Summer Frost Mini Beading Loom Project by Carol Porter

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Supplies:

Mini Beading Loom Art No. 9924

Beads 11/0 cylinder

Thread Gray

Beading Needle & Threader

Darning Needle

Scissors

Earring Supplies:

10 Clam Shell Crimps

2 5-strand multi connectors

2 Jump Rings

2 Earring Findings

Earrings

Bead Design 10/Warps 11

1. Warp the loom with one continuous thread to form 11 warps.

2. Start weaving the design at the 5th warp and follow the Bead Placement Chart working from the bottom, left to right.

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3. Follow the increase directions found in the package instructions.

4. Hide the Warp and Weft threads

5. Make 2.

6. Thread the clam shell crimps ont he warp threads in pairs tie knots into the clam shell add a touch of glue and crimp closed. (As shown in the following image)

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7. Hook onto the multi strand connectors.

8. Add a Jump Ring & Earring finding.

Ring Supplies:

0.5mm clear stretch cord

100% polyester thread gray

Beads 11/0 cylinder (see Bead Placement Chart for colors)

Bead Placement Chart

Ring Instructions:

1.The number of beads in this design is 8 so we will need 9 warps.

2. String 9 warps on the loom (follow package instructions for warping).

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3. Tie the weft thread on the leftmost warp. Pass the beading needle to hold the warps up. Pick up the entire first row of the bead pattern and position one bead between each warp. Remove the darning needle and push the warps toward the loom back. Pass the eye of the needle through the beads on top of the warp.

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Note: This ring can be made smaller by reducing the number of rows and by pulling a little tighter on the warps as you are closing the rows off. Puckering may happen, but that’s normal…it will stretch out for a proper fit. 

5.Continue weaving the design until the piece measures 2″.

6. Tie the weft thread off on the leftmost warp.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 9.13.29 AM8. Hide the warp threads by following the package instructions. Note: Since the warp threads are stretchy they are slightly harder to pull. Just make sure you hold the body of the piece flat as you pull.

9. Hide the weft threads as directed.

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Note: There should be only four threads left to hide when you finish pulling…the beginning and ending wefts and two long warps. 

10. I use the warp threads to join the pice into a circle for the ring. Thread the stretchy cord in to a beading needle, then run it through the first bead on one side and pick up the second bead on the opposite end. (this makes a ladder stitch).

11.When you get to the end of the seam hide the warp thread as normal.

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12. Pick up the last warp thread and make the ladder stitch again going back the other way. Hide the warp thread. You have just made a seamless join and are ready to try on the ring!

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Bracelet Supplies

6 Silver Beads 6/0

2 Robins’s Egg Blue Beads

2 Opaque Beads

2 Clam Shell Crimps

2 small links of chain (Lengthen or Shorten Bracelet)

2 Jump Rings

Bead Design 18/Warps 19

1. Warp the loom with one continuous thread to form 19 warps.

2. Start weaving the design at the 9th warp and follow the Bead Placement Chart working from the bottom, left to right.

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3. Follow the increase directions found in the package instructions.

4. Hide the warp and weft threads.

5. Weave a thread through several rows of beads and come out one of the point beads.

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6. String beads in order as shown in the photo, go through a clam shell, then a crimp bead and return and thread all the way back through the strung beads.

7. weave the end through a few rows of beads as you did at the start…cut thread.

8. Repeat Steps 5-7 for the other side.

9. Crimp bead add a small dot of glue; then clamp the clam shell closed.

10. Add a jump ring to both ends of the chain link. Hook the clam shell on one end and one part of the lobster clasp on the other end. Repeat for the other side.

To view more free project sheets please visit our website at http://www.clover-usa.com under Project Sheets.

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A Few of My Favorite Clover Tools for EPP by Diane Gilleland

A Few of My Favorite Clover Tools for English Paper Piecing

By Diane Gilleland

My new book, All Points Patchwork, is all about English paper piecing (otherwise known as EPP) – a lovely hand-sewn patchwork technique. I’m a big fan of hand-sewing in general, and my toolbox is brimming with Clover! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites, and how they make my EPP easier.

(If you’d like to see some EPP in action, by the way, check out these videos.)

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Applique Pins, Fabric Glue Stick
The first step to any EPP project is attaching paper templates to fabric. I use two different tools, depending on the project, Clover’s 3/4″ Applique Pins are a perfect length for pinning smaller patches; when I baste the patches, these short pins don’t prick my fingers. (And since I applique my finished EPP units a lot, the pins do double duty!)

For many straight-sided template shapes, like hexagons, diamonds, triangles, or pentagons, I use Fabric Adhesive Stick instead of pins. A spot of this glue in the center of the template sticks it lightly but firmly to the wrong side of the fabric, and they layers will still be easy to peel apart later.

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Patchwork Scissors, Cutwork scissors
Once the paper template is attached to the fabric, the next step of EPP is to cut the fabric a bit larger than the template. Clover’s Patchwork Scissors are by far my favorite for this kind of cutting. They have a very slight serration on their blades, and this makes them “grab” the fabric as they cut. That grab allows for very accurate cutting, especially for the kinds of complex shapes we cut in EPP. I find the Small size’s 3″ blades to be perfect for most projects.

