Fabric, Fiber, Fighting, Fencing (etc) XVII

Preliminary Class List

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How to make “Whypa”, (Russian for metallic twisted cording, google translates as “waste of Time”)

THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair

Learn to make any size cording for your project. My research is focused on Russian but it has a multitude of applications for other cultures and time periods.

1 hr. limit none, no fee.    

Applying cording

THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair

Want to apply cording to your garb or embroidery project? Learn to make it in class 1, then how to apply it here. Its not as hard as you think. I ‘ll get you started on a needle book sampler to show you the basics. Bring a hoop and scissors if you have them.

1 hr. Limit 15 fee: project $2, (plus $2 for hoops if you need one)


Support spindle spinning

Glenna Cholmondeley

Plying yarn

Glenna Cholmondeley

Spin on Anna Codde’s Flyer Wheel 1529 CE

Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa

Netherlandish painter van Heemskerck depicted two innovative Flyer spinning wheels with special cage distaffs. This class will demo a re-creation of these hand-driven, flat-rimmed 16th-C. spinning wheels using some of the first versions of Picardy flyers.

Since no known surviving wheels from this time period have been found, recreating a wheel with the similar mechanical properties reveals what it was like to use a then-new mechanical system which not only makes twist in forming thread, but also winds the newly made thread onto a bobbin. This wheel design seems to have developed independently from the famous "first flyer" wheel from circa 1470 in southern Germany, which uses a flyer between two maidens. Hands on.    

1 hour. Handout $1.

New life for a Broken Spindle-The Coppergate Nok

 Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa

This class will cover the carving of a spindle top notch or ‘nok’ using the extant York Coppergate spindle nok as an example. The Viking/Medieval Coppergate nok is particularly well-balanced and longer-lasting at the fragile top of wood spindles which use a half hitch. Students are welcome to bring damaged spindles as show and tell. Materials are provided for nok practice. 

1 hour. Handout $1.

Stone Spindle Whorl Make & Take

Master Bedwyr Danwyn

Learn how to make a stone spindle whorl with commonly available tools and basic level skills, for a unit cost of 10 cents each!

1 hour. No limit. No fee.


Laziness as a Guiding Principle: Drafting Patterns for Tablet Woven 3/1 Twill

Herveus d'Ormonde

Learn a technique for drafting patterns and deriving the turning draft

that takes into account minimizing gratuitous complexity. This is a

paper and pencil class. You should go away with a measure of

understanding how 3/1 twill works and how it relates to 3/1 repp (more

commonly called double-turn double-face).

Down the rabbit hole: an examination of the red cord in the portrait of Sir Henry Lee.

Mistress Irene von Schmetterling

Description: A request by a dear friend on ideas of how the red cord in the portrait of Sir Henry Lee, Elizabeth I of England’s Champion was created sent me on a exploration of many methods of cord creation to find a solution.  Samples of the many methods will be shared and an opportunity to weave cord will be presented

1 hour.

Warp-Weighted Loom Play Time

Hrólfr á Fjárfelli

Try out a new free-standing loom design, and give weaving twill a try.

Details TBA.


En Español: Defining Characteristics of Spanish Womens' Fashion from 1500-1600

Baroness Elena de la Palma

What makes Spanish fashion distinct from, well, anywhere else? That's a big question, but we'll try to answer it for one particular segment: women's fashion from 1500-1600. We'll look at everything from materials, cut, and construction to embellishments, undergarments, and accessories, reviewing commonalities from image and inventory sources of the time.

1 hour, no limit.

Cofia Y Tranzado Make and Take

Baroness Elena de la Palma

The cofia y tranzado (cap and braid case) was a common head covering in Spain after 1300 (and even infected Italy for a while too). In this class, you'll get an overview of several different methods to make one, plus leave with one of your very own! Bring needle and scissors - all other materials will be provided in the $5 kit. 

1 hour class. 10 person limit for kits, but auditing (without a kit) is welcome. Kit cost of $5. 



THL Bera of Tavastland

Furoshiki is the art of Japanese fabric folding to make tote bags and carrying bundles. All ages welcome, but children under 10 should have an adult with them.  Handout and cloth provided.

1 hour. Limit TBA. No fee.