House Capuchin Shield2Does a quiet week lead to a busy Project Day? It seemed like it this week. There are a lot of links this week. People have been productive, but there aren’t as many of them that are classes. Maybe my “filter” is messed up?   

We’re not quite ready to start in person stuff again, mostly because not enough of us are vaccinated, yet, but we’re hoping it will be soon! 

Sooooo, not the best pour this time. These are samples I plan to hand out to F&F who have joint & tissue issues. Hopefully they’ll be kind.

This week we’re hoping to do more on the plants/herbs and more on the bones. We’ll get the missing galleries in as soon as the camera is working again. 

…and don’t forget that Anja is teaching her Balls class this coming Sunday at 2pm!

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. We’re also doing mini-potlucks, just Anja & Loren and one other “pod” at a time. Let us know if you’re interested!

  • 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
  • Served some asparagus pickle, too, that was done last week.
    Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 next spring.

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:

Educational Events

 Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

Dance Vids –

Classes – 

Introduction to Making Glass Beads – This is a comprehensive introduction to making glass beads by Baroness Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin and Mistress Elysabeth Underhill. From studio setup and basics to beginning lampwork beading. This class was held at the first Sparkly and Shiny event in November 2020.

Early Week – Not much going. 

Cookery – Cockaleekie soup on Monday, pickled some beans later in the week. Adding eggs and onion to the pickled egg box. Apple and pear mush on Saturday. Tasting asparagus, beans and cheese on Sunday. The nakladny hermelin worked this time! 

Naklady hermelin


Apple muse

Cockaleekie soup

Chicken Salad

A period sweet

Making Simple CheeseSally Pointer – A short video showing an easy way to make a firm white cheese. Filmed vertically for the #shorts​ project.

Making Ancient Egyptian Bread – Tasting History with Max Miller

MMMK – Grain Porridge – My Modern Medieval Kitchen – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making a modern version of grain porridge/corn porridge

Sewing – Starting threading cords through the key/bottle openers on Wednesday. They started getting cards/labels/bags on Sunday. Progress on sewing up the pieces of the sewing kit that Anja is working on and Arlys’ lion. 

Hand Sewing a 16th Century Tudor ApronLynne Fairchild – Learn about 16th century Tudor / Elizabethan / Renaissance aprons, like what materials and colors were used. Then, watch as I hand-stitch myself a new linen apron. For my historic post medieval apron, I cut out a rectangle out of linen fabric that was 26 inches wide and 33 inches long. The waistband / ties is 80 inches long and 2 inches wide (when it was cut from the fabric). Picture credit: Grimani Breviary for the month of June, circa 1510…​ Scissors:​ Pin Cushion:​ Magnetic Wrist Pin Holder:​ Needle:

15th Century Chaperons | Late Medieval Hood Tutorial – Lynne Fairchild – Learn a little bit about the chaperon, a late medieval / early Renaissance hat for men. The chaperon became quite popular during the mid-15th century in Burgundy thanks to Philip to Good, Duke of Burgundy. Plus, learn how to create a quick and easy chaperon from a medieval hood!

Weave Along with Elewys, Ep 15: Zaltys 10th century Lithuanian – Elewys of Finchingefeld – This 10th century skip hole pattern was found in the grave of a woman in Paradaugis, Lithuania. Zaltys means ‘grass snake’ and this snakey pattern is absolutely beautiful! There are three pattern options for weaving this piece, which I have included in the blog.

Sundials, etc. – A bone needle got started on Tuesday. Sold a Shepherds Dial on Saturday. 

Bone Needles

Herb Bunch – 

During the week everything was just watering and tending. On Sunday we planted the veg ends that had been collecting during the week. They went in with the fennel, and then Loren added some dirt to cover things, since the center of the bucketful was sagging. Planted some iris that’s been sitting. 

Project Day – 

No Arlys today. She’s off with Beak doing apprentice things.