I also keep a pair of Cutwork Scissors on hand for clipping the edges of my curved patches. These sharp-pointed scissors are also wonderful for any fine cutting you might do for applique.

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Wonder Clips
With the fabric cut, it’s time to baste the edges around the edges of the template. Make a bunch of these patches, and then it’s time to sew them together.

Like many quilters, I love my Wonder Clips. And I always keep a few in my EPP toolkit as well. The main trick to making nice EPP patchwork is simple: keep your patches lined up accurately as you sew them together. Two Wonder Clips do this job nicely without getting in the way of your needle and thread.

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Black Gold Sewing Needles, Needle Threader, Protect & Grip Thimble
Hand sewing may be slow and meditative, but it really uses the muscles in your hands, and here’s where good tools can make a huge difference in the experience!

I love Clover’s Black Gold Needles for hand sewing. They’re very sharp and polished along their length, which allows them to pass so smoothly through fabrics. They won’t bend or break. EPP can be a bit hard on needles – you’re passing them repeatedly through the edges of your patches, bumping into the edges of those paper templates along the way. I find that my Black Gold needles retain their sharpness much longer than other brands.

I prefer a size 10 Applique/Sharp needle, but recommend getting an assorted pack of sizes 9-12 so you can see what your hands like best. The eyes of these needles are quite small, which is exactly what you want for making tiny stitches. If you find them challenging to thread, just pick up one of Clover’s excellent needle threaders, like the Quilting Needle Threader or the Desk Needle Threader.

Everyone’s hands are unique, which is one of the fun things about hand-sewing; each of us does it a little differently. Some stitchers like to use a thimble, and I love my Protect and Grip Thimble. I wear a large size on my thumb for EPP, but you might like a smaller one on a different finger. Try sewing for a while and see where your hands could use some support, and then use the handy size guide on the package. The stretchy sides of this thimble conform to your finger while providing a little extra grip on your needle. And the metal tip is great for pushing the needle through tight spaces – especially when you’re stitching at the ends of the patches, where there are more layers of fabric to pass through.

What are your favorite hand-sewing tools? Please share in the comments below!

Mini Flower Loom Tool School with Instructor Steve Butler

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What is it? – “Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” That’s what Henry Beecher thought anyway. So how important are flowers? Claude Monet once wrote that he may very well have become a painter because of flowers. Art, literature, music, culture . . . all are replete with references to flowers. Can you imagine a Spring morning in the Colorado Rockies without fields of wild flowers? Or Japan without cherry blossoms? A prom without orchids. Perhaps Valentine’s Day without red roses? Mother Nature in her special way has given us a tangible means of non-verbal communication. We can inspire, encourage, soothe, light up a life or simply say “I love you” in a very meaningful way with just the image of a single flower. Using an unlimited catalog of colors, shapes and textures she has created the perfect flower for every occasion. And now you can do that too. You can create the perfect flower to accessorize any sewn or craft project. Fashion, heirloom, quilting, home decor, knitting, crafts. They are all made better with the perfect floral accent that you can now create with Clover’s Mini Flower Loom.

What does it do? – Whatever you can envision you can make. Just like Mother Nature, choose the shapes, colors and textures that inspire you.

  • Shape – The Mini Flower Loom is actually two looms. One for round flowers and one for square flowers. The package also contains a darning needle used to finish off the flower once you have finished the weaving process. The tools are very simple and easy to use. Easy to understand instructions are included.
  • Materials – This is where your creativity really expresses itself. You are limited only by your imagination. For the flower petals chose any of the decorative threads, metallic threads, memory threads, yarns, ribbons, fine wire, or raffia. Mix and match. You can even add beads to your flowers. Colors, texture, shape, all are at your beck and call to help you achieve your creative design.

Watch Tool School Here!!!

Still need inspiration? Visit our website under project sheets to get our free Mini Flower Loom Jewelry project sheet!!!

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How to Fix a Dropped Stitch!

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We’ve all done it: dropped a stitch while knitting. Depending on how many rows down that slippery, little sucker fell we may or may not feel the dread of the inevitable: unknitting (aka “tinking”) several rows of precious stitching. One row down is simple: just use the right-hand needle to pick up the loop of the stitch in the row below; place it on the left-hand needle; pull the “rung” or strand of yarn from the current row through the stitch on the needle, letting the other strand drop down over it. Easy-peasy. Once the stitch has ran 2 or more rows down, though things can get a little hairy. The challenge is manipulating the strands of yarn without pulling the fabric so much that it causes the stitch to drop further. Thanks to Clover’s Bamboo Knitting Repair Hook, though you can avoid the stress of stitches gone awry — and in just a few, simple steps. Here’s how to use this cool tool for a quick fix, the next time you drop a stitch!

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Step 1:  
For Stockinette stitch come up through the loop of the stitch that’s off the needle, slip it onto the Knitting Repair Hook and under the “rung” closest to the stitch.

