Fabric, Fiber, Fighting, Fencing (etc) XV

Preliminary Class List

Full announcement

The fifteenth annual FFF will be held Nov 18-20 in Lamar, PA.

The draft schedule is available.

Bring your favorite books for the library.


Weaving Pile Fabric

Irene von Schmetterling


Limit 5

1.5 hours

You too can warp and weave on a Warp-Weighted Loom

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli

The class is a demo on warping and weaving on a warp-weighted loom. I will touch on making the header band, transferring the warp to the loom, knitting the heddles, attaching the weights and creating the spacing cords and weaving tabby. I will have already warped mini-looms with me to demonstrate each step. The class itself will be in a demo format, but I will have the looms available after class to try it yourself.

1 hour

No fee

Applied Laziness and Drafting 3/1 Twill Patterns (tablet weaving)

Herveus d'Ormonde

This is a pencil and paper class. We will cover the basic structure of

3/1 twill and how it relates to 3/1 repp (aka double-turn

double-face), then move into drafting a pattern with detailed turning

instructions. The process will be guided by the mental gymnastics

required to weave without this detailed draft.

1 hour

Graph paper, pencils, and erasers will be provided.

Introduction to Tablet-weaving 3/1 Twill

Mistress Rosalind Ashworthe

 In this class we will explore a period TW technique (bands found from 5th C BC Austria-14th C France)  This class is for intermediate tablet weavers who understand the basic mechanics and structure of TW.   Materials will be provided, and we will be working hands on to begin a woven band.  If you have a loom please bring it, but it is not required.  

Limit 5

2 hours

Braids and cords

Lucet Basics 

Antoinette deLorraine 

Brief description: a class on 3 basic methods of lucet including; turn method, figure 8 method and prong method.

Limit 4

1 hour

Please bring own fiber if possible

Lucet Patterns

Antoinette deLorraine 

A more advanced class on lucet including: diamond pattern, parti-colored, and button hole 

Limit 4

1 hour

Please bring own fiber if possible

Skjoldehamn Belt Deconstructed

THL Elska á Fjárfelli

Learn to make the 24 yarn, 12 strand braided Skjoldehamn belt, with demos on the braid and plausible ways of wrapping the cord and making the tassels. Includes detailed DIY handout. This is a show and tell class, but if you want to start a braided belt and work on it the weekend, bring 12 bobbins, each of two yarns, of twice the length needed (either kumihimo bobbins, or pieces of cardboard - check my blog for more info) and I can get you started.


Class length, limits, materials, and special needs (if any)

Limit 5 braiders, auditors welcome

1 hour

Bring bobbins with measured yarn, if braiding

Kumihimo 101

Folly Gil Ian

Braiding on a disk. Please bring a keyring (large split ring) and a kilt or diaper pin if possible.

1 hour

Donation if you wish to keep the disk and bobbins.

Introduction to Sprang

Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh

Hands-on introduction to making this stretchy fabric known to Vikings and Native Americans alike. 

Limit 6

2 hours


Spanish Clothing Terms for Non Spanish Speakers

Baroness Elena de la Palma

What is a camisa? What are tiras? This class is a guide to the words used for types of clothing, fabric, decorative elements, and more in late-period Spanish clothing. Created for the non-Spanish speaker, terms are (whenever possible) illustrated with images or clearly described. No knowledge of Spanish clothing or Spanish language needed!

1 hour

Handouts will be limited, but students will be able to get the handout online afterwards if needed.

Recreating Brocade Fabric with Blockprinting 

Meisterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Learn how to recreate medieval and Renaissance printed fabrics by blockprinting fabric.  We will look at extent pieces and patterns found in paintings and other artwork, break down the patterns into repeating sections, and consider how to design printing blocks to maximize repurposing blocks for different patterns.  The class will also address how to acquire or make blocks, and basic printing techniques.

1 hour

Handout available 

Early Anglo-Saxon Tunics: Construction and Trim Styles

Baroness Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn

Early Anglo-Saxon tunics are fairly straightforward to design and sew, and the type and level of trim are what make the difference in class and stature for the wearer. Come see what I've been wearing as a servant to a Queen (and what the King and Queen were wearing, as well).

1 hour

Handout available 

What’s under that Hat?

Therasa du Domrémy

Is there something hiding under that hat?  How is the hair worn so the headdress sits right, how is it anchored, and how to wear the hat properly?  This class will answer these questions for four specific Ladies headdresses.  The headdresses to be discuss and examine are 1., a 10th century Irish Norse hat, 2., a 14th century Italian headdress, 3., a 15th century Northern European headdress, and 4., a 16th century English/Northern European headdress. During a power point presentation, we will discuss hair styles and parts of headdresses.  A large part of the class will be dedicated to learning how to dress your hair to wear these headdresses.  We will also discuss the use of fake hair or padding.

Students are asked to bring a comb and/or brush, bobby pins, and hair pins.

2 hours

Introduction to Premodern Japanese Clothing

Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir

A historical survey of clothing in premodern Japan covering a variety of societal roles in the court, the military, and the clergy. Includes clothing and various everyday objects either worn, held, or used to furnish rooms as part of the daily life in the capital city.

