Scriptorium – …and the “Rose Tournament” scroll goes to Louis LeCoffrier.. :D

2017-03 - Racaire - Gulf Wars - rose tourney winner - rose tournament scroll - SCA…and the “Rose Tournament” scroll goes to:

Louis LeCoffrier!

He fought very skillful and chivalrous for Queen Kateryn from the Middle Kingdom in the Rose Tournament at Gulf Wars and won! 

Hearty congratulation to Queen Kateryn & Louis, her victorious fighter! Louis, thank you very much, it was truly a pleasure to watch you fight! 😀

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Gulf Wars preparation & great news for my husband… :D

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!
My husband was asked to join the order of the chivalry during court at War college in Alabama! 😀

It already happened more than a week ago but – gosch – this awesome news still seems so amazing and unreal to me. Like it is just too good to be true. And being the natural skeptic that I am, I might actually not believe it until it really happens… We will see… And… Omg! Omg! Omg! 

Well, sure, I hoped that this day would come eventually but when it finally happened, it completely blindsided me. I can not even imagine how surprised and excited my sweetheart was… And the way I got to know about it was quite funny and has a good potential to become one of the funny stories told around fire pits during SCA events….
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A new shield for my husband for the Meridian Crown Tournament :)

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Photo courtesy by David Fricker – more of his pictures  from the event can be found here: Fall Crown List

I am so tremendously excited!
It took nearly a week but I finally managed to finish my husbands new shield for the Meridian Crown Tournament just in time.

You should have seen his face whenever he talked about his new shield – like a kid with an awesome new toy. But we have a rule here at home, however awesome any new gear is, it’s not allowed to be brought to bed… Yeah, there is no snuggling with new gauntlets or shields in the bed… 😉

And well, my sweethearts new shield and the awesome Crown Tournament event were not the only highlights this very recent weekend. Thursday night someone suddenly knocked at our door and you won’t believe who it was – it was my awesome sister Bella! 
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Meridian Grand Tournament – fighting, banners and more photos…

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Conrad vom Schwarzwald and Sir LexWhile writing yesterdays posting about the Meridian Grand Tournament I got so excited that I completely forgot about the other photos and links I wanted to share with you. But postponed is not abandoned! This minor mistake can be easily corrected by writing just another posting with the Meridian Grand Tournament as its main topic.

…and after this posting we can finally return to my (more or less) regular program of “embroidery, needlework and sewing”.
Ok, there might be also some more calligraphy too if the right mood strikes me and I decide to get my nibs and ink out. Well, who knows what the future brings… 😉
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Meridian Grand Tournament – the Order of the Velvet Owl and other great things…

Seeing my scroll for the Armatura tournament go to a worthy and excited recipient was not my only highlight at the Meridian Grand Tournament this very last weekend. So many awesome and memorable things happened throughout the whole day. And being admitted into the Order of the Velvet Owl of my beloved home, the Kingdom of Meridies, was definitely the most amazing surprise for me on this day.

Here a beautiful shot of this very special moment which I got to share with three other friends who were also admitted to the Order of the Velvet Owl:

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The picture above was taken by Becky Cullen.
Becky, thank you very much for this lovely memory!

…and if you would like to also take a look at the other pictures Becky Cullen took at the Meridian Grand Tournament, they can be found here on facebook: Meridian Grand Tournament 2016

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SCA Heavy Fighting – show your legs! …or a look at my padded leg armor :D

2016-07 - Racaire - my first padded leg armor - SCA heavy fighting - female armor - armor for womenNow that the padded arming coat is finally finished, I also get to show you the padded leg armor which I made some time ago. 🙂

Well, having a nice arming coat is just half the rent if you want to participate in SCA Heavy Fighting. As many of the shots go to the legs, it is a good idea to also put some thought and work into well fitting leg armor. And if you bruise as easily as I do, you indeed want some nicely padded leg armor.

I already started working at this padded leg armor in March. It was kinda a last minute project as I wanted to bring at least one piece of armor to the Women’s fighter symposium at Gulf Wars which was my own.

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SCA Heavy Fighting – my new embroidered arming coat / gambeson is finished! :)

2016-07 - Racaire - my first embroidered arming coat / gambesonWooohooo! My new, embroidered arming coat is finally finished! …and yeah, I have photos to prove it!

But first things first! The last week was really intense. All week long I was working like crazy at a special knighting “scroll” due to a very short deadline. I even worked my nights through to make sure that I am able to finish the “scroll” in time. Though my sweetheart might have missed snuggling with me at night, he was very understanding and supportive – thank you hon! I love you! 😀

And finally all the hard work and back pain paid off as I just finished the last details! And damn, it looks pretty amazing if I may say so…

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SCA Heavy Fighting – some embroidery for my arming coat / gambeson :)

2016-07 - Racaire - arming coat - embroidery - SCA - chain stitch embellishment - hand embroideryAfter adding all the eyelets and buttonholes, I took a look at my finished arming coat. Well, what shall I say – it looked nice but also very plain and boring! And I definitely don’t like to look plain or boring in my new arming coat!

Therefore I decided to extend my work at the arming coat project by adding some nice embellishment. And the easiest way for me to add some “bling” is to add some embroidery! Well, why not, some embroidery will definitely not hurt my arming coat… 😉

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SCA Heavy Fighting – working at my arming coat / gambeson :)

2016-07 - Racaire - SCA - heavy fighting - arming coat - gambeson - sewing - garb - battle - female fighting - female SCA fightersAnd before someone else drops the question again about the progress of my armor for SCA heavy fighting and why I am still not in armor… Guys, it’s not finished yet! …I am still working at my arming coat! Really! I swear! *lol*

Well, I hate to admit it but this is not my first arming coat project. Though I’ve never finished my very first attempt of an arming coat, I am quite positive that this new project will be quite different. And I am working hard to make it a success so I can finally mark the arming coat project off my list.

Yeah, it’s true, I started an arming coat project already many years ago. But despite all the work I put into my very first attempt, I actually never got past the initial work of building a padded body form. Well, I guess that you know this kind of project – the more work you put into it, the more disappointed you get with the result. After some time I decided to call it quits and started working at some other projects which promised much better and more satisfying results…
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