Draft schedule (PDF)
Cancelled: "Peter Collingwood's Jerusalem Belt", "Inserting the Center Gore" and "Semiotics of Pre-Modern Japanese Clothing".
Icelandic, Soay, Shetland, Romney: It's all Sheep to Me! Lady Siobhan inghen Con Mara East Kingdom What's in a name? A discussion of period sheep and fleece characteristics, with a hands on look at samples from their modern day name sakes and fleeces with period qualities. 1 hour; no limit; no fee Spinning and weaving wool for historic reproductions Lady Siobhan inghen Con Mara East Kingdom I would like this to be an open forum on the things we known (and don't know) about period wool preparation, spinning and weaving; with a discussion of the difference and similarities between period and modern techniques. So come bring your ideas, samples and questions as we try and puzzle out the answers together. 1.5 hour; no limit; no fee The Ewaldi Alter Cloth Hrefna fruthikona Thorgrimsdottir AEthelmearc Why does a little known German alter cloth from the turn of the last millennium celebrate 2 Northumbrian saints? What's up with its clashing colors, bad Latin, and strange imagery? Take a walk on the wild side with this 1000 year old embroidery. 1 hour; no limit; no fee Miniature Toe-up Sock Class Dame George Anne AEthelmearc Sock history and construction techiques, and practice by making a miniature sock. http://georgresearch.blogspot.com/2009/02/toe-up-socks-in-miniature.html Supplies available for 5 people; any number if they bring needles and yarn. (3 hours) 3 hours; limit 5; no fee On the Making of a Thorn Needle Master Bedwyr Danwyn AEthelmearc Learn how to make a thorn needle with period tools. I'll even teach you how to make the tools! Students will practice on toothpicks, and gifted students will be given a Hawthorn needle to try. Bring reading glasses if you have them! 1 hour; limit 15; no fee Knitting Madonnas Lady Myfanwy ferch Rhiannon AEthelmearc A brief overview of Medieval and Renaissance images of the Virgin Mary in relation to textile arts production, including some of the possible reasons the images were made. 1 hour; handouts for 10, but auditors welcome; $1 fee for handouts Printed Textiles Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen AEthelmearc Can't afford sumptuous brocade fabric for your clothing? Then use printed designs to dress up your plain fabric. This class will focus on period European methods of decorating fabric with woodblock printing. The history and uses of the printed textiles and methods of recreating these fabrics will be examined. 1 hour; no limit; no fee Kumihimo Intermediate/advance class - more than diamonds, hearts, flowers or diagonals. Cameron Ulisix Booth AEthelmearc 2 hours; limit 10; fee? Black Work OR White Work - for Embroidery Enthusiasts (to be determined) Choice of 3 different patterns for each black work and white work Cameron Ulisix Booth AEthelmearc 1 hour; limit 15; fees each kit: $12 Don't buy that fencing jacket! Or, why you should make rapier armor Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc AEthelmearc Commercial fencing jackets may be acceptable armor for SCA rapier combat, but that does not mean they look or feel good! Making your own (for yourself and others) is much preferred, and cheaper. Rapier armor can be made in most any style desired and from almost any time period. This class will be an introduction to the armor requirements for rapier combat in AEthelmearc, a demonstration of material suitability, and ideas for construction of armor. Examples of rapier armor will be provided to examine, with demonstrations of punch-testing different materials. Students are free to bring their own materials for punch-testing by the instructor. A copy of the rapier armor standards will be on hand, but you can print your own from http://aerapier.org, under the "Kingdom Rapier Policies" link. 1 hour; no limit; no fee Knobs and Knopfs - tiny Turks-head knots Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa AEthelmearc Many medieval purses and book markers, etc., are end-finished with large and small decorative knobs covered with thread coverings. In this class we'll discuss the techniques of making tiny turkshead knots from tiny, fragile threads of gold and silk. 1 hour; no limit; Fee is $1, which includes handout and packet. Sprang for Beginners Lady Vibeke Steensdatter aff Broen East Kingdom Basic sprang, a hands-on approach for 8 people, frames and yarns included, no fee. 1 hour. Others may sit in, bring your own frame. The Tegle Stocking Lady Vibeke Steensdatter aff Broen East Kingdom History, technique, and the pattern used. Hands-on for 6 people to learn patterning by changing the direction of twist. Must be comfortable with basic sprang, frames and yarns included, no fee. Additional students are welcomed to sit in, bring your own frame. 1.5 hour; limit 6 (auditors welcome); no fee Brocaded Tablet Weaving Mistress Juliana Delamere AEthelmearc Brocaded Tablet Weaving Discussion of brocading techniques with demonstration. Students should already be familiar with tablet weaving for this class. 1.5 hour; no limit; no fee Viking Wire Knitting Jahanara AEthelmearc This class will cover techniques beyond the basic stitch of wire knitting. It will cover many topics on which one could take this technique further. We will be covering mixing wire knitting with beading jewelry, creating rings, creating pendents and creating bracelets. This class will not cover the basic technique of wire knitting. 1 hour; limit ?; fee $3 for supplies Synthetic Dyes for Natural Fibers Mistress Phiala O'Ceallaigh AEthelmearc In an ideal world all our fibers would be naturally-dyed. But I don't live in that world. Sometimes for reasons of convenience, cost or repeatability synthetics are a better choice. But which dyes for which fibers? Where to get them? Will they look glaringly modern? 1 hour; no limit; no fee