Wedge Iron


Tool School with instructor Steve Butler

What is it? -Pressing is an essential part of most sewing and many craft projects.  Pressing during sewing construction creates accurate assembled pieces which match up beautifully into quilt, fashion, heirloom or home decor finished projects.  Unfortunately, the modern pressing tools available to us do not always provide the specific features and capabilities we might need.  In an attempt to provide special feature ironing solutions, many manufacturers have merely miniaturized their full sized irons. This only made smaller versions with little effect for making them more relevant. To provide a true solution to emerging pressing challenges Clover has identified an entire set of special ironing requirements and then used them to design the revolutionary Clover Wedge Iron from the ground up.

What does it do?

Clover developed the Wedge Iron to meet the requirements of both contemporary and emerging sewing techniques.  The Wedge has several unique design features and is truly the future of situational ironing.
  • Size and portability allow us to set up a pressing station right at our sewing machines for chain piecing, paper-piecing for any number of other techniques.
  • There is no steam function so there are no concerns for fabric distortion in construction phases.
  • Negative space over the pointed toe allows you to iron under casings, piping, pockets, belts, buttons, flaps, lapels, epaulets, etc.


  • A small, “wedge” shaped foot print allows ironing inside an embroidery hoop or into sharp or restrictive corners.
  • The unique size and shape allows quick and precise application of both small and large appliqué pieces.
  • The ergonomically designed handle is comfortable to hold and allows easy control for precise movement.
  • A large, easy to adjust temperature control dial allows temperatures settings from 230 to 390 degrees.
  • The non-stick Flouroesin surface ensures smooth, snag free ironing.

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Pom-Pom Yo-Yo Pillow Tutorial by Jennifer Heynen and Giveaway!!


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Half yard linen or quilting cotton for pillow

6” x 6” quilting cotton scraps for yo-yo’s

Clover Large Yo Yo Maker Tool

Yarn for pom pom’s

Clover Large Pom Pom maker Tool

Coordinating thread

Dissapearing ink pen or marker


Sewing Machine


  1. Cut two 18” x 18” squares for the pillow
  2. Make nine large yo-yo’s with the Clover Yo Yo Maker Tool.


  1. Set one piece aside and with the other, find the center of the pillow. With the ruler, draw a line vertically and horizontally on the pillow top with disappearing ink. Draw another line four inches from the center line on both sides of the horizontal line as well as the vertical line. At this point there should be a grid with nine intersections.


  1. Using pins, secure each of the yo yo’s to a intersection on the pillow top. With your sewing machine, top stitch on the grid lines in both directions. Go over the lines twice if desired.


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  1. Make 4 large pom poms using the Clover Pom Pom Maker Tool. Leave long ties on the pom poms. Tie a knot just past the pom pom along the long ties. This knot will prevent the pom pom from pulling out when finished.


  1. Pin a pom pom to each corner of the pillow so the knot is just last the pins. When sewing in step 8. You’ll want to sew between the pom pom and the knot, so pin accordingly.


  1. With right sides facing, pin the front of the pillow to the back. Leave an opening of approximately six inches for turning. Sew around the outer edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.


  1. Turn and fill with fiberfill or pillow insert. Handsticth the opening closed.



Jennifer Heynen

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Halloween Craft: Skelly Necklace!


Today’s the first day of Fall which means it’s officially time for some creepy crafting! This week we’re celebrating by kicking Halloween prep off with a skull-turning necklace, crocheted using chunky, black & white jersey yarn and a Jumbo Amour hook. Speaking of, this project will surely get your kids hooked on crochet. Created using only the chain stitch it’s a great, first project that your baby boos can make with friends. Looking for a treat for teacher? This necklace will do the trick! So chain on and have some fun using your crochet skills for stitching Skelly. Enjoy!


Approx. 3.5 oz., t-shirt or  jersey yarn ( I used this.)
Size U.S. P/Q (15 mm) Clover Jumbo Amour hook
Over-sized wooden barrel bead, or unfinished napkin ring
White craft paint
Sponge brush
Black marker

Finished Length
Hangs approx 17″/43 cm long


  • Crochet three chains, respectively measuring: 24″/61 cm, 28″/71 cm, and 34″/86 cm long.

Fasten off; set aside.


  • Paint bead white; let dry.
  • Using marker, draw skeleton face onto bead.



  • Lay crocheted chains on a table from shortest to longest, and looped to create necklace shape.
  • Slide 3 tails from one end of loop up through bead; knot tails from both ends.
  • Slide bead back over knot. Trim tails.

