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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Boucle,blanket stitch ,Hungarian Batoora and gluhwein

Sheesh...I know it's an awful title for the post,but I couldn't think of anything else. Let me tackle each word in the title one by one..

Gluhwein is wine which is heated up with some spices and served hot .Christmas markets here are famous for different types of gluhwein.When the weather is freezing outside, it's a relief to hold that warm glass of wine and sip it little by little.

I am not so used to alcohol, but I've always liked wine - the sweet ones that are made at home back in India.Unlike the wines I am used to, gluhwein has more alcohol content and DH did remark that after having just one, I was talking a little more, laughing a little more and that I am revealing all his secrets .. [big grin] I've moved to Kinderpunsch (non alcoholic children's drink) since.

In the picture is another delicacy that's available here in Erlangen at this time of the year. It is called Langos and is from Hungary. It's very popular here and reminded me of an Indian dish called Batoora.It looks like pizza but is deep fried and then toppings added.It is yum, but not so healthy.

We also visited the Nuremberg Christmas market, supposedly the world's largest. Plenty of fun to be had there too. In between all the activities going on around me I managed to almost complete another bunch of BE flowers..almost..

I started with the Boucle flower and as usual it gave some trouble because it's been a long time.

This is the first time I am using a Boucle yarn with so many color variations.

I love the colors here..reminds me of everything that is pleasant..
Then I moved on to the blanket stitch flowers and now the bunch looks like this..

I just have to fill up the center of one of them and this will be complete. I am running out of light shades to fill up the center of flowers and green rayon threads too. By the end of this project there will  not be many green shades left with me.

So, thus ends Boucle,blanket stitch,batoora and gluhwein story.. :)

Till next post,
Love,luck and sunshine

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,