stands the test of time. We want to share it here for a new audience to enjoy and use to learn about silk and metal threads. Link to the design is below.

Do you know Meredith?

Nearly two decades later, we can't imagine the needlework industry without Meredith. Her contributions as a teacher, designer and shop owner have reached thousands. She continues to inspire us today—and is often the source for many of our new thread ideas. Learn more about her here: http://mbellishment.com/ and http://themeredithcollection.com/

Are silk and metal threads a rarity?

These materials have been used in needlework for centuries. Kreinik has a line of silk threads and distributes real metals in gold, silver, and some colors. The silks are perfect for the soft leaves in this Southern Grace design, while the dragonfly just wouldn't look real without the metallics. However it's the use of real silver thread that raises this design to one of the most beautiful projects you will ever stitch.

Real metal threads have been used in embroidery for centuries. Gold metal decoration was first used in primitive cultures to show an association with the magical sun. It represented the gods, then kings, then ecclesiastical figures. Today, real metal threads are available in different sizes and types. However, manufacturing is limited, so periodically a size may not be available—in fact, that's the reason why the Kreinik family created synthetic metallics back in the 1970s, as a more readily available as-close-as-you-can-get substitute. Be ready to substitute similar threads or a slight size change if needed. 


Today real metal threads are available in three grades. Military (gilt) grade consists of a heavy copper core covered with sterling silver and plated with a thin layer of gold. This is the least expensive and tarnishes easily. Arabic is the highest and most expensive grade, being a thin copper core covered with alight sleeve of pure silver and overlaid with a very heavy layer of gold. Ecclesiastical grade falls between these, and will remain bright for 10-20 years depending upon pollution and the amount of handling. Kreinik's real metal threads are ecclesiastical grade, and have been processed with an additional tarnish-proof coating which extends the length of time the thread will remain bright.

Real metal threads are couched to the surface of a fabric or canvas. In this design, you will use Jaceron, which is coiled to give a bead-like appearance and is used for outlining (you'll love how she's worked the Serica with the silver metal). You will also use Frieze for the center of the flower. This real metal is crisp and angular to give a more faceted look.

Southern Grace by Meredith Willett


Materials Needed:
  • Kreinik Silk Mori® in 7124, 3045, 1105, 4206, 4204, 4203
  • Kreinik Silk Serica® in 7124, 3045
  • Kreinik Tapestry (#12) Braid™ in 085, 032
  • Kreinik Cable™ in 001P, 002P
  • #5 Jaceron in silver (real metal thread)
  • #8 Jaceron in silver (real metal thread) — currently out of stock, so substitute #5 Jaceron in silver
  • #12 Frieze Brilliant in silver (real metal thread) — currently unavailable, so substitute Frieze/Bullion Combo in silver
  • Kreinik silver Couching Thread
  • White Congress Cloth

Instructions:

Get the original pattern and instruction sheet for Southern Grace here: http://www.kreinik.com/PDF/SgracePDF.pdf Note the product substitutions required listed above.

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Save the indie needlearts stores!

Independent needlework stores—cross stitch, needlepoint, knitting, crafts, or hybrid stores covering all techniques—offer the best selection of needleart supplies, the most personalized customer service, and the largest group of experts to help you have more fun with your favorite hobby. They are needleworkers' jewels, the pots of gold at the START of your stitching rainbow, the Oprahs of your creative soul. Now more than ever, in the age of the Internet, we all need to support local needlework stores.



Independent-shop love propelled a passionate group* of knitters to organize a Local Yarn Store Day. It's now a national day: April 21, 2018. While one day may seem insignificant in a year of 365 days, the goal is to raise awareness for local stores that will carry on throughout the year. (We are hoping that needlepoint and cross stitch communities can organize similar events for those shops too.)

