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Heraldic gown- German early 16th century: Design Phase

German heraldry in really neat format. The Triumphal Procession (in German, Triumphzug), 16th-century woodcut print, commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Part 1 has the horses and heraldic banners. Click the view work link.Look at the dresses on the banners.
Here is one example. This is the flag that the rider is carrying.
Sample heraldic dress

I have been working on a design that will combine my arms on one side, with “something else.”  Originally I thought I would use my device and my badge on the other.

Herald 2
While I love my badge to bits, I think I’ve settled on the badges of folks that I have an affiliation/formal relationship with in the SCA. The red/black right side is my arms. The left yellow/bear is my Pelican’s badge, ermine/raven (specifically the raven with fleur de lis from my cadet scarf) is my Don’s, green/fox is my foster Don’s.  The ermine’s continue up to form the left side bodice as that is one of the primary prints of my fencing household. It changes the design a bit and makes it a bit more striking.Currently the design looks like this:
Heraldry Dress
I have not yet decided if this will be rapier armor as well. If it is, I will move the neckline up several inches and add a drop tested partlet (to be worn on the list). This dress has a target completion date of River Wars, in mid Sept. My heraldry has already been completed.

Posted by on August 5, 2013 in 16th Century, German, Sewing


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Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande- completed

The heraldic armor is complete save the finishing work of hemming the bottom and adding the lacing holes.  The side gores as predicted were challenging.  But in the end they went in fairly smoothly.

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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Fencing Armor, Heraldic


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Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande- Armor in progress

I am currently working on a backlog heraldic armor dress for Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande.  This one’s a bit different, because the heraldry is different.  It has stripes that need to line up horizontally across the body, front and back and across the side gores.  So far, so good.  The real challenge comes when I go to put in the gores.

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Fencing Armor, Heraldic, Sewing


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General project updates

HRM Kenric rapier armor–  The pieces have been joined for both sides.  Appliques are done for the crescent side and down on the tyger side (ironed but not sewn).

Sutton Hoo– The armature is finally taking shape.  I’ve procrastinated on this project as long as a I can to get a break in the weather.  Humidity is not friends with sugar paste.   The armature has to be done in stages.  Since I am using wire mesh with sharp edges, I need to recover my hands before moving on to the next pieces.  all I have left is one ear flap to cut. I will  paper mache the face, neck and ear flaps this weekend.  They will take some time to dry in the oven (pilot lights provide enough dry heat without actually turning on the oven).  The main helm will be getting it’s sugar coating this weekend.  This will allow me to dry everything completely before applying the paint.

Champion cassocks– These are well underway.  The artwork has been updated with new swept hilts, thanks to the hard work of Baron Ian Raven and his updated artwork for the OGRs.  King’s champion sleeve has been sewn down, Queen’s champion sleeve has been pieced and ironed.

Fundrasier cloaks– All the cloaks have been cut, pieced and sewn for lining and outer cloaks. The applique work is starting to go down.  I will get pictures up very soon.  Of the 10 cloaks offered, 9 sold.  Several will have award badge designations in the yellow banner, including ORG, Rose and Laurel.  These cloaks will be list legal 1/2 circle, non-rigid parry objects.  They are based on a 16th century pattern.

And there are the miscellaneous projects of coats, armor, dresses and more armor.  I will post pictures as I get projects more into a state of doneness.


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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Fencing Armor, Heraldic, Sugar


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HRM Kenric of Warwick: update

I have started work on HRM Kenric’s fencing armor.  This is a new to me idea of creating a chevron on material that someone is going to wear.  I have put the point at the arm pit so that it will join correctly and create the correct line. The blue background is to help you see the white top portion that is resting on a white comforter.

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Fencing Armor, Heraldic


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HRM Kenric of Warwick- Design phase

The design phase of the rapier armor for Kenric has started.  I have 2 preliminary designs utilizing his heraldry and the favor design we are doing for the fundraiser cloaks.  As this is the planning phase, the final design has not been approved or flushed out. But here is where I think I might be going.

