Decorative Sewing, Needlework, Weaving, Or Textile Designing Patents (Class 434/95)
  • Publication number: 20150093724
    Abstract: A system for the determination of thread color includes a fabric having a surface thereon, a digitized embroidery chart stitched on the fabric so as to form a fabric chart, and a recording chart that corresponds to the fabric chart. The fabric has a solid color or multi-color pattern thereon. The fabric chart includes multiple colors in a row or in a column and multiple stitch types in another row or in another column. The fabric chart includes indicia formed thereon associated with the rows or with the columns. The recording chart also includes a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, along with an alphanumeric character corresponding to the indicia on the fabric chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Ann L. SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 8657603
    Abstract: A system for authoring knitting, crocheting, weaving patterns and other fiber arts patterns, and for converting those patterns into stepwise voice and visual instructions comprising a hardware architecture and modular software including a database of predefined stitch objects each corresponding to a stitching step or sequence. Each stitch object is linked in the database to a sound bite enunciating that stitch step and to a graphic illustration depicting that stitch step with a written explanation. The software includes an authoring module with a pattern compilation user-interface that allows a user to construct a complete pattern by selecting knitting commands from a menu of predefined commands in the database. Once constructed, the pattern is loaded into a playback module which employs an enunciation engine that speaks the complete pattern step-by-step and a playback user interface that displays a visual depiction and description of each step all at a user defined pace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Leslye Zina Solomon
  • Patent number: 8529263
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transforming existing sets of instructions into a comprehensive user guidance experience for presentation and use by a user, and more particularly, to systems and methods of constructing a knitted garment from disparate instructional content. More particularly, the method includes receiving content from one or more instructional manuals, modifying the received content, selecting instructional content parts of interest, adding and editing additional sub-part content such as reference material or user-specific content to the parts of interest, assembling the instructional sub-parts and parts into an integrated scheme for presentation provided to a user, and tracking the users progress through the integrated instructional scheme. The instructional content may be received in text or graphical format. The integrated instructional scheme may be presented to the user via a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Create2Thrive Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Blair Smith, Sally A. Holt
  • Patent number: 8506303
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transforming existing sets of instructions into a comprehensive user guidance experience for presentation and use by a user, and more particularly, to systems and methods of constructing a knitted garment from disparate instructional content. More particularly, the method includes receiving content from one or more instructional manuals, modifying the received content, selecting instructional content parts of interest, adding and editing additional sub-part content such as reference material or user-specific content to the parts of interest, assembling the instructional sub-parts and parts into an integrated scheme for presentation provided to a user, and tracking the users progress through the integrated instructional scheme. The instructional content may be received in text or graphical format. The integrated instructional scheme may be presented to the user via a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Create2Thrive Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Blair Smith, Sally A. Holt
  • Publication number: 20120282575
    Abstract: A system for authoring knitting, crocheting, weaving patterns and other fiber arts patterns, and for converting those patterns into stepwise voice and visual instructions comprising a hardware architecture and modular software including a database of predefined stitch objects each corresponding to a stitching step or sequence. Each stitch object is linked in the database to a sound bite enunciating that stitch step and to a graphic illustration depicting that stitch step with a written explanation. The software includes an authoring module with a pattern compilation user-interface that allows a user to construct a complete pattern by selecting knitting commands from a menu of predefined commands in the database. Once constructed, the pattern is loaded into a playback module which employs an enunciation engine that speaks the complete pattern step-by-step and a playback user interface that displays a visual depiction and description of each step all at a user defined pace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Leslye Zina Solomon
  • Patent number: 8117976
