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13 August 2012 @ 01:09 am
Pennsic 2012 Classes  
I always want to go to more classes than I could really attend, even if I were at War in triplicate, so sacrifices need to be made. Even making the decision to just avoid the teachers that I know annoy me, regardless of how appealing their classes sounded, and those topics/instructors I knew were easily obtainable back in Northshield still only brought the number of desirable classes down into the 300's...Oh, the perils of being an intellectual omnivore! Nonetheless, I did get to a number of very useful classes and here is the summary. I have handouts for most of these - contact me if you are interested in a copy. I'll update this with more URLs/emails when I have a chance, but it's getting late...


8/4       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 12          Period Sugar Paste       Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
8/4       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 12  Sugar Paste workshop          Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
This was essentially a two-part class and a lot of fun to watch. Sugar is way OOP for me, but I like playing with foodstuffs of any era, so this will be a great toy if I even get involved with a late period feast that needs an illusion food or edible center piece. www.alysten.wordpress.com (projects > sugar)

8/4       11:00 AM       2 hrs         AS 10           The Arts of the Laundress - Starching, Tinting and Setting Ruffs            Lady Crespine de la Valle
Decent class – a little scattered and the teacher appeared nervous, probably in part due to being pretty tardy for the class. Interesting research though, particularly into the tinting of ruffs.

8/4       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 02           Introduction to Hindi's Devanagari Script        Lord Maraha Kahanik
Oof. This was a hot afternoon and despite my very sincere interest in the topic, I’m not sure how much of the information soaked into my heat-addled brainz. I took copious notes and I hope they still make sense when I review them before my trip! It was interesting to see how the script functions, though, even if I don’t proceed all the way to being able to decipher it before I go.

8/5       9:00 AM         2 hrs         AS 03           Viking Civil Engineering: Theory and Practicum                     Lady Ragnveig Snorradottir
Ragnveig is one of my favorite teachers – her blend of knowledge, enthusiasm, and solid research is just wonderful! I took this class last year or the year before, but came again in order to see the practicum component. It was pretty cool how such simple tools could be used to so accurately lay out buildings and forts! Highly recommended.

8/5       11:00 AM       1  hr          AS 03          Indian Adornment: Beyond Saris and Skirts    Lady Lalitadasa
This class was cancelled, but her info is available on her website at https://sites.google.com/site/lalitadasa/home She was an excellent teacher last year and I was mostly going to pick her brainz about my trip to India and items of jewelry/costume that would be particularly interesting/important to pick up while I was there.

8/5       4:00 PM         1  hr          AS 10           Pictish Women             Lady Derelei dattrr Uoret
Derelei did a nice job with a difficult topic, While it is tempting to try to just answer questions from the class when faced with such an expansive topic, I think the class would have benefitted from more structure and a more organized handout. For a first class on the topic, it went well, though, and I was sad I had to duck out a little early for a Knighting back in camp.


8/6       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 11          Meat recipes from Scappi        Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad
Om nom nom. Meat! Very useful and informative late period cooking class. The teacher was well organized and engaging, even to this not-a-morning person Again, not immediately useful, but something to keep in my back pocket of tools to pull out when occasion warrants.

8/6       12:00 PM       1.5 hrs      AS 13           Better SCA Photography – Technical   Master Phillip the Pilgrim
This has to have been one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken at an event, for all that it does not really have anything to do with the SCA proper. I have long wanted to learn more about photography and keep meaning to take more pictures at events, but it just never seems to happen. The teacher presented a lot of information very quickly, but in an organized an intelligible manner. I didn’t end up taking a whole lot of pictures at War, but I do feel that I have a better understanding and I look forward to getting some practice in before my trip. The presentation for this class is available online at: http://goo.gl/e3zrw or http://goo.gl/jjavJ

8/6       2:00 PM         2 hrs         AS 06           Early Needle binding   THL Arina de Traentorp
This class was a little frustrating to me because the format really did not jive with my learning style. I could have learned these stitches in 5 minutes in a one-on-one environment, but instead I was frustrated by the teacher trying to describe the stitches to the large class and then spending an eternity trying to get around to each individual. Frustrating, but I did learn the stitches.

8/6       4:00 PM         1  hr          AS 06           Viking Age Tablet Weaving:  The Archeological Evidence      THL Sunnifa Gunnarsdottir
As with last year’s classes, this teacher provides a wealth of sources, but almost nothing in the way of synthesis or analysis. This is a great resource to use as a jumping-off point for a project, but the class didn’t really offer any significant value above the content of the handout.

8/6       5:00 PM         1  hr          AS 07           Soda - Site is Dry?!       Lady Vashty Bat Abraham
This was a fun class with samples of a cool beverage and so worthwhile for that, but it was thin on content other than that. The process is simple and did not require much time to discuss, though I wish the teacher had spent more time discussing the necessary sanitation of bottles and some of the other niceties of brewing that would have been good for some of the non-brewers to know… I’m afraid there will be some tragedies as a result of novice brewers not having enough of an intro to the basics.


