Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Scribal Work - Italian White Vine Award of Arms Blank

I have quite a stack of scrolls waiting to be worked on, and here is one of them. I really love this design! In Lochac, the SCA award known as the Award of Arms is standardised and recipients get a scroll customised to the individual.

Scribes complete the details such as name, blazon and device, and then paint in the details. This original design was created by a long time ago; I am not sure who the original designer was. It is my favourite scroll blank design.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Gifts

"Virginia" Renaissance Shoes (Brown)(1580-1630)

I hope you all had a lovely Festive break. I had a great day with my family and enjoyed good food, good company, and the fun of opening gifts.

I  got a lovely pair of "Virginia" reproduction Renaissance shoes for Christmas! I was very excited to receive them, and I can't wait to wear them to an event.

These shoes are produced by American Duchess, who also make the ''Stratford'' shoes that I love so much.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Another Gift Box Necklace

Here is another necklace that I made to be given as Largesse. It is made of ceramic beads and glass beads strung on tiger tail with 4mm seed bead spacers.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Green Necklace for Gift Box

Over the next few months I will be focusing on my Pilgrimage journey. Two aspects of this are Franchise and Largesse. Here is a necklace that I made to be given as Largesse. The beads are natural gemstone and glass seed beads. I am not sure what the long faceted beads are made of.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings!

Wishing all my readers a very happy and safe Festive Season!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Noble Pilgrimage - 3

St James, attired as a pilgrim (1320s, Norwich; BL Stowe 12, f.279v)
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I have decided to keep a journal of my Pilgrimage journey. I found a notebook that seemed appropriate:

I have to admit that there is not much happening on the Pilgrimage front just now. South Australia is on it's third day straight of over 40 degree weather, and the heat is wearing me down. Today under the verandah (patio) it was 47 degrees. I think that is approximately 116.5 F. In this sort of heat, it is hard to stay motivated with projects. A couple more days and we should get a cool change which hopefully will take the temperature down to a much more respectable 30-ish degrees (86F).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Noble Pilgrimage - 2

I have been thinking hard about what I would like to achieve as part of my Noble Pilgrimage journey. The list seems to be getting longer and longer, so I have to be realistic! One aspect would be some new garb. I definitely need a new tourney dress, and a new court dress would be a good idea too.
I marked out a new chemise this week. I want to hand sew it, and I am not sure I will realistically be able to get that finished with all the other existing responsibilities and new challenges, but I hope so! Pictures soon!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Noble Pilgrimage- Franchise Project

As part of the Franchise (possession of noble bearing) aspect of my personal Pilgrimage challenge, I am working on improving the look of my garb and accoutrements. My feasting gear is a bit of a hodge-podge of thrift shop finds, mainly because my funds are very limited and also because I tend to be a little rough on my feasting gear and I only trust robust wood and metal items to stay in one piece!

I felt that it would be good to make some more embroidered cloths and napkins. I do have a few, and they are so handy for keeping flies off the food at outdoor events as well as using as a napkin. I would like to complete a few more (in varying styles and colours) before the Pilgrimage ends. I have just completed the first one, a cotton napkin embroidered with my heraldic device in split and double running stitches.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Following the Pilgrim's Path

The Baron and Baroness of another SCA barony here in Lochac have designed a programme of challenges and events based on the Camino del Noble pilgrimage. Although I will not be able to attend the events, I plan to take part in the challenge by setting myself goals based around the Noble Virtues to improve my experience of the game. I am working on a list of ideas on what I would like to achieve.

Here is a brief guide to what the Pilgrimage will entail. I have paraphrased and quoted Duchess Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora's words; many thanks to Her.

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Camino del Noble Pilgrimage

Prowess - Red Tassel.
Prowess is skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.
 The objective of this tassel is to  develop a new skill or show improvement on a skill.  It could be to increase your ability to sew or embroider, or paint, or to improve your skill at fighting. The list of what you could possibly do is endless.

Franchise - Purple Tassel
Franchise is the possession of noble bearing, which is being true to your station and to yourself. Given that we are all assumed to be of noble birth, there are a great range of things that you could do is to ensure that you are adequately equipped to be a Lord or Lady within the Society. Here are some ideas
 Equipping yourself to your Station
Registering your name and device
If you are a combatant, having a painted shield, surcoat
Ensuring that you have a banner, banner pole, portable hole
Looking to equip yourself with whatever you need to attend an event - such as feasting gear, period seating, etc.
Being able to speak as a noble
Being able to introduce yourself or your consort to the Crown or the Baron and Baroness
Being able to list your achievements in a way that is pleasing to the crowd if in a passe dármes
Dressing to your station
Making sure you have your own garb, that you dress to the best of your ability to your means.

