Thursday, 31 July 2008

Cloak Progress

I spent much of today embroidering. I, therefore, made a lot of progress on Lady Salonge's cloak. I was originally going to use this cloak, but I had to use a stitch that I have used a lot int he past. As you can see, it is all done in outline stitch. I tried the Opus Anglicanum stitches, however, the split stitch was not meshing with the silk that I was using or the design. I therefore fell back on outline stitch, to produce a nice embroidery. I have finished 7.5 rays and have 8.5 rays to go! I completed 5 rays today. So in theory, if I don't get distracted by any other projects, I could have the embroidery don by this weekend! I still need to sew in the lining and hem, which is my least favorite part!
Please feel free to give any advice on hemming, as I'm always keen to improve that part!'

Thursday, 24 July 2008

A&S 50 challenge :)

Dear talented artisans of Drachenwald,
the number of artisans from our beautiful kingdom increases but to catch up with the other kingdoms we still need more of you to participate in this great A&S 50 challenge (some basic information provided by Jahanara can be found >here<).
To make it easier for us to keep track on the progress of our participants Jahanara and I started the A&S 50 Challenge - Kingdom Drachenwald Blog.
If you also want to join the A&S 50 challenge - please contact me or Jahanara.
I hope to see more artisans joining this challenge and remain with
best regards

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Members

If you do not want your SCA name and/or group to be listed here,
please contact the
guild head

New members of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - July:

~ added 15.07.2008: ~

36) Adelina (Central)
~ added 21.07.2008: ~
37) Honor of Restormel
~ added 23.07.2008: ~
38) Tamara Stefanova (Central)

additional information:
Guild Head: Lady Racaire
Aarnimetsä - region guild head: Lady Eilgri Beccan
Insulae Draconis - region guild head: Lady Jahanarabanu Vivana
(Central (& Nordmark) - region guild head: Lady Racaire,
South: no members until now)

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Progress on hood

Although I have focused more on weaving this summer, I managed to get a bit of work done on the hood project. I was not best pleased by the result of this work. However it looks very medieval (read passable) and I have learned a lot about the fabric I am working on and the thread with which I am working. I think on the next roundel, I will use linen to outline and the silk to fill the roundel.

I think the embroidery is well worked, however the cross is not lined up the way it ought to be. Looking back this was a fault with the original outline, not a fault with the technique of putting the outline one the fabric.

I would greatly appreciate any advice or comments. I hope to differentiate between a few of the arms when the background gets filled.


Thursday, 17 July 2008

Teaching & other A&S Opportunities in ID

Greetings everyone!
There are several opportunities to teach and further Arts & Sciences in Insulae Draconis, and thus our fair Kingdom, coming up. Fortunately you can volunteer for one or more of these opportunities by contacting me! I an coordinating A&S classes at War of the Roses and the first combined Protectors & ID University! If you are willing to to teach at either of these events, you may contact me via this blog, or the ID MOAS e-mail.

I am also asking for volunteers to run an A&S tent at Raglan. Dafydd, the autocrat, has been so kind as to arrange for a tent and very visible space for such a tent. I would like to have two volunteers, at least, for the public hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I am asking all volunteers for a mere 2 hours of their time. All you have to do is sit in the tent, craft, watch the items on display (perhaps have some of your own work on display) and chat with anyone who shows interest! Again please volunteer with me via this blog of the ID MoAS e-mail.

Yours in Service,
Jahanarabanu Vivana, ID Minister of Arts & Sciences/ ID Regional Guild Head

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Dragon Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter July 2008

Dear honourable Lords and Ladies, gentle members of the "Dragon Needle Embroidery Guild" & "-eMail Group"!

I want to send sincere thanks to all guild members who attended the Coronation event in Insulae Draconis and to all members who attended my rather short class or our first guild meeting.
I especially want to send sincere thanks to all guild members who had to work during the guild meeting and therefore couldn't attend it - you all made this beautiful event because of your hard work possible - thank you so very much!

I was very happy to see some of your beautiful work at the guild display and also during the guild meeting in real - pleas keep on working on such beautiful work and please share pictures of your work at the internet with us!

During the guild meeting I also got the possiblitiy to discuss my thoughts concerning the new guild charter with some of you and I am very happy about the common consent that we should get away from the old and also rather confusing rank system and that we should have our main focus at networking, helping and inspiring each other and also starting interesting challenges, guild competitions,... , and at going on a journey through the beautiful lands of medieval embroidery :)

...and now some guild information:

Guild Membership Roll:
At the moment we have 35 members and I think that we soon will have more members :)

Guild Badge:
I paid the fee for the registration of our badge at Summer Coronation and now I am waiting for the information concerning the next steps - I will let you know as soon as I get them :)

Guild Charter:
Still in progress.

Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:
If you would like to join the Workshop please don't hesitate to contact me, I am very looking forward to see your work and would really love to send you an invitation for the blog :)

Upcoming Events:
I will soon start my 'Embroidery and Needlework Evenings' in Vienna again and I would love to get to know about your embroidery, needlework or sewing events/evenings/afternoons - regardless if small or big events, please let me know :)

- "Something to keep you warm" Project/Challenge
- "Embroidery Workshop Blog" if you would like to join the Workshop, please don't hesitate to write me an eMail! :)
- A&S 50 Challenge - it would still be great to see more artisans from our beautiful kingdom joining this challenge.

Yours faithfully
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head