Heading to the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show

Spring is here! Time to hit the road and freshen up your fiber stash. Kreinik is excited to be participating in the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show this month, March 27, 29, and 29, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here's a chance to see how your projects will look gorgeous with a little Kreinik fiber "spice." Plus, if you have hats, gloves, scarves or other night-out ensembles on your to-do list this year, you will want to pick up the Kreinik Reflective Yarn, which can be combined with any yarn from your stash.

In addition to the popular Reflective Yarn, we will have our most popular fibers for knitting, crochet, weaving, and spinning: Kreinik Twist, Twisted 6, Ombre, and more. These super-soft metallic carry-along threads dress up a design like you wouldn't believe—in fact, just come by the Kreinik booth to see the design possibilities. Even "ugly" yarns are made beautiful with these fiber additions.

The Knit & Crochet Festival was founded more than 10 years ago by fiber guru Barbara Grossman as a simple fundraiser for her daughter's school. Now a renowned, award-winning event, the festival attracts thousands of knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers and other fiber enthusiasts. This year's festival features such fiber stars as Steven "StevenBe" Berg, Alasdair "Extreme Double Knitting Master" Post-Quinn, Drew "The Crochet Dude" Emborsky, and Charles "The Sock King" Gandy. Oh, and did we mention Doug "The Thread Man" Kreinik? Yes, he will be there too.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival 2015, visit http://pghknitandcrochet.com/






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New cross stitch kits

Whether you are stitching for Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas gifts, or just want a lovely quick-to-stitch-and-finish weekend project, the new Kreinik CROSS Stitches kits are perfect. They are worked in cross stitch on premium quality Trinkets™ perforated paper.

Each kit includes everything you need to stitch a design: Kreinik silk and metallic threads, 18-count perforated paper cross, chart, needle, plus double-sided tape and backing fabric. The designs are subtle enough for primitive palettes, but with a touch of shimmer for visual interest. Luxurious ultrasuede fabric covers the back to make finishing fast yet elegant.


Choose from these four designs:

  • Alphabet Cross, featuring beautiful "Marsala" shades of silk thread (the Pantone® Color Of The Year), this design is ideal for sampler lovers, history buffs, and those wanting a simple-but-elegant project.
  • Crown Cross features a common sampler motif worked in golden silk thread, with a modern twist of metallic thread (fitting for a gold crowns!). The various yellow shades blend harmoniously, while white silk stitches provide a textured backdrop. It's a simple but gorgeous project.
  • Dogwood Cross celebrates the onset of spring in its floral glory, plus ties in with the Legend Of The Dogwood story.
  • 2015 is the Year Of The Sheep! Shepherd Cross celebrates this beloved animal, but also brings to mind one of the most popular Psalms from the Bible. 

The new CROSS Stitches kits debuted at the recent Nashville Needlework Market, so they are in stores now or coming very soon. Visit your local needlework store, favorite online retailer, or http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Cross-Stitches/





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Doug’s Favorite Scratch Pizza and Sauce

We've gotten over a foot of snow in Parkersburg, WV today so we are doing a little baking with the plant closed.  My Dad taught me the fine science of making pizzas. He actually had a collection of twenty five pizza dough recipes. I would go over to my parent’s house on a Sunday mornings and work with him to prepare pizza for a nice afternoon repass. We would always try to outdo each other on toppings. This of course made for interesting conversation.

Pizza Doug-h (it contains my name, so it must be good)
I always make a double batch, but each batch I make separately

  • 1 packet or 1 tablespoon (5 ml) dry yeast.
  • 2 tsp (30 ml) sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) luke warm water
  • 3 cups (700 ml)) all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 2 tbsp.(45 ml) olive oil
Sometimes I will add spices to the dough, i.e. Italian Spices to give the dough an interesting flavor and appearance.
  1. Heat ¼ cup (60 ml) of water for 12 seconds in the microwave
  2. Add sugar and yeast and gently stir. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes to rise.
  3. I have used a food processor and a mixer and prefer the mixer.
  4. Add flour, water, salt, olive oil and yeast in the mixing bowl
  5. Using the dough blade in the mixer, mix until a ball is formed. You may need to add a little more water to help it in forming.
  6. Take the ball of dough and place in a covered bowl. I usually wipe the side of the bowl or container holding the dough ball with olive oil so that it will not stick.  
At this point, make a second batch for a second pizza.



