It is with great pleasure that the University is offering the following classes at the University event in the Barony Beyond the Mountain.
Introduction to Tablet Weaving
An introductory class for beginners. Instruction will be on basic structure and technique
of tablet weaving, from ball of yarn to finished project. We will cover documentable, period
techniques, and try to focus on hands-on learning. Materials will be available for eight
students, but any number may sit in. A materials fee of $1 will cover the cost of yarn and
Lord Gauen Wydefare is a 9th century Breton in exile from his homeland, who spends his
time weaving and exploring other things to do with string.
Adventures in Palmistry-the Adventure Begins -
Learn practical beginner's palmistry skills you can
use immediately.Come prepared to learn and have fun!
Lady Catherine du Fay is a bard, an embroiderer, a
soothsayer with over 37 years of experience and
someone who loves to teach almost as much as she
loves to learn new things to share with others.She
is a member of the East Kingdom Soothsayer's Guild.
Meanwhile, Catherine Kane is a professional psychic
and is teaching a full palmistry course online for
E.K. Soothsayer's Guild members.....
Survey to Medieval Parrot Aviculture:
An introduction to parrots. We'll look at medieval parrot culture and
how medieval belief persists today. It sorts our concepts of these
birds from the reality, fact from fiction, starting with each
student's individual ideas of what a parrot is. Students will learn
what parrots are and discover the species most commonly kept in Europe
and Asia. We'll talk a little about food and nutrition and about toys
and why they were and are important with parrots.
Falconry verses Aviculture:
Birds played an important part in medieval life. Trade in parrots,
hawks, and falconry equipment was big business. Yet it is easy in
modern times to confuse the two arts. In this class you'll learn to
distinguish hawks from companion birds, falconry from aviculture, and
see just how distinctly different these two vibrant arts and sciences
really were while gaining appreciation for both.
More Than Mimics: Medieval Parrots and Parrot Communication:
Parrots just mimic what we say, right? In period they thought so. In
this class we'll discuss period attitudes towards the parrot ability
to learn our language while practicing hands-on how to communicate
better with them. A must for anyone who has a parrot, knows one, or
wants one someday.
Beginning Middle Eastern Drum- Doumbeck basics- how to hold it, strike it and play it.
No experience required. Sorry- No loaner instruments.
Progressive Beginner- Middle Eastern Drum- More Rhythms, accents and etiquette.
Participants in this class must have some experience with their drum. Sorry- No loaner instruments.
There is no class size restriction, Donations gladly accepted for handouts.
I will need a room with plenty of area to set chairs in a circle.
Class length should not exceed an hour- but you are welcome to make it shorter if that works out better for your schedule.
Arianism: Going Gothic in the Early Middle Ages
Soon after the fall of the Roman Empire, Arian
Christianity was the
dominant religion in northern Africa, Spain, and
most of Italy. Why
was this heresy so popular among Germanic tribes and
kingdoms? Why was it abandoned? An introduction to
and theological issues. Handout limited to 25
Troubleshooting your Tailoring
Making a flat pattern fit a round human
can be difficult. This will be a very interactive discussion where common
difficulties in fitting will be considered and addressed. Students are
encouraged to bring troublesome fitting issues.
A picture may be worth a 1000 words
But do you understand the language?
This class will cover some of the things you need to take into account when
using a painting as your primary source for garb- from what works to use to
figuring out construction method. max. 55 minute class with no fee
Keyhole neckline class
A class with practical
instruction on how to make
the keyhole neckline.
Chancellor Minor class
A discussion of how to run children's
activities at a variety of
different events (i.e. camping events and indoor
events). Craft ideas,
practicalities of running activities with the
current law restrictions,
sources for crafts, bringing a period flare to the
The Luttrell Psalter
Interested in the everyday
life of of England in the
14th century? Fascinated by grotesques? Want to
see unique filler art?
Come see the Luttrell Psalter Facsimile! Over 600
pages of calligraphy and
illumination to make anyone drool. Within the pages
of the Luttrell you
will see magnificent beasts, knights, farmers,
muscians, archers, animals,
bugs, mythical creatures (you even play find the
Class is limited to 5 people, to ensure proper
The Life of Your Scroll
Ever wonder how that
scroll hanging on your wall
came to be? Just who made it and what did it take
for them to make it? Or
are you interested in the Scribal Arts, but unsure
how to begin? Are you a
new scribe who has questions about what to do with
your scroll once it's
finished? Find the answers to these questions and
much more! We'll take
you step-by-step through the scroll making process,
starting with the
scribal kit and ending with the delivery of the
Chain Maile tutorial
Description: Ongoing one on one hour long sessions.
