Dyeing Yarn – First Forays

My daughter gets me started on many things.  Roller-blading, rock-climbing, video games, etc.  She’s always trying something new and inspiring me to join in.  So, when she started dyeing yarn, I had to get a quick tutorial and start in myself.  After all, there are so many yarns that I wish came in a different…

Award of Arms

It came up again at Warriors and Warlords.  In fact, it was one of the trivia questions that the court herald used as filler while the assembled dignitaries were getting organized. What is the award you usually get after being in the Society for about a year???  The Award of Arms.   And there I…

Weaving Practice: Placemats

Weaving, like any other new skill, requires practice.  Lots and lots of practice.  While it may not take Gladwell’s 10,000 hours (whew!), getting good at any new skill takes some time in just doing it. So I’ve set myself the task of making something simple, hopefully useful, and relatively consumable:  placemats.  They are 88″ of…

Graduation: Generically Medieval Garb

This weekend marked a milestone in my development as as SCAdian.  For the first time, I wore clothing that was all (well …. except for my underwear) medieval in style and materials (well, again …. mostly). The crucial additions for Warriors + Warlords were linen draw-string pants and hand made (not by me) leather boots:…

Arrows with Friends

This weekend, the Shire of the Inner Sea  hosted a class on arrow making, and since I’ve been a bit …. hard …. on my arrows this past year, my quiver needed filling.  The combination of learning something new AND an excuse to go hang out with friends in God’s country was just too good to…

New Belt!

This spring, I got a rigid heddle loom as a gift and began to explore how our ancestors made cloth.  It’s a relaxing practice, but I shudder to think how difficult it would be to keep a family clothed through the long, intense process of making yarn and then weaving it into sturdy clothes.  I’m…

Archery #1

As I’ve been hanging out with SCAdians, I’ve been enjoying archery more and more.  It is a fun hobby that nearly anyone can do for a whole lifetime and does not require a big initial investment to get a basic (modern) recurve bow and starter gear.  And, since the Baronial archers have been a very…

Catching Up …..

October and November ended up being amazing months for gardening here in southern Minnesota, and I forgot to record what I was creating and doing.  So, this is a quick brain dump before I start blogging more consistently. As part of striving to appear “non-modern,” I have started to create cover ups for modern items…

Quiver 1.0

This canvas quiver is inspired by the English arrow bags (found in the Mary Rose wreckage and seen in period paintings) with a nod to modern nylon quivers.  It’s a design that is not particularly authentic for any given period, but it is something I imagine an archer from a port town might have thrown together…

A Newcomer’s Guide for Newcomers

When I joined, I spent a frustrating couple of months in trying to figure out where to start.  Veteran SCAdians tried to answer my ill-formed questions, but the answers were so often (correctly) “It depends ….” and “Whatever you want …..” that I ended up feeling like I was trying to push water up hill…

Buying Fabric … Gotchas

I learned to sew in high school home-economics class.  Yes … in the dark ages, although I have to say that we were becoming enlightened – I had to also take a shop class (wood working) in order to graduate. At any rate ….. I learned to sew using patterns.  And a cardinal rule was…

Garb 0.5.1

My first attempt at creating garb for an event was sort of a hybrid … hence the 0.5 designation.  I had joined the SCA and wanted to get to an event to see what all of the fuss was about.  But I hadn’t sewn anything in about 15 years, and my sewing machine was showing…