Nalbound Hat with Appliqué for Ceara of Novgorod

The final hat!

I’ve been promising this for too long, and here we go!

So, back in August, a request came to my Laurel that clothing be made for her sister-in-law, who was getting jump-laurelled. I was asked to make the hat, and while it’s been awhile since I finished any nalbinding, I was more than happy to do so.

With much cursing and frustration (I’ll be honest), the result is honestly one of my favorite things in the last few years.

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Let’s Talk Glass!

Some of the results of a week of intensive glass fun.

So, a few months ago, at the end of April, I learned how to make glass. It was more geared towards a studio setting, but there’s plenty of knowledge to be had and damn it, I’m still nearly overloaded on it. The reason for that is simple, and it’s the fact that I adore glass. I love it in all it’s forms, in how much you can do with it, and how varied the applications are.

Some of the photos and things I learned there are below. It’s caused some dangerous rabbit holes to start to form, and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

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Glass Beads for Calontir Clothing Challenge Prize/Queen of Doom

Cleaned and ready to go!

With glass, I firmly believe that you can’t completely fall in love with anything you make until it’s out of the kiln. It’s a sure fire way to curse your work, and part of why I love glass so much. Beads in particular fascinate me, and so when the Calontir Clothing Challenge opened up, I decided to make some to give as a prize. What follows is some more information for the Queen of Doom’s Prize.

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State of that Outfit…

And then I went off the deep end and ordered specific supplies…

When last we spoke, I stated I would *totally* finish a 14th century outfit by the end of January.

Yeah… that totally happened. Between the holidays, full-scale finishing another few projects, the SCA start date for in-person activities getting postponed, and the all powerful brain weasels… this did not happen.


But considering I was so eager for it, and I’m really looking forward to it, I decided that if I wasn’t going to finish, then damn it, I would make it better. Considering that all I’d done was sew most of the hood, it just needs edging as I’m not happy with what’s been done, and cut out the kirtle and shift, I had everything pretty wide open.

(Then I realized I’d already cut the kirtle out (except for gores), and things were looking much better.)

So now? I’m going to handsew the fucking lot of it. I’m thinking I’ll also partly take apart the hood and handsew a few things on it I’m not totally happy with (such as seam finishing). My tentative goal is the end of May, but if it’s earlier, I’ll be thrilled. I’m using it as an excercise in forcing myself to complete everything and take no shortcuts.

And it shall be most excellent.

and now for something completely different.

(and it’s not the bread documentation I still need to post from A&S)

The Kingdom of Calontir is hosting a clothing challenge!

Let’s rewind a bit here and explain.

Before everything hit, I planned to make a 14th century outfit for Estrella 2021. I bought the fabric early on in the whole covid-madness, and decided heck, this will be good.

I then, of course, proceeded to spend several months dealing with a bunch of other things, losing the crafting muse, enjoying that body changing that comes with stress, and just going ‘blarg, no, later’. Well, this challenge comes along, and so I’ll be doing it. Because the group motivation of such things helps, and I’ve got a plan that should help somewhat with the

So now, let’s talk about the plan!

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Handsewn Viking Clothing from Birka

The second of my 2019 Kingdom Arts and Sciences championship entries was clothing.

In the documentation, I make note of the fact that I am thinking about taking apart some of the overdress. That is currently taken apart and in the pile of things to do when I have the brain to do it. This whole Covid situation as rather sapped my will to work!

I must also thank Lady Dominique de la Mer, without whom my documentation would not be nearly as nicely worded.

 

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As with much of my life, pug stalkers are a think.

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Birka Gaming Pieces

When I planned for Kingdom Arts and Sciences 2019, I decided that I’d keep to a theme. For (something akin to) sanity, I decided on working with items from Birka. The following is my documentation for small glass gaming pieces based on finds from that site.

Looking back over it, I definitely need to work on the flow of my writing, and there are some changes I’d want to make. (I swear, when I talk about it, I sound less like a middle-schooler writing a paper.) The project is one that I’m pleased with, but definitely there’s room for improvement. I’m putting serious thought into getting a period-ish furnace up in my backyard as it cools, and then seeing how different it is there.

