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CHA Mega Show 2016 Hot Products: Boye, Offray, Adtech

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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This year the “Hot Product” sneak peek at the CHA Mega Show 2016 was full of fun new craft products that had a wide range of age appeal. There were products for kids and adults that spanned from crocheting to cupcake decorating!

For those who love to crochet on the go, the folks at Boye have a new crochet tool called “Crochet on the Go.”

Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye
Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye

This is a pretty handy tool that includes 8 different hooks (4 on each side) that fold up into a tool the size of a multi tool pocket knife.  I have to say that using it does require a bit of getting used to it.

Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye
Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye

I have really small hands, so I got hand fatigue using the tool. However, my friend who has larger hands that tried it out loved it. The idea is great for keeping it in a traveling crochet bag or for trips for emergency crochet projects or repairs.

Scented Hot Glue Sticks from Adtech
Scented Hot Glue Sticks from Adtech

Another fun tool was the scented hot glue sticks from Adtech. These glue sticks release scents when heated which make crafting a fragrance filled experience. The four scents introduced at CHA are: pumpkin pie, apple cinnamon, french vanilla, and christmas tree. I have to say that the french vanilla was my favorite!

The Bow Genius Bow Making Tool
The Bow Genius Bow Making Tool

Our next top hot product was the “Bow Genius”  tool from Offray. This new tool is an upgrade from the traditional wood bow making tools. The “Bow Genius” is made of plastic and is far easier to use than the previous wood versions. The plastic is smooth, so it does not snag ribbon or fabric. This tool enables the user to make all types and sizes of bows from a variety of materials.

Bow Genius Expandable Base
Bow Genius Expandable Base

The Bow Genius tool is easy to use! Just adjust the base to the size bow you want to make, and then drop the ribbon onto it according to the manufacturer’s directions. In minutes, you can make a really cool bow!

Bow Genius Ribbon Making Tool by Ofray
Bow Genius Ribbon Making Tool by Ofray

These were only a few highlights of the new hot products that were showcased. I will give you a peek at some of the others in the next post!

What is your favorite hot product so far? Tell us in the comments!

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?

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.

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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.

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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.