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I have been very bad about updating my livejournal. Partly because writing updates on facebook is much faster, partly because I've been working on "secret" projects so couldn't update continually without spoiling things. Partly because LJ has lost some of its readership to the aforementioned fb, me included.

My 39:th project: AoAAh well, there is plenty to talk about now then. I've done scrolls, quite a few.
I did a backlog scroll for Elisabeth Gottfridsdotter. She received her AoA at Midsummer Coronation in 2009 from Franz and Willhelmina, and this spring I took over the backlog and finished it for her as number 39 (here before gilding).

My 40:th project: Vita Portens Väktare40 (to the left), 41 and 42 were all given out at Nordmark Coronet (Stigot's VPV, SvartulvR and Elizabeth's viscounty) plus a prize scroll which I forgot to number it gets to be #47. It was the prize scroll for the A&S Competition, and went to Niamh.

#43 was a Court Barony with Grant of Arms for Felicitas Schwartzenbergin that she got upon stepping down as Gotvik Baroness at St Egon. I had no time to also make Clemen's CB scroll which irks me a little, but that's reality.

#44 was filling in the calligraphy on a blank scroll, Lali Ingermarsdotter received a Ljusorden (Nordmark A&S award) also given at St Egon.

The Queen (Siobhan) went off to an event down in Frankmark on her own and two gentles down there received Award of Arms, so Franck vom Berg and Carrisma vom Berg got scrolls 45 and 46. Thankfully I only had to do calligraphy for those as the Queen had a couple of blanks ready.

At Double Wars I was roped into some stunt scribing - doing calligraphy on two scrolls. One backlog for Eira and Torbjörn given to Hroald Pai (48) and a PCS for Vitus Flavius (#49). These two I have no pictures of at all unfortunately. I didn't have the wits about me to take pictures of them.

For Double Wars I also made a shirt for Sir William of Richwood's vigil, and a table-runner with his device, initials and a Knight's chain. I also half-finished a napkin with a Dragon Rose emblem. I chose to do a slightly too large rose to be able to finish it, so I am still working on it. Stigot won it in the raffle at the end of the war, so I know where it needs to end up :)

Backing up again, I finished a black (cotton) velvet 16th C gown for Nordmark Coronet Tourney which might be my new favourite item of clothing. It's wool-lined so nice and warm, it fits just right, and has sleeves. Plus it fills the slot of 'black velvet gown' that I've needed in my wardrobe. I wore it in the pretty dismal weather conditions at the Coronet and was not even a little cold where it covered me. And it looks pretty good too.

Silk painting: Finished flagDuring the Easter holidays we booked a little household activity: painting silk standards. Isabetta did most of the preparations and brought the paints, gutta, brushes, paper for templates and she and William purchased lumber for frames. Me and Edricus and Helwig and Johann rounded out the numbers and we worked pretty much a full day on Friday, Sunday and Monday to paint eight silk standards. We each made a personal one and me and Helwig cooperated to make two household standards with the remaining two bits of silk. Mine still needs to be hemmed and attach a sleeve to put it on a pole. William, Isabetta and Edricus' standards all flew at Double Wars, and the two household flags were set up in William's vigil tent and looked awesome.

I also made a little patchwork pouch for Kerstin of Medeltidsmode. The pincushion I made for myself was stuffed with fabric samples from her, and the remaining pieces of wool samples I made up into a little bag, lined it with more of her summer-weight wool and then I braided a silk drawstring for it. She liked it when I handed it over to her at Double Wars :) The only picture of that one though, is from a distance and not very good. Again, I finished it on site and forgot to take my camera out!

Lately I've been working on a bit of leather tooling. I took a class during Double Wars, and it de-mystified the craft for me and gave me the courage to try it. I'm going to enter my first piece in the Kingdom A&S Competition at Coronation. Just because I was already going to write documentation to go with it, and a deadline is sometimes a good thing. It's supposed to also be a "secret" project, so until it reaches the recipient I won't post photos. Also, it's not 100% finished either :)

And now, I will post the above, and go see about uploading photos to update this post with shortly.
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Wow, what an event. So many things that were almost too awesome for words. Mistress Isobel, aka [ profile] attack_laurel was there, teaching awesome classes. The Hovdala day was awesome. So many cool people, and finally my apprentice brother, William of Richwood was made a Knight. Two of my secret projects were for him, a shirt, and an embroidered table runner. I don't know if I have photos of them though, as I finished them with very little time to spare!

