More German Brick Stitch embroidery – Needle Roll 2 & 3 finished :D

Racaire - German Brick Stitch - Needle Roll 2 & 3 finished

You maybe remember my first “Craft with Racaire” project #1. The needle roll tutorial with German Brick Stitch embroidery which I recently posted.

I was very pleased with my new German Brick Stitch pattern and the finished embroidery for the first needle roll. Furthermore I also tremendously enjoyed working with the beautiful new silk/wool thread I just got from the yarn shop.

Like always, this are more then enough great reasons for me to became playful and creative. This time I decided to play around with my German Brick Stitch pattern #2 and to try out two new pattern ideas I had on my mind. The German Brick Stitch pattern #2 is already a simplified version of my German Brick Stitch pattern #1 and both new pattern ideas are based on this simplified German Brick Stitch pattern #2.

Though I just finished the embroidery for my 14th century French pouch commission, I was not able to proceed with the assembling of the pouch before I had all needed materials together, pre-washed and ironed. Preparing the materials for the pouch commission, I wanted to work at some embroidery. That was the moment when I remembered that I had some embroidery – well, this German Brick Stitch embroidery – still waiting to be turned into needle rolls and I decided to get back to this embroidered bands and to assemble the needle rolls…

…and like always, I have some pictures for you – enjoy! 😀

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Medieval Embroidery Basics – how to start a new thread / “sew in the thread” :)

Racaire 2012 - Meridien Grand Tourney - MGT - Kingdom of MeridiesI normally don’t care much about the “basic” techniques I use because… Well, actually there is no because – I “just”use them. Though they come rather natural to me, it seems like they are not so basic to others like I thought.

While I was chatting with a member of my blog about my recent tutorials, I was rather surprised to get to know that what I considered “common” knowledge was rather new to her.

Therefore I decided for the future also to take a look at my simple and basic steps and to share them from time to time. I am starting today by adding the new category “Basic” to my blog and by writing my first posting about one way to start a new thread. That’s pretty basic, isn’t it.

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Craft with Racaire – Project #1 – Step 5.3 – finishing – fast and easy tassels… :)

This posting is about:

“how to make fast and easy tassels…”
…at the end of a cord.

Yes, there is a very fast and rather easy way to make this cute small tassels which you can see at the picture underneath:

Craft with Racaire - Project 1 - Needle-roll 1 - fast and easy tassels

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Craft with Racaire – Project #1 – Step 4 – medieval finishing technique for the border :)

Seam treatment at the border - RacaireOk, first we started with some embroidery and embroidered a nice “stripe” of fabric using a medieval embroidery technique – “German Brick Stitch” for our very first “Craft with Racaire” project – a small embroidered needle-roll.

…and yesterday I showed you in my detailed photo tutorial how to assemble the needle-roll.

Today I put together another very detailed photo tutorial for you. In this photo tutorial I will show you a nice medieval (or like some people like to call it: “period”) technique for the seam treatment at the borders. Continue reading

Craft with Racaire – Project #1 – Step 3 – basic assembling of the needle-roll

Welcome to step 3.1 of my first project for “Craft with Racaire” – this time we assemble the needle-roll.

In my opinion needle-rolls are a perfect little gift for everyone who uses needles in one way or another. Years ago I got my very first needle roll from my dear friend Gunnhild from Hamburg. It already shows several signs of usage because I took it with me wherever I travelled. To Germany, Finland, England, Sweden and even to the USA. This lovely small needle roll still contains all my sewing and embroidery needles and reminds me of my friend and the events we both went to…

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Sneak Peak – Craft with Racaire – Needle-roll #1

2014-02-26_12_52_50_racaireGreat news! I just finished my Craft with Racaire – Project #1 – needle-roll #1.

…and I took more than plenty pictures for some nice tutorials for you. Pictures like the ones of how I assembled the needle-roll and how I made this small tassels. They are just waiting for me to turn them into some nice tutorials for you. 🙂

My project #2 is also already finished – my gaming pouch for my 14th century backgammon game box – I just need to take some pictures of the finished pouch for you as soon as I find some time for it.

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Craft with Racaire – Needle-roll #1 & German Brick Stitch Pattern #2


Embroidery comes rather naturally to me but I learned during my last 9 years of blogging, holding classes at SCA events and explaining techniques to friends that unfortunately not everyone is also as fortunate.