    Abstract: A handicraft needle punch set includes a needle puncher, and an assisting tool used in performing needle punching to an object. The assisting tool includes a plurality of tubular template portions each having a desired sectional shape. The needle puncher includes a plurality of needles, a grip member supporting the needles in a manner allowing the tips of the needles to protrude to the outside, and a tubular attachment member detachably attached to the grip member. The tubular attachment member is configured to surround the needles in a noncontact manner and have a contact end portion coming into contact with the upper portions of the tubular template portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Clover Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaharu Tamura
  • Publication number: 20120009548
    Abstract: A swatch organizer system and method for preparing and mounting swatch samples and labels on a plurality of carriers that are secured onto a holder in a manner to allow the end user to easily evaluate the aesthetic nature of one or more swatch samples. Each carrier provides two surfaces for mounting swatches and/or labels. Mounting strips are provided to aid the end user in cutting, sizing and mounting raw materials such as fabric, paper, leather, etc. in the form of swatch samples onto carriers. Labeling is also provided to allow recording of descriptive information on the reverse of the carrier. Carriers, swatch samples and labels can be easily added, rearranged, removed or reused as desired. Supports design, organization and/or inventory needs with minimal time, effort and skill required by the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Melissa Dawn Feit, David Jonathon Azen
  • Patent number: 8074384
    Abstract: A handicraft assisting tool (1) includes a plate-like holding member (3) and a supporting member (2) on which the holding member is placed. The supporting member (2) includes a main plate having a shape corresponding to the holding member (3) and a side plate (22) standing from the periphery of the main plate in the thickness direction of the main plate. The main plate is formed with a plurality of elongated holes (23) arranged adjacent to the periphery of the main plate and spaced from each other along the periphery. The holding member (3) includes a periphery formed with a plurality of recesses (33). Each of the elongated holes (23) includes opposite ends configured to communicate with the recesses (33) when the holding member (3) is placed on the supporting member (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Clover Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Kuwabara
  • Publication number: 20100285431
    Abstract: The present invention a crocheted yarn model enabling persons to make easy, quick and uniform hand knit like handicraft projects. Users will be able to make handicraft projects easily and uniformly in a very short period of time without any special skill or expertise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: YUNTEKS TEKSTIL SANAYIVE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
    Inventor: Mehmet Abdullah Sencopur
  • Publication number: 20090061396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method for creating crocheted items using a classical crochet hook to form stitches in a new pattern. The pattern produces a visually very attractive surface (on both front and back side) and leads to a specific thickness and density of the produced items which makes them keep their shape very well. The new crocheting method can be applied to a variety of materials producing items especially in the fields of garments and home accessories. The present invention is described in one basic version and two variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Ulrike Viviane Fischer
  • Publication number: 20080113318
    Abstract: A substantially transparent display sheet for mounting of fabric and trim samples is provided which allows one to easily view the samples directly against various furniture and fabrics to determine color coordination. The samples are mounted on the display sheet so as to provide sufficient free space adjacent each of the samples to permit the fabric/furniture to be easily viewed through the sheet. A sample book is also provided which includes a front and back cover, and plurality of stacked display sheets bound therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Joe Veltri, Gary Dobson
  • Patent number: 7226290
    Abstract: A portable aesthetic component comparison system is provided with a support base, a work surface, a post, and a plurality of carriers. The work surface is provided on the support base. The post is supported by the support base centrally of the work surface. The plurality of carriers are each configured to support at least one aesthetic component, each carrier having an aperture configured to be received over the post for pivotal positioning of one aesthetic component relative to another aesthetic component atop the work surface. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Mary Nickol
  • Patent number: 7147009
    Abstract: A process for weaving that can be implemented using just the hands as the loom and shuttle, a weaving material such as yarn, an instrument for cutting like nail clippers or a small pair of scissors, and an object for intermissions in the process such as a paper clip. The weaving process is simplified to the most basic concepts of weaving that can be enjoyed by any age group, such as, but not limited to, from five-year-old children to adults. The absence of barriers like cumbersome weaving looms permits the process to be practiced in a multitude of settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Diana Lynn Murcar
