Dena Lenham, aka KreinikGirl, is Creative Director at Kreinik Manufacturing Company, a family-owned, USA-based business that manufactures high-quality yarns and threads made of metallics, silks and real metals from their West Virginia factory. Dena’s monthly column, Kreinik Calling, sheds light on the fascinating fibres that we all use and love.

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Learning how to stitch this butterfly may induce metal mania. It is one of the courses taught at the San Francisco School of Needlework And Design. Real metals have been used throughout history, so this would be a great class to learn from the past and apply to future projects.
How to Expand your Needlework World

The world, your life, the Internet, and your mind (just to name a few) are…

Let's Talk About Fraying
Thread Technics – Let’s Talk About Fraying

Have you ever stitched right down to the last inch of thread on your needle?…

Twitch, the online video game platform and community, hosts an avid group of cross stitchers. They are people on their video streams stitching, right now.
Why popular Twitch is good for stitching

The cross stitch industry is in good hands, thanks in part to to the stitchers…

Preserve jewelry, photos, textiles, plus finished and unfinished needlework projects with Acid-Free Tissue Paper.
How to safely store textiles

How many unfinished or unframed stitching projects do you own? (No guilt, no shame in…

This Temari ball was created for Kreinik when we added Japan #7 thread colors. This specialty wrapped fiber has bright lustre and smooth finish. They are as elegant as they come, see
Have a ball with Temari

It’s Temari Time. As you read this, I am at the Handweaver’s Guild of America’s…