* I will gladly run the torch for everyone who is not comfortable and/or experienced in doing this themselves. Fire Resistant clothing and closed shoes are must IF you plan on getting anywhere near the torch, safety glasses will be provided*
Baroness Sybilla, Ramshaven Class length - 1 hr Class limit – 10 Class length – 1 hour Cost – $2 Age limit – children with an ear to listen and follow directions are welcome with adult supervision.
This class will cover basic embroidery stitches which can be used to decorate clothes, pouches and other items. We will decorate a small pouch or scissors holder, using the learned stitches. Kit will include a handout with named stitches, work card, fabric, needles and wool yarn.
Baron Penda , Ramshaven Class length – 2 hours Class limit- 10 Children welcome with attending parent or adult guardian though they will only use files.
This class will show the carving and smoothing techniques for making naelbinding needles from antler. Rough antler blanks will be provided and pre-soaked to make them soft for carving. The needles can be shaped with a sharp knife (somewhat dangerous) or files (not dangerous). Please bring a sharp knife (a utility knife works well) and fine files if you have them. Some knives and files will be available for sharing.
Wire Drop In Adnar cost: $2 Participants – no limit This is an adult class. There will be another class suitable for all ages. Bring a current project or get started on a new one. Instruction, trouble shooting and ideas for inspiration will be available Loaner tools will be on hand for use if needed.
Youth Wire Drop In Adnar cost: $2 Participants – no limitThis is an all ages class – youth and adults welcome. Bring a current wire and beading project or get started on a new one. Loaner tools available for use.
A Latin Primer Adnar 2 hours A brief overview for the complete beginner, touching on syntax and language basics or ‘how to hold your Latin dictionary right-side-up’
Open Tablet Weaving/ Inkle Loom Yvette De Sancler no limit, open time throughout the weekend, Costs will vary, depending on materials Come on over play with some different Looms, Cards, and as many fibers and I can get my hands on. I am hoping to keep the tent open much of the time (even when I’m off at a class myself) though not all looms might be available. If you need help warping an Inkle or Tablet project onto a loom please contact me before the event (or even at the event) and we can work out a time to get you started. If you have a loom you are willing to lend to this project please contact as soon as you can so we can sort of details of having it on site. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dem Bones Preparing Bones for Carving Baroness Lucia Class limit – 20 ages – adult and youth who are able to keep interested and motivated for the time 1/2 hr – 2 hours (entire class)
Class will start by putting beef bone into crockpot to make ‘a good broth’ and while it burbles students will clean other bones for carving. I will bring various files and things for people to try. Will feed people beef marrow at end of class and mention recipes that it can be used in. I will bring breathing masks to sell to people at around $1 each. Students are recommended to bring protective glasses.
Knitting History of knitting and beginning knitting class
Mistress Aibhilin fra skye and Baroness Ariadne Athingana 2 hours Max 10 costs – to be determined After a discussion about the history of knitting and what is known about knitting in the middle ages, including some of the sources, the basics of knitting will be covered. For more advanced students, instruction at their skill level will be available.
Lyda 1 hour costs $5
Participants will be shown how to produce a length of cord using old Norse whip cording technique. If we have at least 12 participants, Lyda is planning to try and top the last mega whip cording experiment – which was using 8 people, by attempting to do a 12 person whip cord…! This can get hectic and the bobbins can klunk the user in the head if they are not paying attention – Youth 11 and under must have a parental unit with them in order to participate. Materials $5.00 (hand out and yarn will be provided and participants will be able to take bobbins home with them)
Dice Games Lysele Wollemenger 1 hr no limit or cost
Need to see a man about a dog? There was no shortage of Die games in the middle ages. Come on out and learn a couple of them! You’ll learn three games, “In and Inn”, “Thirty-One” and “Three Throws”. Class size is only limited by number of tables and seating. The class is an hour of fun! All ages are welcome. Children under 16 shouldn’t be left without a guardian.
Gierhaerdt of Hildescheim 1 hour limit 10 Learn the basics of chainmail.
Gierhaerdt of Hildescheim 2 hours limit 10 Continue with advanced and more complex chainmail skills and designs.
WOODWORKING With Patrov suitable for all woodworking skill levels, from beginner up.
