my super secret project revealed: OvO pouch with medieval islamic inspired embroidery

2017-05 - Racaire - Glorias ovo bag - medieval islamic inspired embroidery - SCA - Order of the velvet owl pouch - ovo pouch - islamic laid and couched work - bayeux stitch - refilsaumAnd finally a picture of the OvO pouch with the medieval islamic inspired embroidery which I put together for Gloria, my awesome mother-in-law.
(OvO -> Order of the velvet Owl, Kingdom of MeridiesSCA)

Yeah, this quite special piece of medieval islamic inspired embroidery was the super secret project on which I was working on from the first day of January until our favorite SCA event – Gulf Wars – in March. And at Gulf Wars Gloria finally got introduced into the Order of the velvet Owl. Just right before the knighting ceremony of her son, my dear husband. And not a moment too soon as keeping this project secret was killing me… 😉

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I finally finished my new 12th century “Saint Michael and the Dragon” banner!

2016-05 - Racaire - 12th century Michael and the Dragon banner - hand embroidery - split stitch - SCAIn my previous posting “Working at my 12th century “Saint Michael and the Dragon” banner I already showed you the very first steps needed to turn my finished 12th century inspired “Saint Michael and the Dragon” into a small banner for my living room.

My last posting included information about how I chose the fabric and where I found the inspiration for the final shape for my banner project. Furthermore I also wrote about how I attached the embroidery to the surface and how I prepared the final shape of the banner…

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Working at my 12th century “Saint Michael and the Dragon” banner

Racaire - 2014 - Michael and the dragon - 12th century embroidery - hand embroidery - SCASome embroidery projects take more time than others until they finally get finished and my 12th century inspired “Saint Michael and the Dragon” embroidery was such an embroidery project.

I already finished the 12th century inspired “Saint Michael and the Dragon” embroidery in the summer of 2014. Though I really liked the finished embroidery, it laid dormant in one of my project boxes ever since…
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My new “Meridian Cross Cyclas” – a Manesse inspired 14th century cyclas / sideless surcote .2

My new “Meridian Cross Cyclas” – a Manesse inspired 14th century cyclas / sideless surcote And today I have some pictures of my new 14th century cyclas / sideless surcote with the completed “Meridian Cross” appliquĂ© work for you. 🙂

I still didn’t find the time to put on my new 14th century cyclas / sideless surcote and to take pictures of me wearing it but I can assure you that I didn’t forget about it and that it is still on my to-do-list.

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My new “Meridian Cross Cyclas” – a Manesse inspired 14th century cyclas / sideless surcote .1 – the appliquĂ© embroidery

2015-11_Racaire_Meridian-Cross_CyclasYeah, it’s true and no typo – I made a 14th century cylas / sideless surcote for me! Or how I call the newest addition to my wardrobe: my 14th century “Meridian Cross Cyclas”! 😀

How come? Well, while I was living in the kingdom of Drachenwald – the SCA group covering Europe, the middle East and South Africa – I wasn’t able to make it to many SCA events. Not that I didn’t want to but quite many of the events were out of my budget due to the required travel to the location in a rather far away country like Sweden, Finland, UK,… Therefore my normal event count per year was about 1 to maximal 5 events per year.

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White 14th century hood for a friends Pelican elevation – finished! :D

2015-10 - Racaire - Sams - 14th century hood - Pelican and knighthood hood - medieval embroidery - appliqué - hand embroidery

By courtesy of Sir Thomas Blackmoore.

And after all my recent postings about the progress of my friends 14th century hood with pelican & knighthood embroidery, I can finally present to you the finished 14th century hood!

The picture at the left was taken shortly after my friend – Sir Thomas Blackmoore (sorry but I don’t remember all the other proper SCA titles he has) –  was elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .4 – how I created the embroidered Pelican patches .2

2015-10_Racaire_Sams_14th-century-XL-elevation-hood_PelicansIn my last posting – “White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .4 – how I created the embroidered Pelican patches .1” – I showed you how I created the two different kinds of golden beaks for the embroidered pelicans.

After this step and and after finishing the rest of the embroidery for the pelicans, I decided to add even more embroidery. Instead of removing the base fabric in-between the knighthood belt and the pelican embroidery, which didn’t have any appliquĂ© or other kind of embroidery, I made the decision to fill this empty space with lovely purple silk/wool thread.

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .4 – how I created the embroidered Pelican patches .1

2015-10_Racaire_Sams_14th-century-XL-elevation-hood_PelicansIn my last posting about the “white 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – how I created the embroidered Pelican patches” I wrote about the different steps of how I prepared the basic pelican appliquĂ©. Furthermore I also showed you several progress pictures of my embroidery work concerning this first steps.

And today we take a close look at the very next step – of how I embroidered the two different kinds of golden beaks for the pelicans.
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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .4 – how I created the embroidered Pelican patches

2015-10 _ Racaire _ Sams _ 14th century XL elevation hood Pelicans - medieval embroidery - appliqué - SCAWith this posting, after all the previous postings about the 14th century XL hood project for my friends Pelican elevation, I am finally reaching the last and major part of the embroidery for this hood project:

…the pelican patches!

In my last posting I already showed you the finished knight belt patches for the 14th century hood for my friends Pelican elevation. And as nice as the knight belt patches already looked like at this stage of the project, they all still looked quite empty, didn’t they – but no for long, that’s for sure… 😀

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White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .3 – how I created the embroidered knight belt patches .3 – embroidered belt buckles!

2015-08 - Racaire - Sams 14th century XL elevation hood knight belts - SCA - embroidered belt bucklesAnd finally, after part #1 & part #2 of “how I created the embroidered knight belt patches”, I am getting to the 3rd and last part of the knight belt patches creation process.

Yes, today I am going to show you how I created the embroidered belt buckles with a certain special effect. An effect which makes the belt buckles look a little bit more like real ones. 😀
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