Sunday, December 31, 2000

Bead Crochet, Tulip Co. TNNA, Kiwa Seisakusho

I've teased you in previous posts, about the new ergonomic silky cushioned crochet hooks by Tulip Co and then their newer line of hooks designed specifically for bead crochet. Then you tried to get your hands on them only to find it difficult or impossible. Good news: Caron International, a leading manufacturer of hand-knitting yarns, is now the master distributor of Tulip® knitting needles and ETIMO crochet hooks in the U.S.A.

Caron has this to say on their website:

"The excellence and quality construction of these needles and hooks is so superior to anything else in the mass market today,” declares Jan Kahn, VP of Marketing and Sales for Caron. “The ETIMO crochet hooks, Sucre beading hooks and Kanaderu knitting needles can be used for hours without the hand discomfort that is often experienced when using traditional implements. We are thrilled to offer the Tulip products along with our top-selling Simply Soft® and branded yarns.”

What makes these needles and hooks so spectacular?
The answer is simple.
Extraordinary quality construction and product innovation.

Revolutionary ETIMO crochet hooks
Doris Chan, popular crochet designer, says it best: “The biggest advantage of the ETIMO hook is the elastomeric comfort grip. Revolutionary. Supremely comfortable, functional, durable. It has a soft, smooth, cushy feel and fits perfectly in my hand. I never want to be without mine.”
ETIMO crochet hooks feature a comfortable, cushioned grip not found anywhere in the market today. Plus ETIMO hooks are made from durable superior quality aluminum with a polished finish that does not flake or chip. Even better, the handle’s length and depth of the hook itself make stitching easier, too. The result is a crocheter’s dream that allows her to stitch longer, with more accuracy and in greater comfort.
ETIMO crochet hooks are available in 10 sizes with a suggested US retail price of: $9.99.

Sucre Beading Hooks
Knitters and crocheters love to embellish their work, but often lack the proper tool to get the job done. Not any more. With Sucre Beading Hooks, beading embellishments are a breeze. Sized just right to handle most types of yarn- and thread-friendly beads Sucre beading hooks feature the same comfort grip as the fabulous ETIMO crochet hook.
Sucre crochet hooks are available in 5 sizes with a suggested US retail price of: $9.99.

There, now you, too, can get your hands on these beauties!

You may recall my posting last year about attending TNNA in Columbus Ohio with Tulip Co from Hiroshima. It was wonderful. I taught many passers by how to bead crochet. We made many interesting contacts. They were seeking a wholesaler/distributor for their products here in U.S. Next month Tulip will exhibit in Long Beach CA at TNNA. This time with Caron as their distributor, to promote their comfort crochet hooks ETIMO and Sucre and new hook and needle sets.
Left to right in photo of our booth from TNNA show are Mayumi, Naomi, Mr. Harada (CEO), Kang and Kazue.
While Kang and Kazue are in the U.S. at TNNA and the Vogue Knitting Show, I'll be in Japan working with Mayumi and Naomi. We'll have a booth at the International Great Quilt Show. I'll demonstrate a couple beading projects to promote their new line of beading needles. Mayumi will likely have kits of the projects and I'll supply an illustrated recipe so visitors to the booth can make their own. And I'll demonstrate beading with their Sucre bead crochet hooks.

Plus it is being arranged for me to teach a couple projects for KIWASEISAKUSYO, Japan's large bead retailer. One will be a beaded bead made by weaving a couple inches of undulating tubular peyote stitch ( aka Cellini stitch when published by Virginia Blakelock). I've JUST discovered a quicker easier way to work this up!!!! Verrrrrrry exciting. It was already fun and satisfying and gorgeous. Now it is faster and easier! This beaded bead can be worn on a chain or one of the other necklaces I'll teach: a textured bead crochet necklace I call Hooked on Pearls, Daggers, Silver and Gold (kit available) and a double needle weave chain.
Nancy Cain will be in Tokyo at the same time, finishing up her teaching gig at Coronet, where I have taught on my previous trips to Japan. Wouldnt it be grand if we get to see each other the quilt show or around town?

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