14th century inspired Klosterstich rose – turning it into a lid for a reliquary box .1

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I already prepared my rolling frame for a new medieval inspired embroidery project.
But before I tell you more about my new project, I would like to show you the small side project at which I was working during the last days… :)

You might remember the 14th century inspired Klosterstich rose embroidery which I  recently finished. I started this small project in order to take pictures for my “Klosterstich hands on tutorial” which you can find here:
– “…Part 1 – how to start your Klosterstich embroidery
– “…Part 2 – how I do my Klosterstich embroidery

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Racaire’s wedding cloak project – two embroidered patches from the SCA Shire of Phoenix Glade in Meridies :D

patch 07 and 08 - Shire of Phoenix Glade - Kingdom Meridies - SCA - Racaire featuring InanLife tried its best to keep me very busy recently but it’s definitely time again to present another awesome patch for my wedding cloak project to you. But wait… it’s not only one patch – I got two beautiful patches from ‘Inan… 😉

During the last year I received many lovely embroidered patches for my 12th century wedding cloak project by mail and in person. Though our 12th century wedding was delayed by at least one year due to the major heart attack of my husband, I haven’t given up on my 12th century wedding clothing project yet – I just took a short break to deal with the whole situation.

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12th century dress for the “12th century wedding clothing project” – sneak peek .6 – working at the keyhole neckline

2015-03-12 - Racaire - 12th century dress - keyhole neckline - 12th century wedding clothing project - keyhole necklineAnd again new news and progress pictures concerning my 12th century wedding clothing project! During the last two days I picked up my 12th century wedding dress again and continued the hand sewing of my keyhole neckline. 😀

The hand sewing part of the keyhole neckline seems to be the most difficult step of this dress project – at least for me. While working at a keyhole neckline I always tend to worry that I might mess up the keyhole neckline somehow – despite all the previous keyhole necklines I successfully completed during the last years. But I guess it is what it is – everyone of us has to fight this battles from time to time… Continue reading

Surface couching embroidery – how I made the 12th century Agincourt Heart for Bella’s elevation garment

Surface couching embroidery - how I made the 12th century Agincourt Heart for Bella's elevation garmentI will be very busy and away from my computer for the next days, therefore I thought that you might enjoy some of the progress pictures which I took while I was working at the 12th century Agincourt heart for Bella’s elevation garment.

As some of you might have already noticed, I am very keen on medieval and especially 12th century surface couching embroidery. And today’s progress pictures will give you a nice glimpse at the “2:1 surface couching” embroidery technique which I used for Bella’s 12th century Agincourt heart.

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14th century French Pouch .1 – finished! :D

2015-05 - Racaire - 14th century French pouch - hand embroidery - medieval embroideryAnd finally, after all the progress pictures of my 14th century French pouch project, I can present the finished pouch to you today! 😀

Yes, it took a while but as a German saying says, all good things in life take time. And well, medieval hand embroidery is really not a fast craft. *giggle*

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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .24 – sewing the pouch together .2 :)

Racaire - medieval embroidery - projects 2014 - hand embroideryIn my last posting “14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .23 – sewing the pouch together .1” you could see a good part of the progress pictures concerning the last finishing steps for my 14th century French pouch project.

And as I promised in my last posting, I am going to show you even more pictures today – the very last progress pictures I took of the finishing process.

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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .23 – sewing the pouch together .1 :)

Racaire - medieval embroidery - projects 2014 - hand embroideryMaybe some of you remember my 14th century French pouch commission. And I have great news concerning this project – I managed to finish the pouch and it was delivered in time to surprise a beautiful lady on Valentines day.

And during the recent down time of my blog I found some time to sit down and go through the pictures on my tablet…

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FAQ – books on medieval embroidery .1

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From time to time friends ask me which books on medieval embroidery I recommend. And normally my reaction is an immediate question in return: “What are you looking for in particular…?” *lol*

Extant medieval embroidery pieces provide us with a great variety of medieval embroidery techniques. And though there are not as many books on medieval embroidery available as I would like, there are still enough different books available. Therefore it’s sometimes rather difficult and time consuming to find the right book if you are looking for something in particular.

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