  • Patent number: 6705867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to closed three-dimensional needlepoint canvases. Each of the canvases of the present invention is made from two interconnectable perforated shells. In various embodiments, interchangeable shells of different shapes are provided which can be connected together to form three-dimensional canvases in a variety shapes and sizes. In certain embodiments the shells have mechanically interlocking bases for easy detachment without external clips. The invention also provides craft kits containing the three-dimensional needlepoint canvases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Uniek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamieson A. Foght, Christopher R. Carlson, Carole L. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20030203341
    Abstract: The present invention relates to closed three-dimensional needlepoint canvases. Each of the canvases of the present invention is made from two interconnectable perforated shells. In various embodiments, interchangeable shells of different shapes are provided which can be connected together to form three-dimensional canvases in a variety shapes and sizes. In certain embodiments the shells have mechanically interlocking bases for easy detachment without external clips. The invention also provides craft kits containing the three-dimensional needlepoint canvases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Uniek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamieson A. Foght, Christopher R. Carlson, Carole L. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20030027105
    Abstract: An instructional crochet apparatus for crocheting a pre-determined design comprises a grid having a plurality of grid blocks arranged and configured in substantially aligned rows and columns. Each alternating row of the grid is off-set from each other row such that each alternating row is substantially aligned with each other. Color indicators disposed on the grid are arranged and configured to define the pre-determined design. Stitch guides comprise crochet stitch directions. Each grid block substantially corresponds to a crochet stitch and the pre-determined design is created in crochet by crochet stitching performed in accordance with the color indicators and the stitch guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Hally Lynn Davis
  • Patent number: 6413091
    Abstract: A set often embroidery stitch pattern transfer marking strips each constructed of flat, bendable, clear see-through plastic with resiliency assuring its continued integrity, rectangular in shape, the size of which fits in the hand having there-on two differently measured and numbered stitch patterns consisting of a plurality of identical separate round perforated holes with certain patterns having a perpendicular line extended to the outside horizontal edge of the strip indicating that a dot marking should be placed at this point resulting in the ability to mark two rows of equal distance between parallel marking points with each pattern having its own size, shape, alignment and configurations which when transferred onto a fabric, by the use of a disappearing ink marking pen, provides the means to teach and demonstrate precisely the art of constructing, by hand, blanket, back, chain, cross and feather stitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Robbie M. Fields
  • Publication number: 20020045150
    Abstract: A method for organizing threads for cross-stitching. The method includes the general steps of arranging a predetermined number of threads according to at least one predetermined color scheme for cross-stitching; prefabricating a plurality of sheets, having a predetermined thickness with at least one perforated I-shaped element disposed therein; selecting a thread from a variety of threads based on the predetermined color scheme; wounding the selected thread around the I-shaped element; and inserting the wounded I-shaped element within a distinct spring loaded compartment of a multi-level storage unit. A color comparison chart is used to compare various colors of threads between compatible color code schemes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventor: Marie E. Mosley
  • Patent number: 6149437
    Abstract: A method for making toys and toy figures from pliant rods such as pipe cleaners comprises providing an elongated member having a plurality of openings passing therethrough, the openings being arranged substantially linearly across the length of the member and configured to receive pliant rods. When one pliant rod (e.g., pipe cleaner) is thread through each one of the plurality of openings, a warp weave is defined. Pliant rods are weaved through the warp weave to create a woof weave and ultimately, a weaved piece. Once the weaved piece is formed, it can be removed from the device and then bent, twisted, and otherwise flexed to create a multiplicity of different toys drawing on the user's creativity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Kathrine Kawamura Corliss
  • Patent number: 6146144
    Abstract: A kit for making a hooked rug comprised of a backing made of a flexible yet stable material with offset, intermittent holes, a hook with a handle, embroidery needle, yarn, diagrams and written instructions, all of which are packed in a bag or box. The invention also discloses a method of making a hooked rug comprised of filling in each backing hole following a chart or a pattern drawn or stamped on the backing and using a continuous length of yarn drawn through the offset intermittent holes to provide the effect of a hooked rug random looping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventors: Ernest R. Fowler, Betty Rutter Fowler
  • Patent number: 5738559
