House Capuchin Shield2The holiday disrupted what could happen this week. Anja was doing an awful lot of cooking and folks who work at restaurants were in the same shape. Others were off to see family. So the newsletter has a lot of music and other folks’ stuff, but not much of us.

Hopefully we’ll do better this week. Meetings are all on time. Cheese is probably happening Monday Night and then Tuesday evening. Still no time set for Wine, but the liqueurs should be strained and bottled this week.

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 12/15, 1/19/20
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/23/20, Theme German Renaissance

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:

Kim Salazar – posted on Facebook November 14 at 10:36 AM – Used with permission

New Carolingian Modelbuch cover art

Posting for my far-flung SCA stitching pals (and for those who enjoy well rendered designs.) Here’s a source that many may have seen once, but being off the beaten path – may have forgotten.

Friend-From-The-Elder-Days, and graphics talent extraordinaire Mistress Caryl de Trecesson still maintains the DragonBear website. Among all sorts of offerings on it are many lovely patterns and graphics elements, freely shared. Of special note are the entire contents of her book of historical charted patterns, “Designs, Period,” SCA peerage badges and East Kingdom badges, an article on 16th century samplers, and other charted designs both sourced and original.

I point out that among these works she has three particularly graceful roses, rendered smaller than mine, that are designed for multiple colors (mine was outline only, not interpreted for shaded fills).

Caryl’s roses are here:

Designs, Period is here:

and her general patterns page is here:

And I would be remiss were I not to note that Mistress Caryl is the artist responsible for the cover of my first book. She inserted my eldest – then a toddler – underneath the trestle of the lady hard at work stitching. I remain deeply grateful!

3D model of medieval clay doll in medieval fashion from castle Bečov (CZ)

Early Week – Monday was a lot of recipe pondering. We’re trying to get the menu into some kind of order. Also we were setting up for cookie baking on Tuesday that didn’t happen.

A 3D mapping company…..

Cookery – Lots was very mundane, but we did another iteration of the leek soup for Thanksgiving dinner!

Herb Bunch – During the week we were mostly protecting plants from frost and then shifting some around to the side of the shop.

Herbs workshop worked on prepping and packing various herbs and talking about them. We also discussing Roman Empire spices, among a lot of other things… and Eleanor’s beautiful garden, and how to get a collecting permit for native plants.

Project Day – We started the day by sorting some supplies. We spent some time moving more plants and getting paper bags around the seedheads that we’re hoping to save seed from.

Mid-14th Century textile find from Spain!

Associated with the pictures is this text. “Last Monday we opened the red chest containing the remains of the Infante Don Pedro.”

“Three small bones were found to be held an anthropological study in addition to medieval clothing with typical decoration of the time.”

“The three textiles discovered inside will be analyzed during the restoration process to specify what kind of garments are, technical composition and decoration. The results obtained from the bone remains and the clothes will be released “

The Branko Belt, British Museum  –

“This beautiful textile takes its name from the Cyrillic letters within every third quatrefoil. They read BRANKO, which probably refers to Sebastocrator Branco Mladenovic, a magnate at the court of the Serbian Tsar Stefan Dušan (1331-55). Serbian aristocrats of this period are known to have worn very long and elaborate belts with looped ends and it is possible that this was such a piece.”

“The long narrow strip displays eighteen ogival quatrefoil frames, in which three motifs are repeated: a wyvern (two-footed dragon), a falcon and a crest consisting of a helm surmounted by the foreparts of an animal which resembles a bear. Each quatrefoil is separated by a panther’s mask. Trefoil leaves decorate the space to the sides.”

“The base textile is crimson silk in a twill weave. The lower five quatrefoils, on a salmon pink silk, are stylistically slightly different. The details are embroidered in either silk or metal threads. The silk threads are gold, dark blue, crimson, and pea green; the black threads filling the letters have rotted away. The metal threads are all formed from hammered silver-gilt wire. Two colours of gilded wire were used – white for borders and outlining and yellow wire for the animals and backgrounds.”


  • Title: The Branko belt
  • Date Created: 1350/1350
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 1950.00mm; Width: 75.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: embroidered; quilted; woven; twisted; couched; gilded; sewn; plain weave; twill weave
  • Subject: mammal; bird; mythical figure/creature; leaf; arms/armour
  • Registration number: 1990,1201.1
  • Period/culture: Late Byzantine
  • Material: silk; cotton; linen; silver; gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Watts, Ian. Previous owner/ex-collection Ikle, Fritz


…and other holiday one. Martin Luther & another composer wrote the music based on lyrics by St. Ambrose


Long-lost overpainted portrait reveals young Queen Elizabeth I –

18th century, but the technique goes back into the middle ages – Standing paste crust –

Meat Pie –


Anja, Loren, Sasha, Stella, Susanne,

divider black grey greek key

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 165+1=166 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 3 snip sheathe w/snips, 9 tiny bobs, 1 emery,  lucet cords, 1 bamboo needlecase, 1 bone needle, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 18 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3995 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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Last updated 12/2/19