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This is the last report from Sweden for now. Above you see the grass roof on one of the buildings at the Golden Otter in Granna. I can’t believe I did not take a picture of the castle! I’ll be sure to share it next time.
Here is some of the glass at the Granna Glass Factory. We visited it on Sunday and of course added to our glass to bring home.
The town of Granna or Grenna (old spelling and new spelling) is just a few American miles north of Huskvarna on the shores of Lake Vattern. It is said that red and white striped peppermint candy was invented in Granna. Many of the stores on the quaint downtown street demonstrate making the peppermint sticks.
We asked why they were put on these slanted boards so they could continue to roll around once they were cut. While the candy is soft, it must continue to roll or the round peppermint sticks become flat.
Everywhere in Sweden the spring gardens were beautiful and Granna was no exception.
Speaking of flowers and spring, I “sew” enjoyed embroidering one of the huge designs that includes Thread Velvet and appliqué techniques. You can see I’m not quite finished with this design yet and I had to “crop” out the beautiful top-of-the-line Husqvarna Viking! We will be showing this design as we tape America Sews.
Our test team in Sweden has been Lynn, Jill, Marcia, Stephanie, Michael, Cathy, Herb and Sue. If you are wondering why we were out “sight-seeing”, it was Sunday! During the week we were testing and stitching on the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line to be sure it is ready for you in June. We are all “sew” very pleased with all the incredible new designs and wonderful new stitches! There are many new features that have been requested by Husqvarna Viking owners and teachers. It will be fun to see if you asked for any of the new tools and techniques you will experience.
I know you will really appreciate the Education Package too. At Husqvarna Viking we want to be sure you have everything you need to learn and enjoy your new Husqvarna Viking!
Here is a group of our testing team in front of our “home away from home” The Huskvarna Stadshotell.
As we traveled home, at the Stockholm airport, Herb and I were surprised to see two young people in front of us wearing their nightgowns, robes and slippers. The young men were in pajamas. It was early in the morning but not that early! It turns out they were handing out breakfast menus for a restaurant at the airport. I couldn’t resist asking if it would be ok to take a picture! Don’t you love the rollers!!
We flew into to Chicago for a wedding. Just off the plane from Sweden our first stop was to meet our Granddaughter Britta, a student at North Park College for breakfast at a restaurant in Andersonville, a Swedish area of Chicago. There was even a huge Dala Horse on one street corner.
There were several Swedish Breakfasts on the menu and Britta enjoyed Swedish pancakes with Lingonberries! By the way, Britta is named for her Swedish Great-Grandmother on her mother’s side, hence two letters “t” in Britta.
We hurried back to our home in Westlake, Ohio to get ready for the big week of training and orientation on the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line with our Education and Sales group from Husqvarna Viking!
Melissa wanted her picture taken with the “where’s Sue” outfit to send to her mom who is an avid America Sews fan. Janie joined in the fun. I did not put in the picture where they both have given me “horns”!
Our people were in from all over the US, Canada, and Australia. We asked Deb to cover the front of the new top-of-the-line but you can tell by her smile how much she is enjoying creating with this new fantastic tool! We were free-motion stitching with the Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator and we also stitched with new accessory feet. I can’t wait for you to use them. One of the new accessory feet especially has been requested by “sew” many!
Everyone loved the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line and can’t wait to begin teaching and sharing it in programs across the US. Please don’t “pump” them for information. They are not allowed to tell you anything until June 15.
Speaking of June 15, if you have not gone to http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/ and registered for the “live” introduction of the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line, click here now!!!
Don’t delay! Be sure you are all set up to join in the excitement and fun!
This coming week we will tape the America Sews television program. I’ll try to take lots of pictures and share them with you in the next blog.
Until then, Happy Sewing!