Tool School Weaving Sticks

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What is it? – Stick weaving is a traditional art form made modern by Clover with Weaving Sticks. Just how old it is no one can truly say. Not even Wikipedia knows for sure when or where it came to be. There is little doubt that this simple method of weaving was initially utilitarian by nature intended primarily for making clothing and other needed implements by ancient ancestors. Weaving Sticks are so simple to use that anyone, regardless of age, ability or skill level, can create beautiful and useful woven items. Techniques, materials and imagination make anything you can imagine possible and all of it very personal to the creator. It’s faster than knitting or crochet and just as portable. With Clover’s Weaving Sticks, creativity can truly be at anyone’s finger tips at all times.

What does it do? – Weaving with Weaving Sticks is a very simple technique in which the weaver selects both warp and weft from a wide variety of materials. Yarns of any shape and size, fabric strips, leather or plastic braiding, cording or any combination of those materials provide an unending selection of creative mediums. The warp materials are threaded through holes in the base of each weaving stick and can be any length. The first weft strip is a knot tied around a single weaving stick. Then simply weave over and under, back and forth until the desired project length is achieved. The width is controlled by using two or more of the six sticks provided in each kit. For more width, a darning needle is supplied to enable the attachment of parallel horizontal rows. Weaving Sticks are available in two sizes, thick and thin. Choose the size that best suits your creative intent. Here’s an idea! Load several beads onto the weft yarn before starting your project and then feed them into the weaving project for a truly unique, defining appearance.

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New Items from Clover

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Mini loom

The new Mini Flower Loom is a great tool for any age. All you have to do is loom your fibers around each peg and you will create a project in no time. Use ribbons, yarns and all kinds of threads!

Get a free project sheet here!!! CT0136_MiniFlowerLoom

Jumbo Amour With NO Blue

The new Amour Crochet Hooks include sizes ranging from 6.5mm to 10mm. These are great for your bulky yarns!!! The hooks feature the alway comfortable handles and they come in an assortment of bright colors! You will never have to struggle to see your crochet hook again.

Get a free project sheet here!!! CT0137_WoodlandBeanie

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The new Mini Beading Loom allows you to make small beading accessories. This is a great tool for beading beginners.

Get a free project sheet here!!! CT0135_MinibeadingloomAccessories

Tool School Hold It Precision Stiletto by Joan Hawley

What is it? – Check out “stiletto” in the unabridged dictionary and you start reading about stylish heels or a long narrow knife with a sharp point.  Look it up in the Clover dictionary and you read about something entirely different.  The Hold It Precision Stiletto is an incredibly useful sewing tool designed by Clover in conjunction with Joan Hawley. Modern sewist require precision cutting, sewing and pressing.  Unfortunately some of these activities put our fingers in precarious proximity to either hot things or sharp things or both.  Done incorrectly we end up wounded or our work is not as precise as we envisioned and we’re disappointed.  So how can we achieve our sewing goals without risking injury from irons or needles?  Enter the Clover Precision Stiletto, brilliant in simplicity and flawless in function.  The tool itself resembles a long pen and should be held as such.  One end has a gentle curve and sports a “pointy” tip.  The other end is straight and has a silicone angled “grippy” tip that is somewhat flattened to increase its holding function.  Both tips are designed for optimum reach and visibility and the grippy tip is heat resistant so no worries about it melting on your fabric.  The Precision Stiletto is an extremely useful sewing tool that will make life way easier, and safer, at both the ironing board and the sewing table.
What does it do? –  The Clover Precision Stiletto is a natural for any application that requires detailed ironing or stitching.

  • The Precision Stiletto is perfect for holding fabric in place for precision pressing.  Doll clothes, appliqué, mitered corners, or any other close or small work can be held safely in place while ironing.  Use either the pointy or the grippy tip, whichever is most suitable. Iron right up against the grippy tip for more precision.
  • The Precision Stiletto is equally adept at the sewing table.  Fabric manipulation across the needle plate of either a serger or a sewing machine can pose problems with the confluence of needles, feed dogs, presser feet, pins, fabric and fingers, all in a very small space.  How do you keep track of all of that? The stiletto allows us to hold the fabric sans hands right up to where the action takes place.  This prevents any painful punctures or pinches and allows more visibility and control of our stitching.  Again, use which ever tip meets the needs of your fabric and sewing applications.

