Archive - May 2007

May 3rd

Book Arts Workshop: Bookbinding East Meets West

Day One: Eastern Traditions: A discussion of various styles including scrolls, Venetian blinds, and Japanese binding. Hands on production of: Punch Binding and Hardbound Accordion

Day Two: Western Traditions: Samples and discussion of western style codex binding. Hands on production of: Hardbound exposed spine binding on tapes Students will bring basic tools like pencils, rulers, scissors, and mat knives. Items such as awls, self-healing cutting mats, and needles will be provided. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Book Arts Workshop: Tackling Simple Book Repair

Jennifer Hain Teper, Conservation Librarian for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, will lead a workshop on the basics of book structure, identifying different types of damage, and conduct a hands-on tutorial for simple repair techniques for books, which can be used in libraries or at home.

Techniques to be covered include inserting loose pages, mending torn pages, cleaning, consolidating frayed corners and tightening loose hinges. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Book Arts Workshops: What is a Book Worth?

What is a book worth? And how do you know? And what do you mean by the "worth of a book"? Books have dollar value and intrinsic, research value. This workshop will discuss both.

Many things add to--or detract from--the values of books. What are the variables? Many tools exist out there to help us determine what the going rate for a book is. What are those tools? How can we use them? The tools themselves are fallible. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Why Knot Come and See?

This event is held in conjunction with the Campbell Gallery exhibit "Why Knot?" The Spurlock Museum and Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild present a day of fiberworking demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. Visit the Spurlock Museum online events calendar for updates on demonstrators and hand-made items for sale.

Embraceable Lace Workshop

If just the sight of lace-weight yarns has always caused you to break out in a rash, this introductory lace class is for you. With her unique, inspiring, fun-loving teaching style, Galina A. Khmeleva will unravel the myths and mystery about the complexities of knitting lace. She will have you knitting continental before this class is over, wondering what all the fuss was about. And finally, Galina will help individualize a lace-knitting project that is just right for you. You can and will learn to knit lace. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Textile Conservation Workshop

Want to keep a family wedding dress in good shape for your daughter? Wonder if that heirloom tablecloth was crocheted or tatted? Join Spurlock Museum Collections Manager, Christa Deacy-Quinn, and members of the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild for an afternoon of textile identification and conservation tips. Participants are asked to bring in one textile from home. They will receive a conservation booklet for later reference. No appraisals will be given on items brought to the workshop. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Shava's pictures of Silver Forest Ball

Elashava bas Riva has posted photos from the recent Silver Forest Ball in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Company of Medieval Aviculturists Ratifies Charter

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 at Popinjays Play in Brooklyn (Canton of Brokenbridge, Crown Province of Ostgardr, East Kingdom), the Company of Medieval Aviculturists unanimously ratified their charter.

3rd graders study medieval history with the help of the SCA

“'Don’t hit so hard that you break these things,' he told the kids, brandishing a sword with a foam blade covered in silver duct tape. 'Do not hit in the face. Use it to block. Now, find a partner. Find a sword,'” commanded Gunnarr Snaebjorn (aka Cory Beard) during a recent demo.

May 2nd

Dig set for Edinburgh's Cowgate

Archaeologists are preparing to begin a major dig at the site of the 2002 Old Town fire in Edinburgh's Cowgate district. They hope to find the remains of buildings dating as far back as the 12th century.

May Day Melees

The Shire of Drygestan is pleased to host May Day Melees, occurring on May 5, 2007, from 10AM to 4PM.

This year's May Day Melées will be held on Saturday, May 5th, in one of the Rancho Viejo Subdivision's parks, on the corner of Richards Avenue and El Cuero Way. This is the same location as last year's. We have the site from 10AM to 4PM and are planning much fighting and fun for all. There will be a Location:
Shire of Drygestan (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Midsummer's Twilight Tourney

Come join Buckston-on-Eno for a tribute to Don Quixote: a day of chivalry, revelry, and a celebration of Spanish culture! Not only are we tilting at windmills, we are turning the whole event upside down! There will be activities and contests sure to please everyone - but be warned that the feast will be at midday and the fighting in the twilight hours!

NOTE: If you are planning to bring a child not your own to the event, please review the youth information! We cannot allow children on site without the proper forms! Location:
Canton of Buckston-on-Eno (Leasburg, North Carolina)

Spring Tune Up 2007

Come and remove the "rust of the winter" from your armor! Fling the cloth yard shaft on the archery range (weather permitting). Fencers come and foil your opponents. Children come pursue combat with boffer weapons. Spend some coin in the merchant area or pass the time socializing in the great hall.

Saturday June 9 2007
Cookstown Curling Club

A&S-We have classes in veil beading, drop spindle, poetry, hood making, Location:
Canton of Caer Draeth (Cookstown, Ontario)

Middle Kingdom Royal University of the Midrealm (RUM) & War College

In the name of Their Royal Majesties of the Midrealm, the Marche of Gwyntarian shall sally forth to provision the Kingdom with RUM (and a War College)!

Join us for a day of learning, lunch, feast and pirate-themed fun!

Teachers, please contact the Dean of the College your class best fits: Location:
Marche of Gwyntarian (Akron, OH)

New Getty exhibit is a light in the dark

"Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through July 22.

Pennsylvania Blacksmith Retiring, Shop for Auction

Peter A. Renzetti, AKA "The Unknown Blacksmith" and owner of Arden Forge, is retiring. His shop and all of its contents go on the auction block in mid-May in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Wright State University trebuchet competition held

Master Phillip the Pilgrim reports that Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio recently held a trebuchet competition as a way to get high school students interested in science.

May 1st

Photos and video from Lochac's Rowany Festival

Aliena de Savigny has posted a photo album and a video from the 2007 Rowany Festival in the Kingdom of Lochac. The video deals with bead-making and iron forging.

Viking Longhouse Reconstruction Vandalized

Vandals in Britain attacked and damaged a reconstructed Viking longhouse used by schoolchildren to study medieval culture.

AEthelmearc Coronation photos

Thorpe has posted a large album of photos from the recent Spring 2007 Coronation in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.