How to stitch a Halloween design



We're going to keep it simple in this blog post. There's only one thing you need to do to make any Halloween project—crafts, cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, quilt, knitting, crochet, weaving—the best it can be:

Use glow-in-the dark thread

It really is that simple. That's the secret to making a memorable, unique, fun and fabulous design that everyone will love. Watch the video above as we share some ideas for using glow-in-the-dark thread (and even some metallics for added effects), featuring this Pepperberry Designs needlepoint canvas. You can use these ideas anywhere, whether you're cross stitching, needlepointing, anything.

Stitching for events like Christmas, winter decor, wedding gifts, Mother's Day mementos, and such call for classic elements, but Halloween...Halloween is the holiday for letting your hair down, kicking up your heels, popping some punch and having a blast with your needlework materials and designs.

Specialty threads are all about special effects. Use metallics to add shimmer and "movement." Use glow-in-the-dark threads to add light and hidden messages/elements. Use real metal threads to add shine and dimension. You get the idea...have fun!

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The further adventures of thread-maker Doug Kreinik


Kreinik's factory and offices are closed the week of July 4 every year for summer holiday. What does a thread maker do when he's not making threads? Find out in Doug Kreinik's tour-de-fun account here.

Summer vacations are always adventures in the Kreinik household. My wife Myla and I enjoy aiming the car and just driving and learning about an area.  We have traveled the Great Lakes, the East coast cities and beaches, Key West, the Gulf Coast, the Pacific Northwest and the vast deserts in the Southwest. This year, we decided to head west to see our daughter and her family in Los Angeles.

Our first stop was in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky to visit the Wild Turkey Distillery. I love factory tours and this was a not a disappointment. We saw grains being made into a “beer,” then moved, strained and made into a “wine.” From there the liquids were distilled and moved to charred oak kegs and aged. The scent of bourbon and whiskey was strong as we walked through their storage facilities. Yes, we taste-tested.

The next stop was Wamego, Kansas, the home of the Wizard of Oz Museum. This special place contains more than 20,000 pieces of memorabilia surrounding the origins of the story, vaudevillian creations, the movie and new movies.  It was fun and campy and we’re glad we went.



We took a break in Burlington, Colorado, at the Kit Carson County Fairgrounds where they have the Carousel Museum and an operating 1885 Philadelphia Toboggan Co Carousel with a military band organ. The carousel moves at dizzying 12 miles per hour. Tip: do not move your head sideways while in motion.

If you want to trek up Pike’s Peak, take the shuttle and let them drive up the 14,000 feet.  We had to replace our brakes, for we wore them out coming down the great mountain. It was a windy, scary mountain road, but beautiful.



We spent July 4 holiday in Aspen, Colorado. With Aspen music school’s free concerts, parades, good food, and beautiful scenery, we had fun. This is probably one of the only places where you can rent a Rolls or Bentley.


We covered three National Parks in Utah: Arches, Bryce and Zion. All were magnificent and all were different. The natural forming arches were spread throughout the park created by water and wind over eons of time. Bryce Canyon, not really a canyon for it was not created by flowing water, seemed like an alien landscape. This area is unique with it’s hoodoos, formed by wind and rain. The obelisks of rock rise above the ground and can be seen from within or above.  I walked the rim and it was stunning. Zion National Park is filled rocks weeping water, waterfalls, sheer cliffs of sandstone and granite, and great walking paths except when the temperature reaches 102 degrees F. We travelled the park in a shuttle bus—the best and easiest way.


In St. George, Utah, we stopped at a Prairie Museum.  Found out that the early Mormon settlers raised silk worms and processed silk, making threads and yarns in the dessert climates of Utah. I had no idea.


Las Vegas is not really one of my favorite summer cities at 112 degrees F, but the entertainment is outstanding.  I had never seen a Cirque Du Soleil show so Myla and I saw the Beatles version and were not disappointed.   From Green Meanies to “Here comes the Sun,” this was packed with eye candy. Love, love, loved it.


We visited Needles, Hooks, and Yarn in Glendora, California.  She has knitting, needlepoint, weaving and more.  The shop carries many selections of threads and yarns, numerous looms and a great selection of Kreinik threads. The owner Nancy gave us peach-filled donuts, a specialty of a certain nationally known Glendora donut shop.

We finished our trip with a week-long stay with my daughter (an executive producer), her husband Jon and our grandson Asher. Jon and I spent three days building patios and garden boxes.  We went to museums, saw an exhibit on the Muppets and Jim Henson and one on the life and times of Leonard Bernstein.


The last day we visited the Wayfarer’s Church in Palo Verdes, California, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. This glass edifice is surrounded by redwood and olive trees in a very serene location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We ate at the Redondo Beach Greek Festival where Asher had his first calamari experience at 19 months old and loved it.

We had a wonderful, exciting summer vacation exploring parts of the United States. Now I’m back at the thread factory gearing up for two August events: The Lancaster Fiber Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and The AmericanNeedlepoint Guild conference in Washington DC. Hope to see you there. If you are driving through Parkersburg, West Virginia, on your summer vacation, be sure to stop by the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store and say hello. 

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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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