Class Descriptions

Night Sky -
Fri., Sat.,Sun., 8:30 PM, 9PM, 10PM, 11PM, Midnight weather permitting
Learn how to locate and identify basic constellations.
The planets Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are visible immediately after sunset.
Learn to spot the Norse constellations Eyes of Thjasi, the Asar Battlefield, Ratatosk and Nidhogg.
and Saturn.
Instructor – Kenneth mec Donnachy
Class limit -none
10 minutes
children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Meet outside Annikki lodge at sunset or at the firepit after dark.

Modern Astronomy using Period Instruments
Learn how to identify and use a planisphere, dioptra,
astrolabe and armillary sphere.
We will spend half an hour making a planisphere to take home.
Appropriate for any age.
Construction materials supplied.
Instructor – Kenneth mec Donnachy
class limit – 7
1 hour
Materials Cost – $0 Free 

Da Vinci’s Inventions
This will cover some of the inventions recently featured at the Ontario Science Centre
After getting familiar with the catalogue, we will build a bridge with popsicle sticks.
Then, we will move outside and build a somewhat larger bridge.
Construction materials supplied.
Instructor – Kenneth mec Donnachy
class limit – 7
1 hour
Materials Cost – $0 Free 

Introduction to Trichinopoly (or Viking wire weaving for the beginner)

Participants will be introduced to Viking wire weaving, and have an opportunity to make a bracelet (or necklace, if they work beyond the class).  This process was used by Anglo-Saxon Norse mainly during the 8th century through10th centuries, found in many graves and treasure hoards, for many uses: necklaces, chains for decoration, bracelets, edging for clothing as well as trim. This particular style is not as common as the twisted wire torques that are more often thought of today in regards to Viking or Norse jewelry. The wire weaving has also been found in Roman, Greek and Byzantine archaeological digs, much earlier than in the Anglo-Saxon finds (1st century B.C. to 4th century A.D.)

Instructor – THL Sciath ingen Chaennaig
Class Max – 8

Cost – $15  for mandrel, draw plate and spool of copper wire
Please bring wire cutters, pliers (flat nose /round nose) and tape if you have them.  Instructor will bring some of these items to be shared amongst participants.

Temari the Art of Japanese Embroidered Thread Balls -

Temari is the ancient art of Japanese Thread ball Embroidery. Because we live in the Kingdom of Ealdormere we will be making a Trillium Design. This art could be called embroidery for the mathematically inclined. This class is spread over 2 sessions:  In the first session we stuff and wrap the balls, first in fine yarn and then with sewing thread, to form a base to do our embroidery on.  In the second session we will measure and make our guidelines and work the embroidery stitches to complete our Trillium Pattern.

Instructor – Rohais de Guildeford

Class max – 6

Materials cost – $6

Please bring the following to class – 1 odd sock, small embroidery type scissors, narrow tape measure, multii coloured round headed sewing pins with at least 4 different colours, sharp darning needle at least 2 1/2 in long.   Some of these will be available to be shared if you don’t have them, but it is easier if you have your own.

 

Cooking on the Coals

Participants will cook crab, oysters, pears, and a few other items directly on coals.

Instructor – Baroness Lucia

Class Max – 8

Cost -$10

 

Period Resist Dye Techniques

 Dye Theory
This class will be a discussion of the different forms of dye resist through the various cultures.
Instructor – Baroness Gema Krasil’niKova

