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Inspire & Create

 

What is it?

Knitting and crochet. If you look at all of the fibers, textures, sizes and colors of yarns available to accomplish either we find that the potential for creative expression is virtually unlimited. But wait, if it’s possible to go beyond unlimited we can certainly do so simply by adding multiple colors to the same project. Adding schmancy to fancy if you will.
Think of basic color work techniques like Fair Isle, Scandinavian, intarsia, C2C graphghans or others. Using these methods we can manipulate various colors of yarn to make any pattern desired on a single project. We can either copy existing designs or develop custom designs that complement a specific personal interest. Regardless, with these techniques we can add bold, eye catching motifs to any project. Easy peasy. Or perhaps not.

Instead of one ball or skein of yarn, we now have two or more to manage. A really complicated project might require many. How do we keep them all from tangling with each other and turning our fun project into an onerous task? With any project we will have major colors and minor colors. To reduce the effort required to manage them it’s obvious that we should reduce the minor colors to smaller yarn balls and implement some way to keep them from unwinding while they are manipulated into our project. Easier said than done.

A quick search of the internet reveals options such as “butterfly” patterns wound onto stretched fingers and then tied, clothes pins or various homemade cardstock shapes wound with yarn or skein filled plastic grocery bags with yarn pulled from a knot restricted enclosure at the top. All very functional but all sound a little like solutions that have their own inherent problems. However, with the Clover Knitting Bobbin Set you can consider the problem solved.

 

Art No. 332 Knitting Bobbin Set

  

 

What does it do?

Clover Bobbins, with their familiar “H” shape, were designed specifically to accommodate the reduced amounts of yarn needed consistent with the requirements of any pattern we might choose. The arms are sturdy enough to support the yarn windings and the convenient notches on either end of the bobbin holds loose ends securely.
This allows us to quickly wind desired amounts of our yarn onto the bobbins creating convenient little packages that will be easy to manipulate when we’re working on our project. And when we have an interruption of our work, which we often do, we can easily fold everything up and place it in our bag until we can resume work. And when we are ready to resume and we unfold our project we’ll find everything is there, nice and neat and ready to go. Just as we left it.

Each package is complete with six durable bobbins in three colors. One added thought. Clover’s Yarn Guide is an excellent way to keep our colors organized at the point of knitting or crochet. This handy little device fits comfortably on your finger and keeps the individual strands separated so they don’t get twisted or tangled as we work.

  

 

By Steve Butler

 

What is it?

These are pressing issues. Shakespeare might even ask, “To press or not to press, that is the question.” Well, no matter who is asking the question, the answer is the same, a resounding yes to press. Some very important things happen when we press each seam as we sew it and they make all the difference between something that looks “finished” and something that looks much more amateurish. Pressing as you go allows your project to acquire the intended shape more quickly and allows you to spot problems and make timely adjustments. Often we face a series of complicated construction steps in our sewing processes involving several seams. It is absolutely essential that we press one seam before sewing another seam that will cross it. Once we’ve sewn one seam across the other we’ve lost the opportunity to properly press the first seam. Any irregularities that result are now a permanent part of our garment or sewn project. Ever wonder why some garments looks so smooth while others have puckered seams that are just impossible to get out? Chances are the seams of the former were pressed correctly as the garment was constructed. Taking the time to press every seam is the magic that makes all the difference. But if we’re going to do it, it makes sense to do it right, right? Procedure – press the seam flat first and then press it open or to the side. Tools – the right tool for the right job. And that’s where Clover comes in. If pressing is so important to the creative process then precise pressing is essential. To that end Clover has developed three very useful pressing tools, the Roll & Press, the Hold It Precision Stiletto and the Point 2 Point Turner. Each has its place and each contributes to that much sought after “finished” appearance.

 

What does it do?

Fabric manipulation is at the very center of any sewn project. We measure it, mark it, cut it, fold it, pin it, sew it and press it. Clover manufactures tools that assist us at every step of the process. Three of them are particularly essential to pressing seams – the Roll & Press, the Hold It Precision Stiletto and the Point 2 Point Turner.

 

  

Art No. 7812 Roll & Press

The newest in the Clover line up of pressing tools. Think finger pressing on steroids. Several design features make it unique. First of all the handle is ergonomically designed to make it both comfortable and easy to manipulate. The roller is designed with a slight arc so you can “finger press” seams without leaving edge marks. The roller also presses without pulling or distorting our fabric as we press. Perfect for everything from paper piecing to heavy laminates.

