Medieval Pelican inspiration for embroidery .1

Racaire - medieval inspired Pelican - badge - medieval embroideryDuring the last days I was searching for a new medieval pelican inspiration for my current embroidery project. Well, what shall I say – finding a new inspiration is often difficult enough but if you are looking for something special, it can appear to be even more challenging.

Fully aware of this fact, I gathered my favorite books about embroidery around me, sat down and went through my books in order to find a new medieval pelican inspiration for my current 14th century hood project for my friends pelican elevation.

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FAQ – 14th century embroidery & medieval inspiration

Racaire - Klosterstich - medieval embroidery

During the past years I was often asked for the medieval inspiration for the Klosterstich embroidery which you can see at the picture above. And I have not only embroidered this lovely theme – I also already used it for a hand painted mug and a hand painted box…
And, well, I might even use it again in the future because I love it so much… 🙂

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Mission Medieval Barcelona accomplished… – my favorite photos from day #2 :D

2014, July, Racaire in Barcelona*gosch* I really can’t believe it. I already took about 1300 photos during my very first day in Barcelona and thought that this is a really large number. Well, this was until I started to go through the photos of day #2….

…it seems that I took even more photos during my second day in Barcelona. More than 2000 photos – *gosch* – how did I manage this? *lol*

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Racaire’s wedding cloak project – 12th century inspired patch #4 from the SCA Barony Montengarde in Avacal (Canada)

It’s time again to show you another awesome patch I got for my wedding cloak project!

Racaire’s wedding cloak project – patch #4 from the SCA Barony Montengarde in Avacal (Canada)

I proudly present to you this beautiful embroidered patch for my 12th century wedding cloak project by courtesy of lady Sorcha de Lenche.

It was hand embroidered by the lovely and very talented lady Sorcha de Lenche. Who is not only a very talented artisan but also a very kind and nice lady. She sent this beautiful hand embroidered wedding cloak patch from the SCA Barony Montengarde situated in the Principality of Avacal, a part of the mighty SCA Kingdom of An Tir. 😀

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Interesting Links – inspiration for a 10th century SCA knighting scroll and more…

2013_racaire_2It appears somehow funny and also really amazing to me how Fortuna works from time to time… *lol*

Yesterday I was talking about a very special scroll commission for a SCA peerage scroll. About a 10th century SCA knighting scroll for the upcoming knighting ceremony of a friend – btw. my very first peerage scroll! 🙂

…and today I already run into an inspiration for it…

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12th century embroidery – Saint Michaels 12th century face finished – sneak peek.10

12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon – sneak peek.8Yesterday I made again some good progress concerning my “12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon“. 😀

It was really a hard struggle with the thread, the needle and the fabric but finally Saint Michael got his 12th century face. I am very happy and also very proud of how it turned out.

When you compare the original outlines at the picture at the top left with the embroidery underneath, you will see that the final embroidery looks really very different...

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Interesting Links – 12th century art on display in museums – a beautiful fresco in the USA…

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Recently I run into some very nice examples of 12th century art on display in online museum collection. And not only 12th century art, I also found other nice pieces of medieval art from other centuries… 😀

Normally I just look through the photos and information and save what I find interesting to my hard disk for later inspiration and research. But I got to know that some of my gentle readers are not only interested into medieval embroidery but also into history and medieval art. Therefore I started collecting new interesting links as soon as I run into them to be able to share them with you.

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12th century embroidery – Saint Michael and the Dragon

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At the moment I am working at the next posting for the current Craft with Racaire project – the “fast & easy pouch tutorial“. I will post it soon but it’s not finished yet… 😀

Therefore I decided to tell you more about my newest project and to show you some sneak peeks of it – of my new:

12th century embroidery project
“Saint Michael and the Dragon”

During my Mission “Medieval Berlin” I saw a beautiful embroidered wallhanging from the 12th century on display in one of the museums. This period wallhanging inspired me to try a “new” medieval embroidery technique.

But first things first – here are the first photos of my new medieval embroidery project – enjoy! 😀
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Mission “Medieval Berlin” – the forgotten 14th century Queen from France

Racaire in BerlinAs I promised, I already took a first look through my photos from Berlin. At the very first day I visited the “Tiergarten Berlin” (the zoo) and the nearby aquarium.

Knowing that you would prefer to see some of my medieval photos first, I decided to skip this day for now and to start with day 2 and my very first museum visit.

What shall I say – it was truly amazing! I already found some lovely medieval art at the very first museum I visited. I spend some hours looking through the medieval collection and took about 2.300 photos. Well, I admit that this count surprised me but I think it is not unusual for me… *lol*

I decided to start with a very lovely piece of medieval art on display in the very first museum I visited:

The “forgotten 14th century Queen from France”

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Like always I walked through the medieval collection, looking at the museum information, taking photos and suddenly there she was, just looking at me.

A beautiful and delicate face, a severe but loving look – every inch exquisite and gorgeous. She looked truly like a queen and after a short look at the museum information I could say for sure that she was a “Royal Donatrix”. She was indeed a 14th century queen from France.

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14th century Floral Head Bands

14th century Floral Head Bands

As some of you might have noticed over the last years, I really love visiting museums. And even more than visiting museums I love to take pictures of the beautiful medieval things on display in museums.

Regardless if it is about medieval fabrics, medieval wood-work, medieval jewelry,… or medieval embroidery. You can take me to a museum and leave me alone in the medieval collection.

I will happily entertain myself by taking several photos of nearly every medieval thing on display. It is especially dangerous to leave me alone with a good 12th century, 13th century or 14th century collection. Some of my friends already found out that I & and my DSLR don’t get far in medieval collections. 😉

But back to the main topic:

“14th century floral head bands”.

I would like to start with a ‘heartily thank you’ to Sarah for her recent comment on my posting about the Running Stitch – thank you very much Sarah!

In this comment she mentioned floral head bands from the Codex Manesse. I suddenly thought – “hmmm, floral head bands based on the Codex Manesse?” And I was suddenly reminded on some lovely examples of floral head bands I “run into” last year. Therefore I started to dig through my museum pictures and voila! I found even more lovely pictures of floral head bands. 🙂

I hope that by sharing the following pictures and especially the detail pictures and in-depth information I can provide some new and additional inspiration for you and Sarah. Lets start with the exquisite fountain figure which already greeted you at the beginning of this posting. You might ask – what has this 14th century fountain figure to do with 14th century floral head bands? Well, let’s take a closer look:

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