Clover’s Amour Steel Crochet Hooks offer unique smooth elongated handles, this shape provides for maximum dexterity and ensures beautiful, even stitches. The hooks are conveniently color coded according to their sizes.
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Let’s say someone offered you the chance to produce the ultimate knitting needle, something that was perfect just for you. What would you do? I can tell you what Clover did. Takumi has always been recognized as a purveyor of premium bamboo knitting needles. We started with that and then took steps to determine where the knitting world was headed and what special needs might exist there. We found amazing advances in the potential for creativity with the introduction of new knitting mediums, new techniques, new applications and a whole new host of enthusiastic knitters. Then we endeavored to determine what changes in knitting needle design would compliment these emerging trends. We went to designers, educators, store owners, and knitters everywhere. The results of our research were illuminating but posed one problem. We couldn’t get there from here. The ideal knitting needle could not be made with existing technology. Solution, Clover changed the technology and engineered an entire new array of manufacturing machinery. A significant investment but the result was well worth it.
The new Takumi line of knitting needles boasts some really cool improvements. As we talked with knitters across the country we found a growing interest in lace knitting or just knitting with finer fibers. All Takumi knitting needles now have a redesigned finer point which allows them to pick up even the smallest loops. The unique bamboo finish enhances smooth, fast knitting without being so “slick” that you have to fight to keep the stitches in place. Circular needles have been upgraded as well. The cords connecting the needle points have been changed to a stronger and more flexible material. Absent the old “springiness” your knitted fabrics now lie smoothly between the knitting needles while you work.
And some things have not changed. Sustainability is still very important to many of us and bamboo is one of the most sustainable products on earth. The use of bamboo in the manufacture of Takumi knitting needles has minimal environmental impact and use no petrochemicals during production. But it’s not just any bamboo that we use. Clover continues to use only the finest, select materials in the production of Takumi knitting needles. The finished product gives you the luxurious, uniquely comfortable feel of hand warmed bamboo and the precision and performance of the newly enhanced knitting needle design. When other knitting needles are ready to be discarded, Takumi will have become treasured heirlooms that will continue to be part of your creative aspirations for years and generations to come.
Few things are more personal than knitted items. Yarns are carefully selected for both color and texture. Each and every stitch is hand-made. Our projects are both purposeful and personal with usually someone special in mind. For a virtuoso knitting performance in creating your masterpiece, Takumi will always your instrument of choice.
What is it? – Every now and then a sewing tool comes along that truly changes the way we sew. Point in fact, the rotary cutter, a true renaissance tool. Scissors are great, and still have their place, but they make our hands hurt, are hard to keep sharp (especially around husbands and children), require us to manipulate the fabric while cutting it, don’t like cutting layers or following lines and generally distort our fabric when cutting. Only five thousand years after the invention of the wheel some genius applied the same principle to cutting fabric and we now enjoy the luxury of the rotary cutter. They are easy to hold, are extremely sharp, effortlessly cut multiple layers of fabric, are adept at following lines and templates and cut so cleanly on flat laying fabric that little or no distortion or fraying results. How cool. I told you that Clover doesn’t do gadgets and we don’t. We also don’t change what works just for the sake of change. What we have done with the Clover Rotary Cutter is take the concept to a whole new level of performance with due consideration to both the user and an entire range of sewing applications.
What does it do? – Very simply put it makes the most demanding cutting applications easy and precise.
Ergonomic is too clinical to describe Clover’s blend of form and function to make a tool that is easy to hold and efficient to use. The handle is soft and fits comfortably in your hand. The blade and movable shield work together to result in a precise angle so it’s easy to cut either sitting or standing. It takes only seconds to set it up for either left or right handed operation.
In quality and performance, Clover rotary blades are unsurpassed. Made from high grade carbon steel and honed to an optimum blade angle, Clover blades are both sharp and durable.
