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Inspire & Create

CLOVER will be exhibiting at h+h cologne 2019 – Cologne, Germany from 29th to 31st March, 2019. 

We will be at Booth No. D-30, Hall 3.2.

We are pleased to welcome you to visit our booth in order to know more about our product lines and to see our newest products.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hh-cologne.com/

 

We hope to see you all there!
 

 -CLOVER booth in 2018-

 

 

 

 

 

What is it?

Stranded colowork is the technique. Fair Isle knitting with its beautiful symmetrical geometric motifs in muted colors or Scandinavian knitting with its striking large asymmetrical motifs in bright contrasting colors or even your own dramatic multi-color creative invention is the result.

Each a piece of art. Using two or more strands of yarn simultaneously allows us to create amazing designs in knitted fabric. With a full pallet of colors, wide range of fibers and a limitless assortment of patterns available to us, the creative potential is unlimited. Unfortunately, however, there is a catch to it. There always is, right? But this catch is serious and determines the difference between blissful creativity and something much more nightmarish. The catch? Yarn management. Sounds simple enough, almost utilitarian, but don’t be too dismissive. When we start to use more than one color of yarn, and therefore two or more strands of yarn, on the same project at the same time there’s always potential for trouble. Keeping track of two or more colors and keeping them in close proximity for quick access presents its own set of problems. Keeping our colors organized and finding a way to hold the yarn strands so that they don’t get twisted and tangled or adversely influence our stitch tension is the key to working with multiple colors. Actually the real key to working with multiple strands of yarn is Clover’s Yarn Guide. It does it all for us with ease eliminating twists an tangles. And the more simple and consistent our technique, the more satisfied we will be with our knitting experience and the more enjoyable will be our creative process. And there’s a bonus. If you’re into crochet, it’s a great tool for regulating yarn tension. You’re welcome.

Art No. 348 Yarn Guide

   

 

What does it do?

The challenges of organizing and controlling the multiple strands of yarn when doing creative colorwork are easily accomplished with Clover’s Yarn Guide. The Yarn Guide itself is made of a soft, lightweight but durable plastic. It fits comfortably on your index finger and is applicable to both English and Continental Knitting. Simply lift the hinged lid to reveal channels for four yarn strands. Place the active strands you intend to use in the channels that best suit your style and close the lid which snaps into place. The now slotted strands of yarn are held both apart and in close proximity making color selection convenient and preventing twisting, tangling and unwanted tension influence. The desired result is more knitting and less untangling. If we’re doing a crochet piece that requires extra yarn tension, simply open the lid, wrap the single strand of yarn around the Yarn Guide and close the lid. The more times the yarn is wrapped around the guide the more tension is applied. Adjust as necessary to suit the tightness of your desired stitches. You get the tension without the fatigue of holding the yarn and applying it by hand. No muss, no fuss.

 

By Steve Butler

 

 

What is it?

The venerable tracing wheel. The first one I ever saw was as a youngster looking through my grandmother’s sewing basket. I thought it was there by mistake. It was obviously a toy. What could a stick and a wheel possibly have to do with sewing? Fast forward a few decades and it is all clear to me now. Not that I use it, I just have an appreciation of its use as a sewing tool. Almost everything we construct when we sew uses a pattern at some point in the process. Fashion, heirloom, purses and bags, accessories, home decor, they all use them. Some of the patterns are very complex while others are rather simple. But most have marks on them for making small adjustments or positioning darts or notches or establishing grain lines. What is the best way to efficiently and precisely transfer these marks to our fabric? What if we want to use one of those dress patterns that don’t have seam allowances marked? Is there any way to make a duplicate copy of an old pattern that has been in the family for years but has seen better days? The Clover tracing wheels are the answer to all of these questions.

 

What does it do?

Clover produces three different tracing wheels, each designed to fit any number of applications from routine to uniquely you. Each tracing wheel is constructed of durable plastic molded to fit comfortably in your hand and a steel wheel mounted to ensure precision performance for years to come.

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Art No. 480/W Tracing Wheel (Serrated Edge) –The serrated edges on this tracing wheel are designed to penetrate. If you are using transfer paper to copy your pattern the result will be a precise dotted line. If you are transferring a pattern directly to a fine fabric the result will be a precise line of fine holes.

  

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Art No. 481/W Tracing Wheel (Blunt Edges) – The blunt edges on this tracing wheel are designed not to penetrate and will not damage your pattern or fabric. This tracing wheel is primarily used with some type of transfer paper such as Clover Chacopy to leave a more broad, easily defined line.

