Classes

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Currently we have accepted 48 classes taught by instructors from across nine kingdoms. With 61 hours of classes to schedule, we are now closing class submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted a class proposal! We will post our schedule as soon as we have a working copy together.

Schedule

As with any schedule for an event, much less a SCA event, this is tentative and subject to change!
If you have any trouble reading the version listed below, try this PDF version: schedule.pdf

Class Descriptions

Class Title
Instructor: 

Class Time and Room Assignment:
Class Description:
Notes About Class


Pleats and Ruffles
Instructor: Mistress Diachbha the Weaver (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room A
Weaving Pleats and Ruffles is really quite easy and only 4-shaft looms are needed. This class explores the technical side of weaving pleats and ruffles as well as historical information about how and when these types of clothes were used.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Silk along the Silk Roads
Instructor: Mistress Diachbha the Weaver (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room A
This is a lecture format class that explores the types of silk that traveled along the Silk Roads in order to understand what was available in Europe during different periods of the Middle Ages. Reeled silk from China, woven silk cloths from India, Persian and Anatolia. Gorgeous lampas, damask and brocade cloths. Silken gift-garments. Silk bales. In other words… how did the Romans and the Norse both end up with Chinese silks?
Notes About Class
20 Students Maximum


Indian Cottons – Fit for a King
Instructor: Mistress Diachbha the Weaver (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 2:00PM in Room A
This class examines the importation of Indian cottons into Europe during the late Middle Ages. What began as a trickle during Henry VIII’s reign would eventually completely change the economy of Europe and spark the Industrial Revolution. Come see how it all begun!!!
Notes About Class
20 Students Maximum


Introduction to Bobbin-lace Making
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Aine Nic Taillier (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room B
Come with a knowledge of working with string. We will be learning the first steps in making bobbin lace (and hopefully end the day with a bookmark).
Notes About Class
6 Students Maximum


Wood Block Printing and Stenciling on Fabric
Instructor: Mistress Tatiana Marana Melville (Northshield)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room G (2 Hours)
Hands on class. Using Indian wood blocks to print on fabric to create beautiful designs. Printing fabric was done in SCA period. Instructor will provide supplies, including fabric to use but if students would like to print on their own fabric they can bring their own.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Beginning Netting
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Jehanette de Provins (Northshield)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room B
Come and learn an art as old as fishing. Netting has been used as a utilitarian art form for as long as people have fishing, but in the 12th-15th century we have evidence of some beautiful snoods/hairnets made using these same techniques. Come and learn the some of the history and core techniques while creating a snood for yourself in this hands-on class.
Notes About Class
5 Students Maximum, $15 for Kit, $2 for handout only


Intermediate Netting: Netting in the Round
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Jehanette de Provins (Northshield)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room B
Netting has been used as a utilitarian art form for as long as people have fishing, but in the 12th-15th century we have evidence of some beautiful snoods/hairnets made using these same techniques. With the core techniques for netting a hairnet/snood already under your belt, you are ready to move on, but how? Learn a little more of the history of hairnets and how to net in the round and handle the period increase in this hands-on class.
Notes About Class
7 Students Maximum, $15 for Kit, $2 for handout only


Presentation on why modern Kumihimo techniques are not SCA period
Instructor: Lord Nakos Theodorosides (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room E
A presentation on the history and timeline of Japanese braiding, written evidence, image evidence, and archeological finds. A comparison of structural and shape differences, mistakes possible, and word origins.
Notes About Class


Basic Japanese Finger Loop Braiding
Instructor: Lord Nakos Theodorosides (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room E
An overview of basic Japanese Finger Loop Braiding, including how to set-up the loops, securing the braid, moves, various hand positions, finishing techniques. Handouts for basic, intermediate, and advanced finger loop and hand loop braiding will be available. Instructor will have own projector to display moves.
Notes About Class
10 Students Allowed (more for observation)


Tools for Loop Braiding around the World, How to use them and Make them.
Instructor: Lord Nakos Theodorosides (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 2:00PM in Room E
This class will go over period tools and modern adaptations for loop braiding. While not correct for most cultures, the tools can still be used and would be very useful for the SCA loop braider. Tools that will be covered are the footbeater and a modern platform that will allow a single braider to make multiple braider patterns. Both tools to not change the braiding methods and thus will create an identical replica of extant braids. The tools allow a single person to beat the braids fell by themselves and allow braiders to make braids longer than their wingspan.
Notes About Class


