The end of January is nigh upon us and I have several things to show...at least in beads and a bit of weaving.
First, there's me...I set up a table at Ursulmas where I made beads for the weekend. While there was a demo display booth contest, there were significant limitations as to what I could do given that I was going to be actively demonstrating beadmaking. Where the booth was located (unknown prior to set-up)? What I can display that isn't flammable? Is there a banner and how do I hang it? I can't bring a tent or pop-up with a roof, so what can I bring for ambiance? So many questions. I brought the color copies of Callmer's beads and brought all the old beads I could find that I store in a small treasure box. Unfortunately, there's a lot of old & ugly beads from my first months of bead making; I had strung them on dental floss and hung them over the treasure chest on the table. I need to pull those aside and keep them somewhere else...like decorating the garden or something. Some of my later beads were loose in the box, and the newest ones were strung on mandrils on the table.
Although I didn't mean to be the exclusive lampworker working the booth, I was the only one there for more than half of the weekend; Aenor joined me for a while on Sunday, making a few beads in the frigid hall. It was so cold on Sunday that the bead release was not drying and we walked around with our plastic buckets of vermiculite looking for a heat source. The portable heaters outside were turned off to save fuel; they said they were only heating the building at night (which didn't make any sense--no one was in the building at night). I dipped the mandrils and more than 90 minutes later, the bead release was still wet. If you heat them using the flame, the stuff dries too quickly and either cracks or explodes off the mandril.
Because I had more than 16 hours of uninterrupted time to make beads, I was able to finish almost 40 beads over the weekend, using just under two tanks of propane--I was able to make several more after returning home. I finished all the beads I needed for the Kingdom gifts to Caid and Glen Abhann--they're not due until July Coronation, so I got the Gold Star from the Guild head. :) There are more than I need here, so I will send on the best 20 of each colorway.
Here are a few that I made over the weekend, in addition to the Caid and Glen Abhann beads...the four on the lower left were made as part of a commission for Jadwiga. She chose six others that I failed to photograph before she came to pick them up.
I am also doing a little card weaving. I finished the weaving for Tyrssen of Middle Kingdom and warped up a new one on the loom.
I made a deal with a local lady to buy some roving from her that I will be turning into a sheep-to-shawl project. I don't know what I'll be doing with the fabric or how much fabric the spinning will create, but I'll figure it out in a bit. Probably more than a hat. Maybe enough for sleeves or maybe an apron dress. I'd love to try to make a warp-weighted loom, but somehow I don't think that'll get done this year. Although....
More to come!
Who Am I? And Why Am I Here?
Elewys of Finchingefeld, GdS, JdL
Barony of Aquaterra, Kingdom of An Tir
This is a place to which I may post my research, my experiments, my successes...and yes, my failures...for medieval re-creation and research on my never-ending quest to learn and revel in knowledge and experiences.
I am a lady of many times and many places. Currently using a 15th century English name, dressing in a 10th century Danish dress, and camping in a Mongolian round house. "Lost" doesn't even begin to describe my persona.