The Company bases its structure on those of the European embroiderers' guilds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with officers and a formal set of ranks.
The Company has three offices:
Guildmaster: Viscountess Mistress Rowan Perigrynne
The Guildmaster (who may be male or female, in keeping with period practice) guides the company in practical matters and is the ceremonial head of the guild. The Guildmaster is elected by the Masters of the Guild from within their ranks.
Patron: Duke Gabriel du Beamont
The Patron sponsors the activities of the Company, providing prizes for the quarterly competitions and the championship. The Patron must have an interest in fostering needlework in Lochac and a willingness to support this in a practical manner, and is selected from within the ranks of Lochac's royal peerage.
The Champion is the premier of the Company, selected by the Guildmaster on the quality of their work during the previous year, especially work submitted as entries in the Company's series of annual competitions.
The Company is structured with three ranks, to which any member of the Company may aspire: Apprentice (apprendre - "to learn"); Journeyman (journe - "day" - originally men hired to work by the day) and Master.
For details, see the Company Ordinances.
Ranks may be updated throughout the year, but are formally recognised at the Guilds Event each year, where new apprentices, journeymen and masters are officially declared.
The Company includes many other non-ranked embroiders of all levels of skill and experience. Although they have not submitted their work to the Masters and are not listed here, many of these gentles are nevertheless very active members of the Company. You will see some of their names appearing in pages on competitions, presentations, projects, etc.
The members at each rank are listed below, together the works that gained them recognition, where this is known.
Masters have presented 5 works in different techniques at master level, or been recognised by the Order of the Laurel for embroidery (some members of the Company are members of the Order of the Laurel for excellence in other arts).
Only masterworks and presentation pieces are listed here. Select linked names to see examples of their works.
|Mistress Acacia de Navarre||St Florian de la Riviere|| |
Mistress of the Laurel in embroidery.
|Mistress Bess Haddon of York||Rowany||Mistress of the Laurel in embroidery. Former Guildmaster.|
Masterworks: Splitstitch pouch.
Presentations: Pattern darned towel
|Mistress Contarina la Bianca||River Haven||Masterworks: Intarsia LOG pouch, Heraldic surcoat, Goldwork dragon, Backwork cap, Cross stitch Carpet, hand stitched 14thc gown|
Presentations: Blackwork cap
|Mistress Kareina Talvi Tytar||Ynys Fawr||West Kingdom Laurel for handsewing|
|Viscountess Mistress Keridwen the Mouse||Rowany||Mistress of the Laurel in embroidery. Former Guildmaster, former Patron. |
Masterworks: Couched silverwork, Split stitch napkins, Beaded dress, coif & doublet, Blackwork favour & pincushion, Blackwork shirt, Drawn thread lace
Presentations: Split stitch napkins; Beaded henin
|Viscountess Mistress Rowan Perigrynne||Politarchopolis||Current Guildmaster, former Patron, former Champion.|
Masterworks: Blackwork cap, Viking woolwork cuffs, Lochac carpet, LOG pouch designs, Islamic girdle, Research and design.
Presentations: Viking woolwork cuffs; Blackwork cuff design, Applique design, Elizabethan cuff design
|Mistress Vittoria del Fiore||Stormhold||Mistress of the Laurel in embroidery.|
Presentations: Applique cushions.
Journeymen have presented 3 works in different techniques at journeyman level or above.
All graded works and presentation pieces are listed here. Select linked names to see examples of their works.
|Mistress Adrienne Fildying de Faux||Stormhold|| |
Masterworks: Holbein stitch handkerchief
|Mistress Alarice Beatrix von Thal||Rowany||Former Champion (twice)|
Masterworks: Blackwork cap, Cross stitch towel, Needlewoven towel
Journeyman: Couched cloak, Crossstitch pillow case, German counted pouch and box
Presentation: German counted box, Beaded breastband.
|Master Bartolomeo Giancristoforo Agazzari||Rowany||Masterworks: Elizabethan slips, Kingdom cloaks|
Journeyman: Laid and couched doublet
|Lady Caera Sionnach||Politarchopolis||Masterwork: Goldwork cushions, Elizabethan sweetbag, Blackwork collars|
Apprentice: Frankish Gold cuffs
|Lady Catalina da Gata||Aneala||Journeyman: Lefkara lace, Couched dress, German beaded breastband|
|Mistress Hunydd verch Madyn Duy|| Rowany ||Masterworks: Elizabethan sweet bag, Applique cushion, Voided work towel|
Journeyman: German counted thread pouch
|Lady Jane Stockton||Mordenvale||Former Champion. |
Masterworks: Voided altercloth, Blackwork shirt, Anglosaxon tunic
Journeyman: German counted thread pouch, Split stitch badges, Scandinavian couching
Presentations: Split stitch badge, Viking woolwork cuffs
|Lady Katerina de Brescia||Innilgard||Masterworks: Split stitch stockings|
Journeyman: Split stitch doublet, Blackwork coif, Goldwork A&S pouch
|Mistress Marienna Jensdatter||Darton||Masterworks: Maaseik dress|
Journeyman: Blackwork shirt, Wool couched tunic, Goldwork capuchon
Presentation: Viking woolwork designs
|Mistress Miriam Galbraith||Stormhold||Masterworks: Applique couched dress, Goldwork byzantine dress|
Journeyman: Blackwork cuffs, Pattern darned towel,
Presentation: Pattern darned towel, Applique hanging
|Mistress Muirghein ni Grainne||Politarchopolis||Masterworks: Metalwork hawk badge|
Journeyman: Split stitch favour, Couched cloak, Blackwork cushions
Presentation: Blackwork partlet
|Mistress Oonagh O'Neill ||Politarchopolis||Masterworks: Shisha shawl|
Journeyman: Blackwork partlet & handerchief, Beadwork partlet
|Mistress Selivia de l'Estoile||Politarchopolis||Former Champion|
Masterworks: Splitstitch Fulda fragment
Journeyman: Bayeux tapestry hanging, Drawn thread pouch.