    Abstract: The personalized needleless puppet kit includes at least two puppet blanks which are joined together using a yarn lace having a collared lead end for ease in threading of the lace through cooperating holes in the blanks, without requiring use of a needle. The blanks may then be decorated, as desired to produce a one or two character hand puppet, the blanks including generic ear portions which are trimmable to enhance features of the character(s) chosen for the puppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Leah Beth Levin Ostrar
  • Patent number: 5634996
    Abstract: The method of adhering studs to the cloth includes the step of providing a plurality of flat, aluminum studs having predetermined shapes. The backside surface of each stud is covered with a low temperature, heat sensitive adhesive. Also, a predetermined stud pattern is provided. The method includes laying the stud pattern atop the cloth. The stud pattern is then replicated on the cloth by marking the cloth. A corresponding stud is placed on each respective cloth mark. Thereafter, compressive force and heat, in the range of 130.degree.-150.degree. F., is applied to the studs and the cloth for a predetermined period of time. The heat activates the adhesive and adheres the studs to the cloth. The kit includes a plurality of studs with the heat sensitive adhesive on the backs thereof. Also, a plurality of stud patterns are included in the kit. A studed article of clothing made in accordance with the method of manufacture, is also part of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Kathryn A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 5447770
    Abstract: A kit for making a decorative article includes a fabric backing having a grid thereon. The grid is sized in predetermined segments to facilitate making a decorative article therefrom. A plurality of differently colored yarn segments and a liquid adhesive are provided with a template showing the decorative article design. In use, one end of each of the yarn segments is adhesively attached to a square within the predetermined segments on the fabric backing. The yarn segments are attached to the fabric backing by following a key in conjunction with the template which has a corresponding grid printed thereon. A decorative article can be produced from the yarn segments which is adaptable for wall or floor use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5399410
    Abstract: A sheet for embroidered picture includes a sheet-like base 1 made of paper such as synthetic paper or thick paper. Perforations 0.4-1.5 mm in inside hole diameter are formed in matrix form at least a part of the sheet-like base 1. From the sheet-like base 1, a sheet piece 4 in the desired shape can be cut off easily by trimming off along the perforations 2 with a pair of scissors or the like. The sheet piece 4 thus cut off in the desired shape may then be laminated on another sheet-like base 1, when an embroidery thread 3 is passed through the perforations 2 along the other sheet-like base 1 and the sheet piece 4, a three-dimensional embroidered picture is made. On the surface of the sheet-like base 1, a picture or pattern may be drawn, and an embroidered picture excelled in designability may be made when the picture or pattern is used as a background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventors: Ichiro Urase, Hisae Nakayama
  • Patent number: 5352120
    Abstract: Decorative beads are applied to a selected substrate, such as an article of clothing, in a pre-determined arrangement, utilizing a rod-like skewer and a folding chart or guide having a mirror image of the predetermined pattern printed thereon. The process for applying the decorative beads involves the steps of first placing the clothing article over a flat rigid surface such as a painting board and flattening the clothing fabric without unduly stretching it. The chart is placed over the clothing article so that the mirror image pattern is placed directly over the location where the beads are to be applied. The chart is folded back to expose a row of the pattern indicia, and beads corresponding to the pattern indicia are placed onto the skewer. Glue is applied to the clothing article adjacent to the row of pattern indicia, and then the row of beads on the skewer are brought into contact with the glue and aligned with the chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: Perry Hambright
  • Patent number: 5263862
    Abstract: This invention provides a graphing system that enables an average person interested in reproducing a colored design by needlework, for which there is no existing graph, to quickly and easily graph the colored design for reproduction by such needlework as cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, smocking, duplicate stitch, or knitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Nancy A. Claytor
  • Patent number: 5234340
    Abstract: A handicraft guide is provided for locating in a specific array a plurality of members such as sequins, on a surface such as a layer of fabric. A thin sheet material has inscribed thereon a pattern which is to be reproduced as a design on the mounting surface. The pattern is made up of rows of symbols which indicate proper placement of the members onto the mounting surface. Separating lines run between adjacent rows, permitting each row of symbols to be peeled away from the mounting base to expose the edge of a next adjacent row of symbols. Each symbol corresponds to a specific member that is to be fixedly mounted onto the mounting base directly adjacent the symbol. In utilizing the handicraft guide, a member is fixed to the mounting base adjacent to each symbol provided on the first row of the guide. That first row is peeled away and the process is repeated for the second row and so forth until the desired design has been reproduced. The guide is then removed from the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Perry N. Hambright
