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Laurels’ Prize Tourney in Carolingia, March 2017

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-09-27 09:21

This coming March, the Barony of Carolingia will host a Laurels’ Prize Tourney – what challenge will you choose to meet?

A Laurels Prize Tourney is an event where members of the Order of the Laurel issue challenges in their area(s) of expertise, to be met by any interested party. (Really! You do not need any award or rank to answer a challenge – just a desire to engage with the question and share your results.) There are challenges of all kinds, from fiber arts to food, from material culture to performance.

At the event, entrants will meet with the Laurel who issued the challenge, and have the opportunity to talk in-depth with them about their work. They will also have the opportunity to display their work to all interested attendees; those who choose to answer a performance-based challenge will have the opportunity to perform their answer for not only the Laurel who issued the challenge, but also interested attendees from the event in general.

Each Laurel defines the terms of their challenge; each challenger will also decide how they wish to reward those who meet their challenge; some may choose a single winner, and some may reward every entrant who answers. There is no overall competition – there is no “Tourney Winner” for the day. The focus is on shared learning and intensive feedback, as well as the joy of sharing focused, excellent work.

Curious about the challenges? Take a look and see what strikes your fancy, and come to Carolingia this Spring to share your results! Challenges are still being added, so check back often to see what’s new.


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, Carolingia, challenge, events, Laurel

For Those Intending to Enter Crown Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 18:53
Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament. Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Brion and Princess Anna with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. Joint letters are preferred if you are using the following link, or if you are using email.
http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/372252?lang=en_

The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, October 1, 2016.
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.

Their Highnesses would remind all entrants that should they win, they will be named Prince and Princess of Tir Mara for their time as Crown Prince and Princess of the East, representing the noble people of Our fair Crown Principality. Please bear these responsibilities in mind should you choose to enter the Crown Lists this Fall. TRH also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

 
In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Fall Crown

Unofficial Court Report for the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 17:45

Following is the unoffical court report from the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood, held this September 24.

Gavin Asgarson – Gawain
Lilli of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Allie of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Emrys of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Lisabetta Medaglia
Emily of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Constance de St. Denis
Volkmar of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Myrun Leifsdottir
Beytill Aidenson – Silver Tyger; scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne
Phelippe du Peirgore – OTC; scroll by Altani Khatagidai
Katherine Slough – OSC; Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy by: Faolan an Screcain
Brien MacShane – Chivalry; scroll by Vettorio Antonello

Editor’s Note: A banishment was announced in this court.  For more information, please see the official announcements in Pikestaff.

The reporting herald was Donovan Shinnock.


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report – Equestrian Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 17:36

On August 27 in the Shire of Quintavia, Their Magesties Kenric and Avelina gathered with their populace to choose their new equestrian champions. Following is the unofficial court report.

Lillian Stanhope  – King’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gwenillian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep – Queen’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gritta of Strangewayes – AoA; Illumination by: Lily atte Valleye, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Fortune St. Keyne – Burdened Tyger; scroll by Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Alexei Dmitriev – Burdened Tyger
Shire of Quintavia – Company of Fellowship
Duncan Kerr – Silver Tyger; Illumination by: Myrun Leifsdottir, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Ciarnat ni Bhroin – Maunche; scroll by Sunniva Ormstung
Doucet de Verdun – Pelican; scroll by Harold von Auerbach

The herald of record was Donovan Shinnock.


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

Eastern Results from the July 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-25 20:56

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the July 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Adelyne de Excestre. Name and device. Gules, on a bend Or three martlets gules.

Nice device!

Áine bean uí Chuinn. Name.

Ayleth le Frye. Device. Vert, a phoenix Or rising from flames gules and in chief three triangles Or.

Berrick Grayveson. Alternate name Jack Cross.

The comic book character Jack Cross is not important enough to protect.

Nice 16th century English name!

Bhakail, Barony of. Order name Order of the Horse of Bhakail and badge association. Argent a nag’s head erased vert, bridled Or, on a latch argent, fimbriated sable, a salamander tergiant sable.

Submitted as Order of the Horse, this order name conflicts with the barony’s own order name Master of Horse, which was referenced in the July 1974 Letter of Acceptances and Returns. The question was raised during the Pelican decision meeting whether Master of Horse is actually registered, or whether it is a generic identifier. In 1974, registration was implied and there were no generic associations. A subsequent Letter of Acceptances and Returns clearly shows that this order name was considered to have been registered:

[Fellowship of the Horse] Conflict with Master of the Horse, registered to the Barony of Bhakail (only the “invisible” designator is changed), as well as Sea Horse Pursuivant (with only the removal of the adjective) [Caitlin of Argyle, April 1991, R-Outlands].

Therefore, we will continue to treat Master of Horse as having been registered. Unfortunately for the present submission, we do not allow the registration of the two non-personal names of the same category (in this case, an order name) when the substantive elements are identical. However, the barony allowed the addition of of Bhakail. We have made this change to register this name.

Cailin Ó Cuinn. Name.

Danr Mikjalsson. Name.

Evalina von Schaidegg. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a domestic cat couchant sable atop a mushroom gules.

Isabel de Kerbriant. Name and device. Or, a heart gules and a chief indented vert.

The byname is grandfathered to the submitter, the daughter of Sabine de Kerbriant.

Nice device!

Iseault of the Clews. Name change from Iseault Blaecstan.

Submitted as Iseaulte of the Clews, the grandfathered spelling of the given name is Iseault. We have restored the given name to the grandfathered form with the submitter’s permission.

Clew is a heraldic charge, a ball of yarn. We occasionally see plural items in inn-sign names. Examples include the Arrows (1638), the Beades (1638), les Heronseux (1553), and lez Daggers (1573), all found in Juliana de Luna’s article “Inn-Sign Names in Medieval and Renaissance England”.

The submitter’s previous name, Iseault Blaecstan, is released.

Judith bas Rabbi Mendel. Device change. Azure, a bearded bird’s head couped argent wearing a Jewish hat Or.

The submitter’s old device, Azure, a bend engrailed between a dove volant and a cat sejant guardant argent, is released.

Kara Alfarsdottir. Name.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Device change. Per pale azure and gules, a coronet within an orle of dice Or.

The submitter is a court baroness and thus entitled to the use of a coronet in her armory.

The submitter’s old device, Per pale azure and gules, an orle of dice Or, is released.

Monkey Makgee. Name.