3 hours class limit 5 cost TBD
Make either a set of dominoes or 9 Man Morris with expert guidance using a variety of woodworking tools. When you register for this class, please specify which game you wish to make so the instructor can be prepared with the appropriate materials. limited to ages 16 and older
Make a Drop Spindle 3 hours class max: 5 cost: TBD Make a drop spindle for spinning yarn using a variety of woodworking tools.
Make a Medieval Distaff 3 hours class max : 5 costs: TBD Make a medieval distaff for spinning flax, using a variety of woodworking tools.
Hooked on Blacksmithing Valdr
Number of participants per session : 4 Participant height must allow easy access to forge. 10 – 12 years or older, but height must be approved by Valdr.
A materials donation of $10.00 to pay for steel and charcoal is requested.
This is a hands-on workshop where participants will be introduced to the first 5 fundamental skills of blacksmithing : straightening, drawing-out, tapering, bending, and curling in making the simple but indispensable S-hook. Participants will also learn some basic hammer control and fire control in the process. Participants must bring with them closed toed shoes or boots and must wear natural fiber clothing (wools, linen or cotton). Also clothing should not be too billowy or loose, especially around the arms. Wear old clothes that you will not mind getting little pin-hole burns in. Safety glasses will be provided.
Gather round all you forge-monkeys for a Blacksmiths Q&A Roundtable. If you are a long-time artisan smith, hobby smith, looking to start up your own workshop or have always wanted to give smithing a try – bring your questions, projects, comments and experience and share them at the FOoL Blacksmiths’ Roundtable. No experience needed – just enthusiasm! FOOL’s Trading Circle Vadr Tired of tripping over all those bits & bobs that you haven’t figured what to do with yet? Tired of all those unfinished projects you haven’t gotten around to yet? Looking to just clear out some old things? Well how about trading all this treasure for other stuff? Bring all your tradeable treasures and lay them down on the trader’s blanket at the FOoL’s Trading Circle and let the haggling begin. Like they say “Ain’t no better stuff than other people’s stuff”. (this is strictly a trading circle ONLY! No cash or coin is to exchange hands
Bleaching with Cow Dung
Anne of Saffron Walden 1 hour
First, contrary to the norm for FOOL, this is NOT a hands on class, fear not! Having undertaken a year long experiment comparing various methods and materials for bleaching in the Middle Ages, I will share with you what I learned. I really did use some unpleasant materials, such as cow dung, urine, lye sour buttermilk and even built myself a “mucky” kitchen under the deck for this purpose. If you want to medievally bleach your clothing, the fast way or the slow way, this is the class for you.
Writing an Old Norse Poem!
Fridrikr Tomasson 1.5 hours no limit A Brains and Hands On Experience – We will look at the Old Norse poetry form called drottkvaett and at the main building block, the kenning. After an overview, the class will work together to write kennings for specific topics, and then the class will use the kennings to write a poem! If things work out, the poem will be performed in the evening.
Edward the Red no cost/ no limit before bardic circle Learn to start a fire with a flint and steel.
Odette de Saint Remy 1 hour class limit – 5 cost -$4
Cotton is an ancient fibre, grown and used in India, Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East. It’s a short fibre compared to wool but with a few tricks and a bit of practice, it can be easy and rewarding to spin. We will cover spinning cotton on both flyer wheels and support spindles. If you have a wheel or support spindle, please bring it. There will be some support spindles to share and try out. Also bring your handcards. Regular, fine or cotton style, will all be suitable. This class is not for beginner/non-spinners. This class will assume that you already have some basic spinning and drafting skills.
Anglo Saxon Bread
Odette 1 hr no cost or limit
A brief look at bread making, including known and possible yeasts sources, flours and grains and baking methods. We will then translate this information into modern bread making techniques, including making bread dough, and how we could use a variety of baking methods, such as flat breads on a pan, baking in a covered pot, outdoor ovens and modern ovens.
Book Binders Guild of Ealdormere Tea
hosted by – Tarian no cost/ no class limit
A casual discussion for the Guild and non-Guild folk to talk about all things books. Bring your projects to show off, or come and ask questions. Tarian will be sharing her recent research on spine supports, boards, and leather end band construction. Everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never bound a book. Bring your tea cup!
Eastern Stab Binding Tarian cost $5
Stab binding began in the Tang Dynasty and became popular in Japan. Whereas the Chinese style was for function, the Japanese style was more of a mathematical elegance. Stab binding is a sophisticated way to create a simple book using tools you already have lying around the house. It’s a quick way to make documentation and research papers functional and elegant, or create your own journals, sketch book, wedding invitations, or love letters.
