I am an embroidery geek (since about 2001),
a member of the SCA (since 28. July 2004) and I was the guild head of the Dragon’s Needle Embroidery Guild of the SCA Kingdom of Drachenwald (September 2007 – December 2012).
I don’t think that my life is interesting, but some people tend to say that my embroidery is…
SCA-Awards I received till now:
- AoA-Award – July 2005 – event: Hunting Season – Kingdom of Drachenwald
- Panache – October 2006 – event: Crown Tourney - Kingdom of Drachenwald
- Meridian Cross – September 2012 – event: Meridian Grand Tournament – Kingdom of Meridies
During my childhood I loved to read books about the medieval times, like the “Nibelungensage”, “Artussage”, … – about Parzival, Lanzelot and other great knights and their adventures. During the secondary school I read the “Lord of the Ring” trilogy and I used to play MERS (MERP – Middle Earth Role Playing) and many other roleplaying games for several years.
The first time I got to know about medieval markets was about 2000 / 2001 in Kaltenberg, Germany – I enjoyed the colors, the beautiful dresses, the tournament, … and decided that I wanted to do something similar. I really hated handicrafts at school but I decided to sew my very first dress – I bought some linen fabric and because I had no sewing machine, I sewed my very first dress by hand according to a pattern which I found in a magazine called “Karfunkel” – I have to admit that the pattern didn’t work but with some adjustments it was quite nice and wearable. As soon as the dress was finished, I thought it could need some nice extra decoration on it and tried to do embroidery for the very first time – I still love to wear this dress - I enjoyed working at the embroidery so much, that I also started to embroider other things…
About 2004 I got to know about the SCA and joined the society. I learned the Refilsaum and the Klosterstich-technique and started to learn more and more period embroidery techniques and still think that there are plenty embroidery techniques which I still have to discover…
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