For lack of a real post I give you…THE SCA MEME!!!

Aren’t you exited now?

– Been an officer? Yes. herald at diffrent levels

– Do you have an SCA name? Yes.  Gwenlliana Clutterbooke

– Do you have an SCA persona? Yes. 14th century noblewoman managing the estate.  I would like to flesh this out a bit more.

– Changed persona because of different garb? Sort of, I changed time periods but not the name

– Been adopted by a person, household or clan? Nothing formal (i.e. no oaths) but yes

– Had a name and/or device accepted by the SCA College of Arms? Yes.

– Had a name and/or device rejected by the SCA College of Arm? No.

– Been taken as or taken an apprentice, protege or squire? No


– Been an Event Steward/Autocrat? Kind of.

– Taught a class at an event? No.

– Run an activity at an event? Sort of.

– Ever fought at an event? No. – Ever fought at Pennsic or another War? Nope.

– Done a different martial art at an event? No.

– Ever run a martial activity at an event? Nope.

– Fought at an event tourney? Nope.

– Ever fought in a Crown Tourney? Nope.

 – Won a tourney or contest at an event? Yes, I won an A&S competition.

– Made your own armor? No

– Made your own weapons? No

– Been a squire? Nope.

– Have rank as an archer? Nope.

– Have rank as a fencer? Nope.

– Created a siege weapon? Nope.

ARTS & SCIENCES – Have you ever entered an A&S contest? Yep.

– Have you ever won an A&S contest? Yes.

– Ever run an A&S contest? Nope.

– Ever judge/critique items in an A&S contest? Yep.

– Ever wordsmithed a scroll? No.

– Illuminated a scroll? Nope.

– Done the Calligraphy for a scroll? Nope.

– Made your own paper? Nope.

– Made a book? Nope.

– Make someone’s order medallion? Nope.

– Write someone in for an award? Yep. Multiple times.

– Have you ever sewn your own garb? Yes.

– Sewn Garb for others? Nope.

– Ever been sewing on the way to an event? No.

– Ever finished an outfit before an event? Yes.

– Researched and completed an outfit from said research? Sort of.

– Ever taught a class on sewing? Hahahahaha…Yeah, no 

– Finished a hat? Nope.

– Do you know how to spin? Sort of.

– Ever woven your own fabric? Trim.

– Do you know how to knit? Learned once but decided it wasn’t my thing.

– Do you know how to crochet? I used to make triangles, of course, I was going for squares.

– Have you ever dyed your own yarn or fabric? Nope.

– Embroidered a garment? Not a garment, no 

– Ever entertained at a feast? Nope.

– Ever ran a bardic circle? Nope.

 – Ever performed in a bardic circle? No.

 – Had songs requested from you at such? Nope.

– Ever competed in a formal bardic? Nope.

– Know any period songs? Sort of, though I’d like to learn more.

BONUS: Have you ever translated a scroll? Nope.

COURT IN THE SCA – Ran a court as Royalty? Nope.

– Ran a court as Herald? Sort of.

– Heralded at Court? No.

– Been an Attendant, Guard or Champion at court? Yes.

– Been called to court to receive an award? Yep.

– Been called to court to present something? NO.

– Been called to court for punishment? No.

– Been part of a court “schtick”? Nope

– Done something while watching court, e.g., spin, sew, embroider? Yep. 

– Had a royal comment on what you’re doing? Nope.

– Have awards from more than one Kingdom? Nope.

PENNSIC – Have you ever gone to Pennsic? No.

– Ever done Zero Night? Nope.

– How many Pennsics have you gone to? 0.

– Ever taught a class at Pennsic? No.

– Taken a class at Pennsic? NO.

– Gone to Opening ceremonies? No.

– Been a waterbearer? Np.

– Placed in a Pennsic tournament? Nope.

 – Worked a shift at Chirurgeons Point at Pennsic? Nope.

– Worked a shift as security at Pennsic? Nope.

– Volunteered in any other capacity? No.

– Ever merchanted at Pennsic? No.

– Gone to the swimming hole, Classic or Family? No.

– ‘Trolled the Bog for parties?’ Nope.

– Hosted a party at Pennsic? No.

– Been part of a ‘Pennsic building project’? Nope.


– Ever traveled more than 8 hours each way for a one day event? Not yet. but going to KWHSS in the East

– Gone to a different Kingdom for an event? Not yet but soon.

– Lived in a different Kingdom? Nope.

– Have trailer hitch and trailer, mainly because of the SCA? No.