  

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Art No. 7807 Hold It Precision Stiletto

The name says it all. This tool allows you to hold seams precisely where you want them for either the sewing or pressing processes. All of us have burned a finger trying to hold a seam and press it or cringed a little as we push a seam ever closer to the machine needle as we’re sewing complicated seams. Worry no longer. The Precision Stiletto is designed to help us with both. It’s made of strong, durable plastic with an angled point at one end and a silicon “grippy tip” at the other end. Both ends are iron proof so get as close as you want and either gives you a perfect view of your seam as we guide it beneath the machine needle. No burns, no punctures. Problem solved.

  

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Art No. 7803 Point 2 Point Turner

This is truly the Swiss Army Knife® of point turners. Every surface has a use. The large flat blade on one end is perfect for finger pressing. Easily open and press seams before or instead of pressing. There are two turning points, one at either end. The sharp point is perfect for more acute angles like collar points. The broad point on the other end is perfect for seams that are more open allowing us to turn them on grain without distorting our fabric. The long edges on the sides are great for turning long seams, both straight and curved, and the sharp edge on the end is a perfect hera marker. This is a very handy tool indeed.

  

 

By Steve Butler

A powder chalk which allows you to mark fabric as if you are drawing with a pen

A powder-based chalk for drawing thin, beautiful lines.

With its pen-like use, you can make marks as if you are drawing freehand.

 

 

Features of Chaco Liner Pen Style

Length, thickness and angle that are easy to hold

The length and thickness have been designed to achieve the pen-like ease-of-use.

Also, the chalk can be easily turned around to draw both straight and curved lines freely as it supports many different angles.

Marks can be easily made along the ruler

You can draw beautiful lines along the ruler with the pointed tip.

The amount of remaining powder is visible

You can see how much powder you have left through the transparent case.

Save time on refilling by exchanging the cartridge

Powder can be refilled easily by simply exchanging the cartridge.

When refilling, the powder will hardly spill over or dirty your hand.

Smooth touch

The shape of the sharp gear tooth, inner parts and powder components were carefully reviewed to achieve a smooth touch.

What kind of Pin Cushion do you have?

Do you like to make your original pin cushions with your favorite fabric?

You can make your original pin cushion with CLOVER “QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker.

Once you made the pin cushion, you can attach it at the top of cap of the jar.

Spool of thread or some accessories can be stored in the jar.

 

If you make the yo-yo with coarse fabric, the pin cushion can be used for darning needles.

 

The third one is my favorite.

I don’t like to leave the pin cushion with needles and pins on my working table.

I put it on a shelf or cover it with something.

Then, I made the one which can be stored with pins and needles in the jar.

You need to make the pin cushion smaller than the cap of jar and attach it inside of the cap.

Today, we uploaded the project sheet to make “Yo-Yo Pin Cushion with Jar”.

Please check it out!

https://www.clover-mfg.com/project

 

THREAD CLIPPER "KUROHA"

The days when scissors were only good if the person using them was good are over.

Clover technology has created KUROHA, which has combined the refined skill of the scissor craftsman with machine precision to gain the loyalty of many users since its release.

 

Machined to perfect precision quality,

Black scissors leave consistent shapes and cuts every time

 

The handle and blades of Clover's KUROHA are created separately, raising their precision of shape and connection point and thereby eliminating the need for separate machining of blade points. The Clover process has made large-scale production of consistently high-quality scissors possible.

 

Clover has created the perfect scissor feel for any user by improving both blade and handle.

 

Highly precise machining gives the blade faces a smooth and tight fit with each other, making better cuts and cut continuation possible.

Using a special resin for the handles, the KUROHA has the optimum combination of resilience and durability against bending.

Together, this blade precision and comfortable grip make the scissors a warm, friendly item to enjoy using.

 

Developed by Clover, Produced by Clover for the Highest Quality

 

Maintaining the easy-to-use traditional shape, KUROHA feature the latest technology and materials.

In addition to sharp, accurate cuts, the scissors also have handles made of custom resin to afford the user a lightness and durability.

 

Blade: Carbon Tooled Steel

Handle: Fiber Glass Reinforced Resin

 

Blade tips meet precisely because of accurate and consistent shaping.

Each pair is hand-tested for its cut before going to market.

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