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

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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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