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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

 

The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes.

We thank you for visiting our website and enjoying sewing, patchwork, knitting, crocheting, ...etc. with Clover.

May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy and peace.

 

- What is it?

What do we think of when the topic of straight pins comes to the fore?  Usually we think of those sharp little devils that find us when we’re not looking for them.  You know, the one that’s hidden in that quilt top that we’re folding (but is now in our finger) or perhaps the one that we dropped earlier in the day and is now lodged in our favorite pair of socks (that we’re still wearing) or maybe the one we forget to remove and hit with our sewing machine needle (that breaks).  And when we do find that pin cushion we’ve been looking for, we see it’s loaded with an almost indecipherable array of pin types and sizes (and the search continues).  Yes, pins can be a “pain” but we really can’t do without them either.  They’re necessary to almost everything we do in all genres of sewing.  In fact they are just as elemental to what we do as scissors and needles and threads.  And because of that importance we need to make sure we always use best style and size needle for each unique application.  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

 

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.

 

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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.

 Extra fine (Art. No 2510) – Very fine shaft and acute point for delicate fabrics.

 

 

 (0.45 x 50 mm)

 

 Fine (Art. No 2505)– Thin shaft and acute point for fine fabrics like silk osatin.

 

 

 (0.55 x 50 mm)

 

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

 

 

 (0.70 x 54 mm)

 

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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.

 

 

 (0.60 x 20 mm)

 

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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.

 

 Regular (Art. No 2508)

 

 

  (0.60 x 48 mm)

 

Fine (Art. No 2509)

 

 

  (0.50 x 48 mm)

 

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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.

 Fine (Art. No 232)

 

 

  (0.50 x 36 mm)


 Extra Fine (Art. No 2507)

 

 

 (0.40 x 36 mm)

 

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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.

 

 

   (0.50 x 36 mm)

 

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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.

 

 

 (0.56 mm diameter)

 

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

Bias binding tape has been called “the duct tape of sewing.” Why? Because, like the actual duct tape, it’s just so handy. We can use it to join raw edges of fabric in any fashion that suits our creative vision.

Bold fashion accents, button hole loops, draw strings, bag straps, elastic casings, edges of hot pads, placemats, bibs, quilts, blankets, pillows, necklines, arm holes or for just decorative appliqué embellishment. The list of bias tape applications is truly endless.

Well, those are some ideas of what it can be used for, but what is this magical elixir of sewing? It’s just fabric cut on the bias. By cutting it on the bias we’re able to stretch the fabric on a 45° angle from its warp and weft. This “stretchiness” allows us to follow the most intricate curved lines by draping and bending instead of folding and stuffing. Okay, so we agree it’s a very cool thing and that we need it.

But where do we get it? We all have a favorite shop where we get our fabric and sewing notions. They’ll no doubt have a good selection of ready made bias tape. That selection will be limited, however, to only a few primary solid colors and a limited number of widths. If that fits what you’re doing, go for it.

But if it restricts your creative intent in any way, well, you’ll have to make it yourself. Is that a problem? No. It is an extra step and it requires detailed attention to make it perfect. But it is also so liberating in a creative context. The good news is that at that same favorite shop where you get your fabric you can buy a tool that does all of the work for you, the Bias Tape Maker, made by the clever people at Clover.

What does it do?

It’s simple. By using any Bias Tape Maker, you can produce custom bias tape to suit any creative mood you might be in. Select any fabric, cut the required width of fabric on the bias, pull it through the bias tape maker and iron the creases to hold the shape. It’s perfect bias tape binding every time with minimum effort, saving time and enhancing the creative process. Once you use one and see how easily it makes bias tape you will never want to be without it. Bias Tape Makers come in two styles.

 

Bias Tape Maker (Art No. 464/06, 464/12, 464/18, 464/25, 464/50)

This is our standard bias tape maker. Simply cut your fabric on the bias in a width twice the finished size desired. The bias tape maker will fold the fabric evenly as you pull it through. Iron it into shape as it is pulled from the device and you’re done. If you want double fold bias tape, just fold that in half and iron again. Easy and the result is a great looking accent to any project. Bias Tape Makers are available in 6 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, 25 mm, 50 mm finished sizes.

 

 Bias Tape Maker (6 mm / 12 mm / 18 mm / 25 mm / 50 mm)

 

 

 

Fusible Bias Tape Maker (Art No. 4011, 4012, 4013, 4014, 4015)

The Fusible bias tape maker adds a new dimension to the basic product. With this unique tool you can easily apply a fusible surface to the back of your bias tape as you make it. No additional steps required. Now for Celtic, Meshwork or numerous other applications you can iron and fuse your tape strips into place before sewing. Fusible Bias Tape Maker is available in 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm and 25 mm finished sizes.

 

Fusible Bias Tape Maker (6 mm / 9 mm / 12 mm / 18 mm / 25 mm)

  

 

 

Selected Projects for Bias Tape Makers

 Meshwork Bag

 

 

 Meshwork Small Bag

 

 

 Spa Slippers

 

 

///Have a wonderful time with CLOVER///

 

 

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

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