2018 Novice Schola Class List

Arts & Sciences

Inlay and applique:  two forms of medieval applied work  – Mistress Sarah Davies

Applied work, also known as opus consutum, is one of the fastest, easiest ways to decorate fabric.  This class will discuss the two most common medieval types, inlay work and applique, with instructions on how to create a simple applique pouch.  1 hr, donation for kits.

Stabbing Fabric: An Introduction - Baroness Nastassiia Ivanova Medvedeva, called Tasha

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. Attendees may bring their own needles, thread, and scrap fabric (contrasting colors are never a bad idea).

Built Fjord Tough: Sewing Sturdy Seams - Baroness Nastassiia Ivanova Medvedeva, called Tasha

This class is meant to be a follow-on class to “Stabbing Fabric,” but there is no pre-requisite save a familiarity with basic stitches. This class will cover methods of hand sewing for construction, and finishing seams and hems in wool and linen so that your garments do not fray off your body. Attendees will make a small drawstring bag suitable for carrying a small sewing kit as part of class. Materials charge $8 (includes contents of sewing kit).  Auditors welcome; if you want to sew along, bring your own fabric, thread, and needles.

Long-Armed Cross Stitch: Attractive, Authentic, Versatile - Carlein

More than just a background stitch (as in Assisi work), it goes faster, and is prettier, than common cross stitch. In late period, it was used on a broad variety of household objects, often to beautiful effect. We will examine numerous photos of widely varied extant examples, then do the stitch for those who are new to it. 1 hour, no limit, no fee

Learn to Spin - Morwenna

Taking fiber and turning it into yarn is a wonderful pastime. Spinning can be very relaxing, and you can make yarn for weaving, knitting, embroidery, etc. But first, you need to how.

Focusing on the park and draft method, we’ll walk through the basics of how to spin wool into yarn. This is intended for people who have never spun before, or people who need a refresher from that spindle you bought 3 years ago and never quite figured out. This will be focusing on basic spinning techniques, not necessarily period techniques.

Spindle and fiber will be provided, but feel free to bring any spinning implement or fiber you may already possess. Class size: 8, although any number are welcome to observe. Young ones welcome, but they have to be actually interested in learning to spin. No charge for the class, however introductory spindles and possibly some fiber will be available for purchase if you decide you want to keep practicing at home.

One hour.

Intro to Fiber Prep - Morwenna

So you’ve figured out this spinning thing. Since you can spin, people start just giving you fiber. Stuff they’ve never used, perhaps even a fleece of the famous breed “free”. Fiber off a critter or a plant looks nothing like the prepared fiber you can buy at festivals or the internet.

We’ll talk through some of the basics of cleaning raw fiber, and play with some washed unprepared fiber to try out different methods of preparing it. This includes teasing, picking, carding, and combing. We’ll also discuss working with troublesome prepared fiber.

Some fiber will be provided, but feel free to bring any spinning implement or washed fiber you may already possess.

Note: This class includes working with sharp metal objects that will be in contact with materials that have come from a barnyard. While spinning and fiber prep are fun, be aware that an up-to-date tetanus shot is recommended. Class size: 8, although any number are welcome to observe. Young ones welcome, but only if they are willing to listen to instructions and be careful of sharp pokey things.

Fee: No charge for the class. One hour.

Blacksmithing Demo - Donato Favro

Outdoors all day, weather permitting. I will be making a reasonable approximation of a period or period useful item, while showing and discussing the techniques involved. Specific items may include making tools, s-hooks, or others as the whim and stock allow. I will also be happy discuss the minimum requirements for starting to do forge work.

Blacksmith class for 2 - Donato Favro

Hit the hot bit with the hammer:  A very basic intro to blacksmithing.

Students will work with hammer and tongs to produce a simple forged piece.  An intro to hammer work, and the basic techniques of drawing out metal and bending it into shape will be covered.  Students must be wearing closed toe shoes and natural fiber clothing for safety reasons.  The clothing must completely cover the legs (street clothing is acceptable for the length of this class if needed).  Limit 2 students per session.

