Stitchers, check your needle!

If you have a thread that's fraying or misbehaving, the first step is to check your needle. Needle selection matters more than you realize, and can make a stitching project easier or more difficult. Here are three quick tips for needle selection, especially when using metallic threads:

• Use a needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the thread weight. This will reduce thread fraying and enable smoother stitching.

• Also avoid needles with rust or damage as they can damage a thread.

• Look for the Kreinik Needle™, a special needle created to smoother stitching with metallic threads.

Once you have a good needle, it's time to thread it...

Here are two top tips for threading Kreinik metallics: 

Suggested threading technique for Blending Filament, Japan #1 and Cord (the thinnest metallics): Cut about an 20-inch length of thread and fold about 2 inches from one end to create a loop. Insert the loop through the eye of the needle and pull the loop over the point of the needle to "lock" in place. This will keep the thin thread from slipping off as you stitch. (BELOW)

Suggested threading technique for Braids, Ribbons and other Kreinik metallics: Cut a small strip of paper and fold in half. Place the fold through the eye of the needle and open the two ends to insert the thread in between. Gently pull the paper through so the thread is brought along. (BELOW)


Kreinik 2018 Holiday Schedule

The Kreinik factory, outlet and offices will be closed November 22 and 23, 2018 for the Thanksgiving holiday. No threads will be made or shipped during that time. In addition, we will be closed the week of Christmas—starting December 21—and reopening January 2, 2019, so that our staff can spend the holidays with their loved ones.


Hope you have the happiest of holidays!


Don't believe this rumor

We've been hearing rumors that Kreinik is discontinuing the metallic thread color 5760 Marshmallow. It's not true! Trust us, we're Kreinik.

This gorgeous color isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's being used all over the world right now, as it's perfect in Christmas and winter-themed designs. We are making more at this very moment.

If you don't have it in your stitching stash, get some! It's a brighter white than our standard 032 Pearl, with the most subtle metallic sheen. Plus the material is soft to stitch with and lays beautifully in stitches. It comes in Kreinik Braid and Ribbon sizes.

When you hear rumors about discontinued colors, please contact us first! Email or call 1-800-537-2166.


Visiting a fabulous Dallas needlework shop

Love stitching? Love Kreinik? Then put this needlework shop on your map: Needlepoint This in Dallas, Texas. It has racks and racks and racks of Kreinik threads. You will find lots of other good needlework stuff too, including classes, canvases, accessories, and great staff. Did we mention the Kreinik thread selection? They carry Kreinik for cross stitch, needlepoint, crazy quilting, embroidery...

We visited the shop in September and got to peek in on a class taught by JP Sligh of Labors Of Love needlepoint designs. We shopped through the Christmas needlepoint canvases, and picked out the threads most used in cross stitch. Get some embroidery scissors, some needle magnets...just about anything you'd need and want. 

Check out Needlepoint This


Vote for Kreinik!

If you love Kreinik threads, we'd like your vote! We are nominated in the cross stitch category of the British Craft Awards. Vote here:

Thank you for your support! We love making threads for you to make your creative ideas come to life. Feel free to share comments or questions with us at any time via our blog here, email, or our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).


Threadworx is making this Kreinik thread even better

The hand-dyed specialty thread company called Threadworx out of California has been transforming Kreinik's metallic Braids into variegated wonders for years. Now they are hand-dyeing Kreinik's fuzzy metallic threads, Micro Ice Chenille, in the most gorgeous colors.

Take a look at the photos and pick your favorite...we can't because we love them all. With names like Galactic Night, Seaweed, White Crystal and Ghost Gray, we're coming up with ideas already.

Micro Ice Chenille is one of Kreinik's fly fishing fibers, a staple for forming bodies on various fly fishing lures. Once needleworkers saw it, they knew it would make fun effects in embroidery, needlepoint, and cross stitch and it has been gaining popularity ever since.

You want to couch this thread in your needlework designs, rather than stitch in and out of the fabric with it. Simply couch with a matching color of Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid, or have fun couching it with any thin metallic or non-metallic thread. You may create one-of-a-kind fiber art with your color combinations.

You can also crochet with Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille (makes great mini wreaths). Use it along with Kreinik Facets and the Kreinik Custom Corder to make trim—the Facets add the look of beads. So many applications for this fun thread, just get a few of your favorite colors and start experimenting.

For more Threadworx information

Threadworx fibers are sold in needlework stores. Visit their website for more information. For the original line-up of Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille colors, visit the Kreinik website.


Meet the newest Kreinik color Sea Glass

By designer demand (aka, Associated Talents!) this gorgeous blue-green metallic thread color is debuting at Kreinik. Meet 096 Sea Glass, and we are making it 'round the clock right now.