8/7       9:00 AM         1.5 hrs      AS 05           Better SCA Photography - Aesthetics               Master Phillip the Pilgrim
Again, a very highly useful class. I have a pretty good artistic eye and a good grounding in artistic principles, so a lot of this was not new information, but it was neat nonetheless. Again, the presentations are available online at http://goo.gl/mCd7s and http://goo.gl/oNsgS

8/7       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 01          Period Fruit Trees        Mistress Amelie d'Anjou
I just caught the very tail end of this class, but it was a pretty solid class as far as I could tell and I look forward to reading over the handout and the links to the sources she provided.

8/7       11:00 AM       1  hr          AS 07          Stinging Nettles             Lady Eluned verch Angor
Neat! Nettles have protein! This was an interesting and informative class. I’ve only worked with dried nettles, but now I am sort of interested in growing/harvesting some if I can find a clean location. Recipes and information on their diverse uses.

8/7       4:00 PM         1  hr          AS 04           A Sleeping Pen Awakened  Lady Muirenn ingen ui Muirchertaig
This was to be a class on literate women in the merchant classes. Sadly, the instructor was ill and her husband only had the shortest of summaries for us. Hopefully she will follow up with an emailed handout shortly.

8/7       5:00 PM         1.5 hrs      AS 07           5 Easy Steps to Writing Documentation                       Posadnitsa Ian'ka
I took this class for three main purposes – 1) to drag Kyriel along to hopefully further impress upon her the importance of researching, documenting, and citing your sources and 2) to spy on someone else’s take on the class. I come up with six easy steps in my system, but it’s not terribly different when all is said and done and 3) I wanted to see Ianuk again/have a back up in case I had not yet seen her earlier in the week.

8/7       6:00 PM         2 hrs         AS 08           SCA Librarians Research Party            Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
I’d been hoping this would be a roundtable about doing research, but it was a bunch of children’s librarians discussing their challenges with their populations. I sewed for a bit and then excused myself. At least I got a slice of pumpkin bread out of the deal.


8/8       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 10          How to Wear a Ladies Head Cloth based on the Dublin Finds     Duchess Ilish O'Donovan
A pretty basic class, nearly all directly out of Viking Age Headcoverings from Dublin. (http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Headcoverings-Dublin-Medieval-Excavations/dp/0954385551) I’;m sure it was a revelation for anyone who has not ready the book, but it was very repetitive for those who had. www.medievalmilliner.blogspot.com

8/8       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 07          Beginning coil basket making  Lady Katherine Hatton Von Rahm
Another class where the instructor’s teaching style and my learning style had a mis-match. She didn’t really provide much in the way of background or explanation of the technique – it was mostly “here’s the materials – GO!” I got it after a bit and made a little bitty backpack for a doll. I pretty much figured out how I will do this next time, since I was not entirely satisfied with my product, but I get the concept and it is serviceable for what its intended purpose is.

8/8       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 12           Sweet Savories from the Banchetti/Libro Novo              Master Basilius Phocas
This teacher is a sometimes scattered, but always delightful instructor. I want to clean up his handouts, but the content is good and the insights he gives invaluable. One of the most important tips – Zupko’s Italian Weights and Measures from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (ISBN 0871691450). Master Phocas correctly identifies this as the most boring book ever, but it is extremely useful to anyone needing to interpret medieval Italian measurements, like cooks, tailors, and even fighters studying period manuals.

8/8       3:00 PM         1  hr          AS 10           Alcega Decoded            Lady Yamina bint Habib
I’m not too certain what the point of this class was. She handed out a table of length equivalents, but the same information (in cm, not inches) is available in the book. There was also a lot more “if they had it they would have used it” nonsense going on thank I would have liked.

8/9       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 08          16 Century Thread-Covered Buttons   Duke Sir Alen Elegil
I took this gentleman’s glove classes last year and was impressed. These buttons go together pretty much as I anticipated, so the class was fun and simple, and I look forward to using the technique on late period garb in the future. 

8/9       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 11   Simple Northern European Headgear for Women         Mistress Brangwayna Morgen
The instructor did not show up for this class, and there were a fair number of disappointed students, so I ended up jumping in with sewing pins, a borrowed shawl, and lady’s basket-lining napkin and making do as I went. We covered everything from Norse doobis caps to late Renaissance braids in a basic and slap-dash manner, but I gave everyone my email address as well as some URLs or google search strings that will get them some more info, and many of them seemed pleased. A late-joiner asked for the handout at the end of class and was surprised that I wasn’t the scheduled teacher, so that’s a good sign at least.  

8/9       3:00 PM         1  hr          AS 09   Better Keeps and Castles: The Cover Up          Magistra Rosemounde of Mercia
Very basic class – essentially: throw a blanket over it, spray paint it, or sew a slipcover for it. :P Not that I disagree, but I had been hoping for some more creative/involved solutions.  

