CHA Canada Spins into Action at London, Ontario ArtWaves Show

CHA Canada attended the ArtWaves creative show in London, Ontario August 15-17. This new show was a weekend long event profiling the many talents of North American paint and craft artists. CHA co-hosted a lively patio party for attendees on Thursday, August 15, handing out generous prizes from DCWV and Blue Moon Beads. There were “Spin to Win” events during the day at the CHA Booth featuring over 100 prizes from member companies and make-and-takes from Canadian CHA supplier members.

spin to win

Many thanks to Sizzix, Coats and Clark Canada, Northcott, Kroma Crackle, Westcott, Scrapbook and Cards Today, Canadian Scrapbooker and A Needle Pulling Thread for their generous donations.

ArtWaves was part of CHA Canada’s membership recruitment program that targets craft businesses that attend, exhibit or teach at consumer events. This event was one of 6 events CHA will participate in Canada in 2013, including the upcoming Creative Stitches show in Edmonton September 13-14, Salon des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, October 18-19, and the Fall CreativFestival in Toronto, October 25-28.

~ Paula Jones, Membership Coordinator & Canadian Representative, Craft & Hobby Association


Elmwood Park, NJ, —The Nominating Committee of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce the 2011 slate of candidates recommended for election by the general CHA membership. The nominees for their first term include: Jan Kahn, Caron International, VP Sales & Marketing; Riddi Kline, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., Senior VP, Marketing; and David Murray, ACTIVA Products, VP Sales & Marketing. Nominees for their second term include: Mike Birkholm, Darice Inc., President; and Mark Peters, a Duncan Enterprises Company, Executive VP, COO. The nominees will be running for a three-year term on the CHA Board of Directors.

“The slate of nominees for the 2011 CHA Board of Directors provides a nice cross-section of the craft and hobby industry as well a breadth of expertise that if elected will be tapped to help the Association move forward,” explained Nominating Committee Chair John Laurie (Coats & Clark). “We encourage each member of CHA to participate in the voting process, by casting your ballot before the January deadline.”

The Nominating Committee is comprised of three members of the CHA Board of Directors and three members-at-large elected by the general CHA membership. In addition to John Laurie, Rob Bostick (JudiKins Inc.) and Emma Gebo (Crafts Inc./SIERRA’S) served as the board representatives. The members-at-large were Jessica Goursolas (The Creative Network, Inc.), Mark Lee (FlowerSoft Inc.) and Jim Scatena (FloraCraft Corporation).

The nominated Board candidates will be officially elected by a proxy ballot which will be mailed to each member company’s voting contact by Nov. 29, 2010 as outlined in the Association bylaws. The confirmation of the Board directors’ election will be confirmed at the CHA Annual Business Meeting which will take place during the 70th Annual Winter Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California, January 29-February 1, 2011.

CHA Member Coats & Clark Announces Hot New Line

Contact: Nancy L. Jewell
(704) 329-5031

Brilliant new colors, quality performance, a continued good value

(CHARLOTTE, NC) . . .  With 32 new designer colors, the finest in Egyptian extra long staple cotton, and 21st century spinning technology, Star machine quilting threads are entering a new season of colorful brilliance and quality performance, all while still remaining an outstanding value for the quilter.

Star threads (, designed specifically for the independent quilt shop as well as the long arm enthusiast by the renowned thread maker Coats & Clark, have long been a staple in the quilt maker’s arsenal.  The demands of the long arm quilter for a value spool of extra long staple Egyptian cotton thread, required the application of the newest spinning technology. Changing fashion color trends for quilters meant updating the color range, as well.

“Star thread has always been a favorite for many quilters. We wanted to make certain we were giving the quilter a renewed color palette in a thread that is discernibly different from other cotton threads and still maintain our value — up to 50% less per yards,” said Ken Nelson, senior product manager for Coats & Clark.  

The new Star is warp mercerized and 3-ply construction, making it a strong, smooth thread, consistent in color, size and performance.  High luster and low surface hairiness means little lint and enhanced seam appearance.  

In total, Star offers over 100 colors, 59 solids and 46 multi-colors, many of which came from Coat’s global color kitchen, European fashion colors, customer and quilt artist recommendations plus Color Marketing Group and CAUS color forecast trends. Of note are the new multi-colors developed by thread lover, artist and author Terry White (  

“I love Star cottons. The random color changes create interesting effects in your stitching and the multi-colors blend beautifully with the solids,” said White. “They are delicious to work with and there is a lot of thread on the spool.”

