Monthly Archives: December 2010

misc stuff

My sewing basket has grown a bit: I have new scissors (even in a nice little leather sheath), and beeswax in a small tin and found some linien thread.

At the last event I was at I found someone who told me needlebinding (a different method than I learned before) and this time it stuck. I picked the project up yesterday and was able to continue. 🙂 With enough time this project will either be a pair of socks or a pair of gloves, but only time can tell at the moment. It will be brightly blue and yellow coloured in any case.

And I finally have a (linen) bag to carry my feast gear around. It’s easier to handle than a basket and enough for one person.


scribal stuff

I told you that I was bad at blogging 🙂

But I’m much better at calligraphy. I did several scrolls that I didn’t post here, and also did some scrolls all by myself (ok, I still need and get help with what to write as a text). I will post some pictures, just don’t know when.

I also did some scrolls that were not backlog and found out that the timeframe is still enough for me.

When I found out that illumination can be done as tracing from a (digitalized) manuscript and painting it out, I lost my fears about it being too hard and me not being able to draw good enough. Doing it that way, )’m quite good at illumination.
It help that my favorite calligraphy hand is still carolingian miniscule and that you can find lots of painted initials that fit the time of hte miniscule and that are easy to do in the method mentioned here.

At the moment I’m doing a scroll (just the calligraphy) where the illumination is rather late period, so I’m trying my hand at early gothic, because gothic litera bastarda is too hard for me to learn in one evening. I can handle the early gothic, having the “cheat sheet” with all letters next to me with just one evening of training.
It will look better on the scroll than the miniscule, even if it’s still too early.