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Shop Fly Fishing > Tying With Kreinik
  • How to use Micro Ice Chenille

    Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille is the perfect metallic chenille for bodies on any size lure. Wrap once, twice, or as many times as desired. Combine it with Kreinik Braids, Ribbons and Flash for the most effective fly fishing lures you'll ever use. Experiment and have fun with this fiber.

    Watch fly tyer Val Roberts using Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille (the pink) and Kreinik Flash (the red) to make a body on this scud-like fly. In addition to the metallic shimmer and fuzzy texture, the pink chenille has some UV properties.


    Here Val uses Micro Ice Chenille to replicate a catepillar:


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Shop Needlework > Accessories > Custom Corder
  • How to make a pink friendship bracelet

    Pink is more popular than ever, thanks to a certain movie out in the summer of 2023. Here's how to make your own friendship bracelets using pink shades of Kreinik metallic threads. Gather your friends for a DIY craft party celebrating both the movie and friendship. 


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Shop Needlework > How To > Custom Corder
  • How to cord a long purse strap

    The Custom Corder is a great tool for making custom piping: combine any fiber, in any color, to be any thickness. The length of your needed piping determines how much thread goes into it: you take your piping length and multiply it times 3, and that's how long each fiber in your trim needs to be. What about if you want to make a purse strap? Three times the length of a purse strap sounds like a really long length of fiber. Watch our video below to see how we made one for a Melissa Prince needlepoint canvas purse.


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  • How to make beaded friendship bracelets

    Watch Doug Kreinik show you how to add beads to cording while making friendship bracelets with the Kreinik Custom Corder:


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Shop Needlework > How To > Iron-On Thread
  • How to attach charms with iron-on thread

    String jewels, beads onto Kreinik Iron-on Thread and attach them to your design. No sewing required, no knotting required, no skills required. You can use the iron-on threads to attach your charms to paper, fabric, wood or even glass.

    To add charms more easily than sewing, simply: 

    1. String the charm of your choice along a strand of Iron-on Thread

    2. Place charm in position on your design.

    3. Using a mini craft iron and a Press Cloth beneath it (or a household iron that is Teflon coated, or your iron with a Kreinik Adhesive Press Cloth on it), simply iron the thread into place. With its unique adhesive properties, the Iron-on Thread will hold your charm exactly where you'd like it. Iron-on Thread, Mini Iron, and Press Cloth available from Kreinik.


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  • How to make a bow using iron-on thread

    Use Iron-on Threads to make a pretty bow that will "stick around.” This is a fun embellishment for a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas card, gift bag, or scrapbook page. And it doesn't require messy glue or time-consuming sewing.

    Here's how: 

    Follow the diagram shown here, working with Kreinik Iron-on #16 Braid. If you use Iron-on 1/8" ribbon, make your bow large enough so that the flat ribbon has enough room.


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  • How to make paw prints with iron-on thread

    Here is an example of a paw print made with Kreinik Iron-on Thread in Silver Braid. It really makes the image stand out on a project. For the large center pad, tack the iron-on thread in the center, then iron it down in a circle. Clip the thread when you reach your desired size. Repeat for the smaller pads, as show in the diagram.




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  • How to make iron-on tassels

    Consider it “altered threads” — that is, intentionally fraying the end of a thread to create a unique texture. This works for making tassels, creating a fuzzy effect, replicating hair (yes, metallic hair), and other texture choices. Step one is to take your finger and tap the end of the thread to separate the strands. Alternately, you can use a straight pin or needle to gently pull apart the fibers.

    If you are involved in card making, scrapbooking, collage, and other fiber art on paper, Kreinik iron-on-threads are the quickest way to add metallic thread embellishments. No stitching required. Here is how we made tassels by fraying the edges of the fusible ribbon fibers:

    Fusible Tassel

    1. You will need: Kreinik Iron-on Ribbon, Kreinik Press Cloth, Home Iron or Craft iron turned on to the highest heat setting, straight pin or needle
    2. Cut a length of Kreinik Iron-on Ribbon. Lay thread onto scrap of cardboard.  Using a straight pin, gently comb through the ribbon to separate the fibres, creating a frayed effect.  Continue using a straight pin or an old toothbrush until both ends have been frayed approximately 1 1/4” (or desired length). Do not fray the entire piece of ribbon, just the edges.
    3. Lay the ribbon onto your cardstock or page. Fan threads out with a pin until desired effect is achieved.  Press with your hot iron, using the press cloth (either Kreink’s Adhesive Press Cloth or Non-Adhesive Press Cloth) to protect your iron plate.


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Shop Needlework > How To > Library Of Stitches
  • Couching

    Where to use it:

    In cross stitch, needlepoint, surface embroidery and counted thread designs where you want to attach a real metal thread, or a larger item like a thick thread or cording, and in traditional Japanese embroidery.


    What to couch: 
    • Kreinik 1/8" Ribbon & 1/16" Ribbon
    • Kreinik Heavy #32 Braid, Canvas #24 Braid & Medium #16 Braid
    • Kreinik Japan #5 & Japan #7
    • Kreinik Japan colors in #16 Braid, 1/16" Ribbon, and 1/8" Ribbon
    • Kreinik Torsade
    • Kreinik real metal threads
    • Kreinik Facets & Petite Facets

    Use these finer threads to couch the thicker ones: 

    • Kreinik Cord
    • Kreinik Japan #1
    • Kreinik Silk Bella
    • Kreinik Silk Couching Thread

    How to do it:

    Follow the diagram for needle and stitch placement. Plunge the end of your thicker thread into the fabric at A, securing the ends on the back of your fabric with a few stitches, or temporarily taping the end. To couch, come up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, down at 4, etc. When finished, plunge the end into the fabric at B, and secure end on the back of your fabric with a few stitches.