Also, while at the event I finished a little bag I made from fabric samples from Medeltidsmode, lined with more of her wool and gave it to Kerstin who owns and operates Medeltidsmode. She is my go-to-gal for all of my SCA fabric needs.

I finished a mi-parti overlapping gown for the Crown Princess' daughter. Isabetta had the idea to give said daughter some ear-mufflers, but cover them in something nice. It ended up as an entire outfit with two hats, gloves, tunic and overtunic which me, Isabetta and Viscountess Anna made and gave to Her Royal Highness at the war.
Additionally I did calligraphy on two scrolls on site. One backlog from Eira and Torbjörn (for Ld Hroald Pai), and one last-minute PCS for Titus Flavius.

I've been gathering the photo-albums. So far most of them are on facebook, which can suck. But that is one reason to join fb for sure - people tend to post their photos there.

Double wars XXV  (Valai Almgren)
Double Wars 2012  (Racaire)
Double Wars 2012, flickr (Racaire)
Knäcke 25  (Arthur McGowan)
Photos from the SCA event "Double Wars XXV"  (Aleydis van Vilwoorde)
Double Wars  (Emelyne of Twynham)
Double Wars XXV  (Katheryn Hebenstreitz)
Katheryn's Photos on Picasa
Double Wars 2012  (Whilja af Gothia)
Double Wars 2012 (Delphina Bearcat)
Knäcket 2012 (Silwa av Svaneholm)
Doubel Wars 2012 (Carola de Flintebeke)
Double Wars 2012 (Röd Grön)
Double Wars 2012 (Isabetta del Verde)
Double Wars XXIV 2012 (Izabella del Cacco)
Double Wars XXV 2012 (Wilda Frejasdotter)
Double Wars XXV (Danel Udalshou)
Double Wars 2012 (Duarte Goncalvez)
Double Wars in Drachenwald (Yara)

Yes, mine will come eventually.
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I am still a little foggy as I've been well struck-down with a cold after the Coronet Tourney my shire put on this weekend. But I have some things to report.

Firstly, the pincushion cube is completely finished and put to use already, and it's working out just as well as I had hoped. And the side with raised embroidery worked out even better, because I can store sewing needles through the raised bits, without them falling out, or disappearing into the cube. Double-score. Although my next pincushion will be a little bit shorter, and twice as wide as it is deep, and I will design the raised embroidery better to catch the tips of needles.

Secondly, I did three scrolls for this weekend, one Principality level fighting award for Lord Stigot, and the viscounty scrolls for the departing couple SvartulvR and Elizabeth. I did all three in a grant letter style, so basically all calligraphy. For Stigot's I did paint a white portal in the initial letter, though, using fake gold leaf which I just got and had to try out.

For the Viscounty scrolls I doodled in the initial letter, and added a few personal touches in the scrollwork. I also made them on real parchment. I'm pleased with the results for all three, and the recipients seemed to appreciate them :) They only lack seals, and I know SvartulvR has a kit to attach it to theirs. I might see if I can talk to someone local to add it to Stigot's.

I also finished a new dress for this weekend. I bought a black cotton velvet bedspread in Morjärv once upon a time... thinking I could turn it into a 16th Century gown, and I finally did. Most construction seams are done on the machine, and I patterned the bodice after my red kirtle which I adore. And since I wore the black gown all day Saturday with no discomfort or ill effect I now also adore this black one. I had a beige and black trim in my stash which I decorated the bodice with, also as a decoration around the hem, and down the seams in the sleeves. Ah, yes, it is long-sleeved, square necked, and has a slight dip in the front bodice where the skirt lies flat. The back panel of the skirt is gathered using knife pleats all pointing towards the centre back. For once I also remembered to have someone take nice photos of me in the new dress :)

I unfortunately do not have pictures of these items ready to post yet. But figured I should update this poorly neglected blog with some happy news.