The 1,200 yard Star spool is perfect size for quilting a queen size quilt.  New modular displays will give the retailer greater flexibility in an attractive contemporary display unit suitable for peg board, counter top or floor display.  Accompanying the new Star threads are pre-wound bobbins in 1,200 yard packages, matching the thread’s best selling colors.

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Susan Bates brand crochet hooks from Coats & Clark wins industry Award.  See below for complete press release.


(CHARLOTTE, NC) . . . Hooks may come and hooks may go but for the Susan Bates® brand from Coats & Clark, its crochet hooks are thought of as simply the best.  Susan Bates has been chosen as the Best Crochet Hook by a Corporation as part of the Crochet Liberation’s Fronts’ 2009 Annual Crochet Awards.

The annual awards are a highly-prestigious honor as the selections are made based on popular vote by the worldwide crocheting public.  Eight other brands were nominated in this category. Joan Barnett, implements and crochet thread product manager for Coats & Clark accepted the digital Flaming Crochet Hook of Justice at, Monday, April 19, via a podcast.

The annual crochet awards began when Crochet Liberation Front (CLF) ( member Ellen Gormley ( requested an “Oscars” like event for crochet.  There are 23 total categories in which crocheters around the world can select their favorites for such things as Best Crochet Video by an Amateur, Best Crochet Instructor and Best Crochet Designer Men’s, to name a few.  The Flamies even present a Lifetime Achievement Award. The CLF is a movement of able hooksters across the globe whose aim is simple: Global Domination of the Hook!

Susan Bates began in 1937 as part of C. J. Bates and Sons and was acquired by Coats & Clark in the 1980s.  Today, Susan Bates is designed for comfort, performance and durability, offering the broadest selection of crochet hooks, knitting needles and needlework accessories.


Stitch Nation – A New Yarn Line from Debbie Stoller and Red Heart

If you haven’t heard, Coats & Clark has launched a new line of yarn with Debbie Stoller best-selling author of the Stitch & Bitch Book Series and editor of Bust Magazine. The Stitch Nation Yarn is 100% natural with a feel good price point.  See the complete press release below for details…



Best Selling Knit and Crochet Author Debbie Stoller Introduces New Line of 100% Natural, 100% Affordable Yarns

(CHARLOTTE, NC) . . . . Debbie Stoller, America’s knitting icon and author of the New York Times best-selling Stitch ‘n Bitch series of knit and crochet books, is launching a new line of 100% natural and 100% affordable yarns.

Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller offers three new, premium-quality, natural fiber yarns of the type previously only available in specialty yarn shops, at prices so attractive, they’ll quickly become needlecrafters’ preferred basics.  The yarns were developed in partnership with Red Heart® from Coats & Clark.

“I am so excited to introduce these quality yarns,” said Stoller. “The fibers are luxurious and the range of colors for each yarn is eye-popping.  Plus, the entire line is supported by contemporary, hip, stylish patterns; a breath of fresh air for today’s knit and crochet fans.”

Stoller, a “knitting superstar” known for revving up a new generation of knitters, crocheters and crafters, brings the same passion and expertise to her yarn line.  Full o’ Sheep, a lofty, 100% Peruvian wool in 12 vibrant shades, is perfect for mixing and matching.  With tasty colors like Poppy, Clementine, Passionfruit, Honeycomb and Mediterranean, it is a natural for color work and stitches up quickly into stylish fashion scarves, warm hats or cozy throws. It’s also great for felting.

Bamboo Ewe combines the exquisite softness of wool with the sheen of bamboo. A silky smooth combo of 55% viscose from bamboo and 45% wool, boasting a luxuriously soft hand, Bamboo Ewe is available in 10 glorious colors including Geranium, Beach Glass, Sprout, and Mermaid, to name just a few.

Alpaca Love, a plush combination of 80% wool and 20% alpaca, offers the hand and properties of a fabulous alpaca yarn without the price tag.  This luxurious blend comes in 8 rich colors.  It feels and looks wonderful, adding a bit of luxury to a multitude of projects.

All three are medium weight and come in generous 85 – 100 gram balls, selling for under $5 each.

“Finally, there’s an affordable option in high-quality yarn. With one stitch you’ll discover that Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller is yarn for people who love yarn,” said Stoller.

For more information about Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller, visit or

With over 1,000,000 copies in print, Debbie  Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch series of books have not only helped create a new generation of knitters and crocheters, but have also spawned a worldwide Stitch ‘ n  Bitch movement, with more than 600 groups formed in close to 300 locations and over 25 countries. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular women’s magazine, BUST. Debbie has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and hails from a long line of Dutch knitters. In addition to writing books and running her magazine, Debbie also leads travel excursions, teaching and meeting her fans around the world.

