Our Basket Is Full

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We have been crafting up a storm and now our baskets are full and ready to go for this weekend. Pom-Pom’s, Felting, Flower Frills, Kanzashi’s and more, when you’re using Clover crafting tools the possibilities are endless! Our little friend was made using Clover’s Pom Pom makers, shaping and piecing the pom pom together allows you to create all kinds of furry friends. The Single Needle Felting tool allowed us to detail the felted eggs. The 3-D designs and embellishments were easily created with the “pinpoint” accuracy of the Single Needle Felting tool.

What spring projects have you been working on? We’d love to see!

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Whimsical Felted Flowers

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Spring is finally here. We’re enjoying the beautiful weather, green grass, and flowers in full bloom. The gorgeous scenery has inspired us to create some whimsical felted flowers. Beckie Hansen shares her technique for flower making with felt, find instructions and more felting inspiration listed below:

Pom Pom’s in Bloom

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Pom Pom’s are a great way to use up any leftover yarn. What’s even better is that you can create “images” inside your Pom Pom depending on how you wind the yarn. Clover’s Pom Pom makers make it easy!

Have you tried to create unique designs with your Pom Pom Maker? We’d love to see!

 

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For more Pom Pom inspiration:

 

 

 

Easter Bunny Pom Pom

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Easter Bunny Pom Pom

Help your little bunnies make this fun and easy spring project made with Clover’s Pom Pom Makers.With a little yarn, felt, and Pom Pom makers you’ll be able to get your Spring crafting in bloom!

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Small Pom Pom Makers (Item 3124) were used for this project, but any size will do. The bunny head was made with the smaller sized Pom Pom and the body was made with the slightly bigger one. Bunny ears were cut from felt as well as a cute little nose. Two black beads were used for the eyes. You’ll end up with this little guy.

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Bead Loom- Features, Kits, and more!

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We’re making our way to the Tucson, AZ To Bead True Blue bead show which runs February 2 -10. There are so many great features to Clover’s Bead Loom and thought now would be the perfect time to share with you what the Bead Loom has to offer.

We created a brief introductory video on the bead loom which discusses set up options, package contents and more. Our Educational Director, Carol Porter, states that “The engineering that went into this loom tool has all the desires and features that Bead Weavers want and made sure that they were included.”

Carol Porter has worked with the Bead Loom from the very beginning and knows first hand what the best features are of this product. See what she has to say below:

Bead Loom Features:

Adjustable Frame:

The range of working (weaving) space is from 2 ½” to over 8”.

  • For small items such as brooches, medallions, earrings you do not need to warp a huge amount before you get to the weaving saving time and thread.
  • The widest setting will accommodate bracelet lengths which is the major item that bead weavers want to do.
  • All pieces woven between the 2 ½” – 8” are set on pegs making a continuous warp which means only feeding in the beginning and ending warp threads and the two weft threads. Again a great time saver and feature bead weavers truly appreciate.

Two Sets of Warping Grooves

  • The set with grooves closest together is for cylinder seed beads.
  • The set with wider grooves is for round seed beads.
  • Warp every other groove to use even larger seed beads.

Winding Beam

  • The loom can be warped to make long necklaces by going beyond the 8” length to any length desired by using the winding beam to wind up the long warps.

Solid Structure

  • The hard plastic frame holds its shape and will not warp as some wooden ones do and the frame is very sturdy by comparison to the wire looms.

Holders

  • The holders clamp over the warp threads and snap into the winding beam so no tying of knots.
  • The opposite edge of the holder is serrated which will “comb” the warp threads and straighten them out as you place them over the grooves…genius!

Warp Thread Stoppers

  • These pins fit through a channel on the warping beam just above the threads to hold them securely in place while weaving.

Along with the Bead Loom, Clover has a line of beading thread, needles, and kits available to you.

 

By Carol Porter and Fran Ortmeyer.

Bead Weaving On a Loom

 

 

 

 

Thursday Threads – Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Every Trick-or-Treater needs a special bag to carry all the sweet treats awaiting them on Halloween.

Spend an afternoon creating this quick and simple bag for your little ghouls and monsters using Clover’s Create-a-Strap, Sew Lazy Dreamy Fleece Sew-in and your basic sewing supplies.

For this project you will need:

2- 11″x 12″ cuts of fabric for the bag

2- 11″x 12″ pieces of Sew Lazy Dreamy Fleece Sew-in

2- 1″ x 16″ cuts of fabric for the straps

1-  Package of Clover’s 1″ Create-a-Strap

Additional tools:

Wonder Clips

6-in-1 Stick in Stitch Guide

Rotary Cutter

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Place wrong side of fabric to Dreamy Fleece Sew-In, fold fabric over top of Dreamy Fleece Sew-In and straight stitch along the top.

Place right sides together, straight stitch along sides and bottom leaving 1/4″seam.

Sew corners 1 1/2″ from corner, trim excess leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Turn bag right side out

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Follow package instructions for creating the 1″ strap

Attach straps to bag

Add buttons or other embellishment

Happy Trick or Treating!