Parti-coloured gown plans, the prologue.. 

I have been planning to make a particolour gown for some time, I thought I might have had a chance to get it done before Coronet (more in that later) but my mundane working life has been a bit all consuming of late. I found this and I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose…

At last, I get to play with glass..

I have wanted to try working with glass since I was about Art’s age.  Last October he and I went on a short trip to Waterford for a couple of days and, after watching the glass blowing and crystal cutting at Waterford Crystal, it’s interesting to learn that he is now similarly captivated by the…

Writing tools for going to Universities

I started this just after Kingdom University, and then got sidetracked by becoming quite horribly ill.  Let’s just say I don’t recommend meddling in the affairs of pneumonia germs, they are subtle and quick to knock you off your ass and lay you low for weeks. I’m finding it difficuly to try and fit myself…

And now for something a little different..

I was commissioned to do a scroll for Mistress Rogned Steingrimovna to be presented at her event (one of my favourites) the second RaÞlheimr Alþing.  Her persona is a Rus Viking and the event encourages everyone to come in Viking or early period garb and try weaving, blacksmithing, or messing about on boats, island hopping on…

Who’s a fFraid of Lady Gytha?

Lady Gytha has discovered heavy fighting.  I mean obviously she knew it existed since we both went along to Champions of Lough Devnaree a couple of years back, but now she has *discovered* it in the sense that she is actively partaking in it and probably dreams about it morning, noon and night.  It’s awesome,…

Of things that are linden..

I have recently learned that, medievally speaking, linden was the adjective used to describe things made from limewood in the same way that wooden describes items made from wood generally.  I have absolutely no idea why that fascinates me, but it does.  I have always liked lime trees, though as a child I was disappointed…

Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling..

I had two shared assignments for Ffair Rhaglen this year, both Silver Martlets for very deserving people.  The first was for Lord Duncan Chaucer with a specific request to include a peacock. My younger son aspires to dress as well as Lord Duncan does, and his hats are the stuff of legend.    Time constraints…

The elevation of Master Baron Master Master Etienne

Master Etienne Fevre de Dion is one of those amazing people; talented, effortlessly eloquent, debonair, inventive and Machiavellian of persona enough to keep you on your toes.  I met him at my first event and was struck in two ways – 1) I want to be like him when I grow up,  and 2) horrible levels…

So where was I..

There have been real life work projects.  They have been consuming ALL the time and head-space – stupidly so – to the point where my SCA life was pretty much shelved and reluctantly ignored for the past several months.  Things are starting to free up again so here I am (not completely out of the…

Ink Making for all!

Some time ago there was a plot where I would go to Yule Ball and Kingdom University and there Mistress Genevieve Rouge Maunche and I would teach a class on making ink.  In the mean time various things conspired against my attendance (mostly very good things, mind) but we plotted some more, class notes were written and…

Garb making for a Viking Event

I think I’ve recounted my complete bewilderment in the face of garb before. I feel in some way as if I’m just moaning when I say I really don’t get it.  I suspect it’s got something to do with the fact that I don’t really know what shape I am, apart from  “generally blob shaped”,…

More illuminations..

More to follow, just needed to add the photos but I can say right now that these scrolls are the point at which I have decided once and for all I need to start teaming up with a good calligrapher.  The second one, based on the “Chansonnier De Jean De Montchenu,”  was my practice piece so the script…