 – What ridiculous lengths you’ve gone to get to an event? Can’t think of anything unless you count day tripping an event 4 hours away


– Run out of closet space because of garb/gear? Yes.

– Ever crammed more than 4 people into a hotel room? No.

– Met your future spouse at an SCA event? Nope.

– Met most past significant others in an SCA setting? Nope.

– Have better research books than your public library? Maybe, depends on the schedule and which library

– Is your tent bigger than your first apartment? No.

– How many sewing machines do you have? 1.

– Own an anvil? No.

– Added something to the YKITSCA-When lists? Nope.                                   

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Heraldry Thoughts

This poor blog has been neglected of late.  I’m not going to do a huge update on all the events I’ve attended, I’ll just say I’ve been busy.

Twelfth Night was last weekend, in Coeur d’Alene.  I wasn’t originally planning to go but, about 2 months ago, decided I had to go because it’s one of my favorite events.  I’m really glad I did because I had a great time.  The resort was beautiful, I helped some great people at the consult table, and, best of all, I got to see some friends I don’t see often enough.

Several of those friends are heralds and are senior to me in the heraldry world.  One of our conversations has had me thinking ever since.  We were talking about the level of book heralds in several kingdoms but specifically An Tir.  It seems like we have a lot of beginning heralds, several senior heralds (some of whom can’t comment at the local level because of their offices) and only a few mid-level heralds and why there is that gap.

The gap could be caused by a few things:

  1. Heralds are burning out either before or shortly after they get to the mid-level stage.
  2. People don’t know how to get to the mid-level stage
  3. Not enough education past the beginner level
  4. Lack of confidence/People thinking that others know more than they do so they don’t comment and we just don’t know that they at that mid-level
  5. People think they know everything they need to know so they stop worrying about it or listening to other people’s imput so they don’t progress.

So, what do we do about it?  I’m not really sure yet.  The best way to progress in book heraldry is just by reading and practicing but I think that goes back to the lack of confidence.

When I felt like I was stagnating, I asked a friend, who happens to be Pelican Queen of Arms, how to progress and she  gave me some ideas.  I didn’t have a problem doing that but I think some people are intimidated by the senior heralds for reasons that I don’t really understand.  (Though I should mention that when I met most of the senior heralds I had no clue how the College of Arms operated so I had no idea who they were.  If I had, I may have been intimidated, I may not have, it’s hard to say.)

I think the biggest issue my be confidence but the only way to build confidence is by practicing and realizing you really do know what you’re talking about.  So, do we try to have more local heraldry nights where we get together and comment on the internal letters?

Any other ideas?

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Event Updates

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here so I’m going to give brief highlights so far this year…

Winter’s End – February – A friend stepped down as the baronial champion and another stepped down as baronial herald. Constance received her Goutte de Sange.

Kingdom A&S – March – K and I drove up to Kingdom A&S early in the morning the day after a work conference I attended in Vegas.  My niece really enjoyed the Bardic competition, especially the harp piece by the new Kingdom Bard.  We ended up leaving before it was over on Sunday and took a leisurely trip back home.  We stopped at Shipwreck Beads and I got some things for a new treasure necklace.

Mountain Edge Defenders – April – I encouraged K to enter the A&S defendrership and she won!  This was a sad event overall though because a friend and member of the shire died three days earlier.

Faire in the Grove – This is Dragon’s Mist’s big demo for the year at McMennemins.  I helped set up and then helped with the demo and just enjoyed myself.  Ref cooked an egg on a spit which was interesting and a little mind-blowing.

Grand Thing – May – I day tripped this one as I had just moved and didn’t want a repeat of the Grand Muddy Thing again.  One of my households roasted a pig again, they brined it this time though and it turned out really nicely.  The monastery raid was a ton of fun to watch.  I also got to spend a lot of time catching up with friends.

June Faire – June – Dragon’s Mist runs the modern gate at this event and the hosting branch pays us, so it’s a nice fund-raiser for us.  It was also awesome.  I had so much fun working at gate and telling people what we were about.  The weather was perfect and the food was excellent.

July Coronation – last weekend – It rained the entire weekend and my tent is currently hung between two chairs on the balcony in an attempt to dry it out but it was a lot of fun.  I got to meet some awesome new people, catch up with old friends, and found out a friend is in a new relationship and seems to be happier than I’ve seen him in a long time.  The fact that I like his girlfriend is an added bonus.

We were camped not too far from the Bardic Circle and I got to listen to them as I fell asleep on Saturday which was very cool.

