The basket case

There have been a few adventures recently, in glass bead making and teaching, in lichen dye research and in my top secret project that I’m trying to get finished for first weekend in September.   The one I can blog about most easily right now is my foray into basketweaving, because I have a bunch…

On creating scrolls for friends.

I think I mentioned before that creating scrolls for friends is a very special thing.  I like trying to personalise it to something about them in particular.  It’s also a bit nerve wracking because you *really* want it to go well but as someone still learning the skills you know you’re not going to be…

Casting about for tokens

Dun in Mara successfully bid to host Drachenwald Summer Coronation at Newgrange Lodge in June.  The event was a big success and I will write about it separately but yay for Lord Aodhán dhá Cheist for his event stewarding skills, Lord Jasper Rose for his highly successful minion wrangling, Lady Sela for excellent reservations wrestling…

Coronet Tourney – post the second

So it’s been a while and the reason is probably also behind why I felt Coronet Tourney came in 2 parts, a great bit and a not so great bit.  Part 2, the not so great bit, was feast prep and feast itself.   I had a very hard time letting myself off the hook…

Coronet Tourney- post the first.

My thoughts about the recent Coronet come in two distinct flavours, so they will be split into two posts.  The first post, this one, is about the Coronet Tourney itself, since it was a bit special – the awesome Lady Gytha Ui Bhanain and Lord Aodh O’Siadhail were fighting in a Coronet Tourney for the first…

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…