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What is it? Knitting is a method by which we manipulate a strand of yarn to create a textile or fabric of some sort. This is done by forming loops of yarn, our stitches, on a knitting needle. By transferring these active stitches between two or more knitting needles we form our fabric. By manipulating these stitches we can form shapes or dimensions within that fabric. Cool, but at this point Hamlet probably would have said, “ay, there lies the rub.” Yes, exactly. This is where the problem or challenge arises. We know what we want to do but how do we do it? Our pattern calls for a particular procedure to be performed but leaves the “how” up to us. Often one of those procedures calls for us to put designated open stitches on hold, to simply remove them from active work until later in the pattern. How do we do that while maintaining our stitch security as well as the integrity of our knitted fabric? Well, let’s take the leap from 16th century Shakespeare to 20th century MacGyver to figure out that “how”. A short journey on the internet reveals an wide array of both manufactured and homemade stitch holders ranging in construction design everywhere from hyper-extended aluminum safety pins to gimmicky leather cords with attached needles to repurposed paper clips. All would do in a pinch if you were MacGyver. But we’re not MacGyver and we don’t want to simply “get by” as he did. And we don’t have to settle because Clover has manufactured the perfect tool for any occasion where we need to safely hold a section of stitches open. So relax Hamlet, we got this. Clover’s Circular Stitch Holder is the “how” for fast and smooth knitting for hats, socks, gloves, sweaters or any other knitted project requiring open stitches in the process. And MacGyver, we won’t be needing you at all.

 

   

 

 Circular Stitch Holder (Short) Art. No 3161

 Circular Stitch Holder (Long) Art. No 3162

 

What does it do? – Clover’s Circular Stitch Holder is a simple and convenient way to store any work in progress or to hold stitches open as per instructions provided in any particular pattern. You simply slip your stitches off your working needle onto the stitch holder. The smooth stainless steel needle makes manipulation of your stitches smooth and precise. The pliable nylon cord allows your kitted project to lie flat and keep its shape. By inserting the needle into to rubber stopper your stitches will be saved and held securely. By pulling the bead on the opposite side of the rubber stopper you can adjust the length of the cord and “snug up” your stitches so they don’t lose their shape or integrity. Two sizes of Circular Stitch Holders are available, short for 23 – 41 cm of work and long for 61 – 91 cm of work.

As an added bonus Clover’s Circular Stitch Holder makes an excellent life line. Smooth and flexible, it’s easy to insert and remove in even the most complicated stitch patterns. If a mistake is discovered during your knitting process, it will be there to save your work (and your sanity).

 

 

 By Steve Butler

Punch Needle is one of those old crafts that your grandmother may have done, however, it is gaining popularity in recent years.
It uses a pen-like needle with the thread running through the middle. 
The needle makes loops in a piece of tightly hooped fabric. CLOVER has some handy tools which are perfect for this craft.

Here, we explain the basics.

Tools you need
Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool
The starter kit.
If you have never tried the craft before, this is the one to start with. 
It comes with a needle for 3 strands of embroidery thread. 
It also comes with a threader.
The needle is replaceable with a different sized needle. 

For one strand of embroidery thread: use Art No. 8801 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Single Ply Needle)
For 6 strands of embroidery thread: Art No. 8803 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (6 Ply Needle)
For medium-fine yarn: Art No. 8802 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Needle for Medium-Fine Yarn)

Clover Embroidery Hoop: 12cm or 18cm
The hoop is designed to grip the fabric firmly, resisting the pressure of the needle. 
Make sure the inner hoop edge lays on top of the outer hoop edge.

Embroidery thread or yarn
You can use embroidery floss for 3 sizes of refill needles.
For the thickest needle refill, you can use fine yarn or ribbon.


Foundation Fabric
It is essential to choose the fabric suitable for the craft. 
If a fabric is too loosely woven, the stitched loops disengage easily. 
On the other hand, if the fabric is too tight for the needle, the fibres might tear when you try to push the needle through.


