Royal Summer Cloaks
During her reign, Countess Eilis ni Roibeard
O'Boirne commissioned a set of summer cloaks to
be made for the Western Royalty to wear each year
when they visit Pennsic. The cloaks were designed
to be something that would truly represent our
Kingdom: Down the front edges of both cloaks will
be embroidered patches of the Kings (or Queens)
arms, the 3 Principalities arms (Mists, Cynagua,
& Oertha), and the arms of the 3 Baronies
at the furthest borders of The Marches (Allyshia,
Tarnmist & the Far West). The remaining arms
of each group in the Kingdom will be embroidered
& appliquéd around the edges of the
We have many volunteers from all over the Kingdom
working on this project. Those stitchers were
allowed to choose any combination of stitches
they wished, as long as the design is filled in
completely. All patches will need to be completed
& returned to Felicia by March Crown 2009. The cloaks were
presented at June Crown 2009.
Project completed June 2010
Click on Photo to see more.
Scissors Cases Project
From this point on, the Royalty will be exchanging
gift baskets at Pennsic with only one other Kingdom
(which will be chosen in a yearly drawing), eliminating
the need for multiple gifts for the baskets. However,
there are other Inter-Kingdom events where the
Royalty also exchange gifts, so the Service Project
for 2009 was scissors cases for Estrella. Since
we didn’t know for sure how many kingdoms
would be at Estrella, we did not require a particular
design (i.e. Queen’s Rose) or color scheme
to be used. We did encourage the use
of silver in the project in some way (buttons
or thread or beads or fabric), in commemoration
of Estrella's 25th "silver" anniversary.
As you can see here,
we would up with a wide variety of stitch styles
& techniques for the scissors cases. You can
see additional examples of scissor cases that
were made by some of our members for the Scissors
Case Exchange back in October 2007.
Crown 2008 -- Kingdom Silent Auction
As the Guild continues to serve our kingdom,
we collaborated to help raise funds to procure
a 52+ ft trailer which will be kept on the Pennsic
site to store all of West Kingdom's Pennsic regalia.
The Kingdom has offered to pay the yearly storage
fee if enough funds can be raised by the populace
to purchase the trailer. The coordinator for this
fundraising effort, Viscountess Ysabella Dolfin,
hosted a fundraising auction at June Crown of
To assist in this fundraising effort, the Guild's
2008 service project was to have volunteers make
selected items to be donated to this auction.
The materials, embroidery techniques, choice of
design, size and length were left to each needleworker.
Some projects included sets of napkins, a haversack,
a set of buttons, and a tablecloth; these items
can be viewed here.
The items donated were fantastic and there was
a steady stream of bidders, despite the heat.
Thanks to the long list of hugely talented needleworkers
(below) who contributed items for the auction,
a total of $861.00 was raised!
Annora de Montfort
Chiara la Trombottiera
Elizabeth of the Blue Rose
Ellen of the Western Wind
Evaine ni MacGreger
Jania of Call Duck Manor
Jocelyn of Rowenwood
Katrina the Prude
Sorcha Fhionn inghean ui Ruairc
Thyri de Peel
Twelfth Night 2008 --
Guild Silent Auction
The Guild's Silent Auction was a great success!
The Guild had a prime location by the entryway
to the feast hall, and our tables were overflowing
with 24 items for auction. The Guild made a total
of $600 to fund future guild activities and service
projects. Photos of some of the auction items
can still be enjoyed on
the following page.
Sets of napkins were embroidered by Aurelia de
Montfort, Jania of Call Duck Manor, Catherine
Lorraine, myself, and Micheila MacCallum (who
did 2 sets). Bookmarks were embroidered by Vivianne
of Cynagua, Morgana yr Oerfa, Evaine ni MacGreger,
Adriana Tacita, and Judith of Stormholde (who
donated 4 bookmarks!). A set of 3 trim pieces
for 2 cuffs and a collar was embroidered by Aelia
Apollonia. Pouches were created by Lucia Thaylur,
Chiara la Trombottiera (who made 2 pouches!),
and Caiterina nic Sheamus (who even embroidered
a wonderful game board to go inside the pouch).
Needlecases were embroidered by Arabella McHargue,
Sorcha Fhionn Inghean ui Ruairc, Thyri de Peel,
and Theiadora Groves (who donated 2 needlecases!).
Royal Rose Napkins
The 2007 service project for the guild was a
set of napkins for each kingdom embroidered with
the Royal Rose. These napkins were presented to
Their Majesties to help fill the baskets of largesse
for their travels to Pennsic. Photos of the completed
napkins can be viewed on
Seeing some of the problems that occur when
there are only kneeling pillows, Mistress Anne
of Bradford offered to design two kneeling carpets
for our Kingdom - His and Hers. Each carpet is
approximately 3'x4' each. The design included
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 crown.
Sabrina de la Bere is currently working on a
web page of the history of the development of
the carpets; a link to that page will be added
here when it is complete.
Royal Rose Needlecases
The Pennsic 2006 service project was rose needlecases
for every kingdom’s queen. The needlecase
was modeled after the blackwork needlecase kit
the guild offers, but the design was a rose in
the colors of each kingdom. The needlecases were
presented to Their Majesties at June Crown, and
were exceptionally well received!
Photos of the completed needlecases can be viewed
Traveling Bags Project
This service project was for carry-all bags
to be used by Their Majesties to carry gifts for
each Kingdom where carrying baskets are impractical.
Our needleworkers choose their own embroidery
techniques, fabrics, and thread and embroidered
each Kingdom's heraldic arms on a 6" x 6" square
which was appliquéd onto a canvas bag. A complete
set of bags was taken out to Pennsic in 2004,
where they were well-received.
Some of the completed bags can be seen in the
section of the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild
Queen's Pouches Project
Coordinated by Mistress Isela di Bari OP OL --
this was a special project for the Queen's Gift
Chest that was begun about five years ago. The
objective was to have pouches for Their Majesties
to present to each of the other Kingdoms at Pennsic,
both 2001 and 2002. Each pouch displays the "Royal
Rose" of that Kingdom and has been embroidered
with much care, skill and artistry. 16 pouches
were delivered and presented at Pennsic 2001.
A number were also presented in 2002, and more
will be presented later this year.
If you would like to see some of the Rose pouches,
visit the Queens' Pouches