The overall objective of the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild is to encourage historic needlework. The purpose of the Guild Programs are to offer a forum for those who wish to measure their progress and skill in a self-paced non-competitive environment. It is our hope that we can continue to meet these goals through our various programs.
Apprentice Program (Discontinued)
The "Apprentice" program has been discontinued as of September 2006 and has been replaced with the current programs of Sojourner and Broderer. Any pieces turned in for evaluation from this point will be applied to one of these programs.
If you have completed the old "Apprentice" Program and hold the title of Needmaster, and wish to retain that title, you may do so, but in the future completing a Category simply means you have finished a Category, and learned techniques within that category.... and does not imply a level or rank within the Guild.
A “Sojourner” is someone taking a journey, who may stay for a while in one place, then move on to another. This program is a journey through historical needlework, for the individual who wishes to explore the many different stitching techniques used in Medieval and Renaissance embroidery.
The Sojourner Program does not imply or carry any ranking within the Guild. We are all students of the art of embroidery; some of us have been walking that path a little longer than others, but we all hold the same rank, that of students of embroidery.
To participate in this program:
The links for each category below will lead you to a Historical Information page, where you can find links to instructions on the web for most of the stitches and techniques in the program. Among the instructional links are also some resources of historical needlework. We hope these links help you get started exploring needlework. Naturally, for more personal help, take a class at a West Kingdom event or consult one of our Guild Mentors.
Note that each section has a space for "Other" and we hope the more adventurous of our members will use this as an opportunity to try techniques not specifically listed.The Guild is open to adding other techniques to this list if they can be documented. Please consult with the Guild Minister if you have an idea about a technique you'd like to submit.
For a PDF handout of this program, please visit our Guild Yahoo Group, WKNeedle, and look in the Files section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WKneedle/files/Sojourner%20Program/
This program is designed for the individual who wishes to explore the many facets of period embroidery.
The Broderer program does not imply or carry any ranking within the Guild.
To complete the Broderer Program, stitch 6 pieces of embroidery. Your finished pieces may all be from one Style, or as many as six different Styles, that choice is up to you. Your pieces must have documentation, be evaluated by three people consisting of two Laurels and a third person the Guild Minister shall appoint, and you must display your work at a Guild display either at 12th Night or at another Guild function.
Documentation shall consist of, but shall not be limited to, answering the following questions:
The Styles are:
For a PDF handout of this program, please visit our Guild Yahoo Group, WKNeedle, and look in the Files section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WKneedle/files/Broderer%20Program/
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