AS50 list updates

Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything of note I thought I would give an update on my AS 50 list. I’m not going to post the whole list again but it can be seen here.

Persona Development
5. Manor grounds – I’m currently working on this, I’ve checked out several books from the library and am working on the research.  I have this crazy thought of drawing out the plans for the grounds.

22. Viking apron dress – this is done thanks to my sister

Event Gear
24. Period tent (look at Field of the Cloth of Gold) – this one is going to depend on whether or not I have a place to set it up to dry. – I’m definately rethinking this one.  My sister and I are talking about getting a tent but I don’t think I’m going to get one appropriate for a 16th century persona.  The only style I can find in period depictions are round and they are just to much fabric and too expensive right now.  Eulalia made a comment that helped me with this decisions.  She said she didn’t worry much about having a persona appropriate tent because her persona ould not have camped.  I have to agree with that.  In the event that Gwenlliana travelled very far she would have stayed with friends/aquantances or in an inn.  Sleeping in a tent would have never occured to her so there really isn’t a persona appropriate tent.

29. Chair cover for modern camp chair – I’m also rethinking this one.  I’m not sure I want to cover a modern chair, I may just look for another wood one.

33. Learn to play alto recorder – I have the recorder and a book on how to play, I just need to spend more time practicing.

50. Learn to marshal – I’m not sure about this one either.  It seems like you should also fight if you’re going to be a marshal.  I may have to talk to some people who actually fight and get their opinion.

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14th century meme

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test…

The Prioress

You scored 18% Cardinal, 64% Monk, 56% Lady, and 35% Knight!

You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a belief in the goodness of mankind you will likely be christened a saint after your life is over.

You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you can be happy that you’re an individual.

Take The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test at HelloQuizzy

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Thoughts on Persona Change

I’ve been thinking about changing my persona for some time now. If I change it I will likely go Norse, though 13/14th century is also a possibility. To that end I created a pro & con table which you can see below. I’m still undecided but at lease I can see things a little clearer.

*Garb is easier to make
*Beads!!! – this only applies to Norse but I love the Norse treasure necklaces
*Garb is more comfortable
*Garb takes less fabric
*Tent is much easier to deal with than the round tent appropriate to my current persona – this is mostly for going Norse, I’m not sure what would be appropriate for 13/14th century
*Sources for persona research seem to be easier to find
*Religion isn’t as confusing

*Time period isn’t as interesting to me
*Name change – I really like my surname and it is only found in very late period
*Heraldry not appropriate for Norse – doesn’t mean I can’t be a herald but display become tricky
*The research I’ve done for my current persona would be irrelevant – I could still use it for an A&S project if I wanted to
*Need to redo persona story – this is actually the least of my worries since I was already rethinking the authenticity of my current persona story.

So, there it is, any thoughts?

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The Tudor Housewife

I just finished reading The Tudor Housewife by Alison Sim.  While there is some good information it wasn’t all I had hoped for.  She doesn’t give many dates at all which I found odd since 16th century England changed a great deal from the reign of Henry VII throught the reign of Elizabeth I. 

Based on other reading I have done, most of the information seems to come from the latter part of the century.  However, the book includes a good sized bibliography, some of which are primary sources, so I’ll be looking for those now.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of info out there for England in the 1530’s & 40’s which is my primary interest.  It seems like there is a lot for Medieval England & for Elizabethan England & later but not a lot for the transitional period between the two.  I’ve considered changing my persona to make it easier to research and because the earlier garb is easier to make but I haven’t found any period as interesting to me as I find Heinrican England. 

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Needlebook Embroidery Finished

The embroidery on my needlebook is done.  Things I learned:
1.  I probably should have used more strands of floss.  I think thta would have eliminated the annoying white spots.
2.  Use a bigger frame – this is a constant problem I have with embroidery.  I almost always underestimate the size of frame I will need.
3.  German brick stitch goes really fast.
Now all I have to do is block it, turn it into a needlebook, and figure out what to do with it.  I was planning to donate it to largess but I don’t think it’s good enough for that.
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Recent Events

I went to 12th Night in the Barony of Glymm Mere a few weeks ago and had a blast. My sister was going to come to but something came up at the last minute so I went by myself. I still had a great time though. When I got there they reduced the room rate by about $25 which was nice. I stayed at the Sands in Ocean Shores. I was a little concerned when I saw the building but the inside was nice. I was on the third floor and had a nice view of the ocean. It would have been nice to stay in the hotel the conference was in but the Sands was nice and when you decide to go to 12th night 4 weeks prior to the event you don’t have a lot of choices.

