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Handsewing 101: Simple Stitches and Sturdy Seams
Instructor: Nastassiia Ivanova Medvedeva
Description: We will go over helpful hints, tips, and tricks for hand sewing, whether you intend to make entire outfits by hand or just hand finish your machine-sewn garments. WE will also cover finishing seams and hems in wool and linen so that your garments do not fray off your body as well as a method of sewing a construction seam while also flat-lining your garment. Bring scrap fabric and needles if you want to play along. Handouts are here: https://www.builtfjordtough.com/s/BFT-QD-Guide.pdf and https://www.builtfjordtough.com/s/BFT-Seams.pdf
Sonnets & Coplas after Garcilasso de la Vega
Instructor: Ana de Guzmán
Description: This is a brief overview of the life and poetry of Garcilasso de la Vega, a warrior-poet of Spain, a bodyguard to HRE Charles V. He perfected the sonnet in Spain a generation before Shakespeare would do so in England. His life and inspiration for his poems will be looked at, and some of his sonnets and coplas, an earlier Spanish form, will be examined. The class will be 60 minutes, but can be 90 minutes if students want to construct a Petrarchan sonnet or a copla in English. I have included the "script" for my class as a handout, as that will include the structures of the poems and a bibliography.
Medieval Music, or “Why Does Medieval Music Sound So… Medieval?”
Instructor: Richard Heyworth
Description: Medieval music has a distinctive sound that can be hard to replicate. Let's take a look at some music theory, with a focus on medieval modal scales, rhythms, and melodic forms to come up with effective ways to not only make modern songs "sound" medieval, but construct new works that have a similar sound to their period forebears.
Medicine, Mythology & Magic, Medieval & Modern uses of Plants
Instructor: Caitriona Ní’Síodhacháin
Description: This class will be a beginning exploration of some herbal plants that were in use in period and are still in use today. We will look at how they were viewed and employed by medieval herbalists in their still rooms and how this differs from how they are used in modern herbal medicinal practice.
Instructor: Verthande Idunnardottir
While there is some debate about exactly when and where knitting originated, it is definitely within all SCA periods. It’s also a great way to keep hands busy while attending fighter practices, watching Youth activities, or sitting through 4 hour Courts! It’s portable and can stop and start with your ability to pay attention to it…or not. With a couple of sticks and a piece of string, the world is your oyster. But how to get started? This class will cover basic Casting On, the Knit stitch and the Purl stitch and basic Binding Off. And, believe it or not, that’s all there is to the infinite joy that is knitting
Making Simple Fibulae
Instructor: Roibeard mac Neill
Description: This class will delve into the making of simple monolateral (one sided spring) and bilateral (two sided spring) fibulae and learn terminology and history of each.
To follow along, the student will need 18-16g wire (copper is great for learning), round nosed pliers, and nippers for cutting the wire.
Introduction to Basic Blackwork
90 minute class
Instructor: Etain Ingen Ui Neill
Description: The class will cover a brief history, materials, and a small project. materials to have on hand, if possible. needle, thread, and a solid piece of cloth. If these are not embroidery supplies, sewing supplies will do.
Drawn Thread Embroidery
Instructor: Michelle of Harris upon York
Description: Learn the basics of drawn thread embroidery and make a drawn thread handkerchief. Materials: 12" x12" linen square, thread, needle, straight pin, marking device (I like to use a chalk pencil), ruler, and small scissors
Making Medieval Spiral Rings
Instructor: Roibeard mac Neill
Description: In this class the viewer will learn, step by step, how to make single and double spiral rings, known from the late Iron Age through to the Viking Period, and lobed rings from Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain. These simple rings are great for gifts and largesse!
To follow along, the student will need 18-16g wire (copper is perfect for learning), a pair each of flat nosed and round nosed pliers are recommended, and nippers to cut the wire.
Introduction to the Bayeux Tapestry Stitch
Instructor: Ciarnait ni’Bhroin
I will be teaching how to do the Bayeux Tapestry Stitch by making a cute border dragon from it. You may want to have a hoop, cloth, needle and thread to test out doing it yourself as you watch the video. You will not have time to duplicate the project, however the video will be available to download. This class assumes that you know how to do the Stem Stitch which is also part of doing any Bayeux Tapestry motif. If there is time and interest, we can play a second video on the Stem Stitch alone.
Introduction to Latin
Instructor: Aelia Fortunata
A crash-course introduction to the Latin language. No previous study of the language is necessary, and students will have access to the presentation used, which will also work as a handout.
A Croft of One's Own: Backyard Farming for the Modern Medievalist
Instructor: Ona Seredziska deChevry
Description: Do you know where your food comes from - then or now? The vast majority of our personae in period would have significantly more intimate knowledge of and involvement with the basic agricultural processes that kept the community fed, clothed, and healthy, no matter where in the pre-1600 world they lived, than most of us do today. This course aims to offer the SCAdian insight into how to incorporate elements of typical and representative small-scale European agriculture into our modern lifestyles, providing suggestions on homesteading activities that intersect with and support our hobby. We will discuss gardening, beekeeping, and backyard poultry and goats as possibilities, with consideration toward urban/suburban/rural environments, costs - both financial and time requirements, and other practicalities associated with establishing a homestead or tailoring one toward living history in your own back yard (or windowsill). No materials required! "Handouts" will be provided.