Morgiane de Provence. Reblazon of device. Azure, a four-legged tarasque statant gardant contourny argent.

Registered in August of 1977 as Azure, a tarask statant to sinister guardant gorged and leashed argent, we are redefining the default tarasque as a six-legged monster and the gorging is essentially invisible.

Ommadan inigena Ru. Name change from Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir.

Submitted as a name change from Ommadan an Luch, the submitter had previously changed her primary name to Aoife nic RuairíOmmadan an Luch was retained as an alternate name (see this month’s Errata Letter). The submitter subsequently changed her primary name to Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, and Aoife nic Ruairí was released at that time.

Ommadan is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, is retained as an alternate name.

Rauðr Flokason. Name.

Revena de Witte. Name change from Raven de Witte.

The byname de Witte is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Raven de Witte, is retained as an alternate name.

Rosanna Silverloc. Name and device. Azure, on a chevron between two threaded needles and a quill of yarn Or five roses gules.

Sólveig Bjarnardóttir. Name and device. Per bend azure and sable, in cross a musical note argent and a sword reversed Or.

The submission form used both Sólveig and Sölveig. We could not find period evidence of the form Sölveig, so have registered the standard form Sólveig.

Sorcha inghean Uí Néill. Device. Azure, on a pale sable fimbriated between two sea-horses respectant a garb Or between two escallops argent.

Svea the Shortsighted. Device change. Argent, three piles fesswise throughout issuant from sinister azure.

Nice device!

The submitter’s old device, Per bend gules and azure, a sun in splendour Or and in bend three swans naiant argent, is retained as a badge.

EAST returns

Wulfgang Gruenwald. Alternate name Bubba le Fette.

Commenters questioned whether this alternate name presumes upon the name of Boba Fett, a popular character in the Star Wars franchise. Although the character of Boba Fett is important enough to protect, this name does not presume upon the character name. The vowel in the given name has been changed and the definite article le was added, so this name is clear in both sound and appearance under PN3C1 of SENA.

In addition, the question was raised whether this name was obtrusively modern. PN2E states, “No name will be registered that either in whole or in part is obtrusively modern. Something is said to be obtrusively modern when it makes a modern joke or reference that destroys medieval ambience and drags the average person mentally back to the present day. Obtrusiveness can be either in the written form or when spoken. A period name that has a modern referent will not generally be considered obtrusively modern. Only extreme examples will be returned.” In this case, every commenter thought this alternate name was close enough to the name Boba Fett to be obtrusively modern. Although each element is period, the name as a whole meets this bar; it destroys medieval ambience. Therefore, we are returning this name.


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldric submissions

New Order of High Merit — the Order of the Golden Mantle

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-23 14:57

At the Curia of Kenric III and Avelina III at the Great Northeastern War this past July, Their Majesties deemed the time right to create an Order of High Merit, conveying a Grant of Arms, for prowess and service in the ancillary martial arts of combat archery, scouting, siege, and thrown weapons — the Order of the Golden Mantle.

EK Law, section IX.B.8. now reads:

“The Order of the Golden Mantle may be given to gentles in the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by prowess in an auxiliary capacity on the field of battle and the target range, in the areas of Siege Weaponry, Scouting, Combat Archery, and Thrown Weaponry, and demonstrated service to the Kingdom in these areas by marshalling, commanding, building equipment, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of these arts. The Order of the Golden Mantle includes all gentles who previously received the Order of the Golden Mantle (as an Order of Honor) and the Order of Artemis.”

The previous Orders of Honor — the Golden Mantle  and the Order of Artemis  — are now closed, and the members of both previous Orders of Honor are now Companions of the Order of the Golden Mantle.

As an Order of High Merit, the Golden Mantle is now a polling order. All current Companions are invited to join the Order’s polling list and its discussion list — please start HERE, and be sure to join both lists so you can participate in the discussion and the pollings.


Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy, Official Notices, Thrown Weapons

Shire Wars Coming Up Soon!

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-23 11:05


Are you looking for a way to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings? You can’t get to England this year to march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings? Come instead to Shire Wars, Oct 14-16 and choose sides in many competitions, including chivalric combat, fencing, and thrown weapons. Are you a marshal for a martial art ? A dab hand with a sponge and dishtowel? Good with a knife & chopping block? Great with wee ones? Able to tell a tall tale (or a short one)? Come help the cause (whichever side that is)!

Bardic, dancing, classes, merchants and artistic displays will be at the main hall. Please bring displays of heraldry, yours or your groups. A mid-day meal will be cooked by the battlefield. A feast of Anglo-Saxon and Norman courses will be served in the early evening.

Tent camping sites and cabin bunks are available.  For more information please see the East Kingdom Event Announcement as well, for those on the Book of Face,  the Facebook Event Page.

Schedule

Registration: Open to campers 5 pm October 14th (Dining Hall)

Opens near parking lot October 15th 8-2

Otherwise check in at Dining Hall.

Please note that all cars must be parked in the parking lot.

Temporary Passes are available to drive & drop off equipment on the field or at the dining hall. Cars can also be used to pack up equipment as well. Please unload quickly, park your car, and return the pass.

Activities:

Heavy Weapons: Master Wulgar

Inspection 10 am

Warlord Tourney followed by a Hastings Battle

11 am – 1 pm

Challenges & pick up fighting after lunch

Fencing: Atttila Soldus

Inspection 10 am

Bear Pit Tourney &

Battle of Hastings

11 am – 1 pm

Archery Range: opens by 11 am

Thrown Weapons Range: opens by 11 am

A&S Classes: In Hall porches. See schedule

Merchants open by 11 am

Dayboard: will be cooked and served on the tournament field

at 1 pm.

Dayboard items will also be delivered to the Dining Hall

The sword dancers will entertain during lunch.

Dancing: will be held on the green across from the

tournament field throughout the day

All attendees are invited to collect beads (one for each activity area and volunteering. Beads can be used for extra raffle tickets for the Bayeaux Tapestry Posters.

All activities will close at 4 pm.

Regional Seneschals Meeting in Dining Hall at 4 pm

Feast of two courses will begin at 5 pm

Dancing between the courses

Bayeaux Tapestry Raffle will be held during the feast.

Winners in all activities will be announced during the feast.

An open bardic circle will be held after the feast around 7 pm.