    Alternative: 

    Designer and teacher Anna-Marie Winter taught us that you can also couch a thicker thread by inserting your tacking stitches down the center of the larger thread, rather than side-to-side as in the traditional instructions above. This enables you do make curves and corners more easily.

    WATCH how to couch in needlepoint:

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Shop Needlework > How To > Metallic Thread
  • How to use metallics in crazy quilting

     By Pat Winter, crazy quilt artist, designer and writer

    I am a crazy quilter and I prefer Kreinik Metallic thread for my hand stitched seam treatments. Not only does Kreinik come in a variety of thicknesses, but the color assortment is amazing and fits all my designing needs. The ”vintage” colors are superb and among my favorite because I love to work in Victorian colors.

    I first used Kreinik threads over 20 years ago when I combined it with my cotton floss in my cross stitch projects. The sparkle really made the piece come alive. I now use Kreinik metallic threads for my embroidery stitches in my crazy quilt items. Metallic threads make simple stitches stand out.

    Is there a difference in thread?
    I have tried various metallic threads as I would find them while browsing a quilt booth or new shop thinking they are all the same. I was surprised to find most of them frustrating to work with. They would break with very little pressure, and fray. I always use a sharp needle with a large eye when I hand sew with metallic threads so I was not adding stress by pulling thread through a tight fabric. I use every fabric imaginable in my crazy quilting and I can always depend on Kreinik threads to do the job with ease and no breakage.

    Which thread for which design?
    In most of my seams I prefer to use Very Fine # 4 braid and Fine #8 braid because it allows me to create small close stitches which I can add several combination stitches with by adding more colors to coordinate with the fabrics I used in the project. This makes a much more interesting seam in Fig. A.

       


    I use Blending Filament to outline a printed image or add it to a silk thread for a sparkle in fig. B.


    Cord is great for spider webs and legs of a beaded spider or insect. I also use it for the feather stitch down each dragonfly wing for great detail in fig. C.

       


    Larger seams call for larger threads. For these I use 1/16" Ribbon or Medium #16 Braid in fig. D.




    Helpful hints when using metallic threads for hand stitching:
     1. Always use a sharp needle with a large eye for smooth sewing and no tugging through fabrics.
     2. Unwind a length of 18 inches and pull it through your fingers to unwind before you begin to sew. This relaxes it and it won't wind up on you.
     3. I have never had Kreinik metallic thread tangle on me, but if you find this happening, run it through Thread Heaven, a light silicon lubricant or bees wax.

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  • How To Use Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille

    Quick! Name five things that are fuzzy (bonus points for fuzzy metallic things). How about: garland on Christmas trees, legs on spiders, flower centers, bushy eyebrows, other, ahem, hairy things, peaches, caterpillars, lots of bugs actually, baby chicks, moldy cheese, your brain after a long weekend. How many could you list? Nature and life itself are full of texture. It makes things visually interesting and tactile.

    You can recreate the fuzzy factor of true life objects with Kreinik's Micro Ice Chenille in your favorite hobby: needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery, fly fishing, crochet, knitting, weaving. It adds whimsy, dimension, texture, and just plain visual interest to a design.

    What is Micro Ice Chenille and where can you use it?

    • it's a fuzzy metallic
    • couch in needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, crazy quilting for surface embroidery (couch it with a Kreinik Cord or Very Fine #4 Braid, rather than stitch in and out)
    • can also use it in long stitches in needlepoint if the canvas is not densely stitched (Micro Ice Chenille just doesn't like going in and out of fabric very much)
    • combine it with any other fiber for cording and trims on stockings, ornaments, etc
    • crochet little accessories and appliques (wreaths, flowers)
    • use it in duplicate stitch in knitting (like a spider!)

    To use in weaving:

    • Can be used in weft, not for warp (too much stress)
    • Weight/Yardage: Kreinik metallic yarns are not measured in terms of weight like wool or cotton yarns are, so measure by yard or meter. Purchase 50-meter cones; or cones of any amount by special order.
    • Sett = 5 epi
    • Care: Kreinik metallics don't felt, and are inelastic compared to some other types of yarns, so for best results, we recommend testing the threads with the weaving yarns you plan to use before beginning your project.
    • Tips from weaver Deb Essen of DJE Handwovens: 1. Pull the thread off the cone horizontally, not from the top, to avoid adding twist to the fiber. 2. Combine with other yarns (rather than use a metallic exclusively) as an accent yarn for best results ("It makes a great, fun fabric"). 3. Test how the textures work together before making your main project: make test swatches if using stretchy yarns with the inelastic metallics, for instance, then use a warm-water wash for the wet-finishing. 4. You may want to experiment with looser sett to vary drapability. 5. Play! Have fun! "I love how the colors pop in sunlight or lamplight and shimmer as the piece is moved." 

    Content: 

    Cotton core, polyester metallic

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