Suitable fabrics are:
For fine needles (Art No. 8800/8804/8801/8803)
Oxford Cotton
Twill
Light-weight Denim

For the thickest needle (Art No. 8802)
Monks cloth
Aida
Traditional Linen

You can find the video how to use this tool.
LINK FOR VIDEO

Set the needle
*For detailed instructions, please refer to the instructions in the package.
Insert the needle into holder and adjust the needle length.
Position 3 is the standard setting for needles.
The 5 settings let you adjust the length of stitches or loops.
The needle bevel should face in the same direction as the stopper and it indicates the direction of the stitches.

*If you want to make the project with fine yarn, you can choose the thickest needle refill (Art No. 8802) and set the needle at the guide of “0” .

 

Threading the needle
*For detailed instructions, please refer to the instructions in the package.
Push the threader through the needle shaft until its point comes out the head. 
Pass the thread through the threader’s loop.
Slowly pull the threader back out of the needle.
Carefully pull the thread out of the threader, leaving approximately 5 cm of thread protruding from the needle shaft.
Run the threader through the eye of the needle.
Pass thread through the loop of the threader.
Slowly pull threader out of the eye.
Leave thread sticking out of the needle’s point.

How to stitch

Face the bevel in the direction you are stitching.  
Align the stopper in the direction of the stitches.

Thrust needle into the fabric to the base of the holder, and then pull it up just above the surface of fabric.
Pull needle up just above surface of the fabric.

How to finish
You can finish the backside of the project with glue.
Interfacing fusible is also good to use.

 

 

The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes.

We thank you for visiting our website and enjoying sewing, patchwork, knitting, crocheting, ...etc. with Clover.

May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy and peace.

 

If you want to creat something to make your holiday extra special, don't miss our projects!!!

Christmas is just around the corner. Here are selected projects you can create within a time limit.

 

[Fabric craft idea]

Holiday Yo-Yo Tree

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 8700 – 8708

“QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker

Quick and easy Yo-Yo Maker templates!

“QUICK” Yo-Yo Makers allow you to make evenly spaced stitches to create beautiful gathers. Fold the seam allowance, rounding off to make a nicely shaped yo-yo.

        

 

Christmas Tree Ornament <Snowman>

 

Christmas Tree Ornament <House>

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 4970

Black Gold Needles Applique/Sharps (No. 9)

The special black plating on the surface allows the needle to pierce effortlessly through fabric, enabling sewing with little resistance.

 

Art No. 4071 -4073
Desk Needle Threader

  

Thread your needles quickly with the help of our Desk Needle Threader. For sewing and quilting needles. Applicable Needles: Clover Needles (thickness: 0.51-0.89mm), works best with oval eye needles.

    

 

[Knitting ideas]

Bunny in a Stocking

 

Dog in a Stocking

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 3831-3848

Bamboo knitting Needles Takumi Double Pointed (20 cm)

Perfect knitting needles for working a small toy project

    

 

Art No. 3118

Mini Knitting Counter

A convenient way to track the number of knitted stitches and rows.

 

 

[Yarn crafts ideas]
Tassel Christmas Angels

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 9940

Tassel Maker

Create tassels with your favorite threads!
Easily make tassels with embroidery thread, woolen yarns and others.

  


Pom-Pom Christmas Balls

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 3126

Pom-Pom Maker (Large)

 

 

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Click here for all projects!

 

- What is it?

What do we think of when the topic of straight pins comes to the fore?  Usually we think of those sharp little devils that find us when we’re not looking for them.  You know, the one that’s hidden in that quilt top that we’re folding (but is now in our finger) or perhaps the one that we dropped earlier in the day and is now lodged in our favorite pair of socks (that we’re still wearing) or maybe the one we forget to remove and hit with our sewing machine needle (that breaks).  And when we do find that pin cushion we’ve been looking for, we see it’s loaded with an almost indecipherable array of pin types and sizes (and the search continues).  Yes, pins can be a “pain” but we really can’t do without them either.  They’re necessary to almost everything we do in all genres of sewing.  In fact they are just as elemental to what we do as scissors and needles and threads.  And because of that importance we need to make sure we always use best style and size needle for each unique application.  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

 

Size – As with sewing machine needles, we should always use the finest needle possible to be the least intrusive with our fine fabrics.  If our pins are buckling as we insert them though, it’s probably a sign that we need to go to a heavier shaft. They shouldn’t bend.  Length is important too.  If we’re pinning several layers of fabric together as in quilting or pinning large seam allowances we’ll need to use longer pins.  For appliqué, on the other hand, we can (and should) get away with shorter pins.

