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A&S Competitions, Triple Threat Challenge, Classes, and Fiber Arts Salon

Minster of Arts & Sciences:  Lady Elisabeta Fischer musidora4@gmail.com

Arts and Sciences Competitions

We will be hosting 2 A&S competitions during the event!  Both competitions will be displayed and voted on by the populous in attendance at the event via a bean count.

1.  "Hidden Gems".  Have you ever made a scroll and hidden a Tardis in it?  Or perhaps you made a banner with a modern company logo amidst the design?  Then this is the competition for you!  Use period items to hide modern insignia or items.  Your entry can be anything SCA inspired that you have made, for example a piece of garb, a scroll, a banner, or even a shield.   Your are only limited by your imagination.

1.  "Hidden Gems".  Largesse Gifts".  For this competition, we simply ask that you make one dozen of any item that will be given to the Crown and handed out as populous gifts in the future.  These items can be anything SCA related, but remember they will need to store and transported by the Crown to events.   Please label each item with what it is made from and your name. 

Triple Threat Challenge

For this challenge, we are asking you to participate in three specific activities (A&S, volunteering, and fighting) during the event to qualify for an awesome prize!  No need to worry if you are not a fighter, all thumbs in A&S, or even to busy to volunteer, you can double up in one category to make up for it.  For example:  if you are not a fighter, you may do 2 volunteer spots and 1 A&S activity to qualify.  (A&S activities include either of the two competitions or take an A&S class).  All who qualify will be asked to participate in a final challenge round during feast (challenge to be determined).  The Triple Threat Challenge Winner will receive an amazing pair of winingas (viking leg wraps) in red and yellow diamond weave pattern.  (Made by our very own THL Audette la Tricouteuse de Saint Denis.)  

Sign-up sheets and all the rules will be available at the gate table. 

Fiber Arts Salon

Hosted by THL Audette la Tricouteuse de Saint Denis

Do you hear the call of string? Does spinning really turn your whorl? Does weaving harness your attention? Or, do want to learn some mad spinster skills? What the heck is the difference between a rigid heddle and an inkle loom? How about between a spindle and a bobbin?

Join us at the Fluffy Arts Salon being held at Courting on the River. We will have fiber arts equipment on display, and a few willing accomplices demonstrating and discussing their skills. Bring along your wheel, loom, spindle, needles, etc, and join in the fun. If it involves the making or using of string, it will be welcome! Clewes will abound and bobbins will be filled.

We will have a guest joining us for part of the day to demonstrate how to use a "cardboard loom"  and period Scandinavian tapestry techniques.


09:30-10:30 Sarri Wrapping 10:00-11:00 Field Guide to the SCA
10:30-1200 Early Irish Shoe Pattern 11:00-12:00 Feeding and Caring for Volunteers
12:00-1:00 Lunch 12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Stamped Pendants 1:00-2:00 The Draken:  A Modern Viking Ship
3:30-4:30 Making an Endless Loop Bow String 2:00-3:00 Peafowl and Pheasant
3:00-4:00 Blue Skies and Fat Sheep

Class Descriptions:

Class title: Early Irish Shoe Pattern

Description:  We will learn about period early Irish footwear and how to make a pattern for your own feet based on the Lucas type 1 pattern. Up to 5 people can have a canvas pattern made to transfer to leather.

Class size:  5 hands on pattern making, any number may sit in

Class cost: $5 if doing the take-home canvas pattern, free to sit in

Class time:  90 min

Class title: Stamped Pendants

Description:  Stamping is the process of impressing a design into a piece of metal by using a steel tool (usually) held against the metal and striking with a hammer to create decorative effects in metal.  After a brief demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to create their own stamped pendants.

There is no fee. There is no class size limit for demonstration, though there will be limited handouts.

Class size for the creation of the pendants is limited to 8 participants, though more can observe and jump in if there is space/time. 

Class time:  Class is 2 hours.

Note: This class will be loud as hammering will be involved.

Class title:  Field Guide to the SCA

Presented by Metressa Alzbeta Michalik

Description:  During the first half of this class we will discuss the sumptuary customs of the SCA and Middle Kingdom (what the fancy hats and belts mean). The second half of the class we will go out on "safari", identifying different examples of the various ranks and learning just what it means to hold those ranks.

Class Time:  1 hour

NOTE: Children 11 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Class title: The Draken, A Modern Viking Ship

Taught by: Debruska Jekksdottir

Description:  The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the largest Viking ship built in modern times. It was built in 2010 based on research of 7th to 9th century Viking Ships. In 2016, she sailed across the Atlantic and ended up in Mystic, CT. Learn about how the ship was built, sailed across the Atlantic, and what new adventures await her.

Class title: Peafowl and Pheasants in Medieval Europe.

Taught by Forester Robert Thorne.

Description:  A round table discussion on how and why these beautiful birds arrived in Europe.

Class time:  1 hr "lecture" style

Class title:  Blue Skies and Fat Sheep

Presented by:  Sarangerel of the Steppes

Description:  The nomadic lifestyle of the Mongols is often overlooked when talking about their rise as an Empire.  This class will focus on day to day life on the steppes from family structure to hospitality.

Class title: Making an Endless Loop Bow String

Presented by:  Forester Robert Thorne

Description:  How to make an endless loop bowstring for hand bows or crossbows.