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.

Final Menu :
Coal Smoked Oysters, dressed with oil, pepper and the juice of sour oranges; Roasted Crab with oil and pepper; Blackened Squash with butter and mustard; Caramelized Onions in a cinnamon dressing; Baked Apples with anise and a great deal of sugar; (fake) wine. Bring feast gear, wear clothes that can be a little messy.

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


If you are interested in learning tablet weaving, the instructor will be onsite.  Please contact her to make arrangements for an informal class.

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

Instructor – Yvette Foster

Inkle Weaving on an Inkle Loom
if you are interested in learning to Inkle weave,  the instructor will be onsite.  Please contact her to make arrangements for an informal 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

This is a class designed for rank beginners (I can’t thread a needle) up to those with some previous knowledge who would like to refresh or augment their skills.

You will learn five basic stitches used in the middle ages, back stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, split stitch and couching. You will also learn how to manage the floss so it does not tangle, the length of thread to use, how to strip the floss, how to thread the needle, how to make a good knot (or not), how to weave in the ends.

Bring: an embroidery hoop if you have one, thimble ditto. Some will be available to use in class or purchase.

Kit includes working fabric with stitch samples, floss/thread to complete samples, needles, mini shears, handout – approx. $2.50 (TBD)

Instructor – Anne of Saffron Walden
2 hours
Class Max – 10
Cost – $2.50
Medieval Embroidery 201

Students having attended the first class can put their new skills into practice by making a small bag, such as a sweet bag. There will not be time to teach/learn the stitches taught in the first class if you didn’t attend.

Instructor- Anne of Saffron Walden

Class max – limited to those having taken 101

Kit includes cut out and design-marked fabric, floss, handout – approx $1.50 (TBD)


Glass Bead Making for Beginners

1 hour lecture (must attend) includes 20-30 minute Lampworking Safety discussion + schedule torch time with instructorMaximum: 12 students 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 (9-10 am), 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.

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

Instructor:  Merewen de Sweynesheie

1 hour   – manditory attendance for torch time/practical
Costs: $2 handout, $4 per slot for torch time materials

Lampworking Safety

20-30 minutes (required for those taking “Glass Bead Making for Beginners” or “Glass Bead Making – I Took the Beginner Class, Now What?”) No cost, no class limit Students will learn about safety in glass bead making. This class will take place during the first half of “Glass Bead Making for Beginners,” and is required for all students who will be scheduling torch time to learn and practice techniques.

Instructor : Merewen de Sweynesheie


Glass Bead Making – I Took the Beginner Class, Now What?

You’ve learned how to make a basic bead, and now in this class we will discuss how to expand upon the basics. Discussion will be partially student-driven, but are likely to include pulling your own stringer (a must for bead makers who want to expand their design colour palette), making twisties, glass reactions, striking glass, fixing mistakes, stacking dots, and more. Students who just took Glass Bead Making for Beginners are welcome. Students are encouraged to sign up for torch time (45 minute time slots) throughout the day to practice the new techniques. 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. For safety reasons, adults only for torch time. Teens 16 and over may participate with direct parent/guardian supervision.

Instructor: Merewen de Sweyneshie

1 hour lecture/discussion + schedule torch time with instructor
Cost – $1 for handout, $4 per slot for torch time materials
Class Max – 8
Learn to Love Writing Documentation!
Do you love making things to enter in A&S competition but hate writing the documentation?  Turns out you’ve already done the documentation, you just haven’t written it down yet.  Come get tips on writing interesting, accurate, understandable and useful documentation painlessly.  Information on citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, being concise and engaging the reader.  Bring your own tips to add to the discussion on this important part of the maker process.
Instructor – THL Elanna of Marchmount
1 hour
Mead Making
We will happily teach the miracle of mead making. Participants  will walk away with a lively, fermenting “baby mead” of their very own and the basic, non perishable supplies to continue making mead for many, many years to come.
We will provide honey, yeast, some flavourings, and stoppers with bubblers.  Cost for class is $20. We will also provide the one gallon jug for those who would like one. An additional price for the jug will be provided once I find out how much they are from my supplier.
Instructor – Baron and Baroness Ramshaven (Penda and Sybilla)
1 hour
Cost – $20
Max – 6
if you need a one gallon jug, the cost will be extra

Crowd sourcing a Poetic Puzzle

This class is intended for anyone who enjoys one or more of conversation, language, Sudoku, logic, and crossword puzzles. Dróttkvætt (“lordly verse”) is an Old Norse poetic form with an intricate structure. Come and learn about the rules, and then we’ll work together to write a dróttkvætt poem. The class will be aimed at people who are curious about poetry but don’t know how to get started.

