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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

 

What is it? - Few things are more essential to the sewing process than the hand sewing needle.  They were around even before thread and fabric.  Think about it.  Ancient ancestors used “pointed” objects to perforate animal hides so they could be laced together with cords.  It was only a matter of time until some smart cave person joined those pointed objects to the cords to save time. Apply technology and years later we have highly advanced, modern hand sewing needles that do basically the same thing.  But these evolved sewing tools now address specific needs of virtually every sewing genre including general sewing, appliqué, embroidery, ribbon embroidery, quilting, upholstery, tapestry, basting, beading, darning, tailoring, etc. and etc.  One thing has not changed though.  All of these needles have the smallest possible eyes through which to insert our thread.  The least favorite thing any hand sewer (and let’s face it, we’re all hand sewers at some point in every project) likes to do is thread those tiny little needles.  This problem is exacerbated by “mature eyesight”.  And it’s never timely.  You’re on a roll.  The end is in sight and that’s when we need to thread or re-thread our needle and it isn’t easy and it takes time away from what we really want to be doing.  And even with a good hand held needle threader we still have to insert that thin (sometimes hard to see) wire loop through the needle eye (hard to see) and then position the thread through that wire loop and then pull it all through the eye of the needle.  Workable but how can we make all of this infinitely easier?  How can we make it routine instead of dreaded?  Clover’s Desk Needle Threader is the how.

 

Art No. 4071 - 4073  Desk Needle Threader

 

 Art No. 4071 Desk Needle Threader (Purple)

 

 Art No. 4072 Desk Needle Threader (Green)

 

 Art No. 4073 Desk Needle Threader (Pink)

 

What does it do? In short it takes all of the frustration out of threading hand sewing needles. And who needs frustration?  Exactly.  The Desk Needle Threader is the absolute easiest way to thread hand sewing needles.  It is a standalone device that rests solidly on any table or flat surface near your work area.  Simply place the eye end of the needle into the threader (don’t worry, the eye will be aligned automatically), lay your thread across the slot next to the head of the needle and then press the lever down and release.  When you pull the needle out of the threader you will see a handy little loop protruding from the eye.  Grab it between finger and thumb and pull the thread all the way through the eye.  You’ve just threaded your needle in mere seconds.  No frustration. There’s even an included thread cutter so you don’t even need scissors.  What could be easier?  Just seconds and you’re back to your sewing project.

 

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 1. Insert the thread and hold it gently.

 2. Insert the needle eye down into the needle hole.

 

 

3. Press the lever once.

*Press the lever softly while holding the thread gently.

 

 

4. Pull the needle.

 

 

5. Cut the thread.

 

 

What is it? – So much of what we do in sewing involves detail work. Quilting, fashion, home decor or accessories all are made better when we pay attention to even the most obscure details in the construction process. But this requires more than just paying attention. It means all of those little points, folds, creases or seams have to be perfect. Unfortunately when we’re sewing or pressing these details into place our fingers often go into harm’s way. Proximity to sharp needles and hot irons can be a real creative buzz kill. And even if we can save our fingers from perforation or pressing, they often obstruct our view of the sewing field and those all important details. But do not despair. Necessity is the mother of invention and over time we’ve developed “pointy” little instruments that substitute for our fingers. A tailor’s awl, crochet hooks, knitting needles, nail files, tips of tweezers, tapestry needles or even chop sticks enhanced with a pencil sharpener (really) have been used. They all perform some function (sort of) but nothing to really write home about. In an effort to enhance your creative process, Clover has developed the ultimate fabric manipulation tool to support any sewing or pressing functions that we might need to implement.  We call it the Hold It Precision Stiletto.

 

Art No. 7807

Hold It Precision Stiletto

What does it do?– At it’s very essence a sewing stiletto simply keeps us from getting our fingers where they shouldn’t be, in the path of an approaching sewing machine needle or right next to a hot iron.  Clover’s Hold It Precision Stiletto is designed to do just that and so much more. Constructed with a unique polymer resin it is both strong and heat resistant.  It is designed to be held comfortably in your hand. One end has a sharp, curved tip to allow easy fabric manipulation without obstructing your field of view. The other end has a silicon coated “grippy” tip beveled at the precise angle to enhance the friction that holds those detailed pieces in place as they are pressed into shape.  Using the Hold It Precision Stiletto we can position our fabric perfectly when sewing. This is especially useful when we’re sewing blocks together and need to make sure seam allowances lie flat as they feed under the presser foot, or when we can’t or don’t want to use pins to hold our fabric in place or when we’re sewing tiny blocks or when we’re manipulating pleated trims or when we’re matching fabric patterns or accomplishing any number of other sewing functions.  Same for the pressing station.  Because we can hold our fabric with precision while pressing, we can press open seams or press in points, creases. folds or other shapes quickly and correctly the first time.  No time consuming “do over’s” an no burns.

 

 

 

 

 

What does it do? – Using Clover tassel makers allows us to select from a variety of yarns, threads, cords or other fiber type materials to make the perfect size, shape and color tassel to compliment every project. The Clover Tassel Maker is available in two sizes.

 

Tassel Maker The Tassel Maker is available in two sizes, large and small.  The large tassel maker has preset finished tassel sizes of 6 cm, 7 cm, 8 cm, 9 cm and 10 cm. The small tassel maker has preset finished tassel sizes of 3 cm 4 cm and 5 cm. Simply select the size tassel desired and the fiber that you want to construct your tassel from and then follow the included instructions. The tassel maker allows you to wrap your fiber at the right length and then holds it while you tie it in place, attach the cord and then cut the free ends. Perfect tassels every time and you can do it with two hands instead of four. Quick and easy and you’re back to your project in no time.

 

Art No. 9940

Tassel Maker (Small)

 

 

Art No. 9941

Tassel Maker (Large)

 

-Selected Projects for Tassel Makers-

Accessories with Tassel

 


Tassel Pendant

 

Tassel Décor

 

 

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