So the purpose of this blog was to give a platform for the royals at the time ( Ele and Vitus) a place to show off the Kingdom's arts and crafts talent among other things. Ideally it is open to anyone in the kingdom of Drachenwald who wishes to contribute ( you just need to let me know and give me an email address to send you an invite with). It's also a blog roll, a place to try and put all the blogs from the kingdom's artists, artisans and crafts people in one place, allowing people to see what the blogs get updates. If you have a blog you think would be suitable then send me the link or leave it in the comment area. I'm happy to have people use the blog but am well aware that most people have their own and would much rather just share that. Also be aware that if you are posting on behalf of other people and you share pictures those images must be credited and permission must have been granted from the owner for its use here. Bear also in mind that when posting images not everyone has massive amounts of bandwidth so keep the images to a medium / small size.
The blog does not represent anything official for the SCA inc or the Kingdom of Drachenwald it is a personal blog space which I provide for other people to show off their cool stuff.
Mistress Bridget OL.
Margaret de Mey is one of Drachenwald's treasures. This past weekend she was elevated to the Order of the pelican. this was the scroll. If you wish to see a WHOLE lot more pictures and read up about the making of then hop on over to my other blog and check it out but be warned it's super image intensive.
Mistress Bridget Greywolf OL
Some very cool and unusual projects going on this month!
First up, this amazing piece of beaded embroidery by Fru Silwa af Swaneholm of Gotvik:
This is part of a Swabian-style dress inspired by the portrait of Ursula Greckin by an unknown Ulm Master, c.1500. The embroidery is silk, gold, and silver on velvet, with glass beads, and a special type of spun metal thread, which you can find here. I can't wait for the entire dress to be finished, hopefully we can feature it in an upcoming edition of What's Up Wednesday when it is!
Up in the cold frozen northern wastes, where there is nothing but cod, Fru Þora Sumarliðadóttir has been busy writing articles on medieval Norway, including her first onomastic article: "Middle Norwegian Names from Diplomatarium Norvegicum Diplom 217 (July 25, 1335)".
Baron Matthewe Baker of Westdragoningshire writes:
I've decided our encampment needs some period-looking books for display as "handling accessories" - just to add more atmosphere. - never having done anything like this before, I'm teaching myself a new Craft - I'm creating three "faux-incunabula" - which I hope to have finished for showing at Raglan Ffair. I've worked through the R & D prep. as far as printing and folding the pages for the first two codexes, and am just about to begin making in my workshop the equipment to enable me to sew and bind the book-blocks, - sewing frame, - the 2 presses, - and maybe a plough - and making the cover-boards. I have already researched a source for book-cover fittings, but I can't order them from Buchbinderei Muller until I can calculate the thickness of the finished books so that I can choose appropriate clasps.
For those who won't be able to attend Raglan Ffair, I'll do my best to take some pictures of this very neat sounding books! Look for them in a future edition of What's UP Wednesday!
When Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin of Nordmark sent me the link to her album tracking the progress of her recreation of a Finnish Iron Age Spiral pattern from the 11th Century for Queen Cecilia's stepping down garb, I was then faced with the difficulty of not simply posting ALL the pictures, because they are so very neat! You'll have to be satisfied with my favorite few:
Newcomer of Marika of Vielburgen created her very first piece of garb -- a Dublin hood, fully reversible with red on one side and purple on the other. Look for her sporting this stylish fashion piece at Crown Tourney!
And to end with a splash of color and a bit of sunshine, Herrin Ellina dicta Vintdenwürvel of Isengau sent this photo of her current spinning project, a beautiful golden merino:
All photos are used with permission and should not be reproduced without permission. The photos of Duchess Siobhan's apron are by Diane Hedström; the photos of Ellina's spinning by Christine Fiebig.
The gift basket is part of the representation of our Kingdom when our Royalty travels to lands far far away. The items show the skills and talent of the Kingdoms artisans and help Their Majesties in their efforts to represent us to the best of their ability. Drachenwald has a very good reputation and our gift baskets are sought for.
We are a small Kingdom – but we make up for it with our pure awesomeness! But since we are a small Kingdom the gift baskets also take a lot of effort to put together. I hope that everyone who does some arts or crafts consider to donate something for the largesse, since Their Majesties also need small tokens to give as appreciation to people who help them or who do wonderful things for others within the boarders of our Kingdom. So I urge you all to volunteer of your time and skills at some point! You don't have to wait until we know what Kingdom we are exchanging gifts with – not everything in a gift basket has to be of the Kingdom colors!
