Tuesday, 16 February 2010


Well, it has been quite a while since I last wrote. I believe it was the summer. At that point I was looking for yellow cool to make myself a heraldic cloak. After Civil Wars in 2008, a cold night at Pennsic this past summer and freezing at Fall Crown, I decided I needed to speed up the search. I finally settled on a lovely light yellow wool. I had been debating for a bit, as it's not 100%, but only 95% wool. The other 5% is rayon or some other synthetic. Grrr... But as it was the perfect shade and the best wool I could find, I gave in and bought it. Now the cloak is made and I need to add my heraldic devices to it.

Here's the problem. I've decided to diaper the cloak with my badge. Ummm... I need a badge. I have a device registered. I will try to register some type of badge with a St. Catherine's Wheel as the focal point. It will probably have an "H" on it or something else simple. Then comes the question of embroidering badges and applique them to the cloak, or just cut them out of fabric and applique them. Well, it's a moot point until I get the badge registered. So for the next few months, I shall have a very plain cloak. I've also learned that yellow is REALLY not my colour. Why did I pick it for my arms? Oh yes, because yellow goes so well with blue, which is my favourite colour, which I also look horrid in. Oh well. :-)

I've read her Majesty's request for Kingdom awards and largess. I am happy to help with this project and have taken on Panaches. So far I have made three. After a short period of panic over the size, I was relieved to find out I made them just the right size, at 2cm diameter. YAY! The Panaches continue. Here are the first ones. They are so small, that split stitch works up quite nicely and doesn't take too long. I'll add the feathers when I've stitched up all the squares I pre-cut.

And of course I've stepped up to the task of making some devices for the Kingdom Wall Hanging. I shall be embroidering Knight's Crossing and Vielburgen. I'm just waiting for the silk thread to come in. I plan to start the devices within the next month.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

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 - February:

~ added 09.02.2010: ~

52) Isabella of Vielburgen (Central)

additional information:
Guild Head: Lady Racaire
Aarnimetsä - region guild head: Lady Eilgri Beccan
Central - region guild head: Lady Racaire
Insulae Draconis - region guild head: Lady Jahanarabanu Vivana
Nordmark - region guild head: fru Renika Rikardsdottir
South - region guild head: - (Lady Racaire)

Yis Racaire
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter February 2010 - Reminder "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" Project

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

The list of the participants of the "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" project fills up slowly but constantly - if you would like to know if someone already volunteered for the coat of arms of your shire, canton, barony, principality,... you can take a look at the list at our Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:

It would be really great if we could cover all coats at least one time!

...and again the project text in English:

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

- Fabric: linen fabric
- Fabric size:
-> Shire & 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!
(...to 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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Many thanks to Fiora, the local Guild Head for Aarnimetsä, who translated the project text into the Finnish language: http://kirjontakori.blogspot.com/2010/01/kuningaskunnan-vaakunaseinavaateprojekt.html
...and she will coordinate the project for Aarnimetsä - hopefully the list for Aarnimetsä will fill up soon: http://kirjontakori.blogspot.com/2010/01/lista-luvatuista-seinavaatteista.html

...and because I got some questions from German native speakers concerning the project I decided to translate the text into German - you can find the text online at the Dragon's Embroidery Workshop blog: http://dragonsembroiderers.blogspot.com/2010/02/coat-of-arms-wallhanging-for.html

Guild Membership Roll:
I am very happy that 4 new members decided to join the Guild during January - now we have 51 members.
I very heartily welcome Mistress Jaelle, Kareina (who recently moved to Drachenwald / Italy), Lucia from the far away Kingdom Atenveldt and Elinor. :)
( http://dragonsembroiderers.blogspot.com/search/label/Guild%20Member-List )

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 ( http://idfibreinterestgroup.blogspot.com/ )
- Aarnimetsä Embroidery Basket ( http://kirjontakori.blogspot.com/ )

Guild Projects / Challenges:
- 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 ( http://dragonsembroiderers.blogspot.com/2008/03/50-challenge.html )
- A&S 50 Challenge Drachenwald Blog ( http://drachenwald-as50.blogspot.com/ )

Yours in Service
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

Reminder: Racaire's Queens Basket Challenge for the guild members

I also 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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"Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" - Project text in Finnish

Many thanks to Fiora, the local Guild Head for Aarnimetsä, she translated the project text into Finnish:

Fiora will coordinate the project in Aarnimetsä and therefore also started a list for the participants situated in Aarnimetsä - hopefully the list will fill up soon :)

"Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" - Project text in German

...because some people had a problem to understand the project requirements in English I tried to translate the text also into German for the German native speaker:

"Projekt "Wappen-Wandbehand für Drachenwald" nun auch auf Deutsch - falls noch Unklarheiten bestehen:

Also, es geht darum ein Wappen eines Shires, Barony, Strongholds, Cantons, Principality und auch das von Drachenwald... (sollt halt aus unserem Königreich sein) für einen Wandteppich zu sticken.

Leinen ist der Grundstoff
Farbe, Technik und Stil nach eigener Wahl... :)
(also, man kanns vollflächig oder nur zum Teil aussticken, in Blackwork, Whitework, Klosterstich, Bead Work, Refilsaum, Goldwork, Metalwork, Applique,... die Umsetzung ist dem jeweiligen Künstler überlassen)

Größe des zu bestickenden Stückes - für Wappen von Shire, Cantone oder Strongholds 10 x 10cm + Zugabe von ca 1,5 cm
...und für Kingdom, Principality, Barony Wappen: 20 x 20 cm + ca 1,5cm Zugabe

1) Nur Wappen von Gruppen aus Drachenwald (Shires, Baronies,...)
2) Jeder kann so viele gestickte Wappen beisteuern, soviel er/sie mag, solange er/sie kein Wappen mehr als einmal stickt (zb. man kann also gerne eins für Ad Flumen Caerulum, eins für Two Seas, eins für Aros,... bzw. eins für Nordmark, ID,...sticken, nur nicht zwei oder mehr für AFC ... :)

Einsendeschluß: Oktober 2010 (bitte die bestickten Wappen bis zum 1. Okt. zur Post bringen :)

Das Projekt ist für alle offen, die teilnehmen möchten :)

...und Katharina (Susi) aus meinem Shire hat ein Word Dokument mit allen Wappen erstellt, die sie finden konnte - wer dieses Dokument braucht, einfach bescheid geben, an welche eMail ich das Dokument senden kann :)"