Class Descriptions

    medieval-minting-shop    Introduction to Moneying 

Have you wanted to make your own coin, but didn’t know quite where to start? This day-long, drop-in class will introduce students to Medieval currency, and guide them from start to finish in making their very own coins. You will learn: how to make your own coin die, engraving and metal stamping, common design elements, and tool handling.

Equipment and materials will be provided. Students may wish to bring safety glasses, if they have them.

Students may also wish to bring their own coin design ideas!

 

Instructor: TH Lady Sciath ingen Chaennaig

Cost: $20 (includes materials and handout)

Class limit: 10 students

Minimum age 18 to participate

Please note:  This class will be loud, and hot work.

 

 

Ronde-bosse enameling

For some all around fun come out for a few hours and try out enameling in 3-Dimensions.  I will have tiny elements all ready to apply enamel to, for this quick and satisfying foray into the cheapside hoard.  Participants will have time to make 2-3 small items each.

 

Instructor: Orla

Conditions: Wear fire safe clothing, shoes and secure hair.

 Ages 16 and up,   12-15 with parental supervision only.

Cost: donations or help out as you are able.

Class size: 15

Time: 2hrs

 

 

Intricate pattern transfer for metal, leather and wax.

A survey and demonstration of historical methods as well as a hands on run at a few forms of modern wizardry.  Class will involve hands on use of charcoal, beeswax, varnish and solvents.

Instructor: Orla
Class length: 1hr
Class Size:  10 participants
Free

 

Learning how to use a Jewelers Saw

This class will give you a chance to use a Jewelers saw on brass, to learn how to do cut work pieces. It can be frustrating to start (as you will be breaking blades as though that is your only reason to attend) but it is a very rewarding, and versatile, skill and tool once mastered.

Instructor: Cesare Ambrogino di Salvazzi
Class length: 2 hrs
Class size:   3  plus 2 more if you have your own jewelers saw
Cost: $7

 

 

Ealdormere Moneyers’ Guild Moot
A moot for the Ealdormere Moneyer’s Guild, open to anyone interested in being a member. Topic of discussion will include our charter, organization, traditions and customs, and symbols; other topics may be discussed time permitting.
Instructor: Dietrich von Sachsen
Cost: None
Class Limit: None
Time: 1 Hr – 1.5 Hrs

 

 

Basic Lucet Braiding

Basic lucet braiding
Instructor: Tigraine Sendell
Class fee: $10, includes a handmade lucet.
Class length: 1 hour
Class limit 6-8 students. Ages 16 and over, 10-15 only if accompanied by parent/guardian.

 

 

Intermediate lucet braiding, including adding beads, and using two colours
Instructor: Tigraine Sendell
Class fee: $10 includes a handmade lucet.
(No cost if also attending my Basic class)
Class length: 1 hour
Class limit:6-8 students.  Ages 16 and over, 10 – 15 only if accompanied by parent/guardian.

 

 

 

Period Fibres:  Touch Them, Play With Them
What do they look like before they are processed and how to process them.
If you have never seen raw fibre, this is your chance.  We will play with period fibres, silk, wool and linen.  I will bring some tools as well so you can see what they used.  Bring an apron to protect your clothing.  Children under 14 are welcome but their parents must stay to ensure their safety.  We will have very sharp tools and raw fleece.
Instructor:  Aibhilin
Class fee:  no cost
Class length : 1 hr
No limit
Children under 14 must be accompanied by parents

 

 

 

Bardic College of Ealdormere Moot
A moot for the Bardic College of Ealdormere, which is open to any and all gentles interested in the bardic arts in Ealdormere and abroad. Topics of discussion include fostering new bards and bardic endevours in Ealdormere, as well as Bardic etiquette. Other topics may be discussed time permitting.
Instructors: THLady Emer nic Aidan and Dietrich von Sachsen
Cost: None
Class Limit: None

 

 Draft a Kirtle Bodice
This class will demonstrate a method of drafting a kirtle bodice using perOrazio_Gentileschi_-_Il_suonatore_di_liuto_(National_Gallery_of_Art)iod sources.   Participants will have an opportunity to draft their own bodice.
Instructor:  Laura Battista
Class length:  2 hours
Class limit: 6
Cost: $3 includes handout

 

 

 

 

Beginner Kumihimo
An introduction to Kumihimo. Class will cover an overview of tools, basic skills and how to read a pattern.
 