Piety - White Tassel
Piety has been chosen to demonstrate service to the Society as there are some members of the SCA who are very devoted. Without this devotion, and this service we would not be able to have events and it is important that each one of us contributes.  This is tassel is to celebrate service.
Here is a list of ideas:
 Assisting with set up or break down at events and making sure that the area is cleaner than what we found it
Assisting the person at the gate to take money and indemnities, or being the person responsible.
Marshalling, or being the Marshall in Charge
Running a list
Stewarding an event
Ensuring that there is always water available for the fighters
Looking after the Baron and Baroness/Crown so that they can better focus on their duties.
Offering your services as a first aid officer if you are qualified and the need arises.
Cooking or being the head cook
Serving or being the head server
Organising the performers, or performing
Organising and teaching dance
Teaching classes to groups,
Building equipment needed to improve events
Being a bookings officer
Taking on an administrative office such as chronicler
Maintaining the website.

Largess - Gold Tassel
Largess is the act of sharing or generosity with individuals
 There are so many ways that you can demonstrate generosity within the SCA.
Teaching individuals skills
Looking after new people at events
Sharing your worldly goods - such as left over fabric, old garments to newcomers, lending equipment
Welcoming people at events or at your home
Assisting people with transport
Making items for people as gifts

Prudence - Blue Tassel
Prudence is the act of good judgement through wisdom or knowledge.
In order to achieve this, each pilgrim must have an understanding of the foundations of the rules that we play by, as well as having some sort of idea of what life was like in period times.
In order to achieve this tassel everyone will be expected to read a minimum of three things:
1. The Known World Handbook
2. An SCA Governing Document (choose one or more if you like)
The Lochac Laws:
Any of the officer handbooks
Policies from the incorporated body in relation to your country - Australia SCAA or New Zealand SCANZ
3. A Period Text
There are so many to choose from suitable for all ages.  You can choose to read some poetry, or a period recipe or some period texts.  If you have suggestions please let us know and we shall add them to the list.

Courtesy - Green Tassel 
Courtesy is the act of showing respect and kindness to others, and showing that you value others and the game.

Ways that you could possibly show courtesy to others is through:
 How you speak to people
It is important to be generally polite, however the next step from that is to look around and say thank you. At the same time it is necessary learn how to be thanked and to be able to receive complements with grace. Saying thank you when you have received a complement means that you value the person's feedback and the time that they have taken to tell you how they feel.
 How you treat people
Treating people with kindness and making them feel welcome is a key aspect of Courtesy.  This could be from saying hello, through acts of assistance by opening doors or helping to carry items to those who need it.  It could be to getting someone a chair to make them feel like they can join the group to chat.
The SCA is an interesting game where we make believe that we are all lords and ladies. So part of that fun is participating in that aspect which means learning about etiquette and using it.  This involves learning about titles and how to use them as well as when to curtsey or bow to those who may be of rank (such as the Crown or the Baron and Baroness).
Enhancing the Game, and showing respect to all who play it.
This is about respecting everyone who is attending the event by ensuring that you are adding to the game and not detracting from it. Little things like: turning your mobile to silent; pour your water/coke into a period vessel rather than drinking from the plastic bottle; and covering any mundane items.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

New thread source at Cos Bits

A re-enacting friend runs a haberdashery store and has recently started stocking an exciting range of embroidery threads. This week I managed to pop in and pick up some wool, silk and linen embroidery floss at fantastic prices. I am looking forward to playing around with my new acquisitions over the Christmas holiday break.

Take a peek at the range at  or pop in at 20 Gilbert Place, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000 (Tel: 0422 746 595). Tell them I sent you!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Eleanor of Toledo Reproduction Buttons

A pleasant surprise recently was the arrival of my new reproduction Eleanor of Toledo buttons. I took part in a Kickstarter campaign a few months ago to fund the development of a reproduction of the buttons Eleanora of Toledo wore in this portrait:

Eleanora of Toledo by Agnolo Bronzino
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I am so pleased with how the buttons turned out!

22 mm gold or silver colored metal pointed Italian renaissance buttons (Eleanora of Toledo), set of 10
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because her stock image is so much nice than mine. You can also buy these fabulous buttons through this link. I can recommend them; they are as beautiful in real life as they are in the photo.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Illuminating AoA scroll blanks

I have a new set of projects that I am looking forward to starting (and am quite excited about) so I have been working hard on trying to finish off (or at least get more done on) existing projects. This week I have been working on illuminating Award of Arms scroll blanks. Naturally, I can't show the whole scrolls without spoiling the surprise, so I can only show a tiny hint!