Thursday, 28 October 2010

Textile and Industrial Heritage - Madeira Threads

....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.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Textile and Industrial Heritage - MKC & The Bernina Club

Normal Service can now be resumed.

As many of you may know, MKC has moved from Kirkgate. Originally the rumours were that the owners were retiring and the business would be closed. Then I heard from a friend that some of the staff were re-opening in new premises near The Calls. I finally made the effort to find the new shop yesterday.

Sheila Udakis (who embroidered the piece above on a computerized machine) and Roy are now operating as MKC (Services), Unit 8, 30-38 Dock Street. Simple to find with parking for those who need it, turn left to the left of The Adelphi.

Still the best choice of Madeira machine embroidery threads in Leeds and suppliers and repairers of sewing machines. Phew.

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