Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes of our Christmas Video

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As if it’s not fun enough working at a company surrounded by such crafty and talented people, sometimes our work could even be deemed as play which is pretty awesome! It all started when one of our interns, CJ, conjured up the idea behind this year’s Christmasvideo. This year Crafts Americana Group participated in an internship program with a local high school. A few days a week we get a helping hand from several students. It’s been so great getting to know them a little more and working with them these past few months. When CJ was asked to brainstorm some ideas for this year’s video, he went straight to work and came up with this gem.

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Happy Birthday Teri!

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Birthdays are a big deal around here and it just so happens that today is Teri’s!

Teri is the Director at Connecting Threads. She has worked here for 18 years and I am convinced she started when she was in diapers. Teri has so much enthusiasm and energy! It is obvious that she loves her job and the people she works with. Another thing that is obvious, even to a newcomer, Teri LOVES snowmen! Last week, I sat in her office for the first time. The life sized snowman behind her desk distracted me from the army of little snowmen situated along the windowsill. That day it was cold and snowy outside, the perfect backdrop to an office full of Frostys!

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How Primitive Pennies came to be

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Designer Mari Martin came into the office one day and showed off some amazing pillows she was working on.  They were felted wool and Osnaburg, with amazing applique and embroidery detail.  I fell in love with them and was instantly inspired!  I really do love folk art, of many forms and thought it would be really great to create a collection based on primitive folk art, something we haven’t done yet and Primitive Pennies is the result.  I’m attracted to the simplicity and charm of primitive folk art;  I just love the quirky, unpolished and handmade feel that this art style embodies.  (The below images are Mari’s personal projects, these patterns and designs are from Wooden Spool Designs, which we do not sell on our site)

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My Spring Terrace collection.

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As I started to design Spring Terrace I wanted to do something reminiscent to Whirlwind Romance, a collection I did a few years back.  But I wanted to make this group new and fresh and have a feel of its own.  I knew I wanted to incorporate scrolls, for two reasons.  One, Whirlwind Romance had a scroll print and it was very popular.  And two, because if there’s one thing I know about Connecting Threads customers by now is that they LOVE scroll designs.  Scroll designs are delightful because they naturally lend to a non-directional composition as well as having a sense of whimsy, so they are very useful as well as pleasing to the eye.  In Spring Terrace you get not only one, but two to play with…the focal “Flourish” and coordinates “Tendrils”.

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Our First-Ever Calendar!

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If you don’t already know, next year will be Connecting Threads‘ 20th anniversary. We’re pretty excited about that! To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to do something a little special. We wanted to make sure that whatever we did, we could share it with all of you, too! We were looking for something that was both aesthetically pleasing while still remaining useful. With everyone’s lives getting busier and busier, we figured a calendar would be just the ticket.

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We’re counting down the weeks to Christmas!

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I don’t think it’s any big secret that the folks here at Connecting Threads LOVE Christmastime. Case in point: there’s a giant snowman in our Director’s office. This year, we decided to spice up the fun factor around the office and get our customers and friends involved in the joyous celebrations that we partake in as a group. Starting tomorrow, we will be counting down the weeks until Christmas with a new, free pattern that you can download each week. What’s even better is that each of the patterns are exclusive to Connecting Threads, and written by members of our team. The patterns we will be offering are absolutely awesome. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your guild friends, home decorating items, or fun stocking stuffers, you’ll get a little something for all of your holiday needs!

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