Monthly Archives: October 2012

Overview of 2012 (state of mid-october)

I know, the year is not yet over and I still have something in the pipeline that counts for the challenge, but here’s the updated list of the (finished) projects I count for the A&S 50 challenge:

learn spinning, (started, but I will count it as this probably never stopps) – 1
learn calligraphy and illumination, so that I can make a scroll – 2 (for the techniques) + at least 10 (finished scrolls)

make some viking garb for my husband – 1
make some garb for my daughter- 1
learn naalbinding (started, but I won’t wait with counting until I finish the socks) – 1
make a period bag – 5 (my freehand feast gear bag, a small bag with drawstring for my spindle and the other three are described in the above post)

make a piece of garb from a picture – 1 (and at least one more is in progress)
make a needlebinding needle – 1 (I made a few, but none turned out very good and I didn’t try them yet, so I’m counting only one)
assemble a peroid sewing basket (another ongoing project which I will count before it’s really finished) – 1
make a game (Glückshaus game board in a round leather pouch) – 1

That sums up to 24 finished projects or learned skilles by now.


scribbling along

Here are some more scrolls (and similar), these are all that I found photos of. There are probably more photos on the external drive, but these will come with a later post. These are in about chronologial order. All items displayed here are done with ink and Gouache on Pergamenata (the best parchment imitate I know).

Two small scrolls (about postcard size) as a christmas present for my mother. The text was her idea, the rest mine.
postcard sized calligraphy


The “W” is a “White Vine” Illumination accompanied by the matching Humanist script (a renaissance script developed out of the carolingian miniscule). The “D” is from a 10th century manuscript, the text is written in carolingian miniscule and the uppercase “G” in the text is from the same manuscript as the initial.

A bookmark, originally an initial I from a manuscript (but I forgot the time when the manuscript was made).

An Award of Arms, done this April, but I forgot all other informations about it:

Antother try on White Vine illumination and Humanist script: the Award of Arms for my friend Apollonia:

What I did this summer

I did some scrolls that I haven’t shown here, need to get the pictures on my computer (they are distributed among my smartphone and my digital camera) edit them a bit and then find out how to upload them here. They are in different styles: of course there is carolingian miniscule, but there’s also a renaissance style: White Vine illumination with a humanist hand (that developed out of carolingian miniscule). I’m currently trying to learn the insular script used for the Book of Kells, because I’m a fan of it, I have a pdf of it and I have the request for a calligraphed proverb that would fit that style.

I made my daughter (in kindergarden age) her first garb. She saw me last winter trying on a dress-in-progress and said “aww, you’re wearing a princess dress”. I asked her if she wants her own princess dress and she agreed and chose pink as the desired color. So this summer I made her a simple tunic (should be suitable for anything pre 1300) out of pink linen. She wears if over her normal clothes as the outer layer and loves it. She also had a belt with it, but we lost that very quickly so I have to get/make her a new one (but that can wait until next spring).

This fall I went to a “Stoffmarkt”, a huge market selling fabric, sometimes much cheaper than in online shops or “real” fabric stores. A few years ago you got most things there cheaper than you would get them anywhere else, nowadays many prices have risen to a level that you can get in an online shop without much problems, but you still can make a bargain sometimes.
I got Loden (fulled wool) there for 18 Euros/meter (1,5 meters width) which would be a rather low price for a normal piece of wool fabric, and is really cheap for rather thick fulled wool. The disadvantages are: it’s stretchy in one direction so probably knitted and then fulled and it’s rather scratchy, I wouldn’t want to wear it directly on my skin. But it has a color that’s very close to the “Aubergine” or “Dunkelrot” (somewhere in between) on (this is a link to a color chart of a webshop that sells natural dyed wool). I bought enough of it for a cloak for me and probably my daughter. And the original plan of the cloak was to line it with something that’s nicer to touch.
I also bought some dark blue linen fabric, to make a new tunic for my husband’s viking garb. He’s constantly complaining that his tunic out of light wool is too warm for him in summer. And he promised me that he would wear his garb if I made him a linen tunic. So next summer we can go together as a garbed family to the medieval markets. 🙂

Most of my shire went to the Crown Tourney this fall, because it’s in a neighbouring shire (and some other reasons…). It was my first crown tourney and my daughter’s first event. She was really exhausted in the evening because of sooo many new and interesting things and running around and so on… but she had fun at the event and had fun wearing her “princess dress”. (one day I’ll tell her about princesses in the SCA but for now she’s too young and playing a princess or a knight is the most interesting part of medieval stuff for her). I also enjoyed the event, even though it was a bit stressful and we had to leave in mid-feast due to totally exhausted and overloaded (with new impressions) kid.
And: I got my Award of Arms! Yay! It was a wonderful ceremony and the scroll I got looks so beautiful. I still get a warm feeling thinking about that moment. A few days before the event I was sitting down, writing an AoA scroll for another member of my shire, now knowing she was doing the same for me. I thought that it would be cool but dismissed the thought as unrealistic again. I was really surprised when I got called up at court (and really nervous too of course).

A new beginning

Hello! I’m trying once again to blog about my medieval crafts and experiences.

I had that blog before on blooger, but I grew unhappy with blooger, so I moved the blog here. All old content is exported from the old blog and just imported here. I (still) have hope to continue the blog on a more regular basis (more often than “ooops, haven’t posted for several months, maybe I should…”).