Reconstructing the Past: a look at Experinemtal Archaeology and the production of textiles
Instructor: Dread Vicountess Seelie Brianna Sutherland (West)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room C
This lecture and hands on experience looks at the techniques used in Experimental Archaeology labs at Humboldt State University with archaeology students. Included is a look at the construction and use of tools, the production of textiles and fibers perishable, reconstructed structures, and how they are used in daily life and warfare.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Textiles, Tools and Structures from the Museums and Collections of Europe
Instructor: Dread Vicountess Seelie Brianna Sutherland (West)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room C
This slide presentation and lecture looks at textiles, textile production tools and structures found in the museums and collection facilities that Seelie has visited and worked with in the pursuit of her MA and PhD (currently in research). Included are museums from England, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark. Storage facilities include the State Historical Museum, Stockholm; Gotland Fornsal Magazine, Visby; Museum of London; Natural History museum, Vienna.
Notes About Class


Knotted Hairnets in Period: Decoration
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Jehanette de Provins (Northshield)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room C
While some hairnets were very simple, some were simply extravagant. This class will cover, using lecture and demonstration, several methods of decoration for knotted hairnets in period. This will include use of color, different gauges, netted in patterns, appliqued pieces, and embroidered nets.
Notes About Class
15 Students Maximum, $2 for Kit


Making it Happen:  Turning your idea into a finished piece
Instructor: HL Fiondel Songspinner (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room G
Tips, tools, and tricks for turning your idea for an embroidered piece into a reality. Course will cover choosing a design, good sources for design inspiration, the best tools and supplies for different types and eras of embroidery, how to get the design onto the ground, so that you can start stitching, how to get started, and other practical considerations.
Notes About Class


Elizabethan Embroidered Dress Accessories
Instructor: Mistress Anne of Hatfield (Atlantia)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room A
Class will be primarily lecture/slideshow, focusing on the aethestics of Elizabethan embroidery as found in embroidered dress accessories, including coifs, nightcaps, jackets. Slideshow will include study room photos from various museums in the US and UK.
Notes About Class
20 Students Maximum


Nalbinding-going beyond cat toys and tubes
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Taryn MacTavish (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room E
We will learn the Oslo stitch, how to connect a chain to make a spiral, increase and decrease.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Blackwork
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Constanza de Sevilla (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room E
Learn the basics of how to do blackwork and tips and tricks for more advanced patterns
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $4 for Kit
Class Handout: Blackwork


Basic Embroidery Stitches
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Constanza de Sevilla (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room D (2 Hours)
Learn some basic embroidery stitches like chain, stem, and satin stitches
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $3 for Kit


Nalbinding – The Grandmother of Knitting
Instructor: Lady Twilleliah nic Taillier (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room H
Nalbinding is an ancient craft of fabric making done with yarn and a blunt needle; it is how people created fabric before knitting was invented. This craft dates back to Coptic Egypt, around the 4th Century, and may date back as far as 4,000 BCE in Israel. It is done all over the world, and many people still use it. Nalbinding has been found in Viking digs as well. In this class students will learn two basic stitches, how to start and how to finish a project. Instructor will demonstrate increasing, decreasing and how to pivot (turn a corner). Instructor will also discuss how to read charts and give a very brief Nalbinding History. All supplies and handouts will be provided. Students will take home a mug rug.
Notes About Class
8 Students Maximum, $1 for Kit
Students Should Bring:
– a blunt upholstery needle with a big eye
– a pair of scissors
– about 50 yards of thick, natural yarn (A THICK single yarn like lopi or lambs pride works the best, bulky Alpaca or a wool blend yarn works well too. Cotton and acrylic don’t work as well, but you may bring them if you are allergic to other yarns.)


