Tool School in Session August 4!

It is finally here. We want to welcome you to Clover Tool School. Our teachers have been working all summer to prepare an interesting and productive year for you. We’ve selected our top sewing, knitting and crafts tools and prepared individual classes just for you. Each class will describe one quality Clover manufactured tool, tell you what it does and give you some ideas of how to present it to your friends. Classes will convene every two weeks for a review of something different. Our curriculum will center around major categories of sewing/quilting, knitting/needle arts and crafts.

 

What do we hope to accomplish ? – Clover Tool School is all about education. There are so many things to create and so many ways of creating and they all require a certain skill level to accomplish. To meet this need Clover has developed a wide range of sewing, knitting and crafts tools and notions that put even the most complicated techniques within everyone’s ability. These tools have been developed with the assistance of industry leaders like Nancy Zieman and Joan Hawley as well as our own staff and even some of you. By concentrating on just one tool at a time we hope everyone will be able to clearly see how that notion applies to their particular creative inspiration. Being able to achieve our creative intent is a wonderful thing. The resulting and continuing enthusiasm is too.

Curriculum – The following classes will comprise the first quarter of school. We’ll provide you with the following quarter’s classes as they become available.

August 4, Nancy Zieman’s 5-In-1 Sliding Gauge

August 18, Joan Hawley’s Hot Hemmer from the Press Perfect Program

September 1, Nancy Zieman’s No Hassle Triangle Gauge

September 15, Clover Rotary Cutter System

October 6, Clover Wonder Clips

October 20, Clover Dome Threaded Needle Case and Clover Desk Needle Threader

How do you use it? – Please use the classes in any way that is helpful to you.  Feel free to cut and paste sections into your own email blasts, newsletters, blogs or web sites. You can feature them in your classes or make them the “Notion of the Month”. You may even want to pre-order the individual products.

 

 

Tool School Sign-Up

Yo-Yo Inspiration

yoyo wine bottleYo-Yo Wine Bottle Sack

This wine bottle sack is a perfect portable project, use up scrap fabric to embellish a wine bottle holder as a great DIY gift. Yo-yo’s can be easily made with Clover’s Quick Yo-Yo Makers which provide great texture and embellishments to any project. These templates are available in a variety of sizes and shapes including heart, butterfly, oval, and more. The template allows you to make evenly spaced stitches which create beautiful gathers uniformed yo-yos each time.

Today’s the last day to enter our Summer Giveaway:

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A video tutorial on Clover’s Yo Yo Makers:

 

Lone Star Table Topper

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Check out this beautiful Summery Lone Star Table Topper by Nancy Zieman.

Watch the video on how to use Nancy’s Lone Star templates. Also don’t miss out on our weeks giveaway by signing here at Raffle Copter: Clover Summer Giveaway! We are giving away a        Quick YO-YO Maker,  Point-2-Point-turner and  Wrap-N-Fuse Piping

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

Wrap ‘n Fuse Coiled Coasters

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Wrap ‘n Fuse Coiled Coasters

Looking for the perfect hostess or housewarming gift? Try making Wrap ‘n Fuse coiled coasters. Just mix and match fabrics, “Wrap ‘n Fuse”, coil, and you’re done! You can make your very own Wrap ‘n Fuse coiled coasters, enter for a chance to win a great prize package. Instructions on how to enter are listed at the bottom of this post.

Clover’s Wrap ‘n Fuse products allow you to make piping in minutes. Simply wrap with fabric, press to fuse, and you have instant piping! Available in two sizes 3/16″ and 12/32″ both in 2.2yds or 6yds.

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Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

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Step 1: Press a 1/2″ hem at the beginning and end of the bias strip. Set the Wrap ‘n Fuse 1/4″ from the hemmed edge. Wrap fabric over piping and fuse.

Step 2: Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and gently press toward the piping. Use a needle and thread and draw up a running stitch in the hem at both ends of the cording to give a finished look.

Step 3: On a flat surface, begin coiling keeping the seam allowance to the inside of the coil. Pin with long straight pins to hold in place.

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Step 4: Cut approximately 1 1/4″ yd yarn, thread the darning needle and begin lashing the coils together by using a back stitch.

For Back Stitch: Begin at the back center and slip the darning needle and yarn through the fabric to “hide” the end.Working from the right side pass the needle through the center coil and wrap this coil and the next coil above together twice.Come back through the second coil and up to the third coil and wrap twice.Work back stitch until all coils are lashed.To end: Draw the darning needle and yarn through the fabric to “hide” the tail.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 three more times creating a quadrant on the coaster.

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter for a chance to win a prize package of the following Clover products:

  • Point 2 Point Turner
  • Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping
  • Yo-Yo Maker (Lg)

Use this Rafflecopter link to enter: Clover Giveaway

Watch as we feature these tools all week long, one lucky winner will win a prize package of 1: Point 2 Point Turner, 1: Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping, 1: Yo Yo Maker (Lg) Contest runs 7/21/2014 through 7/29/2014.

Good luck Clover Fans!

 

 

DIY Embroidered Pendant

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Embroidered pendants…these little gems are popping up everywhere! Who wouldn’t like some fun wearable art? This project takes less than an hour to make and makes for a perfect little handmade gift anyone would adore.

Be sure to check out the Clover Pinterest page for more embroidery inspiration.

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Supplies

Instructions

Place fabric in embroidery hoop

Use marking tool to measure and trace pendant on fabric

Use marking tool to draw design

Thread floss on needle and embroider design on fabric

Once complete, remove fabric from hoop. Cut out design and place in pendant.

 

 

Embroidery Stitching Tool

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Sometimes there’s a need to modify your clothes, just to add some charm. Clover’s Embroidery Stitching Tool offers that charm. The tool is fun and easy to use and you can use either a template to do embroidery like Jack Dempsey Needle Art templates. I chose to free hand my design by using Clovers Chaco Liners, they mark up great on material. I took a pair of cropped jean pants and drew my design out, this is a fun and easy project that anyone can try, use any article of clothing, or maybe a bag to decorate.  

Please see the below video on more about our fun Embroidery Stitching Tool!