The meetings on Sunday were informative as always.  Her Majesty likes things to run on time.

So, that’s my year so far at a glance.  I’ll try to do a better job of updating this going forward…

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12th Night & Plans for the Year

K and I went to An Tir’s 12th Night at the beginning of January and had a lot of fun. We got there Friday evening which was pretty low-key. We got checked in, said hello to our friends and headed to the grocery store to get some groceries for the weekend so we didn’t have to go out to eat for every meal.

Saturday morning I had heraldry meeting which went pretty good.

K and I went to Chili’s for lunch. I hadn’t been there in so long and I had kind of forgotten how much I enjoyed it.

Saturday afternoon was mostly spent in court. My friend Eulalia got a goutte which was exciting. Then I got called up in court. Their Majesties Tiernan & Miranda presented me with a Goutte de Sang! What does that mean? A goutte (as they are commonly called) is An Tir’s grant level award for service. In some ways, it also opens the doors for me to do more service, which is exciting too. It also means that I get to display more stuff on my armorial achievement. I can now display my armory with a crest and a ribbon with the badge of the order hanging from it. One of these days I’ll actually get it drawn up and I’ll post it here.

We went for Chinese for dinner with our friends. That was fun but I think we may have overwhelmed the staff when all 12 of us showed up in garb.

After dinner we did toast, oath, and boast which is exactly what it sounds like. My oath was to get more involved in scribal, I’ll get to that in a bit.

Sunday was meetings for me, financial meeting & corpora. I have to say I kind of enjoy those meetings. I realize that probably proves that I am crazy but I like knowing what is going on. It makes me happy.

I have a few plans/goals for the upcoming year.

First, as I said above, I want to get more involved in scribal. I started doing that a few years ago but I got sidetracked by other things. To that end I went through all my materials to figure out what I have and what I might need. I actually have quite a bit. I may need to get a couple of colors of paint but that’s about it.

I also want to design an award charter this year. I’m think I’ll start with a Dragon Scale charter. I even have an exemplar but I’m going to keep that a secret for now. 🙂

I also need to do the org charts that Black Lion asked me to do. I think I might actually do two. One that is generic, with the titles only that can be posted on the webpage, and another that has the incumbents for Black Lion.

Fourth, I need to get my pouch finished. The embroidery is about 3/4 done. I need to research how to finish it a little more. I have a good idea on that but I need to do a little more research to collaborate what I’ve already figured out.

Finally, I want to work on learning the recorder and guitar a little more. I had a good start on that but kind of got off track during the holidays. I’d like to be confident enough with them by the time event season starts that I can take them to events without being embarrassed.

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Pictures of A&S Entry

My friend Eulalia posted some pictures of my brick stitch to her flickr account. They can be seen here.

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Artsy Fartsy & DM Defender

Artsy Fartsy was this weekend. It was a great, little event. Eulalia & Geoffrey really pulled it off.

The A&S defender competition was at the event. I entered my German Brickstitch purse as a work in progress. There were two other entries – home made wine & tablet weaving.

My presentation went really well. I was able to answer all of the judges questions without have to resort to “I don’t know.” At moot I found out that I won!! I was pretty suprised and it took a little while for it to sink in, but I’m pretty excited.

The documentation (with pictures replaced by links) can be seen here.

People have been asking for pictures so here they are:
The front:

A close up of one of the medalions:

The back:

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I have formally declared my intent to enter the Dragon’s Mist A&S Defender tournament. That means there is no backing down now. 🙂 I will be entering a work in progress since there is no way I will be able to get it finished in a week and a half. I’m hoping the embroidery will be at least half done by then which I think is doable.

I’ve also been asked to display my needlebook in the A&S display. I’ld like to actually turn it into a needlebook before that point. The embroidery for my contest piece needs to be half done before I start on the needlebook though.

I’m most likely changing my persona to 14th century for a couple of reasons. First, most of the embroidery I’m drawn to is from 12-14th centuries with an awful lot of it coming from the 14th century. Also, I have a 16th century kirtle now and the 14th century and Viking garb just feels more “right,” if that makes any sense. When I put on the 16th century stuff I feel like I’m just acting, when I put on the 14th century and Viking stuff I feel like me in a different time.

I’ve been reading more about the 14th century and a lot of the concerns I had have been eliminated. I’ve finding it very interesting and the religious is definately interesting.

As you can probably guess, I’ll be wearing Norse grab too. I don’t know if I will create an alternative persona at this point. We’ll have to wait and see.