Anyway, I got to Ocean Shores about 9:30 am on Sat. and did a quick change and headed to the herald’s meeting. I didn’t get back to my room until 2:30 Sun morning! After the meeting I went to the consult table and stayed there all day and had a great time. I got to talk to Juliana, Richenda, and Marya quite a bit about heraldry and KWHS and some other, random stuff. We ended up going to dinner about 8:00 that night with a bunch of other heralds and then we all went back to Juliana & Richenda’s room. It was a ton of fun, and even though I totally missed court I don’t feel deprived at all.

The next morning I had brunch with Richenda & Juliana, helped pack up the consult library and headed home. Oh, and several people said they thought I had the necessary skills to be Lion’s Blood when it opens next time, which made me really happy.

Then, last week, Marya and I headed down to the Barony of Adiantum for their Midwinter Feast. Elizabeth Lion’s Blood was being sworn in as a consort to the Baron. (A consort is the barony’s service sergeant.) The feast was excellent and it was nice to see people I don’t see that often. I really need to get out and play in other areas besides just the local shire. I always have a great time when I do.

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More Needlebook Progress.

The red on the needlebook is now done and I’ve started in on the yellow.  No pictures of the yellow yet though.  I was originally thinking this would be for largesse but there are some things I’m not happy about on it so I may have to figure out something else to do with it.

Anyway, here are the pictures.

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Needlebook Progress

The blue is finally done on my needlebook. Now on to the next color.

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Fabric Decision

I have been planning to make an apron dress out of what I thought was 2 yards of suit weight wool for colder events. I knew it would be a little light weight but figured at least it was wool so it should be somewhat warmer than my linen garb.

Well, I was going through my fabric looking for something else the other day and discovered that I actually have 2 7/8 yards of heavier wool. (I don’t know what weight for sure, heavier than most commercial wool pants you find but lighter than my melton cloak.) So now I can’t decide what to make. I obviously have enough to make an apron dress but I also have enough to at least make a short tunic dress sort of Anglo-Saxonish.

The tunic would keep my arms warmer but the problem is I don’t want any garb from this point on to be any -ish, I’d like it to be right. I may not always dress in persona but I would like what I wear to be authentic to the time period. Any ideas?

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50 things

About a year and a half ago I came up with a list of 100 things to do before I die and posted it on my other blog. This week I decided to come up with 50 things I want to do in the SCA. These could be things I want to make, acquire, research, or do. I think I would like to complete the list by AS 50. So, here is the list sorted loosely into categories.

Persona Development
1. List of persona appropriate food
2. Go at least one event season eating only what my persona would have eaten (ex no animal products during lent)
3. House plans
4. Furnishings for house
5. Manor grounds
6. Household management – I recently heard of a book called _The Tudor Housewife_ that I’m trying to find, I would also like to find diaries of Tudor women.
7. Research calendar
8. Research local gov’t authorities
9. What livestock I would have raised

10. Red kirtle
11. Brown dress
12. coif
13. Court Dress ala Princess Elizabeth
14. Farthingale
15. Corset
16. Shift
17. Petticoat
18. Black Partlet
19. White Partlet
20. Persona appropriate outwear/coat – this one is going to require more research too since I can’t find images of Tudor women in any kind of coat or cloak. I can find them in the 15th century and during Elizabeth’s reign but that’s about it.
21. French Hood
22. Viking apron dress
23. Viking tunic

Event Gear
24. Period tent (look at Field of the Cloth of Gold) – this one is going to depend on whether or not I have a place to set it up to dry.
25. Cushion for chair
26. Persona appropriate eating utensils
27. Persona appropriate plate
28. Persona appropriate bowl
29. Chair cover for modern camp chair

30. Learn latice work embroidery – I don’t think that’s what it’s called though.
31. Make period glass beads
32. Period style map
33. Learn to play alto recorder
34. Finish table carpet and enter it in A&S contest/display
35. Learn Opus Anglican
36. Create an award charter
37. Learn Klosterstitch
38. Voided work needlebook
39. Needlelace
40. Make a period cheesecake

41. Feast Banner (appliqued) – I was originally thinking I would do this in wool felt or felted wool but the only extant examples I can find are silk. I’m trying to decide if I’m crazy enough to try to applique silk or if I want to just go with wool.
42. Camping Banner (pained silk)
43. Hold Lion’s Blood Office
44. DM Ceremonial Cover

45. Owls in period – thoughts towards, types?, heraldry
46. Herbalism as would have been used by my persona
47. Tudor medicine
48. Travel in Tudor England

49. Autocrat at least one event
50. Learn to marshal

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