In the past this was just one more reason for me to make tutorials and to share my knowledge and my technique “insights” on my blog. As long as I can handle a camera, a tablet and a computer I won’t stop doing it, I promise. Nevertheless, as some people could tell you who already met me in real life, I just love “talking” about my craft & hobby. Posting on my blog is just another way to talk about my craft. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy to be posting again after the break where my blog was offline. During the last days I was working at putting this posting together for you – even while I was sitting in the underground or tramway on my way through Vienna… *lol*


Wile I was working at the following German Brick Stitch pattern chart for my pattern #2, I thought about which extra information I could provide you. Information that could make it easier for you to get started with German Brick Stitch.

Well, I remembered some rather common mistakes which even happen to me from time to time when I don’t pay attention. As well as the small tricks I developed for myself while I was working at several German Brick Stitch projects during the last years.


Therefore I decided to go a little further than just giving you a German Brick Stitch Pattern chart. To also to provide you with information how to read it, to get started and what you can do to ease your life while you are working at it and how you can speed up your embroidery a little…

I think it is important to like what you do to create lovely embroidery. Knowledge can help against the usual frustration points many beginners to embroidery face while they are working at embroidery. I am sure that also you know some projects of this kind – projects put aside for later, already many years ago, or just forgotten or neglected…

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Craft with Racaire – Needle-roll #1

german-brick-stitch_generalBefore I “restarted” my new blog, I told a friend of mine that I have many possible projects I could start with for my new section “Craft with Racaire”.

I told her that I could start with a German Brick Stitch needle-roll, a Klosterstich needle-book, a 12th century fillet, a Reliquary box with bead embroidery based on a rather rare 13th century Pearl Ciborium or based on a period extant piece, another pull-over dress/underdress with revisiting my last recent pattern, a tight fitted bliaut, a linen veil with a period bird pattern, the “We have Dragons” project, a pouch, a hood with daggings,… – just to name a few possibilities. …and yes, all projects were thought to include more or less embroidery like German Brick Stitch, Klosterstich, Refilsaum,…

I asked her what she would like to see as my first project. She replied, a needle-roll would be good to start with. I admit that this was not really the answer I expected. *lol* But well, I thought, then let’s make a needle roll. I am sure that I and furthermore also you too – with my instructions and help – can do a lovely small needle-roll with German Brick Stitch embroidery rather easily. 😀

…and I anyway need an embroidered gift for my “thank you gift package” for my “Patches for Racaires 12th century wedding dress project” fun project – don’t forget, one lot per patch. Like always, the lucky winner gets all and in this special case Racaire’s “thank you gift package”.

Btw. if you are interested into seeing & learning one of the above mentioned techniques or would like to see one of them as my next “Craft with Racaire” project & tutorial – just let me know. I already have technical fact sheets for Klosterstich & Refilsaum ready. Short note before I return to the topic – I still have all my old postings and photos I shared with you during the last 9 years in my archives – if you want to see a special one of them reblogged or revisited, let me know.

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Needle-roll #1 with German Brick Stitch #2

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Medieval Embroidery – German Brick Stitch Pattern #1

After all the hours which I spent working at German Brick Stitch chart(s) today and yesterday, I am happy to say that I just finished the German Brick Stitch Pattern #2 for my first “Craft with Racaire” project. But this is Pattern #2 and I haven’t re-uploaded Pattern #1 yet – therefore I decided to start with my German Brick Stitch Pattern #1.

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I am quite sure some of you will remember the pattern and/or my handout with the pattern chart, which you can see at the picture on the left side. I uploaded it to my blog and a download link for it can be found at the new page “German Brick Stitch“, which is a sub-page of the new “Premium” (Content) page in the header menu. Yes, the new “German Brick Stitch” page with all the download links is just accessible for members of my blog with Premium membership.

Btw. here a picture of the pouch with the German Brick Stitch Pattern #1 I embroidered:

Small German Brick Stitch Pouch

…and a look at my tassels:

Small embroidered tassels

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Hint: I shared this pattern before therefore you can still find a smaller version of my upload of this handout with the chart for pattern #1 among my photos at my facebook fanpage.

During the last weeks I took the time and did what I wanted to do for a rather long time now. I reworked the page with my German Brick Stitch Pattern #1 – it has 2 pages now and the American “letter” format. You can see page one of the reworked handout on the right side. The download link for it can also be found on the above mentioned new “German Brick Stitch” page. I took the freedom to also add some very helpful links concerning the German Brick Stitch technique to this page. Continue reading