Week 3 Crafty update

So, this past week I’ve not been quite so diligent on my projects, as I was severly distracted by getting a new Bullet Journal.

Anyway, I did start and finish one of four napkins designated for the giftbasket His Majesty William of Drachenwald will bring to Estrella. The first one is a Pelican napkin and I’ve started on the second one, which will be a Chivalry token. I have two more prepared for a Laurel and Order of Defence. I shouldn’t have too much trouble finishing them in time.

Pelican done! #estrellawar #giftbasket #sca #pelican

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In other news, we finally made a decision and I bought fabric to sew up a tentlining for the sleeping apse in our new big tent. We’re going to use the extant tab top curtains as the front, and cover the rest of the bed area with light cotton canvas which was on sale at our local fabric store.

Week 2 2017 – crafts update

So in order to keep track of things, here’s a post of what I did this week, crafts wise.

In preparation for sewing circle I ripped out the skirt and sleeves of my unfinished Spanish late 15th C gown. The plan was to get it re-fitted and measure out where to set in the skirt, which I got help with by Helwig. The skirt is not re-attached by hand – whipstitching it with buttonhole silk.

I’ve also continued hemming my wool Roman gown. It’s not a big task, it’s not a difficult task, but it’s slow going because I sew with wool using a reproduction brass needle. It’s lovely and tactile to work with, but I have to go carefully.

In other new, I’ve been talking to my household and working on a household badge (Per pale indented sable semy of seeblatts inverted argent and vert mullety argent), which I sent in to Edelweiss today. Hopefully it will go through without problem, as I asked Anna de Byxe to check it for me to start.

Entirely modern, I finally stitched on reflexive tape on windbreaker bottoms. I use the flexy reflective armbands on my arms, but they’re too small to fit around my windbreaker bottoms, so I’ve been planning to sew on a strip of reflex tape there for ages. This week I remembered it, when I was in town, with time to look for it in the fabric store, and I put it on the leg by machine.

A new Year, a new Goal?

wpid-2014-11-05-08.24.07.png.pngThe last couple of years I have not really used livejournal to track projects, nor have I been using this blog very much, which means that my old tradition of listing the items I finished during a year has also lapsed. I am a little sad about that. But I could only do the yearly summation because I had been keeping good records throughout the year.

So for 2017, I will try to update more, use this blog as a place for the updates, and create static pages as needed for finished items and new projects. For example a page about embroidered cushions could be fun, seeing as I have made three during the last year and am working on a fourth.

I’ve done a bunch of small and large giftbasket items. My own giftbasket for me to give to friends. I’ve done a few scrolls, but forgot to take pictures of them all during the  year. I also haven’t really taken photos at events during the past year.

I also have three or four bins of un-finished projects that are somewhere in the stage of just started, to halfway done, to nearly finished, I’m sure if I picked them up I could rack up a long list of finished and useful items.

One thing which I want to make is a basic black kirtle for my 16th Century wardrobe. I have two outer-layer black gowns, but not a kirtle, and at Coronation this past weekend I really could have used one. The basic little black dress that can become anything. I also noted that the chemise I pulled out to use this weekend was made ten years ago. I like that I have stitched my maker’s mark and year of production into most of the linen items I have produced, and I shall try to continue doing that on other projects as well.

So, my new goal for this blog, is to update weekly with progress, pictures and ponderings.

p.s. Long live King William and Queen Isabetta!

Household news

At Festivalo de Caderas in Gotvik on October 22, an contract between me as Laurel and Lady Tece de Kaxtone as apprentice was signed and witnessed and indented with much ceremony. We did this right after Mistress Helwig Ulfsdotter took Baroness Aleydis van Wilvoorden as her newest apprentice.

Household - de Thornegge

Silwa, Lia and Tece at Festivalo de Caderas, 2016
Household de Thornegge

The contract between me and Tece was Tece’s first task as she started her trial year in 2015 at Festivalo. She did the research and decided if she wanted a contract or not, and what it should contain. She to make payments to me yearly in “a bottell of good odiferous lively wine” and me to teach her and provide her with materials to practice her art, and upon completion present her with a reciprocal bottle of bubbly and a pair of shears.

At the signing I gave Tece cabbage from my vigil gown project, being white wool and green velvet, and a tailor’s clapper for pressing fabric. I was supposed to take back my old green belt, which by now is tradition for my apprentices to wear for one year to start with before they get their own belt to keep, but since there were plans afoot the belt “got lost in the mail” and was not at Festivalo to be given.

