Medieval Suspended Spinning using Distaffs

Master spinner demonstrates how to dress a medieval-style cone distaff with flax (linen)

Dressing a cone-shaped distaff with flax

While at Avacal September Crown (a SCA event) I took a class on using a distaff for suspended spinning. I didn’t quite get the idea behind suspended spinning (it kind of made my hand hurt pretty quickly) but I did enjoy using the distaff to control the fibre for spinning.

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Arts & Sciences at Twelfth Night

The second session of judging for A&S at Twelfth Night in Montengarde

The second session of judging for A&S at Twelfth Night in Montengarde

After a year and ten months serving as Montengarde’s A&S champion (Emerald Rose) I was happy to host the competition to find my replacement at Twelfth Night.

Montengarde is the name of the Barony in the SCA – it’s the mundane city of Calgary, Alberta.

The competition

I had four individuals enter for the chance to win the honour of being the next Emerald Rose. Each of these individuals offered two entries. Additionally I had three single-entry

One of the two sessions in the second half of the A&S competition at Twelfth Night in Montengarde.

One of the two sessions in the second half of the A&S competition at Twelfth Night in Montengarde.

competitors. These individuals were looking for the chance to show their work and get feedback, but were not competing for the title. Entries included:

  • Hand-woven leg wraps
  • Beeswax candles
  • A research paper on Anglo-Saxon culinary
  • Flatbread
  • Skyr
  • Briw (a cooked stew kind of dish)
  • Tallow candles
  • A block-printed garment
  • An Italian gown
  • English knitting
  • A Tarim Basin outfit
Many people came to hear the presentations - beyond just the judges at the A&S competition at Twelfth Night in Montengarde.

Many people came to hear the presentations – beyond just the judges at the A&S competition at Twelfth Night in Montengarde.

I was really excited at how many entries there were, and how many of them were culinary entries. While culinary isn’t an area I’m particularly well-researched in, I have heard over and over how it’s one of the more difficult subject areas to compete in (alongside research papers and bardic entries) and so I’m super-impressed that the participants opted to put their efforts into this for the competition!

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17 bundles of 7

The Largess Challenge I hosted at the Festival of the Snow Eaters went wonderfully – between 5 individuals, there were 17 bundles of 7 donated items.

  • Sigfus
  • Sarah
  • Magy
  • Violente
  • and myself

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