Pin heads – The pin heads are very important.  That’s the handle that allows us to effectively manipulate the pins.  We have tiny metal heads, plastic heads, glass heads, and flat heads.  Each provides specific advantages so pick the one that best suits your needs.  If you’re planning on ironing over your pins it’s a good idea to verify their heat resistance before using them.

Points – This is the business end of the pin.  Needless to say it should be clean and sharp.  The extra-sharp category also exists for special needs.  Dull, bent or corroded (really old) needles damage our fabric and test our patience.  When in doubt toss it. This is not the place to be stingy.

- What does it do?

We use straight pins to hold patterns in place, bind fabric pieces, hold seams together, anchor trims, beads or other embellishments in place and even block knitted products. Over time several styles of pins have evolved to satisfy the specific demands all of these different applications. For each of these applications there is a “best” straight pin design that will give us the best results. Taking the time to identify that pin is well worth it and will always help take you to your sewing happy place.

 

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Flower Head Pins

The defining feature is a large flat head. That makes it both easy to see and manipulate. It is especially well suited for pinning lace, eyelets or loose woven embellishments to fabric because the head will not slip through enlarged openings. You can also lay rulers flat on them when marking or cutting. The heads are not iron proof so keep them away from the heat. These pins come in three different diameters to provide strength without stressing your fabric.

 Extra fine (Art. No 2510) – Very fine shaft and acute point for delicate fabrics.

 

 

 (0.45 x 50 mm)

 

 Fine (Art. No 2505)– Thin shaft and acute point for fine fabrics like silk osatin.

 

 

 (0.55 x 50 mm)

 

Regular (Art. No 2506)– Same acute point but a little stronger and longer shaft for multiple layers of heavier fabrics. Great for quilting.

 

 

 (0.70 x 54 mm)

 

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Appliqué Pins (Art. No 231)

These little gems are perfect for applying appliqués, trims, beads, or sequins to your project. The sharp, tapered point prevents damage to your fabric. The small 3/4″ size allows detailed work when many pins are required and space is limited.

 

 

 (0.60 x 20 mm)

 

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Quilting Pins

Quilting pins have a fine point and a smooth shaft to make them fabric friendly. They are longer than many straight pins so they can penetrate several layers of fabric and stay in place. Clover quilting needles are available in two shaft sizes, fine for more delicate fabrics and regular for heavier fabrics. They have glass heads so they can be ironed.

 

 Regular (Art. No 2508)

 

 

  (0.60 x 48 mm)

 

Fine (Art. No 2509)

 

 

  (0.50 x 48 mm)

 

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Patchwork Pins

Patchwork pins have very fine points for use on the most delicate fabrics like silks and satins. Two sizes are available, fine and extra fine. They have glass heads so they can be ironed.

 Fine (Art. No 232)

 

 

  (0.50 x 36 mm)


 Extra Fine (Art. No 2507)

 

 

 (0.40 x 36 mm)

 

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Marbled Glass Head Pins (Art. No 2511)

Marbled Glass Head Pins are a little shorter and finer than the quilting pins. Sharp and thin, they are ideally suited for dress making applications where fine fabrics are being used. They have glass heads so they are iron safe.

 

 

   (0.50 x 36 mm)

 

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Fork Pins (Art. No 240)

Fork pins have two shafts connected by a turned up end. This allows you to pin fabrics without lifting them. Perfect for securing hard to handle or slippery lining materials. They are great for positioning stripe or plaid fabric pattern alignment prior to sewing in place. They’ve also found a new home in creative contemporary quilting where matching unique shapes is required. Blocking knitted garments? No problem. Clover also has a Fork Blocking Pin that is one size larger and works great with knitted or crocheted fabrics.

 

 

 (0.56 mm diameter)

 

By Steve Butler

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