Class Descriptions

How to Make Pastry

Come and learn how to make pastry.  Talk about how they use to make it and how it is made now.  We will make at least two different types of pastry fill them with good stuff and eat it.

Please bring an apron.

Children welcome, if your child wants to participate please come talk to me before the class.

Instructor – Aibhilin fra Skye

Class length – 2 hrs

Cost – none

Max  participants – 10

 

Dremel Tool Basics:

safety, how it comes apart, how it goes together, what the little dremel bits are for. Students who bring safety glasses, masks, and their dremel will make a garden stake out of a paint stirrer.

Participants must bring safety glasses and a Dremel tool.  Gloves and mask are useful but optional.

People who wish to watch the class without participating must have safety glasses.

Instructor – Baroness Lucia

Class length – 2 hrs

Cost – none

Max participants –

Participants under 12 must have an adult supervising

 

How to make a basic intaglios:

How small intaglios for signet rings looked, how to make your design before cutting your rock, how deep to cut, and how to polish, and how to get the polish compound off. Students who bring safety glasses, masks, and their dremel will get to carve a small design in a rock.

Instructor – Baroness Lucia

Class length – 2 hrs

Cost – none

Max participants-

Participants under 12 must have an adult supervising

 

Runes

A novice look at the Runes and how to write with them.

Instructor – Lyða Lang-Akason

Class length – 1 hr

Cost – $2

Max participants – 10

Children under 14 must have an adult supervising

 

Pysanky (Ukranian Easter eggs)
A 2 hour hands on class to make pysanky. It’s a wax resist process, drawn onto the egg and then dyed. We’ll be using modern dye for this class, and while mess is fairly minimal, please wear something that won’t mind a potential little splorch of wax or dye.
A kit will be provided if needed (pricing to follow) and we’ll be sharing dye as a group.
Limit of 6 people. Children are welcome with their parent or guardian, but this is a sit still and pay attention sort of task, with raw eggs, dye and open candle flames. Take those factors into account when deciding suitability for your child.
Instructor- Lucia de Moranza (aka the other Lucia)
Class length – 2 hrs
Cost – tba
Max participants – 6

ages 8-13 welcome with parent or adult guardian supervision

 

Three-in-One Class: Making a Ring with a Bezel Set Cabochon

This set of classes is designed to work together.   There are 10 spots available for those who wish to take all 3 classes.   There will be 5 extra spots for those who wish to take only 1 or 2 specific classes. These classes are limited to ages 16 and older.  Please note the required equipment list.   The instructor, cost etc are for each individual class.

1) Making a Cabochon: Participants will be given a semi-precious stone and guided along the process of making a cabochon by hand. Class will include some hands on experience using ‘Dremel’ tool and diamond burr bits to shape stone. Participants in the three-in-one class will be expected to continue working their stone after the class so it is ready for the final stage – bezel setting.  Bring safety glasses/goggles if you have them. Also, as this will create stone dust, bring an old towel, pillowcase, or the like, to aid in protecting your garb and managing the stone dust created.

 

2) Working with Copper and its Alloys: Participants will be given hands on experience working with these materials. Lesson will touch on a variety of things such as; annealing, shaping, soldering, and finishing. The goal of the class is to have each participant create their own cold forged and properly soldered ring.

 

3) Making a Bezel & Setting a Cabochon: Participants will be guided through making their own bezel wall, soldering the bezel to its base, and setting a cabochon.

Instructor -Cesare Ambrigino di Salvazzi
Class length – 2 hrs (for each class)
Cost – $4 for all 3 classes or $2 per individual class
Max participants – 10 for all 3 classes,  5 extra for  single class participation

Limited to participants ages 16 and older

Please bring safety glasses/goggles and an old towel or pillowcase for clothing protection.

 

Knitting

– Basic how to knit class, beginner level. Students will learn to cast on and knit in the round, to make a small pouch or “reliquary bag”, in solid colours or stripes. It will not be possible to finish the bag during the time allowed for the class, but I will be available all weekend to answer questions or help with problems.

Instructor – Laura Battista
Length – 2 hours
Cost – $5
Max participants – 10
ages 9 and up

 

Stranded Colourwork (knitting)

Intermediate level, basic two-stranded colour work. Students must either have taken the first class, or have a basic knowledge of how to knit. Students will learn two-handed knitting in the round, and materials and charts will be provided for knitting a small pouch or “reliquary bag”. There will not be enough time in the class to finish the bag, but I will be available all weekend to answer questions or help with problems.

Instructor – Laura Battista
Length – 2 hours
Cost – $5
Max participants – 10
ages 9 and up

 

Introduction to Period Cooking Tools

An overview of period cooking tools, how to use them and what not to do.