Again – a HUGE thank you to all who gave this time and I hope that lots of others take the chance to make our Kingdom shine in the future!
Love Meisterinnen Katheryn Hebenstreitz Gift basket coordinator for Their Majesties Prothal and Cecilia
And now for the pictures:
|A linen apron with an embroidered waistband donated by Lady Kaarina Eerikintytär|
|Blackwork embroidered needle case donated by Lady Gunhild von Brunswiek|
|Blank illuminated scrolls donated by Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael|
|Chain mail bracelet donated by Sarah of Eplaheimr|
Embroidered bag with rosary donated by Lady Magdalen Yrjäntytär
|Embroidery silk donated by Baroness Mechthild Quattermart|
|Embroidery silks donated by Lady Ameline de Leeuwe|
|Enamelled belt kit donated by Master Guntram von Wolkenstein|
|Illuminated bookmarks donated by Mistress Genevieve la flechiere|
|Jewellery donated by Master Guntram von Wolkenstein|
|Medieval bookmarks donated by Lady Åsa Vävare|
|Naalebound hat donated by Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz|
Naalebound socks donated by Lady Beata Sigridsdotter
|Necklace and earrings donated by Lady Alyna Morgan|
|Pewter Laurel Wreath tokens donated by Master Robert de Canterbury|
|Pilgrim's bag donated by Mistress Bridget Greywolf|
|Small ceramic bottles donated by Lady Ida Juhanantytar|
Songbook donated by Lady Kaarina Eerikintytär
|Tablet weaving book donated by Rouva Joutsenjärven Sahra|
|Tablet woven band donated by Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz|
|Two fighter's coifs donated by Lady Mariah Harsick|
All pictures used by Kind Permission of Marie Ålberg
So as spring is in the air it's that time of year again...
I went through the link and cleared up in active or unavailable ones. I've left all the blogs in ...just in case some of the inactive ones get started up again. If anyone in Drachenwald has a blog that showcases what they are doing and wish it to be added to the blog roll then send me an email ( address on on the side bar)
If anyone wishes to be added to the contributor list then let me know so I can send you an invitation to join.
If people have cool, informative links they think should also be here then please let me know as it's always good to have a great link library for information.
Bridget - the blog monkey.
Welcome to the 4th edition of What's Up Wednesday!
Today's banner item could be a complete entry in itself. Madame Lyonet de Covenham of Thamesreach has been working on the construction of Golden Vanity, a harp that might have come from the same shop as the Wartburg Harp, a late 14th or early 15th Century harp kept at the Wartburg, a castle at Eisenach in Germany:
On the left is the original Wartburg Harp. It is assessed to have been made in the Tyrol out of three pieces of local maple. It has iron tuning pegs, which carried 26 gut strings with each note labelled on the neck. The sound box is oval in cross-section and was carved out of a block rather than built up out of planks as modern harps are. On the right is Golden Vanity, based on the Wartburg but with five strings dropped out of the middle of the harp turning the curve at the top from a section of an ellipse into a section of a circle.
Golden Vanity plays beautifully. It will be a few weeks before her sound fully develops, and she currently needs to be tuned twice daily as her strings stretch; but for her size she is loud and clear, and with the bray pins set she sounds unearthly.
(She sent me another two pages worth of notes about the materials and construction, anyone who is interested in reading them need merely ask!)
Jahanara-banu of Flintheath has been weaving damasks. She says:
I am using a Myrhead Drawloom attachment on my Glimakra Standard Loom. The drawloom attachment allows me to accomplish drawloom weaving without a helper sitting on top of the loom! There has been some debate on whether drawlooms were first developed in Iran, namely the Sasanid Dynasty (3rd-6th C AD) or Han China. The drawloom allows weavers to mechanically create a variety of patterns in the weaving. A drawloom is a double harness loom, meaning it has 2 independent sets of shafts, one which controls the weave structure and one that controls the pattern. The drawloom allows the weaver to easily weave a wide variety of cloths, using Taquete and Samitum, which can be woven on a single harness loom, to Damask. My samples are Damask cloth, using 4 end broken twill/false damask and 10/2 cotton. The cloth is set at 24 epi and the designs vary from my own patterns, the "drops", to a pattern from Lillemor Johansson's Damask and Ophamta, and a leaf damask published in Complex Weavers Medieval Textile Study Group Samples 2003.