Coats & Clark is one of the most recognized names in yarn, sewing and needlecraft products in America.  First marketed in 1936, the Red Heart® brand today continues to exude its founding principles: quality, value and inspiration for the knitting and crochet enthusiast.


December 21, 2009

Editors Note: To interview Debbie Stoller, please contact Nancy L. Jewell,, (704) 329-5031.

High-Resolution images are available upon request.  Please contact Nancy L. Jewell,, (704) 329-5031.

CHA member Coats & Clark to Host 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

CHA member Coats & Clark is sponsoring the 2010 Independent Handbag Design Awards.  If you think you got what it takes see the press release below on how to enter…happy crafting….


The 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards To Be Co-Sponsored By SINGER® Sewing Company and COATS & CLARK
Handbag Designer 101 Focuses on Education with Tips from The Best Known Brands in Sewing; SINGER and COATS & CLARK

New York, New York, [February 12, 2010] – Handbag Designer 101, the world’s handbag designer resource, announced today that SINGER® Sewing Company and COATS & CLARK will cosponsor the “Best Handmade Handbag Category” for the 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA).   This unique partnership will recognize the world’s finest handmade handbags and inspire handbag designers to incorporate new techniques under the auspice of two of the best known brands in the world of sewing.

“The ‘Best Handmade Handbag’ is one of the most competitive categories to our prestigious competition that spans the globe,” said Emily Blumenthal, founder of Handbag Designer 101 and IHDA.  “In 2009, we had more than 300 entries in this category with the winner, Alexis Campagna of Antibellum, designing a one-of-a-kind downloadable bag with ‘how-to’ instructions for the enthusiast to make at home. We are pleased that SINGER and COATS & CLARK see the value of our competition in terms of inspiring the modern sewist.”

The SINGER name has been synonymous with sewing, reliability and innovation for the past 159 years.  For nearly two centuries, generations of needle-crafters around the world have looked to COATS & CLARK for its signature quality and inspiration.  The partnership of these two well-respected and loved brands allows IHDA to continue to provide the best in sewing education to more than 2,000 handbag designers and our 300,000 on-line visitors, continuing its mission as the resource for handbag designers.

Exclusively for Handbag Designer 101, SINGER and COATS & CLARK will continue to provide “Sewing Tip of the Month,” including techniques for the beginner and advanced designer as well as accessory information to make sewing easier.  The monthly SINGER/COATS & CLARK Sewing Tip will be featured on Handbag Designer 101 and the Handbag Designer 101 Weekly Round-Up which reaches the handbag designer community at large and handbag aficionados throughout the world.

“We are once again pleased to be a part of this impressive competition. The 2009 Best Handmade Handbag winner’s free downloadable design was extremely popular with more than 143,000 visitors to Alexis Campagna’s handbag project page” said Gary Jones, President, Mass Sales, SINGER Sewing Company.  “We are pleased to partner with Coats & Clark for the 2010 IHDA and look forward to working closely with the 2010 Best Handmade Handbag winner.

“We see this as an opportunity to develop the COATS & CLARK brand with up and coming designers from a domestic and industrial view point,” said Dale Sutherland, commercial vice president sales and marketing, sewing products. “Sharing the spotlight with SINGER makes it that much better given the longevity of our brands and the natural connection between sewing machine and thread.”

The winner of the 2010 Best Handmade Handbag will receive a SINGER CURVY™ sewing machine which boasts the world’s first SwiftSmart™ Threading System and Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System for easy machine set up, a key factor to successful sewing.  The winner will also receive from COATS & CLARK a collection of various types of thread, including its new Dual Duty XP® general purpose thread, a unique poly core, poly-wrapped thread offering precise and pleasurable stitching. In addition, the winning handbag will be featured on the SINGER and the COATS & CLARK website where the winning designer will also share a downloadable handbag pattern from his/her collection for the sewing enthusiast.

Applications for the 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards are now available at  The pinnacle of the international competition will culminate with the annual awards ceremony on June 16, 2010 at Parsons The New School for Design.


Coats & Clark is the world’s largest textile/thread manufacturing company with products sold in over 150 countries for industrial and home use.  Coats continues to innovate with ongoing research leading to revolutionary new products such as Dual Duty XP® “X-tra” Performance thread, the culmination of over 200 years of thread manufacturing experience.
For more information contact:

Nancy L. Jewell
Coats & Clark
Charlotte, NC
Telephone: (704) 329-5031