Class Descriptions

Friday, July 1st

Polish Cross Cutting for Stick and Steel, 10am – 11am

Instructor: Lord Samwell Langdon
Minimum age: 14
Maximum class size: 16
Fee: free
What to bring: Please bring a cut & thrust legal sword or heavy stick, hand, and head protection if you have it. Some loaner swords will be available.

The Winged Hussars of The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in the late 16th Century developed a unique and renowned style of swordsmanship called the Cross Cutting Art. This class will examine the fundamentals of that style and how to apply the techniques to Cut & Thrust and Armored Combat. This class is meant to help incorporate historical techniques into your repertoire and encourage dialogue between the steel and armored communities.

We will cover:
-Footwork
-Cutting Mechanics
-Guards
-Feints
-Deflections
-Combinations

Tabletwoven Brocade – History & Technique, 11am – Noon

Instructor: HL Þóra Jórsalafari, An Tir A&S Kingdom Champion
Maximum class size: 10
Fee: free
What to bring: (see detailed instructions below)

This class will briefly cover the history of tabletwoven brocade and the areas/times it was prevalent. Pattern drafting and reading shall be discussed and the class handout will include some sample patterns developed by the instructor. Brocade tabletwoven technique will be demonstrated with class participants able to try on the instructor’s looms or their own (if brought). Helpful books and resources will be linked in the course materials so participants can explore additional resources on their own time.

Knowledge Requirement: Understanding of tabletweaving technique (advanced beginner to intermediate). This course will not cover fundamentals such as warping, and common terms/concepts, such as warp, weft, turning direction, S/Z threading should be generally understood by the participant.

Recommended Materials: Participants are encouraged to bring their own loom (or backstrap setup) with a single color 10 card warp (all holes threaded) with alternating S/Z threading. Participants should also bring a brocade weft thread 2x as large as the warp thread they used (the instructor will provide options if the participant isn’t sure what to select).

Beginning Spinning and Fiber, 12pm – 1pm

Instructor: Lady Linnet Hatfield
Maximum class size: 12
Fee: $3
What to bring: nothing needed.

Learn to spin on a drop and supported spindle. Explore different fibers (various types of wool, plus alpaca, mohair and angora). Explore types of fiber prep and what makes a good spinning fleece.

Kit includes a simple spindle, and enough fiber to keep you busy for a while. Top roving and batt wool, plus alpaca. There is also synthetic for those with allergies.

Making Period Stories Your Own, 1pm – 2pm

Instructor: Lady Hannah the Storyteller
Maximum class Size: 10
Fee: free
What to bring: nothing needed

Want to tell period stories around the fire, but frustrated by how inaccessible they can be to modern audiences? In this class, we will discuss some of the changes that can make period stories more palatable to modern audiences while leaving the core of the story intact. We’ll also workshop a story from the Mabinogion, and everyone will leave with a new story in their repertoire!

Beginning Wooden Spoon Carving, 2pm – 3pm

Instructor: Kennari Kaelin in Storrada, OL
Maximum class size: (see below)
Fee: free to attend, tools can be purchased after the class
What to bring: work gloves, interesting sticks, a chair to sit on.

WARNING: This is a hands on class with sharp knives.
I have 5 spoon knives for students to use, and 10 strait carving knives. IF students are willing to share knives when they are not using them, we can have a class of 10 people. This is a beginner class, please be prepared to work with wood and knives. If you have work gloves, your own carving knife, or interesting wood to carve, please bring them. I’ll bring some oak, Douglas fir, etc. The spoon knives will be for sale at the end of class, $12 each.

Solar/Salon, 3pm – 5pm

The solar/salon is a time to bring your own projects to work on during that time, and talk to experts about their current works. Please bring food and drinks to share if you would like.

Saturday, July 2nd

Historic Veggies, 10am – 11am

Instructor: Duchess Eleanor de Bolton, OL
Max class size: 20
Fee: free
What to bring: nothing needed

Taste and touch a seasonal selection of European pre-1600’s produce from Eleanor’s garden. May include peas, sea kale, fennel, beets, Alexanders, and more (depending on how the garden grows). All are welcome to bring and share historic veggies & knowledge of what you are currently growing, researching, or dreaming of growing.

