Sunday, 4 January 2009

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter January - New Year 2009 & Pennsic Giftbasket

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

The year 2008 passed by and now we may welcome the new year 2009 - I hope all your wishes will come true! :)

A new king and queen have assumed the Thrones of our beautiful kingdom Drachenwald and their heirs will need some help to fill their 'Pennsic giftbasket' - therefore I forward a short message from Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz at the end of my report.
I ask you to join me and make something for the 'Pennsic giftbasket' - please don't forget to show your lovely gifts at our Dragon's Embroidery Workshop blog :)

Guild Membership Roll
We have still 39 members

Guild Badge:
Our guild badge went out on a kingdom internal letter of intent in July 2008 - maybe we might have a registered guild badge about February

Guild Charter:
Sorry, still in progress - I hope I will be able to finish my first draft soon.

Guild Blog - Dragon's Embroidery Workshop
Please keep on sharing your wonderful work!
...and if you would like to join the Workshop and share your work, please don't hesitate to write me an eMail!

Guild Projects / Challenges:
The 'Something to keep you warm' project is closed now but there are still beautiful projects in progress that have to be finished during the next months - you can see pictures of this projects here: and again I send all participants a heartily thank you.
The next challenge for 2009 will start soon and as soon as all details are fixed, I will let you know.

Misc. Projects / Challenges:
- 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.

_____~*~ message from Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz ~*~____

Pennsic i soon upon us! Even if you are not going – that is a concern for you.
Each year the Kingdom exchanges gifts with another Kingdom. (Yes, just one Kingdom, they have stoped exchanging with ALL Kingdoms.) And each year our King and Queen has to try to gather items for the giftbasket and each year there has been a struggle to get a respectable basket together.
The basket reflects upon the Kingdom – if we have a good basket our artisans will get a good reputation. And I think you can figure out what happens if we have a bad one...
I have sent out a call for items for baskets on several occasions and people have answered my call. But there is not only one gift basket – there is one coming up every single year – so the Kingdom is always in need of items!
And a lot of people think: Nah, someone else will answer this call. The result of that is that we get one or two small items – because everyone had the same thought....
So please – be the first one to say: I will do something!
So what can you, as an embroiderer do?
The items have the rule that they should be small, light and easy to transport since people have to take them in their weight limited luggage.
Here is a list of suggested items:
*needle books
*blackwork ribbons to put on a shirt
*Book marks

So what mofs could be used?
We don't know what Kingdom we are exchanging gifts with and most likely we won't know until mid June.
The gifts need to be done by mid July.
So if you want to do something now here are a few suggestions:

Rose – the Queen will become or perhaps already is a member of the Order of the Rose.
Pelicans and Laurels – the King and Queen might be members of the orders or they might need things for elevations coming up.
Other than that – use your imagination and try to stay away from things that are obviously made for a certain Kingdom.
If you wish to wait and make something for them with the kingdom arms on – remember that everything with the Kingdom arms becomes part of the regalia! If you want them to be able to keep what you make, stick to populace badges.
I will announce what Kingdom we are exchanging gifts with on the Drachenwald mailinglist as soon as I know.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me at:
amadejska @ gmail . com

For Drachenwald
Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz
_____~*~ end of message ~*~_____

Please keep on sharing your wonderful work - regardless if embroidery, woven tapestry, illumination, wood-, leather- or metal-work,.. every project is a great inspiration for other people!

Yours in Service
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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