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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 (Gl├╝ckshaus game board in a round leather pouch) – 1

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

Overview of accomplished tasks

Here’s the 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 5 (finished scrolls)
make some viking garb for my husband1
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

That sums up to 17 finished projects or learned skilles by now.

Challenge Overview

I decided to do the breadth challenge, as there are so many things that I wanted to try.

My challenge is in two parts, the first part is dedicated to learning new stuff, the second part is improving my garb (and making garb for my family).

1 learn tablet weaving (first project finished, will need more to really understand it),
2 learn spinning, (started)
3-5 learn calligraphyand illumination, so that I can make a scroll, (I need help finding a source for the illumination and I need help getting the text right, but I can do the rest.)
6 make some viking garb for my husband
7 make period shoes,
8 make period arrows,
9 learn to play period music,
10+11 period embroidery (both on a sampler and on my garb),
12+13 cook a period recipe (redacted / from original text),
14 learn naalbinding, (started)
15 make a heraldic display,
16 make cutlery from wood,
17 make a wooden chest for my stuff,
18 learn dyeing,
19 make pigments,
20 make myself a better headdress,
21 learn to read middle high german,
22 submit something to an A&S competition,
23 make a period bag, (did two bags freehand, three after pictures, let’s see how many more I need or will do.)
24 make a belt for my garb,
25 do a performance dance,
26 make a period game,
27 make a period die (or even dice),
28 research toys,
29 learn candle making,
30 make a bowstring,
31 learn bookbinding,
32 learn paper making,
33 make my own naalbinding needle (out of bone), (did some wooden ones)
34 learn lucet,
35 make a period condiment,
36 period cooking at a campfire,
37 make a period chair,
39 learn how to start a fire the period way,
40 make a piece of garb from a picture, see the entry “blue sideless surcot”, more garb will come
41 learn felting,
42 learn macrame,
43 learn sprang,
44 make a pilgrims bag (above is already an entry called “make a bag”)
45 learn netting,
46 research on medieval non-alcoholic beverages,
47 make an apron,
48 make childrens garb when necessary, (will be done next spring probably)
49 make a baby sling, (my daughter is already too old for that)
50 try pewter casting,
51 make mead
52 do something for the kingdom (probably some sewing project)

Yes, there are more than 50 different items on my challenge list. I’ll pick whatever I want whenever I have time and hope that I find time for 50 projects by AS 50.
Green items are what I have started/done, annotations are in italics. Grey is what I can’t or don’t want to do, with explanation in italics.