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What is it?

Every now and then there is a tool that is so useful, so essential that we wonder how we ever got along without it. But let’s consider, what is the real value of a tool? The value in any tool is in what it accomplishes for us. And in the case or our discussion today, that value is considerable. It’s a challenge that we all face when working from detailed or complicated lines of instruction on charts. Charts are graphic representations of knitting, embroidery or needlepoint instructions. They are an effective way to illustrate or convey those instructions in a significantly more precise and compact manner than detailed text instructions ever could. They also give us a “sneak peek” as to what we can expect to see when we work through our project. This applies to lace, color work, cable patterns, needlepoint or cross stitch. It’s always comforting to see where we are in the process. It’s also great to be able to identify problems or mistakes early. But some of those charts are extremely complicated. When we look at our chart all we see are line after line of tiny boxes and within each box is the symbol or instruction for that particular stitch. Okay, no problem. We can do that. But all of those tiny, complicated lines of instruction, how can we keep them all straight? The problem is when Macro meets Micro. Or in this case when our macro vision (sometimes referred to as mature vision) meets the micro printing of the pattern chart. How do we keep track of where we are? Remember, mistakes are frustrating, time consuming and detract from our creative experience. Well, there’s always Post-it notes or maybe paper clips or maybe just lay a ruler along the line or perhaps we could even make a copy of our chart and then high light every line as we complete it. Let’s face it, it’s a struggle with any of those. There is, however, a problem solving tool for pattern chart marking that is so useful that many consider it essential. It’s Clover’s Pattern Chart Marker.

 

                                         Pattern Chart Marker Set
                                                 Art. No 3164

What does it do?

Clover’s Pattern Chart Marker is an essential tool for anyone working from instructions in a chart form. The marker is constructed of heavy duty, durable vinyl. It folds in half and is magnetic. This allows us to fold it over our pattern sheet and the magnetic function holds it securely in place until we need move on to the next line. This allows us to zero in on our current row. Markings on the tool allow us to keep track of each square along that line. This all makes even the most complicated charts easy to track. The Pattern Chart Maker is complete with two markers to accommodate any size chart or book page we may be working from.

This is one of those essential tools that make the creative process so much more enjoyable. Simply put some patterns out with the chart markers on them. Everyone will understand what it is and everyone is going to want one. Use it once and it will be a permanent part of your kit.

By Steve Butler

 

 

By Steve Butler

What is it?

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” That’s what Henry Beecher thought anyway. So how important are flowers? Claude Monet once wrote that he may very well have become a painter because of flowers. Art, literature, music, culture . . . all are replete with references to flowers. Can you imagine a Spring morning in the Colorado Rockies without fields of wild flowers? Or Japan without cherry blossoms? A prom without orchids. Perhaps Valentine’s Day without red roses? Mother Nature in her special way has given us a tangible means of non-verbal communication. We can inspire, encourage, soothe, light up a life or simply say “I love you” in a very meaningful way with just the image of a single flower. Using an unlimited catalog of colors, shapes and textures she has created the perfect flower for every occasion. And now you can do that too. You can create the perfect flower to accessorize any sewn or craft project. Fashion, heirloom, quilting, home decor, knitting, crafts. They are all made better with the perfect floral accent that you can now create with Clover’s Mini Flower Loom.

 

      Mini Flower Loom

          Art No. 3139

 

What does it do?

 Whatever you can envision you can make. Just like Mother Nature, choose the shapes, colors and textures that inspire you.

  • Shape – The Mini Flower Loom is actually two looms. One for round flowers and one for square flowers. The package also contains a darning needle used to finish off the flower once you have finished the weaving process. The tools are very simple and easy to use. Easy to understand instructions are included.

 

  • Materials – This is where your creativity really expresses itself. You are limited only by your imagination. For the flower petals chose any of the decorative threads, metallic threads, memory threads, yarns, ribbons, fine wire, or raffia. Mix and match. You can even add beads to your flowers. Colors, texture, shape, all are at your beck and call to help you achieve your creative design.

 

Still need inspiration? Visit our website under project sheets to get our free Mini Flower Loom greeting card project sheet!!!

>>>Ribbon Flower Greeting Card

 

 

A multi-purpose tool for knitting and crochet. Measure your crochet hook or knitting needle size in US, metric and Japanese standard sizes. The Swatch Ruler allows you to isolate a section of your work to easily count both stitches and rows.

                      Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge
                                      Art. No 3200

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What can it do?

Place the shaft of your crochet hook in the groove that best fits to check your hook size.

  

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Place the point of your knitting needle in the hole that fits best to check your needle size.

  

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Get an accurate stitch gauge measurement with the 4in (10cm) gauge rulers.

 

 

 

By Steve Butler

What is it?

