About the Company
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Purpose

The Worshipful Company of Broderers is a craft guild that exists within the Kingdom of Lochac in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The aim of the Company is to advance the study and practice of pre-1600AD European needlework in Lochac and in the Known World.

The Company has its origins in the Lochac Needleworkers Guild. This guild was started by Lady Marit the Wanderer in AS XXI (1987) and was active for many years before lapsing. The Company was recreated in its new form by Mistress Bess Haddon of York and Mistress Keredwin the Mouse in AS XXXII (1998).

The Worshipful Company of Broderers of Lochac bases its structure and activities on those of the European embroiderers' guilds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where this is practical and desirable. "Broderers", "Broiderers" "Brouderers" are all variations on the term "Embroiderers", derived from the French word broder meaning 'to embellish'. All versions were in use during this period.

Activities

The Company undertakes a wide range of activities, to encourage our members to explore new techniques, increase our knowledge and skill and support the Kingdom of Locahc.

Armoury

The original badge of the Company was inherited from our predecessor, the Lochac Needleworkers Guild. It was registered with the SCA College of Heralds in 1987 as: Gules, two pairs of closed scissors in saltire, Or.

WCOB deviceIn recent years, the Company went through the process of acquiring a new device in more period style, based on those used by the London Livery Companies, but retaining links with the device of the original Needleworkers guild. Our first suggestion was: Gules, a chevron between three shears Or. Sadly, this conflicted with a registered device and so Crux herald suggested some alternatives. After much discussion, the universal view of the company was for: Gules, a chevron cotised between three shears Or. The new device has now been registered and forms the central part of our new banner.

For more information on how the Company is organised, refer to the Structure and Ordinances.

To contact the Company, or join our email discussion list, refer to Contacts.