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2020

 

What are they? – The devil is in the details. Isn’t that what they say? How can that possibly apply to us? Just think about what we do when we sew. We spend hours selecting a delicious design or the perfect pattern. The same amount of time is spent finding the most fabulous fabric (and no, it’s not in your stash) and some awesome thread. And then after all of that it’s the details of measuring, marking and cutting our fabric to create those fabulous fashion, elegant heirloom, quintessential quilt or curiously clever craft projects. And we go through great effort to make each component piece precisely perfect. So how do we hold all of those little fabric gems we’ve cut in the perfect position while we apply our stitches? Devilishly detailed and sharp little pins, that’s how. And despite all the time spent identifying patterns, designs, fabrics and threads we are still not done. We need to find the best pin for the application. And there are many different styles and sizes of pins to choose from. The design features of each style straight pin makes one more suitable than another for any particular application. Taking the time to identify that “most perfect” pin for each application can make all of the difference in our finished work. There are also a few overarching principles that apply to any pin style selection.

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.

 

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.

Flower Head Pins 0.45 mm (Art No. 2510) – Very fine shaft and acute point for delicate fabrics.

  

 

 

Flower Head Pins 0.55 mm (Art No. 2505)– Thin shaft and acute point for fine fabrics like silk osatin

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Quilting Pins (Art No. 2508)

 

 

 

Quilting Pins (Fine) (Art No. 2509)

 

 

 

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.

Patchwork Pins (Art No. 232)

 

 

 

Patchwork Pins (Fine) (Art No. 2507)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

What is it? -Almost everything we do in sewing or quilting requires measuring, marking and cutting. Because it is so important to our resulting project, we go to great lengths to make very precise measurements. But once we arrive at that measured point, how do we mark it? How do we identify a desired point, line, circle or curve? Keep in mind that cotton, wool, fleece, spandex, or any number of other fabrics all have different textures and fiber characteristics. Add to that mix having to allow for light or dark colors and we have a lot to consider in choosing a suitable marking medium. In providing a solution to these modern marking challenges Clover has developed an array of useful marking chalk instruments.

What does it do? -Clover’s arsenal of chalk marking devices allows us to match the tool to the job. Something for every texture and color.

Chaco Liner Marking Pens – These pens utilize chalk for making our marks. There are two types. The Chaco Liner Pen Style resembles a traditional marking pen. It is available in 5 colors and has cartridge style refills. The Original Chaco Liner is available in 4 colors with a reservoir that is refilled from a small container of chalk. Both styles apply the chalk from a serrated rotating wheel at the point. This allows a very smooth application of marking chalk in any straight or curved design to virtually any surface. A “Jack of All Trades”, they work on most fabric textures. The color selection allows us to find the one that contrasts the best with our fabric. When the marks are no longer needed they can be simply brushed or washed away. Warning: ironing or dry cleaning the chalk marks may make them difficult to remove.

Chaco Liner Pen Style

 

 

 

4710 Chaco Liner Pen Style (Blue)

 

4711 Chaco Liner Pen Style (Pink)

 

4712 Chaco Liner Pen Style (White)

  

4713 Chaco Liner Pen Style (Yellow)

 

4714 Chaco Liner Pen Style (Silver)

 

Chaco Liner

 

 

 

469/B Chaco Liner (Blue)

 

469/P Chaco Liner (Pink)

 

469/W Chaco Liner (White)

 

469/Y Chaco Liner (Yellow)

 

Triangle Tailor's Chalk – Triangle Tailor’s chalk has been around forever. Well, at least as long as tailors anyway. It is the absolute most basic fabric marking tool and everyone loves them. It’s triangular in shape and has thin edges so it’s easy to handle and leaves precise lines. It allows fast, accurate and temporary chalk marking on virtually any type of fabric. Four colors are available from Clover so pick one that contrasts with your material and the resulting measurements for cuts, hems, darts or any other marked application, alteration or notation will be a breeze to make. When the marks are no longer needed they can be easily brushed or washed away. These ultra handy little chalk triangles are fast, easy to use and leave no residue on your fabric. As with all chalk marking materials, dry cleaning or ironing can make them more difficult to remove.

