Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Newsletter Feb. 2011 - featuring Honor of Restormels Bayeux style wallhanging & Duarte's Raglan challenge

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

Spring is near, but winter still covers many landscapes of our wonderful kingdom with snow and ice. Therefore I am very happy that I may present a lovely and colorful wallhanging project of a Guild member to you - even if the nature refuses to show its beautiful colors, Honor of Restormels beautiful wallhanging in Bayeux style brings the colors back to us, including also many lovely memories concerning the reign of Honor and John Peregrine of Restormel. Please take a look at her beautiful Bayeux style wallhanging here:

Another very nice project is Jahanaras contrinbution to the Estrella Gift Basket - she wrote a very nice posting about her "Handwoven Fabrics and Anglo-Saxon Bags" project including some photos at the Workshop Blog - you can find her posting about her weaving project here:

The artisans here in Drachenwald and especially the guild members of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild are working at home at several beautiful and gorgeous projects - I think it would be great if we could read more about all this great projects - regardless if finished or still in progress. Therefore I ask you to post about your projects at the Workshop Blog or if you don't like to post about it yourself, please send me your project details and photos and I will post about it for you. ...or post a link to your current project at the Guild Workshop Blog or Guild fanpage at facebook (

Please share your projects / embroidery / weaving!!!
Inspiration is important! ...and your project could be an inspiration for someone else! :)

I would also like to point you to "Duarte's Raglan challenge!" -
"So this year I have decided to launch Duarte's Raglan challenge. This year, which is also the first year to host a Coronet tourney at Raglan, it would bring such joy to my heart if there was plethora of banners fluttering in the breeze. To that end I would like to encourage as many personal banners, group banners, principality banners, kingdom and guild banners etc to be erected at this years Raglan. And for the one that brings the most joy to my heart a token will be given out to the person behind it."
I am planning to attend Raglan this year and I also think it would be great to see many banners at this event and also at other events - I will make a banner for the Guild with our Guild sign for Raglan and I hope some of you will join me in making banners - let's make this world a more colorful one. Like Duarte I am looking forward to a very colorful Raglan! :)

Furthermore I would like to remind you that Fru Renika started another "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" with all "latecomers" - if you would like to contribute a patch for the second wallhanging (maybe if you miss your groups coa at the first wallhanging) - please contact me or Fru Renika.
You can find the project details here:
...and a picture of the first "Coat of Arms Wallhanging for Drachenwald" here:
If you want to send one (or more) finished patch(es) to Fru Renika and need her address, just contact me and I'll send you her snail mail address asap - the new deadline for the second wallhanging is: end of April.

...and once again the details for the new Guild project - a great reason to get rid of wool leftovers or to swap wool leftovers with friends :)
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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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...btw. please also don't forget the very important "Token Challenge" and the "Pennsic Giftbasket"!
You can find more information about the giftbaskets here: FAQ - Giftbasket confusion:

Now back to the normal Guild business:

Guild Membership Roll:
I am very happy to tell that Yosephina von Schwarzmoor joined the Guild - we have 59 members now.
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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 156 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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