News and some updates

I’ve gone to post 4 times since the last post at the end of last summer and never managed it once! It’s been that kind of winter. I’ve spent quite a lot of time over the winter doing more research, and bits and pieces have gotten added to various pages, but nothing is complete.

Last fall, into the winter, I worked on a project to do the embroidered trim for a pair of Elizabethan shirts for the Princes of the Summits. Those were finally finished in early March and worn in late May. There’s a gallery here:

I feast-cratted the House Capuchin Winter Feast this past February and a lot of energy went into that. After that my Laurel made me promise that I would not take on any new projects until I’m finished the tasks for this Quest. …and then made me a Journeyman as she feels that I’m done with the learning, I just need to finish up!

The last two tasks are the Elizabethan Spanishe Coat and the recorder book.

The coat outfit is waiting for a 2-week block of time when I can just sit and sew and not have to pay attention to anything else. I have fabrics and trims and design and pattern (from Margo Anderson’s Historical Patterns, pic at right) , what I just need is time.

The recorder book, otoh… wow… well, what I’m trying to do is a companion to the Oak Publishing Recorder Guide that has period music, but is tagged to the difficulty levels of the Guide as you progress, so that beginners aren’t playing “traditional” tunes, but actual period music, much sooner than they otherwise would. That means I’m taking pieces and grading them by difficulty and arranging them in order. I’ve been working on this seriously for about 6 months and I’m pretty sure it’s going to take all next winter to finish… if I manage it by then.



Tourney Season winding down 9-14-17

We’re almost to the end of the summer and a lot of things have been happening, but little brought to a conclusion.

I got to wear one of my houpellandes at my oldest boy’s wedding, was one fun thing.

Another was an impromptu at my shop where I showed a youngster and his Mom how to make balls and then heard later that he’d taught a class at school about it.

Also, Vindolanda dug up a couple of toy swords! I updated the Weaponry page to reflect that.

I did the Shrewsbury Faire demo this year and took both blackwork and balls. The balls were a real hit this time. I think that was because I was telling people about the process.

Mostly, other than that, I’ve been pecking away at pincushions all summer. I’ve gone through 4 crocks of pincushion filling and now I’m doing emery strawberries. 🙂 Craziness! Here’s to getting back to some real sewing (the Spanishe Coat) soonest!

Getting places 6-6-17

The first batch

I was beginning to think that steam enough to get underway was just not to be had, but I’m finally up and doing again. Over the past month I got House Capuchin to make a set of the pool noodle stick horses and Loren and I worked out how to make lances and swords of the same stuff.

Also during the last month, I got good at making a new type of cheese, did a write-up of the foodstuffs in the Domostroi (here: ) and updated a list of period cheeses. (here: )

Of course, our shop business picks up in the summer, so it’s hard to keep up with things, but I’m going to keep pecking at it. I have a couple more arrangements transcribed for the recorder book, a piece of fabric pulled out for another coif, a hand-stitched apron worked on, a ton of pincushions made and gifted on and some new designs come up with, even some more pins put in the ruffle for my smock!

Here’s hoping for more progress over the summer!

Back to the Quest 5-4-17

His Highness, Tjorkill and His Majesty Styrkarr look on while Her Highness, Alina, gives me a hug with the scroll in my hand.

Wow…. was that a gymkhana or what? Fifteen months of doing only minimums on my tasks has been kinda hard on my nerves. …and then I had to catch up with mundane life tasks. So now, I’m kinda starting back in.

Yes, the Summits Arts & Sciences

Championship got held. This is the write-up, a showcase of the folks who entered,

His Majesty gifting me with a coin from his hand.

plus my being made a Jewel of the Summits and startlingly to me, given the Lion’s Strength.

The most I’ve actually done on the quests was to get some more toys added to the list, mostly the Noisy Toys and the War and Military toys. Here’s hoping that things get underway better, soon.

Progress or not 1-30-17

Display at Hogmanay
Display at Hogmanay

Progress? ….or not…. 🙂 It’s just a few weeks until the Summits Bardic and Arts & Sciences Championship and I’m going to be glad to turn the baldric over. I’ve enjoyed it, but my projects have been taking a back seat for over a year!

Yes, I’ve made some progress on things, but any intensive work has gotten put off until next winter. <sigh> My two projects that are left are the recorder book and my Spanishe Coat. I’m making slow progress on the smock for the latter and transcribed six pieces for the book and wrote for permission to use some others.

I’ve continued to teach, mostly blackwork and toys. I had two opportunities this past month, but yes, most of my energy is going into getting things ready for the competition. …and when my fingers itch….pincushions. 🙂

Oh, and when I’m done with Alpine Scholar, those odd things in the menu will vanish! Thanks to those of you who have hung in there with me through this.

Alpine Scholar blues – 12-27-16

Anja 2014I haven’t posted here nearly as much as I had planned to over the past year. It’s not that I haven’t been working hard, and I don’t mean just at my mundane business. It’s that the Alpine Scholar duties…if I’m going to complete this in a way that I’ll be proud of rather than regret…. are eating my life!

Since December a year ago I’ve managed to get to each of the Coronet events, …and there’s just one left… put together displays, run 121016-gauntlettcompetitions and found prizes for same, taught a *lot* of classes and there are a few more to go!

I’ve also been working in my mundane business and building up the Mab’s Creations embroidery business, plus down-sizing from a house to an apartment, and since I’m not looking at padded walls, I guess I’m still sane. 🙂

Aside from continuing to add pictures and research as I can here I really haven’t made any progress on the Quest. I’m hoping for better in 2017 as I’m down to two items, one of which is probably only a month’s work from being finished. That’s the Spanishe Coat outfit. The recorder book is farther, but I’ve a few pieces done, at least.

I’ve done a lot of embroidery and sewing over the past year, mostly largesse projects or samples for my Mab’s Creations stuff, but a few other pieces including the “gauntlet” that I “threw down” (it landed on the Heir’s coat… ) during the most recent Investiture.

So, some pix of recent projects…

Please bear with me 8-26-16

060416 animalsPlease bear with me… I’m trying to get the menu for this blog to cooperate, but it’s not. I don’t know whether I’m doing something wrong or what! So….it’s got a bunch of pages that are going to vanish by next February at the worst, but right now are right at the top. I’m trying to fix that. I didn’t even think they’d show in the menu since I didn’t add them, nor did I have things set to add them…. I thought….

Well, while I’m being taught humility by a 072416 Ball2computer…. Summer in a tourist town when you have a business is taxing. I’m working on bits and pieces of projects, but the main thing that is taking my attention right now is sorting out the stuff for the Summits A&S Championship that’s to happen in February. (That’s those pesky pages that won’t behave……) I’ve been steadily making dolls, wooden and balls, among other things and I’m currently trying to work out how to get some Bartholomew Babies turned, since that’s not something I can do. Dress them, yes…. Make the wooden bodies, no…. Also, I’ve been working with some other folks, teaching them how to do the doll wigs and clothes and how the balls go together.

I taught Holbein-style blackwork at War in the Trees and at the Kaldor Ness A&S Weekend and then Dolls and Pretend Toys at Lebus.

072116 DollOne seriously cute thing happened during this summer. I had promised a rag doll to a small person for her birthday and then her mother dropped out of sight. When she re-appeared, recently, I got the doll for the little one, gave it to her and she played with it while her mother and I talked. According to her mother, she hugged it all the way home.

I have a set of competitions that I’m organizing at Fall Coronet and Winter Investiture, as well as teaching at several events this fall: Balls at ARC, Papyns and Pottages at Amergin’s and then some other things that haven’t been decided, yet and of course, the Championship in February.