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Looking for a lovely Christmas craft idea to do this year? Here are 9 projects to make your holidays brighter.

 

[Yarn Crafts Ideas]

  Pom Pom Wreath  

 

  Winter Warm Crochet Wreath

 

-Recommended Tools-

  Pom-Pom Maker :

  Beautiful pom-poms made easy.

    

 

  Tassel Maker : 

  Create tassels with your favorite threads!

  

 

  Flower Loom :

  Easy-to-use loom creates flowers for round, square, and hexagonal designs.

 

 

[Knitting Ideas]

  Santa and reindeer

 

 

  Christmas Puppies

 

 

  Christmas Teddy

 

-Recommended Tools-

  Bamboo Knitting Needles Takumi Single Pointed (23 cm)

  Perfect knitting needles for working a small toy project.

 

  Mini Knitting Counter

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

 

 

[Fabric Craft Ideas]

  Christmas Baby in Stocking

 

-Recommended Tool-

  Desk Needle Threader

  Thread your needles quickly with the help of our Desk Needle Threader. For sewing and quilting needles.

 

 

  Christmas Log Cabin Table Mat

 

-Recommended Tool-

  Bias Tape Maker

  Create your own bias tapes in minutes.

 

 

  Pine Tree Decoration

 

-Recommended Tool-

  "QUICK" Yo-Yo Makers

  Quick and easy to make nicely shaped Yo-Yos!
 

 

  Rosette Decorations for Christmas

 

-Recommended Tool-

  Rosette Maker

  It's so easy to create beautiful Rosettes.

 

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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.

Our new thimbles are flexible for a perfect fit and have cooling vents for breath-ability.

 

They are available in two sizes: medium (Art. No 6031) and large (Art. No 6032). The medium thimble has a diameter of 16mm while the large thimble has a diameter of 18mm .

   

                                           Flexible Rubber Thimbles
                                             Art. No 6031 and 6032

 

What is it?

If you’re looking for something old that is really new again in the world of crochet then hairpin lace is just the ticket.  Historically called “fork work” or more recently “hairpin crochet”, this is one of those truly unique art forms that comes and goes as each new generation of artists discover it… again.  Each of these new generations, however, contribute new and more creative technique.  Though credit for the creation of this technique is generally ascribed to Katherine of Aragon it was certainly very popular in Victorian times.  For those who are into crochet and want fast results, hairpin lace crochet is the perfect technique.  The variety and creativity enabled by the loom belies the ease and speed with which they are accomplished.  Using Clover’s Hairpin Lace Loom and a crochet hook appropriate to the size yarn being used we can create strips of lace that will later be joined together in any number of ways producing various textures and patterns.  How many?  Well, that’s up to you but considering all of the different weights and textures of modern yarns available combined with your own personal creative index and it’s pretty much unlimited.

 

   Art. No 3104 Hair Pin Lace Tool

 

What does it do?

Hairpin lace is a technique using a crochet hook and a special loom.  Originally a metal U-shaped hairpin may have been used from which the hairpin lace name probably originates.  Clover’s modern loom, however, consists of two parallel metal rods held at the top and bottom by removable connecting bridges.  These parallel bridges also allow us to easily and precisely adjust the width of our lace to create the desired pattern.  The hairpin lace technique is to crochet around these two vertical rods which are set a specific distance apart by the connecting bridges.  Set the width according to the pattern instructions or by your own creative whim.  As you rotate the loom to add loops you crochet them together in the center.  The result is lace strips of a specific creative design that are subsequently joined together to form our finished project.  The dramatic appearance of hairpin lace is unique and easy to identify.

 

 

Selected Projects for Hair Pin Lace Tool

Pullover

 

 

Men’s scarf

 

Fall scarf

 

Watch “How-to” here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is it?

There are many projects we can make with fabric for fashion, quilting, home decor, accessories or crafts. But how do we make them truly ours? How can we personalize what we’ve made so that it really shows our own creative vision. One very dramatic way to achieve that is hand embroidery. And what could be more personal or creative than three dimensional hand embroidery that easily adapts to our every whim? If we can imagine it, we can do it. Welcome to the amazing world of dimensional embroidery with all of its possibilities. Embroidery using a punch needle is often and properly referred to as “thread painting” because of its inexhaustible potential for intricacy and style. Rembrandt to Monet to Picasso, it’s your call. Our potential mediums extend from embroidery floss to hand dyed floss, pear cotton, wools, silks, metallic threads or even 2mm silk ribbon. With all of those fibers we can lay down a virtual kaleidoscope of color and texture on our canvases. And Clover’s Embroidery Stitching Tool is the best way to ensure that your creative experience is all you want it to be.

