Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Dragon Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter September 2008

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

I am very happy to forward this message from our gentle Kingdom A&S Minister to you:

_____~*~ message from the Kingdom A&S Minister Mistress Jaelle of Armida ~*~____

Unto the members of the Dragon's Needle Guild from Jaelle of Armida, Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences,

Lady Racaire has kindly allowed me this space to in the guild newsletter. I just want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication in advancing fiber arts. I say fiber arts, for I know that many of you do more than embroidery. But if you do one art, or many, you are our kingdom's most active guild, and I am very pleased with what you both as individuals and as a guild are doing. It is through people like yourselves that our kingdom prospers and grows.

Special thanks are due to Lady Racaire and her two hard-working deputies, Ladies Jahanara and Eilgri. You are all doing a wonderful job. Please keep up the good works!

Thank you all once again,

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Many thanks to Mistress Jaelle for her kind words and also for her great help with the registration of our guild badge, also to Lady Jahanara and Lady Eilgri for their hard work and all other members who contribute and show their work so freely and give us a glimpse at the beautiful projects that the great artisans of our lovely kingdom are working at -- please keep on showing your work and inspiring us.

...another month passed by and some very interesting things happened -- recently Lady Jahanara and I started the A&S50 blog to make it easier to keep track of the projects of the artisans who are participating in the A&S 50 challenge and I started to work at my first draft of a new guild charter.
Dame Christian de Holacombe from the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild contacted me and was so nice to provide some information about the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild for our newsletter -- I think that's a great closure for our newsletter.

...and now what you are really waiting for - some guild information:

Guild Membership Roll:
At the moment we have 38 members :)

Guild Badge:
Mistress Jaelle was so kind to inform me that our guild badge went out on a kingdom internal letter of intent in July and we will keep you informed (please keep your fingers crossed -- there is a good chance that we might have a registered guild badge about February next year)

Guild Charter:
Now I am getting an overview of the existing guild charters that are available on the internet and I am also working at my first draft -- not an easy task but still in progress.

Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:
I would love to see more embroidery projects (already finished or still in progress) or needlework / sewing projects that you think have relation to embroidery and it would be great to get to know more about your embroidery and sewing evenings and maybe to see some photos of your meetings,...
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 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 or please post them at the Dragon's Embroidery Workshop blog :)

- "Something to keep you warm" Project/Challenge (new deadline: December!)
- "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.
- A&S 50 Challenge Drachenwald Blog - ...a blog where the participants of the A&S 50 Challenge living in Drachenwald may share their works, ask questions, encourage each other and generally support one another along the way.

____~*~ ...and now a brief information about the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild provided by Dame Christian de Holacombe ~*~____

Greetings, good cousins!

Racaire has encouraged me to introduce you to the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild and to say a few words about what we're doing.

The West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild was founded in A.S. 16 (1983), and revived in A.S. 28 (1992). Our charter says that we research, teach and encourage all the arts that are produced with a threaded needle. The Guild is run by a Guild Minister and the Guild Patrons (several past Ministers), and we have meetings at least three times a year at West Kingdom events. I've been the Deputy Minster and Chronicler for several years. We sponsor a track of classes at West Kingdom Collegium (university) and many of our members teach classes at their local Principality, Barony and Shire events as well. We also do at least two group projects a year, which generally involve making things for our King and Queen to give as gifts. Recently we created two large kneeling carpets for Court, which you can see pictures of on our website.

Our main Guild website is at: http://www.bayrose.org/wkneedle/
Here you can see our Charter, our programs, photos of members' work, and a list of available articles and back issues from our quarterly newsletter, _Filum Aureum_ ("The Golden Thread").

The most recent _Filum Aureum_, and other Guild news, is regularly posted on our Yahoo Groups mailing list:

Anyone from any Kingdom is welcome to join our list and explore our photo albums and files. The list is mostly for Guild announcements and news, so it's not usually very busy -- just a few posts per month.

The newsletter is in the Filum Aureum folder in our Files section:

We just published issue #34 on Blackwork, which contains articles exploring the "roots" of blackwork in Islamic Egypt and has two full pages of pattern charts. There are also online template files for charting your own blackwork.

O (Dame) Christian de Holacombe, OL - Shire of Windy Meads
+ Kingdom of the West - Chris Laning
http://paternoster-row.org - http://paternosters.blogspot.com

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Many thanks to Dame Christian de Holacombe for this interesting information -- if you would like to know more about the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild please don't hesitate to send me an eMail and I will forward it to her.

Yours faithfully
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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