Scribal and Verse:
Medieval Artist’s Materials: how to make them. Sala Chapman
The class will cover: 1) various substrates used and their preparation, 2) Common adhesives and how they are made, 3) Paint brush construction and care, including types of hair. $4 fee to cover costs of the class.
Beginning Knotwork. Shoshana Gryffyth
Learn how to draw Celtic knotwork, using a chart as a base, as well as plotting out freeform knots for any art project. Fee $2 if taking a handout (digital copies available).
Scroll Layout. Shoshana Gryffyth
Want to start working on scrolls for your local group or kingdom. Learn the in’s and out’s of laying out your first award. Walk away with a piece that you can finish at home. Donation accepted.
You too can Haiku: Japanese Syllabic Verse. Lady Mariette de Bretagne
An introduction to the forms of medieval Japanese poetry. Class will also cover typical subject matter for Japanese poetry, as well as practical advice for composing in English.
Ways with Words: Intermediate to Advanced Wordsmithing. Lady Mariette de Bretagne
This class will cover how to use inspiration from period texts to create more authentic sounding SCA award documents. No fee.
About Italian Sonnets. Mistress Dorigen of the Grey Gate
An overview, with examples of Italian (Petrrchan) sonnets, followed by an opportunity to put together an actual sonnet “by committee”. No fee.
Choir rehearsal: La Bonhomme. Pia Maletesta d’Rimini
One hour intro session for all the voices who intend on participating in the choir on Pennsic. Music will be provided, and is also available on the Choir’s website. No fee
L’Homme: The Armed Man. Pia Maletesta d’Rimini
The poem, the words, the melody. A historical look into one of the oldest pieces of Medieval music. No fee
Egyptian Naalbinding Socks. Ibrahim al-Rashid
Isn’t nalbinding a Viking thing? Not really. This class will discuss the use of nalbinding/ needle-looping in post-Roman Egypt. We will discuss the extant pieces (mostly socks) from 4th to 6th century Egypt including the range of stitch types and construction methods. No fee.
Turban Variations from Moorish Spain. Ibrahim al-Rashid
Characteristic piece of men’s headwear seen throughout the medieval Muslim world. This class will examine pictorial evidence for wrapping variations seen in al-Andalous/ Moorish Spain, and will include demonstrations of how they are achieved. No fee.
Saintly Inspiration: Using Medieval Religious Figures for Costume Research. Robin Netherton
Medieval saints’ images can be a goldmine of interesting costume details- and also a minefield of confusion and error. An understanding of various saints’ stories and symbols can help researchers to locate and interpret useful information and to distinguish realistic depictions from invented ones. A broad selection of images features such famous medieval fashion models as Catherine, Christopher, Francis, Jerome, Mary Magdalene, Sebastian, Ursula, and Wilgefortis. (Legal note: No audiotaping, No videotaping, and No still photos which capture any part of the slides. Still photos of the speaker are permitted.) Donations gratefully accepted to assist with covering our speakers travel expenses.
Dress in the Bayeux Tapestry. Gale Owen-Crocker
The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique, late 11th century embroidery. The first lesson is teaches us is the professionalism and durability of the Anglo-Norman textile work. However, the artwork depicts 626 human figures, most of them clothed, and it is their dress that concerns us here. It is similar to dress in near contemporary artworks, but significantly different in details. It sometimes appears to use “shorthand,” omitting crucial details; sometimes it may depend on older models which did not depict contemporary dress at all. How far can the re-enactor trust the dress in the Bayeux Tapestry? (Legal note: No audiotaping, No videotaping, and No still photos which capture any part of the slides. Still photos of the speaker are permitted.) Donations gratefully accepted to assist with covering our speakers travel expenses.
Headgear with a History. Gale Owen-Crocker
Headgear kept you warm, but it also indicated gender, status, and sometimes occupation. Drawing on examples from her forthcoming book Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe, Dr. Gale Owen-Crocker will examine four surviving artifacts: a securely dated hat from a prince’s tomb; the hood of a fourteenth century murder victim; a hidden object which had probably been stolen; and a hood found inn a Scottish peat bog with no context at all which when analyzed, turned out to be hundreds of years earlier than first thought. (Legal note: No audiotaping, No videotaping, and No still photos which capture any part of the slides. Still photos of the speaker are permitted.) Donations gratefully accepted to assist with covering our speakers travel expenses.
