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Been quite a while. Real life proved just too busy for the last 12 months. But my Baronial Reeve time is up and my focus is going to be back on doing some craft work.

I wove myself a new student belt to experiment narrow weave work. And I'm currently making Baroness Acacia an Attefit as her Christmas/Birthday present. So I've got projects to post about.

Fare thee well.

Back online

Had to reset my password as I haven't been on here in so long. Been very busy the last year with mundane life hence the missing posts. But I'm back with some focus - mundane life adjusted.

This weekend I am running another kitchen for another RiverHaven Baronial. This one is only afternoon tea / snacks. It was to have been a feast but we didn't get the numbers. Will post menu, feedback, etc next week.

I've also been doing some sewing. I'm halfway through a new undertunic for myself in preparation for GNW in June. I also am sorting out garb for the kid as he's shot up. He's size 4-5 in height but only can still fit into size 1 trousers for his waist (skinny boy) and he's now 3 and a half.

Also doing a long outstanding embroidery project. Will post that after delivery to recipient at GNW.

Finally, I'm currently St Florian's Reeve (Baronial Exchequer) so that takes up mental space for service.

Back to work.



River Haven September Baronial Luncheon

Run a couple of weekends ago. I was head cook. Putting the menu here for my records. All went well, some partial failures but great learning experience.

Morning Tea:

Honey Roast Almonds
Cheese Crackers
Pumpkin Pies
Fruit mince tarts
Pickled Eggs
Fresh Fruit


Pissaladiere de Nice
Chicken wings with marmalade and garlic
Chickpeas in white wine with apricots
Vegetable samosas
Chicken and leek pies
Beef pies
Mushroom vol-au-vents
Losyns (pasta)
Roast chicken
Boiled eggs


Apple crumble
Berry tartlets
Sponge fingers with cream, marshmallows and chocolate


Rhubarb soda
Peach tea soda

GNW Norse hats

We're staying this year at GNW which means winter camping. Not making any new garb for myself and Benny's only getting a new vest cause I found some check wool. But we do need headgear. So I've made Benny a little Norse beanie and am halfway through making the same for me. I've used some wool I bought at San Fran last year and used wool yarn off a cone I had to blanket stitch it all together. The sheepskin is leftovers from the coat I cut up about 2 years ago. I think there's a post here previously.
I started teaching prac last Wednesday and promptly fell down sick with the flu. So I'm home first three days of this week recovering - hence this quick post. I'm not to do anymore SCA stuff until I finish my last two Uni assignments due tomorrow. So my hat and his coat will get done next weekend - this is the plan at the moment.
Here's photos of his version. Can't get him to stay still long enough to get a shot of it on him so his teddy stand-in will have to do.



And here's some sewing details of the hat. I miscalculated the length needed so an extra strip was attached around the bottom of the hat. The sheepskin is attached and folded up on that so you can't see it anyway. The colours in real life are much closer than they appear in the photos. Just a bog-standard 6 section hat held together by blanket stitch with a sheepskin trim attached and flipped up.


From the hearth

Notes and thoughts on theme for Hordweard's new challenge.

Wooden spoons and cooking implements

Pottery containers


ETA - found out the deadline is Spring War so no time for me to do it at the moment. Will wait for the next challenge.


Waxed Linen - Research Notes - Cerecloth

Middle English sere, from Old French cire, from Latin cera (“wax, cere”), or via Latin cero (“I cere”).

Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead.
(Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Textiles) waxed waterproof cloth of a kind formerly used as a shroud
[from earlier cered cloth, from Latin cērāre to wax; see cere2]

use in medieval and Renaissance embalming
TITLE: embalming
SECTION: History.
...spices, unguents, wax, and wrappings in addition to the prices charged by skilled embalmers. Moreover, religious opposition was so strong and skill so limited that few would consider it. Instead, cerecloths, strips of fabric impregnated with wax and wrapped snugly around the body to exclude air, were used. This method of preservation was so prevalent that cerement became a synonym for grave...

Definition of CERECLOTH
: cloth treated with melted wax or gummy matter and formerly used especially for wrapping a dead body
alteration of earlier cered cloth (waxed cloth)
First Known Use: 1553

Waxed Linen - Technical Notes

* Used beeswax melted in a double boiler. I tried to melt it just in a throw away baking tray on a hot plate but it didn't melt consistently. And doing it outdoors draws bees to it immediately. I got the beeswax in a 200g block from Kunara - which is an organic supermarket at Forest Glen (nearby to us here on the coast). Cost to me per block is about $9. From experimenting and the class I taught - 1 block lasts about 6-8 cup sized pieces of fabric.

* Linen in a light weave appears to work best as a carrier of the wax. Have done one piece of thick cotton but haven't tried to manipulate it onto a cup yet. But based on the use of waxed linen as cerecloth in embalming, loose weave makes sense.

* Use two pairs of tongs to dip and pull out fabric from wax pot. That way you keep the fabric from mostly sticking to itself.

* Have a piece of waxed paper next to your pot so you can place the fabric to cool on it. It's very quick to dry when you're getting the drips off after dipping it (holding it over the pot with the tongs).

* I used pinking shears to cut the fabric but those really would not have been period. But they make a nice edge to the fabric.

* Class used a cake plate and a dinner plate as templates. These sizes seem to work well for cups and small bowls.

Here's the first cup cover I made. It wraps well over the cup and sticks to itself. I've since had it taken off and put back on the cup many times in my demo/classes and it's still sticking well. If it gets too cracked and/or not staying on the cup then I can redip it in the wax pot.


Waxed Fabric in SCA period

I taught a class at the Northern Collegia on the weekend just gone. It was about my research so far in the use of waxed linen. We made some round pieces to cover bowls and cups/containers. It went well. Had four ladies join me and they've given me some great feedback on where I should go next with my research and investigation. And I'm booked in to teach it again at Great Northern War in June.

No pictures at the moment from the class. They took some but I don't currently have copies of them.

To post list

Linen veil
Silk veil
Forehead band

All are part of my middle eastern outfit that I wore to the Eastern Affair event. I put up some photos to FB but I need to document them properly here.


Tulip Bunting - In Use

This was trimmed from a photo taken by Penny. Thanks for letting me take my part out of it. The list field at the event only had three sides using the new frame. So only 12 pieces of bunting were used. I didn't get the chance to put the purple trim on them, but I did have all 20 finished to usable stage.

listfield1 (2)

I've gotten them back after the event so I can now put the trim on them leisurely.

ETA: Here's one of His Majesty and Sir Lorcan chatting while in the listfield. Taken by Nayda. Can see three pieces of the bunting along behind them.