Clover Notions – Knitting, Crochet, and Sewing Tools
Clover Notions is a manufacturer of tools and accessories used in a variety of needlework and crafts including knitting, crochet, hand and machine sewing, felting, and quilting. Their most popular product lines are for sewing and quilting and include needles, pins, fabric markers, rotary rulers and templates. They also produce an assortment of specialty tools, such as bias tape makers, quick yo-yo makers, and even Asian knot templates.
Knitting Needles & Crochet Hooks
In addition to carrying just about every size of crochet hook, and circular, single point and double point knitting needle, Clover also makes stitch markers, point protectors, knitting needle cases, crochet hook cases, stitch holders, row counters, and knitting spools. Clover Notions bamboo knitting needles and crochet hooks come in sets that also include a carrying case to keep all your needles or hooks neatly organized.
Learn to Knit or Crochet
Clover's selection of innovative templates includes tools to make quick yo-yos in a variety of shapes and sizes, the Trace'n Create template will help you make your own custom purses, Kanzashi Flower Makers let you easily make traditional Japanese folded fabric flowers, or try out the Asian knot templates, bow makers or even a tool for puff quilting.
How To Use The Quick Yo Yo Maker - Video
Hand Needles & Accessories
Clover Notions also include a wide assortment of hand sewing needles to fit every need. These include hand quilting, hand embroidery, tapestry, chenille, darning and even double eye needles. Of course, along with the needles there are needle threaders, pin cushions, and needle cases.
How to Choose the Right Hand Sewing Needle
The main things you need to know in choosing a needle for hand sewing are what you are stitching with (what goes into the eye of the needle) and what you are stitching through.
- What you are stitching with determines what type of eye you need in your needle. If you are using a heavy yarn, then you need a large eye in order for the yarn to be able to pass through. If you are stitching with a fine silk thread, it would fall right out of a large needle eye, so you need a needle with a smaller eye.
- What you are stitching through determines what type of point you need. If you are working on a heavy canvas and want the stitching to pass between the weave, you need a needle with a blunt tip, such as a tapestry needle. If you want your stitching to pierce the threads, then you need a sharp point.
- Generally the higher the size number, the finer and shorter the needle. As a rule, smaller needles make for smaller stitches and vice-versa, so keep in mind what it is you are trying to accomplish.
- Hand Sewing Needles
- More info on hand sewing needles
Bias Tape and Bias Taper Makers
You can quickly and easily make your own custom bias tape in sizes from ¼" to 2" using Clover's bias tape makers. Or purchase ready made bias tape by the roll with a fusible strip already on the back. This makes it convenient and simple to make projects such as Celtic knots or stained glass appliqués.
For information on making and using bias tape, visit the bias tape buying guide.
Felting is the process by which unspun wool (called roving) is shrunk and/or bonded together. Punching wool roving with a special barbed felting needle can attach it to any fabric in the patterns and designs you desire. This can be done freeform or you can use Clover felting needle. Appliqué molds will help you achieve precise shapes such as roses, daisies or berries. You'll want to do your felting over a special needle mat or brush, as the needles are barbed and extremely sharp and you don't want to risk stabbing yourself. Wool roving for felting can be purchased and then dyed in a variety of colors, in single color packages or assortments.
Learn Needle Felting
The Clover Mini Iron is compact, lightweight and easily portable in the Cooling Tote Bag. It's useful for all sorts of crafts, especially when a conventionally sized iron is too large for the job. Available for the Mini Iron II is a set of five adaptor tips great for many crafts such as quilting, doll making, stenciling and paper crafts.
For More Information on Clover Notions
Clover's website provides a wealth of crafting information, including tutorials, projects and an inspirational gallery of what folks have made using Clover products.
And check out various Clover Notions, reviews, and projects at our Think Crafts Blog.
About the author, Sandy Huntress
With over 30 years of sewing experience and more than 20 years of crafting I've rarely met a craft I didn't like, and have all the gadgetry to prove it. You'll often find me in my sewing and crafting room where I design and make garments, quilts, scrapbooks, cards, paper crafts, dolls, home decor and jewelry; just to name a few. I'm always interested in trying the next new thing and love to share my knowledge with others. For great sewing and crafting inspiration, ideas and tutorials, check out Keepsake Crafts.
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