Who We Are and What We Do
We are the Embellishers of An Tir. Amongst other things we do embroidery, needlework, painting, leather decoration, wood carving, burning and painting, bone carving and more. Any citizen of An Tir can join our Guild, and any member of the Guild can challenge the Guild Ranks.
We have a lot of fun at what we do. Come join us, and join the party!
Anyone who plays in the SCA in An Tir is welcome to join the Guild. Guild membership entails filling out and submitting an application (available here) and Guild meetings are open to anyone; member or not. There is no membership fee, currently, to join the guild. You must be a member of the Guild to participate in guild challenges and rise through the guild ranks to become an Artisan.
Current Guild Happenings
We are in a transition, one from utilizing fully face to face meetings, classes, and more, to one that also involves utilizing (in part) online meetings, classes, and more!
In July we held our first online class. The class was geared towards those interested in submitting, and also those interested in running, guild challenges. The class was held on Facebook, in the guild's Facebook group. Attendance was good, with over 25 people being part of the conversation. After the class was held, THL Hrothric of Fenwald and THL Felipa of Fenwald, from the far reaches of the Summits, put on and held challenges at Tain Bo! They were one time challenge deputies; they followed the guidelines brilliantly and did a wonderful job!
Another class was held online in August. This one was about the documentation requirements for challenges. It also went very well, with 15 to 20 people in attendance. Also in August, Hartwood held challenges. These were organized by Mistress Halima al-Rakkasa. Mistress Cecille de Beumund also supervised. And there is a volunteer who took the position of challenge deputy for Hartwood, Lady Guencendl (Gwynafel) ben Madudhain. Also important for Hartwood's challenges has been Mistress Alicia le Wilfule!
Finally, THL Annaka Poznanska set up a guild meeting at September Crown!
Huzzah!! Huzzah!! For all these wonderful people who have stepped up to help!
Future Guild Happenings
Online Guild Meeting
There will be a guild meeting online, on Facebook, on Wed, September 6th at 8 pm. To 'attend' the meeting simply log into Facebook, go to the guild page, and hit the button that indicates you are 'attending' the meeting (event). Once you do that, on the 6th at 8 pm, log into Facebook and you should already have been 'asked' to join the message/chat group for the meeting. Join it, and you are in the meeting!
We will be discussing the current guild happenings and the teaching requirements for rank. Please join us online!
Next Online Class
The next guild class will be held online, on Facebook, on Wed, September 20th at 8 pm. The class will be on charting your course through the guild ranks and challenges. Attendance will be done in the same manner as the meeting mentioned above. To 'attend' the class simply log into Facebook, go to the guild page, and hit the button that indicates you are 'attending' the class (event). Once you do that, on the 6th at 8 pm, log into Facebook and you should already have been 'asked' to join the message/chat group for the class. Join it, and you are in the class!
The Guild Online
The online guild presence has become much more important now that money is tight enough for some of us that travel is difficult. Our wonderful Kingdom has always been very large, and this can make traveling across it difficult for other reasons for some of us. Therefore, the Guild has (with the inspiration and help of the marvelous people mentioned above) moved into utilizing more online functions. The Guild's Facebook group(s) has(have) become important in that regard (see links below).
Every Monday, online on the Guild's Facebook page, THL Giana Visconti, former guild mistress, holds a show and tell. Take pictures of what you are working on, what you've worked on the past, links to what you are planning on doing. Whatever! And bring them to the show and tell because we love that kind of thing!
The Guild membership database is up to date as of end August 2017. All currently received challenge reports, membership forms, etc have been entered. Currently work is being done on deciding how to record/enter teaching requirements and setting up a system in the database for presenting pictures taken of items used in challenged.
The Guild runs an email listserver at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnTirEandEguild/. Please feel free to join in our discussion there. The list is moderated to cut down on spam, and requires approval to join. It is usually very quiet, with the exception of announcements of classes, meetings, etc.
The Guild has a Facebook Group at The Embellishers' Guild of An Tir (https://www.facebook.com/groups/160308191124234/).
There are also two regional Facebook Groups for the Embellishers' Guild: The Embellishers' Guild of An Tir, Summits (https://www.facebook.com/groups/387358534965702/), and The Insula Magna Embellishers' Guild (https://www.facebook.com/groups/861355940611957/).
We Need Volunteers!
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help run guild happenings. You can volunteer for a one time event/happening or as a sub-deputy, or as a regional guild minister and/or deputy or even as the overall guild minister! Any help is greatly appreciated! For more information contact the guild minister, Magistra Aelianora de Wyntringham.
We need volunteers to take positions as regional guild ministers, challenge deputies, one time challenge deputies, etc. There are new documents and revised documents detailing all that is involved. The summary is pretty basic: 'The purpose of these positions is to create and advance interest and membership in the guild and encourage members to learn new crafts and skills.' The duties include holding a meeting twice a year at a regional event, holding challenges at regional and local events, and getting paperwork (membership forms, challenge results) in to the overall guild minister and/or webminister to have the information put into the guild database. Please consider volunteering for a regional position!
Guild Documents and More
Guild Guidelines And Documents Have Been Revised - AGAIN
The main guild guideline document has been edited to clarify a few points (mostly about evaluators and challenges). The embellishment forms list has not changed; a clarification about possibly non-period forms has been added. The how-to about running challenges has also been updated slightly, with the above clarifications. All of the above as of 21 August 2017.