On Garbing a Gentlewoman: 16th Florentine. THL Katarine Mercer
An introduction to 16th century lady’s fashion in Florence, Italy. Lady Kataryn will dress from underpinning to outerwear, and explain the garments that make-up a well-dressed lady’s wardrobe to her newly arrived visitors to Florence. No fee
Enjoy Your Drawers: 16th c. Florentine underwear. THL Katarine Mercer
A class about the construction of Italian drawers based on patterns of extant examples. We will also discuss decorating your drawers in period style and having fun with modern decorations. Why not enjoy your drawers? No fee
Elizabethan Clothing for the Middling Sort. Lady Kathryn Perry
What did working and middle class people wear in Elizabethan England? What layers, what fibers, what fabrics? Learn what goes into a comfortable, everyday outfit. Look at different possibilities and get ideas for designing your own mid- to late-16th-century wardrobe. For men and women. The focus is on English ensembles, but other western European sources will be used also. No fee.
Needlelace and Fingerloop: Decorative and Functional edges. Meisterin Agatha Wanderer
Needlelace with attached fingerloop braids have been found in several extant garments. In particular, the Lengberg finds feature several garments that utilize this decorative technique. Students will learn how to create a simple needlelace piece and the fingerloop braid that is most commonly paired with needlelace edging. Kits are available. No fee.
14th c. Dressing for Status. Lette de Cherselawe
Just as now, clothing in the 14th century provided clues as to the wearer’s status on many levels. Some of the clues were straight forward, such as the wimple and veil of the married woman, others were more subtle and less apparent to our modern eyes. This class will decode some of these signals. No fee
Viking Headgear: a survey. Alienor Salton
Fashions of and archeological evidence for Jorvik and Dublin caps, Skjoldehamn and Hedeby hoods, Naalbound and sprang caps, tablet-woven headbands. Come, try them on, see which fashion is to your taste before you invest in making one. No fee
The St. Birgitta’s coif. Baroness Una Logan of Western Seas, Kingdom of Caid
Make a 14th century France, St Birgitta’s coif. Linen fabric and thread will be provided, with historical pictures and references. Fee $10
Heraldic Applique. Laurena Mouchot
We will learn to create heraldic applique using linen scraps, and will discuss various ways to use them. Make a sampler. $5 fee if using teacher’s supplies (or you may bring scraps of linen in heraldic colors, a pencil, and small sharp scissors)
From Russia with Gloves: Dressing for the Rus Winter. Dovoryanka Kashka Mokosheva
In this class, we will look at the layers of clothing worn to warm during the winter months. We will discuss what each garment was made of and how it was worn. No fee.
The 16th Century Italian Zimarra. Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
No 16th century Italian ladies wardrobe would be complete with the stylish overcoat, the zimarra. An essential garment in Eleonora di Toledo’s wardrobe, this class will examine the coats history, importance in society, color and fabric choices. Although not a construction class, an overview of construction method and resources will be discussed. No fee.
I'll cover appropriate waist heights, how to make those itsy bitzy straps seen often in late period gowns stay up & be comfortable, multi-pieced high collars, creating guides for gauged padlining, and any questions folks have.
This is a demo class with a detailed handout. All levels welcome! No fee
Feast and Food:
Documenting your feast: Brehon Laws in Ireland and their relationship with food and nutrition. Lisette la Roux
The Brehon Laws are an Irish system of laws beginning in early medieval Ireland through the 18th century which governed everyday life in exacting detail. No fee.
Documenting your feast: Ain I Akbari in Moghul India and their relationship with food. Lisette la Roux
The Ain I Akbari consist of 3 volumes of documentation written in 16th century India providing a glimpse into the administration of the region during the Moghul influence of Emperor Akbar. No fee.
Not Baked: Early Food from Grain. Galefridus Peregrinus
What were the first foods made from grain and how were they prepared? We’ll be looking at the early history of grain processing and milling, what it took to prepare the oldest kinds of grain for milling, how grain was ground, and the porridges and other crushed grain dishes that were common before bread.
From Cane to Kitchen. Master Gavan MacBane
Discussion and analysis of medieval sugar processing in Cyprus. This discussion covers the facilities, equipment, and processes used by three major 13th and 14th century sugar refining mills, as well as an analysis of the refined sugar as it may have been produced.
