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12 facts about Kreinik #12 Braid

Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid is sized between Fine #8 and Medium #16 Braids

In your year of becoming a Kreinik thread expert, this week’s lesson is: T is For Tapestry #12 Braid. This little power-house of a fiber is one of the most popular Kreinik Braid sizes for needlepoint, giving perfect coverage in tent stitch on 18-mesh canvas. Beyond needlepoint, it is used in bead knitting, bead crochet, embroidery, and weaving, among other fiber art techniques—even fly fishing. Here are 12 facts about #12 Braid that will impress your friends and influence people (or at the very least, improve your stitching and fiber knowledge).

The basics

Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid is used in needlepoint, crochet, bead knitting, fly fishing and more1. It was created specifically for ideal coverage on 18-mesh needlepoint canvas. At the time, the trend in needlepoint was full coverage, and Fine #8 Braid was too thin for that. With Medium #16 Braid feeling too thick for 18-count, designers asked the Kreinik family to create an in-between size. Tapestry #12 Braid was born (and named Tapestry, aka needlepoint).

2. It comes in more than 200 colors. Your favorite colors in Fine #8 Braid or Medium #16 Braid are also available in #12 Braid. The range is unparalleled in needlework threads, with solid, variegated, antiqued, holographic, and glow-in-the-dark options. Want a home reference? These colors are shown in the Kreinik Metallic Color Card or Kreinik Metallic Thread Color Chart (free download here).

Some colors of Kreinik Braids are thicker than basic colors due to the raw materials
3. It can be varying thicknesses. This is a tricky aspect, but good to know: some colors such as the Cords, Hi Lustre, Holographic, Vintage and Glow In The Dark can be a wee bit heavier than the basic metallic colors. If they appear to be too thick to you when using these special-effect threads, just go down a thread size (to #8 Braid). 

4. It comes on 10-meter spools or cones of any size. Doing a large project and want to make sure you have the same dye lot? Simply special order a cone from your favorite needlework store. We can cone any amount.

5. If you use a holographic color, the end is going to fray.  It’s the nature of the beautiful beast. That is, holographics are unsupported fibers, so the ends tend to go loosey-goosey when braided. Simply use a clear nail polish or dab of glue on the ends to bind them together before stitching, sewing, weaving, etc.

6. It is available in an overdyed version. The fabulous company ThreadWorx makes 80 of the dreamiest variegated shades of Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid. See them here.

7. It’s made in West Virginia. Yes, we make it in the Kreinik factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In fact, we’re making some right now. 

Use Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid in all fiber art techniques

The possibilities

8. It’s a cross-stitch thread when used on 11-count Aida. Use one strand, straight from the reel, on larger fabrics like 11-count Aida, or unusual fabrics like screens. You can get your favorite colors of Very Fine #4 Braid in this size too.

9. It’s the perfect weight for bead knitting. Translucent beads are even more beautiful with the metallic braid running through them. Search “Metallic Tapestry #12 Braid” on Revelry to see gorgeous bead knitting creations. Many of Earth Faire’s Bead Soup and Bead Stew projects feature #12 Braid. 

10. You can crochet with it. Considered a super fine weight, it makes beautiful crocheted Christmas ornament designs. Use it alone for jewelry, appliqués, and other accessories., or add beads for bead crochet projects.

11. It’s a favorite among adventurous tatting enthusiasts. Imagine the snowflake ornaments you can make tatting with color 032 Pearl. We’ve seen dragons, insects, and Christmas motifs made with the light metallic (choose a basic color, not Hi Lustre, Vintage, or Cord color). Here’s a flower pendant made with the Braid:

12. You use it to make woven bodies in fly fishing. It’s durable, waterproof, flashy. Here’s a gorgeous Woven Body Prince Nymph from the Southern Oregon Fly Tyers using #12 Braid colors 005 Black and 015 Chartreuse:

Share your experience with Kreinik Tapestry #12 Braid here or on Kreinik’s Facebook page. If you’ve never used it, get a spool in your favorite color and give it a try. It’s simply another thread size to have in your coloring box of fibers.


Free knitting pattern from Hooked For Life

Free knitting pattern from Mary Beth Temple using Kreinik Reflective Yarn

Tis the season to be thinking about holiday gift giving. It's always good to give something handmade —it's unique, created with love, one of a kind, personal and meaningful — but there's only so much time in a day, right? So go for quick projects like this one, Reflective Diamonds Ear Warmer, a free pattern from Mary Beth Temple of Hooked For Life.

Knit this headband in a favorite color; the neutral gray Kreinik Reflective Yarn will blend into anything. What, you haven't heard of Reflective Yarn? If you knit or crochet, you have to try it. Not only is it fun (think of adding subliminal motifs, words, or messages), but it adds another level of safety to items worn in the dark. When the light hits it (like a flash or car light), it reflects. Great for knitted or crocheted dog sweaters, plus hats, scarves, gloves, etc. 