Isabeau was at work. “Surviving”. 🙂 

Discussion on things we want to cook included: spicy pickled watermelon & cantaloupe with ginger, crispy pickled pear spears, Baked Wardens, watermelon peel pickles, pear cordial. Lotsa pears? 

Anja and Loren’s projects

MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett – Planning on tasting the Nakladny Hermelin, the pickled asparagus and some pickled black-eyed peas today. Working on sewing up a couple of the embroidery pieces. Now, I need to find my pincushion filling.

Trial of pickled beans and asparagus…. I liked ’em, although the asparagus has an oddly fruity flavor. The cheese has to come up to room temp. Loren says, “They taste alright.” Hmmm… what a critic! …and that’s done and I got the chicken salad mostly put together for supper. The nakladny hermelin is really tasty! It’s a lot stronger than the base cheese (camambert) with oregano and onion being the main notes. I had some with a glass of my birthday plum wine and it was ‘yicious!

Loren was working on bone needles today. I got some leek and celery ends planted. Loren put some more dirt on and planted the iris..

Oh, gosh! I *did* make it onto the West Coast Culinary event schedule! 3pm on Sat. Apr.3. Easy marzipan and fun figures.

I did get the napkin fabric, finally, but it didn’t print the same way that it had before. Dunno why, but they’re almost mini-tablecloths instead of napkins. They’re pushing 30″ square! …and that means there are only 3 and some odds and ends of checky trim. I’m going to re-order and double-check the sizes this time. … I talked to one of the customer service people and worked out what happened. The design isn’t available to the public, so it reverts to the default, not to the specific settings that I had it on when I go to buy some unless I change it to the new settings each time. <sigh>

Rosamunde’s Projects for the Day – Pix and caption from the day’s page, Rosamunde’s wording. 

“I made a cowl that goes from shoulder to over hair … very snuggly, no itches and clings perfectly without annoying me. From what I’ve seen it seems to unravel an area … I’ll look for a pic. When I make katwise sweaters I won’t touch velvet/chenille yarn…. kills your serger & falls to bits in seconds. But the velvet is lovely to knit.”

Louisa’s Projects for the day – Pix and captions from the day’s page, Louisa’s wording. 

“I’m working on two things today: A re-batch of a Moisturizing Goat’s Milk & Tallow Soap, and I’ll be making Movement Motivating Salve from some Comfrey Infused Extra Light Olive Oil I made last weekend. Busy, busy. I’ll post pics as I go.”

“I’ve finished the Comfrey Movement Motivating Salve and the soap is melting back down to its liquid form. Another half-hour or so and it should be ready to go into molds. This is a test batch of the Salve and I have a few things to work out, but overall it’s good. My knee really likes it too.”


Musée national de la Renaissance – Château d’Ecouen (site officiel) – This home use box is intended to contain toiletries used during bedtime (mirror, comb and brush, vials. )) On a wooden soul, embroidered at the small point, the owner’s coat of arms on the lid and scenes from the biblical history of Moses (Exodus) on the five faces. They were executed according to Bernard Solomon’s wood engravings illustrating Claude Paradin’s ′′ Historic Quadrins of the Bible ′′ published in Lyon in 1553.

Paris, according to Bernard Solomon
Night Tape: History of Moses
Around 1580
(C) NMR-Grand Palais (Renaissance Museum, Ecouen Castle) / Mathieu Rabeau

The Infant of Prague

Good Wikipedia article – Infant of Prague


Rare Troubadours Music from Occitania – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Gérard Zuchetto, Troubadours Art Ensemble Album: Trob’Art – Concept I, Art des Troubadours

Between the XII and XIII centuries Occitania was an independent land and included Southern Spain, France and Northern Italy. It was a place where culture flourished and countless poets, poetesses and musicians animated the streets and courts. There are several manuscript sources that have come down to us from that period which ended with the crusade against the Albigensians wanted by the lords of Northern France. The oppression was not only economic and religious, even freedom of thought was affected and many musicians and poets abandoned this country to its fate, moving more and more towards Spain and Italy. We are now at the dawn of 1300, these migrations brought an artistic ferment that will then lead to the so-called “Renaissance” and later on the Spanish “Siglo de Oro”. Gérard Zuchetto, maestro and musician working on historical research by many years on troubadours and trobairitz repertoire, in his complete opera “La Tròba” has set music for most, if not all, of the poems that have come down to us from the XII and XIII centuries.

