My new project – a white 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – the hand-sewing is finally finished! :D

2015-07_Racaire_14th-century_white-hood_XL_1After all the successful previous preparation for this project (like drafting an XL pattern and creating a 14th century XL hood sample), I finally started working at the actual project some days ago:

A white 14th century XL hood
for my friends Pelican elevation. :)

But first a short explanation for all readers who are not familiar with the SCA:
Whenever a member of the SCA shows great passion in “service” to the society, excels in the “arts & sciences” (like woodwork, embroidery, teaching about his/her craft,…) or shows great skill in fighting (“Heavy Fighting”, fencing,…) and some people who observe this commitment report it to The Royal Majesties of their kingdom (normally done via a recommendation form at the kingdom website) – well, then there is a good chance that this person might be awarded at one of the next events with an award. And, btw., every one of this awards comes also with a scroll… 😀

Continue reading

My PCS scroll from Drachenwald arrived! :D

2015-07_Racaire_my-PCS-scrollToday a great surprise arrived me via mail – my PCS scroll from Drachenwald is here!

And though a good part of the envelope didn’t survive the long way from Europe to its final destination here in Kentucky/USA, the scroll was fortunately packed very well. Therefore I am very happy to say that my beautiful PCS scroll reached me unharmed and unbend.

At this point I would like to express my sincere gratitude to King Makarius and his lovely Queen Izabella – Their Royal Majesties of the Kingdom of Drachenwald – for bestowing this “Popular Company of Sojourners” award upon me. This beautiful farewell means a lot to me and I will do my best to do justice to this honor. Thank you very much!

Continue reading

Sneak peek at my next embroidery project – a 14th century inspired pattern worked in surface couching .7

2015-07 - Racaire - 14th century - surface couching embroidery - medieval embroidery - hand embroidery

In my last posting I already showed you a sneak peek at my technical drawing for my next surface couching tutorial.

But this was not the only project I was working on during the last days. All of my so-called “free time” was actually filled with drawing as well as a lot of hand-sewing and surface couching embroidery.

Continue reading

Medieval embroidery techniques – sneak peek at my new technical tutorial for Surface Couching :)

2014-07_Barcelona_Racaire-2I have great news for all of you who enjoy my technical tutorials of medieval embroidery techniques!

It took several days to work out the very detailed technical drawing for my new medieval technique tutorial about Surface Couching but I finally managed to finish it. 😀

Though the Surface Couching technique tutorial isn’t finished by now, I just couldn’t resist to show you a glimpse at the technical drawing I worked out for you.

Continue reading

My 14th century XL hood sample – playing with my new gold threads :)

2015-07 - Racaire - 14th century XL hood sample - playing with my new gold thread - medieval embroidery - hand embroideryJust as I finished sewing my 14th century XL hood sample I received a wonderful gift from my mommy Sandra in the mail: awesome silver and gold threads!

Well, you can imagine what that means – play time and a lot fun for me! There was absolutely no doubt that I had to try out this lovely threads immediately so I could report back about the threads to my mom.

Continue reading

My 14th century XL hood sample – the finished hood sample & some information about my hood pattern…

2015-07-Racaire-my-14th-century-XL-hood-sample-14th-century-hood-pattern-enlarged-hand-sewingDo you remember the 14th century XL hood pattern about which I told you recently?

Well, then I have some great news for you! I managed to finish the hand-sewing part of my 14th century XL hood before “A Midsummer Day’s Brawl” – an SCA event in Tennessee last weekend and I took my finished XL sample hood with me to the event for a fitting.

Though my friend – for whom I drafted this pattern – and I were quite busy at the event, we managed to find some time where he was able to try on the 14th century XL sample hood and guess what! …it fits fine! *happydance*

Continue reading

My pink 14th century hood with long liripipe & decorative chain stitch embroidery – revisited

2015-07 - Racaire - my pink 14th century hood with long liripipe and decorative chain stitch hand embroidery - medieval embroideryAnd now, that I already started my new 14th century hood project for a friend – about which I told you yesterday – I would like to take the chance and tell you a little bit more about my other 14th century hood projects.

As some of you might remember, I already revisited my 14th century hood with daggings, long liripipe and decorative chain stitch embroidery project last year. This 14th century hood was my favorite hood until I decided to give it away to a very nice friend whom I met at an SCA event in England – at Rhaglan.

Continue reading

Sneak peek at my next embroidery project – a 14th century inspired pattern worked in surface couching .6

2015-06 - Racaire - 14th century project - surface couching*Gosh* I think I started too many embroidery projects! But unfortunately there is just not enough time to work at them all! At least not at the same time… 😉

Yes, I really wish I could duplicate myself or at least grow an extra set or arms but I doubt that this will happen anytime soon… But well, who doesn’t know this problem… *lol*

Ok, enough self pity for now. I anyway don’t have the time to complain about too many embroidery projects and well, if I complained, who would actually believe me? *lol* You all know that I love embroidery far too much to not enjoy my dilemma. But – *sigh* – there are so many of them –  the embroidery projects I just started and the ones I would love to start next and which are haunting me… At least all this embroidery projects keep me busy and prevent me from getting bored. I guess, I can’t complain about that, can I?

Therefore – what have I been working at during the last days? Well, let me give you a short summery:

Continue reading