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
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|
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
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
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|
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