Sometimes, I teach classes in the SCA or through private arrangements. These are a few of my class handouts, available for download.
A quick overview of historical applications followed by instructions on how to applique, where to find designs and how to translate them into use for applique, where to find materials, easy ways to dye wool with stuff in your kitchen, stitches to use, tips for working with silk and linen, and more.
This provides an overview of major medieval calligraphic styles and discusses methods for learning them at home. Extensive notes/instruction on the materials needed to get started using dip pens: nibs, paper, inks, how to rule up a page, etc.
This is from a hands-on participation class to get people familiar with incorporating seals and sealing wax into scribal projects. We use both modern and medieval options, discuss how seals were used in period, and try everything out!
Documentation for A&S Projects
Short documentation for a weaving project replicating a narrow tablet woven band from the Oseberg ship burial in Norway. I’m working to get better at tablet weaving and utilize only authentic motifs and materials, so I’ll be redoing the band in silk and flax soon now that I’m comfortable with the pattern (Aunt Lydia’s #10 crochet cotton was not so popular with Vikings).
Ottoman Talismanic Shirt Project – Experiments in Calligraphy on Fabric
The first part of a large, long-term project to fully recreate a talismanic undershirt from the 16th century. This project covers figuring out what the fabric was starched or sized with to prevent the ink or paint from bleeding, what writing tools were used, and what kind of ink might have been used. There are fewer than 100 known surviving shirts throughout the Islamic world, and English-language scholarship on them is limited, particularly regarding questions of how the shirts were created. As such, this part of the project involves a high degree of theory and experimentation.
Kingdom A&S 2015 – Ottoman Festival Sugar Figures
Using sugar paste, I made a selection of flowers and figures mentioned in a traveler’s account of a 16th. c. festival in Istanbul. This is my first try at actual medieval cooking, and I learned a great deal. Documentation is long, but it’s half documentation for the piece, half appendices of tutorials for how I made the items and of my struggles with confectionery arts in a very humid place.
Kingdom A&S Feb 2013 – A Small Book of Castillian Poems
I made and calligraphed a small, soft-bound book of late-period poems. This was my first real project using only quills, and my research, process and work with quills is detailed within. I did well for my first time competing in Kingdom, and got very good feedback about improving my consistency and how to expand my baby steps into period materials. It pushed me into spending a great deal of time in 2013 researching, making, and working with all period materials.
From a swap project. I made a little purse out of silk, velvet, and freshwater pearls with a cord and tassels handmade from naturally dyed linen.
Or, as it could also be titled, “Why Nobody Drinks Prison Wine Outside of Prison”… a failure I learned a lot from. Long story short, spending $0.75 on proper brewing yeast would have resulted in a delicious, complex mead. Using bread yeast like the internet said I could resulted in an expensive waste of honey and something too awful to drink.