House Capuchin Shield2Productive week! Lots of things are happening with the Winter Feast (2/18/18) as in menu and trial runs on foods. More pincushions are going, including some that are intended for the changeover from Baron Finn to his successors. We saw some folks that we don’t usually get to, and they have wheels now, so

The current crop

we might see them more often.

Meetings are at the normal times this week, plus we have a hall walk-through on Tuesday, and we’re thinking to try again on bottle wine on Wednesday evening.

  • Loren working on a wooden animal

    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 group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.
  • Next Potluck – 8/20

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 – Gudrun and Casey showed up on Tuesday for a visit and we talked feast and food and projects and such, at length. …and Anja sewed, which is surprising, of course. 🙂 They got to try the mushrooms. Casey actually thought they were decent and he hates mushrooms! Texture, apparently.

Isabeau sent Anja a photo of a seam treatment on a tunic she’s working on.

Food motif kettle cook

Gogor and Anja have been consulting about the feast menu for next February (and the date looks like 2/18/18!) They’ve got a pretty good one put together, based on early 1400’s foods from the various Slavic lands.

…and some embroidery by Anja. This is another pincushion, destined for Finn when he steps down as Dragon’s Mist’s Baron. She finished it early Wednesday morning and then, unsatisfied, because of mistakes, immediately started another and finished that Wednesday evening!

Sewing Time

Thursday – …was just Anja and Loren. Loren was sanding again, and Anja finished another pincushion for  Finn, not being satisfied with the first, and then worked on an “order” for the Dragon’s Mist Baronial change-over. They got filled and stitched on Friday.

Saturday – Pincushions got filled and a few dimpled.

Herb Bunch – Sorted herbs for drying, mostly thyme and oregano….

The Shallots, garlics and the parsleys are doing well, the leeks are awfully spindly. No clue why. Other veg are coming along. There’s reclaimed celery, carrot, leek and turnip, and radish and carrot from seed. Other herbs got prepped and put away and the ingredients for a bruise balm found.

Project Day

You can see the onions floating in the broth.

We started in the morning with editing pictures, but when Amy came a bit earlier than she’s been, we sat down with pincushions, her nailbinding and some sanding of wooden animals. We spent awhile talking about our winter feast, who’s doing toys, and other House business. After we had talked that all through, Anja went in back to set up another round of beef in wine…another trial run for one of the feast dishes. Loren pulled down the boxes of wooden toys & gnomes, since some of those are going to Sasha for him to work on at home.

Amy headed home early, too, to nurse her injured ankle, so Anja went off to get the inkle loom pattern that we’re doing for her Laurel worked out, and then she did more on pincushions while Loren was sanding. We also talked casting while we worked.

Miscellaneous pix

Miscellaneous pix from Stormgods last weekend, with permission from James Redbeard, photographer


Music For A Tudor Feast, Trouvère Medieval Minstrels, 2010m Orange Dog Productionsm ASIN: B00TK92N8O

  1. The Hunt Is Up
  2. Bergerette
  3. The Boar’s Head Caro
  4. Can She Excuse
  5. Consort
  6. Blow Thy Horn Hunter
  7. La Volta
  8. Dance Of The Washerwomen
  9. Now Oh Now
  10. Double & Maltese Branles
  11. Galliard VII
  12. Flow My Tears
  13. Galliard II
  14. La Rosette
  15. Green Grow’th The Holly
  16. Ronde – Pour Quoy
  17. Lord Zouche’s Masque
  18. Madame D’Amours
  19. Morisco
  20. Les Quatre Branles
  21. It Was A Time When Silly Bees Could Speak
  22. Ronde III
  23. Pastime With Good Company
  24. Fortune My Foe


This showed up on Thursday. It’s a VCR tape that someone did back in 1987! Omgs…. that was my first crown, ever! I remember that bout!…although that’s the one where Sash got into Loren’s goblet and got …plastered…and he’s a noisy drunk, even yet. ..and Steinie won the Crown!

Good Book!

The Craftsman’s Handbook, Cennino Cennini, Dover Art Instruction, Paper or Kindle Edition,  April 2, 2012, Amazon Digital Services LLC, ASIN: B00A3M1FJ0 –

From the Back Cover – This is D. V. Thompson’s definitive English translation of Il Libro dell’Arte, an intriguing guide to methods of painting, written in fifteenth-century Florence. Embodying the secrets and techniques of the great masters, it served as an art student’s introduction to the ways of his craft.

Anyone who has ever looked at a medieval painting and marveled at the brilliance of color and quality of surface that have endured for 500 years should find this fascinating reading. It describes such lost arts as gilding stone, making mosaics of crushed eggshell, fashioning saints’ diadems, coloring parchment, making goat glue, and regulating your life in the interests of decorum—which meant shunning women, the greatest cause of unsteady hands in artists. You are told how to make green drapery, black for monks’ robes, trees and plants, oils, beards in fresco, and the proper proportions of a man’s body. (“I will not tell you about the irrational animals because you will never discover any system of proportion in them.”) So practical are the details that readers might be tempted to experiment with the methods given here for their own amusement and curiosity.
Today artists are no longer interested in specific directions on keeping miniver tails from becoming moth-eaten. The Craftsman’s Handbook, in which these are ordinary parts of the artist’s work, appears quaint and naïve to us. And that is much of its charm. But when we remember the magnificent mosaics, paintings, and frescoes these methods produced, the book takes on an even greater value as a touchstone to another age.


Anja, Loren, Gudrun, Casey, Gogor(V), Amy

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 151 plus 4 pouch, 25 pouches for block-printing, 36 pincushions, 1 lucet cord, 1 hat, 1 bone needle & case, 2 sewing boxes finished except for bone needles, 1 sewing box (in process), varnished stuff (124)
  • Total as a Household = 3510 handed off

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