 

 

What does it do?
Hand embroidery with a punch needle is a fiber art technique that involves looping yarn, floss or ribbon in the format of a pattern through fabric. The Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool and its accessories enable us to apply our desired fiber to any selected fabric easily and precisely.

 

 

Embroidery Stitching Tool
The punch embroidery technique requires a special needle that is thin, hollow and attached to a comfortable handle for easy manipulation. Our selected embroidery fiber flows through the handle and down through the needle exiting through the eye at the point. As the needle is punched through the fabric and retracted it leaves a loop on the opposite side of the fabric. Succeeding loops fill in our pattern. The handle of the Embroidery Stitching Tool accepts three different sizes of needles to accommodate different sizes of fibers and even has a guide to show us the direction of the needle for successive stitches.

 

  Art. No 8800 Embroidery Stitching Tool

 

Extended Needle Threader

The Clover Extended Needle Threader enables us to pull our thread, floss or ribbon from the entry point on the top of the handle all the way to the eye of the needle. Easy peasy and no frustration.

 

  Art. No 8810 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Threader

 

Clover Embroidery Hoop
Perfect for Embroidery Stitching. Inner Hoop Grips The fabric firmly, keeping it tight.

           

 

  Art. No 8812 Clover Embroidery Hoop (18 cm)

 

       

  Art. No 8813 Clover Embroidery Hoop (12 cm)

 

Embroidery Needle

 

  Art. No 8801 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Single Ply Needle)

 

  Art. No 8804 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (3 Ply Needle)

 

 

  Art. No 8803 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (6 Ply Needle)

 

 

  Art. No 8802 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Needle for Medium-Fine Yarn)

 

 

Selected projects:

 

Design Collection 1 for Embroidery Stitching Tool (PDF)

 

Design Collection 2 for Embroidery Stitching Tool (PDF)

 

Book Cover with wool embroidery (PDF)

 

Placemat with Embroidery (PDF)

 


Watch “How-to” here:

 

  

 

What is it? – As children, most of us can remember having an old wooden spool with four rounded metal pegs protruding from one end.  By threading yarn up through the center and then wrapping the yarn around the pegs we could maneuver bottom loops over top loops.  As a result we were able to form some very cool woven strands or, as known to some, i-cords. The resulting knitted braids, or i-cords, were very attractive and actually had many applications.  These cords were used as fashion accessories and embellishments, home decor objects or embellishments, jewelry (you can even add beads as you go), toys, purse handles, decorative shapes, the list goes on and on.  It seemed the only limiting factor was the knitting tool itself.  There were lots of different manufacturers but they essentially produced the same end product.  Enter the creative folks at Clover.  The result is the Clover Wonder Knitter.  Designed to accommodate both developing knitting mediums and emerging creative technique, the Wonder Knitter is now the “go to” tool to create any i-cord project you can imagine.

 

 

What does it do? – The Clover Wonder Knitter is an amazing tool that allows you to knit i-cords with an almost unlimited variety of yarns, cords, ribbons, or strips of fabric. It accomplishes this with four functional parts.

 

           3101 Wonder Knitter™

 

Handle – The handle is shaped to make it comfortable to hold in your hand for those long knitting sessions. The large interior core allows you to use knitting mediums from fine to really bulky even including beads or other decorative devices. You’re limited only by your creative vision. The handle is also fitted with a handy yarn guide mounted on the side that feeds the yarn onto the knitting heads and allows you to apply tension during the knitting process.


Rotary Wheel – The rotary wheel articulates with the handle and allows you to turn the knitting head with the flick of a finger. This saves time and a lot of wear and tear on your hands since you don’t have to reposition the tool with every stitch. A little comfort goes a long way.

 

Knitting Head – The knitting head is where the rubber meets the road. These wheels with their protruding pegs are the point at which each knitted stitch is formed. The Wonder knitter is supplied with two heads, one with three pegs and one with six pegs that snap onto the Wonder Knitter. Having two wheels allows you to adjust the diameter, stitch size and appearance of the final knitted product. Throw in all of the different fibers available today and the potential resulting appearances are virtually unlimited.


Pick – The pick is the simplest part of the Wonder Knitter but even so is not without its own features. Most importantly is the shape of the point and its angle to the handle. These allow you to engage each loop and easily maneuver it into place with a minimum of effort. Easy on the hands and wrists and increases the efficiency (and speed) of the knitting process. Again, a little comfort goes a long way.

 

By Steve Butler

 

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