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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Craft with Racaire – Project #2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 - fast and easy pouch tutorial

The final result of my second project for
Craft with Racaire” – Fast and easy pouch tutorial

Welcome to my fast and easy pouch tutorial. This detailed step by step tutorial shows how I make my hand sewn fast and easy pouch by using several medieval techniques.

The fast and easy pouch tutorial includes special practical information concerning hand sewing techniques as well as a step by step photo tutorial for tassels.

Following you will find a short list of all detailed step by step photo tutorials and in-depth postings for this hand sewn fast and easy pouch tutorial available for the Premium users of my blog. Enjoy! 😀

Summary of all links & content for
“Craft with Racaire” – Project #2 – Fast and easy pouch:

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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .17 – First embroidered section finished :)

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I just finished one 14th century French pouch for the recent birthday raffle of my blog and still have my other 14th century French pouch waiting for some final embroidery and sewing….

Woooohoooo! Endspurt! …this final embroidery work is getting more and more finished. I am very happy to tell that I just finished the first section of the embroidery for the 14th century French pouch. 😀

…and again I have new photos of the recent progress for you. Enjoy! 😀 

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The 9th blog birthday gift – the embroidered 14th century pouch – goes to…

…and now to Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework 9th blog birthday raffle…

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I shook the box with the lots well…

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…and picked one without looking…

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…and here is the name I picked – Heartily congratulations Jennifer!!! 😀

The 9th blog birthday gift - the embroidered 14th century pouch - goes to... Jennifer

I am soooooo excited! I am sure that Jennifer will give the pouch (and the embroidery scissors) a good new home.
…and now I am off to write her an eMail to tell her that she won the pouch… 😀

Best regards Racaire

PS.: You can find the other postings with progress pictures of the pouch in my Category: 14th century Pouch for 9th Blog-Birthday.

Posting about medieval embroidery for already 9 years ! Happy 9th birthday to me! :D

Happy birthday to me &
my blog “Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework”!
9 years filled with medieval embroidery! 😀

Posting about medieval embroidery for already 9 years ! Happy 9th birthday to me! :D

*gosch* …can you imagine it? I am already posting for 9 years about my embroidery and sewing projects.

12th century slit neckline with surface couching - Racaire's medieval embroidery

I think it is amazing – 9 long years filled with many medieval embroidery projects and medieval embroidery techniques like Klosterstich (cloister stitch), Refilsaum (Bayeux Stitch), German Brick Stitch, Surface Couching, Russian Pearl embroidery,… just to name a few.

Btw. you can see a small part of my surface couching embroidery for my 12th century bliaut slit neckline on the right side. On the picture underneath you can see the final result of the first “Craft with Racaire” project – a needle-roll worked in German Brick Stitch.

Craft with Racaire - German Brick Stitch - needle-roll - Project #1 - medieval embroidery…and yes, I think I am going to add many more years filled with medieval embroidery and medieval embroidery projects in the future. During the last years I found a lot of inspiration for medieval embroidery in books, on museum websites and on display in museums. All this inspiration will keep me busy for at least several years.

I am very looking forward to keep on sharing my love and joy for medieval embroidery also in the future. I will keep on posting new progress pictures of my work and embroidery as often as possible. And I am glad to say that even more project and technique tutorials as well as many in-depth postings about special techniques are planned for the future… 😀

Racaire - Klosterstich - medieval embroidery

…and as you might have noticed, I recently added one more “new” medieval embroidery technique to my medieval embroidery repertoire. 😀

Speaking about this “new” medieval embroidery technique – the pouch on the picture on the top is worked in this technique and will be raffled off between my members this evening…

Best regards Racaire

PS.: You can find the other postings with progress pictures of the pouch in my Category: 14th century Pouch for 9th Blog-Birthday.

Embroidered 14th century pouch for tomorrows 9th blog-birthday raffle finished!!! :D

Wooohoooo! Countdown! Just 1 day left!
…and I just finished my embroidered 14th century pouch for the raffle!

Racaire's embroidered 14th century pouch for the 9th blog-birthday raffle :D

I just managed to finish the embroidered 14th century pouch! …and there is still one day left until the raffle! *happydance*

This “petite” pouch is inspired by an actual 14th century pouch from France. I decided to rework two sections of an extant 14th century French pouch for it. You can see pictures of the other sections in my postings about my current commission which is based on the same extant 14th century French pouch: “14th century French pouch commission”

The final result looks so nice that I wish I could keep it for myself – but no, I will raffle it off tomorrow betwixt my members.