  • Patent number: 5184957
    Abstract: A needlepoint graph has adjoining rows of ellipses to be marked as a pattern for the designation of traditional continental needlepoint stitches required in a needlepoint canvas to reproduce the pattern on the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Nancy A. Claytor
  • Patent number: 5096422
    Abstract: A handicraft guide for locating a plurality of members on a surface, such as a layer of fabric, which utilizes a sheet material upon which has been inscribed a pattern to be reproduced as a design on the mounting surface. This mirror image pattern is made up of rows of symbols and is to be placed directly against the mounting surface. This guide is to be folded over upon itself sequentially exposing rows of symbols with each symbol to correspond to a specific member that is to be fixedly mounted on the mounting base directly adjacent the symbol. When there is placed on the mounting base a member for each symbol, there will be reproduced the desired design. The guide is then to be removed from the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Perry N. Hambright
  • Patent number: 5037302
    Abstract: An educational device for teaching humanistic values to a child is in the form of a toy manufactured with at least one recognizable abused condition or defect. The toy is packaged and marketed with repair apparatus enabling a child to permanently substantially eliminate the abused condition and effective upon completion of the repair to leave permanent visual reminder of the original abused condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Inventor: Vladimir Sirota
  • Patent number: 5024176
    Abstract: Needlepoint sheet having channel perforations with octagonal upper and lower openings. Thread drawn through a channel in a diagonal direction is pulled over a flat surface which widens the area covered by the thread. The needlepoint sheet is made of a polymeric material. The perforations are preferably formed into a plurality of aligned rows for receiving the thread. Each channel is enclosed by eight sides which form octagonal upper and lower openings. The width of each of the sides is substantially equal. In a preferred embodiment of the invention each of the sides form a plane, and the height of each of the side planes is substantially equal. In a preferred embodiment of the invention each of the side planes merge along a curved portion of the wall. This distributes the stress during bending of the needlepoint sheet, and reduces cracking and breakage thereof. In use thread is extended through the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignees: Louis P. Musante, Lynda S. Musante
    Inventor: Louis P. Musante
  • Patent number: 4836783
    Abstract: An activity kit for drawing, painting, sewing or the like, comprising a rigid case providing a flat activity surface and a cavity within the case for receiving a roll of medium, such as paper on which the activity is to be carried out. Medium from the roll is fed between medium guide positioned on the activity surface adjacent in the direction of dispensing of the medium. A medium dispensing control may be provided to restrict the medium which can be pulled at one time to only so much as would cover the activity surface. The kit according to the present invention provides a portable, compact activity center for young children in which the wastage of medium, such as drawing paper may be minimized through use of the medium dispensing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Cliff Harper
  • Patent number: 4792305
    Abstract: A collimated knitting pattern instruction panel for instructing a user in the creation of knitwear having patterns thereon which are formed into columns. The knitwear consists of a plurality of rows of yarn each of which having at least two groups of stitching configurations, with each of the groups of stitching configurations defining a portion of a particular one of the patterns. In addition, a plurality of a particular one of the groups of stitching configurations form one of the columns on the knitwear. The collimated knitting pattern instruction panel comprises at least two elongated panel members, with each of the panel members having two horizontal edges and two side edges. At least one of the side edges of a first one of the panel members is in juxtaposition with one of the side edges of a second one of the panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Inventor: Elizabeth D. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 4657800
    Abstract: A method and article of manufacture directed to a mural like device which is formed on a blank or sheet of flexible fabric type material by the forming in the surface thereof a pattern to define predetermined form. Strands of yarn material formed in closely spaced spiral loops are secured to the blank or sheet material along the pattern formed thereon as e.g. by sewing. The loops so fixed are severed along the free end thereof to impart a three dimensional effect to the pattern. Illuminating lights are disposed along the pattern for added visual effects and decorative or ornamental devices may also be interposed between and/or to compliment said lights for additional visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Inventor: Jutta M. Long
  • Patent number: 4634616