*Side note about that passionate group: they include Kris and Oz of Cambria Yarns, owners of the store Ball & Skein & More in Paso Robles, California (photo at right). They're lovely people, full of creativity, incredibly kind and wholeheartedly dedicated to all things fiber—and they're adding Kreinik threads to their store. The local needlepoint shop retired/closed, and people have been coming to them asking for needlepoint supplies. Check their store often for the new stock as it arrives: http://cambriayarn.com/bswp/

Here's what you need to know:

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Visit Pittsburgh in April for this fiber festival

The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is happening again, and Kreinik will be there. This annual festival offers something for everyone interested in making things with fiber: embroidery, knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing. Does it get any better than a spring road trip with your friends to shop, explore, and learn about your favorite hobbies?!


This year's event is April 6 through 8, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Details on classes, floorplan, exhibitor list, and tickets can be found here: http://pghknitandcrochet.com/ Show organizers are planning a maker space, a "spa" night on Saturday, and an "Inchies" quilt challenge (we're thinking Kreinik threads would make your Inchie really stand out...). It all sounds like a wonderful weekend of treating yourself and nurturing your creative side.

The hot spot: booth 1008

Kreinik will be a vendor at the festival, booth 1008, bringing our factory outlet store and the fabulous Doug Kreinik. Here's your chance to meet the thread maker (bring pictures of your projects made with Kreinik threads; we love seeing them!). Doug will be hosting demonstrations and make-it-take-its for those wanting to play with Kreinik threads, so check the show schedule and Kreinik booth for details. Kreinik is also a sponsor of several classes. Check the list—and get a discount code—below.

As a special opportunity, you will be able to have custom pairs of Kreinik CAKS shoelaces made for you at the show. Pick colors to match your favorite teams, your school colors, or simply your favorite shades, then have Doug Kreinik cut just the size you need (for boots, sneakers, anything). The fun, colorful laces benefit suicide prevention programs.

"I am looking forward to meeting new people, new fans, and being able to talk about my threads to a very appreciative audience. It's fun to teach people about thread and all of the ways that you can creatively use them." — Doug Kreinik

Classes

Get $5 off the class price with this code (can be used online or mail in): TRE5OFF
  1. Chain stitch variations with Raven Fagelson. The simple chain stitch is one of the most important stitches in embroidery. This creative class will explore possibilities for fun variations. Sign up here: http://pghknitandcrochet.com/product/chain-stitch-variations-raven-fagelson/
  2. Four embroidery stitches in 1 with Raven Fagelson. This basic class will help you master four basic stitches you can use in embroidery—plus offer a few variations for a creative twist. Sign up here: http://pghknitandcrochet.com/product/4-embroidery-stitches-1-raven-fagelson/

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A sparkling substitute for memory thread

If you've heard the news that DMC is discontinuing their Memory Thread, don't worry: you can substitute Kreinik Wired Braid™. The only difference is that Kreinik's version is metallic, so your designs might brighten up a little bit. Hey, when you're made to stand out, you have to stand out, right?


Memory Thread and Wired Braid compared


  • Both threads are thick fibers meant to be couched onto a design for borders, outlines, and other bold effects
  • Both threads are wired, which means you can bend and shape them for 3-dimensional effects
  • Kreinik's version are all metallic. Here's a link to the colors available in Kreinik Wired Braid (formerly called Hot-Wire): http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Wired-Braid.html
  • Memory Thread had more shades than Wired Braid, but never fear, you can make your own out of any Kreinik shade (see "Other options" below)


Other options for substitutions:
  • Kreinik Wired Facets aren't smooth like Memory Thread or Wired Braid, but rather look like a string of beads. They would be a fun, textured option to use in the same way as Memory Thread. See the colors here: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Wired-Facets.html
  • Make your own: 1. Cut an 18-inch strand of Kreinik Medium #16 Braid (our Braid comes in over 200 colors, varying in metallic sheen from basic to antiqued, hi luster, even glow in the dark, http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Medium-16-Braid.html). 2. Insert a piece of craft-gauge wire (from a craft store), working it through the center of the Braid. Then use as you would Memory Thread. 


