House Capuchin Shield212th Night is coming!!!!  Aaaaach!!!!!! Loren and Anja are going, and taking merchant goods. Anja is challenging for Embellisher’s Guild and possibly getting into the Costumer’s Guild contest if everything goes well.

There was a lot of progress with the Herb Bunch. A lot of plant pix, this time. Sundials and needles and puppet and embroidery was all going on while Anja was sewing, frantically. …and snacks …and holiday… and so on. (I originally typed, “sew one”, because I’m getting really tired…. )

Tools, blanks, 3 needles

12th Night means that none of the meetings be happening this coming week. This is the one time when we completely cancel Project Day.

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm – Not this week!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm – Not this week!
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm – Not this week!
  • Next Potluck – – 1/20 (no Feb potluck) 3/17
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/17/19

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Early Week – Got all tangled up in the holiday again, but Anja’s going bonkers, trying to get the 12th Night outfit done. That means Loren is involved, too, since he has to go pull equipment and materials from where they’ve been stashed. On Tuesday she was at her wit’s end since the fabric for the main body of the gown was nowhere to be found! (Gown pix are below in a separate section.)

She was also keeping up with the blackworked band and the tissue holder sewing.

Liqueur cake in the center, then clockwise from top: Champagne, Peas and Hominy in the New Year, Chlebicky, pickled chickpeas, pickled herring

Cookery – We had some Czech foods for New Year’s that are documentable to the late medieval era. Herring pickled with onions in wine is found back to the 1200’s in mentions and an actual description of the pickle broth can be found in the 1400’s. Chlebicky (little breads) a type of open-faced sandwich, are mentioned in the 1300’s and a vague description of what goes on top can be found in the early 1500’s. Unfortunately, any real recipes or good descriptions of these are out of period, but for what it’s worth, Happy New Year!

David H Ritterskamp to Cheapside Tavern of Atlantia – January 1 at 9:18 AM – This one is all, totally, Ingegerd Kastanrazi ‘s fault.

Benevolent Ghost of what a SCAdian Should Be

I was 18 years old, a freshman in college
had just heard of this thing, SCA
And I made me a tunic, from upholstery fabric
with no sides, ’cause I’m new here, OK?
Did the best that I could, fixed it up with more fabric
And I went to my very first event
And the laughs and the taunting because of that tunic
Made me wish that I never had went.
And I sat in the corner, alone, by myself
wishing that I could just disappear
When from far off, a voice, someone I didn’t know
speaking words of encouragement and cheer.
“did the best that you could…with no one to help
…and you did it in time for this day
here’s the fabric I used, here’s the pattern I used
you’ll do fine, we were all there one day…”
And I looked and I looked to see who owned that voice
but I never found anyone, you see
So I called it a name, the Benevolent Ghost
Of what a SCAdian Laurel should be

And not too much time later, got my first suit of armor
and it’s crap, I mean, pickle barrel, you know
And it’s blue and it’s piecework with orangeish cords
And they called me the Battle Smurf, and so
I went over and sat down, tried to fade in the background
’cause people are cruel, you know it
And a guy walks up to me, says “that armor is awesome,
you’d get hit with a log and not know it!”
And he loaned me his legs for the authorization
And he signed all my paperwork and cards
And we laughed at the armor, and that made it all better
And just then the Ghost sent his regards
“did the best that you could…with no one to help
…and you did it in time for this day
here’s the leather I used, here’s the pattern I used
you’ll do fine, we were all there one day…”
And I looked and I looked to see who owned that voice
but I never found anyone, you see
So I called it a name, the Benevolent Ghost
Of what a SCAdian White Belt should be

And not too much time later, I’m at an event
And my lady’s been helping, you see
’cause that’s who she is, she’s a helper, you know
just some tables to move, then to me
she comes crying, in tears, she’d been told “we don’t need you
“and you’re doing it wrong anyway
Then not five minutes later all these tables are done
done exactly and in the same way.
And I hugged her and held her, didn’t know what to say
When the Ghost gave me all the right words.
“did the best that you could…with no one to help
…and you did it in time for this day
move the tables right here, move the chairs over here
you’ll do fine, we were all there one day…”
And I looked and I looked to see who owned that voice
but I never found anyone, you see
So I called it a name, the Benevolent Ghost
Of what a SCAdian Pelican should be.