Introduction to counted blackwork (beginner level), 11am – Noon

Instructor: Mistress Katherine de Langelei, OP OL
Maximum class size: 6
Fee: free
What to bring: a chair and scissors

One of the easiest, but most impressive embroidery techniques! We will explore some examples from period portraits, learn how to read the patterns and reproduce the stitches. Kits and patterns will be provided. Please bring your own scissors and a chair.

Making a felt stuffed animal, Noon – 1pm

Instructor: Lady Ceara der Alcan
Maximum class size: 15
Fee: $5 class fee for materials.
What to bring: nothing needed

Come and learn how to make a simple stuffed animal. Class is suitable for anyone ages 6 and up (adults included). Knowing how to sew is not required but helpful. All materials will be provided.

Opus Anglicanum Basics (Embroidery, 1000AD England), 1pm – 3pm

Instructor: Countess Ascelin Meere of Ravenslocke, OL, OP
Maximum class size: 6
Fee : $5
What to bring: nothing needed

A hands-on class for the techniques used in embroidery dated from 1000AD in England. Class will focus on under-side couching using passing gold and on silk shading.

The Art of the Boast, 2pm – 3pm

Instructor: Baron Kal-bardr Gellir
Maximum class size: no limit
Fee: free
What to bring: nothing needed

The herald acts as MC, announcer, and hype man for a number of people. Whether it be the crown or your favorite combatant, a good boast will set them up for success. Like Chaucer shows in my favorite ‘medieval’ movie, it is truly an art form.

Informal Display, 3pm – 5pm

The informal display (bring your own tables!) is especially suited to those who feel most comfortable sharing via something like a poster, and is great for research projects that might otherwise be difficult to share.

Sunday, July 3rd

Slavic Veil Styling, 11am – Noon

Instructor: Countess Ingridr Raudkinn, OL
Max Class Size: None – though on-hand supplies for participants will be limited
Fee: Free
What to Bring: Rectangular Veil and temple ring band (if owned) – there will be some available to use during the class

Come join us for an interactive tutorial on options for how to style temple rings and veils for a slavic persona

Intro to Rectangular Construction, Noon – 1pm

Instructor: Lady Kitta Refr
Maximum class size: 10
Class fee: free to attend, $5 for a printed copy of instructional slides (can be accessed free online)
Materials to bring: pencil and paper if you wish to take notes. Existing or in progress garb if you’d like tips on how to fix or improve construction.

This is a detailed step-by-step overview of rectangular constructed garments, such as Norse/ Viking, focusing on the trickier parts such as neck facings and underarm gussets. If there is time after class, we can discuss any particular fitting or construction issues students are having with their own garb. For class slides, visit tinyurl.com/introtoRCgarb

Making a Roman Rag Doll, 1pm – 2pm

Instructor: Lady Ceara der Alcan
Maximum class size: 15
Fee: $5 class fee for materials and hand out.
What to bring: Please bring a pair of scissors

In this class you’ll learn how to make a Roman Rag doll like the one that was unearthed in the sands of Egypt.

How to Bard Better: An Open Discussion and Workshop, 2pm-3pm

Instructor: HL Aelis de la Rose
Maximum class size: no maximum
Fee: free
What to bring: A bardic piece you would like to work on OR if you just want to listen and observe, no need to bring anything!

Almost all folks who do bardic arts have areas in which they want to improve or gain knowledge; whether that’s learning how to plan better for competition or choosing pieces that capture the crowd’s attention, mastering stage presence or putting together a songbook. All of these topics and more are up for conversation and/or workshopping in this session. The direction and focus of the class will be determined by the group’s needs and interests. If you have any pieces or ideas you’d like specific feedback on, please bring them. If you’d like to just listen and observe, you are welcome to do that too. All experience levels are welcome!

Open Bardic, 3pm

Thank you to all of those who volunteer to teach and we look forward to seeing everyone at War!!