Where did February go? Oh, my..
I started the month by attending Calontir’s Clothier’s Seminar, which was an unusual choice for me. I had been once in the past, but didn’t feel like I got much out of it. The next year, my intentions to go were thwarted by an unusual for my area snow storm that dumped 3 feet and made it impossible to get out of my driveway. The year after, I was busy, and so on.
This year, there were a number of classes that appealed to me, so I made arrangements to head up with a friend. I got a lot of really good information from it, and had fun visiting with people.
The next weekend, I was mostly lazy and poked at my Kingdom A&S documentation, but otherwise relaxed and slept.
The weekend after, I went over to the house of friends, who were letting me use their back yard to dye my wool for one of my Kingdom A&S Championship entries. It was such pretty wool. However, the section of my documentation about it is now going to be entitled either “Dye Another Day” or “Dye, Dye Again”. Apparently, I got my ph level way off, and the initial woad dye bath (I was trying to use woad over-dyed with weld to get Lincoln Green) turned my fabric a lovely shade of blue…and plasticy and frangible. And, like the village idiot, I didn’t do a test piece. Sigh. So that was a fail. I looked at ordering more wool and trying again, but time was not on my side, so I moved ahead to pre-colored wool.
The last weekend in February, I went up to Chieftains in the Barony of Three Rivers. It was a nice event for me, because I had little to no responsibility. I took some classes, visited with people, plotted some upcoming mayhem, ate a pretty good feast, and then crashed early. It was also nice to get to travel with someone I don’t normally travel with and have some conversations about SCA theory.
So moving forward into March, I spent this past weekend at my parents, visiting and working on my surcoat entry. I got all the wool wash, did my pattern drafting, and got the base gown cut out. I also got a template done for my bats and all 6 traced. I got the white bends the bats will go on cut out and sized. Since then, I have done outline work on 4 of the 6 bats, and gotten the template drawn for the badgers. I think with judicious hard work, I can probably get the surcoat finished this weekend at the work weekend my apprentice sister is hosting. If I really eat my wheaties, I may get the glove entry constructed as well.
I will try to add some pictures later of the process. The food entry I am saving towards last since I think it will be the easiest for me.