Researching Anglo Saxon and other pre-1000 recipes. Haelflige Annora Hall
We will cover the challenges of pre-1000 cooking including lacks of sources, finding grains, seasonings, and vegetables that were used. We will look at equipment used, laws and other records, and we will cover methods of preservation. No fee
Passover foods. Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel, OM
We will cover foods eaten at Passover in the Middle Ages in northern and eastern Europe when matzah was an inch thick and horseradish was only eaten as an ingredient in charoset. We will be looking at the evolution of the rulings about various foods, recipes to make some of them, and how practices have changed. No fee.
Roundtable: Dining with Lorenzo. Duchessa Diana Alene Tregirtse, THL Kathryn Perry, and THL Samuel de Bianco
Discussion of the formation of a working group creating well documented feasts within a specific culture. Will discuss how recipes are chosen, researched, and meals created as a group process, as well as how small scale events become the culmination of these meetings.
Duh! What is a Mead? Lady Sibylla de Blakeleye and Thagn Alexander Makcristyne
This class will cover the basics of mead making, using our 20+ years’ experience, we will walk the most novice of brewers through equipment and ingredients, and hold a Q&A. Although the class is geared toward gentles who weren’t sure where to begin, we are also available to help with questions from more experienced brewers. There will be no sampling allowed, as per SCA/event rules.
Chinese Rice Wine: History and How-to. Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson (Thofinnir Hrothgeirsson)
Wine in China was made from rice and millet since antiquity. This class will discuss the history of these grain wines through the 6th century farm manual Qimin Yaoshu, and discuss practical issues faced when re-creating these wines. No fees.
Lobel’s Mead 1570-1658: 30 recipes in one. Mistress Morgaine ferch Cadwr
This class tracks a single recipe for mead through at least 9 publications by 6 authors in 3 countries. The changes in the recipe will be detailed and provide numerous options for creating drinks of widely different flavor profiles. The history of the authors and texts, and their connection to each other and the larger world will also be covered.
From Book to Beverage. Mistress Morgaine ferch Cadwr
Starting from the written text, the class will work through several sources to a recipe they can use. We will cover deciphering the text, translation, defining terms, and adapting materials and methods. Although the focus is on brewing, the topics are more widely applicable to research and recreation in other fields.
Fiber and Narrow Work:
Medieval Spinning Tools. Scholastica la souriete
A class about spinning tools, focusing primarily on spindles, but also covering distaffs, and other textile tools such as niddy-noddies, cards and combs, etc. No fee.
Lacis: Three basic stitches and a project. Barbeta Kyrkeland
Along with a little history on Lacis, we will go over Darning stitch, Linen stitch, and Loop stitch, with an extra bit of net to start a simple project. There will be hoops to borrow in class, or bring your own. Needles, net, and thread provided. Limit 10 students. No fee.
Sheep to Shawl Roundtable. Lady Michele the Ubiquitous, Lady Aislinn Ysobel d'Argentan, Sarah bas Mordechai, and Lady Staeina Knytir
The Time Warped team will discuss their participation in the 2016 Fleece to Shawl competition at the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival, including how we incorporated our experiences in the SCA. We will briefly discuss how we prepared for the competition, the challenges we faced, and what we learned from the experience. The majority of the time will be devoted to Q&A for those interested.
Narrow Ware Weaving - Different Methods - Same Result? Alistair of Avalon, OP - Barony of Westermark, West Kingdom
This is a class to discuss different types of narrow ware weaving; rigid heddle, card weaving, and modern inkle weaving. When doing plain weaving (tabby weaving) will you get the same results using the different types of methods? The class will discuss what each of the weaving methods are and students will have an opportunity at the end of class to try each of the styles. The class discussion will continue with the process of making each of the bands, and observe the results while discussing the conclusions based on my investigations.
Spinning for beginners. Lady Aislinn Ysobel d’Argentan
Learn the basic techniques of spinning thread using a drop spindle.
Approaching the Study of Historical Fighting Manuscripts. Don Lorenzo Gorla
Don Lorenzo presents his methodology for the study of historical fighting manuscript, and how to avoid the common mistakes of beginning scholars. No fee.
Duel and Tournament. Don Lorenzo Gorla
An Overview of Dueling in the 16th century, and how our study of the duel and martial culture can influence how we reenact the period. No fee.