Marinara Pizza Sauce

While the dough is rising, you can prepare the pizza sauce. Here is my favorite Marinara sauce which is easy and fast to make.
  • 2 tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves either mashed or finally chopped
  • 1 medium purple or yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) (840 ml) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground fennel
  • 1 ½ tbsp. (22.5 ml) sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) Italian spices (marjoram, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory and sage)
  1. Sauté onions and garlic in a sauce pan until the onions are transparent.
  2. Add remaining ingredients simmer for 1 hour.  
This recipe makes enough sauce for two pizzas.

Rising
After the pizza dough doubles in size, kneed it, continually folding it onto itself. I usually let it rise twice.  When ready, shape the dough into a cookie tray or an 18” (.45 m) round pizza pan. For thinner crust, roll out with a rolling pin. I often let the shaped dough rise a little more in the pan before baking.

First Baking
Pre-heat oven to 450F (230C)
Bake the dough for 10 minutes.
After the Pizza dough is pre-baked, add your favorite toppings.

The Toppings
Spread the marinara sauce on to the pre-baked crust, then add: different types of cheeses, sautéed Italiansausage, pepperoni, deboned chicken, New Orleans Central Market Muffuletta Olive Salad mix, raw egg to be fried on the pizza, sautéed broccoli, Swiss chard, and or spinach, mushrooms, sautéed onions, sliced avocado, fried potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, artichoke hearts, anchovies, tuna or whatever sounds good.

Final Baking
Place back into the oven. Bake at 450F (232C), until the crust is brown and the cheeses are melted (about another 10 minutes). Using a spatula, lift an edge of the baking pizza up to see if the underside is done (a bit brown). The dough should lift easily from the pan and not stick. This will signal that you are ready.

Remove from the oven.  Cut and serve and wow your friends.









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Heading to the Nashville Needlework Market

A few of our Kreinik staff members are heading to Nasvhille, Tennessee, later this week for a needlework trade show—that is, a buying event open only to wholesalers and licensed businesses. This is one of the ways needlework shops get new products in their stores so you can shop the latest designs, see threads first-hand, and discover new fabrics. We get to meet new designers, and network with amazing shop owners. A trade show is a lot of work, but also pretty fun.

What goes into prepping for a trade show like this? We will have at least ten new needlework kits featuring our silk floss, our Chevron Ribbon, Copper Canvas fabric, plus scissors, needles, tools, 10 other kits, silk gauze, and more. Here's a quick glimpse into Kreinik show prep:
  • Our design/marketing department works on design ideas, stitching and writing to make sure the projects are pretty and easy. Sometimes we hire outside designers to create the projects, and sometimes we design them. We do the charting, instructions, photography, and package designing in-house. 
  • Janice and Rebecca in our customer service department keep things running smoothly, making sure all staff have their lists and whatever they need for the show order, manage all printing, plus handling the usual (and some unusual) daily orders, not-to-mention making sure we are already working on the next show (which is only four weeks away…).
  • Brenda heads up our kitting department as well as our silk department, so this is a busy show for her. She will do the silk prep, cutting, winding, skeining, instruction folding, and packaging for the ten new kits (24 of each), the other kits we're bringing, plus daily orders. That's a lot of organizing, making, compiling, and producing in a short amount of time.
  • Our production manager Rodney and his team keep our machines making Kreinik Braids, then labeling and packaging the spools or cones. In addition to making threads for daily orders, we will make extra stock to take to this cash-and-carry show. At Nashville, we will have three-rack assortments (that's five spools each of 162 colors) in Kreinik Blending Filament, Very Fine #4 Braid, and Fine #8 Braid. Our team puts the thread on the racks at the factory, so all we have to do at the show is unwrap the trays and hang up the racks (a huge timesaver on set-up day).
  • There are certain machines dedicated to making the new Chevron Ribbon, designed to "braid" Kreinik base fibers into a chevron pattern in our 1/16" Ribbon size. We will bring plenty of spools of the five colors in this fun ribbon, which can be used for satin stitches, ribbon embroidery, crazy quilting, needlepoint, and any other surface embroidery stitch.
There's so much going on behind the scenes of an industry trade show, but this gives you a glimpse. Big thanks to all of the Kreinik team members working hard on this show and on daily operations, and big thanks to you for buying Kreinik thread and making beautiful creations with it.

