German Gems 30th April – 7th May 2011
Linen band, fabric and thread
Malcolm and our luxury coach
Vaupel and Heilenbeck Linen Band Production
A true stitchers tour! Here is an outline of the trip to include visiting the German Sampler Museum at Celle and Vaupel and Heilenbeck for linen band heaven. Those of you who have been before will know what I mean – start saving now!
On to visit the Madeira factory in Freiburg – where we will see the threads being made and have a chance to shop – complete ranges anyone! This is followed by a few hours in the factory shop at Zweigart and home via Reims.
The Madeira factory at Freiburg
We will be planning some meals out with our hosts and perhaps a champagne tasting in Reims but this should, at least, whet your appetites!
Saturday 30th April
Pick ups in Fairford, London, Maidstone and Folkestone prior to travelling to the shuttle and onwards to an overnight in Eindhoven where our evening meal will be provided. Stitching projects and themed classes will be distributed by this point
Sunday 1st May
Travel to Celle to have our guided tour of the sampler museum with our English speaking guide and then on to Wuppertal for a two night stay. Evening meal provided
Monday 2nd May
A visit to Vaupel and Heilenbeck to see the factory and to spend the hours needed to select from the display of linen bands and chart packs. Dinner out with our hosts
Tuesday 3rd May
Drive by coach to Freiburg for a three night stay. On arrival our evening meal will be provided
Wednesday 4th May
We will be visiting the Madeira factory at Freiburg where the design team are going to show us all sorts of threads and fibres. Followed by a wine tasting evening in Freiburg
Thursday 5th May
Visit to the Zweigart shop for our linen and aida supplies and to see a presentation of some of the new products ready for launch. This is followed by a free evening to relax and compare notes!
Friday 6th May
Drive to Reims for our overnight stay – with a champagne tasting as an option if we can arrange it and dinner will be provided
Saturday 7th May
Home via Calais and Cite Europe for the last minutes shopping.
Coach and rail travel, bed and breakfast throughout and evening meals where quoted. Not included are lunches and travel insurance.
Per person sharing a twin room £825.00
Single Supplement £170.00
As always, we will offer a draw to share if there are people who are happy to so.
Freephone line 0800 328 9750 ( UK only)
Non-UK +44 1285 713678
or send me an email for a booking form
Date posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010
William Morris Project Cases
Thanks to CSG Member, Jane Herbert, we now have of stock of these popular items. Jane has been beavering away in the background preparing these useful, practial and very popular project cases and I am very pleased with the result. My problem is that I now have four on the go, each with a different piece of stitching inside. Go to Tools and Accessories for more details
Date posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My cake, a gift from the Radisson Hotel, Shimla
Bill and I are back from an unforgetable trip to India, my surprise 60th Birthday present from my great husband! I did not know about the trip until a week before we flew so the packing was a little haphazard!
Shopping in old Delhi
We flew to Delhi and spent a day touring the city and wandering the streets. We travelled on the underground trains and then had a ride in a rickshaw. I think my whole life flashed before me as we missed lorries and people by a whisker!
My favourite form of transport in India, a Tuk-Tuk
We then travelled by train to Amritsar and stayed in a very old and quaint hotel from the days of the Raj. Just lovely! Our brilliant guide, Vikram took a few of us to see the Golden Temple at night and to watch the Holy Book being carried to its night time resting place. A magical evening – I felt priviledged to be one of the very few Europeans in the crowd and made feel very welcome – I do not know how many people came to shake hands with us.
Vikram and yours truly
The Golden Temple at Amritsar
Before travelling to Shimla, we visited the monastery at Dharamsala where His Holiness the Dalia Lama has his residence and the offices of the exiled people of Tibet.
The peaceful garden at the monastery
After Amritsar, we travelled by train to Shimla in the foothills of the Himalayas. This so-called hill station has a population of 250,000 without the tourists and must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Towards the Himlayas
I am afraid the pictures do not give you a clue to the magnificence of the scenery, and you do not want to imagine the excitement of the drive on single track roads with hairpin bends…….
Now my problem is a very simple one – where to find the time to use the inspiration of the trip and to create all the designs in my head!
Date posted: Monday, May 17, 2010
Just a quick note as we are posting the first batch of winners from our Prize Draw on the CSG web site. If you have not entered, go to the site and click on the Prize Draw button. We do the rest!
Current winners include
Diane Loehr, New York, USA
Bridget Ballantyne, Northampton UK
Virpi Rantakangas, Finland
Kim Hales, Texas, USA
Lesley Stafford, Victoria Australia
Maria Tsobanidou, Greece
Mary Scotting Hampshire UK
Jill Ormiston, Rotherham UK
Karen Decker, Arizona USA
Angela Howes, Ipswich UK
Marilyn Sackheim, Florida USA
Jane McKelvie, Hong Kong
Cath Gibbons. St Helens Lancs
Date posted: Friday, May 14, 2010
I have spent the day ironing all my linen clothes and making a new cami, trousers and sparkly top. The new camera is excellent and I intend to take hundreds of pictures whilst in India.
The office here will be staffed as usual but you are most likely to catch someone during the mornings before the post leaves at 13.50. Thanks for all the comments about Stitch That – I was pleased with it except for the goof with a colour on the peony……
Have a lovely fortnight and I will keep in touch via Twitter if I can work out how to do it!
Date posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010