Arts as Service—Fingerlooped Medallion Cords                                 Henna Sinclair

For most SCA awards, there is a medallion which needs a cord.  Learn two styles of fingerlooped cord that I developed and are small enough to go through the mostly teeny medallion hole.  I’ll teach you on larger yarn so you can see how it all works, then send you off with smaller yarn to create the finer cords that you can use for, for instance, Pennsic site token cords, or to donate to either Barony or Kingdom. (1 hour, class size limit 10, no materials fee)


Arts as Service—Finding your first calligraphic hand.                    Henna Sinclair

It can be overwhelming looking at the vast array of historical scripts.  One can’t learn them all at once, so we’ll break it down into manageable chunks and work to find the one that feels most natural for you.  I’ll also talk about doing calligraphy on the cheap, and what tools will take you from beginner to advanced most easily.  You’ll walk away with script pages for several common "fonts" and a list of materials (and where to buy them) to practice with at home. (1 hour, no class limit)


Introduction to Cloisonné Enameling - Baintighearna Ruadhnait inghean Ruaidhri

Cloisonné is a technique wherein a design is made on a background using fine wire and powdered glass, which is melted with a torch.  All class participants will be able to design and fabricate an enameled pendant to take home with them.  All materials are provided for a $5 fee, and no previous experience is necessary.  

Attention all scribes, past, present, and future! - Baroness Emma

Bring         your scribal supplies and/or your curiosity to my little corner of the event and let's play! We can show each other what we've done, what we do, or what we'd like to do in the realm of all things scribal! This play group is suggested for youths to adults who would         consider lending or learning or honing their skills at creating         award scrolls for the good gentles of our Barony and beyond!

Come play for an hour or two or three!

Beginning Soldering  and other basic metal techniques for metalwork - Anton LaFlamme de Saint Aubin

Students  will learn the properties of solder, how to solder, the proper use of a jewelers saw and other physical properties of metal and how to use them to help create beautiful works of metal art.

No fee

Limit 10 students.

Preferably a morning class 10 AM

Notebook and pen suggested for taking notes.

Beginning Nalbinding – the York Stitch and What to Make with It. - Ose Silverhair

a 2 hour class,- .part one being learning the stitch and part 2 being what to make with it.

York is one of the easiest nalbinding stitches.  Learn the stitch, then see how easy it is to turn it into your own pair of socks.

Mouse Teeth, Snakes, and Ladders: Beginning Drawn Thread Embroidery - Julian Weissraben

If you're intimidated by drawn thread/openwork embroidery, the best place to start is the simple hemstitches - easy, repetitive, and useful as well. You'll learn three period openwork hemstitches by the end of the class, and then you'll be ready to start a garment! No fee for materials, although donated linen fabric you don't want is always appreciated.

Pattern Darning - Clothilde von der Insel

Pattern Darning is an embroidery technique that mimics woven-in designs of fabric. The technique is based on the running stitch.

Florentine Canvas Stitch - Signora Aurelia Colleoni a'Buccafurno

A great class for beginning embroiderers who have yet to tackle counted work.  Learn a basic Florentine “flame” stitch and how to adapt the pattern to make it your own.  We will look at other patterns, talk about the history and lore of Florentine Canvas Work, as well as make a pincushion that you’d be proud to bring to an Athena’s Thimble Panel.  Kits are available for $3 to the first 10 participants.  If you’d like to bring your own supplies, please bring a dull tapestry needle, four colors of embroidery floss in a range of values, and a small square of AIDA cloth.  I’ll have plenty of handouts.

Bayeux “Tapestry” Embroidery Technique – Mesterinde Anarra Karlsdottir.  2 hours.  Class size maximum 5 for hands on, plus any number of auditors.  Materials fee $3.00.

The Bayeux “Tapestry” is actually an embroidery using three stitches:  Stem Stitch, Laid Work and Couching.  You will learn how to perform the technique and also listen to a lecture on the events of 1066 leading up to the Battle of Hastings.  History and crafting all in one!  Kit includes handout, linen, wool thread and needle plus loan of a hoop.  Hoops are $2 if you want to buy.

Cleaning Beeswax and Making Salve - Ottar the Trader

Bees make beeswax, but before you can turn it into candles or sewing aids or SALVE you need to clean out the wings, legs, and other detritus of the bees.

Beeswax is kind of a by-product from the bees building their hives.

I need a kitchen space to demonstrate 2 ways of cleaning raw beeswax (from my hives). One is water bath and the second is warming and straining.

Discussions include how to infuse herbs into your wax and salve making.

