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Tapestries of the Known World

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Tapestries of the Known World

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Hmmmmmm. A medieval embroidery that tells a story … whose drawing style is easy to copy … worked in a fairly easy stitch … in inexpensive materials?Continue reading Tapestries of the Known World

The Seagirt Shire Tapestry

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The Seagirt Shire Tapestry
by Isela di Bari

In July 1999 the Shire of Seagirt, located in the Kingdom of An Tir, became a Barony! The Shire’s history has been immortalized in an embroidery which is now referred to as the Seagirt Tapestry.Continue reading The Seagirt Shire Tapestry

Quilted Cap, Asian Style

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THE PROJECT PAGE: Quilted cap, Asian style
by Christian de Holacombe, Guild Chronicler

quilted cap from Mamluk eraSimple quilted caps like the one at right are among the few complete garments that have survived from the Mamluk era (14thc.) in the southern Mediterranean. This cap is perhaps a kalautah, a type of cap worn by itself indoors, or with a turban wound around it for outdoors. Simple caps like this, often decorated with embroidery, are still worn daily by many men in Asian and Western Asian or Mediterranean cultures.Continue reading Quilted Cap, Asian Style

Pincushion (with motifs from the Carew-Pole Collection)

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Pincushion (with motifs from the Carew-Pole Collection)
by Christian de Holacombe

While an entire Elizabethan sweet bag may be a rather daunting long term project, a three-inch pincushion is a more manageable size for a trial project in this style of embroidery.
As was mentioned earlier, these embroideries in period were done on a sturdy, but somewhat loosely woven linen. Although it helps if the linen is approximately square, with something close to the same number of threads horizontally and vertically, it doesn’t have to be exactly even, because you are going to trace the design onto the linen and outline it by making tent stitches in dark colored thread following the design lines. Once your design is outlined, the parts can simply be filled in.Continue reading Pincushion (with motifs from the Carew-Pole Collection)

Pattern Bands

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Pattern bands

Band patterns like these can be applied to many uses, both historical and modern. Here are examples of bands graphed in a number of different formats from period sources, some more challenging to work than others.  Note that some are worked along the length of the band (such as the first two on the left), while others are worked perpendicular to the band (the one on the upper right).Continue reading Pattern Bands

The Project Page: Needlecase

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Needlecase

— by Christian de Holacombe, Guild Chronicler

Knives have sheaths, scissors have cases or point protectors, and needles and pins need something that keeps them together, rust-free and safe from accidental stabs. Professional seamstresses may have a “non-aggression pact” with their pins and happily walk around barefoot on a pin-strewn floor, but most of us are not so lucky!Continue reading The Project Page: Needlecase

Rose Pouches for Our Western Queens

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If you are interested in getting involved in a project please click the Mentors & Ministers above for contact information.

Continuing Projects

Rose Pouches for Our Western Queens

For several years now we have been presenting each out going Queen with a Rose Pouch in our Kingdom’s colors (red rose, green leaves, gold center/seeded, on a gold background) at Beltane, Purgatorio, and 12th Night.
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Demi-Sun Appliqué

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Demi-Sun Appliqué
Christian de Holacombe
Filum Aureum, Fall 2003

This project makes a drawstring pouch big enough to conceal a wallet and other modern accessories. It features a green demi-sun on a gold background, the heraldic badge that all people of the Kingdom of the West have a right to bear.Continue reading Demi-Sun Appliqué

Golden Beltane Napkin Project

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Golden Beltane Napkin Project

It’s time to start thinking about (and stitching on!) our napkins for Golden Beltane.
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