Event recap: Double Wars 2010

lots of fighting … interesting classes … lazy evenings … meeting Neulakko … duke sir master master Sven … weaving … learning new skills … lots of kids everywhere … meeting friends

Flat side won – already looking forward to next year (and next SCA event)!

Surviving Civil War

I just got home from our shire meeting were we off loaded the last stuff from the event. It was a great weekend even though I was coughing quite a bit. I tried to focus on doing the dishes in the kitchen instead of cooking and it worked out fine.

Met a lot of friends and had a good time and reflected over the fact that this is the first time in six years that I was neither the head cook or the event steward – freaky but very relaxing! 🙂

After a long break from SCA (mainly focusing in my own crafts and the shire) I’m really looking forward to going to events again. Next time will be Luciafesten in Styringheim in December.

Elsa made my day when she gave me her Crafty Challenge. She had written a song which she preformed for me and all the others during the feast. She totally surprised me and I was very flattered of all the nice things she sung about me!

I delivered my gifts to the Prince and Princess of Nordmark. It was four tablet woven silk garters that they can use as tokens for the new members of the Order of the Golden Ribbon. They were very pleased and I was happy to se two of the garters finding new owners during court. I promised the Princess that I’ll weave more and hopefully there will be a few ready in December so that I can bring them with me to Luciafesten.

Silk garters for the Order of the Golden Ribbon
Silk garters for the Order of the Golden Ribbon

I uploaded the documentation as well as another picture in the weaving section.

Event recap

It’s been a busy week so far with shire meeting and my mundane university class among other things. Now it’s finally time to write a few lines about the event.

We arrived on site half an hour past midnight on slippery roads due to the snow falling on Gotland. The site was the local heritage center, and we got to sleep on the stage in the big hall (a bit weird but at least we didn’t disturb anyone arriving late). Saturday started out busy with the first class at 9. I talked about documentation in my class, how to write and why. I had about 8 participants so it turned out to be a really great discussion! Then I went to the next class at 10 to listen to Ă…sa Vävare talk about medieval fabrics – very interesting. I also went to Raighnils class about head wear, it was interesting but a bit short. 700 years of head wear fashion in 1 hour… I expected a workshop but it was more like a quick overview. Still they did a good job.

After lunch and snacks we got to listen to a woman from Gotland University talk about her dissertation. It’s about how people (visiting Visby Medieval Week and the museum Jamtli) perceive history. Unfortunately her dissertation isn’t that good… it was a lot of “yep, I knew that” and definitely lacked that “this is the eye catching conclusion”.

I also had some time to look at Ă…sas new loom. It’s a rigid heddle loom, very small and easy to transport. It looks like this: loom. We also talked a bit about her project on Birgittas coif. Very interesting – must start experimenting!

At court I had the great privilege to announce the newest “guild mistress” (swedish: magister) in the Weavers Guild of Nordmark – Ă…sa Vävare! Yay for that! She’s a skilled weaver and it’s great that she’s willing to step forward and be recognized as one of the “I’m pretty confidant in my abilities – ask me and I shall help”-people. A bunch of other people got recognized with AoA:s, the Order of the Light (arts & science) and the Order of the Golden Ribbon (service). I got a Panache (kingdom A&S) which was especially honoring since the Queen herself had taken time time to make my scroll!

The feast followed with lots of good food. The theme was a mix of pasta, meat and cheese – what’s not to love?! 🙂 It was fun to sit down and talk to all the people that you seldom meet but I was so tired that I went to bed early. It was a really nice event and I hope they will do it again next year!

My to-do list for the next couple of weeks:

  • write some sort of article about documentation and what we discussed at my class
  • update the blog with my latest weaving projects – I just need to take some photos
  • update the blog with my apron-project!
  • finish my first Crafty Challenge project (Racaire, I’m almost finished! 🙂 )

Off we go

Later today we are leaving for Nordmarks University, the first event since Civil War in October last year. Civil War always leaves you completely drained (that the downside to organizing events) but I’m finally excited about going to an event again – yay!

This is the first year that the University isn’t organized by the Holmrike-crew, instead of Stockholm we are going to Visby. I’m looking forward to seeing how Styringheim has planned the event and I’m sure it will be excellent!

I’ll be teaching a class, “How to write documentation”, and I’m hoping there will be some discussions – not just me talking the entire time. There are several other interesting classes and workshop that I plan to attend and I hope I’ll be returning home full of inspiration.

I’ll return with a report sometime next week since I won’t be home until late Sunday evening.

Back from DW

We got back from Doublewars on Saturday evening, which was great since we managed to unpack everything before we went to bed. Since we went home so early we missed the end of Academia del Arte, the Baronial Wars and last court. Missing the war and court don’t bother me but I was slightly bummed that Academia del Arte didn’t attract any people in the beginning.

Other that – Doublewars was great!

Met a lot of people that I’ve been missing since the last event. Did a bunch of sewing (finished Biorns doublet and my shift). Went to one of Master Ranthulfurs classes – the man is unbelievable! Taught two classes, one garbworkshop and one on “Preparing for A&S competitions”. Managed to NOT buy and fabric or yarn!

It was very nice to get a week long vacation before it’s time finish the semester with grading and slightly hysteric students.

When will I learn?

Everyday is a good day if you learn something new! Well, I’m wondering when I’ll ever learn to start my sewing projectrs in time?

I’m going to a big SCA-event, Double Wars, in two and a half weeks, things left to do is:

(original plan)

  • doublet for Biorn 
  • hosen for Biorn
  • surcote for Biorn
  • shift for me
  • surcote for me

So far I’m half way on Biorns doublet…

New plan

  • finish Biorns doublet
  • hosen for Biorn
  • cut out surcote and finish it at the event
  • shift for me
  • bring fabric for my surcote to the event…

Bah! I need more time!

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