Free knitting pattern from Mary Beth Temple using Kreinik Reflective Yarn

Get the free pattern

Did you see Mary Beth show the Kreinik Reflective Yarn on UK's Hochanda TV in October? She had this cute ear warmer design, which is now available as a free pattern here

Side note about the Reflective Yarn: you can also stitch with it. It's about the weight of our Fine #8 Braid. Go ahead and needlepoint with it for belts, shoes, handbags. You can also use it on 14-count Aida in cross stitch or in embroidery on clothing. 

For more information

• Purchase Kreinik Reflective Yarn on spools for small projects or on cones for larger projects. See options:
• Ideas for using it in needlepoint, cross stitch or embroidery:


Listen to this while stitching today

Turn your radio on…er, rather, your iPhone, iPad, or computer and visit with the man who makes the threads you’re using in your cross stitch, needlepoint, weaving, crazy quilting, fly tying, fiber art, mixed media, or embroidery project. It’s a podcast called Fiber Talk, and this week’s guest is Doug Kreinik.

Fiber Talk is a fireside chat with fellow stitchers, a peer into the people behind your favorite designs, threads, fabrics and more. It’s the podcast for people who play with needles, people who love people who play with needles, or people who want to play with needles. That’s how hosts Gary and Christine, both needleworkers, describe their fun show. It airs weekly, interviewing needlework designers, company owners, and other interesting fiber people.

We’re thrilled that they asked to interview Doug. Kreinik threads give stitchers “a whole other avenue of creativity,” as Christine notes in the podcast. The hour-long interview turns into a fabulous discussion on threads, family, the industry, and everything in between. Hear about Kreinik’s 100-year-old machines, where the idea for the threads came from, what actually happens at the factory, and more. 

Enjoy your visit with Doug Kreinik!


Change is coming to a classic Kreinik color

We want to let you know that Kreinik color 002HL has a slight dye lot change that will be taking effect in the next few weeks. The new 002HL is still beautifully brassy, but just a bit darker in shade. 

Unfortunately, dye lot changes happen periodically. They are the bane of any fiber maker. We hate the thought that a project-in-progress could be ruined by a color change. We always recommend buying enough thread at one time to finish a project to avoid dye lot issues. In the day of bargain thread sales on ebay or yard sales, or even with shops (or Kreinik) clearing out old stock, there is always a risk that a color may have changed—and that applies to any fiber, any maker, any brand.

We regularly label the dye lots on our Silk Mori, but have never done special designation on the metallics. Stitcher Donna suggested we start identifying dye lots with the metallics, and we agree. So when you receive the new 002HL, spools will have an extra marking above the size; in this case, the letter “B” designating a dye lot difference. From now on, a stand-alone letter on the label It will be shown on any metallic experiencing a dye lot difference. 

We are so sorry for the inconvenience of the change in 002HL. It won't be drastic, but it may be noticeable if you are stitching a project with an older spool. 

In the meanwhile...

The big fiber sale at our outlet store is this week: October 5, 6, 7, 2017 at 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Grab your friends—shop owners, get a busload of customers—and come for some fun: 
  • silk thread specials, ideal for sampler fans, weavers, and fiber artists
  • metallic on cones for big projects, weaving, jewelry making, fly fishing, and every other technique
  • cross stitch fabrics at a clearance price (premium quality, leftover from kits)
  • accessories galore (yes, you need more needles)


Super 3-day sale at the Kreinik factory

Silk thread will be on sale at the Oct 2017 Kreinik factory outlet store
We're opening our doors for a mega fiber sale. Treat yourself and your friends to the 3-day event at the Kreinik factory outlet store October 5, 6, and 7, 2017. The sale is located right at thread central: 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia. There truly is a treasure at the end of this road trip!

Sampler lovers will find special silk threads to make their projects truly unique. Quilters, spinners, and fiber fans will "dig" the deals of Kreinik thrums and bits. Weavers, knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists will find coned metallics at sale prices—a good buy for needlework finishers and needlepointers working on large projects, too. We will have discount prices on fabrics for cross stitch and counted thread (yes fabrics, extra stock from kits). If you're a fan of Tokens & Trifles, the perforated paper shapes produced by Redefined, Inc. a few years ago, all that remains will be sold off at this sale (we know; we loved them too! Get yours before they're gone forever).

What's it all about?
Metallic thread on cones will be on sale at the Oct 2017 Kreinik factory outlet store

Doug Kreinik gives a little insight into this special event:

Q: Why have a special 3-day tent sale? 
Doug: We experimented with a Kreinik Factory outlet sale last year and in the spring.  The response was overwhelming.  People want to visit and really enjoy digging through treasures, finding must-have stash items.

Q: What can we expect to find at the sale?  
Doug: Fun!!  Also, the chance to meet new people, other stitchers, weavers, cross stitchers, needlepointers and fisherman.  