 


Filed under: Announcements, Events, Local Groups

Q&A: Outgoing and Incoming EK Brewers Guild Masters

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-09-21 12:40

Photo courtesy of Pan Kythe Szubielka

Last weekend, the Guild Master of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild passed from Mistress Sylvia du Vey to Master Magnus Hvalmagi.  To mark the occasion and educate the populace about their brewing opportunities, the Gazette posed questions to the outgoing and incoming Guild Heads.

Please give us a brief overview of the guild and the role of the Guild Head.

Mistress Sylvia: The guild head has a duel responsibility to both be a cheerleader and an effective administrator.  It is important to encourage brewers of all experience levels to participate and stretch for that next level of excellence.  It is pretty critical to make sure that the guild is as welcoming and accessible as possible.  That job belongs to all of us, but most especially the Guild Master.

The administrative piece involves a lot of record keeping and communication.  We have quarterly reports to file with the MOAS as well as records on every brewer who has paneled anything in the past three and a half years.  Those records are updated and sent to the brewer each time they panel a new item, along with notes about their next steps.  Good records are essential in helping us move forward as a group, especially one that spans such a large geographic area.

Master Magnus: The East Kingdom Brewers Guild is a kingdom-wide organization whose aim is to support and expand historical brewing arts in the East. We have members all over the place and lots of expertise to help brewers develop and hone their craft – and also, we have lots of good things to drink.

Polling Award Recommendations Due Oct 7

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-09-20 17:23

Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Their Royal Highnesses Brion and Anna wish to make it known that they will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their third polling through October 7, 2016.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence.


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Arts & Sciences Salon to be Held on Saturday

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-18 21:52

On Saturday September 24, the Barony of Concordia of the Snows will be holding the second Arts & Sciences Salon, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. This event is different than a schola. It is all about relaxing and getting to enjoy your favorite art or science with no pressure to move on to another activity. There is plenty of time to speak casually with the ambassadors, and others who are passionate about their arts. At the same time, newcomers really enjoyed themselves last year, because they had the opportunity to investigate many of the things the SCA has to offer. They could move from room to room at their own pace, sampling many activities.

While some of the most popular arts and sciences from last year (calligraphy & illumination, fiber arts, metal working) will be represented again, we have made room for several new topics. These include glove making – an essential accessory for everyone in the Middle Ages; pewter casting – from carving the mold to casting your piece; brewing; and medieval plants. More than a dozen topics will be represented. This year we are offering some informal classes and demos in several of the classrooms. This is not meant to keep people from wandering in at any time, but rather as an aid to organizing your day.

Last year our persona development area focused on English and Indian personas. This year we are also focusing on Japanese culture and personas. Of course, whatever culture you are interested in, our ambassadors will be able to give you help and advice on honing your persona.

Ambassadors and other attendees will be bringing along some of their favorite research materials to share during the day. The reference library will include books and computer files on topics that are not otherwise being covered during the day. This is an opportunity for access to hard-to-find information.

Since this is a day about learning, the A&S display has a theme this year – “Show us your mistakes!” Making mistakes is an integral part of mastering any art or science. We have all made many mistakes along the way. We are asking people to show us their mistakes and what they learned from them. The populace will vote on their favorite mistakes, and a prize will be awarded at the end of the day.

For more information, see the event announcement: http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3046

 


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, events

Otter’s Welcome – Volunteers and Newcomers Sought!

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-12 16:55

On October 15th, Carolingia is hosting an event focused on newcomers in honor of the memory of Mistress Rose Otter.  Countess Svava conceptualized the event as a tribute to what she described as Rose’s “unfailing welcoming spirit.”  This is a donation only event and will be held at Camp Massapoag, 234 Hall Street, Dunstable MA.  The event runs from 10am to 5pm.

“Our society thrives best when we have new people to join us and learn about what we do as it enhances our joy of the SCA to see our society anew through their eyes,” Svava wrote to describe her vision for Otter’s Welcome. “This event will be geared toward showing newcomers how to get involved in what we do and to encourage as many new members as possible.  Come show off your skill, love, and passion.   Please invite all of your friends that you think would love to come to an event but you just haven’t made the time.   If you would like to participate in making this a welcoming space for newcomers please let me know.”

Many activities are planned and experienced SCA participants are asked to come share their knowledge and enthusiasm. A&S activities include calligraphy, period games, European and Middle Eastern dancing, woodworking, music and cooking.  An A&S demonstration area will be set up for people to show their activity informally, and classes will be scheduled also.  Martial arts represented will be rapier, armored combat, archery and thrown weapons. To volunteer for an activity or to help the staff, please contact Countess Svava or Lord Alaric von Drackenclaue, the co-autocrats.

Mistress Eleanor Catlyng is organizing a “treasure hunt” and is looking for people who plan to attend the event to be part of the treasure hunt.  For example, a question on the treasure hunt might be “find someone who is or has been a landed baron(ess).  While participants may be able to find several people who could sign off this item, there needs to be at least one designated attendee who can sign off and has agreed to do so.  Participants will wear an armband to make them more identifiable for shyer newcomers.  Anyone willing to be a treasure hunt item should send Mistress Eleanor their SCA name and 3-5 interesting SCA facts about themselves.  She is also looking for a few ambassadors to make introductions between newcomers and participants.


Filed under: Events Tagged: Carolingia

Eastern Results from the June 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-12 13:31

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the June 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  Release of the June letter was slightly delayed by the convergence of 50 Year Celebration and Pennsic.

EAST acceptances

Agnés de la Court. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron embattled between two fleurs-de-lys argent and a raccoon statant gardant argent marked purpure.

Agnés is an attested but unexpected form, more commonly found as Agnes in our period.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a New World raccoon.

Please advise the client to draw the chevron thicker, as befits a primary charge.

Cáemgen Ua Donnchada. Name and device. Vert, in fess two crosses fleury Or, a chief argent.

Cáemgen is the name of an Irish saint.

Please advise the submitter to draw the crosses as wide as they are tall.

Daniel au Loup Rouge. Name and device. Or semy of gunstones, a wolf passant gules and a chief vert.

Eleanor Catlyng. Name change from Eleanor Catlyn.

Both elements are found in Lincoln or Lincolnshire, England, dated to 1566-1567 in the FamilySearch Historical Records, making this an excellent 16th century English name!

The submitter’s previous name, Eleanor Catlyn, is released.

Jeanne Robin. Acceptance of transfer of badge from Christopher Devereux. Argent, two dances gules.