This weekend at Feast of Fools saw a feast of artistry in addition to foolishness. Throughout the day Lord Silvein Morgan of Vielburgen could be seen tooling an amazingly complex design on leather, all the while modeling a recently completed silk and embroidered Viking coat by his lady, Lady Alyna Morgan. The event was also host to an installment of the Knight's Crossing baronial A&S competition which featured many wonderful entries -- Corelia del Castello of Turmstadt entered a beautiful back-log scroll with delicate shading, Stefanulf von Horn presented four different berry liquers, Baroness Maggie shared a pot of mustard (and her redacted for it can be found here), and Master Gwylym Penbras displayed a dagger with a turned walnut handle, among other entries. But the most impressive entry, in my opinion, though, was this embroidered and beaded Elizabethan style purse made entirely by Edith of London, of Turmstadt:
The seamstress is eight.
A number more finished projects in the inaugural Drachenwald A&S Exchange have been posted to the exchange blog: a Viking apron by Lady Mylla, a partlet with two sets of sleeves by Lady Victoria Alcon de Castile of Polderslot, an embroidered coif by Lady Tamara Samuilova of Thamesreach, of Saint John of Rila, and an embroidered pin cushion by Fru Eyja Einarsdotter of Gyllengran.
The family that sews together, stays together. Lady Mylla O'Reilly of Gyllengran has been making tassels:
while her lord, Lord Are Faggeson, has been adapting medieval manuscripts into embroidery patterns:
Finally, a few editions ago, I commented on the pewter work of Herr Joel Zinngieser of Vielburgen, and promised pictures when he finished his current piece. I'm pleased to be able to make good on that promise now:
This is a belt strap end commissioned by Lady Tamara Samuilova, with her arms on it.
Photo of Edith's purse by Elsa Hahma. Photos of Mylla's and Are's tassles and embroidery by Jessica & Daniel Granath. Photos of Jahanara's weaving by Erica Jones. Photo of Lyonet's harp are by Lynette Nusbacher; the origin of the Wartburg harp photo is unknown. Photo of the strap end by Joel Uckelman.
All photos used with permission. Do not replicate without permission.
The days are beginning to lengthen, the sun has returned from exile, the evenings grow longer, which means...more time for working on projects! Drachenwald has been up to some pretty neat things in the last month.
Capturing the color of the sunlight itself, Baroness Mechthild Quattermart of Knights Crossing has recently produced a new batch of silk yarn dyed with walnuts:
The inaugural Drachenwald Arts & Sciences Exchange is currently wrapping up. Since last August, 18 artisans have been researching and planning and executing personalized gifts for a recipient that they've been paired with from another part of the kingdom. The goal of DWASE is to help artisans from around the kingdom connect with others they would not have otherwise, whether due to distance or other reasons---and also to get shiny presents! The first of the gifts have started arriving with their recipients, and the amount of workmanship and care that have been put into them. Already on the exchange's blog you can see a beautiful embroidered pouch done by Madame Nicole d'Anjou of Juneborg---who was so inspired by her creation for Ava that she made a pouch for herself and entered it into the 12th Night Coronation competition, and won!---and an amazing embroidered hussif by Fleurie de Lyra of Aros, and an embroidered pouch with a leather money-purse, spun wool, and naalbinding needles by Herrin Ellina dicta Vintdenwürvel of Isengau. The next instalment of the exchange is being planned to start in March.
Lady Margaret Wolsely of Thamesreach has been conducting research on costume details preserved on effigies (and to a lesser extent, brasses) of the very early Tudor period. You can read about the results of some of her finds concerning the effigies on a 1502 croft tomb, and an effigy from 1511---both posts full of pictures and fascinating discussion.
Springtime comes and a young man's thoughts turn to...finishing projects! Gyula Rakonczay Gergely of Aarnimetsä writes that he hopes to finish a tapestry that he has been working on for nearly three years this spring. You can see pictures of his other tapestries at his website.
Over in Gyllengran, Viscount Eirik Hårfager has recently set up website where you can follow his brewing and jewelry-making.
