My new scrolls arrived in Meridies :)

Racaire SCA scroll-2012Wooohooo! I got great news from my sweetheart – my scrolls arrived in time in the SCA “Kingdom of Meridies”.

They are for the upcoming SCA event “Not So Grand 8” this weekend. Yeah, just some more days and hopefully the last “Not So Grand” event without me…

Btw. after this weekend I have the permission to show you the scrolls… :D

Best regards Racaire

Commission – 14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .21 – last embroidery added :)

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Woooohooooo! The new and also last embroidered section of my 14th century French pouch commission is finished!

…and what shall I say – I love it!

Tomorrow I can get the silk fabric for the back side, wash it and then start with the finishing – pinning, sewing, finger braiding, tassels,…

…but until then – please enjoy the new progress pic of my recent embroidery progress! :D

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Update – 9th blog birthday gift – embroidered 14th century pouch…

Update - 9th blog birthday gift – embroidered 14th century pouch...

Btw. do you remember the postings about the small embroidered 14th century pouch?

…the small pouch I made for my 9th blog-birthday raffle which was inspired by an extant 14th century French pouch…

Well, I am very glad to say that the pouch arrived save in the hands of its new owner - Jennifer in Dallas, Texas.

…and she likes it! *happydance* I was so excited that I nearly forgot to tell you. :D

All my projects are more then just projects therefore I tend to call them my “babies”. Every time I send one of my “babies” per mail on its way, the uncertainty if the package arrives or not is the most painful part of the waiting process. Therefore many thanks to Jennifer for letting me know immediately.

I still hope that the nailbinded 12th century cap which I sent to my sister Bella didn’t get lost – it’s overdue for a rather long time now… *sigh* Please keep your fingers crossed that it will arrive soon. :)

Best regards Racaire

Commission – 14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .20 – 4th embroidered section finished :)

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I think you already know that I love sneak peeks. …and today I have again another sneak peek at the new embroidery progress of my 14th century French pouch commission. Yes, I just finished another section! Endspurt! :D

Today I finished the outlines of the bottom right section.
It is such a lovely little unicorn - Enjoy! :D

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Commission – 14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .19 – 3rd embroidered section finished :)

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…and another sneak peek at the new embroidery progress of my 14th century French pouch commission. I just finished the next section! :D

This time I finished the outlines of the upper left section.
I really like how the deer looks like with the outlines.
Enjoy! :D

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread & hide it…

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.2 – hand sewing - how to start a new thread...Some time ago I learned from some of my friends that several of my hand sewing & embroidery steps are rather new and unknown to others. Even if I consider this techniques very basic and elemental. I always try to keep that in mind while I am working at my projects.

This is the main reason why I also try to document my “very basic” steps by taking as many useful photos as possible for you.

Recently I took some detail photos of a very basic hand sewing technique I use very often. This detail photos will show you how to start a new thread and how to hide it in a seam.

This posting is especially devoted to all the hand sewing newbies among you. Some of you might have already figured this technique out by yourself. If you haven’t till now, then please follow me and join me on another hand sewing journey.
…and if you like, you can already practice this very basic technique while you are working at step 2 of our “Craft with Racaire” project – “hand sewing the sides“. :)

Todays motto is:
“Hand sewing – how to start a new thread & how to hide it in the seam”

And now to the second hint concerning the second step - “hand sewing the sides” – of our second “Craft with Racaire” project – the fast and easy pouch tutorial.

Btw. I used this very basic technique shown in the following photo tutorial several times myself while I was working at the side seams of the “fast and easy pouch” as well as for my 12th century silk dress and many other hand sewing projects…

The photos with the hand sewing stitches worked in a rather thick thread on this raw material allow me to show you the used techniques much better than if I would work them with fine silk thread on thin silk fabric. This tutorial as well as the other hand sewing tutorials I posted till now – or which will post in the future - show techniques which can be also used on much finer materials. You just need to adjust the used materials as well as the seize of your stitches.

…and now lets start with our new detailed photo tutorial – enjoy! :D

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Happy Easter! …and some Spring Impressions from Vienna :D

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Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern!
…from Vienna. :D

You really can’t avoid the Easter feeling here in Vienna. You can find chocolate Easter eggs and chocolate Easter bunnies at every grocery store here.
…and there are Easter markets all over town too…
Yes, you can say that Austrian like their Easter. *lol*

…and though I am not sharing my chocolate Easter eggs or my chocolate Easter bunnies with you – in my opinion this is always the best part of Easter – I have some lovely Spring impressions from Vienna, Schönbrunn for you. This photos have definitely less calories than my Easter chocolate ;)

Happy Easter! ...and some Spring Impressions from Vienna, Schönbrunn :D

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the corners

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the cornersI know, when it comes to hand sewing, there are some parts that can be rather tricky to sew. Like the pouch corners at the bottom of your pouch. But there is really no need for despair. I have some hand sewing tricks concerning this section for you.

Todays motto is: “Hand sewing the corners” :)

I will show you how you can master the corners of your pouch rather easily.

…and how you can make nice pointy pouch corners for your own pouch, like shown on the picture underneath:

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the corners

And now to the first hint concerning the second step of our second “Craft with Racaire” project: “hand sewing the corners” of our fast and easy pouch. :D

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