At Nordmark Coronet Tourney and Aros Spring Sword and Buckler II our little household grew! Helwig took a fourth apprentice in Lady Isabetta del Verde. Which was awesome.

And I got to see Viscountess Filippa's gift-wrapping-paper dress of much bling and there was joy.

Also - no longer a lady-in-waiting! Yay! Although I loved serving SvartulvR and Elizabeth - they are good people.
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Not quite the ultimate truth, but not a lie either.

The last year and a half I have not been doing very much in terms of projects for the SCA. I've been busy doing other things. In the spring of this year I took over a kingdom office, and have had some added paperwork and administration to deal with there. I was going to do scribal work, but lacked the appropriate set-up to get things going. I started two dress projects without getting anywhere, but I did do some embroidery and smaller projects.

I have been fairly good at updating the Project Finished list that I've got posted at the top of my LJ, so you can see there the items I have finished this year. The main one being the metal thread embroidered coif.

I have also finished one Viking shirt for my new liege lord, Prince SvartulvR. Ah, yes, SvartulvR won the Nordmark Coronet Tourney for his lady wife, Elizabeth of Woodbury, and I had told them before the tourney that if they won I would be happy to assist them as a lady-in-waiting. They did win, I repeated my offer, and Elizabeth accepted it before I had even finished my sentence :) They did only the bare minimum at their investiture court, but SvartulvR was at Visby to accept oaths of fealty, so I went in and pledged my service for the reign in such matters as the King and Queen does not already have my oath.

Before the Coronet Tourney I had also brought with me some belt fittings which I asked SvartulvR to make copies of for me, so for that work I had already promised him a shirt of my making. I took measurements and finished it by Visby. I haven't seen him in it, but it should fit well enough. So one more shirt for the high and mighty done :)

I also made about ten little bags of black wool, lined with linen, fitted with drawstrings to close them and carrying straps to suspend them from belts etc. I made them to give away as prizes at the Kingdom A&S Competition, and as thank you tokens for the judges. I think they were appreciated. I made the drawstrings etc out of fingerloop braids in the Kingdom colours.

I also made one larger bag for myself using my colours (black, green and white) to use as a new sewing supplies bag. It is pretty spiffy, even if I do say so myself. The red cloth bag I have been using up until now is note quite colour fast and has discoloured a couple of projects before. Also the fabric in that is a Christmas theme fabric, so I'm glad to retire it.

I also made a cotton/linen blend shirt for my Laurel, Mistress Helwig. Kerstin of had some light-weight fabric with her to Double Wars which lots of us purchased. Helwig and me among them. I took some of her yardage and turned it into a shirt for her, with neck and cuff frills, and her initial embroidered on the front panel. I have also started and almost finished one for myself. Currently I'm stuck at the step of gathering the neck ruff into the collar. Boring!

I also made some new stuff for my Visby encampment. Chief among them a seat cushion for my break-down bench, two pillow-cases for throw cushions and one carrying bag with shoulder strap, all out of the same gorgeous cotton fabric I found at Ohlsons Tyger&Stuvar. The bench cushion can be seen here in situ on the bench in camp at Visby (look for the blue and white fabric in the lower left corner).
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Aah, Double Wars. My favourite event in the Whole Knowne World!

The trip there went smoother than expected after we discovered we'd be ten scadians on the same train to Hässleholm. We managed the 3D-tetris that is luggage racks after some head-scratching.

Going by train from Aros was me, Mistress Helwig, Anna Nilsson with daughters Tove and Arina, Lady Alvhilde with two sons, Lord Styrbrjörn Bärsärk and Lady Ragnhild Leifsdotter. We're not the people with the smallest amount of luggage.

Anyway, the train ride was nice and relaxing, and I managed to snooze while I shared headphones with Helwig: we were listening to an audio book.

At Hässleholm Anna and Alvhilde had arranged the rent of a people-carrier. It had seats for nine, we were eight, and there was plenty of space even for our epic pile of luggage.

