If anyone ever tells you pink isn’t period…

..send them to me. There’s no way pink wasn’t period, unless they were calling it something else, like red maybe. This is ordinary wool, linen and muslin cloth all dyed with brazilwood. I used tap water (hard, lots of lime) and was a bit sparing with the chips to water and weight of fibre ratio….

An Irish woman in search of rain…

It must be a sign of the End of Days, right? My experiment with logwood yielded much darker results than I was expecting. I ended up with mostly very dark purple – approaching black – fading to grey. I think the fact that I had to use tap water made the difference, the water here…

The spine grumbling weekend..

This weekend the plan had been for the three of us to head to Hints of History, a demo in Russborough House I was really looking forward to. The weather has been beautiful and I can imagine everyone has had a fantastic time SCAing at a beautiful site, outdoor cooking on a beautiful night.. Sigh…..

Plant roots, stale urine and rain, oh my!

(Or a fast beginner’s introduction to medieval dyeing) Ever since I joined the SCA I’ve been plotting to set up to recreate dyes. I’ve done a fair amount of research by now, so I expect there will be a few posts on the subject to follow, I have a lot of plans.    This particular…

A Beginners guide to A&S

A&S, or Arts and Sciences, covers any art, craft or science that was done in the Middle Ages.   It’s astonishingly easy to get caught dithering between things to choose. Most events have an A&S component, even if it’s only people sitting around a table working away on projects and chatting, which I love.  A…

Ink and Paint..

I decided to have another go at drawing with ink, and this time decided to try some gouache paints as well.  Nessa has some great photos images from Flaming Arrow.    I’ve been mucking about with “portraits” of the Household for a while and she suggested having a go at creating something with Prince Vitus Polonius and Princess Isabel Peregrinus…

Flaming Arrow VI – 26th-28th April 2013

Archery is by far my favourite of the martial skills, one I hope to sort equipment out to spend far more of my time trying to get anyway half decent at it.  Flaming Arrow is an all archery weekend organised by Glen Rathlin, and this year was my first time to attend.  It’s a small…

On the Quest for Kanel, Galingale and Grains de Paris…

I’m looking for something to mix/brew as a drink for a future event, and I’m very intrigued by a recipe for Clarrey in A Forme of Cury which is a mulled white wine instead of red. Take kanel & galinga, greyns de paris, and a lytel peper, & make pouder, & temper hit wyt god…

Letters that might have been..

I thought it might be funny to write a 419 scam style letter to read at the Feast at the recent Festival of Fools.  A 419 is the type of letter where someone sends a letter trying to get the receiver to believe that their help is required moving money or goods, and that their…

A copy of 115r Burggraf Von Lientz, from the Codex Mannesse

I used Windsor and Newton Inks on art shop bought Calligraphy paper. I used whatever nib felt good to work with on my dip pen and some small paintbrushes. It’s hard to get fabric folds not to look forced. Chosen for Festival of Fools because first time I saw it I thought the objects they…

Festival of Fools

The Festival of Fools, a shiny new Dun in Mara event, was held the weekend of 22nd – 24th March 2013.  It was a huge investment of time and energy by the Dun In Mara crew which certainly paid off, it was a great weekend.     I discovered rice porridge and fruit soup from…

Medieval vegetables and making up pies..

The Feast of Fools is this weekend.  Agnes is Feastocrat for the event, which is being run by Dun in Mara.  I’ve already got to try some of her recipes and mmmmmmm, looking forward to the real thing!  She has asked me to make some vegetable pies for Saturday’s lunch – remember, No Meat during…