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March 18, 2024

In this issue:  Choosing the Right Tapestry Needle, Part I   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Decisions, Decisions!
Choosing the right tapestry needle, Part I.

A tapestry needle is a short needle with a long eye and blunt point (thanks, Merriam-Webster!). For crocheters and knitters, you may also hear the terms yarn needle or wool needle; manufacturers often use these terms (e.g., Clover, Knitter's Pride) for tapestry needles that are designed for working with yarn (i.e., crochet, knit) and not thread (i.e., cross stitch, needlepoint).

Choosing a tapestry needle is relatively simple when crocheting or knitting. For needlepointers and cross stitchers, however, it's a little more complicated because it depends on the canvas or fabric you're using. We'll get into the numerical fun of needlepoint and cross stitch needles next week. Today, let's talk about a few other features, like material and shape.

Tapestry needles can be made from plastic or metal (usually steel or aluminum). Plastic is a better gripper than metal but metal is more durable. You can find straight and bent tip styles; bent tip needles can make it easier to weave in ends, seam a project, or attach motifs (e.g., granny squares). Whether plastic or metal, straight or bent, these needles have relatively blunt tips when compared to sharps, darning, or embroidery needles. (See the John James Needles Guide for more information on different types of needles.) A blunt tip is safer for your yarn, canvas or fabric, because it is more likely to pass between the yarn or threads in your project, rather than piercing or splitting them.

Next week, we'll talk about needle sizes for cross stitch and needlepoint. Until then, enjoy the cool weather while it lasts!

-Caryn and the Yarnivore staff

p.s. We're preparing for a future newsletter on craft competitions, such as the State of Texas Creative Arts contests. Do you know of any? Have you participated in any? If so, we invite you to fill out a questionnaire by March 21.


Upcoming Classes
Click the class name to learn more or register. You can also call us at 210-979-8255. Space is limited and sign-ups close a week before class begins, so sign up now!

a group of people putting their hands in the center, as if a team.Knitting Workshop with Suzy 
Bring your projects and questions; Suzy will answer your questions and will break down the principles involved so that everyone can learn!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Thursday, March 21 at 12 pm - 4 seats available 
  Thursday, March 28 at 12 pm - 4 seats available
a comic showing Lucy from Charlie brown, but with pink hair, sitting at a lemonade stand type booth, with text that reads Knitting Help 5 cents. The Doctor is INKnitting Workshop with Wendy - Masks Required
Come knit with Wendy! This is for knitters of any skill level with any kind of project!
Learn with others in a friendly, supportive environment!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-  
  Monday, April 1 at 1 pm - 2 seats available
  Monday, April 7 at 1 pm - 3 seats available
Hooker Helpdesk with Moses - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Come pick Moses' brain in this workshop-style class. Get some helpful tips to make your hook happy and your project beautiful!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm - 4 seats availabl
image of a woman wearing a crocheted hat with a crocheted flowerIntermediate Crochet with Moses  - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Take the next step in your crochet journey! You'll learn to design a basic hat and then how to increase and decrease (on purpose!) while you crochet it.
$35 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
Saturday, April 13 & 20 at 1 pm - 2 seats available
Needlepoint Oranges by Debbie MummStitching Workshop with Nancy - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support, problem-solving, and camaraderie!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
  Sunday, April 14 at 1 pm - 2 seats available   
   Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm - 2 seats available

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Featured Yarn & Pattern: Fiesta Garland Kit by Texas Prairie Fiber Co.!

Yarnivores, it's nearly time to Fiesta! Make your own papel picado ("perforated paper") banner with Texas Prairie Fiber Co.'s Fiesta Garland Kit. Each kit has 7 mini skeins, 20g each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet and 7g of white.

Many crochet and knit motifs can be adapted to make your banner. Kieran from Texas Prairie Fiber Co. recommends the Lotus Dishcloth pattern by Amanda Flock (knit, $2.50 in-store/Rav). Crocheters can use a filet crochet pattern, such as Pinecone Square by Anastacia Zittel (crochet, free in-store/Rav), or a motif like Peppermint Candy Square by D Maunz (crochet, $3.50 in-store/Rav). Be mindful of yardage requirements!


Yarnivore is open until 7pm three nights a week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Come join us for casual sit and stitch!
11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday!
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
Yarnivore will be CLOSED for Easter Sunday, March 31.
Upcoming Events

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Local Yarn Store (LYS) day, Saturday April 27th.


Private Lessons
In-store and online private lessons are available! Visit us or call 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Han, Moses, Nancy, Jackie, & Suzy are all available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can also be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.

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As you crochet back and forth, do the edges of your crochet project look like waves instead of an even line? Stitch markers are your friend! Markers can be fancy or functional (or both!), but they all do the same job: keeping track of stitches (and sometimes rows). We especially like using a locking stitch marker, like Clover Locking Stitch Marker (#353), to mark the end of crochet rows. We do this by placing a marker on the first stitch of the row. When you've worked the row and have returned on the next row, you'll know the marker is on the final stitch of the return row. If you mark each row this way, then you'll have nicer looking edges! (You can also use scraps of waste yarn, bobby pins, or similar item to mark stitches.)

Do you have a tip idea? We're happy to share it, just reply to this newsletter!

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