My barony in the SCA, Gyldenholt, has awards. The awards usually come with bling, rather than scrolls: a pendant here, a medal there, a pin here, and this, called a Fourragere. (We’re looking up more period names for this, since fourragere is a term that is quite modern — 18th or 19th century, I’m pretty sure, rather than pre-17th century, which is the SCA’s area of study.) [Read more…] about Gyldenholt Fourragere
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I have officially begun work on my first (sort of) camisa.
Camisa – (Spanish) Chemise, smock, undertunic, shift. Modern: slip, camisole. The white garment that goes under all the other garments in a medieval outfit, protecting the visible garments from sweat and body oils so that they last longer. Generally made with undyed white linen. Wealthy people’s under-linens would be white, because they could afford to have someone spread them out on the grass or over shrubbery and then spend the day watching them instead of doing some sort of active labor; less well-off people simply took their cloth straight from the weaver and made it up into skivvies, though over time these too might become bleached by hanging out to dry in the sun after a washing.
Technically, I have two others, but they don’t really count.
The following was originally posted to my Facebook page, and I’ve decided it needs to be here instead. Probably a lot of things originally posted there will be moved over here.
“I didn’t fail! I merely discovered a way that doesn’t work!” ‘Maura Isles’, Rizzoli & Isles.
There are a lot of ways to think of it, but I’m going with the above. There are many ways to do a given thing. Some ways work, and some ways don’t. If you try something and it doesn’t work, you did not fail. You simply scratched off one possibility on the mental list of methods to try. [Read more…] about “I didn’t fail! I found a way that doesn’t work!”
A form of this post was first published on my Facebook page. This is its edited form.
I decided to be the best beginner ever, with loads of organization and loads of willingness to learn. I figure this will help my wonderful, patient teachers to remain patient with me even after they’ve experienced my learning disability and basic ineptitude, enough to maybe guide me past both. Another thing that will help: being organized. [Read more…] about Fabric Stash Organization