Classes I missed and would love the handout if anyone has it or knows the gentle:

8/4       9:00 AM         2 hrs         AS 13           A tale of three Poudres       Lady Mikalina Lydushka Pavlovna
8/5       11:00 AM       1  hr          Budgardr, W09                    Period Transportable Furniture You Can Make               Master Cariadoc of the Bow
8/5       3:00 PM         2 hrs         AS 06           With These Knots I Bind My Camp     maister Emrys Eustace (Broom)
8/5       3:00 PM         1  hr          The Black Pearl Tavern. B-08 Cidermaking                  Lady Bronwen
8/6       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 05          Street Smarts                Dame Morwenna Trevethan
8/6       9:00 AM         1  hr          AS 10          Child's Play: Period Toys You Can Make            Lady Esther Seixas
8/6       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 10          What a  Difference A Degree Makes Lady Byrgida Zajacszowa
8/6       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 09           Beyond lemonade and grape juice    Baroness Verena Entenwirth
8/6       2:00 PM         2 hrs         AS 10           A tale of three Poudres       Lady Mikalina Lydushka Pavlovna
8/6       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 13           Interrogating Your Museum                Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot
8/7       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 02  Rabbit Warrens            THL Katla ulfhedinn
8/7       10:00 AM       1  hr          AS 12  Passover Foods for a Medieval Seder               Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel
8/7       1:00 PM         1  hr          AS 07           Mindful Art for Laurels                       Mistress Michel Almond de Champage
8/7       3:00 PM         1  hr          AS 11   How to carve a Viking Horse               Master Nigellus leHaie
8/8       11:00 AM       2 hrs         AS 04   A Tale of Two Aprons  Baroness Rainillt de Bello Marisco
8/9       1:00 PM         1  hr          AS 04   I Feel Pretty, and Period      Lady Muirenn ingen ui Muirchertaig
8/9       2:00 PM         1  hr          AS 13   Medieval Beverages for a Hot Day     Mistress Euriol of Lothian
8/10   11:00 AM       1  hr          AS 08    Vegetable and Pasta Dishes from the Banchetti/Libro Novo         Master Basilius Phocas

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baronessekatbaronessekat on August 13th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
I personally know the teachers for "Rabbit Warrens" and "Medieal Beverages for a hot day".

my email address is baronessekat AT gmail dot com if you email me I can send you their contact info.
eithni: jumpingeithni on August 13th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Email sent!
Kareinakareina on August 13th, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
You mention an upcoming trip to India. It is possible you have already discussed what prompted you to decide to take this trip and I missed it (in which case let me know and I will flip back through till I find it), but if you haven't, I would be very interested to read what prompts you to choose India as a destination this time around (+/- why not one of the many other destinations you might have chosen).
Kareinakareina on August 13th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
Oh, and you can reach Cariadoc through his web page
eithni: lightningeithni on August 13th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
India has always been on my list, (in fact it's on my priority list, oddly enough of all I countries - Iceland, Italy, India, and Ireland,) I've just never had the push to choose it or spend the time doing the research that would make me comfortable attempting it. Some good friends are living there for a few years and have an open invite to visit, do I took the plunge. I'll hang out with them for a few days and then wander across the country. :) It will be a very, very different experience than my usual trips to Britain, and I think that will be good for me. I anticipate it being challenging, but fun - a learning and engaging adventure that involves a lot of thinking, planning, and self-education - exactly what I need to distract from some of the other crap going on in my life.
Kareinakareina on August 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I will look forward to hearing your stories from the trip.
David FriedmanDavid Friedman on August 13th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
My Transportable Furniture Class
Pretty much everything in the class is covered in the _Miscellany_, which is available as a free pdf from my web page at:


(trying to post again, since your captcha is nearly unreadable, and your software told me that my first post was going to be classified as spam, presumably as a result).
eithni: jumpingeithni on August 13th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: My Transportable Furniture Class
Petranellapetranella on August 13th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
I would love the ruff handout, please.
eithni: excellenteithni on August 14th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
OK, will do. It may take a few days to get them all scannedy, bit poke me if I do not get it to you by 9/1/12.

Do you have a handout for your class, BTW? a bunch of the people in "my" class were interested in it.
raventhourne on August 14th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hey sweetie! It was good to see you...btw, I'm not ianuk on here...its someone else. LOL!
eithni: yipes!eithni on August 15th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Doh! That's right - That's what I get for trying to use my post both here and FB. :P
raventhourne on August 15th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not on FB...so I'm not sure who you are linking to there...lol.
eithnieithni on August 15th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
No link at all - just referred to you as Ianuk and then when I copied and pasted here, absentmindedly tagged that as a user name.
eithni: Baronesseithni on August 25th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
eithni: bookseithni on September 21st, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Notes on classes:

England - late 1500's, Italy earlier
use internal supports - paper mache, wire forms,
egg white glair
apply sugar paste in super thin layers
seal sugar with bees wax
if making large items, add eggwhite to the gum paste
corn syrup increases drying time and flexibility
shaping tools - ceramic tools
joining tools - toothpicks, water, royal icing (w egg whites)
Alysten Gray of Cranlegh

Irish caps
medieval milliner.blogspot.com