July was a busy month, with many people preparing for Pennsic, Raglan, and other big events. Due to the timing of these events, my call for entries came while many people were gone or just about to go, but there are a few people remaining at home who thus have plenty of time for A&S, and to tell me about it.
It wouldn't be a proper WUW without some pictures, so many thanks to Herrin Ellina dicta Vintdenwürvel of Isengau for sending some of her recent, very prolific, spinning. The first is yellow merino, and the second is Coburger Fuchsschaf, a German breed:
Recently, the entire Shire of Vielburgen has been working, sometimes multiple weekends a month!, on repairing the shire's loaner armour kit. Jakob vom Rhein and Lars Magnus have taken this to the next level, forming an armourer's guild in the shire. Also doing metalwork in the Vielburgen is Master Gwylym Penbras, who reports that he's aiming to complete two seaxes by the middle of the month. Good luck to him!
Earlier in the month Marika and Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael of Vielburgen decided to satisfy their desire to cook and eat medieval food by hosting a cooking weekend at Aryanhwy's, into which Herr Joel Zinngieser was (not unwillingly!) roped along. The two of them chose 10 recipes, mostly from the 14th C Catalan Book of Sent Sovi, to prepare over the course of two days, and then serve to ~30 people (SCAdians and non). The head chefs were joined by sous-chefs Rio, Herr Michael der Grosse von Bergen, Angharad Hir (who also came away from the weekend sporting this lovely new name), Alaire, Jan, and Julie, who came from all over Knights Crossing. You can find the original recipes and redactions here.
On the topic of food, three cheers for Mistress Eva Gresldottir and (the newly minted) Mistress Joutsenjärven Sahra of Aarnimetsä, whose cookbook is now available in English!
Lady Alyna Morgan of Vielburgen continues to work on her 16th C Spanish dress, and sent along a few pictures of the cutwork decorating the shirt. I could never have the patience!
Displaying her many talents, after reporting last month on some lovely sewing projects, this month Vrouwe Aleydis van Vilvoorden of Gotvik takes up a new skill, trying illumination for the first time. She's working on a piece from a 9th century manuscript:
It's always satisfying to go from in-process one month to finished the next, and thus I'll shamelessly abuse my position as author of these posts to close with a picture of the one thing I completed before Raglan:
Always good to end on a high note.