Fuzzy metallic fibers add more fun to Halloween designs

Halloween is the fun holiday, isn't it? Oh we love the traditions of Christmas with all of its classics in tv shows, movies, songs, clothing, cards, food and such. But Halloween is a free-for-all, a no-stress, let-your-hair-down holiday. And, it has become the second biggest stitching holiday in the needlework world. This year, let your Halloween projects reflect some of that spooktacular silliness by adding fun fibers and wacky stitches. Why not?!

We recommend adding some of ThreadWorx' fuzzy fiber, which is actually Kreinik's Micro Ice Chenille, just artisan dyed by this California company. We're spotlighting the Halloween colors here, but they have many other colors for just about any design, mood, holiday, or theme. 

Micro Ice Chenille is a fuzzy metallic thread that you could on the surface of your design. So whether you are needlepointing, cross stitching, doing embroidery or crazy quilting, you can use this fun fiber. Lay it on top of your design or your stitching and tack down in the desired position with a matching color of cotton floss, silk thread, Kreinik #4 Braid, or even a clear monofilament thread. Plunge the ends to the back of your work and hide or secure under other stitches. 

Where would you use a fuzzy metallic? Anywhere! Think bugs, bats, cats, goblins, witches...anywhere. The point is fun. 

For more information:

  • on Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille visit the Kreinik website or needlework stores
  • on ThreadWorx artisan dyed Chenille visit the ThreadWorx website or needlework stores
  • Chenille tip sheet on the Kreinik site

The colors shown in our photos:


About those Kreinik spool labels

We hear you: It's really annoying when the labels come off the Kreinik thread spools. We're here to assure you: we're working on a solution. 

Why do the labels fall off?

  1. Most of the spool end is hollow. We were forward-thinking back in the 1980s with our snap-spool mechanism design, creating a spool with a lip that opens so you can wrap the thread end around it, close it, and never have flyway thread ends tangling up your thread drawer. However, that unique design comes with a price: a hollow spool. There's not really a lot of space for a label to grab onto, not a huge area for sticking. These hollow spools are also required for our thread-winding machines. In hindsight, we would have created spools in which we could print info right on them. But for now we're stuck, no pun intended, with the spool design. 
  2. The glue may not be aggressive enough. We print only a small amount of labels at a time to keep the glue from deteriorating in storage, and keep those in a temperature controlled environment. However, humidity levels can affect the hardiness of adhesive. Also storage conditions and weather conditions in shops and homes can affect the glue.
  3. Kreinik labels are applied by hand. A few years ago our label machine broke down, and we were unable to fix it. Since then, every single spool has been hand labeled. You definitely get the personal touch from us here at Kreinik. However, perhaps every once in awhile the labels aren't attached well enough. 

So what can be done?

The biggest effort right now is fixing our label machine. Our engineer Martin is actively working to get it going again. The machine uses pressure to push the labels on, and it will be a stronger bond than hand labeling. We are also investigating other adhesive options for our pre-printed labels to make sure we have the strongest bond available. 

Other stitchers recommend...

In the meanwhile, if you have spools with labels about to come off, look for some small baggies at craft stores (in the jewelry section), drug stores (for single use medicine storage) or office supply stores. Some stitchers use Floss Away storage bags. One stitcher tucks the label inside the spool. We suggest using double-sided tape or your own glue to reattach (tuck some cotton balls or scraps of something inside the spool to give a greater area for the adhesive to 'grab'). 

We appreciate your comments and your patience. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns about Kreinik products—or if you need help identifying a color that has lost its label. We also have a downloadable color chart for quick reference, or an actual thread color card with actual thread samples. 

Thank you for using Kreinik to make your creative ideas come to life! 


Come to the once-a-year Kreinik sale

Grab your friends and make an autumn road trip to the Kreinik Factory Outlet Store the first weekend of October. The mi-Ohio Valley is lovely that time of year, and the fibers you'll find in our mega sale are even lovelier. 

We put up tents in the parking lot for the overflow of silks, metallics, fabrics, accessories and just about anything your creative mind desires. This year we are selling finished models from the Kreinik archives too. Pick up some home decor or gift items in needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, and quilting. We will have a huge section of Christmas models that make quick gifts. 

Spend at least $125 and get our famous "Kreinik Stash" tote (you can only get it at the Factory Outlet, much to the envy of people who haven't made the visit yet!). You will have a great time visiting the colorful, interesting Kreinik factory. Get some fibers for your winter projects, and meet new friends who share your passion. 

If you do any of the following techniques (and more that aren't listed), you'll find fabulous fibers and treasures:

  • cross stitch
  • crochet
  • needlepoint
  • embroidery
  • quilting
  • jewelry making
  • Temari
  • Sashiko
  • Swedish Weaving
  • fly fishing
  • weaving
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • tatting
  • mixed media
  • fiber art
  • art schools
  • kids' camps
And, of course, anything else you would want to do with threads and yarns. 