Instructor – Aibhilin fra Skye

Class length – 1 hr

Cost – none

 

Kumihimo for Beginners

Introduction to the art of Japanese braiding.

Instructor – Gwendyon Casgudcath
Class length – 2 hrs
Cost – $5
Max participants – 10

 

 Japanese Shibori Techniques

Hands on class where we will learn several Shibori techniques and dye our pieces to see the results. Wear garb you are not afraid to get dye on, just in case.

Instructor – Baroness Gema
Class length –
Cost – $5
Max participants – 10

 

Period Games

We will have several game boards and pieces available to play with.  We are available for instruction or to just sit and play a game or two.  Materials will be available to make a copy of your favorite game to take home.

Instructors – Baroness Gema and Hrorik
Class length –
Cost – $3 if you make a game, nothing if you just come to play

 

Pole Lathe

Learn how to use a traditional pole lathe.

Instructor – Sir Edward the Red
Class length – 2 hours
Cost –
Max participants – 4

 

 

Bit Bags

bitbag2This amazing little bag is a pin cushion and safe place to stash all the bits of thread, snippets of fabric, whisps of fibre, chaff, short cuts, neps, etc when sewing, spinning or doing other crafts.  Completely portable, easy to use and make, this little bag will be part of both home and portable, craft, sewing and fibre arts equipment.

Instructor – Baroness Christiana
Class length – 2 hours
Cost – donation for materials
Max participants – 6

 

 

Looking Good on a Budget
Looking to improve your look on and off the field, but either can’t afford to spend a ton of cash, or don’t want to give up the comfort and light weight of plastic? Or perhaps you’re a new fighter or fencer who’s looking for inspiration about what persona look interests you? No problem! In this round-table discussion, we’ll be discussing ways of improving your kit without spending a lot of money, how to hide plastic or modern armour, and much more.
Note that, while this class is mainly focused on armoured and rapier combatants, non-fighters are more than welcome to attend, as much of what is said can apply to non-martial appearances as well.
Instructor – Dietrich
Class Length 1 hour
Cost –  Free (can’t get more budget than that!)

 

Lindisfarne Capitals

Learn the distinctive capitalalphabet of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the famous 8th century illuminated gospelbook and how to create an Incipit page,(very useful format for award scrolls)  Please bring scrap paper, pencil, ruler and eraser.  Limited supplies will be available.

Instructor – Dame Asa Gormsdottir
Class length – 1 hour
Cost – none

 

 Quick Gothic Dress

The instructor will demonstrate how to drape a mid-1450’s dress on a model (volunteers welcome!) using 5-6 yards of uncut fabric.  This method is very economical and simple to cut, and creates a beautiful effect on all figures.   Attendees wishing to attempt this style along with the teacher are welcome to bring 5-6 yards of at least 45″ wide fabric, plus a package of pins.  This style works best with heavier materials and brocades.

Instructor – Dame Asa Gormsdottir
Class length – 2 hours
cost – none

 

Introduction to Stained Glass

Learn the basics of working with stained glass by making a sun catcher.  This class is designed to run all weekend, to allow participants to drop in and work on their project in between taking other classes.   Designs will be available and materials costs will depend on project chosen.

Instructor – Sciath ingen Chaennaig
Class length – available all weekend
Class limit – 5
Costs – $20 – $30

 

Sashiko Embroidery

Sashiko embroidery is the Japanese style of pattern darning, using running stitch to create shapes, strengthen, repair, or decorate fabrics and garments. It is traditionally done in white or blue on indigo-dyed fabrics, with red thread for more elaborate decoration, but can be worked in any colours available in more modern pieces.   This class will go over several large and small stitch sets.   Kits will be available but feel free to bring embroidery needles, extra thread and fabric.

Beginner class – no previous embroidery experience needed.

Instructor – Amele
Class length – 2 hrs
Class limit – 15
Cost – $5

 

Horn Books

In the late medieval period children were taught to read by using a “hornbook”, a small wooden paddle with the alphabet pasted to it on a piece of parchment or paper.  The letters were sometimes protected by a thin slice of horn, which gave it its name.  These were in use from at least the 14th century to the 18th century.  We will talk about its history and use, how the alphabet has changed, and make a wooden horn book with modern material substituting for the horn.  There are enough supplies for 10 hornbooks and others are very welcome to audit the class.  There is a coloured handout with pictures and documentation.

