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No way! This is eerie. I just recently got back into the SCA. Just recently began finding my niche. On the exact day that I decided to start doing fiber arts, this community was born. That is so creepy awesome.

Anyway! This is your friendly babbling unnamed as of yet viking from Knight's Crossing, Drachenwald. You can call me babbling twit. ~_^

I am so new to embroidery and all things fabric art and SCA that just yesterday I learned how to chain stitch and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Any tutorials, tips, help, cheering or jeering would be awesome. I have a project in mind for myself but...I'm at a loss on how to do it or how to even go about doing it. I've seen on other blogs and sites that some people use alternative materials to do the embroidery on and then applique it to the garment. What is the merits of this if any? What sort of materials should I use? Would it be advisable? Is it period? Where can I get period dyed and made embroidery floss? Does that matter in an A&S entry?

Hopeless Newbie, Humbled Before Your August and Magnanimous Wisdom,

Unnamed Viking Babbling Twit of Knight's Crossing Drachenwald (you can call me Nemmy for now XD)



Oct. 18th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
SO when I make an A&S submission it has to be from my period? Blast! I only chose viking because 1) it's easy for beginners, 2) they like shinies (and so do I!) and 3) I was under the impression that while they themselves did not make a whole lot of stuff they showed their wealth by showing off their imported goods. :(
Oct. 18th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Um, no, not at all. I'm not sure how I gave that impression. You don't have to stick to your chosen period in anything.

My understanding is that the Norse certainly did show off imported golds--applied gold and silk bands and all--but that this was a more common form of decoration than motif-applique or embroidery (aside from seam finishes). But again, I'm really not expert on Norse stuff.
Oct. 18th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh! I'm sorry I misunderstood you because you were talking about the Norse and applique and I had it in my head about the A&S thing. I'm so sorry. *blush*
Oct. 18th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I mentioned Norse because I wasn't sure what you wanted to focus on. Norse is really interesting (especially for tablet weaving), but probably wouldn't be my first choice for embroidery projects.

Incidentally, I'd probably start with a small, manageable first embroidery project that you'd use a lot. A cloak--especially one with a repetitive design--is the kind of project it's easy to burn out on.