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Message from the Guild Mistress

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Greetings, my clever and talented West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild members!

When I became your Guild Mistress, it was with great joy and delight. I’ve always loved needlework, the making of it, the way it sparkles and feels, how it transforms a simple garment into pure jewelry – all the time connecting us to our predecessors, their art and their work.

Several Beltanes have gone by since I took on that joy, and I told myself I would keep on as Guild Mistress until I found someone with the administrative skills and appreciation for the art to carry on and support the guild I’ve come to love.

Today, I found that person.

I would like to announce that the talented Ascelin Meere of Ravenslocke will be accepting the mantle of Guild Mistress for the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild after June Crown.

With your welcome and support, she is sure to usher in great things in the coming years!

Thank you for your support, gentle affection and tremendous needleworking these last years. Your giving hearts were noticed and appreciated! Ascelin and I will share more details with the Guild as the transition nears.

Huzzah Ascelin! Huzzah!!

Heidi von der Bergen, Guildmistress

Catalan Banner, embroidered, 1095-1122, signed by a woman. Originating from the Cathedral of La Seu d’Urgell.

Rose Pouches for our Queens Project

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As we begin to move back to a regular schedule of events, it is time to refresh the Rose Pouches for our Queens list of volunteers. For those not familiar with this, we – The Guild – give a rose pouch to the Queen; usually right before she steps down. The pouch is tagged with information about the embroiderer, but this is a service project so the gift is from the Guild and presented, usually, by a representative of the Guild. The pattern and further information is in the attached files to this group.

We need volunteers to continue this tradition. Please look at the file and let me know if you are willing to help. We need 3 each year and need deliveries to me, as coordinator, to begin again this year to cover 2022/3.

The project began in 2003 and every Queen since then has received one to commemorate her reign. They are very prized possessions. At 12th Night 2020 we had a display which you can see more of on Facebook.

Sabrina de la Bere

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Prior rose pouches gifted to Western Queens on display at 12th Night 2020

Challenge Time! West Antir War Cloaks

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Every other year, the WKNG creates a beautiful cloak for the W/AT War. The last two years were subsumed by the pandemic, but this year, IT’S WAR!!!The ever talented Signy Jólinnardóttir created the last and much beloved West Kingdom war cloak. Will you be the creatrix this year? Have your artwork cherished and flaunted by someone for the rest of their life.

All your creation expenses are covered by the WKNG, leaving you free to create without a concern for financial ability. The cloak is traditionally a rectangular or square wool cloth with Viking-oid embroidery in a subject of the embroiderers choosing.

The challenge? You only have four months (due by June) to create. Who will create the War Cloak?! Will it be you!?

Heidi von der Bergen, Guildmistress

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2018 West Antir War Cloak made by Signy Jólinnardóttir

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