Pole Lathe Edward class limit 4 Come out and play on a period pole lathe. Learn to make round things or make things round, depending on your point of view.
Introduction to Repoussé
Sciath 3-4 hours class limit – 6 cost $10
Let’s Make a Lake – Cochineal pigment
Marguerite Class length: 1hr Class size: 10
No cost Learn about making lakes and just how special that cochineal bug was to Medieval artists. Some science may occur. You will take home a shellful of paint you helped to make.
Cutting Quills Marguerite Class length: 1hr Class size: 6 No cost No children please. Very sharp knives are used. Learn all you need to know to get started using a quill for your calligraphy. Purchasing, curing, cutting and care will discussed, and you will leave with a quill you cut yourself.
Mead Love-In –
Caitilin email@example.com Come get your mead on! This is a “hive mind” gathering to pitch mead (NO drinking!). Bring your own equipment (please contact me if you need a list of basics), utensils and ingredients (please contact me if you are interested in bulk purchasing honey, I have connections) to pitch mead as a group. You leave with whatever you pitch, please make sure your bucket has enough head space to travel back home. Anyone new to brewing who wishes to try it will find a great opportunity to pick the brains of those more experienced during the creation phase. This is good timing for quick/short mead recipes you wish to have ready for War of the Trilliums annual brewing competition– hint hint!
Fabric Burn Test Merewen Cost: $1 (handout and materials) No limit 1 hr In this class, we will discuss theuse of the burn test to identify the types of fibres used to make fabrics, followed by some fabric burning to experience this on our own. We will then talk about methods of identifying blends, and try them out.
Open Front Apron Dress
Baroness AnnekeClass limit – 6 (open to auditing) 2 hrs
Learn to cut and fit an open front apron dress. This style is flattering on many different body types. We will get the pieces cut and talk about how to assemble and finish them. Participants must bring 2-3.5 yards of their own fabric and a pair of scissors.
Intermediate Embroidery Stitches and Beginner Gold Work
Medb and Caitlin 2 hrs Costs – TBA Embroidery: Want to try taking your embroidery to the next level but are nervous about trying out the more advanced stitches? Come out and explore embroidery stitches such as Gobelin and Plaited Gobelin. This will be more of a free-form play session where we’ll look at stitches requested by the class. I will also be bringing a portion of my embroidery library with me for people to peruse. Some supplies will be on hand (kit fee TBA), but feel free to bring your own materials. Suggestions for stitches to try out are appreciated- please email vaanthro AT yahoo.com Gold Work: This is an optional partner techniques class. If you are an established needleworker willing to take on intermediate/advanced embroidery stitches, raised goldwork will take your finished project up another flashy notch. Gold work in its broadest terms has been in existence for hundreds of years and a myriad of cultures prior to the example being used for this class, but the materials and style will be 1500′s French. As daunting as it appears to be, it’s more preparation and finicky notions than real complexity. There is an established kit for this option of the course due to the expense of the materials. The materials will not be real gold, but Indian bullion to keep prices reasonable. I too, will bring my library and supplies to explore. If you have your own materials you wish to add, please bring them along. Those seed pearls and lone gemstone beads you haven’t figured out what to do with can be integrated into this shiny project. The finished kit can either make a swete purse or a book binding. Kit cost TBA. Any questions, please email me at caitlin_oduibhir AT yahoodot ca.
Lucrece 1 hour class size 8 no cost
Snipped Dagging. Popular for a hundred years, from the middle of the 1300 on, dagging was a way of decorating garment edges with cut out shapes. While many were two sided, sewn from an outer fabric and a lining, extant finds show this wasn’t always the case. For anyone who’s ever shied way from the “seamingly” endless sewing involved in two-sided dags, this is your class. Learn how to sit in a chair and happily snip your way to several different fancy fabric edges using only fulled wool, a ruler, and a pair of scissor. NO sewing. NO patterns. All supplies provided, but bring your favorite scissors if you prefer. Maximum 8 people (more if people bring their own scissors, as there will be extra fabric).
Fanciful Food: Using sugarpaste, marzipan, and medieval gingerbread to add clever touches to your menu
Gwen Hamilton and Kathyryne Class size – 12 Cost $5
Information about making and using sugarpaste, marzipan, and medieval gingerbread and some hands on work with each of them. There will be some rolling pins and pastry boards available. If you have one that you like using, please bring it along.