Notable happenings at Double Wars: Filippa could finally accept a green belt from Mistress Helwig. Stigot got a red belt from Sir Brendan. Magnus got awarded the White Portal. Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz, OP, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Viscount Arngrim Biornsson changed his name to Armand d'Alsace and was knighted. Master Måns Knutsson Kotte was also knighted - from the King's privy chamber (tent) as the King was injured and could not get up to court.  Several lovely people got Panaches, Genevieve and Robert each got a permanent heraldic title, and so much more I can't remember it all.

Other things: I finished and delivered four napkins, and sundry for Mistress Katheryn's Laurel vigil and she was mighty pleased. See image below and following images in the album.
From Giftbasket

I finished and handed over the V&A reproduction coif-set to Viscountess Filippa. The one with silver thread embroidery. I also entered it in the A&S competition and won Queen and Princess' choice. I also assembled it fully. Although it needs to be half dis-assembled again for the lining to be put in. I left that step for Filippa to do herself. We tried it on her head briefly. See image below and following images in the album.
From Embroidery

I'm still working on editing the photos I took at the event. Soo many. I will keep you posted.
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Since I went south for Easter rather than north, I had an entire day to spend at illumination, and I invited the Shire to come for a scribal day at my place today. Only one other person came, Helwig. Ermingard would have come, but she also went south for Easter and didn't make it back to Aros in time. I don't mind terribly that I don't get invaded by people for scribal days, but I know there are interested people out there. When they are able to I'm sure they will come.

Anyway, I bit the bullet and finally started sketching out the border on Helwig's Laurel scroll. Only pencil for now, since I did not bring my oak gall ink back south with me, and I want to ink the lines with that before I start painting. I'll be incorporating a portrait in the border, of Helwig in her Anna Meyer dress. It's going to be a challenge all right. Yikes.

Then when I had gotten as far as I could with that I started a brand new blank scroll for our new Principality of Insulae Draconis. It's going to be a fairly simple page, bordered on three sides by vines mostly in the style of Digby 36, my fave. I actually didn't have any original in front of me when I started the sketching, and I got so far as putting down the gold ground before we quit. I am actually feeling rather good about that. Since it means that I have taught myself that style well enough that I no longer have to copy, but rather can create freely.


In other, slightly older, news I have also been to a sewing day since I've been at home, in which I managed to finish two projects. First of all, the badge with Aros' Shire arms for the Coat of Arms Wallhanging project that Racaire has started was finished. It's mostly modern materials, since all the embroidery is done with DMC cotton floss. The ground fabric is unbleached linen though.

First of all I outlined the owl in chain stitches, then filled it in completely using split stitches. Then I outlined the entire badge in yellow chain stitches and then filled in the background with split stitches. After that was done I added the red laurel wreath on top of the yellow using stem stitch and satin stitches. That part I am least happy about, since the background worked so beautifully with the split stitches, and I had to basically eyeball the wreath and improvise each stitch for the "stalk" and the leaves.

I have pictures of the finished badge, but I don't have the cord for my camera so I can't upload anything.

Secondly, I finished the shirt I owed my Laurel as wages for the year. If anyone remembers it was made to be "the second Anna Meyer shirt". Which meant smocking the collar. That was the step that held me up the longest. I finally stitched down the collar however, and finished eight cords for neck and cuffs. I did not include any embroidery in the project, so Helwig still has that to finish on the shirt. But it is done and off my to-do list now - Hurrah!
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I'm about to start on my third smocking project.

My first one was my lovely quickie-apron.

My second one was, well, is, the shirt I'm making for Lady Åsa Fredriksdotter, in payment for a gorgeous oak trencher she gave me. It's missing a few finishing touches, ties and such.

The third one, which I am about to start, is Mistress Helwig Ulfsdotter's shirt, my first shirt produced as a result of our indenture contract (I know I've said that a few times now, but it keeps being awesome so I'll probably say it a few times more).

The brief for the project is to make the second Anna Meyer shirt, the one she's wearing in one of the sketches, not the painting, so I'm going to have to spend a little more time studying the look before I'll brave the dive. I am also -not- looking forward to marking the entire collar. It took me ages and lots of swearing to do with Åsa's shirt, and then I still managed to mess up. I'm hoping nobody will notice that particular mistake.
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So, again I've been asked to hold some sort of class. I know I'm fairly competent at a lot of things, but I do not feel that I'm truly accomplished at anything in particular.

