Life · SCA

Weekend Update

Saturday we had a lunch date with Dulcia so I could give her the patches I forgot to bring the previous weekend, lovely taco place in Rocky River. However the route we took there was… creative. And the route home was awful thanks to an oil spill on Route 90; freeway was a parking lot! We ended up exiting (slowly) at East 55th and taking the overland route home. After that ordeal we weren’t much fit for company!

Sunday was the niece’s birthday which was a quiet affair, cake, balloons and presents and she ran off to hang out with her friends. Got to hang out with Marie and Brian a bit, which was nice.

Sewing update:

Also got some sewing in, green under-tunic is progressing. Just need to do the underarm gussets and it’ll be ready for hemming! (The under-arm gussets are the fiddliest bit, so I procrastinate a bit.)

Gold thread update:

The membrane from the dowel rod is lovely, very thin and shiny. However it’s fragile and ripped on my while trying to spiral cut it off. Boo. Not sure if it’s because I stretched it too much or left it sit too long. The extant strips are as thin as I’m cutting so that’s not it, but the period gold leaf was thicker which may add to structural integrity.

I tried cutting with a single knife instead of my double-bladed exacto knife, didn’t help much. Not sure if my knife isn’t sharp enough or maybe just my technique is off.

Have two new books from OhioLink, I may be about done with cataloging gilding recipes from period, heh. I should have done this ages ago, but I didn’t need to as a hobbyist, you know?

The next big thing is spinning with dropspindle. I need a long enough membrane strip for that test. Scary! Also I am impatient. I so want to produce a good, usable thread.

Have decided, if I go to Pennsic next year I will teach gold thread.

Knitting update:

Started knitting a sock earlier in the week, spent a lot of quality time knitting this weekend, it’s looking great but last night I checked the size and… it’s way too small. Boo! Need to decide if I go on or frog it.


Weekend Update

I’ve already forgotten what we did Friday; I do remember chilli cheese fries for dinner (or tater tots, as was the case when I discovered we had no french fries in the freezer and no potatoes to make them the old fashioned way.) Oh! Yes, we watched a movie. heh. Finding Dory, very sweet!

Saturday was much yardwork and other work, then dinner with Ann and Jason at a fabulous French restaurant, Le Petit Triangle. My tummy rumbles at the thought of it. Yeah, I gained weight, WORTH IT! Also great company 🙂 ❤ Ann and Jason.

Sunday: More errands and yardwork, long walks.

Gold Thread Update: Brilliant realization; I still had the tawed instestine that split off of that broom handle in February 2015 (Embarrassing how long ago that was!) Anyway, used it for testing fish glue and linseed oil with bole and honey variations. 🙂 Linseed oil is still drying. I found the fish glue was great for sticking gold and had a high shine, however it was brittle and my first gilding size to show loss when rubbed and flexed. The addition of honey and bole made it a good choice, however. I also started prepping gum ammoniac. I bought the jar of gum ammoniac eons ago from Guild Mirandella, this is my first time using it. 🙂

I also finished gleaning references from Cennini and updated my document.


  • Make a batch of egg glair
  • Gild some more of the intestine I have wrapped around a dowel
  • sprial-cut the dowl
  • Test-spin the strip!
  • Look up a few more references from The Art of All Colours book.



Gold Thread Update

So a while back I decided to clean up and re-write my gold thread article to be more academic and full of proper citations and the like.

Today I went through my baggie of test samples and put them all into a spreadsheet (yay!) and discovered some gaps.
I need to test:

  • egg glair with bole
  • egg glair with bole and honey
  • fish glue
  • Fish glue with bole
  • Fish glue with bole and honey
  • Linseed oil (I know I tried it, but couldn’t find the sample, may give the art room a once over)
  • Linseed oil with bole
  • Linseed oil with bole and honey
  • hide glue bole and honey
  • gum ammoniac
  • gum ammoniac with bole
  • gum ammoniac with bole and honey
  • gum arabic (Suspect this won’t work well, it’s in gold paint recipes, not gilding recpies, may skip for time.)

Before I can do that, though, I’ll need a new batch of tawed intestine 🙂

Also have some tawed and gilt intestine sitting upstairs waiting to be cut into a strip, have to check my journal to see what size I used for it.

