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What is it?

You know that fuzzy, super comfortable quilt your grandmother gave you? Probably made of chenille. And there’s nothing more reassuring than a hug from a chenille robe. Why? Chenille is your basic comfort fabric.

It’s a natural for towels, robes and baby items. But don’t forget home décor, fashion or crafts. You can make a definite fashion statement with selections from color, pattern or weight. Chenille is a beautiful, textured fabric that is characterized by a unique and inviting 3-D appearance.

It can be purchased ready made by the yard in a variety of solid colors. Of, if you have the perfect colors in mind, you can make it yourself. The cool thing about chenille is that you can add your own creative expression by personally selecting the contrasting multiple layers of frayed fabric with your chosen background fabric.

The result is a potential for creative expression limited only by our own imagination.

 

 Slash Cutter (Art. No 499)

 

What does it do?

Simply put, the Slash Cutter does all of the boring stuff. We get to select the fabric layers and sew the channels and then the Slash Cutter does the rest. It’s important that the cuts be down the center of the channels and that it be easy to accomplish.

To help us do that, the Slash Cutter has three primary components. The handle is designed to comfortably fit in your hand and allows us to easily control the cutter. The round blade easily makes our cuts but does not rotate while cutting.

It does, however, rotate manually when it becomes necessary to advance a new, sharp section of the blade for additional cuts once the current position becomes dull. The last component of the Slash Cutter is the channel guide. The Slash Cutter has two interchangeable guides.

One long and thin to guide the cutting blade directly down the middle of long straight channels producing perfectly even frays. The other is shortened to allow easy manipulation for curving, detailed cuts. In either case we achieve perfect cuts for smooth, even frayed fabric.

 

Straight Slash cutting

 

Curved Slash cutting

 

 

So how do we use it?

Whether we’re doing hot pads or bedspreads the process is the same. Engage your creative drive. Select the layers of colors that will form the “frayed” part of your fabric.

 

 

Four or more fray colors will work. Place them on your contrasting base fabric, mark lines on the bias in the width and shape that works for you. Sewing along these lines will form the fray channels.

 

 

All that’s left to do now is to cut through the top layers between the stitches defining the channels revealing the emerging frayed layers. But cutting is the hard, boring part that also has to be perfect. Returning to the hot pad to bedspread range, keep this in mind. The longer the cuts the more difficult and physically challenging they become.

 

Insert into a channel between two stitching lines and push forward.

 

Fabric will be cut as you push the cutter forward.

 

After all, we want them smooth and even but we don’t want to spend all day doing them. And that’s when the Slash Cutter comes in. It’s the perfect tool to easily take you from laboring to creating and in the shortest possible time.

 

 

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

Punch Needle is one of those old crafts that your grandmother may have done, however, it is gaining popularity in recent years.
It uses a pen-like needle with the thread running through the middle. 
The needle makes loops in a piece of tightly hooped fabric. CLOVER has some handy tools which are perfect for this craft.

Here, we explain the basics.

Tools you need
Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool
The starter kit.
If you have never tried the craft before, this is the one to start with. 
It comes with a needle for 3 strands of embroidery thread. 
It also comes with a threader.
The needle is replaceable with a different sized needle. 

For one strand of embroidery thread: use Art No. 8801 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Single Ply Needle)
For 6 strands of embroidery thread: Art No. 8803 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (6 Ply Needle)
For medium-fine yarn: Art No. 8802 Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Refill (Needle for Medium-Fine Yarn)

Clover Embroidery Hoop: 12cm or 18cm
The hoop is designed to grip the fabric firmly, resisting the pressure of the needle. 
Make sure the inner hoop edge lays on top of the outer hoop edge.

Embroidery thread or yarn
You can use embroidery floss for 3 sizes of refill needles.
For the thickest needle refill, you can use fine yarn or ribbon.


Foundation Fabric
It is essential to choose the fabric suitable for the craft. 
If a fabric is too loosely woven, the stitched loops disengage easily. 
On the other hand, if the fabric is too tight for the needle, the fibres might tear when you try to push the needle through.


Suitable fabrics are:
For fine needles (Art No. 8800/8804/8801/8803)
Oxford Cotton
Twill
Light-weight Denim

For the thickest needle (Art No. 8802)
Monks cloth
Aida
Traditional Linen

You can find the video how to use this tool.
LINK FOR VIDEO

Set the needle
*For detailed instructions, please refer to the instructions in the package.
Insert the needle into holder and adjust the needle length.
Position 3 is the standard setting for needles.
The 5 settings let you adjust the length of stitches or loops.
The needle bevel should face in the same direction as the stopper and it indicates the direction of the stitches.

*If you want to make the project with fine yarn, you can choose the thickest needle refill (Art No. 8802) and set the needle at the guide of “0” .

 

Threading the needle
*For detailed instructions, please refer to the instructions in the package.
Push the threader through the needle shaft until its point comes out the head. 
Pass the thread through the threader’s loop.
Slowly pull the threader back out of the needle.
Carefully pull the thread out of the threader, leaving approximately 5 cm of thread protruding from the needle shaft.
Run the threader through the eye of the needle.
Pass thread through the loop of the threader.
Slowly pull threader out of the eye.
Leave thread sticking out of the needle’s point.

How to stitch

Face the bevel in the direction you are stitching.  
Align the stopper in the direction of the stitches.

Thrust needle into the fabric to the base of the holder, and then pull it up just above the surface of fabric.
Pull needle up just above surface of the fabric.

How to finish
You can finish the backside of the project with glue.
Interfacing fusible is also good to use.

 

 

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.

 

If you want to creat something to make your holiday extra special, don't miss our projects!!!

Christmas is just around the corner. Here are selected projects you can create within a time limit.

 

[Fabric craft idea]

Holiday Yo-Yo Tree

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 8700 – 8708

“QUICK” Yo-Yo Maker

Quick and easy Yo-Yo Maker templates!

“QUICK” Yo-Yo Makers allow you to make evenly spaced stitches to create beautiful gathers. Fold the seam allowance, rounding off to make a nicely shaped yo-yo.

        

 

Christmas Tree Ornament <Snowman>

 

Christmas Tree Ornament <House>

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 4970

Black Gold Needles Applique/Sharps (No. 9)

The special black plating on the surface allows the needle to pierce effortlessly through fabric, enabling sewing with little resistance.

 

Art No. 4071 -4073
Desk Needle Threader

  

Thread your needles quickly with the help of our Desk Needle Threader. For sewing and quilting needles. Applicable Needles: Clover Needles (thickness: 0.51-0.89mm), works best with oval eye needles.

    

 

[Knitting ideas]

Bunny in a Stocking

 

Dog in a Stocking

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 3831-3848

Bamboo knitting Needles Takumi Double Pointed (20 cm)

Perfect knitting needles for working a small toy project

    

 

Art No. 3118

Mini Knitting Counter

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

 

 

[Yarn crafts ideas]
Tassel Christmas Angels

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 9940

Tassel Maker

Create tassels with your favorite threads!
Easily make tassels with embroidery thread, woolen yarns and others.

  


Pom-Pom Christmas Balls

 

-Recommended Tools-

Art No. 3126

Pom-Pom Maker (Large)

 

 

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