For those knitters who are planning to attend Double Wars, be sure to seek out Fru Aleydis van Vilvoorden of Gotvik, who has recently completed these silk/alpaca blend socks based on the pattern of the socks of Eleanor de Toledo, and will be bringing them along to show them off:
Enjoyment of the arts and sciences knows no bounds in rank, as Princess Eibhlín ní Ghallchobair of Insula Draconis illustrates with forays into felt making:
Those of you who read the Baelfyr will have read of Lady Lyonet de Covenham's forays into harp-making, over in Thamesreach. Those of you who don't read the Baelfyr should subscribe now so as to not miss the next instalment in the series!
Joutsenjärven Sahra of Aarnimetsä continues to weave busily. She reports: "This week I finished Snartemo V band. It is tablet woven, 56 tablets. I used thin wool yarn, Wetterhoe Veera (tex 55 x 2, nm would be about 20/2). The original band is found in Norway and dated to 7th century. It has four colours: blue, red, green and yellow, one on very hole of four-hole tablet. Snartemo-techniques speciality are long floating yarns on top of the band, and they create the motifs. One float can be even eight turns long. Quite easy to weave, but rapport is almost four sheets long and it took eight hours to weave those. My band is about one meter long, and it has three rapports." She provides a picture of the original find and of her new band:
Photo credits: Photo of the silk yarn by Mechthild Quattermart. Photo of the silk stockings by Eva Andersson. Photos of the felt by Catherine Puffer. Photos of Sahra's band and the original by Mervi Pasanen. All photos used with permission. Please do not copy photos without permission.
Amazing how quickly a month goes by and now it's time for another edition of What's Up Wednesday! Judging from Facebook, the holidays haven't kept people too busy, and there has been lots of preparation for Coronation going on.
Coronations are the time to bring out your finest garb, and Lady Ælfwynn of Eoforwic, in Nordmark, is not only making hats, but she's also blogging about it, with sketches, pictures, and construction notes. She and her daughters will be bells at the ball! Over in Aventiure, Mistress Bridget Greywolf has been working on a new set of Viking garb for Lord Marcus von Stormarn. In the same trend of "making something for someone you love", Baron Konrad von Lewenstein in Vielburgen has not only been making new shoes for his beautiful Baroness, he's put up a tutorial with pictures on Facebook. Here's a shot of all the pieces you need, laid out and ready to sew:
Winter is approaching, and it's no surprise that people from Styringheim to Aarnimetsä and back to Polderslot have been working on mittens! fru Renike Tucher and Joutsenjärven Sahra have been decorating naalbound mittens with embroidery and braided cuffs, while Ava van Allecmere has been adventuring into the world of pattern-designing, working up some two-fingered naalbound gloves on the basis of some leather examples in paintings:
Dark winter evenings in Westdragoningshire are best spent indoors -- and what better way to spend a quiet evening at home than painting thousands of little dots? The end result is this beautiful scroll by Lady Arianhwy Wen:
To wrap things up for this month, Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael of Vielburgen has made good on her promise made just before last coronation to put together a tutorial on making Anglo-Saxon and Viking wire rings, with pictures.
Photo credits: Konrad von Lewenstein took the photo marked with his watermark. Jennifer A. McGowan took the photo of Ari Mala's scroll. Sandra Klerks photographed the gloves. All photos used with permission, please do not copy or re-use without also getting permission!
Welcome to the first edition of What's Up Wednesday! This will be a monthly column in which people all over the kingdom say what it is they've been up to. If you want to be featured in an upcoming edition, merely let Aryanhwy know (email@example.com) what you've been doing lately, before the first Wednesday of every month. If you have a picture of what you've been doing or working on, you can send that too!
Starting off with something sweet, Lord Christian Trenchard in Depedene-under-Wychwood has been designing playing cards in sugar:
Would make for rather messy gambling, methinks!
Not every A&S project lends itself to pretty pictures, but that doesn't make it any less fascinating to peruse. Want to add a bit of arcane knowledge to your repertoire? Check out Lady Constanza of Thamesreach's new article, "Names in the charters of the Abbey of Ystrad Marchell, 1176-1283", hot off the presses.