Lorencio Matteo Espinosa. Name.

Nice 16th century Spanish name!

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Household name La Tavernehous de Mayne Ospitalis.

Mayne Ospitalis (“mayne held by the Knights Hospitaller”) is an attested place name found in Watts s.n. Broadmayne dated to 1244-1332.

La Tavernehous, documented from the 1311 house name la Tavernehous, is somewhat less likely as a designator than either Taverne or HousMayne Ospitalis Inne would also be an authentic form. However, the submitted form is registerable.

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Device change. Per fess gules and argent, a lion rampant gardant counter-ermine.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of Cosma Drago: (Fieldless) A domestic cat sejant erect counter-ermine.

The submitter’s old device, Gyronny argent and sable, a Maltese cross within an orle gules, is retained as a badge.

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Badge. (Fieldless) A boot sable.

Nice boot!

Maximillian Elgin. Badge (see RETURNS for household name). Or, in fess a cup gules sustained between two sheep combattant sable.

Millicent Rowan. Name.

Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig. Badge. (Fieldless) A coney courant ermine.

Sorcha Dhorcha. Name.

Nice 15th-16th century Irish Gaelic name!

Viviana Silvani. Name.

Ynys y Gwaun, Canton of. Branch name and device. Per fess argent and Or, a tree eradicated proper between three laurel wreaths vert.

In the case of this name, the mutated form Ynys y Waun is more likely, but the submitted form is registerable.

EAST returns

Corcrán mac Diarmata. Device change. Per chevron argent and sable, two ravens volant to sinister chief and a Thor’s hammer counterchanged.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, which states “The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation” The charges here are not in a unified arrangement, as the birds are bendwise sinister and the Thor’s hammer in its default orientation.

On redesign, please advise the submitter to draw the per chevron line of division slightly lower.

Maximillian Elgin. Household name Black Sheep House.

This household name is returned for conflict with the registered heraldic title Blak Shepe Pursuivant. The substantive elements are identical in sound.

Olivia Baker. Device. Per chevron inverted Or and gules, seven fleurs-de-lys in chevron inverted, alternately erect and inverted, between a rose and two stalks of wheat counterchanged.

Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as per chevron inverted fleury-counterfleury, what we have here is a group of fleurs-de-lys lying across the per chevron inverted line, with alternating upright and inverted fleurs. This creates identifiability issues as well as an arrangement that is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. A proper fleury-counterfleury field division (as opposed to an ordinary) would have only demi fleurs-de-lys, issuant from the line of division, alternating upright and inverted.

Ysane la Fileresse. Device. Argent, a mascle azure within a mascle vert, all interlaced with a crampon bendwise purpure.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3E1, Arrangement of Charge Groups. This arrangement, of a long charge extending over and interlaced with two concentric voided charges, is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. On resubmission, the submitter should address whether the mascle within a mascle arrangement violates the sword and dagger rule.

 


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

Unofficial Court Report for the Feast of John Barleycorn

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-11 19:09

On a hot and humid morning, Their Majesties, Kenric and Avelina opened their court at the Feast of John Barleycorn in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, Canton of Northpass.

They called forth their Viceroy and Vicereigne, Guy avec Cheval and Johanne aff Visby and, after thanking them for their long years of service, allowed them to step down from their posts.  They then summoned forth Sudder Saran and Lada Monguligin and invested them as the new Viceroy and Vicereigne of the Crown Province of Ostgardr and presented them with scrolls by Kayleigh MacWhyte.

They then called forth Barbeta Kirkland and bid her sit vigil in contemplation of being elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  Court was then suspended.

That afternoon court was reopened.  Guy aven Cheval and Johanne aff Visby were again summoned forth and thanked for their service.  Sir Guy was made a Baron of the Eastern Court and gifted by His Majesty with the gift of six pearls that might be affixed to his coronet and a scroll by Elizabeth Greenleaf.  Baroness Johanne was then thanked with a scroll by Alys Mackyntoich and Elizabeth Elenore Lovell which granted to a pension appropriate to her station from the duties, fees, and other revenues from the lands of Brokenbridge.

Their Majesties then called forth the children of the East to receive gifts from the royal toybox.  Whereas in the past the children chased the toybox bearer like a pack of wild wolves, on this day their actions were described by His Majesty as a swarm, as they descended upon Baron Dansk from all directions swiftly bearing him to the ground before he could take a single step.

Cailleach Dhé ingen Chiaráin was then called into court and was Awarded Arms for her service and presented with a scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Newcomers to the Society were then summoned forth and received diverse tokens from their Majesties.

The Guild of Athena’s Thimble was then invited into court where they made Her Majesty a gift of a wool Hedeby shoulder bag.  The bag was hand spun, woven, and dyed as were the threads used for the embroidery.  The wooden stretchers were hand made out of Curly maple with strawberry leaf accents in the center. The strap was made from grey silk with wool embroidery of three keys from Her Majesty’s personal heraldry. The side of the bag was decorated with twin eagles based on a Swedish find and chosen due to Her Majesty’s love of the birds.

Their Majesties then called forth Stephan O’Raghaillaigh and inducted him into the Order of the Apollo’s Arrow for his skill with a bow and service as a marshal.  He was presented with a scroll by Svea the Short-sighted.

Ceinwen ferch Llewellyn ab Owain was then summoned, and her skill at embroidery remarked upon by Their Majesties.  She was then made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch and presented with a scroll by Marieta Charay.

One Gunnar Alfson was summoned into court and his prowess as an armored fighter was much praised.  He was then inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.

Jenna Childerslay was then summoned into court but could not be located as she was laboring in the distant kitchens.

Their Majesties then summoned forth Brochmail of Anglespur and made him a Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescet for his service to the Shire of Midland Vale and the Kingdom as a whole.  He was presented with a shiny scroll by AEsa Lkabrenna Sturladottir with words by Aislinn Chiabach.

Barbeta Kirkland was summoned back into court to answer the question put before her that morning.  Members of each peerage spoke of her skill as a lacemaker, her contributions to the Guild of Arachne’s Web, and her enthusiasm and passion for her art.  Upon hearing these words, Their Majesties asked her if she would join the Order and she assented.  The Order of the Laurel was summoned, and Barbeta was awarded the regalia of a medallion, coif, and apron to show her new station and she then swore fealty to the Crown of the East.  These events were memorialized in a scroll by Alexei Dmitriev and Sarah Davies and a painting by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.