  

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Art No. 487/W Double Tracing Wheel – The double tracing wheel is a handy little marvel. With it you can trace off your cut lines and seam allowances in one easy motion.  It can also be used to increase or decrease the size of a pattern piece. The wheel position is adjustable so any seam allowance from 10 to 1 and 30 is selectable. Because the two wheels are held together on the same handle the resulting lines will be perfectly parallel every time.

 

What is it?

 “I’m on pins and needles.” We’ve all heard the phrase and we know what it means. A sense of anxiety or suspense. But how could that possibly apply to sewing? Pins and needles of course. We all use them but they’re all armed with wickedly sharp little points. Hence the anxiety or suspense. We’ve all been stuck more than once while we’ve had to sort through a pile of pins or needles looking for the one we need. But it’s a hodge-podge of shafts and points all aimed in different directions so not so easy. And if we’ve ever left a few threaded needles in close proximity to each other then we have the added task of untangling sharp points and threads. Also a daunting task. So what to do? Clover has the answer for you in the Magnet Pin Caddy and the tried and true Dome Threaded Needle Case.

 

What does it do?

Pins and needles are absolutely essential to almost everything we do in sewing. The task is to manage all of these small, sharp tools effectively. You know, keep them clean, organized and easily accessible. To assist us in our task Clover produces two management tools that make it all so simple.

 

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Art No. 4105 Magnet Pin Caddy

Clover’s Magnet Pin Caddy is more useful than ever. You’ve got an unmanageable stack of pins and the caddy has the magnetic management answer. By simply holding the face of the pin caddy over your stack of pins and they are all magnetically (read magically) lifted, aligned and readily accessible for your use. No poking, no sharp surprises. But what if we’ve got more than one type or size of pin? Fine and extra-fine quilting pins, appliqué pins, flower head pins, whatever. Just use a separate pin caddy for each. And to make that easier and more organized we’ve made the Magnet Pin Caddy stackable. Just put on the locking cover and stack them in any order that suits you.

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Art No. 625 Dome Threaded Needle Case

For anyone who uses thread and needle to complete a project, the Dome Threaded Needle Case is a must. And that’s basically all of us. When the time comes and we need a threaded needle the last thing we want to do is stop the creative process to actually thread that needle. Using the needle case we can thread up to ten needles and store them and their attached threads securely and cleanly. Until we need them. Then all that is required is to select the appropriate needle with thread and remove it. And the creative process continues unabated. Easy.

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

You’ve been making remarkable progress on your new knitting project. Amazingly so and in spite of all of those interruptions. Who knew? Smooth sailing and it’s working up fast. But then you see it. Something looks wrong. Long, uninterrupted horizontal cords of yarn. It looks like a ladder right in the middle of your project. Oh no. Somehow you missed a loop and a stitch has been dropped. The problem is you didn’t even notice for several rows. Maybe even five or six rows. Now it’s ruined. You remember a knitting instructor telling you once, “There is no crying in knitting.” Okay, no crying but really, what can be done about the gap in stitches? The first impulse might be to pull out all of the stitches down to the dropped stitch. But if it’s a large project, that might be a lot of work to rip out and then a lot of work to replace. So . . . maybe it’s time to reconsider crying. No, just kidding. The smart folks at Clover sympathize and want to help. We knit too. To make short work of what could be very long work, Clover has developed the Bamboo Knitting Repair Hook set. With these clever little tools you can go down six or seven rows and repair the dropped stitch, restoring your project to the pristine vision you had for it to begin with. It’s easy. No kidding. And more importantly, no crying.

 

    

       Art No. 3009 Bamboo Knitting Repair Hooks

 

What does it do?

Clover’s Bamboo Knitting Repair Hook set is everything you’ve come to expect from us and more. Made to the same high standards and from the same fine bamboo stock as our Takumi knitting needles, the bamboo repair set is a “must have” for any knitting kit. These hooks allow you to manipulate your yarn to easily and effectively repair a dropped stitch from several rows down. The set is comprised of two needles, manufactured in two different sizes to allow you to select the one most suitable for the yarn weight you are using. Each tool is designed with a knitting needle point at one end and a crochet hook at the other. This allows a wide variety of technique applications depending on the repair method that is best employed. Knit or purl, it’s all possible.

 

-Unravelling stitches

 

 

-Picking up new stitches

 

 

-Using as a mini crochet hook

 

 

By Steve Butler

 

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