Monday, 11 January 2010

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter January 2010 - 1st Guild Project "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald"

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

Taking a short look back at the last year I am very happy with the progress of our Guild - recently, Oct. '09, the Guild started its 3rd year and it now has an own Guild Badge and a registered Guild Charter - please forgive me for repeating this facts, but I am very happy that this two important issues are successfully completed yet.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the last embroidery challenges - even if some of us (including myself) didn't manage to finish their projects, please feel free to keep on using the challenge blogs and keep on sharing your progress with us!

At the Guild meeting at University we decided to start the first Guild Project - "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" - a project to provide one or more wallhangings, depending on the response and how many patches will be made, that stay with guild members who travel a lot to events and will take them to events... I am sure that the projects sounds bigger than it is and therefore please read the project participation requirements before you decide not to join because the part for the single member is rather small and easy to manage.

I really hope that many of you want to see the coat of arms of your shire, stronghold, barony and principality as a part of this wallhanging and therefore decide to join this project :)

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1st Guild Project - "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald"

- Fabric: linen fabric
- Fabric size:
-> Shires, Cantons & Strongholds: 10,0 x 10,0 cm (3,94 x 3,94 inch) + ca. 1,5 cm (0,59 inch) Surplus for sewing
-> Kingdom, Principality, Barony coat of arms: 20,0 x 20,0 cm + ca. 1,5 cm (0,59 inch) Surplus for sewing
- Fabric color: every color allowed
- Embroidery: every technique allowed
- Important restrictions:
-> Only coat of arms of Drachenwald shires, strongholds,...
-> Every person can make several patches but every coat of arms only one time!
( avoid a wallhanging only consisting of the coat of arms of three or four shires... but you can also embroider the coat of arms of your neighbor shire or a shire where your friends live...)
- End date: October 2010 (please send in your patches till 1st of October)

This project is open to everyone - you don't need to be a Guild member to join this project.
Every embroidery technique and skill is welcome - please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested!!

PS: There is also the possibility to add a 'Totentanz'/"dead shires" row at the bottom of the wallhanging to remember some shires of the past that once were important for some of you.
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I also would like to renew my personal "Queens Basket Challenge":

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"Queens Basket Challenge"

Some ladies showed interest in the second Guild Badge I made:

Therefore I decided to challenge the Guild Members who would like to own this badge - the first lady or lord who sends me at least 5 selfmade items for the Queens Basket (depending on arrival in my irl mailbox), will get the Guild Badge!

If you are interested please let me know - btw. I will post a picture of the items you send me at the Embroidery Workshop Blog :)

Please don't forget about the Queens Basket - Their Majesties can only give presents away if there are some people who provide presents for the Queens Basket!
For example - I will never forget my first coin at my very first SCA event nor the lovely embroidered hanky that I got when I received my AoA - therefore please don't forget that even a small gift has the power to make someone else very happy! :)
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Guild Membership Roll:
Lady Lady Rose Chandler joined the Guild - now we have 47 members.
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Guild Blog - Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:
If you would like to join the Workshop, please don't hesitate to write me an eMail!
...related blogs:
- Insulae Draconis Fibre Arts Interest Group ( )
- Aarnimetsä Embroidery Basket ( )

Guild Projects / Challenges:
- The challenge 2009 - 'Something to keep you warm II' ( )
The challenge blog will remain open that every participant can finish started projects - the challenge won't be extended to a 3rd year.
- The 1st Guild Project 2010 - "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald"
During the Guild Meeting at University we decided to start an open Guild Project to make 'coat of arms' Wallhangings that can be used as decoration for kingdom and smaller events :)

Misc. Projects / Challenges:
- A&S 50 Challenge ( )
- A&S 50 Challenge Drachenwald Blog ( )

Yours in Service
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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