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What is it? – Thimbles in one form or another have been around a long as needles have. Ancient sewing artifacts include "press stones", the precursor to modern thimbles.  Almost 2500 years ago residents of the Mediterranean area were using more familiar shaped bronze thimbles. Why? Well, whether you're pushing a spike through animal hides or a hand sewing needle through a high thread count cotton fabric it still hurts your fingers. Over the years those crude press stones have evolved into the refined, task specific thimbles in use globally today. These thimbles have applications to embroidery, appliqué, quilting, beading, decorative top stitching, tailoring, or virtually anything else that involves a needle. It’s something that is essential to every sewing kit. In its basic form the thimble simply covers the finger to protect it from the eye-end of the needle. Most thimbles have dimples or even edges to keep the end of the needle in place as it is pushed through the fabric. Thimbles come in different shapes, sizes, construction materials and even combinations of materials and all to accommodate the requirements of the individual sewer. Feel, comfort and functionality are paramount in selecting just the right one.

 

What does it do? – The thimble is a very personal sewing tool. It's important that it provides the right comfort, feel and function. Clover has developed a range of thimbles that meet the requirements of the entire spectrum of sewing and craft applications.


Flexible Rubber Thimbles The new Flexible Rubber Thimbles can be best described as needle grippers! They can be worn on either your index finger or your thumb to grip the needle and finish pulling it through the fabric. Or if you’re working with heavy fabrics, you can wear the flexible thimbles on both the index finger and the thumb, allowing you to pull the needle through with so much ease. Available in two sizes.

 

6031

Flexible Rubber Thimbles (Medium)

 

6032

Flexible Rubber Thimbles (Large)

 

Natural Fit Leather Thimble Made of high quality leather with the seam sewn at the top of the finger and away from the needle action. This allows the sewer to push the needle with either the tip or side of the finger enabling amazing multi-directional flexibility for the most demanding techniques. It is very comfortable and allows a great sense of touch. Available in three sizes.

6028

Natural Fit Leather Thimble (Small)

 

 

6029

Natural Fit Leather Thimble (Medium)

 

 

6030

Natural Fit Leather Thimble (Large)

 

Protect and Grip ThimbleConstructed with a metal tip to articulate with the needle and "vented" rubber sides to hold it in place on the finger. The metal tip has dimples to hold the needle head in place and a pronounced ridge around the top to provide extra holding should it be required. The vented rubber sides allow circulation to keep the finger cool. The compact size and weight of this thimble makes it a natural for detail work like hand quilting or appliqué. Available in three sizes.

 

6025

Protect and Grip Thimble (Small)

 

 

6026

Protect and Grip Thimble (Medium)

 

 

6027

Protect and Grip Thimble (Large)

 

Adjustable Ring Thimble An adjustable metal ring thimble with dimples on the periphery. This is a very adaptable thimble used for any number of specialized techniques or requirements. One adjustable size.

 

610

Adjustable Ring Thimble

 

Adjustable Ring Thimble With PlateAn adjustable ring with a large dimpled plate. The ring allows positioning of the dimpled plate near the palm of the hand. Used primarily for sashiko or other techniques that require the use of long needles and multiple running stitches. One size.

 

611

Adjustable Ring Thimble with Plate

 

Double Sided ThimbleA leather thimble with a dimpled metal insert that wraps from the front around the tip to the other side. This allows the comfort of a leather thimble with the durability of a metal thimble. The wrap-around metal insert makes it adaptable to a wide variety of techniques and special requirements. One size.

 

616

Double Sided Thimble

 

Coin ThimbleA leather thimble made with a single dimpled metal insert. Allows the comfort and feel of a leather thimble with the durability and stability of a dimpled metal thimble. One size (medium).

  

6014

Coin Thimble (Medium)

 

Open Sided Thimble An adjustable dimpled metal thimble with one side open. Cool, roomy and even accommodates longer finger nails. Dimples on three sides makes it adaptable to individual preference. Two sizes.

 

6017

Open Sided Thimble (Small)

 

 

6018

Open Sided Thimble (Medium)

 

What is it? -Because of that they have enjoyed the natural evolution that comes with the application of developing technology. The scissors and shears we use today bear but a faint resemblance to those used by our ancestors. In high-quality scissors the blades are extremely sharp and are positioned to increase the cutting and shearing tension at the exact point where the blades meet and the fabric is cleanly cut. A true performance test of any scissor or shear necessarily focuses on how cleanly they cut both multiple layers of fabric and how well they cut the most detailed and intricate patterns. Equally important is how comfortable they are. If you’re an enthusiast, chances are you’ll spend considerable time with them in your hand and the ease with which you manipulate them is important. When selecting scissors or shears they should be comfortable to operate, smooth in motion and cut to the very tip. Size is also important. Smaller scissors or shears for trimming or intricate cuts, larger shears for the long, smooth cuts or multiple layer cuts. The right tool for the right job, right? To meet your creative cutting criteria, Clover has gone to great lengths to provide a wide variety of blade sizes and shapes combined with unexcelled quality in materials and unrelenting manufacturing standards. Because of this Clover precision scissors and shears have become the preferred cutting tools for the most demanding creative tasks.