Embroidered 14th century pouch for tomorrows 9th blog-birthday raffle finished!!! :D

…and I will not only raffle off this pouch, I also added one of my embroidery scissors from my “personal fancy scissors collection”. You can see it at the picture above.
This is one of the scissors I got as a birthday present from Frank from the shop www.scherenkauf.de. I have to say that I really love the scissors which he gave me 2011. I use mine nearly every day since I got them and they still work like at the very first day. 🙂

Btw. one of my personal and favorite scissors, which I use very often is this one:

Link Amazon.com:
Mundial 3-1/2-Inch Classic Forged Stork Embroidery Scissors, Gold Plated Finish
(unfortunately I can’t tell you if this are the same scissors I use but they look very close to what I use and have a really good rating)
Link Amazon.de:
Stickschere / Storchenschere

…and finally some pictures of the finished pouch for you – Enjoy! 😀

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Working at an embroidered 14th century pouch for the 9th blog-birthday raffle… :D .2

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Wooohoooo! Countdown! -11 days!

Just 11 days left till the 9th blog birthday and my very first raffle for my blog-members!

…or, well, lets put it another way: I have still 10 days + 1 evening to finish the embroidery for the embroidered 14th century pouch for the 9th blog-birthday! *grin*

However, if you compare the picture underneath to yesterdays progress, I am on a good way to finish the pouch in time. See for yourself: 

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Cute, isn’t it… too bad I can’t keep if for myself when it is finished… 😉

Best regards Racaire

Working at an embroidered 14th century pouch for the 9th blog-birthday raffle… :D

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Wow!!! The 9th birthday of my blog is coming up soon!
I am so excited! …and I I already started working at an embroidered 14th century pouch for the very first “birthday raffle”… *happydance*

I thought I have still more than a month till the 9th birthday of my blog. Then I checked the date and realized that I have less then 3 weeks left… omg… *panic-mode-on*… 😉

Why I panic? Because I wanted to make the next birthday – the 9th birthday of my blog – a very special one by celebrating it with a gift and a raffle for my blog members. Well, I have to admit that I haven’t finished the gift yet but I already started working at it yesterday. 😀

What kind of gift I am making for the raffle? Well, do you remember the posting about the “test” samples I made for my 14th century pouch commission? Oh yes, they are so cute that I decided to finish one of them and to turn it into a cute small embroidered 14th century pouch… 

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Craft with Racaire – Project #2 – Pouch #1 – fast and easy pouch tutorial (handsewn) & how to work with “rapports”

I know that many of you really have enjoyed my pouch-projects and I guess that some of you miss my “old” fast and easy pouch tutorial. Therefore I started a new project for you and also for my “Craft with Racaire” section:

My fast and easy pouch tutorial

Craft with Racaire - Project #2 - a fast and easy pouch tutorial (handsewn)

Before I introduce you the more difficult techniques and we start with the embroidered and fancy pouches, I decided to show you a simple way how to make a hand-sewn pouch for yourself, for a gift, your favorite card game,… or whatever you want to store in it. Btw. this is a tutorial for a hand-sewn pouch which you can easily embroider and embellish. It also makes a rather fast and easy but also impressive gift, especially when you add some bling (like self-made tassels) to it.

The following tutorial is the fastest and most “easy” pouch tutorial I can imagine when it comes to hand-sewn pouches. It is suitable for beginners to sewing as well as for advanced sewers. For the beginners among you I will soon add some information about period sewing techniques and stitches you will need to sew and complete this project. And the advanced embroiderers and hand-sewers might enjoy my detail-work and will maybe draw some inspiration for “fast & easy” future projects. Regardless on which level you are, I heartily welcome all of you to join me in this project.

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Sneak peek – more progress pictures of my 14th century inspired gaming pouch

Gaming Pouch with Tassel_RacaireAre you ready to start your week with some new progress pictures? I definitely am! 😉

About two days ago I thought that it is definitely time for some fun for me and many new progress pictures for you and I started working at my side project again…

I admit it, after my in-deepth posting about German Brick Stitch and step 2 for my “Craft with Racaire” project #1, I definitely needed a short break from German Brick Stitch. Therefore I started working again at my 14th century inspired gaming pouch for my 14th century inspired backgammon game.

That means that I got really very busy with handsewing, fingerloop braiding and tassel making. You maybe remember the first posting with sneak peeks of my gaming pouch: Sneak peek – hand sewing a pouch for my 14th century inspired Backgammon Game

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