Has it really been three years?

I guess it’s time I start posting again.

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Building a Warp-Weighted Loom

As a fall project I’ve decided to build a warp-weighted loom.  I have plans drafted and wood purchased.  Wish me luck!



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Painted Goblets

I’d been thinking about making some painted ‘enamel’ goblets for the barony for some time.  I bought all the supplies, but haven’t been able to find the time until now.

There are many historical examples.  I particularly like this one, though the shape of this one is closer to my glasses.

And here’s the start of mine.


Goblets in progress.

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Practicum and Classes

Practicum was yesterday and I quite enjoyed myself.    I took some great classes, and learned several new things.

I think I learned a lot by teaching my class, too.  I did a class on basic weave structures, covering a little historical detail and then letting people try to make them using cardboard looms.  I had a full house!  It seemed to go over well, and people appeared to have fun and were very keen.  I had several questions that gave me some insight into how I should flesh out my handout, and several questions about more advanced weaves.

I would eventually like to do a full series of courses covering weaving in the SCA period.  I have a five-class plan in mind that should take a whole day.  It will take me a while to develop in full (and I really, really need the drawloom for the advanced class if I want to make samples), but I’ve got the beginner class going. and maybe next year I can add the second beginner class and the two intermediates.

As always, I am inspired by the energy of so many people sharing their knowledge.

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A Little TLC

Since I had to take apart the wheel to pack it, I’ve decided to wax it up to restore the finish before putting it together again.

The finish added a new sheen and hid the superficial scratches.


Spinning wheel

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It Followed Me Home

Spinning Wheel

The latest addition to my crafting family

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I Made a Button!

I made a thread wrapped button to go on my court garb.

It took me an hour.  Only 37 more to go.


Thread wrapped button

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16th Century Market Basket Pattern

So now that I’ve decided what my basket should look like, I needed to find an appropriate pattern that was ‘close enough’ to that.  Being a beginner, I definitely need to work from a pattern.
And here’s what I’ve found:

Basket Pattern

Oval Basket with Handle from Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe.

It’s not an exact fit, but it has the basic shape and wrapped handle.  If I leave out the decorative stripe and the fancier weaving patterns on the side, I think it will be pretty darn close.

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Learning to Spin Part 2

My second ball of yarn.  I am improving, I think.


Plied yarn.


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You all might have noticed that I haven’t been doing as much blogging (or crafting) lately. I would like to introduce you to the culprit.


My very first vegetable garden!

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