Blending for color using wool cards
Instructor: Lady Lasair nic Taillier (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room H (2 Hours)
In this class students will learn how to use hand cards to blend fiber. Using wool, we will blend a series of rolags gradually changing the color from white to black.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $5 for Class


Basic Kumihimo
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Fiona the Younger (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 4:00PM in Room E
This is a very basic Kumihimo class (Japanese Rope Braiding). I will be going over a brief history of Kumihimo and what a finished project can be used for. I will give a brief description of the equipment/parts used, show how to wrap the bobbins, and also how to do a basic braid. Most of the time will be hands on. Everyone will get thier own kit to use in the class and they will be able to take it home with them.
Notes About Class
5 Students Maximum, $15 for Class


REALLY – YOU Can Make a Brick-Stitch Embroidered Pouch!!
Instructor: Lord Miklos Farma (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 4:00PM in Room A
Brick Stitch (aka Satin Stitch) was a common stitch used in the making of Germanic (and other) pouches in the 1300-1500s.

Come learn a bit about the pouches, how to do the brick stitch itself, tricks to not lose count when making the piece, and how to make the pouch. When class is over, you will have the foundational knowledge to make your own pouch.

A Facebook Group will be created which will contain a “class equipment list” (what little there will be for it), as well as a place to ask questions in advance of the class to help shape what is taught in the class itself.
Notes About Class
$3 for Class


Intro to Japanese Shibori Dying
Instructor: San Miyamoto no Akikonomu (An Tir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room H (2 Hours)
Class will explore the history of shibori dying, common period techniques and patterns. Also if time allows a discussion of Tsujigahana, a 15th-17th century outgrowth of shibori. Students will practice some common tying and clamping techniques on silk. If time allows, we may do some dying – if their is a safe area to do some dying (or students may take home their tied pieces of silk and a small (1/2 oz) bottle of instant-set Colorhue dye).

Class will also cover traditional Japanese dyes and dye combinations
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $10 for Class


Intro to Late Period Turkish Embroidery and Techniques
Instructor: San Miyamoto no Akikonomu (An Tir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room A
Introduction to Turkish embroidery and stitches, 15th – 17th Century. Demonstration and practice of common stitches, discussion of commonly used colors, and dyes. Instructor will provide embroidery floss, pre-drawn design on fabric. If possible, students should bring small hoop (approx 5″” diameter) and 1 or 2 embroidery needles, but instructor will bring spares.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $3 for Class ($5 if needles and hoops are needed)


Poke and Stitch: Embroidery for the Absolute Beginner
Instructor: Kaðrin (Midrealm)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 2:00PM in Room C
This class is about the very basics of embroidery. If you have never picked up a needle before, this class is for you.
If you have done any hand sewing or embroidery, most off this class will be information you already know.
Notes About Class
6 Hands On Students Maximum/Capacity of Classroom to Observe, $3 Donation Appreciated (but not required) if you want to keep the embroidery hop, needle, and floss.


Beginning Drop Spinning
Instructor: Mistress Galiana fitz William (Outlands)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room G (2 Hours)
Come learn the craft our ancestors took for granted. Students will leave the class with a good foundation on how to spin a sound single, and how to turn those singles into a two ply yarn.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $5 for Class (includes a spindle to take home and fiber), ALLERGY ALERT: This class will use sheep wool.


Double face, tablet weaving workshop/demonstration
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Johanne of Fisher Gate (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room B (2 Hours)
This is a workshop to show how I, personally, do double face. I’ll show how I modify my charts, the tools I use, the prompts and “markers” I use, my tensioning techniques for even width, etc. If you bring your own loom, set up for double face, I will help you with any issues you may have with your own work. I will have 7 student looms with short lengths already set up. These may be borrowed for the day on a first come, first served basis. If you’ve never done tablet weaving before and plan to work “hands on, ” please don’t take this class. It’s not for beginners. If you just want to watch and see what it’s all about, come ahead.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum, $45 if you borrow a set up loom (Cards, thread and chart go home with you.)
Instructor will have two warped looms but will bring more if there is interest. Please contact the autocrat to reserve a loom.