At Kingdom University in West Dragoningshire, at Ufton Court on November 11, a whole bunch of us arrived on site in a minivan and there was a great rushing to set up a vigil space, conspire with their majesties, scarf down a paltry dinner before an “impromptu” Friday night court where I told Tece she would be getting her belt. She did get her belt, and I took back my old one, and after putting the belt on her I immediately addressed her concerning aspects of peerage, their Majesties called up the rest of the Order of the Laurel and we led my apprentice off to vigil.

I’m still a little amazed I managed to put in contacts, put up my hair, eat something, set up the vigil space and conspire with their majesties and various others before the court on Friday. I had excellent help of course, and could not have been able to do it without Silwa and Genevieve.

Mistress Lia and Mistress Tece

Mistress Lia and Mistress Tece de Kaxtone, baby Laurel of Drachenwald, at Kingdom University, 2016

Anyway, the vigil went well, and the rest of the event went well, and I managed to deliver my speech well enough that it was heard, and that it was meaningful to more people than just Tece and myself. The other worthies’ words were well-delivered, and Their Majesties Agnes and Morales were excellent as always. The scroll, my gods, the scroll by Mistress Melisende was gorgeous and fantastic.

So, in short. I had two apprentices that were no longer on a trial basis for three weeks, now I have one apprentice and a former apprentice who is now a Laurel in her own right, but the household and family we created is not going to go away anytime soon.

I made a bunch of stuff for the event, as gifts and such, but that will be another post I think.

Intarsia galore

Last fall and this spring I took part in a major project to re-create two intarsia coverlets that are displayed in the Historiska Museum in Stockholm. It was a project started by Maria Neijman and Amica Sundström. There was a grand opening and unveiling of the two resulting textiles at the museum, where you can go from the extant originals to our copies and see how they might have appeared when new. I made one square on the Dalhem cover (the one in the foreground – photo by Jonas Evertsson). You can see them on display there until July.

Maria and Amica have written a summary of the project on their blog: Historical Textiles

A household forms

I mentioned, briefly, that I had more news after Cudgel, and I can finally share them, as the plans have been enacted.

This weekend myself and Edricus travelled along with Lady Tece de Kaxtone and Lord Erik Dalecarlius to Festivalo de Caderas, put on by the Barony of Gotvik, for a mostly relaxed and low-key event. It was just that, but it also was the one year anniversary of me taking Lady Silwa af Swaneholm as my apprentice. I gave her my own old green belt, which I wore as Helwig’s apprentice, at October Crown Tourney last year and she has worn it for the last year. We have throughout the year talked about the Laurel/Apprentice thing, and agreed that after a year’s trial we both wanted to continue the relationship, and formalise it with a proper indenture.

Silwa's Indenture

Silwa’s Indenture

Since Silwa finally decided on viewing C&I as her primary art form I left it up to her to do the wording of the indenture and write it out, and she did it admirably, writing out the text twice on the same piece of paper, with our devices drawn in ink between the two texts, so that the separation could be done through them and mark each half as belonging to the other. To make it proper and official we also wanted some highly placed witnesses, and Her Highness of Nordmark, Princess Isabetta and His Excellency of Gotvik, Baron Einar, agreed to witness the contract and our exchange of gifts.

I promise, in the indenture, to provide Silwa with materials for her to practice with, so had arranged for five sheets of pergamenata, gold size and the left-over gold flakes which I have been collecting for a few years. They can be used to make shell gold for example. Silwa, for her part, presented me with two cakes of wax. Over a pound (half a kilo) of wax. She had also arranged to have a seal ring made for me, but lacked my ring-size so the project can only be finished once I provide that. She had tried to ask Edricus, very sneakily, but he did not know, as even I don’t know that!

I demanded my old belt back, and had a new one for her, provided by Lionheart Replicas, with belt studs that she picked out. We both signed the contract, and then Her Highness and His Excellency signed them and I cut them apart with a beautiful pair of scissors provided by Lady Tece.

With that done, I picked up my old green belt and turned to the next order of business, asking Tece de Kaxtone if she wanted to be my apprentice, for a period of one year as a trial. At Cudgel War I had asked her, and she then indicated she would like that, but I wanted us to wait until my old belt was freed up, so we could talk a little about what sort of relationship we wanted. Tece had not changed her mind, and so I put the belt around her waist, which she will wear for one year. After that, if we still want to continue as Laurel and Apprentice, she will also get a belt of her own and an indenture.