We are making it in Fine #8 Braid first, which will be followed by production in your other favorite Kreinik metallic thread sizes: Tapestry #12 Braid, Very Fine #4 Braid, Medium #16 Braid, and 1/16" Ribbon. Give us a few months for full production, as we actually do make our own threads, but look for the new colors in needlework stores starting now. Retailers who attended the Destination Dallas trade show were first on the list. Help us spread the word now to other retailers and stitchers that there's a gorgeous new metallic color from Kreinik.

Speaking of Destination Dallas, the wholesale needlepoint trade show held in September of every year: we held the new color next to painted canvas designs and found it matches perfectly to something in just about every design line. Don at Associated Talents knew what we all needed when he suggested this color. Now we wonder how we ever lived this long without it!

A big thank-you to Needlepoint In Paradise in Florida who came up with the winning name.

Welcome Kreinik color 096 Sea Glass to your needlework fiber stash.


Farewell to this Kreinik color

We hate to discontinue colors, but sometimes it is necessary. Due to production issues, we have to discontinue one of our holographic colors: 031L Berry Red. Please make a note of it if you are using it in a project (stock up to make sure you have enough). This applies to all thread sizes, including Braids, Ribbons, Filament and Flash.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by stoppage or shortage in colors. Some good alternatives to 031L include the antiqued version, 153V Vintage Burgundy or 080HL Garnet Hi Lustre.


You're invited to the Kreinik Outlet Sale

Time to enhance your fiber stash to get you through winter—AND have some fun at the actual Kreinik factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

The Fall 2018 Kreinik Factory Outlet sale October 4-6, 2018, features deals on Kreinik fibers, accessories, overstocks, discontinued items, and more. It's a dream spree for any cross stitcher, needlepointer, crocheter, knitter, weaver, quilter, finishers, teachers, costumers, textile schools, fly fishing fan...anyone who makes things with Kreinik threads.

  • Where: 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101 USA
  • When: October 4-6, 2018
  • Hours: Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Make the trip to bountiful: It truly is "almost heaven" at this West Virginia thread spot. Spend at least $125 and get a free "I Got My Stash At The Kreinik Factory" deluxe tote bag (it has a zipper! and a pocket!).


Needlepoint Shop Day is September 20

Support your local needlepoint shop! We need them to stay in business and to continue bringing fabulous threads, designs, and classes to stitchers.

If you have a local needlepoint shop, we encourage you to visit them frequently, but especially on September 20, 2018. This day has been set aside for special promotions, events, and excitement to bring awareness to independent needlepoint shops. Do you know that many people have no idea independent needlework shops exist...all they know are chain stores. Let's show them how much indie shops have to offer. Shop owners are passionate about stitching just like you are, and offer a space filled with ideas, inspiration, and supplies for your next fabulous project.

This is the first year for this "needlepoint shop day" and we hope it grows every year. There is a Facebook group posting events happening around the country. If you are a cross stitcher or an embroiderer, don't let the name keep you away: needlepoint shops carry threads, accessories and many items you can use in your stitching techniques too.

Visit for more information about Local Needlepoint Shop Day 2018. Help us spread the word too. Share with your stitching friends all over the world. Many shops sell online via their websites, and this supports "local" shops if you don't have one in your town.

Speaking of shopping, the Kreinik crew is heading to Dallas, Texas, this week for the Destination Dallas Needlepoint Trade Show. If you are a needlework shop, teacher, or designer, come by the Kreinik room to see what's new. Businesses can get more info on the show at


How to stitch a night sky

It's almost time for Halloween; are you busy stitching Halloween projects? October 31 has become the second most popular stitching holiday after Christmas, meaning there are designs galore out there to help you decorate in style. The best part is that it gives you a good reason to use fibers with special effects. Yes, this is the Glow-In-The-Dark Holiday. Have fun with it.

Do your Halloween project have a night sky?

Here's an idea for customizing some of the night scenes in cross stitch, embroidery or needlepoint designs: add Kreinik glow-in-the-dark thread to add spooky yet fun effects Watch the video above as we demonstrate on a fabulous Pepperberry Designs needlepoint canvas.

Glow-in-the-dark threads are fun all year, but they're must-haves for Halloween stitching. Make eyes glow (cat eyes, bats, jack o'lanterns, etc), use it to write subliminal messages in areas, outline spider webs, and more. Kreinik off-white color 052F Grapefruit in particular blends perfectly into moons, stars, clouds, and ghosts. Look for Kreinik colors that have an "F" in the color number, which represents fluorescent or glow-in-the-dark colors. 


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!

For more information


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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