It’s always your new sweater, coat, blouse or pants. The dreaded snag. An unruly thread pulled free and right there for everyone to see. You can pat it down but you know it’ll come back. Cut it off and you leave a hole in its place. That’s no answer either. How can we make it better? Come to think of it, are there other occasions when we face the same dilemma? A loose thread that doesn’t belong? Yup, sewing in general.

Sewing is full of circumstances where we have loose thread ends to deal with. But, as they say, the devil is in the details. Plain English please. The details of any project are usually the most problematic. Whether dealing with a troublesome thread pull from a snag or just loose thread ends naturally occurring from some sewing operation, we have to make them go away like they were never there. That’s the detail part.

And sometimes we have a devil of a time making that happen. Do not despair though. There’s help. Clover’s Snag Repair Needles are designed for the details of what we do, both unintentional and intentional.

 

     Snag Repair Needle
           Art. No 2512

 

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What does it do?

Clover’s Snag Repair Needles are designed for the detail side of snag repair or finishing stitches off cleanly. Two sizes of needles are provided. The thicker size is ideal for loosely woven or knit fabrics. The finer size is perfect for densely woven or finer fabrics. Each needle sports a fine ball point that allows us to manipulate our fabric without having to worry about splitting fibers. This is especially important when repairing snags on fine fabrics. Additionally, Snag Repair Needles are the new “go to” tool for hiding loose thread ends associated with machine quilting, embroidery, punch needle, needlepoint, Sashico or tapestries. Here’s how it works.

Snags

Unsightly snags ruin the feel of anything. Fix it or forget it, right? Fixing is better. Simply select the snag repair needle size for the fabric being repaired. Remember, always use the finest needle possible. Insert the point into the exact spot from where our errant thread was pulled. Attach those loose fibers or threads to the “grippy” edges on the end of the needle by wrapping them around the shaft while simultaneously twisting the needle. Once the connection is made, just pull the needle with the attached fibers through the fabric to the wrong side and remove the needle. Problem solved.

  

Loose Thread Ends

Machine quilting, for example, leaves us with loose ends to deal with. Top thread and bobbin thread ends. The first step in the hiding process is to get both threads on the same side of the quilt. Simply pull the top thread upwards which reveals a bobbin thread loop. Use the point of the needle to pull the now exposed bobbin thread loop through to the top of the quilt. Tie the two threads together with an overhand knot. Now insert the Snag Repair Needle into the fabric where the bobbin thread came through. Move it horizontally between the quilt layers for about an inch and then back through the quilt top.

Always check to make sure your needle didn’t exit the back of the quilt at any point. Remember, we want to hide the thread ends between quilt layers. Now attach the loose thread in the same manner you would for a snag repair and pull it through the quilt to the exit point on the top fabric.

Clip the thread close to the top fabric and the loose end will pull back inside the quilt and out of sight forever. The same technique can be used when we run out of bobbin thread. Just hide the ends as described, insert a full bobbin and continue stitching. Seamless stops and starts. How cool is that? And this general principle applies to everything we do in sewing that leaves us with loose thread ends to deal with.

  

 

 

What is it?

Whether we’re into knitting or crochet we’re always making something, something made of individual pieces. And that something usually means putting those component pieces together. We all know there are several techniques for joining our knitted or crocheted pieces and that those techniques vary depending on our creative inspiration. Do we want the seams to be invisible or not? Perhaps we want them to be very visible and part of our decorative design as in, really standout. Regardless there is one constant. At some point we’ll need to attach the sleeves to the dress, baste the pocket to the vest or join a sweater at the shoulders. But once we’ve positioned our knitted or crocheted pieces just where we want them, how can we hold them securely and precisely in place while the joining stitches are applied? The answer is simple, Clover’s knitting marking pins in either bamboo or steel.

 

Marking Pins for Knitting

    

Art No. 3143 Bamboo Marking Pins

 

 

Art No. 325 Marking Pins for knitting

 

What does it do?

Depending on the gauge of our yarn the requirements for our marking pins varies. To accommodate this Clover produces both bamboo and steel marking pins. For heavier yarns Clover’s Bamboo Marking Pins are the fastest, least invasive way to hold our knitted or crocheted pieces together while we apply joining stitches to the seams. The naturally smooth bamboo finish assures that they are easy to place but are not so slick that they fall out. They are also long enough to stick through heavy knitted fabrics and the rounded point protects yarns from splitting. They’re also great for fashion closers, you know, in place of buttons. For finer yarns and more detailed work, Clover provides steel marking pins. Smooth and with a blunt tip it slides easily between the finer yarns without damaging the fibers. The flat head makes manipulation easy and precise. Bamboo or steel? Just remember to always use the right tool for the right job. In either case, Clover has you covered.

By Steve Butler

 

 

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