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Tool School with Steve Butler, Iron Finger by Press Perfect

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What is it? – So much of what we do in sewing requires precision ironing. Careful pressing equals flat hems and seams. However, tiny hems, seams, points, appliqué and delicate creative shapes allow little space for stabilizing our projects while we press. The problem arises when we get that hot iron in close proximity to our cool fingers. Too close and it’s sailor talk and nobody wants that. So how do we accommodate the creative demands of our project while protecting our fingers? Simple, put Clover’s Iron Finger to work. It’s a modern tool designed for modern sewing and craft techniques and applications. Designed with emerging requirements in mind, this is truly a multifunction tool. Broom handles, wooden spoon handles, spatulas, etc., have all been used and advocated by the creatively innovative. Clover’s Iron Finger combines the benefits of all of them into one tool and coated it with heat resistant silicon so nobody gets burned. The round handle is soft and easy to grip without slipping and the multi-shaped tip allows you to hold your fabric or craft surfaces securely while you press them.

What does it do? – The Iron Finger allows you to hold, shape and press any number of materials with efficiency and safety.

  • Most notably the Iron Finger can hold your fabric and allow you to press right up to it without concern for heat damage. The finest, most detailed ironing applications are now easy.
  • The spatula tip is a great substitute for finger pressing. It’s narrow enough to get into the tightest spaces and has just enough flexibility to smooth your fabric. You can even roll the Iron Finger across your fabric to press seams open..
  • Need to press a narrow seam without creasing the edges of a narrow tube shape? Easy. Simply slide the Iron Finger into the tube shape lined up with the seam and iron away. Flat seam, no creases. Don’t want seam imprints ironed through your fabric, same process. Again, easy.
  • The Iron Finger can also be used to turn or point fabric that is loosely woven or knitted. The broad point or spatula shape manipulates the fabric but doesn’t poke through.

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Tool School with Steve Butler, Carefree Curves

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What is it? – In a recent class we discussed how easy it is to create perfect half-square and quarter-square triangle blocks for quilts using the No Hassles Triangles Gauge. Well, that’s great and it allows us to make a seemingly endless array of quilt designs. But they’re all straight lines. What do we do if we want to make quilt blocks with curves or circles? Old school requires joining apposing curves cut from a template. That is not only labor intensive but requires a great deal of skill to make sure the seams lie flat and that both the edges and the seams line up evenly on joining blocks to form your desired pattern. And what about seam allowances? Don’t even want to think about it. A daunting task to say the least, or at least it used to be. Enter Nancy Zieman’s Carefree Curves Quilting Templates. Now we can form perfect circles and curves without all of the hassle of cutting and stitching apposing curved seams and all the math is done for you. All of those projects that you always wanted to do but thought impossible are now possible, even for the novice quilter. Now endless variations of Circle Blocks, Hearts & Gizzards Blocks and Fan Blocks lie easily at your finger tips. The rest is up to you.

What does it do? – Carefree Curves is a set of three templates that enables you to form the following shapes effortlessly so you can spend most of your time just being creative.

  • The Circle Block template allows you to make full, half or quarter square circle blocs in three sizes. 11″ circle on a 14″ finished block, 8 1/2″ circle on a 12″ finished block and a 6″ circle on a 8″ finished block. With your perfect blocks you are now free to organize them into any number of patterns from Mohawk Trail to Fools Puzzle to Drunkard’s Path to Mill Wheel or anything that satisfies your creative craving.
  • The Hearts and Gizzards template allows you to make 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″ and 16″ finished blocks in the distinctive half-heart shaped pattern. Combine them in any order or orientation to form Hearts and Gizzards, Blooming Hearts, Ferris Wheel or something of your own. You can even mix and match sizes.
  • The Wagon Wheel and Fan template enables you to form Wagon Wheel finished blocks in 16″, 18″, 20″, 22″ and 24″ sizes and Fan finished blocks in 8″, 9″, 10″, 11″ and 12″ sizes. From there it is easy to form Wagon Wheel, Ferris Wheel, Lady’s Fan patterns or any other traditional or contemporary quilt design or maybe even something of your own.

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