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Tool School Chalk Marking Pens with Instructor Steve Butler


What is it? -Almost everything we do in sewing or quilting requires measuring, marking and cutting.  Because it is so important to our resulting project, we go to great lengths to make very precise measurements.  But once we arrive at that measured point, how do we mark it?  How do we identify a desired point, line, circle or curve?  Keep in mind that cotton, wool, fleece, spandex, or any number of other fabrics all have different textures and fiber characteristics.  Add to that mix having to allow for light or dark colors and we have a lot to consider in choosing a suitable marking medium. In providing a solution to these modern marking challenges Clover has developed an array of useful marking chalk instruments.

What does it do? -Clover’s arsenal of chalk marking devices allows us to match the tool to the job.  Something for every texture and color.

Chaco Liner Marking Pens – These pens utilize chalk for making our marks.  There are two types.  The Chaco Liner Pen Style resembles a traditional marking pen.  It is available in 5 colors and has cartridge style refills.  The Original Chaco Liner is available in 4 colors with a reservoir that is refilled from a small container of chalk.  Both styles apply the chalk from a serrated rotating wheel at the point.  This allows a very smooth application of marking chalk in any straight or curved design to virtually any surface.  A “Jack of All Trades”, they work on most fabric textures.  The color selection allows us to find the one that contrasts the best with our fabric.  When the marks are no longer needed they can be simply brushed or washed away.  Warning: ironing or dry cleaning the chalk marks may make them difficult to remove.


Tailor’s Chalk – Tailor’s chalk has been around forever.  Well, at least as long as tailors anyway.  It is the absolute most basic fabric marking tool and everyone loves them.  It’s triangular in shape and has thin edges so it’s easy to handle and leaves precise lines.  It allows fast, accurate and temporary chalk marking on virtually any type of fabric.  Four colors are available from Clover so pick one that contrasts with your material and the resulting measurements for cuts, hems, darts or any other marked application, alteration or notation will be a breeze to make.  When the marks are no longer needed they can be easily brushed or washed away.  These ultra handy little chalk triangles are fast, easy to use and leave no residue on your fabric.  As with all chalk marking materials, dry cleaning or ironing can make them more difficult to remove.



New Knitting Pattern: BIL Beanie


Knitting Pattern: BIL Beanie
Us knitters get a lot of requests for handmade gifts, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a great feeling to be able to give someone something that you put your love and work into, but there aren’t always enough hours in the day to produce all the knitted-love we have to offer! This conundrum came up when my brother-in-law asked me for a hat. Several times. I really, really wanted to make him one, but with deadlines and family obligations it took way longer than I’d have liked it to. That said, I wanted to knit him something classic enough that it wouldn’t go out of style (read: wouldn’t require a replacement any time soon), and also quick enough to make that I’d be able to finish it in a few evenings. The result, is the BIL Beanie (modeled by my husband, not my actual BIL, though) Knit in a chunky, lush alpaca blend and on Takumi Bamboo Size 9 needles this project goes by fast, but feels luxurious every stitch of the way. Bookmark this for holiday gifts for the guys (and gals) in your life. Enjoy!

Approx 150 yds/75 gr of bulky-weight, alpaca blend yarn in (A) Dark Gray and (B) Light Gray. (I used 1 hank each of two colors of this.)
Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm), 16″/41 cm Clover Takumi Bamboo circular needle
Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) Clover Takumi Bamboo double-pointed needles
Stitch Marker
Clover Jumbo Tapestry Needle

Finished Size
Unisex S/M(L/XL)
Stretches to fit 21″(23″)/53.5(58.5) cm head

Approx 17 sts x 20 rows= 4″/10 cm in 2 x 2 rib, slightly stretched.

RT: Right Twist—K2tog but do not slip st off needle, insert right needle between these 2 sts and knit the first st again, slip both sts off needle.

With circular needle and A CO 88 (92) sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker (pm) for beginning of round (rnd).

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 until piece measures 2″/5 cm from CO edge.

Beanie body:
Join B; cut A.

Rnds 1 and 2:*K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *RT, p2; repeat from * around.

Rnd 4:*K2, p2; rep from * around.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 6″(6 1/2″)/15(16.5) cm from CO edge.


Note: Change to dpns when necessary.

Join A; cut B.

Rnd 1:*K2tog, p2; repeat from * around—66 (69) sts.

Rnd 2: *K1, p2; repeat from * around.

Rnd 3: *K1, p2tog; repeat from * around—44 (46) sts.

Rnds 4: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Rnd 5: *K2tog; repeat from * around—22 (23) sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: *K2tog; repeat from * to last 0 (1) sts, k0 (1)—11(12) sts.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts. Pull tight and secure.

Weave in ends.

Block if necessary.


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