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

Horned hennin documentation

My second attempt at a Horned Hennin. This hat is made of dark red cotton velvet and embellished with faux pearls and metal billaments.

Selfie in my new horned hennin

On January 20, 2018 I’ll be presenting my research, documentation, and finished hat for comment only at Montengarde’s Twelfth Night. I’m not entering the competition to be Montengarde’s next A&S champion (since I only stepped down as Kingdom champion in November!). I wanted to share my documentation here – in case I need a digital version at the event!

Horned hennin documentation PDF

To see the full blog post with even more photos of construction/etc, visit my horned hennin blog post, or click the category for 15th century French to see more research, accompanying garments, and other projects from this era.

UPDATE
Here’s a photo that the Baroness of Montengarde took of my display at Twelfth Night!

Horned hennin competition display

Horned hennin competition display

Indigo dyeing at Harvest Feast

My finished cotton hankie from the indigo dyeing class at Harvest Feast 2017

My finished cotton hankie from the indigo dyeing class

You might recall that in a previous post I mentioned ‘tie dyeing’ with indigo natural dyes, and that at a class I had another chance to try this out. This class took place at Harvest Feast, an SCA event in September as part of the Shire of Bitter End.

This post will share photos and some information from that class… though some of the insights from our instructor I also shared in the previous indigo-related posts!

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