At that time, Jenna Childerslay having been located, she was called into court.  Despite her protestations of innocence, Their Majesties spoke of her great service to newcomers to the society and inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent and presented her with a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

His Majesty then addressed the populace of Ostgardr, speaking of the warmth of their welcome and the enjoyment of the day, and court was then closed.

To the above I, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, bear withness as the Herald of record.  These events were witnessed by Master Ryan Mac Whyte and Baroness Maria Erika von Ossenheim


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

From the Tyger Clerk of the Signet

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-11 13:23

Greetings to all,

I am nearing the end of my first term as Tyger Clerk of the Signet. Since I do not plan on requesting a second term, I am now accepting applications for the position. The applications are due by November 30th. At that time the King and Queen will chose my successor after consulting with the Kingdom Seneschal and me. My term ends at Kingdom 12th Night, and at that time if a successor is chosen they will step into the role.

According to Kingdom law the Tyger Clerk of the Signet:

  • Coordinates the production of scrolls requested by The Crown.
  • Promotes the development of calligraphers and illuminators in the East Kingdom and warrants said scribes to perform Signet Office work.
  • Maintains accurate records of scroll assignments.

Therefore you will need to interact with a large number of scribes of differing backgrounds and skill levels. After receiving recommendations, usually from a scheduler appointed by the King and queen, you will write out an assignment and find an appropriate scribe to do the work. Currently the East Kingdom has 103 active scribes. Therefore interpersonal skills are a must.

The Signet also keeps accurate records of all assignments and backlogs. Multiple databases are used to keep the records straight and the ability to use excel, google drive, sheets and docs is needed. You will be expected to keep dockets for the reign, each individual event, backlogs, and past assignments.

Finally, the Signet should promote learning and enjoyment of the scribal arts with the Scribal Tea at Pennsic, Scholas, Competitions, class tracks and displays among other events.

Please send applications to signet@eastkingdom.org by November 30. Thank you for your attention.

Nest verch Tangwistel

Tyger clerk of the Signet


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: job opening, Tyger Clerk

A Royal Whim for Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-09 18:16

Tournaments to test the skills of our gentles of coat armor, and to bring honor to those who inspire them, are most encouraged throughout the realm.

Their Royal Highnesses Brion and Anna invite all who would compete to take the field the day of Their coronation in a celebration of honor, chivalry, and perseverance. The list will feature a matched weapon
contest. To experience the breadth of skills of our Eastern combatants, Their Highnesses ask members of our heavy weapon armored combat community to pair up with a members of the rapier community and as a team compete. Team arrangements can be made in advance or the day of the contest.

Entrants should be prepared to match weapon forms selected by Their Highnesses for the pleasure of the nobles in attendance.

A prize will be awarded to the members of the victorious team that day.


Filed under: Events

Eastern Results from the May 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 12:37

EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE MAY 2016 LoAR

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the May 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Alys Mackyntoich. Heraldic will.

Upon her death, all items registered solely to Alys, including any registered after the issuance of this heraldic will, will be released.

In addition, the household name Sisterhood of Saint Walburga and its associated badge, (Fieldless) A standing seraph gules, haloed and charged with a cup held to its breast Or, will revert solely to Brunissende Dragonette.

An Dubhaigeainn, Barony. Badge. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a duck naiant contourny argent billed Or.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Signý Ingadóttir: Per chevron ermine and purpure, in base a swan naiant contourny argent.

Antonii Machinevik. Name and device. Or, a wolf dormant contourny sable and a chief enarched vert.

 

Antonii Machinevik. Alternate name Kenny Lockin of Logan.

 

Arne Ulrichsson. Name and device. Per fess embattled gules and sable, three crosses fleury and an eagle Or.

Arne was documented in the Letter of Intent as a German given name, which is compatible with the Swedish last name under Appendix C of SENA.

The submitter may wish to know that Arne is found in Sweden dated from 1341 (SMP, s.n. Arne), so this name is also wholly Swedish.

Ayleth le Frye. Name.

Both elements are dated to 1332, making this an excellent 14th century English name!

Brynjolfr Rorikssen. Name and device. Quarterly argent and vert, a ram’s head cabossed quarterly sable and argent.

Rorik was documented as a possibly normalized Frisian given name, but no documentation to support the formation of the patronymic byname was provided in the Letter of Intent. The byname Rorikessone is found in the Diplomatarium Danicum, dated to 1411. Rørikssøn is found in the same source dated to 1401, in a text written in Old Danish. The patronymic ending -sen is found in this source, in an Old Danish text dated to 1401. Therefore, Rorikssen is a reasonable early 15th century Danish spelling.

The submitted form Brynjólfr is an earlier Old Norse form recorded in Iceland. The submitter may wish to know that the Danish form Bryniolff is documented to 1409 in Diplomatarium Danicum. If the submitter prefers this form of the name, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for order name). (Fieldless) A woman passant contourny maintaining a drinking horn Or.

 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Saint Martin of Dragonship Haven and badge. Azure, on a sun argent a capital letter M azure.

Submitted as Order of Saint Martin, this order name conflicts with the registered branch name March of Saint Martin. We have added the branch name of Dragonship Haven is order to clear this conflict and register this name.

As the branch name was added, we decline to rule whether the submitted form presumed upon the island of Saint Martin (claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1493) or the 14th century Brotherhood of St. Martin founded by a cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire a pair of scissors and a smith’s hammer argent.

 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Keel. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a hulk Or and in chief two clouds argent.

Please advise the submitter to draw the ship larger, as befits a primary charge.

Gelleys Jaffrey. Device. Per bend sinister sable and azure, a bear statant erect contourny Or maintaining a glaive argent.

Johannes Mikkinen. Device. Quarterly azure and sable, four wolves rampant argent.

Nice device!

Kiena Stewart. Name reconsideration from Kiena Stiward.

 

Leifr Skáldason. Badge. Argent, a trebuchet vert and a chief embattled gules.

 

Lijsbet van Catwiic. Badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.

 

Lijsbet van Catwiic. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.

The submitter grants permission to conflict for any armory that is at least one countable step different from their registered armory.

Lottieri Malocchio. Badge. Per chevron sable and gules, a tower between three decrescents argent.

