Seams Unlikely


Through the years Nancy and Clover have worked closely together to create and develop her innovative products and must have notions. There is no doubt that many of Nancy’s products have made their way into the sewing kits of sewists world wide.

Seams Unlikely not only discusses how her business grew into the empire it is today, but you get to see a personal side of Nancy that most of us never knew. The story begins from the day she was born, not many people know what her parents and family were experiencing on the day they were born. It gave wonderful insight into her        tight-knit-family, dedicated to having a strong work ethic that still holds true to this day.

It wasn’t until recently that I was able to view first hand what went behind product development. The ideas Nancy presents are fresh and creative, she’s constantly coming up with new ideas for products you never knew you needed, until you            tried them.


Nancy has demonstrated her products at many trade shows over the years, it’s inspiring to see the crowds she gathers. Her dedicated fans are star struck when they see Nancy at the Clover booth. She is a great teacher, walks through her products step-by-step and is always ready to answer questions. Nancy states- “I am, at heart, a teacher”.

Her motto is stated as “If something is worthwhile you have to work for it.” Achieving a goal, and doing a good job in the process, is not easy but it is rewarding.” The collaboration between Nancy and Clover has allowed many of us to work first hand with Nancy and her team.

Nancy is the true embodiment of an entrepreneur, I don’t even want to bring up the fact she is a “woman entrepreneur” but rather an individual that takes great pride in working hard.  This quote out of her book says it all how she carries herself in life:

Believing too much in the praise, or too much in the criticism, creates an imbalance that bogs forward movement.

Everyone can benefit from this book for encouragement, insight to the everyday working person no matter what the background, this story is a true example of meekness is not weakness.

GIVEAWAY: Twenty books will be given away during this Blog Tour. You must comment on Nancy’s February 4th Seams Unlikely Blog Tour Posting to qualify for the book giveaway.

Seams Unlikely Autobiography by Nancy Zieman

February 4          Nancy Zieman 

February 5          Eileen Roche

February 5          Pat Sloan

February 6          Melissa Stramel

February 6      The Long Ladies

February 6          Tori Thompson

February 7          Amy Barickman

February 7          Melissa Mora

February 8          Shari Butler

February 8          Vicki Christensen

February 9          Carolina Moore

February 9        Kate Mclvor

February 10          Amy Ellis

February 10          Melissa Mortenson

February 11          Ilene Miller

February 12         Liz Hicks

February 11          Julie Herman

February 12     Bill Gardner

February 12          Elizabeth Evans

February 13          Amy Webb

February 13          Lindsay Wilkes

February 14          Gertie Hirsch

February 14          Veronica Philips

February 15          Jenny Gabriel

February 15          Laura Wasilowski

February 16          Frieda Anderson

February 16          Rita Farro

February 17          Cindy Cloward

February 17          Joan Hawley

February 17          Patty Young

February 18          Nancy Zieman

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Friday Finds-Create-a-Strap Woven Mat by Carol C. Porter


The weekend is here. We have a fun, quick , cute project for you this weekend.

Use left-over/odd sized remnants after making straps! Make any size you want.

This is a quick and easy gift idea for wedding showers, housewarmings or just because you want to add a splash of color to you decor.

-Carol C. Porter


Create-a Strap 1” Art No. 9502

Create-a-Strap 5/8” Art No. 9510

2” wide fabric strips

1 3/8” wide fabric strips

Sewing Machine & Thread

Rotary Cutter Art No. 7500

Mat Art No.7522

Ruler 6” x 24”

Wonder Clips Art No. 3159


Step 1: Use 2” wide strips for the 1” Create-a Strap & 1 3/8” wide strips for the 5/8” Create-a-Strap and fuse to the wrong side of the strips.


Step 2: Press seam allowances on fold lines for all strips.


Step 3: Place and hold with Wonder Clips the 5/8” strap over the back of the 1” strap; then edge stitch both edges. Press to set stitches


Note: I’ve used a straight stitch here, but now is a good time to practice all those new stitches on your machine!

Step 4: Cut strips the length to match your mat size. This project is approximately 5” x 5” so we cut our strips at 5 ½” for some “wiggle room”.  Set 5 strips in a row; then weave in one strip.  Edge stitch at the top of the woven strip, carefully, keeping all the strips even.


Step 5: Weave in the remaining strips and edge stitch around the remaining 3 sides of the mat.


Step 6: Trim edges.


