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…

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…

Verily, I doth suck at this blogging lark..

So I am typing in this box to will myself to remember what it is I need to backfill.. Let me see, what have I done.. more cooking, more ink making, Scriptoriums with Mistress Melisende,  a very tiny amount of sewing,  more not-properly-successful attempts at casting a pewter seal matrix for the fun of it,…

Other reasons to say thank you…

House Green got together for New Year’s Eve and a lovely evening was had.  As part of the evening there was the exchange of Kris kindle gifts and I got this fantastic stash of dyeing stuff – there is some alkanet, some lac extract, seeds for madder, woad, weld, dyer’s greenweed, dyer’s chamomile and flax…

Black Agnes (Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March)

Poor Art is home sick today, so I happened to catch an episode of Horrible Histories, which, I confess,  is a series I really enjoy watching when I catch it.  One of the sketches was about a Scottish lady, Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March (better known as Black Agnes) and her defense of Dunbar…

The day that Tuathal gets dragged into A&S…

Tuathal has an ongoing A&S project that is, well, stuck.  I wanted him to do something today that didn’t involve the Internet, so I sent him out to the shed to get one of my dyeing buckets and dug out a small box of cheap marbelling inks that were in a pristine white cardboard box,…

Painting with glass and light

I was hoping to get back to my pewter casting, but the pewter in my dad’s shed has been put in that most magical of places, “somewhere safe”, and will take a lot more time and effort to track than I had before young people in my house needed to get to bed to sleep….

Flaming Arrow VII and a very happy Lady.

This year’s excellent Flaming Arrow VII was held in Aspire, Clara in the Shire of Eplaheimr, our usual haunt for events.  It was wonderful on so many levels.  While the site is not as spectacular as the previous year’s, I am immensely fond of it, not least because it makes my participation in the SCA so much easier….

The joys, oh the joys, of dyeing silk purple

What could possibly go wrong, right? I did my research, harvested some rain water and had some other water types as well so as to adjust the mix as required. I sourced and bought some microscales to be *really* accurate with the mordant stage and preparing the dyebath, it was all going to be fiiine….