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Review | Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips

The Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips have proven to be the essential tool for many of my crafting needs. These nifty little clips can be used for so many different crafting, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making activities. I am over the moon with them! When I first was sent the package by our editor Nancy, I thought at first “what the heck do I use these for?” Needless to say, once I started playing with them, I realized their potential!

Clover Jumbo Wonderclips

Let’s start with some details about the clips:

  • The clips open to hold layers (about 3/4 of an inch) of material.
  • There is a texture on the clip end to grip material better.
  • Clips are light weight, made from plastic with a metal insert clip.
  • One side is flat – great when you have to set the project down on a flat surface to work, and for keeping a project flat while feeding into your sewing machine.
  • Flat side has 1/4″ markings, perfect for sewing.
  • Clips are easy to both attach and remove, unlike sharp pins.
  • For people with grip or motor issues, Wonder Clips are an easy to grasp alternative to pins.

All those facts are great, but seeing them in action is the best way to understand their possibilities. I used them while working on my Clover Basket Frame project.

Clover Wonderclips on Paper Basket Frame project.

They are perfect for Kumihimo projects.  I used to use a metal ring to add weight to the bottom of my braid but I found that these clips worked so much better.

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I started with one clip then just added more clips to increase the tension on the braid.

Clover Wonderclip to create tension for Kumihimo projects.

I also used Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips as a weight while knitting a scarf project. They came in handy for my watercolor painting class when the clip on my board broke – I just used these instead!

One thing to keep in mind when using them is that the clips will indent fabric or material from the pressure of the metal hinge of the clip, so remember that when putting aside a project for a few hours. Remove them if you are using fragile material before you put the project aside if possible. Otherwise, these are great for use in holding material during the construction of garments, multi-media projects, and more.

Pros:

  • Great for sewing, the flat clear back will not catch as you feed the fabric while sewing.
  • Affordable
  • Great for quilting and other sewing projects.
  • Plastic is easy to clean, so you can use it for any craft.
  • Easy to clean
  • Works with paper, fabric, etc. as long as the thickness is less than 3/4″

Cons:

  • If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or anything similar then these might be a bit challenging to use.
  • You will be hooked and be tempted to buy the other sizes available.
  • These are plastic so they will break if stepped on or run over by a car (don’t ask).

Have you tried Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips? What did you use them for?

CHA Mega Show 2015 | Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show

The Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show is always a big draw at the CHA Mega Show. It takes place right on the CHA show floor, in a part of the Lion Brand Yarn booth, and is hosted by Vanna White.

Vanna was introduced this year by Lion Brand CEO David Blumenthal, before the show began.

Vanna White Lion Brand

This year’s show was themed “You Can Do It!” and showcased items that were from easy to intermediate difficulty, and based on square and rectangle shapes for easy of construction.

Lion Brand Fashion Show

A total of a half dozen models strolled the catwalk in two half hour long shows for the CHA Mega Show 2015 crowd.

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Let’s take a closer look at a few of the featured outfits in the show! All of the patterns can be downloaded for free from LionBrand.com. The pattern numbers and yarns are provided in the photo captions for reference.

Lion Brand Fashion Show 2015
#L40633 Knit Easy with 8 skeins Homespun (poncho), #L40548 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Zaps (hat), #L40685 Crochet Easy with 1 ball of Vanna’s Choice & 1 pkg of Vanna’s Palettes (gloves).
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40519 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Vanna’s Glamour & 8 balls of Modern Baby (tunic), #L40582 Knit Easy with 3 balls of Gold Leaf (cowl)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40712 Knit Easy with 4 balls of Textures (tunic), #L40707 Crochet Easy with 10 balls of Textures (afghan).
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40600 Knit Intermediate with 16 balls of Vanna’s Choice
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40726 Knit Easy+ with 6 balls of Vanna’s Complement (poncho), #L40741 Crochet Easy with 1 ball of Macaroni (cowl)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40601 Crochet Intermediate with 10 balls of Vanna’s Glamour (slip on), #L40036 Knit Beginner with 2 balls of Vanna’s Glamour (turban)
Lion Brand Fashion Show
L40659 Knit Intermediate with 10 balls of Modern Baby (pullover), #L32091 Crochet Easy with 1 package of bonbons (wristers), #L20245C Knit Easy with 1 package of bonbons (scarf).
Lion Brand Fashion Show
#L40686 Knit Intermediate with 4 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (sweater), #L40698 Craft Beginner with 2 skeins of Quickie (cowl), #L40440 Knit Intermediate with 1 ball of Vanna’s Choice Baby, 11 balls of Vanna’s Choice , 6 balls of Unique (afghan)

Has the Lion Brand fashion show inspired you to create? What do you want to make?

Book Review | Mollie Makes Crochet

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

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Do you want colorful illustrations? Wonderful projects that are easy to accomplish, and beautiful pictures? Then Mollie Makes Crochet is for you.

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As a crocheter (and I use that title quite lightly), to me this book was refreshing and a delight.

The projects were simple and many of them were great new ideas for projects that I would never have thought of to crochet. There is so much information included. The book is easy to use because it is organized by project and then by technique, making this a great reference book. This makes the usability of the book very long lasting. The only real downside to this book is that some of the illustrations can be very confusing in terms of direction of the hook.

This would be a great addition to anyone’s crochet library both for its fun patterns and as a reference.

Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home Plus Handy Tips and Tricks is published by Interweave Press and available in hardcover from Amazon.com for around $13.