Underwear to Gutenberg: The rise of Moveable Type Printing. Mistress Naomi bat Avraham
Why did it take until the 2nd half of the 15th century for moveable type printing to be developed? A number of technological, sociological, and fashion changes all converged to make moveable type printing not only possible, but necessary. This talk will trace those changes and explain how underwear ultimately led to the printing revolution. No fee.
Researching Roundtable. Charitye Dale
Looking to start a research project? Intimidated by it? Unsure of where to start? This session is designed to help. From basic internet research to finding copies of out of print books. Bring your ideas and we can work together. If you are already working on a project and at a standstill, bring that too! No fee.
Brass Pins and hooks and eyes. Master Erhart vonStuttgart, OP, OM
A discussion of the use and manufacture of brass wire needles, pins, hooks and eyes. No fee.
An Introduction to Temple Rings. Dovoryanka Kashka Mokosheva
In this class we will look at temple rings from the 6 major tribes of the Rus. We will look at what they were made of, who wore them, and how they were worn. Students will then have the opportunity to make a pair. There is a $5 fee for those who chose to make a pair of temple rings.
Crossing the Line: From Re-enactment to Academics (and Back Again). Robin Netherton
Keynote speech, Friday evening for all participants. (Legal note: No audiotaping, No videotaping, and No still photos which capture any part of the slides. Still photos of the speaker are permitted.) Donations gratefully accepted to assist with covering our speakers travel expenses.
Not just snowflakes: Papercut Art throughout the world. Lord Ciaran Ua Meic Thire
Everyone remembers making paper snowflakes at some point in their childhood but did you know they are actually a period art? This and other styles of art- all created using just paper and a knife/chisel/scissors- have been created throughout the world since the 4th Century AD. While there are over a dozen different styles or types of papercut art, this class with focus on teaching 3 styles: Jian Zhi from China, Sanjhi from India, and Scherenschnitte from Germany as well as the history of the art and symbolism behind subject matter and colors, etc. Supplies will be provided for the class. All over the age of 12 are welcome to participate (sitting in and observing is welcome to all who are interested).
Ladies Luxury Travel Wagons. Lady Rachel of Bhakail
Luxury travel wagons have existed since the Roman Empire to the end of the 16th century. This class will discuss how wheeled vehicle technology and the cultural attitudes towards luxury travel wagons changed over the centuries. No fee
Making Mirrors in the Medival World. Sciath ingen Chaenaig
This class will touch on how mirrors were created from the late Roman Empire to the late Medieval period. Students will have the opportunity to create their own mirror, using a late medieval technique. This is an excellent way to expand your understanding of medieval material culture, and the level of authenticity in your SCA participation. No prior knowledge is required. Fee $25 (using real gold gilding to create mirrors)
Cold Connection Jewelry Methods!! Master Muin
Come learn how to connect jewelry components using period methods that do not rely having access to forges, kilns, and blow torches! Thrill to the glories of tabs and staples! Live the drama of bezels! Be astounded by collars! And embrace the heroic adventures of a world of rivets! No fee, but donations accepted to help offset materials and handouts cost.
Three Scandinavian Boxes. Master Gille MacDhnouill
This class will the construction of 3 extant chests of boxes from Viking era Scandinavia. All three are similar with minor differences. We’ll discuss wood selection, tools needed, construction details and shortcuts, and how to scale the sizes to fit your needs. Plans, drawings, etc will be provided. No fee.