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New Site

I’ve been wanting to build a website for quite a while and I’ve decided to use WordPress to do so. So, that means I have a new blog there too. For those of you reading this on blogger or a feed the new address is However, I plan to mirror all posts at WordPress to blogger for a while anyway.

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Thinking About Entering DM A&S Defenders

My next project is going to be a brick stitch purse using the patterns found here and here.  (The item the patterns is based off of can be found at the first link.)  The Dragon’s Mist A&S Defendership has been moved back to Artsy Fartsy in October so I am thinking about entering the purse but I have a few concerns.

First, I’m not drafting the pattern myself and that feels a little like cheating.  I know that patten books for embroidery existed in period but, as far as I know, they didn’t deal with brick stitch.  The books I’ve seen have pictoral patterns for Assisi, needle lace, needlepoint, etc…not the geometric patterns generally seen in brick stitch.

Second, I’m planning to us some leftover 28 count Lugana (cotton/viscose blend) as the ground.  In period they would have likely used a very high count (40+) linen as the ground.  I can get linen but I want to use up some of the things I already have before I buy more fabric.  Also, the highest count I can find is 36 and I’m not sure I want to strain my eyes that much.

Finally, I intend to make this a bit bigger than most extant embroidered bags I’ve seen.  Most are sweet bags, alms bags, or reliquary bags and the largest I’ve seen is about 6 inches square.  I plan to make mine about 8×9 to be more practical today.


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An Tir – West War

This last weekend was An Tir – West War down in Gold Beach. I had more fun at this event than I’ve had at a camping event in a long time.

K and I left our parent’s house pretty early on Friday and got to the site in the early afternoon. Once we found Duchy Blackhart we set up camp in the “mundane grotto.” Being in the mundane grotto wasn’t too bad though because it meant our tent was kind of out of the way which was nice for napping. Friday was pretty low key; once we finished setting up we just hung out and talked to people. His Grace is learning to play the mandolin and he played for us a bit. A bard stopped by later and played the bagpipes and sang to us. (Not at the same time of course.) Another friend, M, played the bodhran as well. It was really nice and I went to bed a little on the early side that night.

Saturday I watched the fighting in the morning and then hung out with Her Grace and some other friends. I met Master Conchobar Clarsair and talked to him about the harp a little bit. He said that since I already play the piano learning the harp shouldn’t be too hard. He suggested Stoney End as a place to buy a harp kit since the kits are about half the price of a finished harp. He suggested the Anne model as a good place to start.

That night several of us stood outside the day shade and looked at the stars. It was such a gorgeous night. M showed me how to find Cassiopeia and Her Grace showed me how to find Sagittarius so now I know two more constellations. We also saw some pretty amazing shooting stars. Later we just hung out and talked and I discovered the joys of sheep skin blankets. I’m going to have to make a trip to Tandy Leather to pick up a couple.

Sunday morning I went to visit Eulalia, Ref, and crew at the period cooks area. (I had tried to stop by a couple times before but they were eating each time and I didn’t want to interrupt.) The rest of the day was spent mostly hanging out. We did find out that there was going to be a roving court so we gathered up all the kids and went to the war field. We followed Their Majesties onto the field and M got a very well deserved AoA.

Since Sunday was the 4th of July, and the site owner didn’t want fireworks on his property, the parents all brought glow sticks for the kids. They had a blast and it was hilarious to watch. When the kids went bed they left most of the glow sticks lying around the camp. His Grace started throwing them at K, M & I so, of course, we had to throw them back. It started a little war and only ended when we were laughing too hard to continue. It’s hard to say who had the most fun with the glow sticks, the kids or the adults.

Later that night we saw the most awesome shooting star ever. It was huge and towards the end it split into about 5 pieces and the biggest one split again. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before and I hope I never forget it.

M also helped me with the guitar on Sunday. I was having a hard time with up strumming sounding right and it turns out I was holding my hand wrong. That kind of figures since that’s what always got me playing the piano.  I’m really excited about this though because I need some way to make music in my apartment.

Monday K & I packed up early so we could help everyone else but His Grace sent us home. We got lost a little because I was looking at the signs for 99 in Corvallis and failed to realize that it was for 99E instead of 99W. It’s probably a good thing we got sent home if I was that tired.

All in all, it was a great event. It was really low key for me since I didn’t work at all and didn’t really feel obligated to do so. My only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with Eulalia, Ref and crew. I meant to go back on Sunday but I never got that far.  I did make several new friends and had a great time though.

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