Sunday, 16 January 2011

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

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

Again a new year started and the gentle Majesties King Vitus and Queen Eleanora are ruling our beautiful kingdom now.
Their Majesties reign started with a new (royal) blog that sounds very interesting: "Treasures of Drachenwald":
Many thanks to Mistress Bridgets for sharing this information at the Drachenwald Mailing List.

The Guild Heads résumé concerning 2010:
A new year is also always a good time to take a short look back at the last year - with the beginning of October 2010 I started my 4th year as Guild Head and I am still very happy with the progress of our Guild - the very first guild project started fine and many artisans contributed to it. I am still overwhelmed by the great number of participating artisans in and outside of Drachenwald contributing to this great project and also the great and positive response this project has got. Also the second guild project for 2011 was brought on its way and many artisans already started to find an inspiration for the next project. I am very looking forward to the next months and all the pictures of lovely embroidery for the guild projects we will get to see...

Update concerning the 1st guild project for 2010 "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald":
Fru Renika assembled the very first "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" by using all the patches she got before coronation - you can see a photo of the lovely wallhanging uploaded to my Flickr account by courtesy of Fru Renika at our Workshop blog here:
According to Fru Renika the wallhanging was presented at 12th Night Coronation, very well received and got a lot of attention during the event.

Fru Renika decided to start another wallhanging with all "latecomers" because some patches are still on their way therefore:
This is YOUR CHANCE to contribute a patch with the coa of your or another group if you can't find it at the first wallhanging and it is also a great opportunity for all artisans who volunteered to do a patch and haven't finished it till now! ...and it is also a great chance for every artisan who would like to contribute their first or 'just' another patch for this awesome project!
The new deadline for the second wallhanging is: end of April
If you would like to contribute a patch for the second "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" - please contact me or Fru Renika.

...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).

Update concerning the 2nd guild project for 2011 "We have Dragons": the details for the new 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. :)

Best regards
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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...btw. 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 152 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 ( )

Yours in Service
Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild Head

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