 

Lyssa ingen Fháeláin. Device. Vert, an owl displayed and in base a stringless hunting horn Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

 

Magnus Thorfinnsson. Device. Per saltire arrondi azure and sable, two ravens respectant Or.

 

Marieta Charay. Device. Azure, a leaf Or and in base two mice sejant erect respectant argent, a bordure Or.

 

Nadia Hart. Name and device. Or, a badger rampant contourny sable marked argent maintaining a snake palewise vert, a bordure sable.

Both elements are dated to c.1600, making this a nice English name for the end of our period!

Niall Gorm. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a stag rampant contourny sable and a sword inverted argent.

Nice 15th century Gaelic name!

Niall Gorm. Badge. (Fieldless) On a stag rampant contourny argent a sword inverted sable.

 

Remy le Bastard. Device. Sable, a pall gules fimbriated between three crescents horns outward withina double tressure overall Or.

Please advise the submitter to draw the fimbriation and double tressure thicker.

Richard Holland. Device. Azure, in pale three lions passant gardant and on a chief Or three fleurs-de-lys azure.

Nice device!

Rúadán mac Paidín. Device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, a stag’s head cabossed and a broad-arrow argent.

 

Sabiha al-Nahdiya. Badge. Per pale wavy sable crusilly formy and argent semy of water bougets gules.

 

Tatiana Hopfen. Name.

Tatiana is the name of a 12th century Italian saint, known at least until the early 17th century.

This name combines an Italian saint’s name with a German byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Terren of Tir. Name.

Submitted as Terren of TIR (where TIR is an acronym), the name was changed in kingdom to Terren Tir with the submitter’s permission to use an attested byname.

Commenters were unable to document or construct the byname in the submitter’s preferred capitalization, so we could not restore the name to the submitted form.

The Latin phrase archiepiscopo de Tyr (“archbishop of Tyre”) is found in ‘The chronicle: 1187-1214’, Annales Cestrienses Chronicle of the Abbey of S. Werburg, At Chester (pp. 36-49, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/lancs-ches-record-soc/vol14/pp36-49), dated to 1188. Tyre was part of the Crusader state of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. At least one archbishop of Tyre was English, so the vernacular of Tyr is an appropriate 12th century English form of the attested locative phrase. Tir is a reasonable interpolation of the attested forms TyrTire, and Tyre, all found in the Middle English Dictionary. Therefore, we have changed the byname to of Tir, which is identical in sound and closer to appearance to the submitted form, in order to register this name.

Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson. Name.

 

Tighearnán Blackwater. Name change from Tighearain Blackwater and badge. Azure, a talbot’s head erased ermine and a bordure counter-compony gules and argent.

Blackwater is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Tighearain Blackwater, is released.

Vivien de Valois. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th century French. Both the given name and byname are dated to 1421, so this name meets the submitter’s request.

Wynflæd æt Hamtunscire. Name.

Submitted as Wynflaeaet Hamtunscir, the given name was changed to Wynflæd to match the documentation that could be found.

The correct form of the locative byname is æt Hamtunscire, using the dative form of the place name instead of the nominative (base) form. We have made these changes in order to register this name.

 

EAST returns 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Freya’s Cup.

In 2013 we ruled:

In August of 2005, the use of orders named after pagan deities and “saints” was allowed but ruled a step from period practice. Under SENA, there are no steps from period practice for names. Given that order names were derived from classical references (like the Golden Fleece) and from the names of saints, we will continue to allow order names to use the names of pagan gods and other figures that would have been venerated in those places that had order names. [East Kingdom, Order of Artemis, June 2013, A-East]

NPN1Cd1 of SENA states:

The name phrase must be shown to be a form by which the entity was known in that time and place. Generally this means finding it in the literature of that time (so a Renaissance Italian Bible, or an English publication of an Arthurian romance). In the case of a saint’s name, evidence for their veneration through the naming of churches is generally sufficient. Only the form of the name used in that culture is permitted under this allowance.

For example, the Greek mythological object known in English as the Golden Fleece was known to the medieval French as the Toison d’Or. It is Toison d’Or that was borrowed for the name of the period Burgundian order. Similarly, the saint known in her lifetime as Æhelthryth was venerated by late period English people as AudreyAudrey is the form allowed in late period English context to create a name like the College of Saint Audrey.

By long precedent, we do not allow the creation of lingua Anglica forms of given names. We have to document the name Freya, and cannot register the form Freya’s Cup because it uses a modern apostrophe. In addition, NPN1C2 of SENA states that the substantive element is a name phrase; the entire phrase must be either in a period form or a lingua Anglica form, but not a mixture of the two. Therefore, we need to document Freyas as a period genitive (possessive) form for the same time and place as the period English term Cup. Unfortunately, we could not find evidence that the spelling Freya was known in England at a time when order names were used there. Without this documentation, we cannot register Order of Freyas Cup.

Cup was not documented as a period form. This spelling is found in the MED, s.v. cuppe, dated to around 1425.

Upon resubmission, the submitter might like to know that the mythological Freya is found in Stephani Johannis Stephanii, Notae uberiores in Historiam Danicam Saxonis Grammatici (a Latin edition of Gesta Danorum from 1645), in earlier Latin translations of Gesta Danorum, and in various adaptations of the Gesta Danorum published in France in the 16th century. Therefore, Order of Freya could be registered as a Danish or French order name. English forms of the goddess’ name are documented in the late 13th to mid-15th centuries in the Middle English Dictionary: Freafriefrye, andffre. Something like Order of Freas Cup would also be registerable as an English order name. We are returning this order name so that the barony can consider its options.

 

EAST pends 

Esa Gray. Name.

The question was raised whether this name presumes upon that of 19th century botanist Asa Gray, one of Charles Darwin’s collaborators and founder of Harvard’s department of botany.

PN4D1 of SENA states:

Individuals whose names are recognized by a significant number of people in the Society without having to look them up in a reference are generally important enough to protect. Individuals recognized only by specialists in a subject are unlikely to be important enough to protect. Individuals who are only recognized with the assistance of reference books are unlikely to be important enough to protect.

Individuals whose work and/or life are still influential today are generally important enough to protect. Those whose work significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts are generally important enough to protect. This is generally measured by examining measures like the length of encyclopedia articles about the person and his/her work, numbers of search engine hits for the individual, and the like.

We are pending the name to allow commenters to discuss just how prominent an individual needs to be to have “significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts”, given that the names of many such individuals may only be known to specialists.