Here's a conversion list from DMC Memory Thread to Kreinik:

  • 6010 Brown = Kreinik Wired Braid 152VW or 005W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 022
  • 6020 Black = Kreinik Wired Braid 005W
  • 6040 Red = Kreinik Wired Braid 003W
  • 6050 White = Kreinik Wired Braid 5760W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 100
  • 6070 Light Green = Kreinik Wired Braid 015W
  • 6080 Olive = Kreinik Wired Braid 009W or 015W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 016L
  • 6100 Navy = Kreinik Wired Braid 051HLW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 018V
  • 6110 Turquoise = Kreinik Wired Braid 015W or 051HLW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 3506, 014, or 029
  • 6120 Fuchsia = Kreinik Wired Braid 003W or 5700W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 024
  • 6130 Pink = Kreinik Wired Braid 5700W
  • 6150 Orange = Kreinik Wired Braid 150VW or 152VW
  • 6190 Green = Kreinik Wired Braid 009W or 015W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 008
  • 6170 Yellow = Kreinik Wired Braid 202HLW or 002JW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 5520, 5720 or 028
  • 6180 Lavender = Kreinik Wired Braid 026W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 012
  • 6200 Gold = Kreinik Wired Braid 002W
  • 6210 Silver = Kreinik Wired Braid 001W
  • 6240 White Luster = Kreinik Wired Braid 5760W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 032
  • 6310 Gray = Kreinik Wired Braid 001JW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 025
  • 6320 Burgundy = Kreinik Wired Braid 003W or 5700W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 153V, 031L, or 080HL
  • 6330 Dark Green = Kreinik Wired Braid 009W
  • 6340 Medium Green = Kreinik Wired Braid 009W or 015W, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 008 or 5982
  • 6350 Light Yellow = Kreinik Wired Braid 5725W
  • 6360 Sky Blue = Kreinik Wired Braid 051HLW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 9400 or 094
  • 6380 Purple = Kreinik Wired Braid 026W
  • 6390 Aqua = Kreinik Wired Braid 015W or 051HLW, or Kreinik Medium #16 Braid 029, 684, or 829


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Never do this with your rubber bands

This is a public service announcement to needleworkers everywhere. Share with your stitching friends. Help us spread the word that rubber bands are not good when it comes to textiles. 

This week's blog post is an important tip: keep rubber bands away from your threads. Never, ever,
ever ever ever wrap them around threads that have a silver content, such as Kreinik Japan Threads, or the "J" colors of Kreinik Braids and Ribbons (001J, 002J, etc). It may sound strange to some, but we have seen this over the years: people secure their threads on a spool by wrapping them with rubber bands. Not good. The sulphur or sulphur compounds in rubber bands will cause your thread to tarnish.

Fortunately, Kreinik's black spools were designed to have their own thread-end holder. The illustrations below show how the brilliant mechanisms save your thread ends from loosely hanging around and tangling up in your thread box (just say no to frustrations, and to using rubber bands to secure your threads).



If you're looking for the safest way to store textiles, including real metal threads or threads with silver content, use acid-free tissue paper. Learn more about it here: http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2014/04/practice-safe-storage.html

Let's all practice safe and sane storage!


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Come play with sparkly threads at Kreinik

Does winter have you going a little stir-crazy, stuck in the house, surrounded by gray days? Then join Kreinik for a colorful, cheerful hands-on craft class. Make a string art design using sparkling Kreinik threads. Our theme this month is LOVE. We'll have a cozy, fun time expressing creativity, exercising imagination, and making something to hang at home or give as a gift. Here are details and sign-up (spots are limited):

  • WHEN: February 3, 2018
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to noon
  • WHERE: Kreinik factory, 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • COST: $12 per person for materials
  • AGES: All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • To reserve your seat, access the Paypal payment form via http://www.kreinik.com/shops/classes.html

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Kreinik is coming to Bridalpalooza this weekend

If you're planning a wedding in 2018 and live within driving distance of Morgantown, West Virginia, visit the Bridalpalooza Wedding Expo this Sunday, January 21, 2018. You will find all the usual ideas for dresses, cakes, and decor, but also a unique twist: a creative corner of crafty ideas to personalize your wedding and make it absolutely YOU. Kreinik will be at this bridal show offering threads and creative ideas for adding a handmade, artisan touch to your special day.

