In Review: May 2018

On May 1st, I started another round of the 100 Days of A&S challenge. This is round 2 for me. Just to review, this is a challenge to do at least 10 minutes of A&S each day for 100 days. If you miss a day, you start over at Day 1. I have not missed any days since May 1st, so far.

Here is what I accomplished in May 2018:

Finished the kumihimo cord that I started in April.

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Finished the block I was working on for my blackwork chessboard.


Held Weaving Circle with 4 or 5 people in attendance.

Started and finished a bridal garter for my daughter for her wedding.


Continued tablet weaving the band I began in April.

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Did some reading on the history of embroidery, bought an embroidery pattern for a sweet bag, and began prepping for a largesse project.

That about does it for May. See you next month!!



In Review: April 2018

My art accomplishments for April 2018.

As I spent the first week of April on vacation and part of the month was spent getting ready for my daughter’s May wedding, I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. But here is what I did do.

While not actually period, I’ve noticed a lot of people crochet things for SCA. So I thought I would include this project in my blog. I crocheted a hat for myself, designing it for my comfort.


I started weaving Egyptian Diagonals.

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I worked some more on my blackwork chessboard.

I set up and started a new 12-strand kumihimo strand.

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I spent a day at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and another day at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I’ve been to both in the past but had forgotten how many tapestries were at the Isabella Gardner. I really enjoyed my visits to both museums.

I warped another loom with a 4F4B threaded-in pattern to make either trim or garters. No pictures of the warping, though.

And I attended a Queen’s Favor making workshop. No pictures of this, either, unfortunately.

That’s about it for April. May is looking to be another busy month for me but I’ll see what I can get done for art.

See you next month!!



In Review: March 2018

My art accomplishments for the month of March.

I continued and finished weaving the band started in February:


Worked some more on the double-face weaving on the Oseberg loom:

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Did some reading in Tablets At Work:

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Warped a loom for diagonals:


Did more embroidery on my green overdress, completing the design around the collar:

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Attended Hrim Schola where I took 2 classes – Elizabethan Gold Braid Stitches & Beginning Sprang:


In addition, I have read a bit in The Techniques of Sprang and held Weaving Circle.

Thus ends March – onto April.


SCA Events

Events: Hrim Schola

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, I was able to attend Hrim Schola – a schola dedicated to fiber arts. The event was held in Middlefield, CT. Many classes were offered along with a delicious dayboard and space to hang out with friends.

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I went to two classes. The first was Elizabethan Gold Braid Stitches. I think I was just getting the hang of it at the end of class. Hopefully, I’ll pick it up again soon before I forget what to do.


The second was Beginning Sprang. Many years ago, I took a class on Sprang at Pennsic. But I haven’t done it since. So I took this class to remind me of how it is done. I now remember how much I enjoyed doing sprang and hope to do more soon. I also loved the emphasis the teacher put on being able to use anything as your loom.


I got to do some tablet-weaving while hanging out with some of my favorite people – Baron Dorio, Lady Astridr, Lady Deirdre, Lady Fionnghualla, and my Laurel, Mistress Mirabel. I was so excited to hang out with my Laurel at an event since real life had pulled her away from SCA events for the last several years! It’s great to see her back.

Hrim Schola is a favorite schola event for me since it is all about fiber and I love to play with string!! I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.


In Review: February 2018 (A.S. LII)

My art accomplishments for the month of February:

Warped up my new loom, bought at Birka, and began weaving on it.

Did steps 2 and 3 to complete the block in progress on my blackwork chessboard.

Held Weaving Circle where I began warping a loom. Finished warping later that week and then started tablet-weaving the band.

Attended the Embroidery Schola at Camelot in Berlin, MA.


I ordered and received new weaving books by Claudia Wollny. I have started reading Tablets At Work and am preparing to try a new technique.

Thus ends February – on to March.



In Review: January 2018 (A.S. LII)

I am going to try to start a monthly post showing my work from the previous month, including in-progress, completed, and displayed. These posts will likely be mostly pictures, but might include some explanations and/or documentation.

Here is what I completed, worked on, and displayed during the month of January.

Completed step 1 of another block on my blackwork chessboard.

Wove a donation band which I made into bookmarks. Seven bookmarks went into gift bags from the Barony of Stonemarche to the royalty attending A Market Day at Birka.

A protege belt made from perle cotton using two shades of yellow. Design taken from Here Be Drolleries by Nancy Spies; p. 79; 2nd pattern from the top. Based on the Russian Golden Doors, Cathedral of the Nativity, Suzdal, Russia. 13th century. 

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My fiber arts display at A Market Day at Birka.


100 Days of A&S Challenge – Part 3

I have now passed the three-quarter mark in this challenge. Here is a summary of what I did for days 51-75. This quarter of the challenge included more weaving, more kumihimo, painting pottery, making weaving cards, displaying my work at GNEW, and research and discussion on documentation.

On the weaving front, I warped two more looms and began weaving three projects. These projects include an orange piece of trim which will most likely be donated, this year’s Baronessa’s Champion garters, and a 3/1 Twill warp to play around with.

Since I was running short on the right sized cards, I made some more weaving tablets.


I completed another kumihimo cord (#5 since beginning this challenge) which became the cord for a silver crescent necklace,
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and began a new one (#6). Up until now, I have only done 8-strand cords. This one is a 12-strand cord. I am amazed at the difference those 4 cords make. And I absolutely love the affect.

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In late June, I went to a fundraiser at Time to Clay, to help out a good friend. I had a great time!

The following weekend, I picked up the finished product.

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I had another chance to display my work in the A&S Display at the Great Northeastern War (GNEW) a couple of weekends ago. (The shield in the back of this picture belongs to the display that was next to mine.)


It is my desire to add better documentation to my display in the near future.

And, finally, I spent some time with my Laurel discussing how to document my work. This led to lots of time looking at pictures in a wonderful book, Florence Art and Architecture.


That’s about it for now. Stay tuned for the final part next month, following Pennsic.