Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kingdom of Atlantia - Kingdom Arts and Science Fair

I just had the pleasure of attending my first Kingdom Arts and Science Fair which was held in the lovely Barony of Nottinghill  Coill by Baron Lucien and Baroness Brig and the Canton of Falconcree.  The venue was the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, South Carolina.  I maintained the " Needleworker's of Atlantia " Display table and was blessed that when I issued the call for display items, my display became two 6' tables and two fold up tables.  ( Thank you Ian Munro ).  I was able to meet my Needlework Hero " Attack Laurel " - Mistress Isobel Bedingfield, OL.  We had only know each other on Facebook and as of this day..... she is still my hero.  Her blackwork was stunning.  But with Mistress Isobel there I was able to meet other wonderful Elizabethan Laurels - Victoria Dye - ( Mistress Ester Pickering ) and a lovely Mistress Grace who I will endeavor to track down.  I was by chance coveting the feathers in her lovely hat.  Kelly Melissa Prim ( St. Anne's Guild of Clothiers ) was not only competing in the Personal Pentathalon but brought me a lovely example of Red Work on Bloomers and I finally met Carrie Hulsing who brought a stunning amount of Opus Teutonicum, Bayeux Stitch and Kloster Stitch.  I am in love with the Wyvern Bayeux piece.  I was then introduced to Master Geoffrey a' Ayr/ Rob Himmerdal who submitted four rolls of perfect and precise Black and Redwork. 

Oh!  The beauty. 

It was an honor to also watch the lovely Sarah Rose ( Lady Syele Rose Von Dampach ) be awarded Kingdom Baker and another good friend who had just gifted me a Leather work starter kit - Lord Ian Munro be awarded the Kingdom A & S award and who will represent Atlantia at Gulf Wars. 

The above represents the Attach Laurel submissions.  The Lady Isobel and her Consort Husband.

Lord Ian ( Ihone ) Munro exhibit which was chosen as the Kingdoms Arts and Science Champion to represent the Kingdom of Atlantia at Gulf Wars. 

Lady Francesca di Corso
Lady Francesca di Corso
Personal Pentathalon participants ( Kelly Melissa Prim ( Lady Francesca di Corso ) ) , Lady Sarah Rose ( Lady Syele Rose von Dampach )
Sarah Rose ( Lady Syele Rose von Dampach )

The Needleworker's Of Atlantia Display:

 What did I learn managing this display?  Signs - " Please remove any beverage from your hands before entering this display"  on each end.  A box of 100 Archival cotton gloves for those who wish to "Touch each piece".  As we did in judging Quilt Shows this process should be done here as well.

I was then asked to participate in the Lyceum Atlantia ( judge critiquing of research ) for a beautiful  piece of Opus Teutonicum, along with Attack Laurel and two others. I received a copy of the research paper for reference.  Such a lovely process. 

Baron Lucien of the Baron of Nottinghill Coill was amazed at the Phoenix entered by Darci Heil Dewulf who is a new member of our Barony and who participates as her son is studying to become a rapier fighter in the Barony.  He awarded her his Barons Token of Excellence and I was able to gift it to her when I returned her garment the following day at Dinner Night Out at the Sneak-E-Squirrel. 
I had given my word that it would be presented - and it was.  It is amazing that she is teaching herself embroidery and while she sits during her son's practice she creates.  How awesome is that.

I had a dialog meeting with Etienne as to the future of the Kingdom Needlework Guild which I am a member but as the Kingdom Deputy for Needlework I manage the Facebook page.  It looks as though they are to be merged.  More to come..................................

In conclusion, this was an amazing event.  What did I learn for myself?  That 2018 I will submit for the Personal Pentathalon and the Baronial Champion event and by gosh - I know I am wavering between a new Viking persona......but goodness - I so love Tudor. 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Honeycomb Smocking and the Bayeux Tapestry Stitch

This past weekend was a great weekend for finishing projects that were started at The Barony of Sacred Stone " Runestone Collegium ".  I had taken two classes that were thoroughly enjoyable,         1.  Honeycomb Smocking Apron - taught by Aster Brown ( Lady Prudence the Curious ).  Another technique that is rich in history ( 14th to 16th Century German and Italian ).

It will be pressed and then displayed at Kingdom Arts and Science Fair with the Needleworkers of Atlantia.   Even though this is not a item that I would personally wear with a Viking or Tudor persona, I am enchanted with this technique and smocking in itself.

2.  Bayeux Tapestry Embroidery Stitch- taught by Baroness Sine no Dheaghaidh, OL 
The Bayeux Tapestry is full of rich history in itself but learning the stitch was very satisfying.  I would be happy to do a panel now that I have mastered this stitch.
I think this would make a lovely cup cover and I have my sights on a vendor in France who is authorized to produce patterns of the Tapestry and sell kits.  I would love to see the thread that she includes in her kits.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Kingdom of Atlantia - Barony of Sacred Stone - 12th Night Continued ......

