Largess ideas

At the SCA Festival of the Snow Eaters, October 28-30, 2016 there will be a Dirty Half Dozen Largess Challenge – enter seven items, six will be donated to Their Majesties, and everyone who contributes can select one item for themselves. There will also be additional prizes…

I thought I’d compile a list of different possible Largess projects and ideas partially for myself, but also partially for anyone who might be interested in making something to contribute.  I took ideas from various sources online, including the Largess Maker’s Facebook group, Pinterest, and a local participant’s list.

I divided this into 11 categories:

  1. Apothecary
  2. Culinary
  3. Glass work
  4. Leather work
  5. Metal & wire work
  6. Paper work (Scribal and otherwise)
  7. Pottery
  8. Sewing, knitting & related
  9. Weaving & spinning
  10. Wood work
  11. General craft

Apothecary

  • Bath salts
  • Beard balm
  • Beeswax pieces for thread conditioning, archery, woodwork, apothecary, etc.
  • Bruise balm
  • Handmade lotions, balms, etc
  • Massage bars
  • Sachets (armor bag, wardrobe, pillow)
  • Sugar scrubs
  • Dried plant material for dying

Culinary

  • Camping dry-food mixes
  • Herbs, spices
  • Post-feast menu recipe books
  • Small spice graters, mortar/pestle
  • Spice mixes
  • Whole spices

Glass work

  • Beads

    Viking age beads from the Vikings in BC display

    Viking age beads from the Vikings in BC display

  • Earrings
  • Essential oil pendants
  • Glasses
  • Glass-head pins
  • Pendants

Leather work

  • Archery bracer
  • Belts
  • Board game pouches and pieces
  • Bottle covers/ holders
  • Leather thimble
  • Mug keeper, horn keeper (for wearing on a belt)
  • Pouches – belt, phone, jewellery
  • Thin bookmarks

Metal & wire work

  • Arm rings
  • Banner stands, portable holes
  • Belt buckles
  • Box/chest hinges
  • Brooches – ring brooches, cloak pins, etc

    Hand-Made Penannular Brooches

    Hand-Made Penannular Brooches

  • Candle holders
  • Chain necklaces
  • Chainmail necklaces, bracelets, keychain fobs, etc
  • Coins
  • Earrings
  • Fibulae
  • Fire pokers
  • Hand made needles and pins
  • Knives, forks
  • Pomander balls
  • Rings
  • Small buttons
  • Small jewellery/bling boxes
  • Small pendants
  • Toys (horse, pig, chicken, etc)
  • Veil pins
  • Woven-wire necklaces or bracelets

Paper work (Scribal and otherwise)

  • Belt books
  • Decorated card boxes
  • Fans (folding, stick)
  • Hand-bound books

    Notebooks for largess

    Notebooks for largess

  • Handmade pinwheels
  • Illuminated or calligraphy bookmarks
  • Miniature portraits (past, present, or future royalty or others)
  • Playing cards
  • Recovered notebooks
  • Tablet / card weaving cards

Pottery

  • Bowls

    Really nice blue and brown mug

    Really nice blue and brown mug

  • Ceramic toys (animals, etc)
  • Clay marbles & pouch for games
  • Drop Spindle whorls
  • Loom weights
  • Mugs
  • Pattern weights
  • Plates
  • Salt cellar with spoon

Sewing, knitting & related

  • Alms purse
  • Aprons
  • Baby bottle or mundane water bottle cover
  • Baskets
  • Bottle covers/ holders
  • Caps & hoods (York, St. Brigittas, etc) in wool, silk, or linen

    Set of five Jorvik hoods for largess

    Set of five Jorvik hoods for largess

  • Coif / arming cap
  • Cup covers – beaded, painted, embroidered
  • Drawstring pouches
  • Embroidered bookmarks
  • Embroidered trim (neckline, patches)
  • Fabric covers for mundane items (for camp or feast)
  • Finger puppets
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Handmade buttons
  • Wool juggling balls
  • Hats (men’s and women’s)
  • Coloring pouches / rolls with pages for kids
  • Money purses
  • Naalbound hats, mittens, ear-warmers, wristbands, etc

    Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

    Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

  • Napkins, table runners
  • Neck coolers
  • Needle book
  • Pilgrim purses
  • Pillows
  • Pin cushions
  • Toys (horse, pig, chicken, etc)
  • Pot holders, trivets
  • Pouches – belt, phone, jewellery
  • Silverware rolls
  • Stuffed toys & dolls
  • Veils
  • Wrapped-thread buttons

Weaving & spinning

  • Belts – tablet woven
  • Bookmarks of woven trim
  • Felted toys
  • Four-strand braid trim

    Whipcord for apron panel

    Whipcord for apron panel

  • Handspun fibers (wool, silk, hemp, flax, etc)
  • Hand-spun yarn
  • Kuhimino cord, bracelets, etc
  • Wool juggling balls (felted)
  • Lucet cord
  • Trim – tablet woven
  • Winnagas pairs

Wood work

  • Board game boards & pieces
  • Boxes
  • Box looms
  • Chests
  • Dice
  • Drawplate (for wire weaving)

    At home I finished my chain, and pulled the completed stainless steel Viking Knit through my drawplate, starting with the largest hole

    At home I finished my chain, and pulled the completed stainless steel Viking Knit through my drawplate, starting with the largest hole

  • Drop Spindles, spindle whorls, distaffs
  • Games – board, pieces, scorekeeper
  • Hair sticks
  • Candle holders
  • Hardwood dowels for wire weaving
  • Hobby horses for children’s equestrian
  • Inkle looms
  • Lanterns
  • Lucets
  • Naalbinding needles
  • Needle cases
  • Pen boxes (for calligraphy)
  • Salt spoons
  • Scribe box – brushes, handmade inks, brush soap, shells

    Nice fine alpaca/merino wool yarn on my new purpleheart whorl spindle

    Nice fine alpaca/merino wool yarn on my new purpleheart whorl spindle

  • Shield blanks
  • Small jewellery/bling boxes
  • Stools, chairs
  • Tablet weaving cards
  • Toy swords
  • Wax tablets
  • Weaving shuttle
  • Wooden combs
  • Wooden tops
  • Yarn winder, thread winder

General craft

  • Armor bag deodorizing sachet – charcoal, herbal, dryer sheets, etc.
  • Armor repair kits – rivets, leather needle, leather cord, straps
  • Beeswax thread conditioners
  • Bone lucet
  • Bone, wood, or horn naalbinding needles
  • Candles
  • Carved wooden, cork, clay, or lino printing blocks
  • Decorated or painted card boxes)
  • Drinking horns

    Keys and a Viking Age drinking horn

    Keys and a Viking Age drinking horn

  • Feather fans
  • Fire starters
  • Horn tablet weaving cards
  • Knight’s Rosary – 50 small beads, five larger beads: gold, black, red, clear, multi-color, tassel
  • Magdalena Rosary – 20 small beads, 3 large beads, tassel
  • Middle Eastern Tassels
  • Neck coolers
  • Necklaces
  • Pattern weights
  • Phone covers
  • Scroll cases for court
  • Small first-aid kits
  • Sewing kit
  • Stamps for fabric printing
  • Stone spindle whorls

    Hand-spun wool on my hand-made spindle

    Hand-spun wool on my hand-made spindle

  • Stone figurines or toys
  • Stone oil lamps
  • Wooden or horn combs
  • Dice – stone or bone

 

More….

More about the Largess challenge here… if you’re interested in participating and are curious about the format/etc.

If you have any other ideas for Largess – please post them in the comments below- especially with how-to links!

 

 

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