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we hope to be going to Norway if we are not defeated by the logistics of the journey now that the ferries have been withdrawn.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
Thank you for all your lovely comments about the Create and Craft programmes at the weekend – I must admit that I am hoping to make some small changes to later programmes. Bill and I took some time off over Easter and he had a day at the cricket and I gardened like mad for a couple of days.
Bumble just before he rolled!
What did I say!
Yesterday we took the dogs to Badbury Clump (protected woodland) and I thought you would like to see the results!
Biggles looking for mischief
A lovely time had by all!
Last week we finished the photography for your next issue of Stitch That – I am hoping you will see this whilst I am on tour on the German Germs stitching holiday
Will chat again befire then
Date posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat
4pm and 7pm Both live shows
I have had an idea for a competition. I have had some display boards made for the screens behind me during the live shows and they include pictures of projects from previous Stitch That magazines.How many projects can you name?Which issue of StitchThat features most of the pictures?
Prizes for the best answers as decided by Bill Greenoff.Entries must be with us by the end of May
Date posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Today I am taking things very easy indeed – I won’t go in to details but I have never been far from the loo! Yesterday I spent a couple of happy hours in the pond – yes I do mean in the pond- The only way to sort the weeds and get close and personal with my fish! Do you think the two could be connected! I am not aware of drinking pond water…….
I will be posting all the Tour letters this week so that all our merry travellers will have all the details – We leave for Germany the day after the Royal Wedding…..I cannot wait….
Date posted: Monday, April 18, 2011
I am sorry I have been missing without leave over the past few weeks. It is so wonderfully busy that I have had to be very focused indeed. This weekend was my last planned linen class here at Pinks Barn and I am now surfacing from under all the paper and bits of thread and beads…… I actually found stranded thread (floss) in my bed this morning! I do not stitch in my sleep but I certainly dream about this absorbing so called hobby (should I say addiction)
Stitch & Craft, Olympia London
We were certainly caught napping at Stitch and Craft at Olympia– it was absolutely heaving and I had thought we would have enough stock for Sewing for Pleasure in Birmingham… Ho Hum This lead to two days of frantic kit and product packing! Congratulations to Twisted Thread, the organisers of the event.
So all the news…..
I am completing Issue 85 of Stitch That and it will be with the printer shortly. This time, it is a bumper edition of charts and motif libraries with pages and pages of charted bits and pieces for you to stitch when not weeding your garden. By popular demand, I have included another set of decorated intials for you to use for gift cards and other projects. The Butterfly Initials are charted in colour and black & white symbols and may be stitched on linen or aida fabric
Create and Craft Television Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat 813
Since we last spoke, I have finalised the arrangements for my appearances on this dedicated craft channel. My first viewing will be at 4pm on Easter Saturday and I have just heard that the programme will be on Freeview as well as Sky. If you access to neither you can still watch this on your computer! The wonders of modern science…… Go to Create and Craft TV and click on watch live and I will be there! The next is the series will be at 2pm on 19th May.
Malcolm and our marvellous coach
Shortly we will be going on our annual stitching holiday – this year it is called German Gems and we will be visiting linen and thread factories as well as wine tasting. It is hoped that in 2012 we will be going to Norway again. Keep an eye on the Events page for that is where the info will go first.
Butterfly Needle Fold
As I mentioned, last weekend was my last planned class here at Pinks Barn although we have our Maggies Day later in the year. I am sorting more dates as we speak and will try to add them shortly.The project from last weekend turned in to the Butterfly Garden Needle Fold which is now available as a complete kit – Go to Special Linen
Date posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011