Instructor: Meijin Gwendyon Casgudcath
Length: 1 or 2 hours
Cost:    $5.00
Class Max: 10

 

 

 

Advanced Kumihimo

A look at kumihimo on the marudai.  This is a student interest driven class.  I want to expand your knowledge and skills.  Some potential topics are fibres, # of tama, patterns, etc.  Please let me know if you are planning on attending and if there are any specific topics you’d like me to cover so I can make sure to bring the necessary supplies.

A marudai is recommended.  I will have a couple that could be borrowed for the class.  Please contact me prior to the event.

Instructor:  Meijin Gwyndion Casgudcath (casgudcath@hotmail.com)

Length: 2 hours

Cost: Donation of my supplies used

Class Max:  N/A

 

 

 

 

Interlaced Insertion Stitch for St Birgitta Cap
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the lovely knotlike insertion stitches used in period? I promise that they are not difficult, but they do require a bit of planning and practice. This class will focus on the setup and practice of a short segment of insertion stitch, so that you can feel confident using it on all manner of garb after.
Practice fabric, thread, and needles provided by instructor for $1, though students may wish to bring their own sewing kit.
Instructor:  Amylee
Class length: 2 hours
Cost: $1
Class Limit: 10
students 10 – 14 welcome with parental supervision

 

 

 

 

Eclade de Moules
 The French have been producing blue mussels around the Isle d’Oleron area in the Charente – Maritime since 1235 making this shell fish the oldest on record as a cultivated delicacy.   There will be a demonstration of cooking mussels with this technique, eating of the finished product.   Includes a handout of research on this fabulous way of cooking mussels.
Instructor:  Baroness Margaret
Class length: 1 hr
Class Cost: $5
Class Limit: 8-10
I will have room for 8-10 people 

 

 

 

 

Scrolls from Start to Finish
Sponsored by both the Colleges of Heralds and Scribes, this is an opportunity for everyone who cooperates in the life of a scroll, from the award submission to the Court Report, to discuss the process so we can find out where the hiccups are and make it smoother for all. Open to everyone with a stake in the process – scribes, wordsmiths, court heralds, heralds at large, entourage, and anyone with ideas to add. Refreshments will be provided
Instructor:  Maistresse Alais de Poitiers
Class length : 2 hours
no cost
no limit

 

 

 

Processing Pitch
Learn to process pitch from fir trees.   This will include identifying appropriate trees, gathering pitch (if feasible), sorting raw materials, cooking sap, processing refined sap,  and setting rosin in pans to cool.  Class will include time for questions and a handout.  Please wear sturdy footwear suitable for walking in the woods and working with hot pitch.
 
Instructor:  Aleksander Bergessøn
Class length: 3 hours
Cost: $5

Class limit: 10  –  adults only

 

 

 

 

 

Drinking Songs
In this class, I will teach and we will sing period drinking songs, primarily in English. We will start with some fun rounds, some broadside ballad drinking songs, and over time, and if interest, some songs for 2 or more parts. Bring your (non-alcoholic) drink and sing along, mug in hand!
Instructor: Inge Loy
Class length: 1 hr
Cost: $1 – $2 for handout if you take one
Class limit:  none,   open to all ages as long as parents are comfortable with children singing drinking songs.

 

 

Beginning Calligraphy
 Learn basic calligraphy techniques with Adnar, start a new adventure in pen and ink! Pens, Ink and paper to learn with may be borrowed from the instructor.
Instructor:  Adnar
Class length:  1 hr
Class limit:  12
All ages welcome
Cost:  none

 

 

 

Learning a Script from ‘Script
 Looking for the right look and feel of a script becomes easier when one lifts it directly from the source material!  We will look at a couple of random sources, learn and practice the scripts therein.  For the intermediate scribe (comfortable with at least one script). Paper, pens, and inks available to use in class if needed.
Instructor:Adnar
Class length: 1 hr
Class limit: 6

This is an intermediate class.   You must have some experience and know at least 1 script.    For a beginner class, please choose the other class being offered.

