Embroidered pouch

Last week, I found some pre-cut wool and linen in my workbasket, packed with a bobbin of embroidery floss. I’m pretty sure it’s from a kit someone gave me – alas, I do not remember who. So I whipped up a new pouch for Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, to relieve some of the strain on the nålbound pouch I made him a while back. This one is phone sized, with space for business cards, flyers, and pens.

New pouch on belt (beside Østgarðr favor and old pouch, newly strung).

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Netted drinks holder

My sister wanted a water bottle holder to attach to her hammock chair.  Netting to the rescue!  I had a lucet cord in progress, from a ball of yellow hemp, courtesy of Ursula’s Alcove.  I pulled thread from the inside of the ball to load my netting shuttle, then cut off the start of the lucet cord in progress to use as drawstring and handles.  I knew the hemp would wash up to be softer and still sturdy, and she likes the color yellow.  Win!

Base of netting and the first row.

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Seastars lucet cord

For local service to our SCA group, the Crown Province of Østgarðr, the viceregents hand out seastar charms.  This past Sunday, our canton of Brokenbridge (Brooklyn, NY) had a class on ‘what to do with your seastar collection!?”  I demonstrated how to attach charms to cords, 3 ways: using a secondary thread (lucet cord with a gimp), pre-threading onto the working thread (kumihimo), and incorporating them as you go (fingerloop braiding).

Here’s how the lucet cord turned out:

25 seastar charms on a white linen lucet cord with a green silk gimp.

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hemp lucet cord

2 oz. of cherry wet spun 10/6 hemp yarn from Ursula’s Alcove, approx. 113 yards, turns into 37.5′ of square lucet cord, pre-washing.

Ursula's Alcove, 10/6 wet spun hemp yarn, 2 oz.
label for Ursula’s 10/6 hemp yarn
Ball of partially worked square lucet cord, still on the lucet.
cherry lucet cord in progress

We be Soldiers three

I asked my friend Lilie to compose a song for our province’s largesse presentation to their Eastern Majesties, for which we parade from our Østgarðr encampment at Pennsic to the East Kingdom royal encampment, singing as we march.  Her contrafact (filk) to the tune of We be Soldiers is delightful.

In preparing for the presentation, I discovered that the melody with which I was most familiar is not the original melody, but is instead an interpretation by Curtis & Loretta, who learned it from a Renaissance band,  possibly after an arrangement by William Chappell.  You can go down this rabbit hole yourself — there is much interesting information out there.  I began here:  http://www.lizlyle.lofgrens.org/RmOlSngs/RTOS-Soldiers3.html

Desirous of returning to the original melody, I turned to Greg Lindahl’s helpful scan of Ravenscroft’s Deuteromelia, and typeset Thomas Ravenscroft’s original harmonization with my own interpretation, so we can practice beforehand.

We be Soldiers three

Whipstitching a decorative element to a base fabric

A friend asked for help stitching Girl Scout patches, so I made her a video, since we don’t live near each other.  The technique is the same as I would use to appliqué trim or an embroidered element onto a medieval garment, so I share with you the video I made for her.

Pride cord

My local SCA group, the Crown Province of Østgarðr, is participating in Brooklyn Pride festival this year, yay!  What better way to show off our affiliation and support than with a period cord worked in Pride colors?  Presenting a lace bend round of 8 bowes in the inclusive (Philadelphia) Pride flag colors: black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

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