Class length – 1 hr
Cost – $1 for handout
Resist Dye Practical
Hands on resist dye with bee’s wax and cold water dye.  We will be creating pillows. Wear clothing you are not concerned about getting colour on.
Age limit- Because of safety concerns, this class will be limited to ages 15 and older
Instructor – Baroness Gema Krasil’niKova
Class length – 2 hrs (plus project drying time)
Class max – 15
Cost $5 (Dye Theory handout will also be available for purchase at this class)
Beginning Kumihimo
Learn the art of Kumihimo braiding.
Instructor – Gwyndion Casgudcath
Class length – 1 hour
Cost $5
Story Telling
Explore the art of story telling.  This class is suitable for teens and adults although younger children may attend with their parents in tow, if they have a strong interest in learning to tell stories.
Instructor – Colyne
Class length – 1 hr
Basket Making
Medieval Basketry using alternate modern resources. (Due to the season, gathering and preparing proper resources isn’t viable.) You will be able to choose from two types of baskets to make.  Although, you will only have time to make one type, you will see the technique for each.
If you have clothespins, or very small clamps, please bring them.
Class is dependent on materials supply, about 4 or 5 of each type of basket.
Instructor – Lysele Wollemenger
Class length – 1 1/2 hrs
Class Max – 8
Cost is $5 per type of basket.
Chain Mail for Beginners
Imagine a shirt made of thousands of tiny metal rings, all linked together to form a cloth impenetrable by sword. Why was chainmail the ultimate armour for warriors for over a thousand years? Chain mail is so versatile it is still in use today. You can see it on divers in shark-infested waters and on the hands of your local butcher. While you learn to knit your own bracelet that you get to take home we’ll discuss the historical background of this wonderful armour. Please bring two pairs of pliers.
Instructor -Gierhaerdt of Hildescheim
Class length – 1 hr
Class Max – 10
No Cost
Chain Mail – Beyond the Basics
Beyond the basics: mail is the most versatile, flexible armour ever developed. Able to be shaped to every part of the human form mail can also be the basis for wonderful jewelry. In this class you will learn how to make the King Chain, French Rope, and Foxtail patterns. A basic understanding of chain mail is required. Bring two pairs of pliers. In addition to more complex patterns with standard rings this session will explore the use of smaller rings and precious metal rings in decorative patterns and jewelry. Bring two pairs of pliers.

Instructor -Gierhaerdt of Hildescheim
Class length – 2 hrs
Class Max – 10
No Cost
Tablet Weaving on an Inkle Loom

We will be starting with fast warping our looms, and then preceding to pay with how to set up the cards to get the desired out come.
I am asking that if you sign up for this class and your plans change please let Odette know so others may take your place.  The last 2 years I have had hit the cut off and then no one showed up on the actual weekend of the class.

     If you have any questions please feel free to contact me yvette.foster at gmail dot com

Instructor – Yvette Foster

Class Limit 6

Cost $5 (Kit includes, cotton, cards, shuttle and hand out)

Inkle Weaving on an Inkle Loom
We will be starting with Discussing how to read patterns, how to design patterns and get warping and weaving.
I am asking that if you sign up for this class and your plans change please let Odette know so others may take your place.  The last 2 years I have had hit the cut off and then no one showed up on the actual weekend of the class.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me yvette.foster at gmail dot com
Instructor – Yvette Foster
Class Limit 6
Cost $5 (Kit includes, cotton, material for heddles, shuttle and hand out)
Beginner Bobbin Lace

This class will get a little bookmark started that shows the basic cross and twist of bobbin lace and a discussion of tools and materials. All materials will be provided.
Instructor -Lucia de Moranza ( the other Lucia down in der Welfengau)
Class Length – 1 hr
Class Limit – 6
Cost – $5
Children are fine, if they have dexterity enough to manage pins and focus enough to listen.
Rendering Tallow
Learn how to render tallow in preparation for making rushlights
Limited to ages 12 and older.
Instructor – Theodora
Class length – 1 hrs
No cost
Making Rushlights
This class will explore making tallow dipped rushlights and if there is time, making tallow candles.
Limited to ages 12 and older.
Instructor – Theodora
Class length – 1 1/2 hrs
No cost
Norse 3 Ways (to make an apron dress)
An apron dress round table discussion about different styles of apron dresses.  We will include how they are made, advantages and disadvantages of each style, explore other style possibilities etc.
There will be space and time afterwards for practical applications like patterning, cutting and the start of assembly.
Instructors –  Rylyn Buchannan, Anneke the Furious, Odette de Saint Remy
Round table –  1 hr
Class max – none
Costs -?
Practical – 1 hr
Class max – 9
Costs – please bring about 3 m of fabric (linen or wool are best), thread and sewing kit
Warp Weighted Weaving
Get some practical experience on a warp weighted loom.   Learn about dressing the loom, weaving, find out what makes a good loom.   While this class is in multiple parts, you can drop in to take the segments that work for your schedule.
Parts 1, 2,3, 4 (2 hrs each)
Instructor –  Jhone
Class Max – 12
Cost – none for the class, unless handout is available
Medieval Embroidery 101
Learn five basic stitches used in the middle ages.
Instructor – Anne of Saffron Walden
2 hours
Class Max – 10
Cost – $2.50
Medieval Embroidery 102
Students having attended the first class can put their new skills to practice
Instructor – Anne of Saffron Walden
2 hours
Cost – $2.50