Instructor -Pelayo1 Hour

 Latin Primer
An introduction to basic Latin
Instructor – Adnar
1 hour
Scribal Challenge: An adventure in composition
This is a for-fun challenge for the experienced scribe:  compose as you calligraph and illuminate!  That’s right, write!  Anything from a scroll blank to poetry to fiction.  Extra paper, inks, nibs, water colours are available, though bringing your favourite items is certainly welcome.  Let that inner Muse flow!
Instructor  – Adnar
1 hour
Beginner’s intro to Calligraphy.
Instructor – Adnar
1 hour

If you would like to fletch a half-dozen or dozen arrows, I should be able to accommodate you (first come, first served; will limit to half dozen if demand is high).  You will need the following supplies:

–6 or 12 cedar shafts of the appropriate spine weight and diameter for your bow

–Enough fletching for your preferred arrow style.  For a typical three-fletch arrow, you will need three feathers per arrow.  These may be all one colour, two colours (two of one colour and one of another), or three different colours.  Fletch is generally sold in packs containing one dozen feathers. I also have the appropriate equipment to do four fletch arrows or two fletch bolts for crossbows.

–Enough nocks and points for your arrows.  Nocks and points are sold based on the arrow shaft diameter.  Points also come in various weights.

–One tube of Fletch-Tite glue


All these supplies can be purchased at the Bow Shop in Waterloo, or ordered online from a supplier such as Three Rivers Archery.  If you need assistance in determining things such as what weight and diameter of shafting you should use, or any other questions about purchasing supplies, please contact me at


Instructor – Nicolaa

Cost- must bring own materials as described above

Clay Tile Experiment –

Come join me – Lady Ellaire – for a bit of a medieval experiment as we attempt to make clay tiles. In period a fairly simple technique was used to create pictorial tiles using two colours of clay. Participants will be able to make an imprint using existing stamps (sorry I don’t have carved wooden ones), then inlay a second colour of clay to create the image. Tiles will then be fired in my kiln and be available for pick up at Trillium war (or by special arrangement). No experience neccessary. Fee $3 per tile. Intended for adults but suitable for ages 10 and up (As per SCA rules children must be accompanied by a guardian). *Note* this workshop will be messy-you may wish to modern clothes as red clay can stain fabric.

Instructor – Lady EllaireCost- $3 per tile


Viking Casting Discussion

A discussion on lost wax, period techniques, and the historical examples. With some hands on play with tools, castings and molds.

This class is an overview and lead up to the Demonstration that will be on Sunday, for your viewing pleasure.

Instructor – Orla O’shanahan & possibly others.

class limit – All are welcome.

1 hour
Materials Cost – $0 Free


Viking Pit Casting Demo,

Orla, Valdr and a few other well trained companions from the Ealdormere Metalsmiths/Jewelers Guild will be firing molds for lost wax casting and then casting bronze into them over the course of the day.

We will be in a roped off area for safety, keep in mind to wear spark resistant clothing if you want to stand very close. Please be extra mindful of children in the area to keep our little ones safe and sound.

There will be display goods to handle and explain the entire process and some information on the Ealdormere Metalsmiths guild for those who are interested in learning more.

*** Ealdormere Metalsmiths/Jewelers Guild

This is a guild for metalsmiths and jewelers who live in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The guild is open to anyone who works with or would like to learn about working with copper, bronze, brass, pewter, silver, gold and any other non-ferrous metals. The guild is also open to anyone interested in casting, jewelery making, wire weaving, lapidary, punch-work, repousse, chasing, metal-engraving, enameling, cloisonne and any other decorative metal craft. This guild is a place of learning and sharing of knowledge, skill, inspiration and creativity. ***

Warming and firing the mold will happen in the morning. The active casting usually begins sometime after lunch and will continue until we run out out molds, metal or fuel.