Medieval Gardens. Mistress Alicia Langland
Spring is nearly here! Are you eager to get outside and start digging in the dirt? Our medieval counterparts, no matter what their station, felt the same way. This class will introduce you to different types of and uses for medieval gardens, as well as plants suitable for each and their significance. No gardening experience is necessary! Fee: $1 for handout. (20 handouts available, auditors welcome)
Binding the Heavens: The Lunar Volvelle. Master Richard Wymarc
This class will discuss the history, construction, and functions of the lunar volvelle, a type of simple paper calculating device with rotating parts, often inserted into technical books of the period. No fee
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Classrooms at KWASS 2018
Chestnut B (50)
Yale Chestnut C (70)
Griffin Chestnut A (70)
Wyvern Walnut A (65)
Lion Walnut B (65)
Rose Spruce (20)
1. Researching Roundtable. Charitye Dale
9. On Garbing a Gentlewoman: 16th Florentine. THL Katarine Mercer
17. Medieval Spinning Tools. Scholastica la souriete
25. Overview of Early Russian Calligraphy and Illumination. Lada Monguligin
33. Ladies Luxury Travel Wagons. Lady Rachel of Bhakail
40. Medieval Artist’s Materials: how to make them. Sala Chapman
49. An Introduction to Temple Rings. Dovoryanka Kashka Mokosheva
2. The 16th Century Italian Zimarra. Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
10. Turban Variations from Moorish Spain. Ibrahim al-Rashid
18. Dress in the Bayeux Tapestry. Gale Owen-Crocker
26. You too can Haiku: Japanese Syllabic Verse. Lady Mariette de Bretagne
34. Not Baked: Early Food from Grain. Galefridus Peregrinus
50. Duh! What is a Mead? Alexander Makristyne
3. Approaching the Study of Historical Fighting Manuscripts. Don Lorenzo Gorla
11. From Russia with Gloves: Dressing for the Rus Winter. Dovoryanka Kashka Mokosheva
19. Saintly Inspiration: Using Medieval Religious Figures for Costume Research. Robin Netherton
27. Way with Words: Intermediate to Advanced Wordsmithing. Lady Mariette de Bretagne
35. Documenting your feast: Brehon Laws in Ireland and their relationship with food and nutrition. Lisette la Roux
43. Lacis: Three basic stitches and a project. Barbeta Kyrkeland
51. From Book to Beverage. Mistress Morgaine ferch Cadwr
4. Introduction to Writing Old Norse Poetry. THL Deirdre O’Bardon
12. Cold Connection Jewelry Methods!! Master Muin
20. Needlelace and Fingerloop: Decorative and Functional edges. Meisterin Agatha Wanderer
28. Choir rehearsal: La Bonhomme. Pia Maletesta d’Rimini
35. Three Scandinavian Boxes. Master Gille MacDhnouill
44. Heraldic Applique. Laurena Mouchot
52. Making Mirrors in the Medieval World. Sciath ingen Chaenaig
5. Underwear to Gutenberg: The rise of Moveable Type Printing. Mistress Naomi bat Avraham
13. Elizabethan Clothing for the Middling Sort. Lady Kathryn Perry
29. About Italian Sonnets. Mistress Dorigen of the Grey Gate
36. Documenting your feast: Ain I Akbari in Moghul India and their relationship with food. Lisette la Roux
45. The St. Birgitta’s coif. Baroness Una Logan of Western Seas, Kingdom of Caid
53. Lobel’s Mead 1570-1658: 30 recipes in one. Mistress Morgaine ferch Cadwr
6. Binding the Heavens: The Lunar Volvelle. Master Richard Wymarc
14. Viking Headgear: a survey. Alienor Salton
22. 14th c. Dressing for Status. Lette de Cherselawe
30. L’Homme: The Armed Man. Pia Maletesta d’Rimini
37. Researching Anglo Saxon and other pre-1000 recipes. Haelflige Annora Hall
46. Scroll Layout. Shoshana Gryffyth
54. Chinese Rice Wine: Hisotry and How-to. Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson (Thofinnir Hrothgeirsson)
7. Duel and Tournament. Don Lorenzo Gorla
15. Egyptian Naalbinding Socks. Ibrahim al-Rashid
23. Headgear with a History. Gale Owen-Crocker
31. Medieval Gardens. Mistress Alicia Langland
38. Passover foods. Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel, OM
47. Beginning Knotwork. Shoshana Gryffyt
55. Spinning for beginners. Lady Aislinn Ysobel d’Argentan
8. Brass Pins and hooks and eyes. Master Erhart vonStuttgart, OP, OM
16. Enjoy Your Drawers: 16th c. Florentine underwear. THL Katarine Mercer
24. Roundtable: Dining with Lorenzo. Diana Alene Tregirtse, Kathryn Perry, and Samuel de Bianco
32. Narrow Ware Weaving - Different Methods - Same Result? Alistair of Avalon, OP - Barony of Westermark, West Kingdom
39. From Cane to Kitchen. Master Gavan MacBane
48. Sheep to Shawl Roundtable
56. Not just snowflakes: Papercut Art throughout the world. Lord Ciaran Ua Meic Thire