Size matters. A gourmet chef uses several sizes of knives to prepare a meal. She could probably get by with just one but why would she? The same principle applies to cutting fabric. When cutting several layers of fabric or long strips a large 60 millimeter rotary blade makes sense. When cutting small patterns or using tight radius templates it is so much easier to manipulate an 18 millimeter rotary blade. For projects in between there are 45 and 28 millimeter rotary blades. Fit the tool to the task for best results. Simple.
All rotary blades are made from super hard steel and are sharpened at very precise angles using heavy duty, computer controlled industrial equipment. Your chances of matching the factory angles and grinding performance with a plastic “sharpener” at home are almost zero. Replace warn used blades with sharp new blades. You’re worth it. So is your fabric.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same!
Clover has joined forces with The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Clover will donate 5% for every $100.00 spent on the Pink Desk Needle Threader and/or Pink Wonder Clips, sold to fund Breast Cancer Initiatives. These limited edition products are available now.
Clip and hold, Clip and Sew right where you need it! Great Holding capacity for different types of crafts. Wonder Clips have a wide opening for holding multiple layers of fabric. It won’t damage or distort the fabric. Wonder Clip base is flat for easy feeding to presser foot with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowance markings on the base.
Have you tried the Nancy Zieman Fuze N’ Gather? Here is a fun way to use it! Just gather strips of fabric and sew on to an apron base, it’s easy to do and you’re able to express your personality while cooking or baking! Buy the product here and look out for more Clover products!!
What is it? – Quilting is truly an art form and over the years thousands of recognizable patterns have evolved. And each one of those has several if not an infinite number of variations. And how many of those do you think include triangles? It’s got to be in the thousands too. Colors, prints, batiks, fabric styles and block orientations all contribute to an unending array of designs. So what’s the problem? What’s the hassle? The hassle is making all of those little triangles and making them perfect in both symmetry and size so everything fits together and we get the designs we want. It’s hard to do, no two ways about it and some quilters avoid it just because it is so hard. But what if there were a way to take the hassle out of it, make triangles easy? Well that’s exactly what Clover and Nancy Zieman teamed up to do. The result? The No Hassle Triangle Gauge. This is a nifty little tool that solves all of the triangle problems. It’s constructed out of sturdy plastic with a securely locking slide. The markings on the shaft not only show you how to measure and mark your fabric but will even tell you what size to cut your blocks. Now you can make half square and quarter square triangles perfect every time. And it’s fast. You never cut a triangle, you just end up with them.
What does it do? – The No Hassle Triangle Gauge allows you to achieve your triangle dreams with ease, either half square or quarter square. No guess work. No Mistakes.
For half square triangles you refer to the left side of the gauge. There you will find five different sizes of blocks. Reset the locking slide to the diagonal line below the size desired for your quilt design. The two numbers above will tell you what size to cut your blocks and what size the final triangle block will be. Once the blocks are cut, superimpose the triangle gauge within a double stacked block and mark the center line. Sew your scant quarter inch on either side of the marked line and then cut, unfold and press. Voila! You now have a perfect half square triangle.
For quarter square triangles you refer to the right side of the gauge where five size blocks are also indicated. Proceed to form half square blocks as above. Once complete simply match up two half square blocks and repeat using the markings on the left side as before. Now you have perfect quarter square triangle blocks. What could be easier?
How do I promote it? – The No Hassle Triangle Gauge is a class, maybe several for different quilt patterns. Gotta’ do it though. If you only put it up on your peg board chances are your customers may not realize exactly what it can do. Promoting your class with samples and a simple story board will get the word out too. Make a few blocks and leave them and the gauge out on your cutting table or near checkout to generate questions. Make sure everyone knows how to do a demo. Show it with a quilt you’ve made at a meeting of your quilt guild. Everyone will want one. The No Hassle Triangle Gauge is one of our very best selling products. It can easily be one for you as well. If your customers can effortlessly make perfect triangles for their quilt blocks, just think what else they will be buying! Clover helps you sell everything else.
See the latest Tool School video on Nancy Zieman’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge