Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter December 2010 - Update Project 2010, new Project for 2011: "We have Dragons"!

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

Christmas is near, the snow covers most of our beautiful kingdom with a glittering white veil and the cold weather invites most of us to keep on working at our indoor projects... :)
Apropos projects - our first guild project (for 2010) reached its end-stage and our second guild project for 2011 will officially start at the 1st of January - but you can already start to develope your ideas, get your materials and even to start with the embroidery if you like... - but now some words about our first guild project before I let you know more about the next one ;)

Concerning the 1st guild project for 2010 "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald":
The local guild in Nordmark and Fru Renika Rikardsdottir already started to work at the wallhanging - I am very happy to be able to share a posting (and photo) written by Fru Renika about the first steps for the assembling with you:
All this patches together look really great - I am sure the wallhanging will look awesome!
...btw. if you still have a patch for the wallhanging at home, please send it to Fru Renika (...and if you need her address, just contact me and I'll send you her snail mail address asap).

...and now to the 2nd guild project for 2011 and I really hope you'll like it: "We have Dragons"
The idea for the theme for the first guild project was developed at the guild meeting at the Kingdom University 2009. Long time I was afraid that I wouldn't find a theme that would be as good as this one until the name of an event of the shire of Adamastor catched my eye in the "Dragons Tale" - Here Be Dragons - and immediately I thought: yes, they are right, we indeed have dragons! Many thanks to the shire of Adamastor in South Africa! :)

...and here the details for the project:

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2nd Guild Project - "We have Dragons"

- Fabric: wool
- Fabric size: 20,0 x 20,0 cm (7,9 x 7,9 inch) + ca. 1,5 cm (0,6 inch) Surplus for sewing
- Fabric color: every color allowed
- Embroidery: every technique allowed
- Important restrictions: 1) at least one dragon per patch (or more!) ; 2) the basic fabric for the patch should be wool, you can use silk, linen, wool, metal,... (thread or fabric) to embroider it
- End date: October 2011 (please send in your patches till 1st of October)
- The 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!!

If you ever had a favourite picture or story including at least one or more dragons - this is the time to embroider it!
Dragons fighting against knights, dragons sleeping at the top of a hoard, dragons flying above woods, lakes, fjords, mountains; dragons eating or scaring virgins, a dragon mother surrounded by kids, dragons who just lost their fight against the knight (or the other way round), ... just take a journey through your memories and the old stories you read in books or you've been told - lets bring the old legends to life again! :)
...and if your embroidery is based on an old myth - I really wouldn't mind if you tell us the old myth by posting a picture of your embroidery and a short text telling the legend (and if you don't like to post it by yourself, you can still send me your photo and your text and I will do that for you).

Thinking of all people and also the newcomers in some regions, who maybe haven't done a lot of wool embroidery till now, I would ask the lords and ladies who have some experience in wool embroidery to screw up their courage and to offer one or more wool embroidery classes at the next events they will attend or at a private embroidery & sewing evening for your local group - it would be great to see more lovely applique, intarsia,... and all the other possible kinds of wool embroidery in the future!

And last but not least - because of the great support and interest into our first guild project shown by the local guild in Aarnimetsä, the second guild project will be assembled by the local guild in Aarnimetsä under the gentle guidance of the local guild head Lady Fiora. Many thanks to Lady Fiora for her great help.

...and again the artisan who makes the most patches will get a small embroidered gift from the guild head. :)

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Please also don't forget the very important "Token Challenge" and the "Pennsic Giftbasket"!

Now back to the normal Guild business:

Guild Membership Roll:
We still have 58 members.
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Guild Blog - Dragon's Embroidery Workshop:
If you would like to join the Workshop, just write me an eMail! ( )
...related blogs:
- Insulae Draconis Fibre Arts Interest Group ( )
- Aarnimetsä Embroidery Basket ( )

Guild Fanpage at facebook:
Our guild fanpage at facebook ( ) has 146 fans! :)
Every project can be an inspiration - therefore please don't hesitate to use the fanpage or the blog and to post your embroidery projects or links to your projects there if you like :)

Guild Projects / Challenges:
- The 1st Guild Project 2010 - "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald"
- The 2nd Guild Project 2011 - "We have Dragons"

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

I wish you all a merry and peaceful christmas and a happy new year!!!
...and because of the awful weather: Please take care of you!!!

Yours in Service
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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