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YOLO

YOLO

Recently while speaking about what it means to be a peer in The West in the SCA someone mentioned that they were especially confused by “To speak and to be silent”. If you’re not in The West (or not in the SCA), “To speak and […]

Kentish Anglo-Saxon Gold Brocaded Fillet

Kentish Anglo-Saxon Gold Brocaded Fillet

Note: I’ve decided to go ahead and hit publish on this article even though I have not yet woven the band. I think there’s interesting details here that others may appreciate. Someday I hope to get back to this and actually weave the band. For […]

What do I like/dislike about being a Laurel

What do I like/dislike about being a Laurel

Michiele l’encriere of Left Coast Dyer asked what I liked/disliked about being a Laurel in the SCA. It turns out in thinking about this, that all of my likes are also dislikes. :/ Tchotchke equal instant recognition What’s to like: I don’t have to prove […]

Becoming a Laurel

Becoming a Laurel

Here are the bare bones steps you need to become a Laurel in the SCA. Standard disclaimer: this is my opinion and does not represent the views of all Laurels (or Laurel councils) everywhere. 1. Research something medieval No, really, crack a book open and […]

15 minute cure to the “donwannas”

15 minute cure to the “donwannas”

I’m feeling a bit medievally blocked. All I want to do is knit (which I totally am doing) and my costuming stuff has kind of fallen by the wayside. I had a serious think about this and I came up with a couple of reasons: […]

Thrum cap (aka: objectionable dreadlocks hat)

Thrum cap (aka: objectionable dreadlocks hat)

Thrum Cap started August 3, 2018. Finished August 20, 2018. Fulled August 21 and 22. From Merriam-Webster Thrum noun Definition of thrum 1 a (1) : a fringe of warp threads left on the loom after the cloth has been removed (2) : one of […]

Schamloten schaube for Helga

Schamloten schaube for Helga

Helga has asked me to fit her and then construct a new German boy short coat for her modeled after a garment worn by his Grace Duke Hauoc. I am by no means an expert in German or German clothing terms used in the middle […]

Halscleet – Antwerpen white linen partlet

Halscleet – Antwerpen white linen partlet

Antwerpen White linen partlet started May 12, 2018. Finished June 9, 2018. Special thanks to Aleit Pietersdochter over at The New Cut who is working on documenting 16th century Dutch costuming terms and dug up the terms “Halscleet”/”Halsdouck”/”halscleer” which seem to be the proper name […]

Tailoring Manuals

Tailoring Manuals

Ausberg/Innsbruck (Austria) 1544/68 Hans Nidermayr, the younger of Innsbruck, 1544/68, Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum F.B. 4240. (Poland) Polish Tailor’s Cutting Guide from Germany, Breslau 1567, AC 1992.243.1. (link) (Italy) 1570 The Milanese Tailor’s Handbook, written in the 1570s, (Amazon)(link) Seville (Spain) 1588 manuscript of Diego […]

Rust Antwerpen Market Gown

Rust Antwerpen Market Gown

Rust linen Antwerpen gown started May 16, 2018. First wearing May 27, 2018. Not yet finished (still need to add lining). I need a new dress. Well a whole new wardrobe, but one thing at a time. Last year I lost 65 lbs (I am […]