Beautiful workmanship shows up in this lovely tablet-woven band from Joutsenjärven Sahra of Aarnimetsä, displaying one of the patterns in her Finnish tablet weaving book:
Original was found from Norway and it is a dress decoration from 6th century. It was about 2,5 cm wide, my version is four, so absolutely too wide. I thought I had thin wool yarn, but it was so tight spun, that it stays quite wide even when it is woven.
Original band has two colors: red animals on blue. This band is woven with 39 tablets, 22 of them being pattern tablets and then 8+9 on edges.
Continuing in the textile train, Herrin Ellina dicta Vintdenwürvel of Isengau sends photos of her recent spinning, on the spindle, and off:
Creating something fluffy and warm: the perfect activity for winter!
Responding to my plea that there needs to be more 'S' in A&S, Lady Agnes La Verte of Dun in Mara reports that she's been hard at work building her armor kit, while over in Vielburgen, Lord Joel Zinngieser and Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael have been carving stone and casting pewter. Look for photos of both in a future edition of WuW!
Photo credits: Christian's sugar cards were photographed by Claire McKinnell; Sahra's tablet band by Mervi Pasanen; and Ellina's spinning and yarn by Christine Fiebig. All photos used with permission, please do not copy or re-use without also getting permission!
Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce my good friend Viscount Robert of Canterbury, Master of the Order of the Pelican and Caversham Herald Extraordinary. He was recommended to me as one of the treasures of Insulae Draconis, and graciously agreed to the interview:
Let's begin with an introduction. What is your name?
Robert de Canterbury
AKA Viscount Robert de Canterbury, Lord Warden of the Broads, Pelican Counsellor, Caversham Herald Extraordinary, Monsignor Confessor to Pan Vitus Polonius.
AKA Lanky Bob
MKA Dan Towse
How long have you been in the SCA, and in what groups/kingdom have you lived?
I started playing occasionally in the Shire of Southron Gaard, (Christchurch New Zealand) back when it was a part of Caid. (¹93ish?) After a long break I restarted in Drachenwald in 2001 in the Shire of Thamesreach and have been playing fairly hard ever since. I departed Thamesreach for a brief sojourn in Westdragonshire, but returned to Thamesreach in 06 and have yet to escape.
Tell us something about your persona.
Robert of Canterbury is a 14th Century Englishman. My Harness is late 14th, and my garb is more mid-late 14th.
What types of arts and sciences do you participate in, whether dabbling or full-fledged?
I can teach voice production and choral singing (Though its been a while) I used to be something of a singer, but I am now much out of practice. I dabble in just about everything, Cookery, Playing of Music, Dance, tailoring, I've recently set my hand to Calligraphy & Limning.
What work that you've produced are you most proud of?
My Finest hour to date as a Court Herald was Double Wars 2011. There was an astonishing amount of business to be conducted over the course of the week, including three peerages. Vitus and Ele gave me free rein, and I think I delivered. Each elevation was quite unique, and all the other business was carried of with gravitas, brio, and a dash of straight-faced levity.
Certainly I've never before or since had quite so much positive feedback.
For verse that I've written, I was pretty pleased with the poem for Sven's Pelican elevation, which formed the text of his Patent of elevation.
In Pewtering, the Coronets I made for My Lady and I, for our investiture as Viscount & Viscountess. They were a new challenge, with a whole bunch of new techniques involved. They are not strictly proper, being pewter not silver, but the finished look was pretty gratifying.
What are your favorite resources -- books, websites, vendors, etc.?
I've a bibliography in both of my blogs for Heraldic & Pewtering stuff. Other favourites are: Peter Brears' Cooking & Dining in Medieval England (ISBN 978 1 903018 55 2), Peter Spufford Power and Profit - the Merchant in medieval Europe (ISBN 978 0 500 28594 7), The Memoirs of Usamah Ibn Munqidh (ISBN 0 231 12125 3).
For Websites, the Armour Archive. There is a lot of knowledge buried in the Bluster.
And the goto resource for pictorial primary sources, http://www.larsdatter.com/.
Vendors, I've always loved everything I've had from http://www.trinitycourtpotteries.co.uk/.
Etc? London. I take every advantage I can of living in a city so rich in both history and historic resources. Sites, Museums, societies, libraries. I've little excuse for not getting it at least half right.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Don't forget to look outside of the SCA for knowledge and skills too. There are very few SCA arts or sciences that are unique to us, we have no monopoly on talent or expertise. Learn wherever you can.