We were all pleased and fortunate that His Excellency Bardulf Rauen ( husband to Dame Morwenna Trevethan ) was there to professionally photograph us in all of our finery.........  Waaala!
I will revise this post once the Novgrod family returns from the Carribean, but for now......
Kim Schumann Holt and Joe Holt 

Joe Holt - in Tudor Wear

Myself - Tudor Riding Habit ( The bodice is beaded and pearled and the balance will be completed before the next event that this can be worn.  Still work to do ).  The Necklace, earrings and Sleeve brooches and hat Cabachon's  are of my own design and will be photographed on their own.  

Sarah Rose and Baroness Alianor ette Red Swann
  There is some outstanding talent here...... and his Excellency always make us look good.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kingdom of Atlantia 12th Night - Barony of Sacred Stone

We just attended a wonderful event..... one of my favorites actually.  Kingdom of Atlantia 12th Night which was presented by - The Barony of Sacred Stone - by the fabulous Autocrat the Baroness Caitlin MacDonoughue and her exquisite staff.  Feast Stewart - THL Magalena la Sanguigni; Reservations- THL Edmund Hawkesworth ; A & S Coordinator - Lord Ihone Munro; Hall Stewart - Signore Vincesnzo De' Este; Dance Mistress - Lady Elizabeth Sabine de Northumberland; Gallery Director - Lady Catherine Ambrose; Performing Arts - Lady Sophia the Orange ; Tavern Mistress - Mistress Murienne l'aloiere; Merchant Coordinator - Mistress Etain of Sutherland; Royal Liason- Mistresss Brianna O Duinn and all the lovely faces of Sacred Stone.  I was one of the five judges for the 1st Garb Runway Challenge - sponsored by the St. Anne's Guild of Clothiers  ( Facebook ) and it was a tough competition.

Mindi Bishop ( HLady Marryn Blackgroves ) - Myself ( HLady Adair of Makyswell )

The Novgrod Family - Mary and Bella Rose with Justin - Sebastian- Christian and Nikoli in the backround.

Kim and Joe Holt - Joe is in Tudor with handmade shoes and Kim is in Spanish
The lovely Baroness Nuala ingen Magnusa

And the Hawkwood attendee's.

I am sure I have overlooked someone..... but what a wonderful event to be at.  One of those " Gussie Up", moments.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 - Shall be " All about me!"

Yes - I know, this sounds a tad selfish, but after analyzing the past two years and my service to not only being a Kingdom Regional Exchequer - King Deputy for Needlework, assist with building a Canton, always available to manage Arts & Sciences for our Barony of Hawkwood, I have been lax in making my way - for my dreams.  Becoming a Needlework Apprentice to a Laurel - building my own opulent garb.  My Needlework skills are beautifully present when I have the time.  The time to research - the time to practice- the time to make.  I shall maintain my Kingdom positions ever gratefully and work with others to build a Canton worthy of participation.  I shall always promote the SCA in our area, wherever I go.  But this year?  It shall be " All about me!".

I cannot wait to see where this takes me.  On to a new 2017 year in the SCA.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Shock of my SCA Experience..............................................

They say it does happen.  There are times when you really think you know your persona and everything their is to know about, let us say " Clan Maxwell " since my persona is Scottish and then
as you are completing the research for your Grant of Arms to register your name and to have your Arms approved and you come across this type of information and you realize that your are lax in specific World History. 

My registered name is to be:  Adair of Makyswell even though I have been know as Adaira inghean Makyswell.  I had to prove the spelling of the name and time period for Makyswell which I did quite successfully and then I happened upon the information that the Clan Makyswell ( or Macuswell ) was actually formed from the Danes.  The DANES?   Yes!  Clan Maxwell's  progenitors were actually Vikings.  I guess this should not surprise me as the entire lands of England, Ireland and Scotland were usurped and settled by the Vikings throughout history.  It was just a tad of a shock to find out that the Scottish pride of being a formal member of Clan Maxwell and then incorporating it into my persona with the SCA was actually formed from the Vikings. 

I really had to ponder this garb wise ...... persona wise.......and history wise.  I have always enjoyed the simplicity of the Viking Garb but I still love the " Bling " of the Early Tudor period as well which I have been building my persona around......and who cannot enjoy watching the parade of Tartans?  So thinking through the process I have determined I can enjoy both worlds.  Being a Viking and a Early Tudor ( Scottish ) persona.  I say yes and I will need to spend time re-writing and posting my persona while researching the specific history of the Maxwells. 

P.S.  I also noted that I have not posted all of the incredible things that happened during Hawkwoods Birthday celebration.  I have an entire write up with photographs that need to be posted - shared and I would hope you would enjoy with me. 


I enjoy reading other SCA members blogs and insights

I just happened across this personal SCA website blog that addressed an issue that I've noticed over the past five years with multiple individuals including myself at times.  The horrid words are "  Burn Out".  She presents an interesting thought process on this subject and you may have additional insights that would help other members that deal with this subject.

Please pay it a visit as she is also a female fighter from the Kingdom of the East.