Rigid Heddle Warping & Weaving (Looms Provided)
Instructor: Lord Sebastian d’Hinnisdael (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room F (2 Hours)
Students will be introduced to the warping board and the rigid heddle loom. Students will (1) use a warping board to measure, cut and tame a bundle of warp threads; (2) tie and wind the warp on a small rigid heddle loom (ten inch weaving width); and (3) weave on the rigid heddle looms. There won’t be a lot of time to weave during class, but the warped looms will be available after class in the common room if students want to do more weaving. Warping board, loom, yarn and other supplies are provided for five students.
Notes About Class
5 Students Maximum, More Observers are Welcome


Besloten Hofjes
Instructor: The Honorable Lady Roxelana Bramante (Northshield/Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room G
Besloten Hofjes is Dutch for Enclosed Gardens and refers to a specific type of reliquary shrine that was popular with Beguins (non-vow-taking religious women) from 1480 to about 1530 in the Low Countries and Western Germany. The main feature of these gardens are the intricately made silk flowers, created by wrapping silk thread over vellum and wire. The broader art form is know as Passementerie.
Roxelana has spent many years studying, visiting, photographing, and recreating the extant shrines. The class will be a brief history, lots of pictures, and a very basic tutorial on making the flowers. Extra time can be spent in the lab so if you intend to attempt flower making bring a really sharp scissors that can do fine detail cutting of vellum and a small pointy needle. Any thread or floss will work when starting.
Notes About Class
Minimal Donation if Materials are Needed


Jane Bostocke and her Sampler
Instructor: Mistress Anne of Hatfield (Atlantia)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room A
This course is an introduction to period needlework samplers in general, and the Jane Bostocke sampler in particular.
The Bostocke sampler is the earliest dated English sampler that is currently known.
We will talk about the materials used, the stitches worked, and the designs wrought.
It is not a hands-on class, but patterns derived from the sampler are included in the handout.
Notes About Class


Scissor Sharpening
Instructor: Master Isengrimm Slegja (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 2:00PM in Room E
Learn to sharpen your sewing scissors! If you would like to participate please bring a pair of scissors/shears that can come apart.
Notes About Class
Limit 4 participants, observation welcome, additional participants only if others finish early. $5 (for supplies).


Loom Basics
Instructor: Lady Rebeca la Chienne (Calontir)

Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room F
Parts, Description and Demonstration of necessary pieces of a loom and how they each function on multiple styles and types of looms.  Will have inkle looms, rigid heddle, and two harness table looms available as references.
Notes About Class
20 Students Maximum

How to warp an inkle loom
Instructor: Lady Rebeca la Chienne (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room F (2 Hours)
Follow-up from Loom Basics class: warping an inkle loom for basic weaving.
Will have a few inkle looms available (3?) for hands-on warping experience (students may have to share), or class participants may bring their own. I will bring lots of yarn and a few pairs of scissors.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Basic Inkle Weaving
Instructor: Lady Antonia Stefani (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 4:00AM in Room C
Learning to warp an inkle loom and a basic pattern. Participants need to bring their own loom and #3 crochet cotton in at least 2 colors. A tablet or smartphone is handy, but not necessary, for the patterning program.
Notes About Class
8 Students Maximum


Advanced Lucet Techniques
Instructor: Lady Ximena Echeberria (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room E
Have the basic lucet cord down and wondering what else you can do with it? Come learn multiple techniques for incorporating more than one color, adding in beads and bobbles, and making button closures.
Notes About Class
15 Students Maximum


Lucet Cording, Beaded Trim and Banner Cords
Instructor: Mistress Galiana fitz William (Outlands)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room F (2 Hours)
Learn how to use a Viking lucet to create strong and decorative Cording, Beaded Trim and even rope. If you do not own a lucet, the first 20 students who wish one will be provided a handmade, hardwood lucet and a supply of #10 crochet thread, which you can take home. A illustrated handout will also be provided.
Notes About Class
20 free lucet kits. Up to five more students if they have their own lucet and thread.


Planning for Successful Embroidery: Learn from My Fail
Instructor: Honorable Lady Caoilfhionn inghean Cheallaigh uí Mhórdha (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room C
Have you ever looked at an embroidery project midway through and realized, “This is never going to work”? It’s tempting to dive right into making something, but a little planning can stave off disappointment and disaster. This class covers the basics that every project plan should include, plus best practices that are worth the time, tips for documentation before the last minute, and some good stories that came out of bad planning.
Notes About Class
Class Handout: Planning for Successful Embroidery – Learn from my Fail


Introduction to Needle Lace (Punto in Aria)
Instructor: Vicountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya, OL (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room B
The basic skills of needle lace are easy to learn. We will use buttonhole stitch to make a simple pointed lace edging, suitable for late-period clothing and accessories.
Notes About Class
8 Students Maximum. This is fussy, so not suitable for young children.
Class Handout: Intro to Needle Lace (Punto in Aria)