A handmade element could be just the thing missing from cookie-cutter weddings. "My mother made the table centerpieces for my reception," says Dena Lenham, Kreinik's Creative Director. "It added another level of love and personalization, and we let guests take them home. It was a special way to share the moment with our close friends." Noted trends for weddings this year include unique placecards, embroidered linens, metallic finishes, innovative invitations, wedding wreaths and interesting floral twists, embellished capes, decorated vases, and other "special touch" elements.

Gather your family and friends for a craft night to make things for the wedding, and you will have more wonderful memories to go along with your day. Even if you aren't "crafty" you will find quick and creative ideas in the Kreinik booth. Samantha Tornes will be demonstrating "no sew" embellishments to use on place cards, table settings, vases, capes, table linens, invitations and more. 

Doug Kreinik will also be at the event making custom shoelaces. That's right: you can have shoelaces made in your wedding colors—what a fun way to show personality. Come to the expo for great ideas like this that will make your wedding even more special.

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Free knitting pattern featuring Reflective Yarn

Stay warm and safe with reflective knitwear

If you knit or crochet hats, scarves, dog sweaters and other outdoor wear, you're going to want some of this: Kreinik Reflective Yarn. This fiber looks like a simple gray when it’s knit or crocheted into a project, but shines brightly when light hits it, adding a little level of safety when it’s worked into outerwear for you or your pet. If headlights from a car or cyclist aim in your direction, the reflective yarn helps tell the driver that someone is there. 

This particular reflective fiber comes on spools for small projects (like stripes or highlighted areas) or cones for larger projects. Super fine or lace weight, you add it to any yarn you already have, making it versatile for all projects. It's a fun material to experiment with as the weather keeps us indoors this time of year. Start now and you'll have all of your gifts made by the time Christmas 2018 comes around.

To get you started, here is a fast, free knit ear warmer/headband pattern from designer/teacher Mary Beth Temple of Hooked For Life PublishingRibbed top and bottom for a good fit, the simple diamond pattern in the center is achieved by working a diamond shape in stocking/stockinette stitch and its reverse. The reflective thread is only worked into the reverse stocking/stockinette stitched diamonds, so it lights up in a fun pattern when the light hits it. 



Reflective Diamonds Ear Warmer

Finished Size: Approx 3.5″/9 cm tall x 21″/53cm in circumference, unstretched. Will stretch to fit larger heads

Materials:
Approx 45 yds/41m worsted weight yarn. Model shown in Diamond Yarns Tradition (51% acrylic/42%wool/7% nylon; 100g, 219 yds/200m)
1 spool Kreinik Reflective Thread (buy here)
Circular needles size 7/4.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker

Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 4″/10cm in st st

Notes:
A denotes wool yarn only.
B denotes wool yarn and reflective thread carried together.
Carry the reflective yarn on the wrong side of the work, twisting yarns to keep from tangling if float is more than 4 sts.

Ear warmer:
With A, cast on 82 sts. Set up for working in the round, being careful not to twist Stitches, and place marker for beginning of rnd.
Work 5 rows k1/p1 ribbing, decreasing 1 st anywhere on the 5th rnd for a new total of 81 sts.

Diamond Pattern:
Rnd 1: With A, k4, with B, p1, (with A, k8, with B, p1) 8 times, with A, k4.
Rnd 2: With A, k3, with B, p3, (with A, k6, with B, p3) 8 times, with A, k3.
Rnd 3: With A, k2, with B, p5, (with A, k4, with B, p5) 8 times, with A, k2.
Rnd 4: With A, k1, with B, p7, (with A, k2, with B, p7) 8 times, with A, k1.
Rnd 5: With B, p.
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 1. End off reflective thread.
Work 5 rows k1/p1 ribbing, increasing 1 st anywhere on the first Rnd for a new total of 82 sts.
Bind off/cast off in ribbing.

Weave in all ends.




originally from http://hookedforlifepublishing.com/2017/11/reflective-diamonds-ear-warmer-free-knit-pattern/ used by Kreinik with permission from Mary Beth Temple

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