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"Of Food And Fiber: A Thread Runs Through It"

Posted By TNNA Staff, Friday, May 27, 2011
Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick note: When we first posted Doug’s fascinating blog, we forgot in our haste, to include the fabulous photos he sent. So sorry . . . So, I’ve uploaded them now so you can enjoy the feast.

We recently asked our members to help us out by providing us with "nourishing” information for TNNA’s blog. We appreciate how much experience and insight all of you have to offer, and wanted to create a place for you all to share those tasty tidbits.

We’re pleased to present our first course, from one of our long standing TNNA members Doug Kreinik. Bon Apetit!

"Of Food And Fiber: A Thread Runs Through It”

Thread development from a food fan: Doug Kreinik

Doug Kreinik, owner of Kreinik Manufacturing
Doug Kreinik, owner
of Kreinik Manufacturing

Inspiration for new products can come from many areas.This past winter, for example, inspiration for a new group of Kreinik metallic thread colors came from German and Polish glass Christmas ornaments that look like sugar-coated candy.After admiring the bright, crystalline colors, I came up with a grouping of similar shades that would make beautiful needlework threads.After playing in the lab with my braiding equipment, I narrowed it down to nine colors thathad the potential to become a great stitching palette. In fact, almost instantly these yummy colors began to take on a life of their own.

In the lab, our staff puts any potential colors to discussion: First, are the colors different from existing colors? Do they have value and purpose for a stitcher, knitter, crotcheter, jewelry maker and quilter? Are they exciting? After all, from the time we are born, we respond to colors; and so, would these colors be exciting and fun?

If these colors passed these tests, then came the name game. Every Kreinik staff member participates in naming threads, and we also ask opinions of shop owners and designers. We like to make the naming of colors a group contest.

Delicious Candy Colors
Delicious Candy Colors
For this particular color group, we spread the spools on the lunchroom table and immediately began thinking about food, candy and desserts. The first two colors struck us as Cotton Candy and Rock Candy. That was easy.Then someone came up with Golden Gum Drops for the mustard color and Lollipop Lemon for the luscious lemon.

I love adjectives because they make words more descriptive, thus giving the mind better pictures and sometimes an emotional connection. My wife, for instance, loves Key Lime Pie since she is from New Orleans, so the limey green thread got that dessert for a name.The idea of Sugar Plum Pies gave us our purple.Coffee Toffee won the vote for the sandy brown color, even though I wanted to name it Baklava (because I love that sugary Mediterranean delicacy with its honey and nuts).The bright orange looked to us all as Orange Sherbet.

Needless-to-say, by the time this thread-naming exercise was ending, our collective sweet tooth was calling. So we topped it off with Marshmallow for the bright white thread color. That was the icing on the top of the cake. Oh, my, what a great plate of delicious desserts, sitting right in front of me.

A Sampling of Kreinik's Colors
A Sampling of Kreinik's Colors
When it came time to create the TNNA show display of our new colors, the theme was obvious: the display included a plateful of candies and desserts. I must say, the display garnered a lot of attention, as stitchers saw the treats and fell in love with the new colors, kind of like kids in a candy store.

So you see, for a thread maker, inspiration can come from anywhere. Now when I look at delectable desserts, ethnic food, or other pleasing plates, I start thinking about potential new thread colors. I’m always hungry for good food and creativity.

Tags:  creativity  crochet  embroidery  fibers  Kreinik Manufacturing  Marketing Needlearts  metallic  needlework  Needlework News  threads 

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