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Monday, April 26, 2010

Medieval Pavilion Making - 101

I like a challenge, especially when it comes to sewing. Years ago I bought a pattern for soft-sided suitcases and made one. As I remember, it was a minor success. Very minor. So now I have decided to make a project that is a bit larger than a suitcase.

Reputable tent sellers put a price on a 12' x 12' medieval pavilion at $1500 and up. At present, I am not rolling in the dough so purchasing one is out of the question. My answer is to make one. Simple, right? All it is is triangles and rectangles. Very big triangles and rectangles.

Follow along with me on my adventure as I design and construct a canvas medieval pavilion for La Maison d'Armoise.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Off To A Great Start

Well, this new year is off to a great start already. Monique and I have been our ususal very busy selves. This year started out quietly with a private household get-together at Monique's house. We enjoyed a lovely evening of champagne and hors de vours while working on favors to hand out at Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night was a lot of fun. The scroll I recently finished (my first one for the Kingdom of Caid) was presented to Aliskye at court. Unfortunately, we did not get to see it being presented, because we were stuck in traffic and had to make a small detour through the City of Corona. All in all it was a good day and new friends were made. We both really enjoyed watching the Bardic Competition, and were pleased with the results. The feast was great. Jamal did his usual bang up job, and the "dinner theater" was entertaining, as well. Our household passed out our beaded favors to our friends, and everyone seemed to enjoy them.

After the Twelfth Night Festivities, we then traveled back from Dreiburgen to our friend Tim's house. Some of you may know Tim from Gyldenholt's Bardic group. A good time was had by all. We ducked out kind of early (around 11, I think) - we were simply exhausted from the day's activities and the 200 miles of driving!

I had to attend Angel's Melee without Monique. She was tending to a sick grandbaby. The day was still tons of fun. My face hurt the next day from smiling so much! I set up my loom over at Fiber Play Day, which was being facilitated by Therese. We had such a great view of the rapier fighting. I was so proud of our Gydenholt Rapier team. They came in second - and look great out there. Scores of mundanes were going through the event that day, and we had our hands full at Fiber Play Day, giving people quick lessons on spinning and weaving. The shopping was amazing that day. There was about 8 merchants, and they all had really pretty things for sale. I came home with several more things than I arrived with.

Gyldenholt's Unbelted Tourney is coming up this Saturday. With these storms going through SoCal, I hope our site is not flooded out! Everyone keep your fingers crossed, because it does look like it will be a great event.

I am going to be helping Lady Sadb out with the Arts and Sciences duties over in Gyldenholt. I am very excited about this. Those of you who know me, know I am a bit of an A&S geek - and I am looking forward to really being involved with my Barony's A&S activities.

This week I sewed two pieces of garb all by myself - no Monique looking over my shoulder telling me what to do. I am very proud of my new garb, as imperfect as they may be. Tonight I am putting on the finishing touches - sewing on the woven flame trim I made. This outfit is pretty rock-n-roll for a medieval outfit. I love it.

That is all I have to report on this go-around. Hope to see you all this weekend!