Egg Pompom + Clover News by Vickie Howell

Clover VH_BLOG_BANNERFor years now (seriously, over a decade), I’ve used Clover brand tools more than any other for my knitting, crochet, and general notions needs. Their bamboo, Takumi needles are a staple item in my studio (I love the way wool sliding off bamboo feels), and 9 times out of 10 if I need a large-eyed yarn needle or a stitch holder, Clover’s going to be the name on the one I grab from the shelves. That said, I’m thrilled to announce that I am now their, Yarn Arts Ambassador! In conjunction with my role as the International Spokesperson for Yarnspirations (in which I get to share all kinds of yarn-y goodness with knitter’s and crocheters), I’m excited to provide scoop on new products, as well as create new projects using Clover tools –or sometimes, just share a new way to use a notion that’s been around for awhile; like the one I’m showing today. Let’s dig in!

(Side note: I also have a daughter named, Clover. No relation. Just coincidence. It may get confusing. ;-))

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I don’t know about you, but I’m perpetually decorating for holidays at the 11th hour. A lot of that has to do with being a working mom of 3, and juggling career, home, and family. Some of it, though truly happens because I love crafting in theme of whatever day it is on or around the actual day it’s happening. I’m one to cast-on for a red knitting project on Valentine’s Day, or start a little crocheted, Fall-colored something on Thanksgiving. It’s part of the way I celebrate!

Well, folks here we are just a couple days away from Easter which means time to craft in a water colored palette — and since I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to pom-poms, I decided this was the route I’d go. What’s cuter than pastel pom-poms, you ask? Egg-shaped versions, of course! They’re easy to shape as long as you have a firm, evenly-wound pom foundation to start with. To get this, I highly recommend forgoing the fork, hand, or cardboard method. Instead, opt for a pom-pom maker (trust me, I tried without one and my finished, trimmed, egg-pom looked more like a sad, under-watered topiary.)

Make one for fun or to hang from the kidlet’s basket, or more to make a garland. Here’s how!

Materials
Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell, in color: Homme(ish)Large, Clover Pom-pom Maker
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How-to:

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Once you’ve followed the above steps, it’s time to give your pom an eggcut! The trick is to trim in arcs. As long as you cut more of on the ends than you do in the middle, you’ll be golden (like a gold egg for Easter!)

Here’s a quickie, time-lapse video to show what I did.

 

Simple, fast, and frankly, smile-inducing. Grab your Clover Pom-pom Maker, and get eggy with it this weekend!

Happy Easter, Ostara, Bunny Day, Spring, or whatever!

xx,

Vickie
@VickieHowell

On the Road….. To Bead True Blue 2015

Clover on the Road….. To Bead True Blue 2015

Clover is on the road all year long spreading the word on our latest and greatest. This week the Clover team is heading to To Bead True Blue in Tucson, AZ. Visit us at Booth 231-232. As always, we’ll be providing hands on demonstrations on some of our newest products including the Mini Beading Loom and Mini Flower Loom. Check out some inspiration on these new items below.

We’ve updated our tradeshow calendar, you can follow along throughout the year:          2015  Tradeshow Calendar

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Pendant made with Clover’s Mini Beading Loom

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Necklace made with Clover’s Mini Flower Loom

 

 

The Perfect Crafty Gift by Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs

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by guest blogger Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs 

Gifting for someone who crafts can be a challenge. What do they already have? How do you know if it’s any good? What would they like? Will they use it? I think we can meet all of these challenges with the perfect gift – Press Perfect, in fact.

My Press Perfect line of products by Clover have been out for a year now, so it’s still quite new. And what a year it’s been. I’ve been all over the country introducing my line at shows, events and meetings. I could demo these little sweethearts in my sleep.

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What I can tell you after all of this is that these tools have really struck a chord with sewists. The Press Perfect collection is the new basics. From our Hot Hemmer to the Iron Finger, every item has function that makes our pressing tasks easier and better. I constantly hear – Where has this been all of my life!

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Several Press Perfect products have been editor’s picks, staff recommendations and suggested stocking stuffers in national magazines – both consumer and trade. Clover is known for innovation and quality, so you know it’s good. These products grew out of my needs and the challenges I faced at the ironing board over 35 years of sewing.

Hard to Choose? At the time we launched, we immediately began receiving requests to offer the whole line as a boxed set. I couldn’t believe there were so many interested in all of the products. So, Clover listened and now offers ‘Press Perfect Essentials’, a boxed set of all ten items – the new basics!

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There’s something for everyone in the Press Perfect line. The Essentials is a collection of hand tools, pressing surfaces and specialty products all aimed at improving results at the ironing board. We’ve covered all the bases at the ironing board and address the different pressing needs we encounter during our projects.

The Press Perfect Essentials Includes

2×4 Mighty Mini Board, (and replacement cover): The board you didn’t know you needed! Shaped like a 2×4, it goes where no board has gone before.

Iron Finger: Takes the place of your finger at the iron, can be pressed.

Point 2 Point Turner: 2 turning points, gentle curves, hera marker all in one.

Iron Safe: Teflon shoe to protect your iron sole plate and fabrics. Adhesives won’t stick.

Deluxe Take & Press Mat: Luxurious portable mat for pressing, pin blocking.

Hot Hemmer: Measure, mark, fold, press in one step

Hold It Precision Stiletto: Heat resistant tip for gripping at the iron, bent tip stiletto for great visibility

Touch Up Pressing Mitt: A pressing surface for your hand, reach inside a garment on hanger or dress form and press.

Dry Heat Pro Finish Pressing Sheets: Press the unpressable! For use with chalkboard, t-shirts, vinyl, PUL, laminates and more.

 

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Ready For Gifting

The collection comes in a sturdy cardboard carry case box with a handle. It’s perfect for storing or toting your supplies. Just add a bow to the box and you’re done!

Have you tried any of the Press Perfect items? If so, consider adding a product review at the Clover website to tell others what you think. All of the Press Perfect items can be found here: http://www.clover-usa.com/c/press-perfect-by-joan-hawley

Link and share this post to drop a hint, or gift it to yourself for being so good this year!

 

Enjoy! Joan

 

Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Products

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Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition

Desk Needle Threader & 50 Piece Wonder Clips

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.

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Desk Needle Threader (POP Display) Art No. 4080

Automatic needle threader. This tool is a must for every sewer and quilter. Easy to use and it threads your needles with a simple push of a button. The threader also has a built in cutter.

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Wonder Clips (50 pcs.) (POP Display) Art No. 3167

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.

Lone Star Table Topper

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Check out this beautiful Summery Lone Star Table Topper by Nancy Zieman.

Watch the video on how to use Nancy’s Lone Star templates. Also don’t miss out on our weeks giveaway by signing here at Raffle Copter: Clover Summer Giveaway! We are giving away a        Quick YO-YO Maker,  Point-2-Point-turner and  Wrap-N-Fuse Piping

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

Embroidery Stitching Tool

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Sometimes there’s a need to modify your clothes, just to add some charm. Clover’s Embroidery Stitching Tool offers that charm. The tool is fun and easy to use and you can use either a template to do embroidery like Jack Dempsey Needle Art templates. I chose to free hand my design by using Clovers Chaco Liners, they mark up great on material. I took a pair of cropped jean pants and drew my design out, this is a fun and easy project that anyone can try, use any article of clothing, or maybe a bag to decorate.  

Please see the below video on more about our fun Embroidery Stitching Tool!