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The Guild Thanks Mistress Sabrina de le Bere, OP, OL

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Today we thank Mistress Sabrina de le Bere, OP, OL, for her decades of service to the West Kingdom Needleworker’s Guild. Her time of service reaches into the previous century as Guild Minister, mentor, teacher and administrator of the Rose Pouch Program. She has worked tirelessly to promote needle arts in the West Kingdom. She passes us the torch of carrying the Rose Pouches forward as she steps back to a well-earned rest. I hope she won’t rest too long and that she will be available to mentor and teach once she’s rested.

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We’ll announce who’s picking up the torch later this week. I want to hold some space in this post to thank Sabrina for her unflagging support.

Guild Minister Ascelin

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rose Pouches to be Presented in Court

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I am informing you of a change I’ve made after consulting with the Kingdom Seneschal, Royalty, Embroidery laurels, Ladies of the Rose (these are former queens to those who are new to our group), and active members of the guild who don’t hold peerages but who are engaged in supporting the guild and teaching.

Starting with Beltane last weekend and moving forward, the Rose Pouch will be presented during the Rose Ceremony. Just as it’s done in the Principality courts and similar to how the Rose Scroll is presented by the scribes, it will be shown to the populace with acknowledgment to the artisan and presented by myself or a Lady of the Rose to the new member of the Order.

  • A yellow bag with a long strap laying on a green measuring board. The bag has a red rose on a white patch with a green border embroidered into the center.

Rose Pouches for the Queen Project

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Stitched by Katherine de Langelei for HRM Sof’ia

Good morning, my friends. Here’s a picture of the Rose Pouch that was done by Mistress Kathryn de Langlei, one of our former guild ministers. If you wonder about how big the silk stitches were in SCA period, Kathryn can show you. Magnifique!

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A yellow bag with a long strap laying on a green measuring board. The bag has a red rose on a white patch with a green border embroidered into the center.

Rose Pouches for Our Queens Project

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A dark rose gold bag with a braided string handle and green tassels in the lower corners on a white table. The bag has a red rose surrounded by rose hips on short stems embroidered into the center.
Rose Pouch for Her Grace Jitka embroidered by Khalidah

This last weekend, the West Kingdom Needleworkers presented Her Grace Jitka with not 1 but 2 Rose Pouches. Her prior pouch went walk about prior to her receipt. The light gold one was made by new to our group, Petra/Cheryl Mellor. The dark gold was made by Khalidah/ Dominique Griffard. Her Grace promptly adopted both and used them the rest of the weekend. Thank you to Petra and Khalidah for their beautiful and useful work.

The Rose Pouch project officially started in 2003 and has delivered 3 pouches every year since (except during Covid). The Queens of the West prize their pouches and the artistry is breathtaking.

Sabrina de la Bere

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