I know blackwork quite well, I've also held two classes in that. It really is the simplest technique, and what you can't learn in ten minutes about stitching blackwork, I can't work out. Of course practicing that technique takes more than ten minutes, but really, it's either straight running stitch, back stitch, and/or stem stitch for outlines. That's it. Patterns you can find in books, or published online. Perhaps I can put together a reference document for where to find patterns?

How to put up your hair to support late period headwear - I held that class last year at Double Wars.

I've had a couple of classes on 16th century shirts. Bored with that now, I think they're fairly simple and people can work it out all on their own - as shown by only three people attending that class.

Fitting - according to Helwig I'm better at fitting people than her, but I'm not sure how that translates into a class. It takes time and doing it along with someone quite a few times to get any good at it. It's taken Helwig several years of sewing circles to teach me. We are planning on doing fittings at Double Wars for gentlemen who wants doublet patterns, so that's how we're going to utilise that skill.

I can demonstrate some scribal techniques; how to learn a new ductus. I've held a class like that once, at Aros sidesword last year. It went quite well, I thought. I could do that.

Basic miniature painting, the steps to follow to build up a period looking result? It's surprisingly simple. And knowing that when you get to the stage of everything looking like a pastel nightmare, you're on the way to something fabulous and not to despair.

I did the amazing two metre kirtle layout. Laying out a 16th century kirtle using period methods on only two metres of fabric. For a smaller person like Helwig or Filippa that even leaves enough left over for sleeves, for a taller person like myself, it's a sleeveless variety. How does that translate to a class? A lecture on the value of fabric and how to not "over-spend" in an ill-concieved effort to make it look period? I don't know. I spread that gospel just by wearing the kirtle and asking people to guess how much fabric I used (everyone over-estimates).

How to put together a standard Elizabethan coif?

I don't know what else. Do you have any suggestions?
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Yesterday was the first official sewing circle of the new year, and we were six people all together working on wearable projects, plus Sir Johann painting miniatures.

For my part I had brought only two items, first the length of fabric for possibly cutting out Helwig's new shirt, secondly the green short sleeved 15thc kirtle for finishing.

I didn't cut out the shirt, but discussed with Helwig what I could do with it, and decided on how to proceed. It is going to be my first attempt at smocking a collar. Here's hoping it works.

I did however, persevere on the finishing of the green kirtle. I marked out 40 eyelets along the front opening and I opened them all up and whipstitched around them all. The kirtle is now completely wearable, although where I am going to wear it and when is another question. It isn't my most laudable achievement in costuming I must say.

Other happenings were the experimentation with Alcega me and Bengt got up to. He had with him some waxed linen fabric which he wanted to turn into something waterproof. I suggested a cape with attached hood as Alcega has in his excellent pattern book. We pulled it out of Helwig's newly re-organized shelves and set to work making two toiles and figuring out how it worked on the head and where to tweak it. Assistance and suggestions was ably given by William and Clara as well. Bengt proclaimed himself happy in the end and intends to make a full circle cape with attached hood out of the fabric and using the pattern we devised.

It was awesome in many ways.

Other people worked on knitting, naalbinding, recutting the armscye of a houpellande, making a toile of a new houpellande and starting the layout on the actual fabric (which is a red and black part silk brocade which is YUMMY!), adding trim to capes and all sorts of little things.

There was also tea, chocolate mousse ca... I mean fruit salad, freshly baked bread and brie and lots of lovely chat with lovely people.
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Today, I was paid my apprentice wages, as defined by my contract. And also the assignment to make my Laurel one shirt.

I am inordinately pleased by this.

In other news, I'm attenting Attemark's local event "Pink Challenge" in two weeks, and my A&S entry for the event will be an award scroll to be given out at the event. I'm making it mostly in pink and green, a nice combo I think. I'm not completely decided on the style, but that'll work itself out. The problem with making the scroll as my themed entry is I can't really show it off until after Court.
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My half is upside down on the top, Helwig's half is on the bottom. It's a proper indenture, and we got it witnessed by Queen Fiona and Prince Franz. They signed as well as Helwig and myself. It was awesome.
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Silk floss problem has been solved. Supplier located and order is in for more thread for the coif project.