 

What does it do? –As with any creative endeavor, having the right tools makes all of the difference. For sewers and crafters that means having the best scissors and shears at the ready to handle any task . There’s no question that while a good pair of high quality dressmaker shears might be enough to handle most fabric cutting tasks, there are many applications and materials that have special requirements. To meet these needs specific to desired quality and variety of application, Clover provides two families of scissors.

 

Patchwork Scissors

These are quality cutting tools with sharp blades aligned to ensure precision cuts. There or four styles designed to accommodate specific requirements.

 

493/CW Patchwork Scissors(Mini) 11.5 cm

Designed with a pointed tip for cutting and trimming in tight, restrictive spaces. Perfect for appliqué, chenille quilting and many craft applications.

 

 

493/S Patchwork Scissors(Small)13.5 cm

A nice compact size scissor that lends itself to numerous applications requiring detail work. Great for your travel kit.

 

 

493 Patchwork Scissors 17 cm

Just a great size scissor that can function across many sewing and craft needs. The serrated edge ensures precision cuts.

 

 

493/L Patchwork Scissors(Large) 24 cm

The Large Patchwork is designed for long smooth cuts or to cut multiple layers of fabric with precision. The serrated edge makes even the silkiest fabrics easy to cut.

 

 

Bordeaux Ultimate Scissors/Shears These are the absolute ultimate scissors and shears. Developed in collaboration with Nancy Zieman and utilizing both unique materials and manufacturing processes, the Bordeaux line of scissors and shears are the “go to” tools when precision and durability are desired. Additionally, the handles are both comfortable and ambidextrous. If you want the best, this is it!

 

4940 Bordeaux Ultimate Scissors 130 / 13 cm

Comfort and precision. The 130’s shorter blades enable precision cuts and trimming in tight spaces.

 

 

4941 Bordeaux Ultimate Scissors 170 / 17 cm

The 170’s longer blades are perfect for a wide range of sewing and craft applications.

 

4942 Bordeaux Ultimate Shears 200 / 20 cm

The 200 is designed as classic dressmaker’s shears. The handle is comfortable, either lefty or righty, and the shape of the blades allow them to lie flat on your cutting table as you cut out your patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

What is it?

You know that fuzzy, super comfortable quilt your grandmother gave you? Probably made of chenille. And there’s nothing more reassuring than a hug from a chenille robe. Why? Chenille is your basic comfort fabric.

It’s a natural for towels, robes and baby items. But don’t forget home décor, fashion or crafts. You can make a definite fashion statement with selections from color, pattern or weight. Chenille is a beautiful, textured fabric that is characterized by a unique and inviting 3-D appearance.

It can be purchased ready made by the yard in a variety of solid colors. Of, if you have the perfect colors in mind, you can make it yourself. The cool thing about chenille is that you can add your own creative expression by personally selecting the contrasting multiple layers of frayed fabric with your chosen background fabric.

The result is a potential for creative expression limited only by our own imagination.

 

 Slash Cutter (Art. No 499)

 

What does it do?

Simply put, the Slash Cutter does all of the boring stuff. We get to select the fabric layers and sew the channels and then the Slash Cutter does the rest. It’s important that the cuts be down the center of the channels and that it be easy to accomplish.

To help us do that, the Slash Cutter has three primary components. The handle is designed to comfortably fit in your hand and allows us to easily control the cutter. The round blade easily makes our cuts but does not rotate while cutting.

It does, however, rotate manually when it becomes necessary to advance a new, sharp section of the blade for additional cuts once the current position becomes dull. The last component of the Slash Cutter is the channel guide. The Slash Cutter has two interchangeable guides.

One long and thin to guide the cutting blade directly down the middle of long straight channels producing perfectly even frays. The other is shortened to allow easy manipulation for curving, detailed cuts. In either case we achieve perfect cuts for smooth, even frayed fabric.

 

Straight Slash cutting

 

Curved Slash cutting

 

 

So how do we use it?

Whether we’re doing hot pads or bedspreads the process is the same. Engage your creative drive. Select the layers of colors that will form the “frayed” part of your fabric.

 

 

Four or more fray colors will work. Place them on your contrasting base fabric, mark lines on the bias in the width and shape that works for you. Sewing along these lines will form the fray channels.

 

 

All that’s left to do now is to cut through the top layers between the stitches defining the channels revealing the emerging frayed layers. But cutting is the hard, boring part that also has to be perfect. Returning to the hot pad to bedspread range, keep this in mind. The longer the cuts the more difficult and physically challenging they become.

 

Insert into a channel between two stitching lines and push forward.

 

Fabric will be cut as you push the cutter forward.

 

After all, we want them smooth and even but we don’t want to spend all day doing them. And that’s when the Slash Cutter comes in. It’s the perfect tool to easily take you from laboring to creating and in the shortest possible time.

 

 

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.

 

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