  • Quan pens qui sui – Pons Fabre d’Uzes, XIII cent
  • No sap chantar – Jaufré Rudel, XII cent. Atressi co•l signes fai – Peirol, XII cent.
  • Reis Glorios – Giraut de Bornelh XIII cent.
  • Ar’ resplan la flors enversa – Raimbaut D’Aurenga, XII cent.
  • Leu chansonet ‘e vil – Giraut de Bornelh, XIII cent.
  • Tres ennemics – Uc de Saint Circ, XIII cent.
  • Be m’agrada bels temps – Raimon de Miraval, XII/XIII cent.
  • Pensamen ai e consir – Peire Raimon de Tolosa, XII/XIII cent.
  • Tant ai mon cor – Bernart de Ventadom, XII cent.
  • Volontiers faria – Guiraut Riquier, XIII cent.

A Bard’s Lament in the Plague of 1348. Order this new medieval-inspired album: – David Yardley – A Bard’s Lament for Toulouse, in the Plague of 1348 (Meravilhar nos devo pas las gens – “Marvel not at the mortality and famine that we witness”). The words of this haunting plague piece survived from when they were written in 1348, but without the music. This new music by David Yardley (b. 1978) allows the words to sing again, after centuries of silence. The words are by Peire de Lunel (fl. 1326-1384), and my poetic translation is below. This piece will appear on my forthcoming album “The Lost Codex of Avalon” – pre-orders currently available at . Album due for release in December 2020, made up of new medieval-inspired and fantasy compositions written and performed by David Yardley and a range of professional ensembles and soloists. All music composed by David Yardley, performed here with a Scottish-made medieval harp from Ardival Harps, based on a 12th Century drawing. Photo by Adam Henry.

Here is an English translation of the two verses I’m singing, with a little poetic licence:

 “Marvel not at the mortality and famine that we witness,
For evil thoughts and deceit are among us,
Infecting the air, such that the air, heavily infected, corrupts people;
Death is all around, and food and goods become corrupted also, and in short supply in every region.
These are brutal and disordered times,
 In the whole world there is great poverty;
But we pray for swift healing from our failings.”

Ballad of the Blue Rose – vikinghomecompanion – A song I wrote many years ago inspired by the story of the Blue Rose.


Video Links

13th Century Teutonic Knight Armor – TeutonicPenguin – This is my armor kit based on what a Teutonic Knight may have looked like during the year 1300. Recent additions include tailored sleeves, maille chausses, padded hose, arming girdle, wool mantle, and a closed gambeson. I still have a couple improvements to make but I think as a whole it looks good for the time being. Comment, subscribe, and thanks for watching!

Between Two Peers: Episode 47 – Maître Charles de Bourbon – Between Two Peers – Welcome to Episode 47! Between Two Peers with hosts Mistress Sassy Seamstress and Sir danger Muppet.We will be live (via youtube) with our chosen drink and geared up to answer questions about most anything. This week sponsored by Acapulco Gold, because …. what was the question again? Well, this episode promises to be a grand time with Maître Charles de Bourbon who says bring on the questions! GUEST BIO: In the SCA for 25 years this year. I’ve been a Laurel for 11 years for fashion. I’ve lived and played in four kingdoms. I was the former Baron of New Orleans (Axemoor), and most recently I’ve taken up furrier work.


Medieval Knight Armor Wash – Robert Chaen

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  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 230 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries, 1 woolen spool-knit cord, 48 key bottle openers

Total as a Household = 4061 handed off

moving writing pen motif

In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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