Of course, I could also just buy new ceramic sheets and use my hothead…

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Long Time, No See!

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It’s certainly been a chaotic time since I last updated this page, and there’s been quite a bit that’s happened on the art front. (Also personal, but let’s not go there.)

Namely, my utter love of glass has been renewed, and I’ve also been doing more research  into specific regions. Mostly looking at Northern Europe and Hedeby/Haithabu, but I’ve also been looking at Hallstatt. In general, it’s time to start working once more on the art and research and figuring shit out.

Onwards!

On Event Information – Namely on Facebook

Why yes, it’s been awhile. I have projects to update here, and stuff to talk about, but as it happens life comes up and so here we are some time after the last post with a grump. One related to the SCA, to advertising for events, and to communication thereof.

When I joined the SCA, the way one found out about events was on the Kingdom website, through Yahoo Groups, and Southwind (our monthly newsletter). Facebook existed, but by no means had the overwhelming majority of communication moved there. Now, about fifteen years later as things have changed, I find myself getting more and more frustrated with how information is disseminated about events. (I cannot speak to other kingdoms, so this is limited to my experiences here in Atenveldt. This post is also not about anything other than event listing and information associated with said events.)

Before we go further, there’s something that I think bears repeating. Endlessly.

Facebook is not designed with you in mind. You do not pay for the service, and you do not bring any form of monetary value to the company other than as a pair of eyes that can be sold. Therefore, there is no value in making the platform easier for you to use.

Let us start by saying this: not everyone uses Facebook. The reasons for this do not matter, but those who are posting events/things need to be aware that not everyone will see information pertinent to the event and so you run the very real risk of people not being aware of what’s going on. Even if an event is public, finding it on Facebook without an account can be… challenging.

For those who do use Facebook, it can still be quite hard to find information on events. Upcoming things are not always pushed to those invited/attending (unless you’re willing to pay, and even then) so it can be hard to miss the information as it comes. Additionally, Facebook’s feed moves quite quickly and depending on what platform you’re using what you see could be quite different.

With these basic issues, why keep using it? Honestly, I think that mostly it’s because it’s what people are used to. They’re used to finding events on that platform and having them accessible there. I suspect it’s also got to do with a perception amongst many that events will run themselves, and people will attend no matter what. So sharing the event information is perhaps a secondary concern.

It shouldn’t be, though. Getting the event details out to people is the most important part of making sure they attend. They let them know if the event needs anything (like prizes) or if there are any details that would necessitate changing their plans or schedules (like certain parts of an event being held on certain days). Our kingdom is small, but traveling from one end to the other can be four to five hours, and that requires logistical planning – especially when one has commitments for their job, life, etc to work around.

Now, is there a perfect way to get everything to everyone? No. There’s always going to be someone who complains about not seeing event listings, no matter the location they’re at. But we shouldn’t say ‘well, this hasn’t been used or worked properly for awhile’ and move to a service that limits access to it.

At the very least – having complete information on the Kingdom’s website means that anyone can pull it up and look at all the information they may want or need. Email has the advantage of being able to be filtered so it can be received and viewed as desired. Facebook is going to be the choice for many, so I’m not saying we abandon it entirely, merely make sure it’s used equally with other options to ensure that the information gets to everyone equally.

New Year, New Stuff

So, I swear, this isn’t dead. It’s been a weird second half of the year, but I have at least completed some things that I’m pleased with. My Laurel was Queen, so that meant a chunk of brain energy was diverted there, but at least I got some work done. Did her Queen’s Grace scrolls, and worked on clothing for various people, as well as turned out some naalbinding. Must do more naalbinding.

I also went for Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion. It was… Oh, let’s not lie – it was an unqualified disaster. For a variety of reasons. However, I’m really glad that I did it – even if it means that there’s now a larger plan in the works for the 2019 competition. One sort of started over dinner the night of the competition and that I won’t regret as much (even if the book I’m eying for the matter is currently pushed back for the second printing).

I’m actually pleased with the documentation that was submitted, though – so I’ll be posting that in the next few weeks.

The highlight, though, was that I returned to my first love of SCA art. Lampwork. Gods, that’s so much fun…

And now, the Estrella prep continues.