Thursday, 17 February 2011

Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - Members

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guild head

New members of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild - February:

~ added 17.02.2011: ~

60) Felicitas Schwartzenbergin, Baroness of Gotvik (Nordmark)

additional information:
Guild Head: Lady Racaire
Aarnimetsä - region guild head: Lady Fiora
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

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.
( )

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

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Handwoven Fabrics and Anglo-Saxon Bags

Greetings to my illustrious fellow artisans,
In repsonse to Racaire's request for more project postings, I'm sharing my contrinbution to the Estrella Gift Basket.
This project was an excellent experience in being able to change my plan midstream and serendipity.
I woven a turned herringbone fabric in Harrisville Shetland wool, Purple and Gold as I started my project after we knew who we were exchanging with. My original plan was to weave fabric to use to make one large Legionnare's bag. However once I had woven the fabric and done rigid heddle straps, I began to mock the bag up. I did not like the way that the reinforcement straps cut up to weave of the fabric, so I went to plan B. I had previosly asked Lady Siubhan, formerly of the Dragon's Embroidery Guild now back in Lochac, to send me a page from Anglo-Saxon Dress in England. The page I requested showed a satchel found with female remains. That page also showed a belt pouch found with some male remains. As luck would have it I had just enough fabric to make similar bags in my handwoven cloth, approximately 8" x 11 " each.

I lined the bags with linen to prevent undue stretching of the wool over time.

Finally, I used the rigid heddle straps to make the belt loops on the bag and had enough leftover to send as a complimentary belt for the women's satchel.

I am now working on a set of 15th C garb for Coronet and embroidering a 7th C Persian hat and headband. I will post pictures once they are done and/or I return from Coronet.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Guild Member Projects: Honor of Restormels lovely Bayeux style tapestry


I proudly present a really awesome and outstanding project of a member of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild to you:

~ Honor of Restormels lovely Bayeux style tapestry ~

Honors thoughts about the project:
The reason for the project was to make a tapestry in the style of the Bayeux for our home and we decided to chronicle our reign. The finished product is about 22 feet long and hangs in our den. :) It is DMC cotton on Linen – mostly because I am allergic to wool. I know there are a lot of colors and things which are out of place in a Bayeux style… like the pink bunny, but there are reasons for each thing there and much is to honour special people. I also wanted something more colorful for my home than the original Bayeux tapestry has to offer. :)

I hope you enjoy the following photos of her project as much as I do :)

Tapestry 01

Tapestry 02

Tapestry 03

Tapestry 04

Tapestry 05

Tapestry 06

Tapestry 07

Tapestry 08

Tapestry 09

Tapestry 10

Tapestry 11

Tapestry 12

Tapestry 13

Tapestry 14

Tapestry 15

Tapestry 16

Tapestry 17

Tapestry 18

Thursday, 10 February 2011 awesome project :)

I just posted some photos about Honors great Bayeux Style tapestry:

Tapestry 01

...btw. Honor is a member of the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild and lives in the kingdom of Atlantia now.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

...want to support your kingdom? ...the Dragon's Den is now on-line!!! :)

...and by courtesy of Mistress Jaelle I may inform you about:

The Dragon's Den is now on-line!!

The Dragon's Den is now available on-line and has Drachenwald order regalia for sale, including Panache, Lindquist ring, and PCS patches, rings that are very close to what a Lindquist ring should look like, Drachenwald patches, and Drachenwald hoods for sale.

To see our merchandise, go to our website at

Dragon's Den exists to raise money to help assorted Drachenwald projects. Since we opened we have paid for new coronets for the crown prince and princess, sent peers to South Africa to work with our shires there, gave money to ID to send marshals to Iceland, provided the royalty with order regalia to give out to recipients, supported the scribal office with money for supplies, etc.

If you wish to purchase anything, or if you have any questions, please write to us off list at jgerjuoy_@_yahoo_._com (without the "_"!!)

Yours in service,

Honor and Jaelle,