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Hi, all! I'm not an SCA member (I would love to be, but the nearest chapter is more than a thousand miles away...) but I thought you would be the best people to ask about this project!

I've conceived the desire to make a replica of the banner of Gil-galad (as designed for the Lord of the Rings films), but I basically have no idea where to start. My experience with fiber arts is limited to a few cross-stitch projects; I have no experience with other embroidery stitches or applique. So, I have no idea what techniques I should use.

I'm most worried about the curling tendrils (applique? embroidery? if embroidery, what stitch?) but any advice you could give me on making any part would be fantastic and much appreciated. I know I'll have to practice before I can tackle the project itself, but first I need to know what to practice!

Thanks in advance. :)



Jun. 11th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
And just so you'll know -- you don't have to be in the proximity of a local group to join the SCA. Just sayin ... Granted 1000 miles is a bit much, but you can play with us over the interwebz and stuff.

and if you're couching, you could couch a number of threads for the thicker parts -- and when you get to the tips, you're down to one thread. If you're using something like DMC pearl cotton, then you scan switch over to regular embroidery floss for the points too.
Jun. 11th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the tips on how to couch the...well, the tips! ;P Particularly for the idea of switching between materials.

Hmm, I'll think about joining long-distance over the internet, but I'd still be pretty lonely out here... maybe I'll wait until I live in the States, which I'm planning to do someday.
Jun. 11th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
May I ask where you live? Is it a possibility that there are folks that are close to you that might be interested?

And, yeah. I understand. Granted the closest local group is only an hour away, but I'm in the south of Meridies -- and the closest groups are 1 to 1.5 hours away. It's difficult for me to attend events. I've been to one this year. And my family is 400 miles away. The internet & the SCA-net keeps me going some days!
Jun. 12th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Most Asia-Pacific branches are organized around the bases of US forces. Are you close enough to a base that you might be able to get something started with those folks?

Even if you don't have a group to play with, it might be worth it for you to subscribe to The Compleat Anachronist or Tournaments Illuminated, as they are known to have articles of interest for crafty folk.