SCA 50 year A&S challenge

11th Century Byzantine costume (without the cloak)

11th Century Byzantine costume (without the cloak)

The SCA 50-year celebration is this June 17-27, and for it, Lady Albreda Aylese sent out a challenge (according to websites I read… since this happened in 2007, long before I joined the SCA!)

She proposed a breadth and depth challenge (participants could pick one, the other, or both). The depth challenge was to create or do 50 of any one thing. For example:

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My update to the Ninny

Last April I won a very silly challenge (goofy garb or something like that) at an SCA tavern, which means that this year it’s my turn to pass it along. I picked the theme “Perfectly Preposterous Period Pets” and also had to update the Golden Ninny (the silly award). Since my goofy garb included a ‘horned helmet’ to accompany a thrown-together “Viking-esque” outfit, I decided to do a hat for the Ninny.

The original Ninny

The original Ninny

I made the hat (a hennin) using buckram and gold-coloured silk brocade. I did a hatband of black cotton twill, and even did the little black wire on the forehead as seen in the paintings of this hat style. I did a little veil from the end using a white chiffon with gold threads running through it.

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