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The Passing of Another Pioneer
Rest in Peace: Jerry Kreinik.
(April 4, 2011)
Jerry Kreinik, founder of Kreinik
Manufacturing, passed away recently at age 96.
Creative Director Dena Lenham told CLN,
"We are hearing so many wonderful stories about Jerry from stitchers,
designers, and colleagues in the industry. Aside from being
exceptional people, the Kreiniks had vision and passion and
know-how, and came into the needlework industry in its infancy,
becoming true innovators. I remember one of my first TNNA trade
shows, back in 1996 I think, when Jerry and [his wife] Estelle
attended the summer show. 'Retired' from the company at that point,
they walked the show. I will never forget the response they received
from retailers and vendors -- absolute respect, delight, admiration,
and appreciation. They were celebrities on that show floor.
"I loved it; it made me realize the impact
Kreinik had on the industry, and the close-knit atmosphere this
market can have. Doug Kreinik once stood in our booth looking at
attendees and vendors and said, 'These people are my family.' This
week the Kreinik family has definitely appreciated the support."
Jerry founded the company 39 years ago, and in
1994 TNNA gave Jerry its TEN award, the association's highest honor.
"It is also nice to hear from consumers who
realize there are people behind the products they use in their
hobbies," Dena added. "One of the comments we read this morning is
from a stitcher who, after reading Jerry’s obituary, said, 'Wow --
what an accomplished individual. Never associated all that with a
piece of silver or gold metallic floss.'"
To read about Jerry's remarkable life, visit
An excerpt from his obituary:
"He worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yards
developing textiles used for submariners and polar explorers;
advanced the science of zippers, fasteners, and buttons; worked on
the creative team developing the 'D' ring used by millions today;
and established sizing for woman’s clothing. He taught the first
class in plastics in the 1950's at Brooklyn College in NY, and
designed dustless charcoal used by millions today. Along with this,
he advanced the innovation of foam plastics, structural plastics and