Step 7: Use Wonder Clips while binding.


For a fun surprise turn the mat over for an unexpected reverse!


Watch Us Wednesdays

We are celebrating National Sewing Month by traveling to Fabric Fest with Riley Blake Designs on September 9-12 in Las Vegas. Four days of quilting, sewing and creating until your heart’s content! Watch Nancy Zieman using her Dresden Plate & Fan Collection Quilt Templates.


Make It Monday-Chalkboard Roll Up

chalkboard roll upOur friend Nancy Zieman created the most adorable tutorial to make a chalkboard roll up for the little people in our lives. We love how she uses Clover Wonder Clips to hold the binding in place for stitching. Here’s a link to the full tutorial. Just imagine how great this would be to take along on vacation to keep little hands busy during travel time. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us Nancy.

Show and Tell

One of the members of my Laid Back Ladies of the Block quilt group shared a picture of this adorable and creative scarf  made by her 16-year-old granddaughter Wendy Keneipp.

Wendy had learned the basics of crochet and decided to design her own scarf for friends. Awesome!! That’s  a sign of a true needle worker! I look forward to seeing future designs from this talented young woman.

Crocheted flower scarf by Wendy Keneipp

People We Met at TNNA


We at CLOVER were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with the this dynamic knitter and crocheter at the TNNA show. Lily won the WORLD’S FASTEST CROCHETER contest and has been named Master Knitter by Vogue Knitting International. She loves to work with Clover’s needles and hooks.

Lily Chin, named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years, and she has worked with designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, from Racquel Welch and Vanna White to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She is the author of Knit and Crochet with Beads, The Urban Knitter, and Mosaic Magic, and she has written the “On Designing” column for Knitter’s Magazine and the annual “Focus on Fibers” report for Knit ‘n Style. Lily also is the reigning champion fastest crocheter in the world, a title she defended in October 2004 at the world championships in London. Lily Chin regularly appears as a spokesperson for the yarn industry in media across the U.S., including in publications such as Time, the New York Times, USA Today, and on TV: The David Letterman Show, the CBS Early Show, DIY’s Knitty Gritty, E! Style Network’s Craft Corner Death Match, Lifetime’s Handmade by Design, HGTV’s Sew Much More, and CNN. Lily Chin has lived in New York City nearly all her life and has been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry since age 13. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was educated at Queens College, City University of New York.

Carol Porter, Lily Chin and myself. The dress Lily has on was crocheted with Clover's Tunisian Double Ended Hook. It was awesome! The sweater in the photos below was made using the same technique, and was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet. What an inspiration this young woman is to all of us who love crochet!


Interweave Crochet Sweater


Interweave Crochet Sweater



Carolyn Hennesy and Clover

Back row: Left to right, Eva Plosker, Raquel Serrano, Alicia Salazaar, Phil South, Carol Porter, Bill Gardner. Front row: left to right, Edith Eig (owner of La Knitterie Parisienne), Carolyn Hennesy, me.

You may recognize her as the 2010 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee for her role as Diane Miller, a smart, sassy mob lawer on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital, or as Barb Coman, the real estate agent from ABC’s primetime hit Cougar Town. And guess what! She loves to knit! Carolyn loves knitting with Clover’s Takumi Bamboo needles. Her favorite knitting store is La Knitterie Parisienne in Studio City, California, where she’s learned some tips from owner and designer Edith Eig.

You may read the entire interview with Carolyn in the News section on our web site.

It was a delight to meet Carolyn and to share her excitement at seeing all the yarn possibilities at the show. Not only is Carolyn a known actress, she is the successful author of the Pandora series. I’m reading the first one in the series and thoroughly enjoying it.

She left the show with some awesome yarn and I can’t wait to see what Carolyn’s finished projects will be. Hopefully we will be able to get some pictures and share her creativity with the needles on the blog.




Edith Eig and Carolyn Hennesy

Edith Eig and Carolyn Hennesy

Edith Eig and Carolyn Hennesy (pictured on the right)

Edith Eig is the owner of the Needlecraft shop to the stars in Studio City, CA and one of our popular guest demonstrators as well as a staunch supporter of Clover’s Takumi Bamboo knitting needles. We always appreciate the time with Edith and delight in learning knitting and crocheting tips.

Carolyn is wearing a scarf I knit using Pagewood Farms new Pearl Yarn.  It was quick and easy and so much fun to work with.