    Abstract: A method and materials for sewing craft sheets of plastic canvas is disclosed wherein an adhesive backed transparent film sheet having a grid pattern thereon color coded to form a picture is affixed to a plastic canvas having a grid pattern the same size as the grid pattern on the sheet. The grid on the transparent sheet is aligned with the grid of the plastic canvas and the grid is then cut to the shape of the picture on the transparent sheet. The person can then stitch the picture, following the color code marks on the transparent sheet grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Inventors: Louis P. Musante, Lynda L. Scott
  • Patent number: 4608939
    Abstract: A pattern or template for achieving controlled hand sewing. The pattern or template (10) is fabricated using two complementary template units (12, 14) that can be superimposed upon each other to enclose a fabric (40) therebetween. Releasable attaching means (24, 26, 32, 34) provide for releasably joining the unit to the fabric. Each of the template units is provided with a plurality of perforations (16, 20) along a selected path (18, 46) with these perforations in one of the template units sufficiently overlapping the perforations in the other template unit whereby a needle (38) with a thread (42) attached can be passed through the template units to achieve selected stitches in the fabric. The template units can be provided, in one embodiment, with raised indicia (36) corresponding to braille-type markings so that the unit can be used by persons with visual handicaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Inventor: Nancy Lampley
  • Patent number: 4578036
    Abstract: A method for instructions for knitting and crocheting in which the location, type, and number of each stitch is exactly indicated on a pattern piece scaled to the final shape of the finished item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Inventor: Estelle Leighton
  • Patent number: 4564406
    Abstract: A method of providing for combination applique design pattern transfer and adhesive lamination to applique material which comprises imprinting an applique design pattern onto a sheet of heat reactivatable adhesive so that by fusing and laminating the adhesive sheet with the applique design pattern thereon onto applique material, the applique design pattern will be transferred to the applique material. A sheet of heat reactivatable adhesive with the applique design pattern imprinted thereon is also provided for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: Solar-Kist Corporation
    Inventor: Chester J. Binks
  • Patent number: 4541805
    Abstract: An audio adapter for an electric or electronic sewing machine is disclosed. The adapter may have a holder sized to accept a typical DC powered microcassette tape player, an AC-DC power converter and leads for attachment to the on-off switch of the sewing machine and to the microcassette player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Inventors: Delbert J. Weaver, Kevin D. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4530665
    Abstract: A method of stitching a pattern on fabric employing a piece of interwoven netting having rows of square holes and the desired pattern printed thereon. The netting is attached to the fabric so that the pattern on the netting directly overlies the area on the fabric where the pattern is to be reproduced. The pattern is then stitched onto the fabric using a needle and embroidery threads. The stitch that is used is a cross-stitch wherein the thread is pushed up from the inside surface of the fabric and through the center of a hole in one row of the netting and then crossed over an intersection of the netting on a 45.degree. angle to the threads forming the netting. The thread is then pulled down through a hole in an adjacent row and through the fabric. Upon completion of the stitched pattern, the netting is removed by drawing out the threads thereof one strand at a time. A kit is also provided to enable one to carry out this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Shirley R. Colonel
  • Patent number: 4521474
    Abstract: A carrier for holding pieces of yarn ready for use in making rugs and similar articles by hand comprises a perforated flexible sheet of pliable material such as strong paper. The ends of individual pieces of yarn of predetermined length extend through the perforations, with each piece of yarn bent into a "U" shape so that both ends of each piece are on the same side of the fabric sheet, but the two ends of each piece extend through different perforations. The pieces of yarn may be mechanically inserted into the sheet in locations corresponding to the locations of the pieces of yarn in the article to be made by hand, giving a preview of the appearance of the article and serving as a pattern for the handmade article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Inventor: Edward Berman
  • Patent number: 4495230
    Abstract: A thin foraminous substrate such as a woven fabric substrate, has imprinted thereon a design to accept needlework. A dominant portion of the imprinted design on the substrate is adapted to register with a three dimensional decorative applique, for example, a hand painted ceramic applique representative of a human face or other body part. The three dimensional applique is attached by adhesive to the substrate. Other three dimensional objects may also be applied to the substrate, typical examples being numbers, letters and shapes such as balloons, flowers and geometric designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1985
    Inventor: Rebecca A. Ellwein
  • Patent number: 4404750
