Quilt! Knit! Stitch! 2015 Clover’s Flower of the Hour

Flower of the Hour

It’s that time in the year once again for Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland! We will be there of course, and we hope to see you too. Learn more about the show and how to purchase your tickets at the official website www.quilts.com.

Join us August 13-15 from 11-5pm in the Flower Garden where we will be doing the Flower of the Hour. We will be showing you how to make flower accessories that are easy to add to any project and every hour we will be using a different tool, you definitely don’t want to miss this!!! Take a look at some of the tools we will be using and make sure to stop by our booth at #2247

Pom-Pom Makers

“Hana-Ami” Flower Loom

Mini Flower Loom

Kanzashi Flower Makers

Flower Frill

Crocheted Flowers

Tool School Mini Beading Loom

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Clover Mini Beading Loom with instructor Steve Butler

What is it? – As children, many of us went to scout camp or attended other summer activities where beading was a staple activity.  It was fun, fast, creative and we were left with something that was uniquely ours. Unknowingly that was our introduction to an art form that was thousands of years old.  From the earliest of times our ancestors were accessorizing their clothes, their tools and even themselves with beads.  They were worn, traded and valued by the owner.  Happily bead weaving is alive and well today and made modern by the creation of a plethora of new bead types as well as some highly functional bead looms.  Made from both natural and synthetic materials, beads are now described by characteristics of finish, refractive index, opacity or internal glitter.

The resulting creative potential is virtually unlimited.  And now Clover has made bead weaving easier and even more convenient with the introduction of the new Clover Mini Beading Loom. The Mini Beading loom is a great introduction to the process of Bead Weaving without a huge investment of both time or money.  It’s perfect for those smaller accessory projects that may not require all of the features of a full size loom such as rings, pins, earrings medallions. Larger projects can still be created like bracelets and necklaces by using woven segments. An added feature is its portability.  Just slip it into a pocket or purse and take it with you. Work on your project anywhere, anytime.  By the way, it’s still fun, fast, creative and we’re left with something that is uniquely ours.

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What does it do? – The Clover Mini Beading Loom enables you to create smaller beaded objects for jewelry or clothing accessories.   The loom itself is made of a strong polypropylene material. It is rectangular in shape, allowing you to wrap the warp threads either vertically or horizontally as appropriate to your intended design.  The kit comes complete with a beading needle, a needle threader and a darning needle.  The darning needle is used to raise the warp threads at the point of application to make it easier to insert the weft threads.  Whether you use a commercial design or make an original beaded design, the Clover Mini Beading Loom is the perfect tool to accomplish your beading vision.

Watch Tool School Here!!

For inspiration visit www.clover-usa.com under project sheets and download free project sheets today!

Beading 1PS Summer Frost

Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America with b.hooked Crochet

Challenge Featured ImageClover is teaming up with the Warm Up America! Foundation and b.hooked Crochet to challenge you to create afghans for those in need. Warm Up America is a charitable organization that distributes afghans, caps, and other items thanks to the generosity and donations of knitters and crocheters around the country. Learn how you can get involved in other ways by visiting their current needs page HERE.

Detailed information on the challenge (pattern, timeline, PRIZES, and more) can be found on b.hooked Crochet’s site. Brittany at b.hooked has generously provided written instructions, diagrams, and videos to help you along the way!

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The challenge will run from August 1- 31st. The Clover Team is excited to be a part of this great cause and hope you will join along too.

Join the challenge! Join the fun! Follow along on Instagram and Twitter using #challengeforwua

Wonder Knitter: Kid’s Cat Headband!

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I don’t know about you fellow parents, but my youngest kiddo wants to be entertained. All. Of. The. Time. As we hit the homestretch of school break, I’ve found that it’s harder and harder to find things to do that don’t require me acting as her own, personal cruise director! So, as I have my whole life, I turn to crafting for some solace.

Thanks to the Wonder Knitter, kids can create knit pieces with relative ease. With that in mind, I set-off to collaborate with my kitty-fanatic daughter! We came up with a cute-as-a-kitten headband (the tail was all her idea!) that’s constructed by sewing together one, continuous strand of Wonder Knitting. We took turns knitting, I assembled, and voila: a kids craft that’s the cat’s meow! Here’s how you can make one, too.

Materials
1 ball, bulky-weight yarn (I used, Patons Classic Wool Roving, in color: Natural)
Clover Wonder Knitter
Clover Jumbo Tapestry Needle
1 felt sheet each, in 2 ear colors
Felt scraps in 3 colors for eyes
Sewing needle & thread OR felt glue
Scissors

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Finished Size
Toddler (Child)

Finished Measurements
Fits 18″(20″)/ 46(51) cm head

Directions
Knit headband fabric:

  • Using Wonder Knitter with bulky disk and yarn, knit an 84″(92″)/213.5(234) cm piece.
  • Fasten off.