On the one hand for the present submission, Asa Grey’s name is largely known only by specialists. On the other, Asa Gray’s work clearly “shaped the course of world science”. In particular, Gray authored or co-authored the first editions of Gray’s Manual, still the standard text on North American plants. He also formed one of the first global networks of naturalists, was a founding member of the National Academy of Sciences, and arranged for Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to be published in the United States. He also defended the highly controversial theory of evolution and attempted to reconcile it with the prevailing theological teachings in a series of essays entitled Darwiniana. He is widely considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

If Asa Gray is important enough to protect, the present submission will be returned for presumption, as the two names can be identical in sound.

This name does not conflict with the registered name Aislinn Grey. One syllable has been substantially changed in sound and appearance under PN3C2 of SENA.

This name also does not conflict with the registered name Emma Grey. Both syllables of the given name have been changed in sound in appearance, so this name is clear under PN3C1 of SENA.

This was item 12 on the East letter of February 29, 2016.

 


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

Polling Response Deadline – Friday, September 9

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 12:17

Responses to the second poll of Their Highnesses Brion and Anna need to be sent before midnight,  Friday, September 9th, when the polls close.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.


Filed under: Announcements

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #12: Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-01 15:22

Our twelfth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Condêssa Violante do Porto, of the Shire of Quintavia. She examines a kind of puzzle that is all too familiar to the student of historical crafts: What do you do about problems arising from trying to do a historical craft with our more modern tools? (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

Tablet weaving in progress. By Lionel Allorge (Own work) [GFDL , CC BY-SA 3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons.


The subject of this paper will discuss adapting period patterns for modern looms in order to tackle the problems presented by using modern tools for period narrow weaving. This is not exclusive or proprietary; as I will discuss, I stumbled upon this technique by accident. This technique is also an adaptation to a modern loom, and I know of no examples supporting this as a period technique. My argument is that it is possible, and easy, to maintain the integrity of period patterns when working on a modern loom without relying on modern solutions. This technique could be similarly applied to more period techniques of tablet weaving, such as the backstrap method, as another means of handling the problems associated with some of the more complex period patterns.

Tablet weaving is one of my favorite art forms because it spans so many periods and cultures. Evidence of Iron Age tablet weaving exists as far back as the 8th century BCE and continues through until at least the 15th century. The most recognizable examples, and my area of interest tend to revolve around the Norse cultures commonly mislabeled as “Vikings”. This paper is not meant to address the history or cultural significance of tablet weaving, so that is all that I will add to the historical overview.

One of the specific problems associated with tablet weaving is “twist”. Tablet weaving is worked by turning tablets forwards or backwards in order to create the “shed” necessary for any type of weaving. As the tablets are turned forwards or backwards to create a pattern, the warp fiber to be woven ahead of the cards begins to twist in a lane. The more that any particular card is turned in one direction, the more noticeable this twist will be. If your pattern has a different number of forwards and backwards turns among the cards, twist will develop along the warp lane/s of the card/s with the uneven number of turns. For example, if your pattern has 24 cards and cards 1-20 turn four forward and four backwards (4F/4B), but cards 21-24 turn 8 times backwards (8B), lanes 21-24 will develop twist. This becomes a problem as the overly twisted yarn becomes unusable. It also creates tension variance along the width of the band, which will affect the overall quality of weaving throughout the piece.

In period, a tablet weaver would tie their warp to two points. There are examples of period looms where these points are two posts that can be adjusted as the weaving tightens towards completion. Below we can see a 15th century image of Mary weaving using such a technique. Another technique is referred to as the back-strap method. With this technique the weaver ties the working end of the weave to a horizontal bar tied to their waist, and the other end to a post. Both of these methods allow the weaver to deal with twist by untying the end to be worked and combing out the twist.

Mary weaving in the Temple. 1410. Illuminated Book of Hours. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands.

In the SCA we have become particularly innovative in our ability to adapt modern sensibilities to the recreation of period arts. Modern tools are used to help expedite the period process across the entirety of SCA arts. Gas stoves, propane torches, pvc pipe, and many other conveniences make the pursuit of period arts easier and more accessible to a greater population of the SCA. One of my favorites is the portable tablet loom. This ubiquitous SCA loom has allowed countless artists to pursue the various types of narrow work over the SCA period. It is an incredibly practical device allowing complex weaves to be transported to events for teaching, learning, or just getting through court!

Portable tablet-weaving loom at the Peter-und-Paul-Fest in Bretten. CC BY-SA 2.5

The problem with the modern loom is that it does not allow the weaver the opportunity to untie one end to comb out developing twist. There are two solutions that SCA weavers have employed to combat this issue. One is to work with undocumentable modern patterns, and the other is fishing swivels. These are modern solutions to a problem created by a modern tool, and to me represents a further step away from period accuracy.

The first solution is to use one of the thousands of really stunning undocumentable patterns that have evenly counted turns. For the bulk of my weaving experience, I was limited to these patterns because I did not have a suitable method for dealing with twist developing unevenly across the band. There are many period patterns that can be worked using an even number of forwards and backwards turns, eliminating this concern entirely. I had a habit of doing prettier, undocumentable patterns instead.

The second solution is to use fishing swivels. My knowledge of period fishing is extremely limited, but I suspect that these ingenious little devices are not period. In my experience, this technique didn’t do me any favors. Tie one end of your warp to an end of the swivel, travel the warping pattern of your loom, then tie the other end of the warp to the other end of the swivel. I found tying the cards to fishing swivels to be extra annoying. The swivels also didn’t play nice on my loom. After a few attempts, I abandoned this method and just stuck to patterns as a means to combat the twist problem.

Fishing swivels. By User Raboe001 [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.


There are a lot of really great period patterns that do create uneven twisting. My favorite patterns came out of the Birka find. There are so many great shapes. Keys, hooks, knots, basket weaves, fylfot (swastikas), and many more. Before they became associated with 20th century evil, swastikas were actually very cool.

So in order to recreate the more complex patterns on the modern loom, I had to come up with a means to combat twist. It is possible to maintain the integrity of the period patterns simply by mirroring the motifs! This is actually easy to accomplish, and I will demonstrate the turn diagram that I use and then how to adapt it for the new technique. I only write down the third highlighted column as a personal shorthand to read turning patterns. I use a regular piece of notebook or notecard and use the top line for forward and the second line for backwards. I am using three columns to explain how I read the third column in shorthand. The below pattern is completely arbitrary, but a good example of the erratic turning counts found in complex period weaves.

