Yarns

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Yarns and threads are my passion

and have ever been since 1982, when I learned spinning and dyeing threads with natural dyes. In all the years it was not more than a nice hobby – until I started developing threads professionally in 2006. Now many of the threads are no longer dyed with natural dyes, but I still love spinning fancy yarns, because they are crucial for free embroidery. The threads you can see are no longer on sale, because shipping to other countries has become too complicated for us. But I do not want to delete this page, because it honors many english teachers that I am grateful for.

The Thread “Sandra Meech”, is named after a canadian textile artist that lives in england. This thin cotton thread works especially well for fine embroideries and hand quilting.

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Sandra Meech
Pure Cotton, 60 Meters per skein

“Janet Edmonds”, the most expensive thread of our collection, a pure silk twist, is named after my City-and-Guilds-Tutorin in Buckinghamshire, the famous english textile artist Janet Edmonds

Janet Edmonds Seidenzwirn (100 % Maulbeer), 50 Meter pro Döckchen

Janet Edmonds
Seidenzwirn (100 % Maulbeer), 50 Meter pro Döckchen

Crazy

Crazy-Strukturgarn Dicke matte Baumwolle 20 m pro Döckchen

Crazy-Strukturgarn
Dicke matte Baumwolle
20 m pro Döckchen

These were the first threads of my collection, when I first started dyeing in 2006. They are all from pure cotton, in different thicknesses, some mercericed (shiny), some not (matt).

Right: a thick thread, working well for canvas embroidery, for achieving some texture, french knots, bullion knots, also very good for working with children.

Crazy - Feine, mercerisierte Baumwolle, 30 m pro Döckchen

Crazy – Feine, mercerisierte Baumwolle, 30 m pro Döckchen

Crazy - Feine, unmercerisierte Baumwolle, 50 m pro Döckchen

“Marilyn Pipe” – Feine, unmercerisierte Baumwolle, 50 m pro Döckchen

Buckingham

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA while ago the felters started to embelish their work with embroidery – and they asked for special types of thread, not too thin, so that it would not sink into the felt. And not too fine, because that would not really go well with felt. So I created “Buckingham” for them. And they love it!

It is made from a rough type of silk (noil) and so it has more texture than fine silk types. I called it Buckingham, because I think it has the character of this rural county with its lovely countryside in the chilterns, where I absolve my City and Guilds Diploma.

Buckingham - einfädige Seide (Bouretteseide), 25 m pro Döckchen

Buckingham – einfädige Seide (Bouretteseide), 25 m pro Döckchen

Another highlight of the collection is the thick twisted silk thread “Moguntia”, called after my home town Mainz. Our town was found by the romans and they called it Moguntia. It is famous for its carneval and this is why the thread is especially colourful, it has all colours of the rainbow.

Moguntia - dicker Seidenzwirn, 20 m pro Döckchen

Moguntia – dicker Seidenzwirn, 20 m pro Döckchen

Richard Box is a matt silk thread, called after a wonderful and famous english textil artist. He has written some precious books about painting and machine embroidery and has given premission to call a thread after him:

Richard Box - Seide (Tussahseide), 20 m pro Döckchen

Richard Box – Seide (Tussahseide), 20 m pro Döckchen

“Confluentia” is the roman name of my town of birth – Koblenz. In Koblenz, the rivers Rhein and Mosel “confluence” together. In the thread its the colours that confluence together. Like the people in this part of the world love to celebrate and to communicate a lot, the material wool – like no other material – loves to by dyed and let colours talk to each other, celebrating the rainbow.

Confluentia - Wolle, 40 m pro Döckchen

Confluentia – Wolle, 40 m pro Döckchen

Those were the twisted threads, now lets have a look at the stranded ones:

Namaste - eine herrlich weiche, besonders hochwertige Seide. Sie kann einfädig oder teilbar benutzt werden - 8 m pro Döckchen

Namaste – eine herrlich weiche, besonders hochwertige Seide.
Sie kann einfädig oder teilbar benutzt werden – 8 m pro Döckchen

Gilda - eine hochglänzende, reine Baumwolle. Benannt nach Gilda Baron, mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Künstlerin. Dieses Material ist berühmt für seine langen Fasern. Das Garn ist teilbar, d.h. es ist längst nicht so dick, wie es aussieht. Es besteht aus 12 reißfesten Fäden, die einzeln verstickbar sind, d.h. ein Döckchen hält

Gilda – eine hochglänzende, reine Baumwolle. Benannt nach Gilda Baron, mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Künstlerin. Dieses Material ist berühmt für seine langen Fasern. Das Garn ist teilbar, d.h. es ist längst nicht so dick, wie es aussieht. Es besteht aus 12 reißfesten Fäden, die einzeln verstickbar sind, d.h. ein Döckchen hält “ewig” – 8 m pro Döckchen

Twista - ist ähnlich wie Gilda, nur matt. Ein teilbarer 8-fädiger Baumwoll-Sticktwist - 12 m pro Döckchen

Twista – ist ähnlich wie Gilda, nur matt.
Ein teilbarer 8-fädiger Baumwoll-Sticktwist – 12 m pro Döckchen

And now the textured yarns:

They are meant for couching and felting, but also for free embroidery. Especially the thread “Curly” is a good starter for freee embroidery, just drop it on your emroidery and couch it down as it meanders over your fabric.

Curly - handgesponnene, handgefärbte Wolle - 5 Farben à 1 m pro Döckchen

Curly – handgesponnene, handgefärbte Wolle – 5 Farben à 1 m pro Döckchen

Curly mit Sari - Receycling-Garn aus indischen Seidengewändern, 2x2 m

Curly mit Sari – Receycling-Garn aus indischen Seidengewändern, 2×2 m

Glatty - handgefärbt und handgesponnen Als Pendant zu

Glatty – handgefärbt und handgesponnen
Als Pendant zu “Curly” ein besonders glattes, leicht auffilzbares,
sehr dickes Garn aus 100 % Wolle, 5 m pro Döckchen

Helipam - ein handgezwirnter Art Thread - 10 m pro Döckchen erhältlich in verschiedenen Farben und Materialien

Helipam – Art Thread named after the nick name of the great machine embroiderer PAMELA WATTS

Last but not least:

ART des Hauses

ART des Hauses

ART des Hauses

ART des Hauses

ART des Hauses

ART des Hauses

All quit different: Various combinations of threads, some hand spun, some collected in various countries, they all come under the umbrella word “ART des Hauses”.

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Waterhouse

A collection of ribbons that I bought in London, called after the artist John William Waterhouse, because I was impressed by an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts when I discovered these ribbons.