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Assemble headband:

  • Make an 18″(20″)/ 46(51) circle with end of piece; use tapestry needle and yarn to sew into place (this will be the back of your project). You now have the top of your headband.
  • Wrap the piece in a spiraling formation, taking care to measure every round to ensure circumference stays the same, using whip stitch (or whatever stitch gets the job done for you!) to sew rounds together, 4 times, and ending at the back.
  • Make an extra stitch or two to secure piece, letting the last 12″/30.5 cm or so hang. This will be the cat’s tail.
  • Weave in ends; flip piece over so tail hangs downward.

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Make cat face:

  • Using template as guide, cut outer & inner ear, nose, and eye component pieces out of appropriately colored felt. Cut 6, matchstick thin pieces of grey felt for whiskers.

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  • Using needle & thread OR glue attach pink, inner ear to outer ear pieces. If you’re sewing, also pinch ears and tack to create a pucker at the bottom-center (see below). Attach ears to inside of the top-front of headband.

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  • Assemble 3 layers of eye components; attach eyes to upper-front of headband.

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  • Attach whiskers, then layer and attach nose to lower-front of headband.

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That’s it; you’re feline-fantastic!
xx,
Vickie
@VickieHowell (on FB, Instagram & Twitter)
@iamvickiehowell (Pinterest)
Yarn Arts Ambassador, Clover Needlecraft

Psst! Bookmark this project for a gift, Halloween, or ski season!

Get Kids Sewing in a Pinch by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs

When I was little, I had a favorite blanket and my sister had a favorite pillow. Looking back, I think she had the right idea. While sometimes it was too hot for me to snuggle under my blankie, she was never without her pillow. She used her pillow everywhere, year-round – in the car, snuggling with mom, even a trip to the hospital when she had her tonsils out. Remembering how my sister loved her pillow, I designed the In A Pinch travel-sized pillow. Read on for details and a giveaway.

Here’s the cute travel pillow I made for my nephew. I used a soft brushed cotton novelty print, perfect for long car rides or flights.

Here’s the cute travel pillow I made for my nephew.
I used a soft brushed cotton novelty print, perfect for long car rides or flights.

Perfect First Project
This little pillow project is a great fit for young and new sewists. There’s nothing like accomplishing a quick project that looks awesome to help build confidence and skills. Use anything from novelty prints to elegant designs for the pillow cover, and make/buy a pillow form.

Pretty pillows In A Pinch, LGD133 Fabric is ‘Piper’ by Dear Stella.

Pretty pillows In A Pinch, LGD133 Fabric is ‘Piper’ by Dear Stella.

There’s a little ‘pinch’ detail at the side that gives the pillow shape and a little fun. Here’s a better look at that detail.

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Buy or Make a Pillow
For this quick project, you can either buy a ready-made travel-sized pillow which is 12″ x 16″, or make one from the instructions included in the pattern.

A basic pillow of this simple construction offers room to build skills and sharpen techniques. This is two rectangle cuts of fabric, stacked, and stitched on all edges, leaving an opening to turn. That’s the easy part, right? A frustrating part can be turning in that open seam allowance so it’s nice and even with the rest of the seam. I have two tricks for you here.

Perfect Seam Closing
First, use a slightly larger seam allowance on the edge with the opening for better control. I used a 1/4″ seam on three sides, and a 1/2″ seam on the edge with the opening.

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Second, use the Hot Hemmer (item #7806) from my Clover Press Perfect line to fold and press the seam allowance before turning the project right sides out. Fold the seam allowance over the Hemmer and match the edge to the 1/2″ mark, then press. Do this for both pieces of fabric at the opening. Once turned, the seam allowance will be easy to finish by machine or hand.

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I like to make the pillow form and I don’t put too much stuffing in. I love a pillow with a little give.

Pillow Cover
The next place the Hot Hemmer saves me on this project is the hem on the pillow cover. Fold the fabric over the bottom edge of the Hemmer and match the edge to the size needed, then press. Rather than measuring and marking, here and there, you can tackle the whole hem in one step. The long firm edge of the Hemmer allows you to press a good portion of the project at once, rather than approaching it piecemeal. Press with the Hemmer in place – it can take the heat and steam without getting too hot to touch.

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That Little Pinch
The pillow has a little pinch at the sides that draws the fabric in around the pillow form for a more elegant option. It’s a simple open ended dart or tuck, and it’s a great way learn about structure and design. This little detail is simple, yet takes the project to a whole new level. Use the Hot Hemmer to measure and mark the pinch, then stitch.

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The In A Pinch is a great project to share with someone new to sewing. Learn about fabric selection, construction, working with different materials and tools. It’s a very forgiving project, so it will look great whether it’s perfect or not. But it will be loved plenty by the sewist or gifty recipient.

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Pattern and Hot Hemmer
The In A Pinch pattern is available at local quilt shops, online and at Craftsy. Ask for the Hot Hemmer wherever Clover products are sold or buy it here!

Three lucky winners will win a Hot Hemmer! Here’s how, we want you to tell us how you can use the Hot Hemmer, most helpful tips will win!!!

Hot Hemmer Giveaway