So here are the details:
  1. October 3, 4, 5, 2019
  2. 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg West Virginia 26101
  3. October 3 and 4 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  4. October 5 from 8 am to noon
  5. We can provide recommendations on lodging and eateries if needed
Hope to see you there!


Kreinik is coming to Ohio!

Meet Doug Kreinik and do make-it-take-its with Kreinik threads at Quilt Fest at the end of this month, at The Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio

Come play with Kreinik threads and pick up exciting fibers to use in your next creation. Show dates and times are August 31, 2019, 10 AM – 6 PM and September 1, 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM. This event is being held in conjunction with the Athens Area Fiber Faire and is a celebration of everything fiber.

It doesn't matter if you're not a quilter, come anyway. There will be lots of exhibitors (including Kreinik) to inspire you! You'll find treasures you can use in your own creative projects. Get your fiber fix if you're into crafts, creating, making, and merriment.

  • WHEN: August 31 - September 1, 2019
  • WHERE: The Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio USA
  • MORE INFO: https://dairybarn.org/


How to learn embroidery stitches galore

If you've admired the gorgeous embroidery seen on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and wish you could stitch those beauties, we're here to tell you that YOU CAN. It's as simple as:
  1.  Learning the stitches
  2.  Combining different fibers for different textural effects
  3.  Practicing
  4.  Then using your newfound knowledge to create patterns
Ok the last part can be more challenging, so just focus on steps 1 through 3 if you're beginning. A new pattern series from PIecemakers—the huge store in Costa Mesa, California—will help you get started. Their "Stitches Galore" patterns focus on the most popular and basic stitches you should know as well as give you actual projects that combine the stitches. 

We love how they have combined different fibers, beads, etc to create more visual interest; something that is not hard to do at all and takes your stitches from basic to stunning. "We appreciate the quality of your products and recommend them highly," Shivaun from Piecemakers told us about using Kreinik threads in the designs. 

Look for the STITCHES GALORE series from Piecemakers or other online sources (notes in italics are our commentary):
  1. Volume 1, Number 1: Buttonhole Stitch Combinations (a basic beauty)
  2. Volume 1, Number 2: Chain Stitch Combinations (another basic that can be used in so many ways)
  3. Volume 1, Number 3: Herringbone Stitch Combinations (classic linear/traveling stitch)
  4. Volume 1, Number 4: Zigzag Detached Chain Stitch Combinations (these look really elaborate but are easily done)
  5. Volume 1, Number 5: Cretan Stitch Combinations (anyone know the origin of that stitch name?)
  6. Volume 1, Number 6: Feather Stitch Combinations (one of the best for creating foliage)
  7. Volume 1, Number 7: More Cretan Stitch Combinations (definitely a counting stitch)
  8. Volume 1, Number 8: Bugs, Bees and Butterflies (let's be honest, this is the most fun)
  9. Volume 1, Number 9: Chevron Stitch Combinations (a useful foundation stitch)
  10. Volume 1, Number 10: Ribbed Stitch And More (shown in the pumpkin photo in our post)
  11. Volume 1, Number 11: Cross Stitch Combinations (fun to see this basic stitch worked in different ways)
  12. Volume 1, Number 12: Holbein Stitch Combinations (it's so much more than a straight-line stitch)

This is a great time of year to learn new stitches and to explore embroidery ideas. Once you start combining your favorites, you will create gorgeous designs. Have fun!


Visiting needlework shop Needlepoint Gallery & More in New York

Take a virtual trip to this fabulous needlework store — and then visit the shop in person if you can! They carry lots of Kreinik threads for all techniques (embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, fly fishing) Watch Doug Kreinik interview owner Doris Katz in this video from July 2019. 


More Scary Apothecary cross stitch patterns from Hands On Designs

The last three designs in the fabulous cross stitch pattern series Scary Apothecary by Hands On Design are now available! Witty, colorful, easy to stitch and finish, this series will liven up your Halloween display. The three clever new patterns are:

  • Snail Slime ("Take a slug!")
  • Spider Legs ("Serving size 8")
  • Skeleton Polish ("No tarnish varnish")

Details on the designs and the materials you'll need to stitch them all:

  • Stitch count: each is about 3.5 inches by 5 inches stitched on 32-count linen
  • The linen: Cathy, the designer, used 32-count Winter Wishes, from Fabrics By Stephanie
  • Threads needed: Classic Colorworks Bean Sprout (2), Boysenberry Jam (1), Finley Gold (1), Frog Legs (2), Pumpkin Harvest (3), River Rocks (3), Shamrock (2), Sugared Violets (1), Ye Old Gold (1), Zack Black (4)
  • Kreinik threads needed: one spool each of Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid in colors 011HL, 027, 242HL, 5013, 5510, 5535, 5720, 5815, 5835
  • Designed by Cathy Habermann of Hands On Design

For more information on the new designs or earlier patterns in the series, contact your favorite needlework store or Hands On Design, https://handsondesign.biz/ 


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