I have a type of beehive called a Top Bar hive, I live on a tiny farm called Pleasant Garden in Windsor, CT. My attraction to the SCA is the Old Ways and researching and learning.,


Intro to Heavy Fighting - Lord Johannes filius Nicholai

This class will discuss the basics of heavy combat in the SCA, introducing weapons, armor, types of heavy combat, and how to get involved in this martial aspect of the SCA.

How to Shoot People and Get Away With It: An Introduction to Combat Archery - Baroness Tasha Medvedeva and Lord Bartholomew Sharpe

Combat archery is growing in popularity in the East Kingdom and in the SCA in general. Combat archers have turned the tide of battle at Pennsic and are becoming important support troops on the SCA battlefield. Come find out what you need to become a combat archer from two Pennsic veterans.

Japanese Weaponry - Ikeda Yasu

An introduction to the history of Japanese weapons and development over time, from the first bows, up to the introduction of black powder weapons.  This includes weapons such as the yari (spear), naginata (glaive), tachi/katana (swords), yumi (bow), tetsubo (club), and others, such as the kama (sickle), jo (staff), bo (staff).  I will have such weapons on display so others may get an idea of how they changed.

Period Japanese Swordsmanship - Ikeda Yasu

This will focus on the basic applications of Japanese swordsmanship as it would have been in period.  It takes traditional kata used in Iaido and how these kata came to be under real battle scenarios.  The class will be hands on, and only a couple iaito/bokuto will be provided.  Bring your own if you wish.  Others may watch.  No armor needed, but please understand some injury could occur.  This class has no relation to SCA combat and will NOT be SCA combat approved-- they are methods of killing.  

Arrow building 101 -  Bartholomew of Northampton

Description:  how to build basic target arrows.  The class will cover determining correct spine and draw length, fletting, fitting points, and finishing.

Cooking and Food

Cooking for Large Groups - Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev

 Learn to plan and budget for cooking for a large group people, whether it is a meal plan for your camping group or a dayboard for your local group's event. We'll talk about how to estimate amounts, shopping on a budget, and what types of dishes do and don't work well to scale up for mass production. If time permits, we can also talk about different cooking environments such as commercial kitchens versus cooking outdoors, and the differences in planning that are needed.

Basic Knife Skills and Food Prep -  Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev

This hands on class will go over basic knife types and their uses, care of knives, and then apply that knowledge to cut up and prepare for serving some of the food provided for the potluck dayboard. Bring your own knives if you wish, some will also be provided for use. (Limit to 8 people) morning class, in kitchen

Introduction to brewing mead:  It's not just for Vikings - Lord John Kelton
An introduction to brewing what some say is the oldest of all fermented beverages.  At its most basic, mead is made from just three ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. Mead making is similar to winemaking and beer brewing, but there are some differences. We'll discuss its origins, equipment, ingredients and techniques.  

Introduction to period (and not so period) cordials and hippocras.- Lord John Kelton
Cordial, Liqueurs, Hippocras, these are some of the most luxurious and mysterious of drinks.  Come learn how simple these really are to make.  In fact some can be prepared overnight.  We will discuss their history, ingredients and production

Introduction to canning fruits - Melissande

A look at simple ways to water can fruits and compotes. Focusing on period available fruits and spices. Each participant will have the chance to leave with their own jar of blended fruit or jam. This is meant to be a hands on class where the students will taste and mix ingredients to their own tastes. I will have a handout with some tips and basic notes. Suggested class size 6-8 people, $4 supply fee.

Introduction to pickling and preserving vegetables - Melissande

Working with period veggies I will go over the basics of pickling and water bath canning. I will have some samples for attendees to try and they will have the chance to go home with their own jar of pickled vegetables. This is meant to be a hands on class where the students will taste and mix ingredients to their own tastes. I will have a handout with some tips and basic notes. Suggest class size 6-8 people. $4 supply fee for those making a jar


Medieval believe it or not - Toi Poisson

Sexy gargoyles on churches?  pigs in a court of law?   A book written in a non- existent language?  What other strange things were happening with our medieval ancestors? This class takes a look at some pretty odd and interesting stuff  through pictures and paintings. Come see whether these medieval things can be believed... or not! Attendees should 18 and over.