Triangle Tailor's Chalk

 

432/B Triangle Tailor's Chalk(Blue)

 

432/R Triangle Tailor's Chalk(Red)

 

432/W Triangle Tailor's Chalk(White)

 

432/Y Triangle Tailor's Chalk(Yellow)

 

What is it? -There was a time when almost all of the gals and some of us guys grew up learning how to crochet from our moms or grandmothers. It was a necessary skill that seemed to play out as life became more fast-paced. All of a sudden it was more economical to purchase finished goods than to buy materials and devote the time required to complete a project. Times have changed and creativity is making a comeback. Crochet now goes to places where grandma never imagined. And what takes us there? Technology takes us there. New materials and an unending selection of resources. Manufactures now produce yarns in every shade of the rainbow and in unlimited styles and textures. Add to that the creative influence of internet resources and the possibilities are boundless. Bulky yarns are in. So is combining yarns. But heavier yarns require larger crochet hooks. To accommodate these new techniques Clover has developed a line of new Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks. Afghans, scarves, hats are all fast, easy and creatively you.

 

What does it do? – Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks are not just the XL of crochet hooks. Clover has gone the extra mile in research and development to ensure that the Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks will contribute to your crochet creativity well into the future.

  • The handles are soft and ergonomically designed to provide hours of comfortable, stress free manipulation. The hooks are also very light so your stitches are smooth and fast.
  • The plastic hooks are seam free so your delicate yarns will never snag. Your fine materials will slide smoothly and easily over the surface.
  • The neck between the handle and the taper to the hook is extended to allow you to pick up multiple loops, all with consistent diameter. Your project lies flat and you get the shape you intended. The hook design works for you, not against you.
  • Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks are available in 5 sizes to meet your every need – 6.5 mm, 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, and 15 mm.

Amour Crochet Hooks

 

Art No. 1053

Amour Crochet Hooks 6.5 mm

 

 

Art No. 1054

Amour Crochet Hooks 7.0 mm

 

 

Art No. 1055

Amour Crochet Hooks 8.0 mm

 

 

Art No. 1056

Amour Crochet Hooks 9.0 mm

 

 

Art No. 1057

Amour Crochet Hooks 10.0 mm

 

 

Art No. 1058

Amour Crochet Hooks 12.0 mm

 

 

Art No. 1059

Amour Crochet Hooks 15.0 mm

 

- Reccomended Projects –

Round and Square Accessory Cases

 

 

Square Basket

 

 

Small Accessory Cases

 

 

Criss Cross Bag

 

 

Link to All Projects

 

 

What is it? - Decorative beadwork has a history dating back millennia to a time when shells and bones were used to fashion necklaces and other jewelry. It was used to signify a special sense of importance to the wearer. The same can be said of crochet and knitting. As an art form they’ve been around for a very long time as well and a unique technique often signified a special sense of importance to the wearer. So it only seems natural that these two decorative art forms should eventually merge into a creative collaboration of special significance.  Adding beads to knitting or crochet, what a concept. In addition to an inexhaustible array of yarn colors, types and textures, we add an almost unlimited selection of bead types, sizes, textures and colors. Think of the applications. Beads can be a great embellishment for the collar of a sweater, the edge of a shawl or distributed throughout the body of any knitted or crocheted project. It’s a beautiful technique but requires a bit of pre-planning. Before we start we’ll need to know the number, order (if using different colors or styles) and the location of the beads in our project. This is important because we’ll need to pre-string these beads on our yarn before we get started. Once we have all of the beads on our working yarn we can knit or crochet away, slipping the beads onto our work at the desired locations. But how do we get these beads onto our working yarn? Folks have come up with a lot of interesting ways to accomplish this including darning needles, dental floss threaders, beading needles and other work-arounds. They all work but they all work on the concept of one bead at a time. And that sounds like a lot of tedium to me. Especially if you’re doing a major project with hundreds or even thousands of beads. If you’re doing them one at a time you’re in for the long haul.  Is there a better way? Of course, there always is with Clover ingenuity. In this case it’s the Clover Swift Bead Quick Beading Needle.

