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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A patch with gold embroidery for Catelin’s elevation dress

2016-04-12_Racaire_gold-embroidery_CatelinNow, that the elevation of my friend Catelin The Wanderer is over, I can finally share the small gold embroidery with you which I made for her elevation dress.

It is always a great pleasure and honor for me to contribute to the special days of my friends. Therefore I was very happy when Catelin asked for some embroidered patches for her dress for her upcoming Laurel elevation.
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12th century belt for my 12th century wedding dress – pearl embroidery .4

2015-12 - Racaire - 12th century belt - pearl embroideryAnd today – last but not least – I will show you the final progress pictures of the pearl embroidery for my 12th century belt project! 🙂

Even though I was tremendously looking forward to finishing this quite important embellishment step for my project, I couldn’t help the feeling of a certain amount of sadness as soon as I attached the last pearls to the surface of my new 12th century belt.

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12th century belt for my 12th century wedding dress – pearl embroidery .3

2015-12 - Racaire - 12th century belt - pearl embroideryDuring the last weeks I was busy preparing for Gulf Wars and actually wanted to work on my “leg armor” for SCA “Heavy Fighting” today. Given the amount of layers and the thickness of the material I decided to do the sewing with the help of my sewing machine. But, well, after several hours facing a never ending fight with my sewing machine, I think I finally have to face the sad truth. My sewing machine really hates me and doesn’t want to cooperate with me at all. *sigh*

But life is too precious to end the day feeling frustrated and defeated. Therefore I finally decided to stop fighting my sewing machine and to embrace something I really enjoy – my new 12th century belt project and pearl embroidery.
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12th century belt for my 12th century wedding dress – pearl embroidery .2

2015-12 - Racaire - 12th century belt - pearl embroideryLast time I already added a good amount of pearls to my new 12th century belt but I was far from being done with my pearl embroidery at this point.

The bezants with the additional pearl embroidery look really great but I had the feeling like I could add a little bit more and do better…

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12th century belt for my 12th century wedding dress – pearl embroidery .1

2015-12 - Racaire - 12th century belt - pearl embroidery

And today let’s talk about one of my other favorite topics besides Klosterstich and surface couching – pearl embroidery! 😀

Well, pearls per se were and still are something very special. Their availability is quite limited and their price is rather high due to the natural production process.

Besides the beautiful appearance and shine pearls possess naturally, their rather restricted availability as well as their quite high monetary value might have added to their great appeal in the medieval age. I think that the usage of pearls for jewelry or pearl embroidery used to reflected the wealth of the person who could actually afford to use them in either high quality (large, round and with a perfect surface appearance) and/or in a very high quantity.

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More about Klosterstich… my Klosterstich wall hanging project documentation :)

Today I have good news for the fans of my Klosterstich wall hanging – I finally found the time to prepare my Klosterstich wall hanging project documentation and to upload it to the blog! 🙂

Racaire - Klosterstich - medieval embroideryWell, it is said that when one door closes, another one opens. And though I am still not able to prepare photos on my beloved Acer Iconia tablet due to a broken charger and the waiting time until my new one arrives, I still have plenty to post about for which I don’t need my tablet. I simply needed to reconsider what I can post about without using my tablet.
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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” appliqué 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 husbands 13th century under tunic – more about the “shell” embroidery .1

2015-11 - Racaire - 13th century tunic - under-tunic - 12th century wedding clothing project - medieval embroidery - sca - meridies pilgrims award - compostellaAnd today we are taking a look at the very last pictures of the embroidery for my husbands 13th century under tunic project. I will show you how I created the shell embroidery for my husbands “Order of Compostella”/”Pilgrims Order Award.

After I promised my husband to incorporate all of his SCA awards in the embellishment along the cuffs of his tunic, I waited with the shells until after I finished all the other awards first. Well, at first I wasn’t quite sure how I should realize the pattern with the quite thick “gold thread” which I used for the rest of the embellishment but then I had a striking idea…

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