Some Assembly Required: SCA Gifts to Make and Give

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One of the things I really love about SCAdians is that we love to make things. More and more, modern man is forgetting these skills. If Armageddon happens, my money is on the survival of the SCAdian! And so, without further ado, here is a list of links for items you may consider making and giving for the many Yule, Christmas, First Night and New Years parties that crop up this time of year.



Some assembly required: Sca gifts you can make and give


Awesome 14th c. Turnshoes with punched detail. Alas the author did not put their SCA or Modern name on this document, identified only as Crimsongriffon28 on Flikr, Shoes for A&S Competition (which is how I know it’s a SCAdian). Nice Job, though. Would love to credit this work! The foto shows purple shoes. And purple rocks it! Gothic Poulaines

Pattens are fairly easy to make if you do woodwork at all, and are a very cool gift, especially for the graceful and well shod. The cut-out soles and leather straps could be given as a do-it-yourself kit, too. (Pattens  are a Medieval wooden shoe device to raise your spiffy period shoes out of the mud). This page is from I Marc Carlson’s Footwear of the Middle Ages: Pattens, clogs, and wooden shoes.

Naalbinded socks: this page shows a great replication of the Coppergate sock, and instructions (and fotos—Naalbinding has various spellings) showing how to do it yourself. A great project using a nearly-forgotten skill with results similar to knitting, at . By Jen Thies? Author  contact link is not working. Socks of Nalbinding, 10th Century


Bread making the Medieval Way—requires ADOBE ACROBAT reader to view.Six pages of PDF give really good info about historical bread, the process of making it, and commentary on period ingredients. This appears to be from our Australian contingent,  with sources cited. I hope the young breadmaker in Tyr Ysgathr  (who had a great A&S entry in July, which I was privileged to judge) is reading!Bread making the medieval way (A compilation of research by Jean le Renaud de Pyranees (John Fox))

Cariadoc and Elizabeth’s Miscellany: Powdered Hyppocras, by David Freidman and Elizabeth Cook.This recipe is for the spices that make the Hyppocras. If you bundle them up prettily with an accompanying bottle of wine, you have made a nice Hyppocras “kit” that requires only to heat the wine and add the sugar. If you wish, you can add the sugar for your recipient, and then everything is there in one very thoughtful gift. Naturally, I think it would behoove you to make a test batch. After all, quality assurance is imperative!

Other Sundry Projects

Puravida/Rolling On One:  Inkle Loom Plans from another web page that is unsigned by the author. Upon significant investigation, it appears to be written by one Dean Bandes. Hope I got that right. This is an entry in his blog. The plans look great. More dowels would make much longer bands possible.A great gift might be the finished loom OR, consider giving the plans and a gift card for supplies. 

Replica of Mastermyr Tool chest (a viking find).A Replica Viking Chest, based on the Mästermyr Find By Stephen Francis Wyley Drawings by Steven Lowe. The Mastermyr chest was an incredible find and contributed greatly to knowledge of Viking woodworking, since it contained a set of woodworking tools in very good shape. The directions on this page are illustrated with photos and drawings. Not a novice project, but a very nice middle skill one. Detailed drawings are provided in links, and further links to similar projects are at the end.

Medieval Pouch by Howto History on Youtube (site uncredited by the author/videographer).Although this is a Youtube video, there are a lot more how-to videos at  on a number of subjects.  The pouch being made is terrific, and with the instructional video, easy but elegant. You may have to approximate the pattern footprint, since the home website is unfinished, but I hope they DO finish because the content is invaluable! This site is the project of living history people, I think, but again it is uncredited. And that’s a shame. This is part 1. Part 2 is easily reached. Vist the many other how-to videos on Youtube for more gift ideas.

Men’s Renaissance Red Caps by Vangelista di Antonio Dellaluna at The Florentine Persona.Great examples of the red cap that appears to have been one of our first episodes of viral fashion in Italy.  Instruction and photos of the finished product. It looks fairly simple, and certainly stylish!

Personalized stationary, notecards or invitations. SCA scribal guilds and colleges often post pictures of excellent work, such as these beauties from Lochac: What better place to gain inspiration (ok, the historical originals might be a good place!). Your gift recipient might be thrilled to have a custom set of personalized stationary, book marks, thank-you cards, business cards,  or invitations. With the wide variety of paper choices and the ability to replicate your design before painting, you could very well have a cottage industry, if you are skilled in this way.

Purple turnshoes on

They are the work of Mistress Katherine of Acquitaine, Barony of the Far West, West Kingdom.

Katherine is an incredibly talented costumer and has created work for a variety of periods and cultures.