 

Art No. 2300 / Swift Bead

What does it do? - The Swift Bead has a very unique design. The tip of the needle has a hook type mechanism that allows the beads to freely move onto the needle shaft while preventing them from sliding off. To load beads we simply push the point of the needle into the container of beads. The point engages the beads, easily aligning them and the downward motion moves them onto the shaft. The other end of the needle resembles a needle threader. By inserting our working yarn through its opening we can easily slide the beads in the number and order we wanted off the needle and onto the working yarn. If you are using different colors or types of beads you’ll need to load them in reverse order. Remember, the last bead on will be the first off. Now that all the beads are loaded we can get to the fun part. And don’t forget, the Swift Bead also has applications to loom beading as well. Let it do the work while you create.

 

 

 

What is it? - What can you make with fabric yo-yo’s? That’s not the real question. The real question should be what can’t you make with fabric yo-yo’s? Those little creative gems are perfect for all kinds of home décor applications like doilies, quilts, bead spreads, pillows, placemats or fashion accessories like dresses, vests, headbands or standalone projects like purses, bags, jewelry, decorative wall hangings or even toys for the little ones. And how creative can we be when making them? Also unlimited. We have different sizes and shapes of yo-yo templates. And with an almost inexhaustible selection of fabric colors, patterns, and textures there is no limit what we can creatively pursue. If you doubt that check your fabric stash. See what I mean, pretty much unlimited. And that brings us to the next question. How do we make these beautiful little fabric medallions that can be formed into any number of accessories for home or wardrobe? Grandmother used templates made from round lids of oatmeal containers or orange juice cans. Technologically minded millennials use discarded CD’s. It’s all the same. Those templates work but they don’t work well. That’s because it’s not just the round shape that we need. It’s also the seam allowance and the stitch length. If both of those are not uniformly consistent then our yo-yos will not be consistent. But how can we do that, how can we ensure that our seam allowances and stitch lengths are even and consistent? Check with your friends at Clover. They’ve produced a set of Quick Yo-Yo templates that will enable you to create perfect yo-yo’s easily and consistently.

 

What does it do? - Any job worth doing is worth doing well. Consider the effort we’re willing to put into our projects.  Because of that we want and deserve to have perfection and personal satisfaction with what we’ve accomplished. Consistently spacing stitches a quarter inch apart with a quarter inch seam allowance is a challenge. Clover’s Quick Yo-Yo templates take away all of the guess work and tedium. Perfect yo-yo’s every time.

 

Quick Yo-Yo makers are available in two shapes. The more traditional round yo-yo’s come in five sizes from extra small to jumbo.  A cute heart shape is available in one size.

- Quick Yo-Yo Makers -

 

Art No. 8702 “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Extra Small)

 

 

Art No. 8700 “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Small)

 

 

Art No. 8701  “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Large)

 

 

Art No. 8703  “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Extra Large)

 

 

Art No. 8708 “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Jumbo)

 

 

Art No. 8705  “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker (Heart-Shape/Large)

 

Quick Yo-Yo makers are sturdy, two-piece plastic templates. Simply capture the fabric between the two discs and trim the excess. Take a threaded needle sequentially through the perforations in the template to produce evenly spaced stitches at an exact seam allowance for perfect gathers.

- How to Use -

 

Place the fabric between the plates and cut off the seam allowance leaving 3-5mm.

 

 

Stitch following the holes in the plates.

 

 

Remove the plates and gather the thread.

 

 

Gather tightly, knot the end and hide it by placing it inside.

 

 

Round off to a nice shape and voila!

 

- Reccomended Projects –

Yo-Yo Brooch

 

 

Wine Bottle Sack

 

 

Yo-Yo Necklace

 

 

Yo-Yo Curtain

 

 

Link to All Projects

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