Q: Will we get to tour the factory?     
Doug: If I am around, I have been known to give tours. Fiber people always have questions and the more you know, the more interesting the product and company. 

Q: When we visit Parkersburg, where should we eat?
Doug: I have favorite restaurants and hotels in the Parkersburg area. Most represent global cuisine: Lebanese, Puerto Rican, Philippine, even some down-home cooking. If you are into history, there is also a lot to see within a 25-mile radius. Blennerhasset Mansion, where conspiracy grew with Aaron Burr, plus the Indian Burial Mounds of Marietta, and the oil and gas museum showing the birth of an industry. 

A few special details are still being planned, but there may be some make-it-take-its, and a chance to make your own custom shoelaces out of Kreinik threads. You're just going to have to join the fun. We'd love to meet you.

For more information:

  • Set your GPS to 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Dates are: October 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; October 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; October 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Products at the tent sale will not be posted online, so you have to come!
  • Ask your local shop to organize a bus tour, or gather your best friends for a fiber adventure


Who stitches with ribbons?

In your year of becoming a Kreinik thread expert, we've been studying Kreinik A To Z. This week's
lesson is: R Is For Ribbons. They may not be as well known as Kreinik Braids, but Kreinik's metallic ribbons are staples to many needle artists and growing in popularity among younger stitchers. Why; who stitches with ribbons? Let's find out.


A few decades ago, ribbon embroidery on denim was hot. Kreinik and Leisure Arts published a "how to use metallic ribbon in embroidery" booklet that was popular. Fast forward to today, and embroidery on clothing is back, albeit in an updated style and on different fabrics. Embroidered costumes—like the ones by Michele Carragher in Game of Thrones—are in demand. The more embroidery in general grows in popularity, the more stitchers seek out a variety of threads to make their designs dimensional and interesting. Kreinik 1/4" Ribbon, for instance, was created by request from Japanese embroiderers who wanted a wider size. It is now used in general embroidery for specialty stitches like woven spider web roses and other flower stitches. 

Kreinik metallic ribbons are soft, lovely, and ideal for ribbon embroidery stitches.


Use Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon in tent stitch on 18-count needlepoint canvasThe draw of stitching with a ribbon is the flat texture. When used in needlepoint, a metallic ribbon gives you maximum light reflection. Needlepointers have found that Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon gives great coverage in tent stitch on 18-mesh canvas, while Kreinik 1/8" Ribbon is good on larger mesh. Couching techniques use the wider 1/8" Ribbon for layered stitches. The way we make the ribbons—a woven braid, if you will—means they are flexible and move easily into any specialty stitch. 

Plastic Canvas

The flat ribbons have been used to stitch plastic canvas projects for years because they cover so beautifully and give a smooth look. Young stitchers are picking up this medium as an alternative to cross stitch fabric, and finding the need for fibers that cover the edges.  Both 1/8" Ribbon and 1/4" Ribbon work perfectly on plastic canvas.

Cross Stitch

Yes, you can cross stitch with a flat ribbon like 1/16" or 1/8" Ribbon, even on the traditional 14-count Aida (just use a larger needle). It makes an interesting border when worked in giant "X" formation. Also, as people are looking for more unusual items to stitch on, such as screens, pegboard, chairs, etc, the larger size such as 1/4" Ribbon covers nicely. The pop of color from the metallic, and the flat surface from the ribbon combines to make a stand-out design or stand out area in a cross stitch design.

Add a stitch of flat Kreinik ribbon in cross stitch for dimension

Fiber Art

As people expand their creative passions into felting, sculpture, weaving, machine embroidery, and other fiber arts, they are mixing materials to make things more interesting. There are no rules to this kind of creativity, which is exciting. They depend on a variety of textures, finding flat ribbons to be ideal companions to round yarns, stiff real metals, round hardware parts and such. It all works together to make any fiber art more dimensional. 

Use Kreinik 1/16" and 1/8" Ribbon for bodies and wings in fly tying and fly fishingFly Fishing

If you're mate's a fly fishing fan, you may have noticed them stealing some of your metallic threads for their lures. Fish love the sparkly stuff. The ribbons are used for wrapping, bodies, and wings. Shred the ends a bit to make the thread ravel (use this technique in needlework too, for interesting stitches and fuzzy texture). 

Wrap colorful Kreinik 1/4" Ribbon on your suitcase handle for an easy identifierAnd more

There are so many other uses for flat metallic ribbons, the options are truly endless. They are great in tassels, as bookmarks, as decorations in hair styles, wrapped around bouquets, luggage identifiers, and ornament hangers. The sparkle adds elegance when anywhere. They offer color, shine, a flat texture, and a 3-D touch. 

Try ribbons for your next creation, or keep some on hand for decorating emergencies. For more information:

Use Kreinik metallic ribbons in needlework and fiber art designs


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