Bead hangers

Finished bead hanger in the style of a 9th century Finnish Viking / Iron Age artefact

Finished bead hanger

One of the artisans in my SCA Barony offered to teach a bronze casting class in early November. His offer was to cast either an early or later-period sword pommel, but then also offered that students could cast another reasonably flat object if they wouldn’t use a pommel.

One student asked about a penannular brooch, but I had something different in mind – bead hangers in the style of a 9th century Finnish find.

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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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Warhorse at the Military Museums

Two mounted combatants. These ladies put on an excellent show, trying to knock the ornament off the other's helm.

Two mounted combatants. These ladies put on an excellent show, trying to knock the ornament off the other’s helm.

On July 22, 2017, the SCA group in Calgary took part in “Warhorse” at the Military Museums.

“Horses have been a key part of the Military from ancient times to the modern day. We have some participants bringing horses to show off the medieval horse in various eras.”

 

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