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Inspire & Create

 

What is it?

You know them. You love them. And they’re everywhere. Few sewing, knitting or crafting tools have ever enjoyed a more widespread and enthusiastic reception.

Years after their introduction they are still perhaps the most versatile and useful sewing tool ever devised. Often copied but never equaled, the Wonder Clip designed and manufactured by Clover not only exhibits the highest, most exacting manufacturing standards but is the only true Wonder Clip that continues to evolve to meet the developing needs of sewing, knitting and crafting trends and techniques.

And evolved it has. Clover is very excited about the latest sequel to its legendary precursors. The new Mini Wonder Clip is destined to be big, very big. It is designed specifically for the most difficult work we do . . . detail work.

The Mini Wonder Clip sports a more fine point which makes it perfect for any application requiring absolute precision. Miniature patchwork, doll clothes, appliqué or any other requirement for holding small sections of fabric together while still leaving room to manipulate your project for sewing.

Think of how difficult it is to hold binding around a very tight corner on your project. For this and so many other sewing challenges Clover’s new Mini Wonder Clip simply means “Problem Solved”.

What does it do?

Wonder Clips are the absolute best choice for holding sewn materials together during the creative process.

Quilt bindings, hems, piping, seams, etc., can all be held in place while sewing. Don’t forget, no pin marks in leather, delicate or vinyl/laminate type fabrics. They are equally perfect for knitters when joining side seams, sleeve insertions, sleeve seams. For crafters they are like having a “third hand” that can hold any craft material securely in position while the project is manipulated.

 

Mini Wonder Clips

  

The Mini Wonder Clip is 7mm wide at the handle and 3mm wide at the business end, the pointed tip. It opens to almost 12mm which allows it to accommodate several layers of fabric or other materials. They are available in packs of 20 and 50 clips.

 

  

Art. No. 3188 Mini Wonder Clips (20 pcs.)

 

    

Art. No. 3189 Mini Wonder Clips (50 pcs.)

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Wonder Clips

The Original Wonder Clip is 10mm wide and 21mm long. It opens to 12mm. The base is also marked in 3mm increments to ensure accurate and uniform placement and application. They are available in packs of 10, 50 and 100 clips.

  

Art. No. 3155 Wonder Clips (10 pcs.)

Art. No. 3156 Wonder Clips (50 pcs.)

Art. No. 3159 Wonder Clips (100 pcs.)

 

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

Lace crochet, it’s not just for doilies anymore. We all have them, doilies that grandma made. Dozens and dozens of doilies of every conceivable size, shape and color. The obvious benefits of “Textile Therapy” notwithstanding, what do you do with all of those perfect geometric progressions in thread? In the past we’d put ’em in a box and give them to our grandkids. Let them worry about it. But no more. In an era of expanding creative endeavor, lace crochet has taken on a whole new aura. Jewelry, scarves, belts, headbands along with fashion and home decor accents of all kinds are just the beginning. To up the ante, modern textile processes and world-wide search and sourcing presents us with an ever expanding variety of amazing new fine yarns and threads. And how about beads? Yes . . . beads. We can do jeweled lace crochet by adorning it with beads. Picture that elegant knitted evening jacket you just finished highlighted with beautiful little pearls. Or how about beaded jewelry or beaded rope fashion accents? How? Crochet. It’s all possible. New yarns, new applications and new techniques. Never has the creative potential of crochet been so unlimited. Unfortunately the old tools don’t always support all of the “new” that we want to achieve. For the fancy fine yarns and the tiny shiny beads we need new precision tools. Clover’s Clover Amour Crochet hooks (Art No. 1220-1226) are the ultimate in precision crochet tools. Designed with the end in sight, each has unique features designed to ensure trouble free crochet even with the most demanding applications. Or maybe you just want to do doilies. That’s okay too.

What does it do?

At its most elemental level Clover’s Amour Steel Crochet Hook enables us to manipulate the finest threads smoothly and precisely. Three unique design features separate Clover Amour Crochet hooks (Art No. 1220-1226) from the clamoring crowd.

 

Size selection

Serious thought was applied to determine the hook size selection that would facilitate projects ranging from the finest threads and beads to the transition for yarn size projects. There are 7 sizes included; 1.75mm, 1.50mm, 1.25mm, 1.00mm, 0.90mm, 0.75mm, 0.60mm.

 

Clover Amour Crochet hooks (Art No. 1220-1226)

 

The tip of each crochet hook is engineered specifically to engage and manipulate the thread smoothly, evenly and without damage. The Amour tip has a slight point so you don’t have to worry about splitting yarns when the hook is inserted. The lip is slightly rounded so no snagging or splitting when pulling through. And lastly the groove also has a rounded component to prevent our stitches from accidentally slipping off. The overall point design makes smooth, fast work of even the most demanding crochet designs.

Handles

This is the all important interface between human and mechanical device. Clover Amour Crochet hooks (Art No. 1220-1226) have smooth ergonomically designed handles made of a slightly cushioned elastomeric rubber. It’s both comfortable and durable. And the design shape is well suited for either knife or pencil grip. The result is hours of enjoyable, productive, stress free manipulation with minimal fatigue.

 

With products there are projects. Clover Amour Crochet hooks (Art No. 1220-1226) can help you make the most unique creations.

CLOVER Lace Motif

 

 

 

Alphabet Mat

 

 

 

Small and Dinty Lace

 

 

 

Flower Ring

 

By Steve Butler

 

Have you tried making pom-poms with fabric? It gives the pom-pom a whole new look, perfect for Summer accessories and decorations.

 

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[Project sheets] 

 DIY Pom-Pom Hair Accessories

 

 

 DIY Pom-Pom Sandals

 

 

 Pom Pom Bouquet

 

 

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It's easy to do if you use a rotary cutter to cut the fabric, and is a wonderful way to use scraps from quilting and Sewing projects.

 

 

What does it do?

The Clover Pom-Pom Maker enables you to make perfect pom-poms every time. If you want ten that are all the same you can have ten that are all exactly the same. And you are done in four, very simple, basic steps.

Step 1 – Wind your selected fabric strip on each “half moon” shaped arm of the Pom-Pom Maker. How much strip do you wrap on the arms? How full do you want your pom-poms to be? More is better.

 

 

Step 2 – With the arms closed, insert a sharp set of scissors into the groove and cut the fabric strip loops. When done you should be able to see the center all the way around the Pom-Pom Maker.

 


Step 3 – Insert a length of cord around the groove, pull tight and tie in place. This piece holds the pom-pom pieces together so make sure it is tight enough to hold those fabric strips in place and the double knot is tight enough to prevent it from ever loosening.

 

 


Step 4 – We are almost done. Simply pull the tool in half setting your pom-pom free. Now just fluff and shape it by hand and trip to suit your purposes. Need another one? Put the Pom-Pom Maker halves back together and repeat as often as necessary.

 

 


Finished

 

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Clover’s Pom-Pom Makers:

 

Pom-Pom Maker (Small)

Art No. 3124

 

 

Pom-Pom Maker (Large)

Art No. 3126

 

 

Pom-Pom Maker (Extra Small)
Art No. 3127

 

 

Pom-Pom Maker (Extra Large)
Art No. 3128

 

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

 

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