Design #1

Design #2

Update:  We will be going with design #1.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Fencing Armor, Heraldic, Sewing


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The current stack: Spring/Summer 2012

Every once in a while I like to map out what’s on the project stack and what items will most likely be blogged in the next foreseeable future. More updates on these projects will be posted as I get them completed.

Saxon Harry Potter dress- Currently I am working on a Cranach styled, upper class, Saxon dress in red and gray wool. It needs some serious adjustments in the bodice. But the fabric is working well, even in the heat. I have completed a tallerbaret (platter hat), in the same gray/red wool. It is large and ridiculous and completely awesome. Though I will need to add more feathers. I will post pictures shortly.

Queen’s favors– Fabric has been ordered for the non-rigid cloaks which will bear the Sparky (tyger of the east) and Avelina’s favor. I will be making these in lue of the traditional favor.

Champion’s Cassocks– I will be working on some new cassocks for the current King’s and Queen’s champion of Fence. They design will be identical with the exception of the sleeve.  The King’s champion will be gold, Queen’s silver.  Since the champions are all different sizes/body shapes a generic cassock doesn’t really work well.  We are exploring options for reuse/creating legacy.

Pennsic clothing- More clothes will need to be created for Pennsic.  I purged my wardrobe when we had a couple of EK fundraisers. I need to replenish the closet.  I will be journaling the creation of a new striped armor, so you will be able to see soup to nuts armoring. Also the flaming sheep/salamander sideless cote will be sewn for Pennsic.

Royal armor- On deck is new armor for HRM Kenric and HRH Edward. Look for designs coming soon.

Kountess of Kaos- I am working on a not so seekrit, seekret saddle blanket for Countess Kiena.  She liked the way the one for Duchess Katherine came out,  I am working on one for her.

Random bits- And as always, there are random bits of armoring projects on the board. Also a few sooper, seekrit surprises, which will get published after they have been given out.

New EK Confectioners Guild is up and running.  We have 26 interested people and it is shaping up to be a good group.  It will be nice to see new research and exploration being done with period confections.

Research- I will be going back to do more sugar paste research.  Master Mord had some interesting questions with regard to my research paper about the type of people who would be purchasing paste sculptures.  He also wanted to know more about the differences in scale from the “big city” to the “country manors” to the “do it yourself”.  It is an interesting angle and one I’d like to devote some time to exploring.

Anglo-Saxon-I had spoken to Queen Avelinna a while back and offered to make a subtlety for the Pennsic State Dinner. I was thinking of doing an Anglo-Saxon helm and bits of jewelry based upon the Staffordshire Hoard, done in sugar paste. The helm would be a gift for our King and Queen (probably sculptural and not edible). The jewelry would be gifts that
they could give out to the visiting dignitaries (completely edible).

Ship- Research into period English Galleons continues.  Sugar ship for A&S will be ready for pre-construction shortly after the arrival of the giant roll of wire mesh.

Coif- My next long term embroidery project is an English coif. It is currently inked and stretched. It is based upon a 16th century stomacher.  I am working with silk perlee on a linen ground and will be doing it in polychrome.

I will be teaching the following classes, or at least this is the current plan.
SRWC- Knife Skills: Take big things, make smaller things, keep all your fingers

Bhakail commons- Sugar Paste Play Day: No rules, no judges, no documentation. I’ll bring the sugar and tools, you bring the creativity.

Sat, Aug 4 9:00 AM AS 12 Period Sugar Paste
Sat, Aug 4 10:00 AM AS 12 Sugar Paste workshop

EKU- Boiled sugar and Manus Christi- (possible depending on resources), Long and short embroidery

GGG- Sugar Paste Play Day: No rules, no judges, no documentation. I’ll bring the sugar and tools, you bring the creativity.

Artisan’s Challenge- Sugar Challenge: I’ll bring the sugar and tools, you bring the creativity. Best display of the day will receive a starter sugar paste kit.

KWCS/KWAR- Rapier hoods- over, under, attached head protection, List legal armor- how to make persona appropriate clothing to wear on the list.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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