first flag making workshop
- Greetings all,We officially started our Baronial group 50 challenge this weekend. We started by making silk flags with our devices which can be used to liven up an event or camp. I have added a couple of picture I took to the photo section of the home page.We have made 10 flags so far with another 32 on the list to complete. It went quite well. We used premade silk hankerchiefs that only cost $4.85 each and were 44" x 44". We used the Serti method of resist dyeing.It worked out great. I had never used the black organic based resist before which needs dry cleaning to remove. I plan on leaving it in there for accent lines. It added almost no weight to the flags. It was a learning experience for everyone.So 10 down: only 40 to go.Nest
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- Nest is AWESOME!!! Thanks for including the picture, too - those
banners are huge, and look great! (Plus, it looks like you were all
having a good time!)
Your events will never look the same! Vivat!
Albreda, who loves starting her day with such news!
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Tangwistel <eastarch@...> wrote:
>weekend. We started by making silk flags with our devices which can
> Greetings all,
> We officially started our Baronial group 50 challenge this
be used to liven up an event or camp. I have added a couple of
picture I took to the photo section of the home page.
>complete. It went quite well. We used premade silk hankerchiefs that
> We have made 10 flags so far with another 32 on the list to
only cost $4.85 each and were 44" x 44". We used the Serti method of
>resist before which needs dry cleaning to remove. I plan on leaving
> It worked out great. I had never used the black organic based
it in there for accent lines. It added almost no weight to the flags.
It was a learning experience for everyone.
> So 10 down: only 40 to go.
> Be a better Globetrotter. Get better travel answers from someone
> Yahoo! Answers - Check it out.
- Hello Albreda and everyone!
I spent some time taking a good hard look at what I am doing and what
I was avoiding and finally settled on my challenges. The one thing I
avoided rather passionately was entering A&S competitions or even
displaying at A&S events. This year though between the A&S 50
Challenge and a renewed interest in A&S events for the sake of A&S
events locally I decided to do the unthinkable... for me anyway... I
have decided to enter or display 50 items as part of the challenge.
There will be the first all A&S event in the barony in about 5 or 6
years held this coming Saturday... no fighting allowed, just A&S.
The baroness said she wants to see the guys show up in nice clothing
and not smell up the hall and she gets her wish. It has been so long
that the autocrats and the baroness are very worried that there won't
be many items present. The fears are well justified because the last
few baronial A&S competitions boasted about a handful of items each
causing many to doubt the sanity of having an all A&S event. To make
certain we have plenty of items to show off I decided to try to
display or enter 1 thing for each time she asked me "will you please
enter?" or "just come display something." That came out to about a
dozen requests and strangely I actually have almost that many things
that could be displayed or entered. Some are just display because
they are still in progress but most will be entered. Depending on
the final decision on my Oxymel, which I don't know how to display
safely while teaching 2 classes and attending 2 others, I should have
11 or 12 items this go around. I've got the documentation written up
for all 12 though just to be certain. The autocrats and the baroness
have been hyping the event and doing a lot of encouragement to help
make it a success so I believe this one will do quite well.
Just one week later the Queen's Prize/Queen's Whim event will be held
and I have 2 items to enter. I wasn't certain I could enter at this
one but they opened the competition to allow Flowers to enter as well
as being sponsors for competitors. I'm back-up sponsor for one
entrant and have located a Mistress to sponsor me. My documentation
is complete barring any requested tweaks from my sponsor though I
expect all will be well there.
That will put me well ahead of the curve but given my predeliction
for avoiding A&S competition I figure I need to get started with a
bang to give me a fighting chance to actually complete this one. I
just hope my laurel has recovered from the shock of the email telling
him of my sudden change of heart regarding competition and
I've also decided to do 50 pairs of gloves, 50 wire woven projects
and teach 50 classes. That's the stuff I love to do. I've finished
4 pair of gloves with two more in progress, 3 classes with 2
scheduled next weekend, and 4 wire projects with a few more playing
around in the back of my mind. Since I just volunteered to help with
clothing for the next Crown I expect a few more pair of gloves will
be in the planning shortly and I must get more gloves finished and to
the Crown for the order of the Sharparrow as presentation pieces when
the award is given.
