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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My PCS scroll from Drachenwald arrived! :D

2015-07_Racaire_my-PCS-scrollToday a great surprise arrived me via mail – my PCS scroll from Drachenwald is here!

And though a good part of the envelope didn’t survive the long way from Europe to its final destination here in Kentucky/USA, the scroll was fortunately packed very well. Therefore I am very happy to say that my beautiful PCS scroll reached me unharmed and unbend.

At this point I would like to express my sincere gratitude to King Makarius and his lovely Queen Izabella – Their Royal Majesties of the Kingdom of Drachenwald – for bestowing this “Popular Company of Sojourners” award upon me. This beautiful farewell means a lot to me and I will do my best to do justice to this honor. Thank you very much!

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Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework is back – a new year & fresh beginning…

Racaire in front of the "Germanische National Museum" in Nürnberg/Germany

Racaire in front of the “Germanische National Museum” in Nürnberg/Germany

Happy Valentine day to you! 😀

I thought this special day would be perfect for the fresh re-beginning of “Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework”.

Yes, like some of you might have already noticed, my blog – Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework – was down for some time. After nearly 9 years of blogging with ca. 2.300 postings, it was time for a fresh beginning. A new beginning with a “virgin” blog and the possibility to protect my photos/ work/ research from further misuse.

Well, already about 4-5 years ago I started to run into my work/photos at other blogs and websites without references and/or links back to me at a rather regular basis and even worse cases of misuse…

The misuse of my knowledge, my works, my handouts and my pictures by others without my permission did hurt me deeply. Based on my experience in the past I decided to divide my blog into several sections.

I used my “time-out” to build up a new empty “Racaire’s Embroidery & Needlework” blog with a membership system behind it. That means that you will still be able to see some of my content – just not all the project related photos, close-up-photos, links, tutorials, free PDFs,… if you are not a member of my blog.

…like the 3 PDFs I recently finished – 2 PDFs with basic embroidery technique overviews for medieval embroidery which focus mainly on the stitches accompanied by some embroidered examples from my personal embroidery portfolio. I started with technique tutorials for Klosterstich and Refilsaum. I also revisited and restyled the PDF with my first German Brick Stitch pattern. All 3 PDFs are in American “letter” format – meant to be printed and collected in a ring binder if someone wishes to do so.

Yes, a new year, a new blog, a fresh beginning – therefore let me introduce myself to you first, before I post something about my embroidery:

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