And they’re out there, you know. They’re alive and they’re real.
And some of them even have names.
Like Duke Ragnarr, Lynette, Ashia, and Christoph,
And Daemon, and Emma, and James.
But those are just names that they give to the people
Who embody this concept, to me,
This thing that we call the Benevolent Ghost
of what a SCAdian Peerage should be.


Sundials – Finally got some pix of the new graph and the dowels that are going to be used. After that Loren got the graph cut and started trying it. Pix are below.


On Wednesday Anja was dealing with a low-level migraine all day, so sitting under fluorescent lights was painful. She did some embroidery, finished the prototype tissue cover and did a small amount of mending, plus working on the outfit stuff shared below.

Herb Bunch – We have more than 1/2 of the dried herbs prepped and stored, now! The other thing that got worked on was making pots for some of the succulent starts that really need to get finished. We also talked about starting to make some candles after all the 12th Night flap is over.

Project Day – Starting with boiling eggs that we’re going to need for next weekend, planning to pickle ’em. Next up was pictures of progress over the last couple of days. Anja was working on the smock and then Loren started back in on the bone njalbinden needles. He also did a bit on the sundials.

Miscellaneous pix – Alodar Stanson – A short and in-concise history of the Crowns of An Tir…

1982 Crown – Master Gerhard

An Tir was elevated from a Principality of the West to The Kingdom of An Tir in AS XVI (1982).
The First Set of Crowns (v1.0) were made by Master Gerhard Kendal of Westmoreland in that Year, for Monfred and Morag, 12th Night, AS XVI

We (An Tir) are currently seeking/trying to locate these Crowns (v1.0) If you know where they might be, please, do tell… 

2nd set of crowns worn from 1986 to 2016. Master Torgul

The Crowns of An Tir (v2.0) made by Master Torgul, first briefly worn by Thorin and Angharad before they Crowned Dak and Lao with them for 12th Night AS XXI. (1986). Retired at 12th night, A.S. 50 (2016) (or not retired-just out for repairs {?} ) by Torgul’s former student and artist of the current Crowns, Master Torfin Torgulsson. (possible update, please?)
So, These Crowns were worn for 30 years – 60 (+/-) of our Kings and Queens. That is a lot of Royalty… 

Current Crowns – Master Torfin

The Crowns of An Tir (v3.0) made by Master Torfin Torgulsson and first used at 12th Night, AS 50 (2016) for Eirik and Driffina.

Miscellaneous pix – 

Music – Getting ready for the Friday Night ball? 

Anja’s Outfit (Anja) – Mostly I had to find pieces and re-start the project. I finished cutting out the kirtle pieces and then started back in on the smock. The body of that wasn’t too bad. I had mis-cut, but simply split the two pieces apart where a normal shoulder seam would be and then added in the right size gusset after staring and swearing and trying for about an hour. I got it done, then did the front opening and pleat and that was done for the moment…although I have an awful feeling to that one side is a bit short and I’m going to be adding a strip of fabric there.

I spent most of Tuesday evening cussing at the cuff and wrist ruffles of the smock that’s the underpinnings of the outfit that I’m doing. Trying to get itty-bitty pleats into place is better than itty-bitty ruffling that wasn’t working at all, but it’s a matter of degree how awful it is!

On Wednesday the ruffle hand-sewing got accomplished, although I might hand-sew them to the smock. On Thursday those got ironed and I started on the rest of the smock and did some more cutting out of gores. I got the main seams done on the kirtle, as well. Friday and Saturday were taken up with sewing the neck of the smock and starting to add the neckband/ruffle.



Links – Virtual Bardic! Cariadoc of the Bow –

New Page – Page not complete, but will be found here


Anja, Loren, Sasha, Amor, Brandon.

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 87 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, tissue holder, 8 bookmarkers, 25 bottles of gall ink, 25 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3771 handed off

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