Talking with a lot of folks about what I do it seems that I'll be
arranging classes on glove making and probably a few other things in
the coming months. I haven't even committed to the glove class and
already I have 6 people chomping at the bit to get going and a few
requesting I reprise the Viking costume class I did just a few months
Thank goodness we're approaching the quiet part of the season. :)
- WOW! (I had to hold myself down from making that one word in ENORMOUS caps so as not to scare the children.)I just woke up from a nap with my girls, which incidentally included a dream about my fear of heights; there was a PRESCHOOL with these really tall platforms and ladders and things, and I could barely enter the room. I thought, in my dream, what a lousy role model I would be if my kids had been with me. One of my 50 new things is going to be to enter an A&S competition, since the concept makes me very anxious (not afraid, like with heights, but still,) and I am just so darned excited for you to get this conquered and get your work out there! You are being a role model for ME!!!! Thank you!!!And talk about starting with 'a bang'! Wowzers! I'm running an exhibition here soon (I have no problem entering those, it is just the 'please come judge me... uh, I mean, my STUFF' competitions that give me the sweats), and WISH I knew that I was going to have a dozen exhibits TOTAL!I'm sure that your Baroness will be VERY pleased (provided your fighters don't come straight from practice, or stop for a fix in the parking lot before coming in), and I certainly hope that you will be too - PLEASE write and let us know how it goes!BTW - I also had to look up the word oxymel, only to find that it is the honey/sugar and vinegar base in sekanjabin; a pretty popular drink, especially at War.I'm curious what your other ***ELEVEN*** entries are going to be???Albreda
- I totally sympathize with your fear of heights. I don't like heights
or tight spaces. If you ever see Dirty Jobs on Discovery Channel,
there's this episode on the Mackinac Bridge... Mike Rowe in the
inside of those pillars and then walking up the suspension cables...
I can't watch that one. Gives me the shivers even thinking about it.
Think positive. Your display will go well! For the last few years
the barony didn't have 12 items in any of the Baronial Champions
competitions so this one was a big, scary deal for everyone. And you
can always display things in progress and note them as display only.
That helps to fill out the field.
Well, I've mostly recovered from the A&S event... I must get some
better shoes for standing all day because I can't seem to talk, teach
and show stuff off and actually stay seated. The event itself was a
tremendous success. I'd prepped 40 tokens thinking that would surely
be enough for the event and Queen's Prize next weekend. I don't know
the final count of entries but there were more than 40 that weren't
mine because I ran out of tokens! We had several people travel from
the barony next door and a few came all the way from al-Barran!
That's a 5-6 hour drive and a long drive for just a day event but
they wanted to come and share in the A&S rebirth and share their
stuff in a less pressure filled environment. The gentleman in the
group, a laurel whose name is gone from my brain today, is writing a
whole Creative Anachronist on turn-shoes. I saw his current draft.
It's marvelous! Look for it to come out next year sometime.
The Baroness was thrilled to have such great attendance at the first
real A&S only event locally in years. It proves to everyone that A&S
can be standalone and break even rather than losing money. I assume
break-even though the final numbers won't be in for a few weeks. And
the fighters consoled themselves with coming and dressing pretty...
and hosting a class on German sword techniques without ever needing
to don armor or get smelly. The brand new seneschal, a knight and
avid fighter, actually made a lovely speach about how he loves to
entertain on the field but when he's off field he hopes to be
entertained by all our arts and wants to see a lot more A&S focused
events, workshops and such. Huzzah!
For my own stuff, my two classes went well though I really must plan
each of them to be 1.5 to 2 hours each because they both ran long
though everyone's classes ran long too. I set out a sign up sheet so
that people who said "I want to learn that! Will you teach me?"
could write down their contact info and I'd have a clue who asked for
what later. That's still in the car but I know there were about 5
names on the list that hadn't already asked about one thing or
Here is what I ended up entering and displaying in the end...
1. Viking costume - tunic, under tunic, apron dress, broach necklace,
scarf displayed on my dress double - lots of oohs and ahs... It is
incredibly weird seeing your outfit standing around without you in it.
