Message from the Guild Mistress

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


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

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

Upcoming Events in 2022

Unsurprisingly, in-person events are mostly still on hold due to the pandemic, luckily we’ve had groups world wide hosting online Salons! Please see Facebook for current information!

Upcoming Events 2021-2022

Unsurprisingly, in-person events were put on hold during the pandemic. Currently there is hope for an upcoming Crown and Coronet. Please see Facebook for current information!

Autumn Crown, 2019

Hello West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild!

Autumnal Crown approaches!!

We have delightful news! Ascelin Meere of Ravenslocke (Denise Sullivan) will be hosting the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild Salon (and leading the Business Meeting in my stead) at 11:30am on Saturday of Crown, at her personal day-shade! Catch up on the latest news about Rose Pouches, the future of the Royal Napkin project and finances of the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild. All the newest information! Remember to bring your own chair, any libations or clean-finger nibbles you’d enjoy sharing and your latest project. If you have a lap frame, please bring it for her class on Opus Anglicanum!

Ascelin has a marvelous day of Salon planned, beginning at 11 am, with a trestle and slate frame available so passers-by can experience how embroidery was created centuries ago. Please invite your stitch-curious friends to stop by and visit! It’s an accessible and unique opportunity to experience the artistry that is embroidery.

Ascelin will be leading a class on stitches used in the Opus Anglicanum at her Salon (11am, on-going). While she has supplies for 10 people, there are only 6 lap-frames. Please plan to bring a lap frame if you have one! (and your readers for close-work!) Extra supplies, especially silks, are always welcomed.

Have a Joyous Crown and until we meet again, may your needles always fly true!

Embroidery by Ascelin Meere of Ravenslocke (Denise Sullivan) using underside couching and silk shading.

Rose Pouches for our Queens Project

June C 2019 due – Katherine de Langelei
Oct C 2019 due – Monie A. Bryan
March C 2020 due – open!
June C 2020 due – Katherine de Langelei
Oct C 2020 due – open!

“Extra” pouches – target date 12th Night 2019 (still pending) – Judy Pearce, Liz de Belcaire, Shannon McSmithThis project is to provide a pouch for each Queen who reigns on her stepdown. The guidelines are in a document in our file section. They are treasured by those who receive them and well used. The Queen is told who the maker is when the pouch is delivered in private to the Queen.
If you are interested in participating in this project or have any questions, please let me know. Thank-you!

March Crown, 2019 Salon

Hello West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild members!

March Crown approaches this coming weekend and with it, a chance to gather together and let our needles fly while watching our friends in shiny steel whack about on things. Sit in the shade ericside and catch up on the latest Needleworking projects and news with me! Look for us in Westermark’s pavilion on the List Field. The Needleworkers Salon sign will be out front!

Sabrina de la Berre will give an update on Rose Pouch creation (if you’re working on the latest Rose Pouch, won’t you bring it along to show us all?) The Royal Napkin project remains leaderless, so you’ll want to hear the latest on that, and we’ll be discussing receipt reimbursements as well as the 2020 War Cloak. I will be looking for someone to advise me on Viking Embroidery, so if that is your love, come and set next to me so we might draw on things and talk stitching.

Remember your chair and we’ll see you on the List Field this Saturday for an hour, when First Round begins! Until we meet, may your needle fly true!

Heidi – Guild Mistress

October Crown, 2018 Salon!

Hello fine West Kingdom Needleworkers!!!

October Crown is upon us and we are delighted to have a chance to gather once more at Salon, where we work on projects together for a couple hours while sharing news of goings-on.

This Crown, we’ll be meeting in the A&S pavilion at the corner of the List Field, (or hosted by household on the list field). Look for the Salon sign immediately after Invocation and then for the next two hours, and join us. Please remember your chair.

The Guild is looking for someone willing to organize the Royal Napkins project, to step up immediately. Responsibilities include sourcing the napkins, ensuring each reign is covered and delivering or helping the Needleworker deliver their work. Please let me know if this is you.

I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone again at October Crown!

Heidi – Guild Mistress

Hero’s Cloak for West AnTir War 2018

Hello Fellow Needleworkers!

Every other year, one of our exceptional West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild members volunteers to make the Hero’s cloak for West AnTir War. (The second years are created by the An Tirian Needleworkers Guild for awarding to a Western fighter.) This cloak is treasured and worn by a fortunate An Tirian warrior who is fortunate not only in war, but also to receive such fine work in reward of their heroic efforts.

Let it come to your attention that the 2018 W/AT Hero’s War Cloak was finished with incredible skill by Mistress Signy Jólinnardóttir, OL!

Worked over a span of five months, the cloak is truly a work of art made with great heart and love for our society for no recompense other than the gratitude of her society and the furtherance of our Dream. May all play with as large a heart and with as much skill as Mistress Jólinnardóttir! She has made an Heroic Work!

All Hail the creative talent of Mistress Signy Jólinnardóttir and the West AnTir Hero’s Cloak for 2018! Her needle flies truer and more swiftly than many a sword!

(This message brought to you by the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild. We make life beautiful!)