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Lightweight hand spun 2 ply wool yarn for a friend’s Arts & Sciences experiment.

A while ago a friend posted in a Facebook group – asking if there were any volunteers for her Arts & Sciences project. She was looking for volunteer spinners to take a small amount of wool, and create yarn. Her plan is to look at how different types of spinning (woolen vs worsted, plied vs unplied) would impact dye take-up.

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A few recent SCA workshops

Leather ornament made at Borealis Yule 2018

Leather ornament made at Borealis Yule 2018

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you’ve already seen some of the results of some of the recent workshops I took through the SCA group I’m a part of.

For one of the November Fight Practices, the current Queen, Kora Kendal came down and taught a preview of her workshop on how to make a 14th century sleeveless chemise. This was based on her research for a project she did to compete in Kingdom A&S a few years ago.

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Avacal at the CCEE

Kristine showing off the arts and science displays to members of the public visiting our interactive display village at Calgary Expo

Kristine showing off the arts and science displays to members of the public visiting our interactive display village

For the 2018 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, our SCA group in Montengarde (Calgary) was offered space to have a display. The group also did panels and fighting demos, but the most interesting part was the interactive ‘medieval village’. There were artisans there breaking flax, carding and combing flax and wool, spinning flax and wool, striking coins, doing embroidery and sewing, cooking over a medieval-style camp kitchen, singing and more.  Continue reading

Grand TUA 2018

Participants in the Renaissance Handstitching class at Grand TUA 2018

Participants in the Renaissance Hand stitching class at Grand TUA 2018

On April 7, 2018 I attended Grand TUA – The University of Avacal. This is an annual event consisting mostly of classes, though some social aspects, SCA court, and martial activities are also included. This year for the first time the Kingdom A&S (Arts & Sciences) Championship was also included. Continue reading