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Nov. 15th, 2010

Inga and the Seven Bacon Martyrs

Now that I've ascertained this piece has reached its recipient, the last piece off that warp...


"Inga and the Seven Bacon Martyrs"
cotton warp/ground weft, wool pattern weft


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Oct. 19th, 2010

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

I got my hands on a copy of Bonaderna från Skog och Överhogdal: och andra medeltida väggbekländer by Anne Marie Franzén and Margareta Nockert!!!!!!!!

Will begin translating it and posting diagrams (done in my own hand to avoid breaking copyright) after this weekend! Stay tuned! :)


Kirk and Bryjna Portrait
-including images and colours from their personal heraldry and a griffin for Avacal (it actully lies a bit straighter, but I was photographing it lying on the skirt of the apron dress I was wearing, pulled over a bench outside for a backdrop.)

Jul. 28th, 2010

Meme-r meme-r meeeeeme-r!

So I yelled BANANAS at ravnsdaughter, and then completely forgot I'd done so.

- Leave a comment saying "ORANGES" (Why? Because the meme says so, that's why.)
- I'll respond by asking you five questions.
- Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

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Jul. 17th, 2010

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Name Research for Persona Worksheet

Finally getting around to actually completing sections of my Sooper-Dooper Persona Worksheet Questionnaire of Vast and Mighty Awesome-age

It's kinda long.....

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Jul. 13th, 2010

A&S50 Challenges

I occurs to me, that maybe, just maybe I might be more likely to actually DO something on my Challenges, if I'm posting them all out there for people to see and to point and laugh at me if I don't do them. So.

I've started a blog, as I understand them sooooo much better than LJ really, but will link posts in both places so you can respond at whichever you prefer (yes, I know, OpenID, but I still understand how to POST better there, and have way more SCA contacts/friends HERE)

http://brigidavadesbana.blogspot.com/

My newest shiiiniest version of the Persona Worksheet is there on a tab under the header, along with lists of possible projects, and I've posted some projects that are on those lists, though mostly you'll be familiar with them from here. Also posted the link to the online how-to for my Medieval dollmaking on the How-To tab.

Don't worry, I won't forget all of you and stop posting here again! :)

Jul. 3rd, 2010

Doll Making Photo Tutorial

I give up...

Well, not exactly giving up, at least not entirely. I had planned to post this when I had the printable PDF ready, and a few corrections made to the page, but at this point, the PDF is slow-going because I've never made one before and am learning as I go along, and my tech support can't help me post it anyway for a while, so I'm posting it as an online tutorial only right now. People wanting a printable PDF will have to wait a bit. For those comfortable working at a computer, here, finally and at last, is my Medieval Doll-Making Tutorial #1 (one style of doll, two variants each for arms and heads)

http://www.thepassingstranger.com/Tutorial_Dolls_00.htm

Only major correction I'd found so far is that the last blog link on the first page takes you to the same blog entry as the first. The correct link is:
http://thepassingstranger-brenda.blogspot.com/2010/02/sneak-peek-dublin-doll.html

Jun. 30th, 2010

Överhogdal Tapestry Technique

Wasn't posting pictures in progress as I was keeping it a surprise (sort of) until it was done. But here is the first sample piece of the Överhogdal Tapestry Technique, as reconstructed by me.*

These tapestries are part of a Early Medieval Scandinavian tradition of supplemental-weft figurative weaving on narrow bands of cloth (sometimes called friezes), most likely intended to be hung just at or above eye level around the interior of a structure, and part of the wider European tradition that includes such embroidered wall hangings as the Bayeux Tapestry.

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Jun. 21st, 2010

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In response to a few messages from Tir Righ to the Avacal list regarding Avacal/Tir Righ War. It messed up in all three lists I sent it to (*differently*) so now it's here, looking like it's supposed to.




Hear the roar of Hárr's waves, (1) & (2)
Heed now, raven-feeders! (3)
Swan of corpses' counsel (4)
Calls for bold boast's swallow.

Spear-wives now are weaving;(5)
Weapon-Eir swift snaring.(6) & (7)
Song of wound-oar singers (8)
Set fast the war-fetters. (9)

Storm-hall rings with stool-quake; (10)
Star-trees felled in warring. (11)
Weak grow their wound-fires (12)
Wolf-greed slaked with bleeding.

Battle-speeders, we speak not
Spear-shakers, we fear not
Graceful Griffin, laughing
Great and long his fate-cloth.

[Listen to this poetry and pay attention those who would fight us! The wiser heads of Thought and Memory suggest you retract your words. The Valkyrie are weaving the cloth of this war and binding you with terror. The halls of Tir Righ's Prince tremble with fear, as your warriors lay dying. Your sword-arms grow weak, and wolves will feast on your blood. We do not need to boast of OUR prowess, we do not fear you. The Griffin stands and will stand with might and grace long after we are all food for ravens!]


(1) Hárr: "one-eyed", ie. Óðinn
(2) Hárr's waves is a reference to the mead of poetry
(3) "Raven-feeders" -Warriors
(4) "Swan of corpses" -Ravens; a reference, in context, to Óðinn's ravens Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory)
(5) 'Spear-wives" -Valkyrie
(6) Pronounced "ey-r"; "ey" as in they; Eir is one of the Valkyrie ("help, mercy")
(7) Snaring = Snare-weave, a type of decorative weaving similar to soumak, used in the Viking Age to create pictorial cloth, (see A&S display at AT War; that's right boys and girls, I don't just do Viking smack-talk, I do Viking smack-weaving too!)
(8) "Wound-oar" -Sword
(9) The Valkyrie could weave war-fetters that could bind warriors with terror
(10) "Storm-hall" would normally be a reference to the sky; in context here, it refers to the 'hall' of the Tir Righ Prince; the stool thus is his throne.
(11) "Star-trees" -Trees are common metaphor for warriors, usually "tree of [some sort of weapon]"; in light of Tir Righ's heraldry, I thought star-tree would still work here.
(12) "Wound-fires" -Swords
(13) The Valkyrie rip the cloth off the loom and tear it to shreds when a king or prince dies….kind of.

Feb. 5th, 2010

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Photo tutorial on making the Roman Era rag dolls is in write-up stage! I just need a day or two off!

In the mean time, a sneak peek!

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Oct. 23rd, 2009

That's an ...interesting... future...

Neil Gaiman has an odd little thing....an online Oracle. (I notice it has one of Lisa Snellings' poppets living in it....)

My future? And I quote- "11."

That's it.

"11."

Sigh.

I tried it again, to see if perhaps it was a bit confused as to what I was asking, and it's response was: "The dog."

I do not have a dog. The cats won't let me. I do not argue with the cats.

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