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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Update on Mez threads

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post and a quick update for those who'd like to know - a fellow hand embroidery group member in FB gave me a link which had a listing of all the Mez threads .. Here it is..

Mez Yarns at Handarbeits

This appears to be Coton-a-Broder. The word appears vierfach in the above link too and the description says it is Coton a Broder.
Yoohoo, Rachel..du bist ein Genie!! :) (translated as You're a genius!!)

And this one has Mattstickgarn in its label which is described as Soft cotton in the link.

I guess that settles it then!!

Love,luck and sunshine, (-7 degree here...brrrr...)

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Unknown company, unknown threads

Yesterday, me and a friend paid a visit to the local flea market and I found ...guess what??


When I brought them home and started sorting, I realized that this were from a company called Mez. I've never heard of it before. Have you?

A little bit of google search revealed that Mez is infact Anchor.
MEZ was a German firm that had a silk weaving business that was taken over in the 1930s by J&P Coats, and is now Coats MEZ GmbH; the Anchor trade mark also belongs to Coats.

So, with the company's identity established, I tried to identify the threads. Here are some pics. In case you're familiar with the threads please let me know.

 The label on the white says Matt Stickgarn (Broder Mat) Size(?) 3. I assume that this is the Coton a broder. The blue looks similar and I guess the red belongs to this group. My first thought was these look like wool. Please correct me if I am wrong.

The tag here said "Hakelkunstseide". When translated, it means Crochet silks.I assume these are Rayon threads. I'll have to try it in Brazilian embroidery. 

Ok, let's move on to the next set...

There was one full skein with the tags clearly visible and it said Perl garn 5. I added the others to this set based on the thickness.
I have absolutely no idea what these are for. The translation says - four fold embroidery thread. They are the thinnest in the lot and looks like crochet thread. Could this be Perl Cotton 12? Has anyone among you used this thread before?
There are still some more bits and pieces belonging to the above groups and also a bunch of Mez stranded floss . The lady who sold this had wound several of them on bits of paper and on one such piece I found the date February 1952!! That's old!! Would you use so old threads in your projects?

On the embroidery front, I am stitching with the Boucle yarn on my Brazilian embroidery piece..Pictures in the next post.

Love, luck and sunshine,

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Shisha embroidery on Sari Blouse

After the crochet skirt, I was supposed to focus on Brazilian embroidery - but before I could, a friend needed help. She had brought along with her from India a plain blouse and a raw silk sari and  lots of beads and mirrors. Her initial plan was to work mirrors and beads on the entire sari.

Well, you now know that she didn't do it  and that's why I am writing this post ..{ big grin}

To cut the long story short - my friend keeps track of fashion trends and she came to know that two styles are trending now - contrast in sari and blouse (so a red blouse for blue sari) and plain sari with embroidered blouse. So, all her plans changed and she wanted to embellish the blouse.

But she didn't know mirror work and even YouTube couldn't help her. Her husband also tried ( Can you imagine that?? - lucky girl!!! ) She told me this..and here we are..

This is one side with gold beads. Easy peasy..and this was done by her. Doesn't it look awesome?

The mirrors had already been glued.  Her plan was to leave it like that, but it didn't look good. I couldn't let that happen, could I?

Here's the close up. The material is raw silk .I am doing the traditional grid based shisha stitch, nothing fancy. I was keen on trying gold thread around shisha, but she wanted red. Well, she knows better.
If you look closely, you can see the jagged edges of the mirrors. It was not a smooth ride . :)

The bottom row is done. Now I need to start off the top row. Her wedding anniversary falls on the second half of November and this is the attire for the special occasion.

Let me finish this off..
Till then,
Love,luck and sunshine,