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.

Watch Tool School Here!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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From sewing to knitting, beading and crafts Clover is sharing the ultimate gift guide that will surely make all of your crafty friends happy this holiday season.

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Takumi Combo Art. No 3683

Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles “Takumi Combo Set” Combine the assorted needles and cords included in this set to create 60 combinations of circular knitting needles… all the sizes you need to create a wealth of knitting masterpieces! Stored in an exclusive luxury case. SET INCLUDES: 12 tip sizes: US No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10 ½, 11, 13, and 15 5 cord lengths: for 16”, 24”, 29”, 36” & 48”

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Press Perfect Essentials 10 Piece Collection Art. No 9045

Press Perfect by Joan Hawley for Clover Needlecraft is an innovative collection of long overdue updated notions at the ironing board. This kit of new basics includes pressing surfaces, hand tools and specialty items. **10 Piece Collection Includes: (1) 2×4 Mighty Mini Board 7800 (1) 2×4 Mighty Mini Board Replacement Cover 7801 (1) Iron Finger 7802 (1) Point 2 Point Turner 7803 (1) Iron Safe 7804 (1) Deluxe Take & Press Mat 7805 (1) Hot Hemmer 7806 (1) Hold It Precision Stiletto 7807 (1) Touch Up Pressing Mitt 7808 (1) Dry Heat Pro Finish Pressing Sheets 7809

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Create gorgeous beaded art and jewelry with a tool that is durable and gentle on even the most intricate projects. The range of working (weaving) space is from 2 ½” to over 8”.

Two Sets of Warping Groove: The set with grooves closest together is for cylinder seed beads.The set with wider grooves is for round seed beads.Warp every other groove to use even larger seed beads.

Winding Beam: The loom can be warped to make long necklaces by going beyond the 8” length to any length desired by using the winding beam to wind up the long warps.

Solid Structure: The hard plastic frame holds its shape and will not warp as some wooden ones do and the frame is very sturdy by comparison to the wire looms.

Holders: The holders clamp over the warp threads and snap into the winding beam so no tying of knots. The opposite edge of the holder is serrated which will “comb” the warp threads and straighten them out as you place them over the grooves…genius!

Warp Thread Stoppers: These pins fit through a channel on the warping beam just above the threads to hold them securely in place while weaving.

Add a Beading Loom Kit to get them started on their first beaded project! Check out the link below:

Clover’s Beading Products

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Amour Crochet Hook Art. No 3672 Set and Amour Crochet Hook Gift Set Art. No 3673

Elastomer rubber handle designed for comfortable stress free manipulation and reduced fatigue. Bright and fun colors with easy grip handles. 10 hooks included in each set. B (2.25mm), C (2.75mm), D (3.25mm), E (3.5mm), F (3.75mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), J (6.0mm).

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Amour “Steel” Crochet Hook Set Art. No 3675

Amour Steel Crochet Hooks are conveniently color coded according to their sizes. Elastomer rubber handles are designed for comfortable, stress free manipulation and reduced fatigue. Set includes 7 sizes: Size 0 – 1.75mm Size 2 – 1.50mm Size 4 – 1.25mm Size 6 – 1.00mm Size 8 – 0.90 mm Size 10 – 0.75mm Size 12 – 0.60mm

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Mini Iron Adapter Set Art. No 9100

The Mini Iron II is better than ever with redesigned handle and temperature controls! The slide-switch settings are convenient and easier to work with. Use the five special interchangeable tips for quilting, sewing and crafting, doll making and stenciling.

There are so many great gift ideas Clover has to offer!

Know a fan of Nancy Zieman? Check out the product line for the perfect gift: Nancy Zieman Products

How about getting down to the basics and providing some sewing essentials like…

We hope that you found some inspiration for gift giving this holiday season.

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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.

Watch Tool School in our Youtube channel Clover Needlecraft

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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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