Wednesday, 31 October 2007

First Smocking :)

fyi - yesterday I was working at my first try of (direct) smocking for a tailed cap

...and I am very looking forward to see what you were working at :)

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Hi, everyone!

I´ve been lurking here for a while and admiring the work you´ve done. Racaire kindly asked us to introduce ourselves, so here comes ;) my name is Eilgri Beccan, and I live in Aarnimetsä, in the canton of Hucca. I´ve been a Drachenwalder for over ten years now and interested in embroidery even longer. I hope I will have more time to spend with needles now that I´ve graduated, so I decided to finally become an active member of this guild.

There was a question at some point about the favorite embroidery techniques, and I have to admit I like appliqué. Mostly because it´s so fast to make and I don´t usually have that much time ;)

Here´s a picture of a heraldic purse I appliquéd for my friend last year.

I´ll try and find more pictures later...

Right now I´m working on a tunic for my little friend A (11 years old), who wanted something red with dragons. He even sent me a picture of the dragon he wanted (from a period manuscript, early 15th century), but wasn´t too spesific about the garment itself. I made him a tunic of beautiful red wool and am going to appliqué (what a surprise!) the dragons with black wool.

I was going to make a Viking tunic, since that´s what he´s been wearing lately, but then I realized his mother and brother are using 14th century. So now I´m trying to decide should I try to make the tunic look more like 14th cen by arranging the dragons in mi-parti style, or should I go with the Viking style? And should I do that, how would I place the creatures then? ;) Any ideas/suggestions?

Saturday, 20 October 2007


...maybe someone of you is interested in information about the Klosterstich technique - here a link to a small Klosterstich timeline :)

Friday, 19 October 2007

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Members

...because the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild has no homepage and I want to make the membership-list open to the public rather than to keep it secret - therefore a list of the members (in the order of their arrival till now):
If you do not want
your SCA name and/or group to be listed here,
please contact the
guild head

1) Racaire (Central - guild head)
2) Rakonczay Gergely (Aarnimetsä)
3) Thomas Paumer (Central)
4) Katherina Mornewegh (Central)
5) Lia de Thornegge (Scandinavia)
6) Edith of Hedingham (Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis)
7) Baroness Mary Verch Thomas (Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis)
8) Hudd de Peth (Kingdom of the Outlands)
9) Johanna aff Hucka (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 20.10.2007: ~
10) Eva Grelsdottir (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 21.10.2007: ~
11) Arnulf der Zeilner (Central)
12) Lady Jane Devereux (Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis)
~ added 22.10.2007: ~
13) Katharina Woinovich (Central)
~ added 23.10.2007: ~
14) Lady Eilgri Beccan (Aarnimetsä - Aarnimetsä region guild head)
~ added 27.10.2007: ~
15) Viscountess Helwig Ulfsdotter (Scandinavia)
~ added 30.10.2007: ~
16) Katharina von Owe (Central)

additional information:
Guild Head: Lady Racaire
Aarnimetsä - region guild head: Lady Eilgri Beccan
Nordmark: - (Lady Racaire)
Insulae Draconis: - (Lady Racaire)
Central: - (Lady Racaire)
South: - (Lady Racaire)

Guild Head Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Membership!

For all people who are interested into our Embroidery Guild but no member of our Guild-Mailinglist:

Dear gentle members of the "Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Mailgroup", embroiderers & friends,

Those who want to be a member of the guild, please send me the following information:

mundane name:
SCA name:
SCA group:
SCA region:
contact information:
optional information - your embroidery techniques:
optional information - homepage/blog:

Please send your membership request to: @ gmail . com

I am very looking forward to your mail,
yours in service
Petronilla of London
guild head of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Pelican badge

...and I made a small pelican badge for a good friend of mine :)

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Apron embroidery

Hello all,

I've been busy again, working on an apron for myself. It is a very basic rectangle, and white, and I thought it was a little boring so I wanted to do some rows of embroidery near the bottom of it in either drawn thread technique, or assissi cross stitch technique in the planning stage.

Going beyond planning, I went to the On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics, particularly the Italian listing, where I knew a number of period pattern books were to be found. In the pattern book published in 1561 by Giovanni Ostaus I found what I was looking for, a pattern that would look good done in a cross stitch along the bottom of my apron.

I have not gotten very far, as yet, but I did complete the first row in time for Nordmark's Civil War event. The stitch I am using is called long-armed cross stitch, (simple stitch diagram) or tvistsom stitch (tvistsöm in Swedish). In period it was often used to entirely cover a surface, to make pillow covers and such items, but it was also common to find bands of red work embroidered with this technique. The thread I had at hand was a skein of madder dyed silk, given to me in January this year. I did not know what to do with it until now - and it is a treat to work with. I only hope it lasts to the end of my pattern!

Well, enough preamble, I expect you'd like to see the progress I have made, and I can't wait to show it off to you all :) The image below is clickable, and will take you to my flickr site, where you can view a larger version of the photo. As yet I have done the first row, and started on the middle one. The top row will be the same height as the first one at an equal distance above the wider middle band.

2nd Row of Apron Embroidery

So, what have you been working at?
/Lia de Thornegge

Tokens for A&S Display - Ideas ?

Concerning Lady Fionas eMail to the Drachenwald Mailinglist:

We will be having A&S displays at both Crown Tourney and Kingdom University. Interested artisans should bring any type of A&S project that they would like to show to the populace. Projects will be displayed for the majority of the day on Saturday. See me Saturday morning as to where the display table will be.

Projects do not need to be finished. Many of the pieces shown over the last year have been only partially created and the feedback has been great! Documentation is not required but if you want to write a little bit about what you are doing or why, please do that.

The populace is encouraged to bring tokens to lay beside the pieces that they admire.

A HUGE thank you to all of the artisans who have been bringing projects to the A&S displays!!!! The turnout for the displays has been incredible and the number of projects being shown has been larger at each event.

Fiona Wiggins

I love this idea of tokens - does someone of you have an experience what kind of tokens are normally used at such an opportunity or ideas for tokens?
I hope some of you will bring their embroidery projects too - I would love to see them! :)
Yis Racaire

Friday, 5 October 2007

Meet and Greet at University II

Ok, it's rather difficult to make a 'Meet and Greet at University' on Saturday because everyone of the attending members of this blog or the guild will be very busy and "there are just to many things in the day" - considering this point (and because I am not useful without a lot of coffee in the morning) I think it would be best to make a 'Meet and Greet' without obligation on Friday evening (I will arrive at 06:30 pm on Friday at the airport and usually I don't get to bed to early).
I would love to get to know the members of this blog and the guild that I didn't meet in real live till now and I am very looking forward to a small 'Meet and Greet at University'.
Many thanks at this place to the Kingdom University Chancellor who is trying to fit it in :)