SCA Life

How to Meet People in the SCA – Angelina
Are you shy? Are you new in the SCA? Are you unsure of how to introduce yourself to others, or how to make friends? This class will discuss appropriate suggestions so you can gain knowledge on how the SCA gives and receives compliments, where and how flirting is acceptable, and the best places to be surrounded by safe, non-judgemental, people and perhaps enter a conversation.

Basics of Retaining - Angelina
If you have ever thought of retaining for Royalty and been afraid to volunteer your services, fearing you were too "common" or "untrained," throw those fears away right now! An overview of all it takes to retain in any situation- all ages welcome.

Newcomers Roundtable, a Q&A -  Master Dmitri Stephanovich & Mistress Nadia Voronova

Introduction to Your Name: Meister Ulric von der Insel

You know where you want to be from, but then you want to pick a name. We’ll talk about what works for you. We will try to answer the question “If we picked you up and put you in the place you come from, would you fit like a native?”One hour, No fee

Introduction to Arms: Meister Ulric von der Insel

An introduction to the basics of designing a device for yourself. With only a few guidelines, you can have thousands of possibilities for your device, but we can also talk about how to narrow down the options to make it easier. We’ll talk about the style of our period and what best passes with the SCA College of Arms. One hour, No fee

Largesse: What is it and who can do it. A round table discussion.- Lady Ástrídr Sægeirsdottir

Roundtable. Main Hall  

The German Renaissance: Slashes, Puffs, Burghers, and Landsknechts! - Julian Weissraben

When people say "Renaissance", everyone either thinks of the Italians or the Elizabethan English. But other countries had their own flowering as well, and this class will give a quick overview of what it is to have a German Renaissance persona - including background history overview, food, half-timbered houses, why everyone hated the Fuggers, and of course the wonderful garb.

Celtic Persona 101 class - Conannan MacGrath

A class for new or experienced SCAdians who wish to learn more about developing a Celtic (pronounced Keltic) persona.

Bergental Order Meetings – Baron Rob & Baroness Emma
20 minutes each – 1. Cup, 2. Hourglass 3. Bear

Music & Dance

Beginning English Country Dance - Richard de Troyes

Never danced before but want to give it a try?  Come learn some simple English country dances that are done at almost every SCA ball or event with dancing.  No partner or experience required, and all steps will be taught.

Beginning 15th-century Italian Dance - Richard de Troyes

Never danced before, or afraid to try those Italian steps?  Give these simple and popular Italian dances a try.  No partner or experience required, and all steps will be taught.


Get to the point! - Bartholomew Sharpe

Description: the use of agletts in mens clothing from the 14th to the 16th centuries.  Aglett construction, use, evolution, and how to live in pointed clothes.

Basic Measurement taking for Everything - Severin

Learn how to take measurements using today's measure tapes for T-Tunics, Gowns, Doublets, and Trunk hose. $3 for copying and tape measure.

T-Tunic Comparison - Severin

We will compare the SCA 2 seam t-tunic to some multi pieced tunics and shirts in history. $2 for handout.

How to make a pattern: - Eleanor le Brun

Tunics and four panel dresses.  We can do hose/stockings if people want to do that too.

I will bring scrap fabric to pay with.

How to trim out your garb - Johannes

Trimming out your garb based on your persona and time period. Come hear the tale of Johannes’ colorful tunic, and how his persona would use the spoils of his raiding to bedeck a tunic. Ask questions and share thoughts on trim and simple embroidery for your tunic!

"Create  Personal Graded Measure Tapes" - Severin

We will go over the unit of measure for fabric(the ell), and Juan's development of the Graded Tape. Each person will create their own tapes for themselves and class has a handout, and they will walk away with measure tapes, there is a $2 fee.  Limit 8

from Juan de Alcega's book,'Libro de Geometria, Practica y Traça. (Book on Geometry, Practice, and Pattern) ' and Patterns of Fashion: the cut and construction of clothes for men and women 1560–1620, Macmillan 1985. Revised edition 1986.

Enjoy Your Drawers! 16th C Italian Underwear - Kataryn Mercer

A class about the construction of Italian drawers based on patterns of extant examples, including a patterning demonstration using custom bara measuring tapes. We will also discuss decorating your drawers in period style and having fun with modern decorations. Why not enjoy your drawers? For your own custom bara tapes, also attend "Create  Personal Graded Measure Tapes"