Preparing for class

Lately most of my time has been going on new website stuff with Lady Sela and that’s been great.   A&S wise, I have a big but secret project ongoing that’s been keeping me busy, but I also have a lamp work glass class to give at the Althing in Eplaheimr in October.  I realised it…

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…

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…

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…