FAQ – materials for embroidery – threads, fibers & fabrics

2013_racaire_2Recently I already posted about research & medieval embroidery inspiration and today I will answer another question of one of my dear blog members about my materials for embroidery – my threads, fibers and fabrics. :)

The actual question was: “…where do you buy the threads or fibers, and materials that they might have used back then?”.

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…working at another small embroidered box – sneak peek at the top embroidery…

...working at another small embroidered box - sneak peek at the top embroidery... - medieval embroidery projectToday I was working at the text for the next FAQ posting about embroidery materials. Unfortunately it takes much longer to put this new posting together than I first expected and it is still far from being complete… *sigh*

…and in already less then 2 hours my sweetheart and some good friends are kidnapping me to the SCA event “Tourney of the Foxes“.

Ok, the new posting isn’t finished yet and I should start preparing myself for a weekend event. But, well, I didn’t want to leave to “Foxes” without at least another posting for you with which you can start into your well-earned weekend. :)

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FAQ – research & medieval embroidery inspiration – some personal thoughts based on 14years of experience

2013_racaire_2Recently one of my blog members asked me a very simple but also very important question: Where shall she start her research?

Well, though this question seems to be a very simple one, the answer is by far not simple. And I really think that this is actually one of the most simple but also most interesting questions I was ever asked about my work.

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Klosterstich technique handout – revisited :D

Klosterstich technique handout - revisited - medieval embroidery - medieval hand embroidery techniqueAs some of you might already know, the German Klosterstich technique is one of my most favorite medieval embroidery techniques. And today I proudly present my revised Klosterstich technique handout to you. :D

I am very happy to say that this is just the beginning of a nice series of posting about the Klosterstich technique. Although I already posted about my very first 14th century “Fleur-de-Lis” embroidery pattern for Klosterstich some time ago, I assure you that the journey just begins.

This technique handout shows you the basics of the Klosterstich technique and is just another step on our way into the beautiful and amazing world of medieval embroidery.
I really hope that you will enjoy this technique as much as I do soon, even if it might need some further help and instructions. Please don’t give up – the technique just looks difficult but it really isn’t difficult at all. :D

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Racaire’s move to the USA – a short update :D

Racaire's move to the USA - UpdateToday I have really great news concerning my move to the USA! :D

My moving boxes from Vienna just arrived at my new home. I have to say that my Austrian moving company did a really awesome job. Great service during the whole procedure, not even one box is missing or damaged, they were directly delivered into the garage, found not even one broken glass or pottery till now and damn, they were unbelievable fast. :D

After all the bad stories which I heard before I started my move, I was very impressed and happy about the final outcome. Yeah, you know, all the stories of containers falling from ships, boxes missing at the final point of delivery or hurricanes damaging the content of containers,… Well, all this stories really didn’t help to ease my mind when I send my goods on their way from Austria to Kentucky…

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Racaire’s wedding cloak project – an embroidered patch from the SCA Barony of Styringheim in Drachenwald :D

And again I got another beautiful embroidered patch for my wedding cloak project! :D

Racaire’s wedding cloak project – a lovely embroidered patch from the SCA Barony of Styringheim (Gotland, Sweden) in Drachenwald - medieval hand embroidery by Grima in Rauda

This time I present to you a beautiful hand embroidered patch for my 12th century wedding cloak project by courtesy of lady Grima in Rauda.

This patch was hand embroidered by the talented lady Grima in Rauda. She sent this beautiful hand embroidered patch from the SCA Barony Styringheim situated in the Principality of Nordmark, a part of the beautiful SCA Kingdom of Drachenwald. :D

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Racaire married her American crusader… :D

Maybe you already heard the rumors and yes, they are true – Racaire finally married her American crusader. :D

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It took several months and steps but finally things are coming together. The visa process took rather long as well as preparing my stuff for the move to America. But finally I can see a light at the horizon.
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Another needle book with Klosterstich embroidery .2

Racaire - 2014 - Another needle book with Klosterstich embroidery - hand embroidery - medieval embroideryReady for another needle book with Klosterstich embroidery? …and in the mood for a hand embroidered medieval 14th century rose?

Well, that’s great because I have a cute combination of both for you today. :D

Again I turned one of the recently embroidered Klosterstich patches into a small needle book for my Travel & Largesse Fund. I think this needle book is even more beautiful that the needle book which I finished yesterday. …but well, I am biased, therefore decide yourself. ;)

And here the picture of my new needle book with the 14th century Klosterstich rose – enjoy! :D
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