Shop owners and designers going to the Nashville show, come see us! Kreinik will be in room 308. Visit http://www.needleworkretailer.com/nashville2015/index.htm for show registration information.

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New 1/4" Ribbon colors

Kreinik's newest metallic ribbon size has expanded by designers' requests with the addition of 002J Japan Gold, 001J Japan Silver, 321J Dark Japan Gold, and 021C Copper Cord colors. These are the classic embroidery colors most often used to resemble real metal thread work.

Couch this ribbon for surface design, needlepoint, and other techniques, on fabric, canvas, or Congress Cloth. You can also spread the ribbon to create a "gauze-like" effect (see photos), then add beads or paillettes in the open areas. Due to the way we make the ribbon, with intertwining, braided fibers, it is flexible, strong, but also soft.




This new ribbon size makes three options now for using a flat metallic in your projects:
Kreinik 1/16", 1/8" and 1/4". Each size has benefits and uses:
  • 1/16" Ribbon gives perfect coverage in needlepoint stitches on 18-mesh canvas, and it's used in crazy quilting and surface embroidery (like bug wings)
  • 1/8" Ribbon has been a staple for years as an ideal weight for plastic canvas embroidery, but it's also used in crazy quilting, surface embroidery (couched, and used in special stitches). In needlepoint, use it on 14-mesh canvas.
  • 1/4" Ribbon can be couched on any fabric or canvas, used in special stitches (use a large-eye needle), or twisted using the Kreinik Custom Corder for a weightier trim.
Ask your local needlework store for the new Kreinik 1/4" Ribbon, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/1-4-Ribbon.html.

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Saturday Sale at the Kreinik Factory Outlet

Fiber artists, needleworkers, spinners, weavers, art quilters, knitters, crocheters...anyone who loves FIBER will want to pass through the Mid-Ohio Valley region this weekend for a rare opportunity: Saturday hours at the Kreinik Factory Store. Here's your chance to see, touch, feel and buy unique (some are one-of-a-kind) fibers for upcoming projects.

The Kreinik Factory store is located at 1708 Gihon Rd. in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It will be open this Saturday, March 7, 2015,from 10 am to 2 pm. You will find items not carried by needlework stores, such as one-of-a-kind fibers, overstocks, discontinued threads, and embroidery kits. Artists, teachers, designers, makers, and stitchers are welcome.

Kreinik is a family thread company manufacturing silk and metallic fibers for over 40 years. We are always excited to meet people and share our passion for textiles. See you Saturday!





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New Chevron Ribbon

Notice how everything is coming up CHEVRON this spring at Target, WestElm, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Pier 1, and more? This "V" shaped pattern is fun in design, accessories and home decor, and now you can get it in Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon for your needlework projects.

The new Chevron Ribbon is available in five colors: 4505 Zebra, 4507 Salmoon, 4503 Red Snapper, 4522 Gnu, 4536 Tiger. Use it in a variety of stitches, but especially in long stitches, herringbone, bargello, satin stitch, and similar, where you can see the pattern. It can look like bird feathers or animal prints, or it can simply add another level of visual interest to a design. Stitch a chevron ribbon in a Chevron Stitch? Yes! Give it a try and see what new patterns you can create.


Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon has become popular in needlepoint because it provides excellent coverage on 18-mesh. In cross stitch, quilting, crazy quilting, crewel, and other surface embroidery, use this super-soft ribbon for decorative stitches on any fabric. You can also combine it with other fibers and use it with the Kreinik Custom Corder to create interesting cording and trims for finishing.

Ask for the new Chevron Ribbon from your favorite needlework store, or visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Chevron-Colors.html for details.

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