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…

Something’s Fizzing in the kitchen..

A quick interlude post before I tell you about some adventures in Garb making and a very lovely and relaxing time with fellow SCAdians at the Dun in Mara garb making weekend. There was also  lovely food courtesy of Lady Juliette (OMG deep fried courgettes, I forget how much I adore them)  But before all that I…

Adventures in clay..

My third entry for Champions of Lough Devnaree was an unfired Clay (Terra Cruda) grotesque head.  The idea behind this piece was to mimic a common practice where students wishing to become sculptors would work on practice pieces in clay.  I would very much like to try sculpting in a more serious way, but I…

Helpful advice for ladies who wish to try Woodturning…

Make sure you wear a high fronted top.  Ladies who experience problems with popcorn at the cinema will not need me to elaborate.   Let me just show you some “sawdust” Right, I have about a gazillion posts to make to try to catch up with all the things I’ve been doing because yes! I…

Illumination for a Venetian Lady.

Before Raglan I was charged with the task of creating a scroll for Signora Cassandra della Corona.    Creating an award scroll for someone you know is a wonderful thing.  First you get the thrill of a really good secret –  Cassandra has long deserved this particular award – Second, you know things about the…

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,…

Sing ho, for the life of a student scribe

The first Aughrim Scriptorium was small but lovely and I learned lots, most usefully to really look at what is happening with colour applications in a medieval painting – I’m currently working on some example initials that I’ll illustrate this point with in my next post.  I didn’t actually do much practical work, lazy me,…

Inks for sharing..

I recently attended Court of Love, this year without any specific job to do which I enjoyed.  I got to see what it was like to attend an event without worrying about anything at all, just enjoying the activities and talking to people.  I had a spectacular multi-day migraine in the run up to the…