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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Weaving

I've become the weaving machine.  This one is called the Ram's Horn pattern.  It falls under the intermediate skills weaving.  I'm not ready for the advanced stuff yet...although I might be able to muddle through it.

This is a piece that I started a couple weeks ago, and although it took a bit longer than other pieces due to the shifting of cards in opposite directions, I still finished it up fairly quickly.  It also measures a bit over 4 yards.  I considered selling these and tried to figure out what I would price these at.  Without any idea what to base it on, I figured I'd check out Etsy and see if anyone else is making these.  I found a couple pieces of this pattern priced between $80 and $125.  Flooring!  Absolutely flooring!

Here's my latest weaving project--a Saxon Threaded in reproduction pattern, which can be found at Carolyn's site.  Since this is a period pattern, documentable, and in the Baronial colors, I would like to enter this one into the contest they hold at the big event in January.  I'd love to find more period patterns, but I think it will involve buying a moderately priced book...or several. Peter Collingwood (starting at $47), John Mullarkey ($37), and Nancy Spies ($30) are on my short list of books I'd like to get.  I have a gift card I'd like to use at Amazon for this.... :)
Back to the loom...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rest in Peace

When I joined the SCA back in 1990, I was in college, living in the university apartments.  Our first event was at the Rock Rings, where people from all over the area came to fight in the tournament.  It was here that I first met Amanda Kendal.  She and Gerhard were Baron & Baroness of Lions Gate (two words, no punctuation) and she was also the Chancellor of the University of Ithra.

Less than a year later, I was taking classes at Ithra, starting me on the path of learning and loving history in a hands-on manner, and eventually becoming the Chancellor of my own campus.

When I was in the SCA for about four years, I received my Award of Arms.  The first person I got a hug from was Amanda Kendal.  She *ran* over (well, a sort of jog) to be the first one to congratulate me.

My early SCA experience involved Gerhard and Amanda.  They were the nearest Royals to our shire, so we saw them frequently.  They provided the pomp & circumstance that is elemental to SCA culture.  They ruled with grace and dignity and were beloved as rulers of Lions Gate for over 25 years.  They were the first baronial pair for the area, so the change to a new pair was both exciting and heart-wrenching at the same time.

They taught me to dance.  To letter calligraphy.  The social mores of banquets and courts.  Heraldry.  Castles & Fortifications. Lechery. Tavern Games.  Medieval Life & Customs. Fighting & Marshal Appreciation.  Medieval Homes.  Medieval Architecture.  Tourney Kitchens.  And so much more.  Including how to run an Ithra and how to be a chancellor, a skill that I will be able to pass on to others when the time grows near.

But most of all, she taught me how to be a lady; gentle, courteous, patient, and graceful.

I will miss you terribly, as will hundreds...or thousands...of others.

(Photo by...E. Selwode)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New weavings

I received an award last weekend from the Barony--the Blue Stag, which is a second-level arts award.  Huzzah me!  It reads, "Yet another of the numerous and talented artists and craftspeople has overly decorated, demonstrated, or contributed to our Barony, forcing us, Hauk & Rosamund, Baron and Baroness of Aquaterra, to take action and enter Elewys Cuylter of Finchingefeld into the Order of the Blue Stag, by our hand and seal this 3rd day of December, AS XLVI."  I thought that was great... "overly decorated..."  Sounds gaudy! 

I last showed the An Tir/Aquaterra piece made from 25 cards based on a pattern called Andred on the EQOS web site.

A few new pieces I've been working on...

This one I call "Waverly" due to its wavy pattern.  This is an experimental pattern that went different than planned, but it's still nice.
This one I call "Aquaterra" after the Barony's colors. The pattern is called "Acret" although I changed the arrangement of the colors out of necessity (not enough white available...I ordered some more which should be here by the middle of next week).

And this is my newest one using the same pattern as "Aquaterra" but re-arranging the light/dark colorway.  It's from the same pattern on EQOS's site, but a different colorway.  I love the reversible pattern that it creates.