Oak Camp Bed ~ 12th Night

It started as an accident.  I was making a breakdown queen size camping bed for us to use and mis-measured the height of the holes to cut in the corner posts.  So I had 4 posts I couldn’t use.  I didn’t want to throw them away so I thought I would use them to make a twin size breakdown camping bed.  We didn’t need it so I contacted my knight, Sir Godric ap Rhys, and asked if he would sponsor the bed for the Knight’s Auction at 12th Night.

So, we packed it up and hauled it to Eugene on Friday, January 7 . . . most of it that is, it seems I forgot the plywood at home.  After a quick trip to Home Depot (where they cut a second sheet of plywood I had purchased to the correct size at no charge) all was well once again.


I was disappointed with the price it sold for at the auction.  I had spent over $300 to buy the oak lumber and plywood to make the bed and someone got it for the unbelievable price of $90!!!  I would like to have helped the Kingdom raise more money.  Next time I’ll probably just donate cash.  However, that is the way an auction works, and it is good to know that an An Tirian has a new camp bed that should last for at least a couple of hundred years.  🙂

~Gerald

Goutte de Sang

This summer, at Stormgods, I was honored to receive the award of the Goutte de Sang.

The award scroll (shown at left) was a lovely design.  And though I cannot read the Runes it is scribed in, I especially appreciate the work that went in to creating this document.

My thanks to the Crown and the people of An Tir.

~ Cristiana

Our Year in Review

Family de Huntington made it to a lot of events this year.  🙂 Our year in review:

  1. Twelfth Night
  2. Ursulmas
  3. Stromgard Founding Revel
  4. Fire Mountain Keep’s Carnivale Fest & Masquerade Ball
  5. Kingdom A&S/Kingdom Bardic
  6. War in the Oasis
  7. Dragon’s Laire’s Spring Grand Ithra
  8. Glymm Mere Serjeantry Trials and A&S Championship
  9. Irish Feast
  10. Art of War
  11. Mayfaire
  12. May Crown
  13. Grand Thing
  14. June Faire
  15. Honey War
  16. River’s Bend Defender’s Tournament & War
  17. An Tir/West War
  18. July Coronation
  19. Stormgods
  20. Autumn War
  21. Dragon’s Mist Defender’s Tournament
  22. William Tell
  23. September Crown
  24. Much Ado About Nothing – Glymm Mere
  25. Fall Crown Council
  26. Autumn Gathering
  27. Yule Feast – Glymm Mere
  28. Yule Feast – Stromgard

What an amazing year we’ve had the chance to experience. Thank you to each of these branches for showing us their hospitality. An Tir!
~ Cristiana

Apprenticing at September Crown

For Family de Huntington, September Crown was an amazing event.  We had the opportunity to spend the weekend with so many of our friends.  This culminated in an awesome experience for me – the chance to apprentice to Maitresse Elisabeth de Besancon.  There was a simple ceremony in our encampment and then we indented our contract as a complementary document.  This was a genuine honor for me and I look forward to all that I can learn working with Elisa.

~ Cristiana

  

June Faire

While Gerald was able to attend June Faire last year, this was the first year the rest of Family de Huntington was able to participate in this fun event.  What a great time we had camping with our friends in Dragon’s Laire.  Even though we had to both set-up and take-down our tents in the rain, the weather on Saturday was splendid.

Here we are in our new Norse wear.  🙂

~ Cristiana

Our year so far…

Family de Huntington has been busy during the first half of 2010, having attended:

  1. Twelfth Night
  2. Ursulmas
  3. Stromgard Founding Revel
  4. Fire Mountain Keep’s Carnivale Fest & Masquerade Ball
  5. Kingdom A&S/Kingdom Bardic
  6. War in the Oasis
  7. Dragon’s Laire’s Spring Grand Ithra
  8. Glymm Mere Serjeantry Trials and A&S Championship
  9. Irish Feast
  10. Art of War
  11. Mayfaire
  12. May Crown
  13. Grand Thing
  14. June Faire
  15. Honey War
  16. River’s Bend Defender’s Tournament & War
  17. An Tir/West War
  18.  

No wonder it feels like things have been a little hectic lately.  🙂
~ Cristiana
 

 

Woven Trim

Awhile ago, I decided to make Gerald and myself a set of Norse garb to wear this summer for camping – especially for some of the Norse themed events. It has been fun learning to make a different style of clothing. I have been fortunate to have the guidance and assistance of Drifa, my friend and advisor in all things Norse. 🙂

Learning to inkle weave and tablet/card weave has been occupying some of my time this last six months. This new Norse project seemed like a great opportunity to produce some woven trim for our new garments.

I began with a medium width band on my mini-inkle loom. Gerald chose the colors – he was quite fond of the intense purple. I decided to use some of the same colors when making the wider band for a light wool apron dress I’m working on. This is being woven with cards on the large inkle loom that Gerald made for me last month. I haven’t decided which side of the trim I’m going to make use of yet, as I am fond of them both.

~ Cristiana

 

 

Red Houppelande

This red velvet houppelande was my big project this last fall. I love this style of gown and started looking into the time span of the houppe. Fortunately, I found documentation of houppelandes dating back prior to our time period of 1371.

After collecting fabric and looking at multiple patterning ideas, I finally settled on each of the elements in this gown. Having never worked with velvet or fur, I was challenged from the start. From cutting to sewing, this was complicated.

I worked many hours per day all through winter break, and in the end finished just before 12th Night. It was such a relief to be done. 🙂