Class Descriptions

Writing an Award Scroll 
  THLaird Colyne Sewart                                                                                                     Class length: 1/2 hour – 1 hour                                                                                        Class Limit: 15 A beginner’s class for those interested in learning what goes into writing an award scroll. Learn the structure of a scroll, how to research the recipient and use their persona when crafting the wording. This class places an emphasis on creating wordings based on medieval sources
 Writing in the SCA
ThLaird Colyne Stewart                                                                                                    Class length: 1 hour                                                                                                          Class Limit: none An Overview There are many outlets for the writer in the SCA: songs, poems, stories, event reports, histories. Join this beginner’s discussion group to get a basic idea on how to write in these different formats and learn various ways to share your work. Harnessfecten Baron Giovanni de Enzinas Class Length: 2 hours Class Limit: none The german fighting arts as they pertain to Armoured Judicial Duels. Participants will need simulators for a spear, longsword and dagger and at least a fencing mask. Wearing armour will aid in your understanding. Some loaners will be available.  If you need a loaner or are unsure what would make an appropriate simulator, please contact the instructor.
Lost Wax Carving
Orla O’shanahan                                                                                                              Class length- 1 hour                                                                                                         Class limit – 10                                                                                                                       Cost – $2 Age limit – 16 and older                                                                                      Youth ages 10-16 may participate with a parent or adult guardian who must be present and helping.  This counts as one person, though materials will be supplied for two
Cire perdue or lost wax process is a simple and fairly universal way of casting intricate objects across the known world. The objects you can create range from delicate, and purely decorative jewellery to intricate weapon hilts or massive bronze sculptures.  In this one hour class we will talk about the basic process of how the wax is ‘lost’ and discuss and practice a few methods and styles of wax modeling. We will be focusing mostly on modeling beeswax and the differences between it and modernly available alternatives. Bring if you can, a few modeling tools, little files or a small sharp knife. I will have plenty to loan though you may have to share time using specific tools with your classmates.  *Small open flames may be used to melt wax, please take all due care to avoid burns*  
Champleve Enameled Pendant
Orla O’shanahan
Class length – Cost- $5                                                                                                      Class limit – 10  (no limit if you just wish to audit rather than participate)                               Age limit- 16 and older                                                                                                      Children ages 10 – 14 may AUDIT, with parent or adult guardian present.
Bring a simple design (that you can draw with a normal sharpie) based on a 3/4” circle. This will be the beginning of your copper and enameled pendant. Through modern magic (Ferric Chloride) we will be skipping the time honored and somewhat involved process of casting pieces ready to to be enameled or the even more demanding method of removing metal with gravers and small tools to make small cavities in which you will then be able to apply enamels into. Samples of both styles historical will be provided to explore. While the magic solution is doing the hard work we will have a discussion of the traditional methods and applications of this versatile process. Then the hands on work will begin, wet packing enamels and then firing them in layers to fuse your colours in place.

 * 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*

 Beginner Embroidery  

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.

Carving Antler

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’

Beginner’s Sprang
Class length: 2 hours
class limit  – 6                                                                                                                    cost: $5   includes frame/loom and handout
Sprang is a form of textile work, dating back to the Iron Age, that involves plaiting strands that are held on a basic frame/loom.  The end textile is one that is elastic and historically used for hats, caps, hairnets, bags and leggings.
Class will cover basic sprang techniques with materials provided to make a small pouch.
Naalbinding beyond York Stitch
Class length – 1 hour
Class limit – 10
Cost – $1 for materials if needed
An intermediate/advanced naalbinding class that will cover more stitches including Oslo, Mammen, Broden, Finnish and Dalby.
Basic Weave Structures
Catherine Townson
1 hour
Max participants : 8
 ages 16 and up
Can’t tell your tabbies from your twills?  This class will look at some of the basic weave structures of the SCA period through hands on inspection of samples.  A basic understanding of weaving will be helpful, but not required.
Intermediate Weave Structures: Twill Variations
Catherine Townson
1 hour
Max participants: 8
ages 16 and up This class will focus on the textile variations using twill weave (in the SCA period) through hands on inspection of samples.  A basic understanding of weaving is recommended.