Yesterday was sewing circle and we saw some ladies who have been busy for a long while again. It was quite nice. I brough only the coif embroidery with me, but unfortunately developed a horrible headache. Soothed it by ducks, and watching Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Today I talked a bit with my apprentice sister, who had to cancel her visit at the last moment, and was inspired enough to rummage through my fabric stash and pull a couple of nice woolens. I settled on a thin dark grey wool, and unbleached linen, which I proceeded to cut into a second Layton-inspired jacket for myself. It was interesting to note that I used up almost exactly 1.2 metres of fabric for the layout, including sleeves, and wings etc can be taken from the cabbage.

I've stitched together three of four sleeves (two wool and one linen lining sleeve) and have pinned the rest. I'm expecting this project to zoom along quite speedily and keep me busy while I wait for the silk floss to arrive.


Oct. 24th, 2009 10:15 pm
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At sewing circle today my Laurel sent me out to do pell-work. Sorry, I mean, basic research.

I was listless and uninterested so the suggested I play with Alcega for a bit. I leafed through him and found an intriguing pattern that I didn't quite understand. A Turkish morning gown can be separated from the Spanish morning gown by the addition of a hood. I didn't understand how the hood was constructed or attached, so I helped Helwig out a bit by cutting into a supposed chemise and made a scale model (1:8) of the full turkish gown. That still didn't fully explain the method of fastening, points of attachment and other details, so I cut into the former chemise some more and did a full sized mock-up of just the hood part.

Then I used Helwig as my full scale model and tried to pin it to her turtle neck in a couple of different ways until we figured it out. It was awesome.


My Laurel rocks.
liadethornegge: (awesome)
And then there were two - GLEE!


Oct. 2nd, 2009 01:18 am
liadethornegge: (scribe)
I made it! Two last minute scrolls done. One completely from scratch, the other just needed calligraphy and capital letter decorations.

I'm actually very pleased with mine. I adore Digby 36, and I've got a fairly good handle of the script as well.

Those, plus one indenture ready to be signed and cut in half with a text entirely too long, and not long enough all at once. I could have added more cool paragraphs, and if I had actually sat down to consider it fully before now I could have added different kinds of clauses. Anyway, I hope it will be cool. Hopefully we will get the two witnesses we want as well for extra added cool.

For tonight I have no more projects. Tomorrow I have to choose what to pack, including mundane stuff for a week, and enough clothes for two events (Civil War this weekend and Crown tourney next weekend).

For obvious reasons I can't post photos of the scrolls until after they have been announced. The indenture I could post photos of I suppose, but it will be much cooler after it's been signed and cut apart. And as for the secret sewing project, well, it's a secret and will get revealed at Civil War.

In unrelated news, I scored 4 metres of black wool at 59 kr/m this week. One plain black 16th Century kirtle is finally in my future. My plan is to make it front laced with a placard pinned across for a smooth fronted look while retaining ease of putting on. Moahaha!
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An apprentice contract is way cool. A proper indentured contract is way way cool.

However, now that I've formulated the text of the contract, had it approved by my Laurel and written it out once I am beginning to have second thoughts. That is a looooooooong text. And I have to write it out again, a second time, on the same piece of paper. Without making any mistakes, because if I make a mistake now, I have to do it all over again.


I shot myself in the foot there. I should have done what Vitus and Edricus did and outsource the scribal work. Only problem with that being that I only yesterday got the text finished.

Also to do today, calligraphy for second last minute scroll and whitework for both. Oy...

Tomorrow I have to pack my sca stuff, my mundane stuff, and also finish the secret project for Civil War. Not too much left. Just three sleeves that need closing.

I think I need a break. Maybe go eat a pizza.
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I got a green belt at Visby. But it's sort of semi official... we haven't signed a contract yet, and I definately want a proper indenture! And so does Helwig. (Yes, of course Helwig; who else?)

I've been thinking about the terms, and I've cut down the belt to the proper width now. It's looking very spiffy with buckle, belt-end and rivets. I'm going to add my belt loop hanger to it too that we got as an event token some time ago.


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