(Click to view larger)

As you can see, cards 1-4 & 11-15 constantly turn forwards, card 9 always turns backwards, and the rest have some variation. This will create different twists. Cards 1-4 & 11-15 and 9 will always develop the same amount of twist, in different direction. With the remaining cards turning at uneven intervals, these lanes will all develop different tensions. This is typical of the complex weaves I wanted to add to my portfolio of work.

In order to mirror the motif from the above pattern, I will add a few turns forwards and backwards to create visual and physical space between motifs. The number of turns is completely based on what I think “looks good”. This could be any number, but I like to use 4-10 as a rough guide. Then write the pattern from bottom to top completely inverting the turning directions. What I end up with is two rows read in a circle from top left to bottom left, bottom right to top right, then back down on the left. I have used different highlighting colors to show the pairs that are inverted.

(Click to view larger)

There may be patterns that have repeats built in, and you can use as many repeats as you like until the twist becomes a problem for your tension. What is important to the technique I am trying to demonstrate is the inversion of the pattern. It doesn’t matter if your pattern has repeats, is a particular standalone motif, or a combination of the two. This technique has three integral pieces to be successful:

  1. Write down your pattern (with or without repeats)
  2. Add F/B turns to the beginning and end to create physical and visual space to turn the pattern around
  3. Write down the mirror of the pattern by directly inverting the turning instructions for each row.

The picture below shows the completed technique using elements from various Birka bands. I hope that this technique will help you in your weaving! Good luck, and have fun!

Samples of my tablet weaving using this trick. Click for a larger image.


Filed under: A&S Research Papers, Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences

Pennsic 2016 Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-08-29 21:24
East Kingdom College of Heralds

Report for the Court of: Kenric and Avelina

Event: Pennsic
Location: Aethelmearc

Date: 8/7/16-8/12/16
Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock 
(assisted by Yehuda ben Moshe, Anastasia da Monte, Martyn de Halliwell, Ryan MacWhyte, Liadan ingean Chineada)

 

SUNDAY 8/7/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Talan ap Gueiluirth, Silver Tyger, Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

Talan Gwyllt, Silver Tyger

Kit de Coldwood, Silver Tyger

Ciaran d’alltherien Tostigh, Silver Tyger, Elizabeth Greenleaf

Sorcha Dhocair, Golden Rapier, Sarra Graeham of Bimham

 

MONDAY 8/8/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Tiernan MacAlpin, Chivalry, Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, Faelin MacLochlainn

 

TUESDAY 8/9/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Eon of Carolingia, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Doroga Voronin, Silver Rapier, Nataliia etc.

Dionisio da Desio, Silver Rapier,

Lupold Hass, Golden Rapier, Palozi Marti

 

WEDNESDAY 8/9/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Mikjall Bogmadr, Master Bowman,

Alexandre de Champlaine, AoA,

Sean of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Keegan of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Sean Dubh, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Marian Rose Meerstappa, Gilder,

Marguerite ingean Lachlainn, Augmentation of Arms, Heather Rose DeGordoun

Sean O Morain, Troubador, Magdelena von Kirschberg

Poplyr Childs, Apollo’s Arrow, Nest verch Tangwistel

Grimolfr Skulason, Silver Wheel, Eadaoin Chruitire

Magnus de Londres, Golden Mantle, Hawise ferch Meredith

Anelida of Falconbridge, Company of the Pennon,

Sigurthr Vigurhafn, Company of the Pennon,

Vissevald Selkirksson, Company of the Pennon,

Colin Ursell, Company of the Pennon,

Nicolette Bonhomme, Company of the Pennon,

Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, Company of the Pennon,

Magdelena, King’s Award of Esteem,

Carminante, King’s Award of Esteem,

Maggie Rue, King’s Award of Esteem,

Kayleigh MacWhyte, King’s Award of Esteem,

Rolf the Carter, King’s Award of Esteem,

Remy dela Montaigne de Gascogne, King’s Award of Esteem,

Anne of Farmlingham, Queen’s Order of Courtesy,

Dom Coelho do Baraco, Court Barony, Saerlaith ingen Chennetig

Alys Treeby, Maunche, Agatha Wanderer

Isabel du Ross, Silver Crescent, Lada Monguligin

Samuel Peter deBump, Master Bowman,

Brunissende Dragonette, Laurel, Isobel Chamberlaine

Ruslan Novgorodcev, Tyger of the East, Vettorio Antonello

 

FRIDAY 8/12/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Handsome Boys, Blue Tyger Legion,

 

 


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Theleme at Penn

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-08-29 21:04

Greetings!  On August 20th the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust held its Theleme at Penn event in the Rare Books Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Artisans and Scholars of the East Kingdom were invited to come and talk about their research, both failed attempts, successes and ideas for future works.

Presentations were held on a wide variety of topics. A track related to books included presentations such as: “Interactive Manuscripts” (Lady Lianor de Matos), “Bookmarks and Bookbinding” (Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal) and ” The Felbrigge Psalter: a 14th century embroidered book cover” (Mistress Avelyn Blakenye)

A second track of presentations, and several posters, included works on a variety of topics, such as “The Intersection of Naalbinding and Knitting” (Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid), “Swordsmanship as Theater” (Lord Lorenzo Gorla), “Research as Perseverance” (Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel), and “Humoral Theory in the Medieval Kitchen” (Master Galefridus Peregrinus)

 

What made this event truly unique, though, was the opportunity to view, examine,and touch medieval manuscripts from Penn’s Rare Book collection. Included among the documents pulled for attendees to view was an illuminated chronicle tracing the descent of Edward IV from Adam. This fantastic roll of parchment can be viewed in detail on the library’s website:http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren/detail.html?id=MEDREN_4171757 

 

To learn more about the event you can:

View  the event photo album:http://s1028.photobucket.com/user/laralu/library/Theleme%20at%20Penn%202016

View the event schedule & poster and presentation descriptions:
http://ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org/events/past-events/theleme-at-penn/theleme-lectures-and-posters/

Power Point Presentations:

 

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mJ6pptzKR7vVR2i-44KTp6yA3fo4xgJ81ReUUgvPDq8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Master Galefridus Peregrinus: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwf0dm2qzr76ttq/Humoral%20practice%201.pptx?dl=0


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