Wednesday, 20 February 2008

7th Century Persian Embroidery

This embroidery piece, for a blue linen dress, is based on a 7th Century Pers
ian sleeve and a 5/6th C piece of embroidery that I have been studying at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The border wave design is taken directly from the extant embroidery (see below). The original piece is only 1 1/4“ tall. However, I have made each of the three sections 1” tall to make it easier to embroider. I have changed the colors, from yellow, red, purple, pink, and green. to just red, green and yellow. I have also changed the elements on which each color is used. This piece uses wool chain stitch, as in the original.

I also loosely based this second piece (right) of embroidery on the same piece (below). It is mainly based on what I use as my "heraldry". I put that in quotes, because heraldry does not technically begin until much later in the Medieval period.
I used purple Amethyst beads on this to create the lotus blossom in my heraldry, because there are several extant accounts that describe precious and semi-precious stones being used with embroidery to decorate sleeves during this period. This dress is now complete and in use.
This embroider is listed as 5th/6th C Egyptian or Mesopotamian. I feel confident using this piece as an example of what would also have been done in 7th C. Persian, as the Persians controlled much of Egypt and Mesopotamia through the 5th-7th Centuries.

Thursday, 7 February 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

First I want to thank Lady Eilgri (Aarnimetsä-guild head) for her help and great work and here the newest members of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild for February:

~ added 07.02.2008: ~

25) Sahra (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 09.02.2008: ~
26) Sinikka (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 10.02.2008: ~
27) Myfanwy Methig (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 14.02.2008: ~
28) Rixende of Aarnimetsä (Aarnimetsä)
~ added 18.02.2008: ~
29) Jahanarabanu Vivana (Insulae Draconis)

additional information:
Guild Head: Lady Racaire
Aarnimetsä - region guild head: Lady Eilgri Beccan

Guild Head Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild

Monday, 4 February 2008

Something to keep you warm... :)

...I just want to remind you of the

"Something to keep you warm" project

here is the first photo concerning my project and I am very looking forward to see the photos of the other projects :)

Saturday, 2 February 2008

a little old and new thing

Dear Lords and Ladies

In the last time, I was to busy for big things. So here some photos of the small things I made during the last weeks and months.

I embroidered acorns on a small piece of lovely Linen, that I got from Odi of my shire. I like to make some little things for my feast Gear, while I haven´t enough places to take big tablecloth with me. I want to took it as placemat. I embroidered it with metallic yarn in darkgreen and copper

A small needle book I made 2007. I think, but I´m not sure, I have made three of them, all in the same kind, as little presents.

These are some photos of my gown, I embroider since the beginnig of 2007. It´s an curry color fabric, I cut and sew in a non-authentic pattern after my beginning with the SCA. I tried to get it finished to the Summer Coronation in the last year, but I didn't find the time for it till know. So I look forward to finish my work this year.
It has ivy leaf all over the Gown hem and on the Sleeve hem.

Please excuse me for my bad english :-)

Many Greetz Alenn

Friday, 1 February 2008

Dragon Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter February 2008

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

January was a very busy month for me and I hope that February will bring more free time for further work at the important tasks for the Dragon's Embroidery Guild.
I am very sorry but due to a new and at the moment very time-consuming job I couldn't start the rework of the guild charter by now, but I hope I will be able to start soon with this work (oh dear, I couldn't even do some embroidery this week *sigh*...).

...and now a short update for you:

Update - Guild Membership Roll:
No new members during January - we still have 24 members

Update - Guild Badge:
Mistress Jaelle promised to help with the layout and registration of our badge -> in progress :)

Update - Guild Charter:
I hope I will be able to start this month with the rework of the charter

Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:
I want to thank everyone who posted pictures of his/her work at the Embroidery Workshop Blog and I hope to see more of your beautiful work soon - regardless of which level your work is, please don't hesitate to show it :D

Upcoming Embroidery Workshops:
Mrs. Kohwagner from the Bavarian National Museum will hold an embroidery workshop concerning whitework / opus teutonicum on Saturday - 5th April 2008!
Information concerning registration - costs: 40,0 € + 7,0 € for material; registration: +49 (0)89 / 211 24 216 or per eMail:
Evi ('Hedwig von Simmaningen') and I will travel to this workshop and maybe I will meet someone of you there too :)

If someone of you would like to participate in the "Something to keep you warm" Project/Challenge of Mistress Anya and me - there is still enough time left to let us know and to join! :)
...and if you would like to join the Dragon's Embroidery Workshop or know someone who would like to join the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - please don't hesitate to write me an eMail! :)

Yours faithfully
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head