Polychrome Raised Work Embroidery
Instructor: Vicountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya, OL (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 12:00PM in Room F
The colorful raised work embroidery from late 16th century England is not as hard as it looks! With two basic stitches–chain stitch and detached buttonhole stitch–we will work a small sample, to build the skill and confidence to create fabulous polychrome accessories for your late Elizabethan wardrobe.
Notes About Class
8 Students Maximum. This is fussy, so not suitable for young children.
Class Handout: Polychrome Raised Work Embroidery


Warping Clinic
Instructor: Lady Sorcha Bhuidhe (Northshield)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room D (2 Hours)
Did you buy a loom and now are thinking “what’s next”? Come to the clinic and get some help on warping your loom for the first time for tablet-weaving. You bring the appropriate accessories,ex. Loom, tablets, string to warp (multiple colors are best) I’ll bring knowledge and helping hands. We can even take a picture so you can remember for next time. I will also have one basic inkle pattern and one basic tablet pattern for you to take home.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Intermediate Netting: How to Create Patterned Netting
Instructor: Honorable Lady Giraude Benet (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room B (2 Hours)
Also with HL Aine nic Tailleur as co-instructor.

Learn how to take the craft of netting a step beyond and manipulate loop sizes and positions to create patterns in net. This technique can be used to create a type of netted lace referred to as “mezza mandolina,” which appears in the fabrics of late SCA-period clothing.

Basic knowledge of how to knot a net is a prerequisite for the class.
Notes About Class
8 Students Maximum. $3 for class handout. Netting tools will be available to purchase separately.


Embroidered Parchment Repairs in Medieval Books
Instructor: Mistress Elynor of Glastonbury (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 1:00PM in Room A
This class will be a lecture and discussion of the history and examples of embroidery used to repair parchment holes and rips in the pages of decorated medieval manuscripts. Kits will be available with pieces of “damaged” parchment, thread, needles, and a handout of possible techniques, if students want to try their hand.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum. $5 (optional if you wish to purchase the kit)


Introduction to Medieval Japanese Dyes, Weaves, and Cloth Embellishment Techniques
Instructor: Honorable Lady Lynette de Warenne (Midrealm)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 10:00AM in Room C
Among the early medieval textile finds in the Shousou-in and Houryu-ji treasure houses, pattern-dyed fabrics tend to come in three techniques: kyoukechi (clamp resist), koukechi (tied resist), and roukechi (wax resist). However, an embargo on the wax trade led to the development of a rice-based norizome resist based on a Chinese art form; katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (freehand resist piping) are two of the medieval techniques that led into the now-legendary Yuuzen-style kimono art of the Edo period. Come learn about the history and the theory of how to create and execute your own medieval Japanese dye techniques, including a discussion of some of the connections between dye terms and dye materials.
Notes About Class


String Theory
Instructor: Meijin and Lady Gwendyon Casgudcath and Lucia de Moranza (Ealdormere)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 9:00AM in Room C
A look at how string manipulation has evolved through the ages, and all the interesting paths that it’s taken on the way to the forms that we know and love today.
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum


Beginning Card Weaving
Instructor: Lady Adelaide Sarsfield (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 11:00AM in Room D (2 Hours)
Want to try Card Weaving, but don’t want to invest in a loom quite yet? Loaner looms will be available, already warped up, so we can get to the fun part faster! Just bring yourselves! If you enjoy your loom and would like to bring it home, they will be for sale.
Notes About Class
10 Studens Maximum. Donation (no more than $3!) for thread used.


Advanced Kumihimo braids and methods
Instructor: Lord Nakos Theodorosides (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 3:00PM in Room E
Class will cover more complex marudai patterns and an introduction to the takadai. Much of this class will be hands on. If you’ve done some kumihimo braiding or are just coming from the Beginning kumihimo class, you’ll have 90% of the skill needed.
Notes About Class
10 Hands On Students Maximum, Standing Room for Watchers


Intermediate Bobbin Lace – Messing with color
Instructor: Honorable Lady Aine Nic Taillier (Calontir)
Class Time and Room Assignment: 2:00AM in Room D
Come with basic knowledge of bobbin lace and we’ll work with using color to enhance your patterns
Notes About Class
10 Students Maximum