I do a lot of different kinds of needlework—cross stitch, needlepoint, petit point, crewel—and am beginning to find uses for them in the SCA. I am also working on beading in a number of different contexts—kumihimo weaving, garb, embroidery, and on leather. I am also a member of Athena's Thimble, the East Kingdom wide embroidery guild.

Here is some of my work:

I embroidered roundels that I turned into slips for the Keeper awards that I have received (Light, Arrow, Chalice) as well as a Sagittarius, and a badge for the Grand Master Bowman (also an original chart, such as it is), and turned it into a "brag rag", a favor to display my awards. I appliqued them onto the linen favor, and trimmed it with a kumihimo cord I braided. This photo was taken by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse at the King's and Queen's Arts and Sciences competition (where it was entered). Of course, the favor is now incomplete, since at that same event, I was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent.
I finally finished making charts for all the Quintavia Keeper awards (click on it for larger image). I have now received both the Keeper of the Light (for service) and the Golden Arrow (for archery). The others are the Chalice (for arts), the Torse (for heavy list combat), and the Silver Blade (for rapier combat).
I had the honor of making the headpiece for the elevation of Nest verch Tangwistel to the Order of the Laurel. Nest likes beading, but requested a headpiece that would not tangle in her long hair. So I decided to make beaded laurel leaves and attach them to a leather band. Making the leaves was a challenge. This was my first time beading, but I had been looking at ways of doing freestyle beaded objects, so I knew I would do them using a peyote stitch. I created my own pattern for the leaves. They were made using size 11 seed beads in emerald and lime green. The first picture if of the leaves in progress, the second two of the finished headpiece.


This is a petit point piece done on 28-count evenweave, using continental tent stitch with 3 strands of DMC floss. The image is the badge for the Quintavia Keeper of the Light award, a service award I received in June 2008 and passed on in December 2009. I made two badges because I was giving it as a joint award to a husband and wife. I charted the design myself, and made it into a pendant. Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood provided me with very helpful instruction on how to make it.
When I made my Russian court garb, I wanted to do some embroidery on the collar. I copied the pattern for these griffins from a leather headpiece I have. I used chain stitch for the upper body (to simulate feathers), and a short/long satin stitch for the lower body, satin stitch in silver thread for the beak, and outlined in silver thread.