Greetings All -
First thank-you for your patience on this project.
At the November meeting, the Regalia Commission approved the final
designs for the Kneeling Carpets by Mistress Anne of Bradford.
Unfortunately, there arose from the discussion a question about using
one of the elements from a heraldic point of view. It was researched
and determined that one element was held by an individual as a badge in
another Kingdom. Once this conflict is resolved, the final charts for
the carpets can be generated. Meanwhile, during the next few weeks the
people who originally volunteered for the project will be contacted to
determine their continuing interest in the project. In addition,
supplies will be ordered to do final determinations for color, yarn
type, quantity of yarn required, etc.
The design includes the following design elements - multiple interlace
borders, the devices for The West, Mists, Cynagua and Oertha, overall
trellis pattern background, and central motif oak leaf wreath and
Due to the intricacy of the design, this project will require a high
degree of uniformity of stitching and detail work. The needleworkers
will asked to:
- read and follow a chart
- do the continental stitch throughout the piece to ensure front and
- work with multiple plys of wool yarn
- work with multiple colors easily (possibly use multiple needles as
the same time)
- keep a relatively uniform tension on the stitches (x number of inches
of thread to y number of stitches) on 10 count canvas
- work on a frame - approximately 2' x 2'
- complete their portion of the project within a given time frame (6-8
months during 2006)
Assuming we can use the current center motif, the center sections will
not be divided. Therefore, the center sections will go to 2 sets of
people who are willing to work in teams.
In addition, we will need 2 assemblers. These assemblers will put the
sections together. Stitch the connecting pattern lines. Stitch an
outer band. Stitch the edging. Block the rug if needed. Add the lining,
rug tape, and backing.
Lastly, the carpets will need to have canvas carryalls made for them to
travel safely and be stored when not in use.
This is a big project, but with the many skilled hands of our
needleworkers, the rugs will finally emerge to add to our Kingdom's
Sabrina de la Bere
Guild Patron (and thread wrangler)