The SCA and I are turning 50

In 2016, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and I turn 50 (I’m the elder, being born in February). When we moved to Wilmington this past summer, I finally joined in, since the local shire’s schedule suited ours better than when we lived in the Triangle.

To celebrate both our birthdays, I joined the Arts & Sciences (A&S) 50 Year Challenge and selected embroidery stitches for my 50 Things. I’m going to learn 50 new stitches by the anniversary in June, 2016, and treat myself to a week in Indiana.


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I am working more wet felting (traditional felting) into my repertoire and stock; however, the SCA provides me with a chance to branch out a bit for fun during events and to distract people from my poor dress making skills by embellishing frocks with freehand embroidery stitching! 🙂 Of course, I can use Wooly Brain wool to spin yarn, but I’m starting the project with beautiful, 100% lambswool hand-dyed using natural dyes fiber, from France and sold here by The Noble Thread.

I am also introducing a new line this spring, Dauminion Medieval, and I hope to include some of these new stitches in simple kits relevant to the time range. I’ve also learned that hats are popular purchases, and I ordered a hat form and inflatable balls from The Woolery on which to practice. They provide an easy-to-follow tutorial by Stephanie Alosso, who makes the new project seem less daunting (using kids and a trampoline – what fun!).


At our 12th Night celebration, my husband was the fortunate recipient of this trim, likely woven on an Inkle loom, and these buttons.

I haven’t though, even unpacked my new Inkle loom, which I hope to use with cards for tablet weaving. We do, though, have a talented weaver in our shire, so when I’m ready, I’m going to see if she will help. The first time I tried card weaving (without a loom, using C clamps on a table), I had yarn stretched from dining to living room, trying to count and cut what was needed, and resulting in quite a mess to untangle… but I made a pretty nice band for my wheelie craft case.

I apologize – I was captured by pirates!

Or English noblemen. No, I think the leader was French. Well, anyway, Jeff and I were asked to extend our stay at our first Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event, War of the Wings X, and with no internet, I missed naming the 52-Week Challenge Bone of the Week. I have absolutely scheduled too much fun since our move to Wilmington, NC, but I have also made more friends than ever in our short time here, so I happily throw myself upon your mercy and ask you to bear with me as I pare down and catch up.

SCA Pirate Ship Camper

Besides being tons of fun, the SCA event was important to me because I want to learn more about ancient fiber crafting, and these events are fantastic places to connect with experts. Jeff loves the battles, but I go for the arts, and I’ve just added handcrafted Viking carding combs to our list of tools to offer through Wooly Brain and at future events.

This week, I’ve got to hit Amazon packing hard. I finally, I think, have every requirement for selling through their site (no, I can’t use the pretty, seasonal cello bags; they are 1.25 mm not 1.5 mm, etc!). So, I’m going to resume our 52-Week Challenge on Day of the Dead (Nov. 1st), go ahead and draw the October prize winner, and mail to her one of our sweet lamb prizes before the end of the month.

I hope you are all enjoying gorgeous weather, wherever you are. Happy autumn/spring and let’s have fun getting ready for one of the most wonderful times of the year!

Did you know conductive thread can be needle felted into wool?

I’d heard of sewing conductive thread into wearable electronics, and I go to Arduino/Pi Saturdays at Elite Innovations in Wilmington, NC, but I just learned we can snip up conductive thread and needle it into our roving or batts. Instructables has all sorts of DIY videos and patterns, including needle felting. Look for increasing, Instructables fiber art collections at WoolyBrain.