Instructor – Valdr, Orla and a few other guild folk.

class limit –  All Welcome

Demonstration Only
Materials Cost – $0 Free


 Dueling Pole Lathes

Come out to see two different pole lathes in action.

Instructor – Sir Edward and ?

3 hours


Onion skin dying

Bring prepared fiber for the dye pot… We will start off Friday night by starting the dye bath (bring any yellow onion skins you can collect between now and then) the more skins we have the darker the dye bath will be and the more stuff we can dye.

Sunday for the second part of the class we will take our prepared fibers and dye them…

Wool, Silk, Cotton, Linen, Tencel will all work differently but take the dye.

Please keep in mind this is a dye class so dress appropriately as you may get dye on your skin or clothing (hint you might want rubber gloves to wear to pay in the dye pot – there will be nothing toxic, but it might leave you with a smell and yellow on your skin)

If you have question please contact

2 part class –

Cost – Please try to bring some onion skins if you possible can

Class limit 8 to being with, if we are not using up all the dye others will e welcome to toss something in


Soap Making

This class will be making soap starting with dripping water through the ashes to make our own lye.   Once the lye is strong enough, we can mix it with fats to make soap.   Lye is very caustic and modern safety precautions will be used throughout this class for protection.   Modern equipment will also be used as necessary.

This is a demo.

Limited to ages 16 and older – no exceptions and no children allowed in the demo area.

Cost- none

Instructors – Aibhilin, Scaith and Siegfried


“Blood & Gores: a Tunic for Every Body”
“T” Tunics are proper and period! Learn how to use geometric construction to pattern,cut and tailor the basic tunic shape for a wide array of personae, periods, and people!  We will also discuss the Tunic through Time, to see how this basic garment construction spans from 600-1300 with just a few changes in drape, details and embellishments.
 – can be a pattern workshop if students bring paper, pencil, measuring tapes
– can be a hands-on class of students additionally bring approx. 3m fabric (linen or wool are preferable), chalk, scissors, yardstick (if possible), and needle & thread.
class length: 1 hour (+ if cutting)
Cost – bring your own paper or fabric
Instructor: Emer
Bardic Arts In Your Persona
Discussion on how to find and adapt period literary works to fit your personal SCA persona and bardic repertoire, from using period sources as inspiration for original pieces (song, poetry, and/or storytelling) to transliterating, abridging, and “re-poeticizing” period works for the modern ear. Every experience level welcome!

Class length: 1 hour
Instructor- Emer
Dressing a Scroll or Slate Frame for EmbroideryEmbroidery can be so much more fun and less frustrating if you have your fabric properly prepared and under tension in a frame. Unlike hoops, proper tension can be maintained and crushing damage can be avoided on delicate stitches. Participants will learn how to prepare ground fabric, set up your frame and how to establish and maintain fabric tension. If you have a scroll or slate frame frame, please bring it along as well as some fabric to mount. Some scroll frames will be available in class to either borrow or purchase for $10.
Cost: Kits and handouts $2 Class limit: 6
Class length- 2 hrs
Instructor- Avelyn of the Hedge
Fibre Preparation
Hands on:   Learn several ways of processing a fleece, fresh off the sheep, into fibre ready to spin.
This is a beginner class. Experience spinning yarn is an asset but not a requirement.
Instructor – Alienor
Class Max 10
This class is limited to 10 years and older
German Spearwork
Class requirements for spears:  Fencing mask, spear if you have one or loaners will be available.
Secret Strikes
Secret strikes from German longsword (and Messer) are not sneaky ways to hit your opponent. It is best to have a two handed sword for this class but a 1 handed cutting sword will allow you to follow along. Rapiers, especially schlagers, will be sub-optimal for this class. Masks will be required. Swordplay experience is not.
Instructor:  Baron Giovani
Breaking Down Wraps
Quick 1/2 hour breakdown of wraps, targeting technique and simple explanation.
Circle Sword Technique:
Flow in shot combos through circular rotations: Drills, theory and Practice
Instructor :  HRM Steinnar