Start with Basic 4 in 1 chain and potentially move to
other patterns as time allows. Materials fee of $2-5
Yarn Plying Class - 1.5 to 2 hours
Description: Hands on class that will cover Andean
plying, Cabled plying and Navaho plying. There will
be a few loaner spindles and material, or bring your
own. Class for is $5 with materials, $1 for just the
"Introduction to SCA Missile Combat for Fighters
and Marshals" - 90 minutes (could be reduced to one
hour if necessary)
Description: This class is designed to give a basic
introduction to Siege, Combat Archery, and Combat
Thrown Weapons equipment, rules, and tactics to
fighters and marshals who are not familiar with these
forms of combat. The class will be somewhat hands-on
with examples of weapons, armor, and ammunition on
display but it is not an active fighting class and no
armor or weapons are necessary. This class is
informational only and does not result in
authorization with these weapons forms or a
Marshallate in either form. Interested non-combatants
more than welcome as well.
So you want to learn what to do at the next SCA dance?
This is a very beginning dance class intended for
ages 5-105. We'll learn basic steps and dances for
both English and Italian period dances. Knowledge of
left and right foot helpful but not necessary,
although you might know this by the time we're
finished. 1 Hour
Teacher: Mistress Deonna von Aachen
Wind instruments of the Renaissance:
This is a survey class of musical instruments,
primarily woodwinds that were common from 1450 to
1600. You'll hear their distinctive sounds and
perhaps try some too. We'll also talk about their
specific uses, what music was played, and who played
them. 1 Hour
Teacher: Mistress Deonna von Aachen
I Meant To Do That
-- historically calligraphers and especial those who were producing quires would plow forward despite errors.
Come and join in the fun as we discuss the scribal error and how to to deal with it.
"What you bring to the table" an exploration of
the individuals empowerment as a modern medievalist
and how to find your niche in the SCA. No limit on
number of people, participants should bring a sense
Drawing for people who do not think they can draw
think you can't draw a straight line with a ruler.
Participants should be old enough to take
instruction, and mature enough not to poke at one
another with pencils. Pencil and paper will be
supplied, although on going projects are also
Scribal Gathering 2 Hours
Moderators: Lady Saerlai, Khionya, Eleanor
Scribal gathering: Interested in the scribal arts (calligraphy, illumination, word-smithing, etc.)?
Whether you have never tried your hand, are just beginning or have moderate experience, or are a more
experienced scribe, please join us for a discussion about our common interests. Here you will meet the
new Tyger Clerk of the Signet (Kingdom officer for scribal arts and scroll assignment), Lady Khionya Ryseva
and several of her deputies. In addition to general discussion about our common art, you may also provide
input for the Signet team about how they can best support you in developing your talents or supporting others to do so.
If you are an active scribe, please bring your portfolio with you so that we can share our experience and talent!
Class 1 - Stenciling 101 - how to create great
period decorations, banners, tent ornamentation. 1
hour, no fee. Hands-on and instruction. Need large
table in room for hands-on, I will provide
protection for table, etc.
Damiana Illaria d'Onde
Furniture: Plans and basic construction
of a 15-16th Century "box chairr" Similar to a
Glastonbury chair, but with storage under the seat.
From extant example in the Cloisters, and
reproductions of Glastonbury chair. This is not a
carpentry class, but with basic tools and some
woodworking knowledge, attendees can take plans and
replicate. 1 hour, no fee.
Damiana Illaria d'Onde
16th Century Royal Aragonese Costume:
Extant Clothing in Naples - a review of study done
with the conservator of this clothing, exhibited in
Naples currently. Slide/presentation and discussion
of construction techniques and overview of various
available materials on this clothing. 1 hour, no
fee. Need table and power plugs in room.
Damiana Illaria d'Onde
Interested in becoming a scribe? Don't know where to
start? Calligraphy is just one component of a scroll
in the SCA. Together, there 3 major sections: the
illumination (painting part of the scroll), the
calligraphy (pretty handwriting) and the words(text of
the scroll).This workshop will discuss some tools of
calligraphy, and give you an introduction to 3 basic
hands: Italic, Uncial, and Batarde.
Ding Li Ying
University Roundtable Discussion - Chancellor and
This will occur during the Dayboard break
The Root of It All: Fibonacci's Radical Algorithms Type of
Description- When summoned to the court of Frederick II, Fibonacci had to
solve some problems, including one where he had to extract a root.
We will examine his algorithms for extracting square and cube roots from his book,
Origami... Is it period?
Well of course it is! We will start out with a
brief history of origami, then, start folding! We
begin folding a few simple traditional models and
then see where the general level of the class is.
We may progress onto intermediate models time
permitting. I will also have books and diagrams
available for more advanced students who may wish to
play by themselves. I will TRY to have some more
complex models on hand for people to look at as well
as some samples of more "period" type paper. But we
will be using commercial origami paper (kami),
because it's cheaper and is easier to fold.
Fee: $2 per person? - Micnele Chang
Introduction to Pleatwork Embroidery
Will discuss the basics of embroidery on a pleated
surface. The three basic stitches will be taught
through a hands on workshop. Basic embroidery
knowledge will be needed.
Class limit 5
Evolution of the Pleated Garment in 16th century
This class is an overview of the history and evolution
of the pleated and embroidered garments worn primarily
in the Germanic and Italian regions during the 1st
half of the 16 century