Costuming · SCA

Costume Inventory

So, back in 2005 I posted an inventory of all of my costumes:

I’m quite surprised how short the list was! Now… it is much longer. Heh. I wonder if I even can list it all…

  • Late 16th century “Joker” Jacket and skirt ensemble
  • 16th century Persian coats – heavy overcoat, blue silk overcoat, peacock coat, purple coat, black chemise, linen chemise, silk-cotton chemise, and many pants, pink silk, striped cotton, striped linen, two printed cotton
  • 16th century (1520s) Cranach gown and accessories
  • 16th century (1520s) French ‘Tudor’ dress
  • “Brunileschii” Italian dress, early 16th century
  • Three 1520s kirtles, one green, one white and one dark blue
  • 1470s/1480s Burgundian gowns (2) with accessories (silk wedding dress and my cotton brocade bumming around one)
  • Burgundian kirtles (under-dresses) – green and white wool kirtles, red wool wedding kirtle, yellow linen kirtle
  • early 15th century Houpelande – the Cleft-a-londe 🙂
  • 14th century – pink linen cotehardie, blue wool tippeted over-dress, blue cotton brocade sideless surcoat, red wool cotehardie (also worn under houpe)
  • 14th century Chinese ensemble
  • 13th century tunic and cyclas – green, blue and burgundy linen cyclases
  • Under-tunics used for 11th, 12th and 13th century outfits – pink, white, purple (getting a little ratty), green (all linen)
  • 12th century bliauts – green and gold ‘German’ bliaut, pink silk/wool bliaut with copper silk trim (tight on me right now), green silk bliaut which is in the mending pile, blue linen bliaut
  • 11th century magenta wool tunic, raw silk tunic from Katy’s wedding
  • one red wool Viking Apron Dress ™ and matching cap
  • My original ‘bliaut’ cotton broadcloth tunic from when I was an SCA newbie 🙂

I guess I do have plenty of garb. I also have many non-SCA costumes:

  • 1880s Victorian jacket and skirt in an unimpressive cotton broadcloth
  • 1910s swimsuit ensemble 🙂
  • 1770s Colonial dress, cotton
  • 5 modern kimonos
  • A really horrid Regency I want to re-do
  • A traditional French Maid costume, hee.
  • Original series Star Trek min-dress, Engineering Red. 🙂
  • Tooth Fairy costume

Costumes on the to do list or in the works:

  • A 1780s Polonaise gown
  • A new Regency
  • 1490s transitional Burgundian-Tudor dress (Have all the research done!)
  • “Cleveland Browns Fan” layered tunics
  • Wool 13th century cyclas
  • 1450s transitional houpelande

I’ll have to check my sewing room and costume closet when I get home and see if I forgot anything, hee.

Life · SCA


Heard this morning that Mistress llyrdwyl passed away last night. It’s heartbreaking.

She was an elegant artist. I remember working with her when I was regional signet. She created such beautiful illuminations and precise calligraphy. In particular she had a way with color which impressed me. I loved seeing her work.

She was a lovely person, and will be much missed.


Archery Update

Went to shoot archery last night, it was beautiful weather and there was good company. Last week my main goal was to keep my cool, this week I was going to try to slow down and watch my breath and aiming. I did shoot better than last week, though nothing to write home about.

My Royal Round score was a 18.


(I think my previous best score was something like a 41, my husband got a 68 and was unhappy with that, some days it’s tough being married to someone who is so good at stuff!)

Trying to figure out why I’m so much worse than I used to be… if it is me, or the bow. (That 41 was with this bow… but that was also 5 or 10 years ago… maybe my bow is wearing out?)

Life · SCA

Knitting in Early Modern Europe

So I signed up for the KEME experimental archeology thing back in April when someone posted about it. It sounded so exciting and fun! Spin some yarn, knit some circles, participate in research! eee! So up my ally!

Well, I was then quickly VERY BUSY and kept flagging the KEME emails to read later. Finally did and, erk! The deadline was today, July 21st! (Fortunately this was a couple weeks ago I read them, heh.) So it was a mad dash to finish the project.  It took more man hours than I thought. I had the yarn already spun so just had to knit my four ‘swircles’ and full and teasle two of them and mail them off… yeah, easy.

Except I made my yarn close to the size of those found in the extant hats in the study; average yarn diameter was something like 1.3 mm. My yarn is about that; thinner in spots, thicker in some (Variation is probably .5 mm to 3 mm, but those thick and thin spots were not super common, generally the yarn was around that 1.3 mm) Stupid part; this meant tiny knitting. I used size 000 needles and it took FOREVER. I was quite pleased with my swircles though and stressed about mailing them off in time.

FedEx wanted $99 to ship overnight, gah! NO! I’m dedicated, but not that dedicated, and their price actually went up for the 5 day shipping. Post office was $13.50. I sent a note to the project leader saying my swircles would be late, alas. She was understanding and said she’s actually not collecting them until the 28th so hopefully mine will still make it in time. *whew!*

If I had to do it again, I think I would ply my yarn and knit in a large size to knit more quickly. I do hope the small knitting is valuable for their research though. Also I should have fulled the fabric longer. It looked completely fulled to me after 38 minutes, and it was late at night, I wanted to go to bed, heh. Napping (teasling, basically brushing the surface to make it fuzzier) revealed the stitches again. I think more fulling would’ve alleviated that.  Ah well, I shan’t be getting MVP status on the project, but hopefully my contribution still helps their research. Can’t wait to read the final paper! 🙂