German Gems Trip
Our German gems trip was a great success and I know that many of this crazy group are planning to join us again in 2012 when we hope to be going to Norway if we are not defeated by the logistics of the journey now that the ferries have been withdrawn.
Our luxury 49 seater coach
We travelled from the UK to Celle in Germany where we visited a lovely lady called Lorraine Mootz who allowed us to visit her home and see her extraordinary collection of samplers – how kind she was and how I envied her!
You can see a tiny part of Lorraine’s collection behind us
From there we had a tour of the Sampler Museum in the town centre – We were not allowed to use our cameras so you will just have to take my word for it! What a marvellous collection!I do not think I have seen a better collection anywhere….
Onwards to Wuppertal to visit our friends at Vaupel and Heilenbeck and see their gorgeous linen band woven and to raid their gorgeous warehouse …. Below you can see pictures of this unique factory when linen band is made and I am sure you can guess that I bought loads back with me.
Vaupel and Heilenbeck in Wuppertal
Next stop was Freiburg where we were the guests of Madeira. Freiburg is a lovely city and we spent our first morning in the old town market when I had to keep my hands in my pockets at all times….Such a lovely shopping opportunity!
You know, of course, that I prefer Madeira threads for my kit production and for all my cross stitch designing and it was brilliant to see the threads in production and the reels of thread being dyed and twisted before packaging. Our hosts were so generous and hospitable- we even had coffee and cakes in the factory garden!
The computerised dyeing recipes at Madeira
A giant pressure cooker dyeing threads
Madeira’s unique spiral pack maker!
Our day with the folks at Madeira was made absolutely perfect with a wine tasting up in the hills followed by a delicious meal. Ho Hum and they call it work…..
Our taste of Sekt in the sunshine!
As if we had not been spoilt enough, the next day we travelled on to visit the Zweigart factory at Sindlefingen near Stuttgart and spent many happy hours in the factory shop as if any of us needed more fabric!
Just a little more shopping!
Bill and I really enjoyed our trip and neither of us can remember laughing so often and so much. Keep and eye on my Journal for news of Norway
Date posted: Monday, May 16, 2011