....and here's a selection of the threads sold at MKC, though in drawers of 1000m spools rather than the smaller quantities.
Madeira is a third generation company established in 1908 in Freiburg, Germany. In 1983 Ian and Sara MacPherson set up Madeira Threads (UK) Ltd with Ulrich and Michael Schmidt, grandsons of the original founders, to meet the growing demands for Madeira threads in the UK. They worked from home at first and in 1988 moved to purpose built premises in Thirsk.
Ian and Sara retired in 2001 and Madeira UK is now headed by Karen Burrows, Managing Director, and Clare Walsh, Company Secretary, who have been with Madeira for 17 and 16 years respectively.
Ann Kirk spent at least as much time tracking down the right coloured threads as actually hand stitching the embroidery.