House Capuchin Shield2Lots got done this week, although it was very quiet and not very many of us. From ordering materials to actually completing various pieces of projects, we whomped through a lot. There’s always more to do, though.

This Tuesday Stella and Anja are going to try to make it to Adiantum’s A&S night and we have our monthly potluck next Sunday. Anja is planning a pork pie….well, we’ll see. …and the rest of the meetings are at the usual times.

  • Finished pincushion

    Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm

  • 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 & Wine – Watch the schedule or the Facebook
    The gourd seeds

    group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.

  • Next Potluck – 4/9

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 – Loren got going on the tools for the sewing kit that we’re donating for Egils and was hard at work on needles >>>>> for most of the time. Anja started collecting the other pieces needed for the kit that weren’t there, already. The seeds for the period “squash/pumpkin” got ordered, too.

These are some of the inspiration pix for the tools. None of them came with any attributions that could be followed back to the source, except that all the first are recreations of period tools. The last one is a hollow “Norse” needlecase, open at both ends with a roll of fabric to keep needles inside it, and after doing some research seems to be “perioid” not period and either Saami or some such and not Norse! …and later research found and that the ones that most people have up online *are* Saami, or Balt or NW Slav….

Cheese and Wine Workshop – Our starters, rennet and citric acid arrived on Thursday. Also, Heather is back in Florence and was expressing interest. Anja and Loren started talking about trying to make one of the same variety as the last, but with an honest-to-goodness mold, instead of a box. …and for a mold they’re going to use a smooth-sided can and a reed coaster, with the lid of the can to set on top of the cheese and some of Anja’s lead “ducks”.

Sewing Time – Loren spent the day working on more of the sewing tools. Anja kept him company working on another pincushion, and then another…. and then doing dimples. …and no one else showed for Sewing, so they just kept going. One of the needles fell on the floor and got snapped and neither of us knows how it happened, so there’s another one to make. Anja got a bunch of bags cut for making marble sets, of a kinda kid fabric.

Herb Bunch – …snacked on bittercress and cleaned a whole pile of it for drying. It leaves a funny taste in your mouth.

Later in the day it was all sewing tools and cutting out projects.

Project Day – …was just three of us. Amy is up to her eyeballs in coursework for her licensing stuff, so she’s been very not here. Stella sanded needles and the bone awl that Loren had finished earlier. He was working on needles and Anja worked on the cutting board, the box for the sewing kit and then did a little more sewing. We talked over cheese, gourds, getting to Adiantum’s A&S night, and the two events out in Corvaria.

Gourd, Lauki (Lagenaria siceraria) – This was an interesting bit of research. We finally found the name of the “squash” that gets referred to in period European cookery. Apparently it’s native to Africa, but is this the one they were using in central Europe?


Scientific classification


Miscellaneous pix



Another from the Treasury –

…and a “Guess the object” from the Museum of London –,8VO7,4Y0WWX,TE60,1

Knights were slow? –

How to use Google more efficiently –


From Facebook – Joe Cook-Giles – in 1536, Henry VIII had his wife, Ann Boleyn executed. What most people do not know, however, is that Henry also ordered many of her family members tried and executed as well to show his power and domination over England. Several of the Boleyn family were executed on the lawn outside the tower in an event known as the Boleyn Green massacre. #AltFacts

Loren, Anja, Heather (v), Stella

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731 plus 3 sewing box (in process), 1 fid, 1 awl, 4 needles, 28 pincushions, varnished stuff (124), 3 hats
  • Total as a Household = 3359 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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