2. Women's Stockings / Hose - 5 sets of wool and linen stockings.
This might have to be the first class scheduled this season because
everyone was stunned that stockings were reasonably easy and really
cool. I spent a lot of time pulling off my mundane socks and putting
on the displayed ones so folks could see how they looked on. I must
find a better way to display them next time. Flat just doesn't do
3. "Cooler" cooler - papier mache covered cooler that looks less like
a cooler than a box at first glance. I actually gave away my
documentation to a young lady who wanted to do one with her daughter
so they could do a project together.
4. Nalbinding - some older mittens that hadn't ever been entered
because the kittens trashed the set I was working on for the event 3
days before the event. I love my kittens. They love my yarn. In
the end the ones I'd been working on were a great demo piece in the
class so I could show what happens if you don't do nice, secure, spit
5. Oxymel - Sekanjubin - I found two serving pieces that kept them
contained and from being spilled all day. One gentleman
remarked "ooo, the apple is just like coors but the balsamic vinegar,
now that's guinness!!! Can I have all of it?" I let him fill his
mug late in the day so I could take home less of the stuff.
6. Eleanora of Toledo inspired gown - in progress gown that I've been
beading for years and will be beading for years. I displayed this
one to many oohs and ahs and "you are nuts" comments and a "hey
honey, someone is as nuts as you are about beading" which actually
had me trying not to double over laughing... it was a lady making
that comment to her lord!
7. Lucet cords - samples of various cording styles - I wanted to have
more but I ran out. Funny thing is that both awards given at the
event were held by cords I'd given to the Baroness earlier this
year. Too cool. Now I have several requests to teach lucet cords on
the 2 and the 4 horn models and one lord giving me dirty looks
because his wife pointed and said "I want one! You can make me one!"
8. Leather gloves - green leather, purple leather, red leather -
major hit - everyone was disappointed that they fit me and not them
though the red leather fit a close friend who might get them on her
birthday with her arms on the back.
9. 3 Finger Gloves - country men's gloves - now known in many minds
as "nano, nano gloves" or "star trek live long and prosper gloves"
or "alien gloves" because that's what everyone thinks of when they
10. Wire weaving - wire necklace, bracelet and rings set along with
the wire and tools that I needed for my class - lots of interest in
what one can do that inspired more people to show for the class than
I'd expected. We ran a half hour long on this one and I totally
missed a friend's class. I'll plan better next time.
11. Blackwork - linen shirt - displayed on dummy - good comments
though it's not my best piece but it is the only one I still own...
12. Drawn-thread napkins - display learning piece and in progress
napkins - these were the biggest hit in the class taught by the lady
who is teaching me because it gave her a few more samples for the
13. Embroidery - borrow favor from Baron Knut - I did this favor
years ago and it lived on a belt forever before moving to his wall -
I know the men liked it. It's a nearly naked nymph emerging from a
lake. Men always like this one. And when I realized that it had
been "displayed" but never entered or displayed I borrowed it back
because I was never going to finish the current embroidery request in
time for the event.
All told I am now 13 items closer to my goal of 50 with two more to
go this coming weekend. The event isn't about judging which made it
much easier to enter. It's like Laurel's Prize at Estrella... come
out, be seen, maybe go home with some cool little tokens, and the
baroness will give something little to her choice and something to
the populace choice. I actually took populace choice though I'm not
entirely sure what for... There was a cute guy and we were flirting
in the back row so I wasn't really listening when they called my name
in court but I did realize that I had to do more than wave
acknowledgement... right after they said "Hey Lyssa, you have to come
up here. Waving isn't good enough."
The baroness gave me a little purple dragon she sewed herself "to
help keep me under control or inspired as needed"... She called it
the over-achiever dragon. And then she challenged everyone to
display more than I had displayed next year... that's 3 tables worth
of stuff. They're already planning next year's event. My sister-in-
law, one of this year's autocrats, has already volunteered for next
year's event and I'm her co-autocrat.