Instructor – Gwen Hamilton
Class length – 1 hr
Class limit – 10
Cost $2

 

Intro to Calligraphy

Play with pen and ink, learning basic techniques.  Materials are supplied.  All ages welcome
Instructor –  Adnar
Class length – 2 hr

 

Drafting Techniques for Spindlers

Learn about the difference between long, short and double drafting, and how you can use them to get the yarn you want.  Open to anybody who can make a piece of string.

Hands on.

Instructor – Alienor la fileuse
Cost – $5
Class limit- 6 people
Class length – 1 hour

 

Choral Workshop
Like to sing? Curious about pre-17thC choral music? Heard the Caldrithig Choir and want to try it for yourself? This is your chance! I’ll bring the music, you bring your voice, you’ll be surprised how quickly it all comes together.

Instructor – THL Marie l’Englois
Class length – 2 hrs
Cost – optional donation for printing costs

 

 Basic Latin in Two Hours

This class will introduce you to the basic concepts of the Latin language and give you the tools you need to construct simple phrases with the help of a dictionary, as well as to begin to translate Latin documents and mottoes. We will cover nouns (including how a declined language–one with noun cases–works), adjectives, verbs (the standard four conjugations, plus irregulars), prepositions, and adverbs. We will also discuss pronunciation, both classical and medieval/ecclesiastical. Class is limited to 8.  Fee of $3 for handouts.

Instructor – M. Nicola
Class length – 2 hours
Max participants – 8
Cost-$3

 

Blacksmithing

Valdr will have his smithy going all weekend.   While he is teaching no formal classes, he is willing to answer questions and help people try their hand at blacksmithing.

Instructor – Valdr
All weekend

 

Introduction to The Sword and Buckler of Walpurgis Fechtbuch (MS I.33)

The Walpurgis Fechtbuch is the oldest know  european fighting manual and is usually dated to the early 14th century. This is a 1 hour class to give students an introduction to the basic concepts of the fight of i.33 from moving into distance to working at the bind. Students will need a simple cross hilted sword simulator and a buckler. For the purposes of this class, a wooden cross hilted sword will work better than a complex hilted metal one.

Instructor – Giovanni
Class length – 1 hour

 

The Sword and Buckler of Andres Lignitzer

Andres Lignitzer described 6 plays at sword and buckler which were considered good enough to include both attributed and unattributed in other 15th century collections on swordplay. In this class we will endeavor to get through as many of them as time and ability allow. Past experience has show this to be two or three. Students will need a simple cross hilted sword simulator and a buckler. For the purposes of this class, a wooden cross hilted sword will work better than a complex hilted metal one.

Instructor – Giovanni
Class length – 1 hour

 

Making a tooled leather knife sheath

By-knives, kitchen knives, tool knives – the humble knife is perhaps the most ubiquitous personal tool throughout our period. Bring your own knife and I will walk you through the steps needed to craft a tooled sheath. While this class is aimed at beginners, it is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Using period sources we will construct a stitched leather sheath and decorate it using period techniques and patterns (both early and mid to late period decoration can be discussed as interest dictates). No previous leather experience is necessary. You will be required to bring your own By-/kitchen/tool knife, and if possible, an exacto knife with a *new* blade, and a metal ruler. Should you have some leather working tools already, feel free to bring them along. The class will cost $10 each (for leather and other materials), and any remaining funds will be returned to the participants. The class is limited to 5 makers, but is open to anyone else wishing to audit the class. Questions and discussion is encouraged.

Instructor – Henry Foster
Class length – 3 hours
Class Max – 5
Cost – $10 (max.)

 

Pewter Casting

This class is an introduction to smelting and casting pewter. Participants will walk away with a pewter cast of something, and will learn the terminology, equipment, and processes of smelting. CAUTION: This class deals with liquid metal!!! It may look pretty, but it is very dangerous! This class is therefore limited to adult participants. Children 12 and older are welcome to accompany their parent/guardian and observe so long as they are not disruptive.

Instructor – Tristan Galbraith
Class length -2 hrs
Class max -8
Cost – $4
Blast Furnace Demo
In this class, we will be using a blast furnace and smelting harder metals. It is an instructional class only. We will be dealing with VERY high temperature liquid metal.
You will learn the terminology, equipment, and processes of smelting and casting with a gas blast furnace.
Instructor – Tristan Galbraith
Class length –
Class max-
Cost – none

The Pigments in My Paints:

Take a closer look at the paints in your scribal kit and learn which ones were made with bugs, rocks, plants, or minerals. We’ll have some fun playing with pigments: crushing, grinding, mixing, making a lake. And then take home a little sample of paint you made yourself!

Instructor – Dame Marguerite

Class length – 2 hrs

Cost – 1$

Max participants- none

Participants under 12 must have an adult supervising

 

Smocking Basics

Smocking is a gathering/embroidery technique used to control fullness. The hemd associated with the Mary of Hapsburg gown is an example, and smocked smocks (hemds) are frequently seen in Landsknect illustrations and Cranach paintings.