    Abstract: A needlepoint sheet of flexible plastic material having a plurality of aligned rows of perforations for receiving thread-like material such as yarn therethrough. The sheet has at least one flat face which has pattern indicia imprinted directly on the flat face so that one may needlepoint a design in accordance with the pattern indicia or in accordance with instructions utilized in combination with the pattern indicia. The pattern indicia may take on the form of a pattern needlepoint design on the flat surface of the needlepoint sheet or it may consist of indicia on the border of the flat face at spaced intervals to assist one in locating specific perforations in the sheet for sewing a needlepoint design thereon. The side walls of each of the perforations are preferably in the form of a pyramid frustrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1983
    Inventors: Michael K. Marx, Louis P. Musante
  • Patent number: 4391591
    Abstract: A device is shown in the preferred embodiment of the present invention for holding a knitting pattern and for indicating the pattern position. The pattern is held to a pattern support face of a pattern support member by a clip member. The pattern position is recorded and visually summarized at a single location by a single notation member. Specifically, the notation member includes an elongated bar member movably mounted on the pattern support member for visually underscoring the row of the pattern. Further, and simultaneously, the notation member includes members for indicating other pattern information, shown in a first preferred form as indicators slidably mounted in grooves formed in the elongated bar member and in a second preferred form as pegs receivable in apertures formed in the elongated bar member which indicate the pattern position by indicating numerals forming a pattern position guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Inventor: Manny C. Hamburger
  • Patent number: 4310313
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a needleworking kit designed to facilitate the work of completing a needlepoint design created on a canvas, using buttonhole stitches and which includes a graph marked in colors to indicate where such stitches will be made on the grid of a canvas, with yarns of the indicated colors. The graph lines are numbered vertically and horizontally and the canvas is correspondingly marked for readily locating the numbered lines of the graph and further to facilitate locating the positions of such lines on the canvas it is divided into quarter sections by appropriate markings. The colored markings on the graph are disposed diagonally of the grid intersections, each in the color and in the direction of the yarn to be stitched over the respective intersections. The kit also inclludes a set of instructions, one or more needles of the type dictated by the needlepoint design as well as a supply of yarns in the colors called for by the design and the kit may include a container for the complete kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Inventor: Marie K. Brundige
  • Patent number: 4302192
    Abstract: A device is shown in the preferred embodiment of the present invention for holding a knitting pattern and for indicating the pattern position. The pattern is held to a pattern support face of a pattern support member by a clip member. The pattern position is recorded and visually summarized at a single location by a single notation member. Specifically, the notation member includes an elongated bar member movably mounted on the pattern support member for visually underscoring the row of the pattern. Further, and simultaneously, the notation member includes members for indicating other pattern information, shown in a first preferred form as indicators slidably mounted in grooves formed in the elongated bar member and in a second preferred form as pegs receivable in apertures formed in the elongated bar member which indicate the pattern position by indicating numerals forming a pattern position guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1981
    Inventor: Manny C. Hamburger
  • Patent number: 4301753
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a housing with an upper arm portion, a standard and a cloth holder arm and a sound player such as a transcriber recorder associated with the sewing machine with a sound producing device for explaining the operation thereof. The device may be associated with the machine itself, for example by being incorporated in the upper arm or it may be included as a portion of a cabinet for the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1981
    Assignee: Firma Dorina Nahmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Gunter Meier
  • Patent number: 4259784
    Abstract: The four sides of a rectangular piece of screening are secured into an open frame to form a grid. Opposite lengthwise sides of the frame are grooved on the edges to make a track along which a separate piece can slide. This piece consists of a long, rectangular, magnifier lens, of a length equal to the width of the grid screen, bonded at each end into a framework the total length of which extends over the two sides of the grid frame hooking into the two side grooves of the grid frame. Height of the lens framework is dependent upon distance necessary for maximum magnification of lens. The grid frame is placed over a picture or design to be copied and, as the lens is slid along the grid frame vertically, a graph of the design is magnified for reproduction square by square into any material compartmentalized to receive the graphic presentation. The invention is particulary adapted for needlepoint rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Ruth B. MacPherson