I learned that sometimes it is not just good but important to show
off your own work. I do a ton of stuff but mostly people don't see
it. Now people who have been wanting to do some of the things that I
do just to stay busy know who to talk to so they can learn. It also
let people see how the little nalbinding stitches and wire weaving
bits that I have taught them work into bigger items. It gave
inspiration to a lot of folks. And it showed everyone that just
because they say "a 3x5 card with what, when and where" written on it
as documentation, you don't have to stick with the minimum. You can
do 1 page without much effort and share what you know at the same
One other thing that I didn't know was that one of my friends who
taught her first class and had a great time never taught before
because no one asked. I didn't know that when I asked if she would
teach to help fill out the class schedule. I thought that as a music
teacher professionally she just didn't teach because she needed a
break. She was so happy to see that her knowledge was wanted, craved
and happily received by the folks who want to know about period
music. She's already talking about how to do it better next time.
I'm already talking to her and her husband about setting their own
A&S 50 Challenge goals.
It was a great weekend!
- In a message dated 10/8/2007 1:06:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, leofsige@... writes:
It was a great weekend!And a great report! I can't even begin to list all of the things that I want to congratulate you on out of it, so I will just say, as we do in the East, Vivat!!Albreda :)
- Ok, I know its not a big deal, but I had so much fun doing it and am really proud of the result so I thought I would share. I did the coronation cote for Andreas and Gabriella's baby. Although it is not a huge project, the entire thing was hand sewn and I made the buttons. I was especially proud that the brocade pattern matched up perfectly (I had never wored with patterned fabric before.) I fit it to my son who loved to wear it, he never wanted to take it off. I will eventually get detailed pics up on my photobucket. But until then, coronation pictures (and the baby with the cote I made) are at http://picasaweb.google.com/kmcorriganjr/Coronation if anyone wants to check it out.Thanks for letting me waste some bandwidth.Ysemay
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- Sit down, Ysemay; I need to talk to you, and the rest of you might as well listen in, too.#1) The cote looks *terrific,* and the buttons are gorgeous (and how you got them so identical, or how you have time to outfit not only your OWN kids, but someone else's too, I do NOT know!) Thanks for sharing it with us!#2) If you want to be all super-self deprecating, go do it on the apprentice list. ;) THIS list is all about sharing our work and accomplishments and celebrating them together. If I EVER again catch you apologizing for 'wasting bandwith' under a subject line of 'my latest project' I'm going to smack you with a wet noodle!!!Got it? Were the rest of you listening?Good; do NOT make me have this conversation again. ;)Albreda, feeling all sassy mama-bear this morning
- I have to take up my wand of power and thwack you smartly on your knuckles young lady! It is a big deal and it's quite lovely.We so often judge a project by its size or volume or complexity instead of the quality of the project and the joy a well made item gives us. A lady in our BArony makes delightful embroidered christmas ornaments and we consider ourselves quite fortunate when given one. So - donot devalue a project just because it's small or simple.Okay - soap box back in its place now.CHagan----- Original Message -----From: S.E. BuchterSent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 12:14 AMSubject: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] my latest projectOk, I know its not a big deal, but I had so much fun doing it and am really proud of the result so I thought I would share. I did the coronation cote for Andreas and Gabriella's baby. Although it is not a huge project, the entire thing was hand sewn and I made the buttons. I was especially proud that the brocade pattern matched up perfectly (I had never wored with patterned fabric before.) I fit it to my son who loved to wear it, he never wanted to take it off. I will eventually get detailed pics up on my photobucket. But until then, coronation pictures (and the baby with the cote I made) are at http://picasaweb. google.com/ kmcorriganjr/ Coronation if anyone wants to check it out.Thanks for letting me waste some bandwidth.Ysemay
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- In a message dated 10/12/2007 7:33:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, chagankhulan@... writes:So - donot devalue a project just because it's small or simple.Heck, when a project can be small, simple, cheap and fast, I'm in heaven! Large size and huge complexity often makes me think LESS of a project! The real craftsmanship sometimes shows up better in a project like this - like her buttons!
- Yes in deedy do!Chagan----- Original Message -----From: AlbredaA@...Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 8:21 PMSubject: Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] my latest projectIn a message dated 10/12/2007 7:33:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, chagankhulan@ comcast.net writes:So - donot devalue a project just because it's small or simple.Heck, when a project can be small, simple, cheap and fast, I'm in heaven! Large size and huge complexity often makes me think LESS of a project! The real craftsmanship sometimes shows up better in a project like this - like her buttons!