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Our adorable
family business

1995 founded by Bärbel Ingeborg Zimber (BIZ) as a meeting place for all who like to work with their creativity and textile materials in old and new techniques. Needlework is our biggest passion and yet our gaze always goes beyond the traditional and we stay in close contact with other textile crafts.

The House of Textile Arts includes the world's most unique Painters Threads Collection, the International School of Textile Arts and also the German Embroiderers Guild e. V. acts in close cooperation with us. High quality material, good service and professional competence are a matter of course for our team.

Thomas has not only been the most important part of BIZ's life since 2013, but also the "second" half of our core team. He wraps, packs, sends, as if he had never done anything else, even though he had never before had anything to do with such colorful threads or the like. However, he has many years of experience in logistics and has quickly set up a great system with our hundreds of drawers. He himself has been on the road as a driver for UPS and can therefore understand the sometimes mysterious ways of transport and quickly bring wrong shipments back on track.

Our courses are designed by BIS, which also colors all materials in the Painters Threads Collection itself. The technique she developed is more about painting than dyeing. All products are absolutely unique and give every textile project that certain something. All of our courses are tailored to the variety of materials and colors from the collection and offer you absolute color enjoyment.

Have you caught fire and want to try out more and still more while learning the trade from scratch? Then you have come to the right place! In a very individual program of seminars (local and distance learning) we offer everything your inquisitive hands have always been looking for, from a special kind of stick kits to introductory courses and certificate courses. Benefit from the competence of one of the best embroidery teachers of our time.

If you do not know our variety of materials yet or just want to look at them again: visit our Online Storethat provides a lot of information about the what and why of materials. Short-term appointments to visit the workshop and the Painters Threads Collection are possible -almost- any time.

Bärbel and Thomas have been a heart and a soul for many years. Together they produce and ship hand-painted textile materials that have found friends worldwide. We source our raw materials for the beautiful materials almost exclusively from family businesses around the globe. Globalization has it's beautiful sides as well!

What we do

House of Textile Arts
Home for hand-paint-dyed textile materials
and the artisanship of Needlework

We all shape the future ourselves

For us it is important to counteract the hectic pace of everyday life, the many fears and worries of people. Bring our souls back to peace. Away from “what can you still use it for today” to “it's just fun to work with my hands”. Working with hand-dyed textile materials is touching our roots and meeting our innermost selves. Some paint or do pottery - we embroider and spit and weave and spin!

Learning and Teaching

We stand for the preservation of the artisanship of needlework in all its splendor and variety! With us there is almost nothing that does not exist. We want everyone who attends our classes or comes to visit us to take something home with them: the knowledge of what they can do with needle and thread and textile materials. And that those who have the courage to trust us and their own creativity can master this beautiful craft with some practicing.


Service is very important to us, even if we are not always easy to reach by phone. There is hardly a question from the field of needlework and everything that belongs to the textile design, where we have to quit. Of course, we also know many things about our hand-dyed textile materials ...
If we do not know the answer ourselves, we will forward you to relevant experts. Your orders will be processed as quickly as possible and inquiries almost always answered immediately. And even if something "gets out of the line", we are always a patient contact.
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Bärbel is the never-ending source of inspiration in the House of Textile Arts.
Since earliest childhood, textile materials have been a fascination for the Markgräflerin, needlework has always been particularly impressing to her. She is probably one of the lucky few who had a really great needlework teacher, who promoted her beyond the high school. After middle school, Bärbel switched to an ecotrophological high school, where she came in contact with many textile techniques. Unfortunately, an apprenticeship as an embroiderer could not be realized, which she still regards as a happy coincidence. She trained in the hotel business, studied social welfare and later aquired a degree as a freight forwarder. This is the foundation of the success of their small business, which is known today among textile workers around the world.

1956: released into the world by the heavenly Ministry of Culture
1974: uff - the Abitur is done
1974 / 75: have a break and learn English as an au-pair in Canada
1975 - 1998:  learning everything, that is quite helpful for being a small business owner
- Psychology, customer management, organization, import, export, logistics, accounting, human resources
1985 Degree as a logistic agent 
1986 Certificate to train apprentices (IHK)
1995 Taking the plunge into self-employment
1994 / 95: Certified Classes Royal School of Needlework, London (Hand Embroidery)
1995-1997:  further specialist seminars Royal School of Needlework London
(special topics of hand embroidery)
1995 Founding of the company Tentakulum and School for Historical Needle Art - after many errors and confusions today
House of Textile Arts with the Painters Threads Collection and the International School for Textile Arts
1998 Starting to offer correspondence courses for needlework
1998 Start of production of own hand dyed threads and fabrics
1998 Founding of the German Embroiderers Guild e. V. (on board until 2015, again and chairwoman since May 2019)
2000 Development of our own technique for painting textile materials - start of our own series “Painter's Threads Collection”
2006-2011:  Expert in the vocational training committee for textile designers in the craft sector, embroidery department
2010 Award of professional aptitude for training textile designers in the craft, embroidery department
2013 after many more trials and tribulations found the love of my life
since 2014 happily married to the same and working together in the House of Textile Arts

Expert knowledge:

  • all techniques hand needlework techniques
  • Pasamentery (manual work)
  • Further skills
    • braiding
    • weaving
    • knitting
    • crochet
    • Needlepoint Lace
    • Bobbin Lace
    • Webdesign

After Thomas 2013 got to know the crazy Bärbel, the Essener, who emigrated to the Sauerland with 15, realized quite quickly that he was enjoying the textile business a lot. Through his many years of work in warehouse management, he was fascinated by immersing himself in the world of a thousand drawers in the warehouse of the House of Textile Arts. He quickly got to know the different colors and materials and is now hard to imagine not working in our small family business.

Likewise Thomas is responsible for the organization of exhibitions, travels and projects in the EU's Erasmus program, in which the International School for Textile Arts participates in cooperation with the German Embroiderers Guild.

1957 released by the Heavenly Ministry of Culture into the world
1973 uff - finally just play football and no school
1973 - 1976: a bit crazy and then also made an official graduation on the revolver lathe
1976 - 2013: worked, worked, worked
2013 after the trials and tribulations found the love of my life
since 2014 happily married to the same and joined her company
since 2016: on the board of the German Embroiderers Guild e. V.

Expert knowledge:

  • warehouse management
  • SAP
  • Truck license

On our own behalf - WE are looking for YOU

You love textile design and do not consider needlework to be an indispensable relic from great-grandmother's times. You can imagine becoming independent in this area. You know that in a small business everyone has to be able to do everything, including commercial knowledge, marketing, web design, computer skills and much more, and that doesn't scare you. You are not tied to a specific location and also a little bit keen to travel. Passion burns so strongly in you that the whole problem that self employment in this area means elicits an “I want and can do it”? Then click the button. Perhaps you will find right here what you have been looking for.