Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Maker – Inspired Wall Art

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Spring is in full BLOOM at Clover! Creating Kanzahi Flowers has never been easier, simply set, cut, and sew to create beautiful Flowers! Add your own special touch to create unique accessories, decorations, scrapbooking, and more…

 

 

How to Knit with Beads by Fran Ortmeyer

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I have become a fan of knitting with beads. There are several ways to make this happen…one is pre stringing the beads which takes way more time and patience than I have been gifted with SO I did some research and decided the method using a crochet hook to add the beads as you go was what I needed. I love the process and adding beads this way holds them in place. When knitting with prestrung beads you knit them into the stitch and they tend to roll around to the back of your work. When using the crochet hook, first knit the stitch, transfer it back to the left hand needle, take a small gauge crochet hook (I use 14 or 12 as these also work with seed beads) slip the bead onto the hook, pick up the stitch on the left hand needle and slide the bead over the stitch. Move the stitch back to the right hand needle and resume work.

The stitch has been knit and returned to the left hand.  

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Using crochet hook pick up stitch. 

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Bead is now on the stitch.

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Once bead is positioned onto the stitch return to right hand needle. You have now added two beads successfully.  

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Now you have a beautiful fan lace scarf with beads. 

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Vogue Knitting LIVE Seattle Recap

Vogue Knitting LIVE Seattle March 2014 Recap through Photos

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Clover has long been a sponsor of the Vogue Knitting LIVE events, however it’s not often that we get to attend the shows to see first hand what Vogue Knitting LIVE is all about. There are classes, lectures, fashion shows, and yarns galore! If you’ve never been, make sure to add it to your wish list because it is a weekend full of fun!

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Clover was a classroom sponsor, were you one of the lucky ones to receive a sample of our Takumi Bamboo knitting needles?16781593 1595 1616

 

 

Fashion Shows

The fashion shows were featured throughout the day on Saturday and were great to see. So many unique and beautiful pieces.

 

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It was a busy day at the Clover booth on Saturday!

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Bunny shearing demo drew a big crowd.

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Knitted jewelry by Fly Designs.

yarn_hanging Who could resist “Catch A Skein”?

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And of course, you can’t visit Seattle without visiting Pike’s Place. Thankfully, we enjoyed clear skies and cool weather for the most part.

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Hana Ami Flower Loom using raffia from Herrschners

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Carol C. Porter Clover’s Education Director shows how to create layered flowers using our Hana Ami Flower Loom using raffia from Herrschners kits.

They offer a fun and colorful pillow with a tropical flair that is made from eco-friendly rayon material. Kit includes raffia, cotton floss, needle, embellishments shown, and instructions. You will need the Hana-Ami Flower Loom to complete. 14 x 14″ (36 x 36cm).

Sweetheart Rose Maker Bouquet

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Spring is near and we’re getting ready for the season by making a Sweetheart Rose Maker Bouquet.

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Place your piece of fabric between the two template pieces. To secure the fabric, use a pin on each end through the marked holes.

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Use a needle and thread to sew a gathering stitch along the seam. The template has a marking- START! to let you know where to begin. At the first corner, you will begin to fold the template as you continue to sew. We found that using a Wonder Clip helps with keeping the template in place.

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Stop sewing once you reach the mark- STOP!

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Remove the top part of the template, the inner part will be inside your fabric. There are two options when removing the template. You can pull out the template or you can turn your fabric inside out as you pull out the template. Turning your fabric inside out allows you to hide your seams. The flowers in this post did not have hidden seams as they were used to help create the stems for the floral arrangement.

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Now that the template is out, there is one last seam that needs to be sewn.

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Pull thread to gather fabric.

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A hair pin is included in the Sweetheart Rose Maker package. Place the pin on one end and wind up the fabric to create the rose shape. Once complete, use needle and thread to stitch the bottom which will secure the rose shape.

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Felting with Beads & a giveaway!

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Follow along with us all month long as we share projects, tutorials, and inspiration with Clover’s crafting tools. In celebration of National Craft Month we also have giveaways planned all month long! We want to see how you are celebrating National Craft Month and let us know what crafting tools you would like featured this month. Feedback is always appreciated!

We’ve seen felt beads but have you ever tried felting WITH beads?

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Clover’s Pen Style Needle Felting Tool, Felting Claw, and Felting Needle Mat to create a heart shaped embellishment on a sheet of felt.

We used beads and yarn to add that extra embellishment to our heart.

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Last, we used a wet felted handbag to add our heart shaped embellishment.

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  • 1 Pen Style Needle Felting Tool
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  • 1 Felting Applique Mold
  • 1 Natural Wool Roving Assortment
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