 

 

 

 

Making Masks

In this class participants will learn how to make masks using the medium of paper mache. This is a suitable sort of class for those interested in starting a Commedia del’Arte troupe as this will enable them to learn how to make the most critical prop of this style of drama – the masks, or anyone interested in making other types of masks like Venetian Carneval masks. This will be a sort of hands-on-getting-started class where participants can then take their started mask and complete it at home as the process takes a long time to complete (longer than the event will allow).

Participants should wear a smock or old /work clothes as it can get messy.  Other tools and materials will be provided

Instructor:  Valdr jarnsmiðr

Class length: 2 hours

Class limit:  10 –  adults only

Cost:  none, but participants MUST bring the following items –

Newspaper – full daily edition, not flyers

2 in wide masking tape –  white, NOT blue or green painters tape

 

 

 

 

 
GET YOUR KNICKERS IN A TWIST – TWIST THE WOOLIES
Learn how to spin wool fibre on a drop spindle, the tool used for centuries before the spinning wheel was introduced and made widely available, as well as up to the present day. It is a great portable craft to take to events, even court. I have committed to two drop spindle classes so the first class will focus on wool but will hopefully allow limited time for flax if requested. The second class will focus on flax with limited time for wool, if requested.
Materials to bring: 
Please bring your own fibre if you have some, I will be able to supply limited quantities of wool and flax.
Please bring your own drop spindle if you have one. I will be able to sell or loan some if not.
If you wish to learn to spin flax, please bring some sort of distaff if you can, even a broomstick will do, and 1-yard length of ribbon.
Instructor: Anne of Saffron Walden
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 6 active participants, others may audit if they wish. Youth under 12 should be accompanied by someone who could assist them.
Costs:  $5 for spindle. $2 for fibre.

 

 

 

 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN – TURN STRAW INTO GOLD
Learn how to spin flax fibre on the tool used for many centuries before the spinning wheel was introduced and made widely available. Depending on the number of students, I hope to be able to show how to spin short (wool) and long (flax) fibres in one or other of two classes. I have committed to two classes so the first class will focus on wool but will hopefully allow limited time for flax if requested. The second class will focus on flax with limited time for wool, if requested.
Materials to bring
Please bring your own fibre if you have some, I will be able to supply limited quantities of wool and flax.
Also bring your own drop spindle if you have one. I will be able to sell some if not.
If you wish to learn to spin flax, please bring some sort of distaff if you can, even a broomstick will do, and 1-yard length of ribbon.
Instructor: Anne of Saffron Walden
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 4 active participants, others may audit if they wish. Youth under 12 should be accompanied by someone who could assist them.
Cost$5 for spindle. $2 for fibre.

 

 

HOW I GREW A TUNIC
I plan for this to be a summary or overview of my Fian challenge accompanied by a slide show. This presentation was requested for interest’s sake but is NOT a how-to class, despite the title!
Instructor: Anne of Saffron Walden
Class length: 1-1/2 hours
Class size: 15
Costs: $0.

 

 

 

LINEN TOUR OF IRELAND
This will be a slide show of photos and a few videos from my Irish Linen Tour which included these locations in and around Belfast:
-Ulster Transport and Folk Museum
-Lisburn Linen Museum, Lisburn
-McConville’s Flax Mill and Flax Farm Museum
-Ulster American Folk Theme Park
-Wellbrook Beetling Mill
This presentation represents semi-mechanized farming practises from the 17C and 18C which may well include some of the practises used in our period, but does NOT purport to be exclusively pre-1600. Again, NOT a how to class.
Instructor: Anne of Saffron Walden
Class length: 1 hour
Class size: 15
Costs: $0.