Glass Bead Making for Beginners
Merewen de Sweynesheie
1 hour lecture (must attend)  + schedule torch time with instructor
Costs: $2 handout,  $6 materials
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 one-hour class 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.  Experienced bead makers are welcome to come by throughout the day to chat and to help supervise.  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, no children; teens 16 and up may be able to participate with direct parental supervision.
1 hour
Cost – $2
Kimihimo is the Japanese art of making cord in a wide variety of patterns.   Come learn the basics or get instruction in more advance techniques for those with basic experience.

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

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.

Whip Cording

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.

Beginner Chainmail

Gierhaerdt of Hildescheim                                                                                                       1 hour                                                                                                                                        limit 10 Learn the basics of chainmail.

Advanced 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.

Medieval Games

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.  

 Blacksmiths’ Roundtable


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.

Leg bags?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ Leg bags! Oh..maybe we do!
Rylyn Buchannan
2 hours
class limit – 6
Cost – none but please bring scissors
This practical class will construct a custom pattern for a Nockert Type 3 hose, sometimes called leg bags.  These are a one piece short hose with foot, cut on the warp.

Spinning Cotton

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

While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun “chase”, which refers to a groove, furrow, channel or indentation. The adjectival form is “chased work”
Participants will learn the basic techniques in repoussé to begin a project using copper sheets.  Please bring an image you would like to see translated into repoussé .  Images will be also be made available during the session.
Youth Scroll Making – Ages 3-16
Cainder                                                                                                                                    1 hr                                                                                                                                           no cost
Come and learn about the scribes most important tools and help make some actual scroll blanks that will be gifted to their Majesties for future recognitions.
Parents should have an adult check in with their Children at the start of class. As long as they can pay attention and understand simple directions/instructions, a parent need not stay. Parents or supervising adults will be required for the younger set.
Scroll blanks, pencils, erasers and rulers will be provided though students are encouraged to bring their own tools as we’ll touch on what a scribe should keep in their tool kit.
Ealdormere College of Heralds Roundtable -
open to all heralds, Heralds, pursuivants and/or Macers or even just anyone interested in heraldry.
Cainder                                                                                                                                        no cost
We annually have a Heralds class at FOOL that usually dissolves into a round table discussion regarding the state of Heraldry in Ealdormere so this year, I’d just like to go with that.  Bring your mug, snacks will be provided and we can chat about what’s going on. I’ll bring everyone up to date on current Kingdom heraldry projects: the web site migration, the updated handbook, the state of the lost pursuivant’s handbook and any other heraldic topics that are suggested. I’m hoping for a sharing of thoughts and ideas to help grow our College.
Quick & Accurate Conflict Checking
Cainder                                                                                                                                    class limit – 5                                                                                                                          no cost
A class designed to discuss how to use the complex conflict checking form and how to improve and streamline your submission conflict checking skills. We will utilize examples of device designs and test them in the complex form to find conflicts and help ease first time registrations. While this is aimed at slightly more advanced heraldic skills, even the beginner herald will benefit and be able to get something out of this.
Everybody Dies
THL Beatrice de Winter
1 hour
no cost
no class limit
This class will examine the evolution of Western attitudes towards death in the Middle Ages. Topics discussed will include, but not be limited to: locations of burial, costs for burial, rituals before and after death, and the importance of the soul.

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                                                                                               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   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.

  Snipped Dagging

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.


Cutwork class
by THL Aurelia von Grein
6 participants.
$5.  for 4 inch embroidery hoop, needle and floss.
If you bring your own no charge.
Prerequisite:  Must know how to do running stitch and blanket stitch.
 Bardic Repertoire Roundtable
Emer ni aiden
Class size – No limit
Discussion of filling one’s bardic book etc.