1-2 hours

Hello Poppet!

Lady Marrin O'Kealy

A discussion on the particulars of period fashion dolls. Class will include period examples, show and tell of replicas made, details on materials to make one, plus a handout.

1 hour

Limit 10


Embroidered Embellishment 101

Aurelie NicTurnear

(Dasha Linares)

Join our Basic Embroidery Class for a relaxing and addictive pastime, and take with you a new set of skills as well as an embroidered design of your choice and making, along with a convenient template for future reference. We will learn several basic embroidery stitches, decorative as well as utilitarian, go over the use of metallic thread and incorporating beads into your design, as well as touch the basics of appliqué design. 

You will be provided all the necessary materials and have a chance to create (or copy) a design of your own that you will take away after class and be able to embroider and apply to your garb or accessory of choice.

1 hour

Optional $4 donation for supplies

Decoding Russian and Ukrainian embroidery.

Luceta di Cosimo

This class covers common motifs in Slavic embroidery and their meaning, origin, and change over time. Emphasis on Russian and Ukrainian embroidery, but examples from other cultures will also be used. Not a hands-on class.

1 hour

Embroider Your Heraldry!

Jaqueline de Molieres

Learn two stitches that are fast and easy, and Medieval!!!, that are perfect for doing heraldry. The stitches…Long-Arm Cross Stitch and the Kloster Stitch. I will have an easy design ready to learn on, so that you will leave the class knowing how to do your own design I will have supplies on hand, but bring your stitching tools if you have them.

1 hour

Beadwork on Fabric

Mistress Jeanmaire Ilaria Beatrice du Domrémy

This class consists of both a lecture and a hands-on workshop.  Students first learn how to outline the design on the fabric using the pearls provided in their kit.  While they proceed with this task they learn about the historic use of beads to decorate clothing, beginning in the Neolithic era and going up through the Roaring 20’s.  After students have completed their outlines, or are comfortable sewing beads in a row, they will be taught how to fill in open areas.  The instructor will assist each student in deciding how to complete her/his project.  Numerous examples completed by the instructor will be available to handle and for close examination.

Student needs to bring:  A pair of embroidery scissors, or any small pair of scissors.  (A few pairs of really bad scissors will be available to borrow.)  A small embroidery hoop.  Susan Bates 5” embroidery hoops will be available for purchase from the instructor for $5.

3 hours

Limit 8, no auditing

Fee:  $15 for the project kit. It includes:  Fabric, faux pearls, sewing supplies. a DVD with sources and photos.


Picardy Spinning Wheel Mechanics

Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa and Master Bedwyr Danwyn

Picardy spinning wheels used in 1500s Netherlands had a clever but simple, mechanical flyer design derived from spindle (walking) wheels. Hand driven; no treadle. Hands on.

Picardy spinning wheels appear in the Netherlands in the early 1500’s and remain in use in the Brittany and Normandie areas of France and subsequently the Maritime Provinces of Canada up until the 1800s.  This early invention of a spinning wheel flyer evolved from the simple spindle wheel and adds automatic yarn wind-on to the twisting of the singles yarn itself.  Brilliantly simple in design. Was used with both flax and wool, often mounted on a distaff, either waist-held or wheel mounted. No treadle- Hand cranked wheel. Mechanical design discussed using actual French Canadian antique wheel. Students will have brief hands-on spinning with the wheel itself using wool.

1 hour

Handout is $2.00

Support Spindling

Lady Glenna Cholmondeley

This class will explore the history and techniques used to create yarn using a supported spindle.  Supported spindles are ideal to use for fine yarns or more delicate fibers that might not stand the weight of a drop spindle (such as cotton or cashmere).  Supported spindles and fibers will be provided in the materials, but students are encouraged to bring their own fibers or spindles they would like help with. 

1-2 hours

Suggested materials fee $5.00

Charkha Spinning

Lady Glenna Cholmondeley

This class will discuss the history, operations and maintenance issues of the charkha, a traditional spinning wheel from India. Students are encouraged to bring their own charkha if they have one.  Only one or two loaner charkhas are available.  Fibers will be provided in the materials, but students are encouraged to bring their own fibers they would like help with.

1-2 hours

Suggested materials fee $2.00


Introduction to Dyeing

Lady Oribe Tsukime

An introduction to period dyeing. Learn how to make a dye bath and scour, mordant, and dye fabric.

2 hours

Fee $1 for a handkerchief or $5 for a silk scarf.


Scribal Petting Zoo

Serena Milani

My goal is to introduce different styles of illumination and calligraphy to anyone regardless of skill level. In addition, sharing resources to those who may not be aware of them.

2 hour

Library area 10am-12:30pm

Fencing Clean: Why Does It Matter?

Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc

Clean fencing doesn't mean making sure you shower before fighting, but it does mean making sure you don't shower anyone with your "humors".  Not getting struck by your opponent should be one of your primary concerns in a deadly contest, and this class will discuss why this is important.

Fencing area: 11am-noon