 

 

 

Twist and Shout: Making Flemish Twist Bowstrings For Beginners
This class will teach you the hows and whys of making a Flemish Twist bowstring for a recurve or longbow. I will bring jigs and Dacron B50 in two colours, tan and brown; participants should feel free to bring their own string making supplies in other colours or materials. ***If at all possible, please bring the bow you are making the string for.***
Instructor: Kitta
Maximum Participants: 10
Minimum Age: 13
Materials Cost: $4

Time: 2 hours

 

 

 

The Wool Tent

Come play with us all weekend in the Wool Tent. Hands on demos of washing, prep, spinning and weaving happening all weekend long. Come try your hand at any point in the process of turning fleece into cloth, which will ultimately become a new baronial kneeling cushion.

No experience necessary. No cost. Children welcome with their parents. Specific class times TBD.

The Wool Tent will be open Saturday 9 am until court, and Sunday 10am – suppertime.

 

 

 

Care and Feeding of Your Spinning Wheel

Learn how to spin on a spinning wheel, how a spinning wheel works, the different types of wheels, basic wheel upkeep etc. The instructors will have several different wheels available and at the end of the session, we will do a spinning wheel round robin, to get to try them all out.

If you have a spinning wheel, please bring it. Also handcards, orifice hook, and oil would be useful if you have them.

Instructors:  Odette and Aibhilin

Class length: 2 hours

Class limit: 4 people without wheels – and anyone else who has their own spinning wheel      No children under 12.  

Cost: $3 for fibre

This class will be held in the Major Black cabin

 

 

Norse Metal Stamping  (evening class)

This class is about metal stamping – particularly in respect to Norse stamped jewelry.

The class will look at some of the motifs used in historical artifacts, the stamps used to make them and the process of making this style of jewellery. Participants will then have an opportunity to make their own stamped bracelet or Thor’s hammer or other jewelry item using copper sheet. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses however loaner safety glasses will be provided. Please wear natural fibre clothing (i.e. cottons, wool, etc.) as a propane torch will be used to anneal the projects.

Participants are warned that this class will involve working with potentially high temperature metal and is messy.

Instructor:  Valdr jarnsmithr
Class length: 2 hours
Class limit: 10 participants, observers welcome
Cost: $5

 

 

 

 

Ramshaven Choir Practice  (evening class)
Description: All members of the Ramshaven choir practice are encouraged to come practice the songs we have been learning. Any new members who are interested are welcome.

Instructors: Alienor la fileuse, Penn de Moranza, Lucia de Moranza
Class length: 1 hr
Class limit:  all welcome
Cost:  n/a

 

 

 

Big German Hats

Do you feel that you can walk through narrow doors too easily?

Have you ever wished for a gazebo that travels with you?

Is there a severe lack of feathers in your life?

Well, do I have the class for you!

Come one, come all to Mistress Maiwens Big German Hat tutorial!

I will show you how I made my version of a 16th Century German Tellerbarret, suitable for either a Lady or a Landsknecht. I will have examples of materials and supplies and will walk you through the steps to make your own at home. Variations in design will be discussed and methods of wearing.

Handouts in paper or digital format will be made available to attendees. A small fee for paper handouts may apply.

Instructor:  Mistress Maiwen

Class length: 1 hr
Class max: 8    limited to ages 12 and up
Cost:  fee for paper handouts

 

 

 

 

 

Basics of Banners and Flags in the SCA

An introduction to Medieval flags and banners and their SCA applications
Instructor:  Percival
Class length: 1 hr
Class max:  determined by number of chairs
Cost:  n/a

 

 

 

 

Techniques of Silk Painting
Learn the various techniques needed to paint on silk.   This will include transferring patterns, applying gutta, painting, what supplies needed, fixing mistakes etc.   You will be able to go home and make your own beautiful, floaty, silk banner.
Instructor:  Duchess Rylyn
Class length: 4 hrs ( 2 hour sessions x 2)
Class max: 6
Cost: $15
YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS CLASS  so that the instructor has time to make sure she has enough supplies.

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