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Step 2:
Pull that strand through the loop. Repeat this step for as many times as rows have been dropped.

Tip: I don’t recommend this method for a stitch dropped any more than 5 rows down, or else you may get puckering in the fabric. Sorry, folks; for 6 or more rows, you’ve gotta frog (pull out the rows) it!

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Step 3: Place fixed stitch back onto left-hand needle.

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Although Garter stitch is easier to knit, it’s actually a wee bit more complicated to fix because you have to mock both the front and back facing stitches. Here’s what I mean:

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Step 1: For the purl bump stitches (in garter all rows are knit, but when you knit on the wrong-side of the piece, then the backside of the stitch –which looks like a purl bump–is visible on the right-side), come down through the loop of the stitch that’s off the needle, slip it onto the Knitting Repair Hook, and over the “rung” (below) closest to the stitch.

Step 2: Pull strand through the loop.

Step 3: For knit stitches, work as for Stockinette (see above).

Alternating these two methods every other row, recreates the garter pattern.

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Step 4: Place fixed stitch back onto left-hand needle.

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Tip: Use the pointy end of the Knitting Repair Hook to lift a rung over the loop, so it’s in the ready position to create the purl bump effect!

Use this tool for your next, stitch snafu — I promise it’ll save time, and make you feel super fancy for knowing a quick-fix method for your favorite craft: knitting!

xx,
Vickie
@vickiehowell
#TakumiTuesday

Hair Pin Lace Tool Review and Giveaway with the Underground Crafter

Hairpin Lace, the Crochet Speciality of the Month for May, 2015 on Underground CrafterWelcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

As part of this month’s focus on hairpin lace, I’m sharing a review of my favorite hairpin lace loom along with a giveaway sponsored by Clover USA!

Read on for your chance to win one of two Clover Hair Pin Lace Tools!

Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool in the package. Image (c) Clover.

I reached out to the nice folks at Clover because I really love their Hair Pin Lace Tool (also known as a hairpin lace loom).

The tool comes with 3 pins, though I’ve only ever used 2. I love the sturdy construction of the clips, and the clip holes, which allow you to anchor the tail of your yarn.

The top clip is very stable and keeps your loops on the tool when you're doing hairpin lace on the go. The whole.

Although the tool is a bit pricier than other looms (it retails at $17), it is definitely worth the price.

The top and bottom clips are sturdy and can help keep your loops from sliding off when you put down your project.

The clip hole is a great anchor for the yarn tail so that when you start your hairpin lace project, you don’t have to worry about it moving around as much.

Another great feature is the eyelet at the bottom of the pins. You can thread another color of yarn through that eyelet, and when you are crocheting a long hairpin lace strip, the other color of yarn can serve as a stitch holder. This will help to prevent your strips from twisting when it’s off the loom.

There is also a small guide included in the package, which provides basic illustrated instructions for using the loom to create hairpin lace with 2 or 3 pins, as well as how to combine strips. The guide is available in English, French, Spanish, and German.

If you’re new to hairpin lace, why not pick up a Clover Hair Pin Lace Tool (Art No. 3104) and check out my roundup of free tutorials here? It’s actually pretty fun once you get started, and you can create some stunning projects!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of two Clover Hair Pin Lace Tools (Art No. 3104) , courtesy of Clover USA. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, May 26, 2015!

Use the Rafflecopter entry on the Underground Crafters blog:

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Tool School with Steve Butler, Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks

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What is it? -There was a time when almost all of the gals and some of us guys grew up learning how to crochet from our moms or grandmothers.  It was a necessary skill that seemed to play out as life became more fast-paced.  All of a sudden it was more economical to  purchase finished goods than to buy materials and devote the time required to complete a project. Times have changed and creativity is making a comeback. Crochet now goes to places where grandma never imagined.  And what takes us there?  Technology takes us there.  New materials and an unending selection of resources.  Manufactures now produce yarns in every shade of the rainbow and in unlimited styles and textures.  Add to that the creative influence of internet resources and the possibilities are boundless.   Bulky yarns are in.  So is combining yarns.  But heavier yarns require larger crochet hooks.  To accommodate these new techniques Clover has developed a line of new Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks.  Afghans, scarves, hats are all fast, easy and creatively you.
 What does it do? – Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks are not just the XL of crochet hooks.  Clover has gone the extra mile in research and development to ensure that the Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks will contribute to your crochet creativity well into the future.

  • The handles are soft and ergonomically designed to provide hours of comfortable, stress free manipulation.  The hooks are also very light so your stitches are smooth and fast.
  • The plastic hooks are seam free so your delicate yarns will never snag.  Your fine materials will slide smoothly and easily over the surface.
  • The neck between the handle and the taper to the hook is extended to allow you to pick up multiple loops, all with consistent diameter.  Your project lies flat and you get the shape you intended.  The hook design works for you, not against you.
  • Jumbo Amour Crochet Hooks are available in 5 sizes to meet your every need – 6.5 mm, 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, and 15 mm.

Watch Tool School here!!!

Need inspiration? Visit our website under “Project Sheets” to get free projects!!!

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