This course covers –

 -various strategies for gathering fabrics

-a selection of smocking embroidery stitches

-incorporating smocking in garments

Participants will make a smocked sampler from the kit supplied

Instructor – Helena Katerina del Roero
Class length – 2 hrs
Cost – $4
Max participants – 10

Children under 14 must have an adult supervising

 

Wisteria fibre demo

Helena Katerina del Roero will demonstrate the first stage of turning wisteria vine
trimmings into usable fibre. Observers are welcome to participate (bring a sledge
hammer!).

My inspiration for the project was the many fleeting references to wisteria textile that
I’ve run across while researching other textile subjects. Its virtual invisibility in the
various histories and technique manuals I’ve studied piqued my curiosity, so, when
the wisteria vine by my front porch grew ridiculously fast and tried to eat my house,
I decided to see if I could take revenge by turning some of it into a sample of the
elusive and legendary textile as a White Wolf Fian challenge.

 

The Sword and the Centuries (with apologies to Alfred Hutton)

Throughout the centuries, the sword has been an important weapon and symbol. From the Middle Ages to the end of the sixteenth century, changes in defences and in society produced numerous types of swords. This class will examine a number of these changes and the sword variations that developed. Both changes in the blade and the guard of the sword will be discussed. The emphasis will be on Western Europe and Scandinavia.

Please note that this class overlaps the lunch break.   Bring your lunch for a “Lunch and Learn” class.

Instructor – Albrecht

 

2 Strikes from German Longsword

A focus on two strikes from Liechtenauer’s teachings, the wrath strike (Zornhau) and the thwart strike (Zwerchhau).  For each we will learn the foot work, the strike, and a useful option to defend & strike the opponent in turn.  The intent is to practice these two moves thoroughly, not to have a broad review of many moves.  Participants should have at minimum a mask and two-handed sword.  Those with minimum equipment will only practice slowly, those with SCA legal equipment can move up to full speed practice.

Instructor – Eyrny
Class length – 1 hr

 

 

Lucet 101

CANCELLED

 

 

How to Start a Fire Like a Moderately Intelligent Saxon

Learn to start a fire with a flint and steel

This class will be held just before the bardic circle on Saturday night.

Instructor – Sir Edward the Red
Cost -none
class Max – none
Class length –

 

 

Uncials

Learn and practice a lovely uncial script with me!  Beginner to Intermediate Adults, materials supplied

Instructor – Adnar
Cost –
Class Max –
Class length – 1-2 hrs
 

Folk Art

A Round Table Talk and Do!  Let’s explore some underpinnings of folk art, examining flora and fauna as well as geometric themes.  Paper, basic paints, and ink provided, and/or bring a project to work on/show off,

Instructor – Adnar
Cost –
Max participants –
Class length – 1-2 hrs.

 

 

Glass Bead Making

Students will learn about safety and basic techniques in glass bead making, as well as some historical styles and materials.  There will be a one hour discussion in the morning (9-10am), followed by 45 minute time slots available to be booked throughout the day for hands-on work.  The safety discussion is mandatory for those who would like to participate later in the day.  Students should be able to produce a minimum of 2 beads per time slot.  Hothead torches will be used so that students can focus on technique.  If there is extra space, students are welcome to sign up for more than one time slot.  Closed-toed shoes and natural fibers (cotton or linen) are required to be worn, preferably with close fitting sleeves and long pants or skirt.  Long hair should be tied back.  If you have taken this class previously and want to use torch time to learn some more advanced techniques, you may attend without registering but you MUST attend the morning discussion session for the safety talk.

For safety reasons, adults only for torch time.  Teens 16 and over may participate with direct parent/guardian supervision.

Instructor – Lady Merewen de Sweynesheie
Cost – $6
Max Participants- 10
Class length – 1 hr mandatory plus torch time

 

 

A Practical Introduction to Medieval Modes

A basic course on how medieval music was constructed, explained simply using the white keys of a piano (or at least a toy xylophone, since it’s more portable).

Instructor – Vincenzo da Brescia
Cost – none
Max Participants –
Class length – 1 hr

 

No Loom, No Problem
There are many ways to learn to tablet weave, without a loom.   Bring a frame (like a larger picture frame), a child’s chair or just come and learn tablet weaving with a backstrap set up, without any loom at all!   If you have cards, please bring them.  If not, the instructor will supply playing cards to start you off.
Instructor – Fraye Blackwood
Cost – donation
Max Participants- 5
Class length – 1 hr