Presentation: Embroidered towel.
Apprentices have presented at least one work at apprentice level or above, including company project work.
Graded works and presentation pieces are listed here. Select linked names to see examples of their works.
|Baroness Aelfryth of Saxony||Politarchopolis||Journeyman: Elizabethan cloak|
|Lady Aeron Lasair||Rowany|| |
Masterworks: Goldwork Byzantine cuffs
|Lady Amelot de Akeney||Politarchopolis|| |
Presentation: Blackwork griffin sleeves
|Lady Beatrice la Rossa||Innilgard||Masterworks: Russian split stitch rubakha|
|Baroness Beatrice Malatesta||River Haven||Apprentice: Satin stitch favour|
|Baroness Cicilia Lyon||Ildhafn||Masterworks: German counted-thread cushion|
|Lady Constance de Coligny||Ildhafn||Journeyman: Handsewn tunic|
Apprentice: Tafl board
Presentation: Viking woolwork cuffs
|Lady Dominica de Zeragoza||Rowany||Apprentice: Blackwork towel, Blackwork tablecloth|
|Master Drake Morgan||Innilgard|| |
Journeyman: Blackwork shift
|Mistress Elayne Montjoy||Stormhold||Masterworks: Applique pouch, Beaded breastband|
|Lady Emma de Lastone||Krae Glas||Apprentice: Banner piece?|
|Lady Esclarmonde de Toure||River Haven||Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece, Lochac cloak piece|
|Fina Ingen ui Scolaighe||River Haven||Journeyman: Bayeux style pouch|
|Mistress Fionnabhair ingean ui Mheadhra||Stowe on the Wold||Apprentice: Lochac cloak piece, WCoB Banner piece, Rowany carpet piece|
Presentation: Applique hanging
|Mistress Gwir verch Madoc||Krae Glas||Masterworks: 12thc Hangings|
Apprentice: Braid cases, Lochac carpet piece, WcoB banner device, WcoB gold work
|Lady Joanna of the Beechwoods||Politarcopolis||Apprentice: Lochac cloak piece|
|Kaolin Mjoksiganda||Stowe||Apprentice: Rowany carpet piece|
|Lady Katherine Alicia of Sarum||St Florian de la Riviere||Apprentice: Satin & chain stitch dress, Elizabethan mittens|
|Katherine Rowberd||Rowany||Journeyman: Blackwork shirt|
|Lady Kathleen o'Dubhghaill||Politarchopolis||Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece|
|Lady Madilayn du Mer||River Haven|| |
Master: Cross stitch handtowel
|Mistress Marit the Wanderer||Agaricus||Journeyman: Blackwork stomacher|
Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece
|Countess Mistress Mathilde Adycote of Mynheniot||Politarchopolis||Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece|
Presentation: Applique hanging
|Morag Freyser||Politarchopolis||Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece|
Presentation: Applique hanging
|Lady Nesta verch Wyn||St Florians de la Rivere|| Apprentice: Split stitch pouch, Pelican cloak piece|
|Lady Sabine de Ricold di Fiorli||St Florians de la Rivere|| |
Journeyman: Stem stitch head dress
|Lady Salaberge de Granson||St Florians de la Rivere||Journeyman: Blackwork handkerchief|
|Lady Sibella da Montefeltro||St Florian de la Rivere||Journeyman: Chemise|
|Baroness Sinech ingen Chonchobair hui Beiuin||Southron Gaard||Master: Wool embroidered leine|
Presentation: Woolwork cloak border
|Mistress Sybille la Chatte||Rowany||Apprentice: Lochac carpet piece|
|Lady Tatianitska Iaroslavna||Stowe on the Wowld|
|Tristan de Poitiers||Stormhold||Apprentice: Blackwork cuffs, chainstitch tunic|
|Lady Valeria de Borgia||River Haven||Journeyman: Blackwork shirt, couched doublet|
|Lady Veronique of the Valley||Politarchopolis||Apprentice: Viking style LOG pouch|
|Lady Yvonne Yvette de Plumetot||Krae Glas||Apprentice: Stormhold carpet piece|
|Lady Zanobia Admirari||Colles Ardorum|| |
Apprentice: Blackworked shirts
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