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University weekend was a lot of fun. Classes were incredible, and much fun was had during the drive with ballistabob and tanathe.


1. Putting the Period in your Performance, by Dunstan le Herryngmonger. It was really cool, and I walked out with some nifty handouts and a demo CD with period pieces sung by Dunstan. Bonus piece: The Infamous French Pig Song. If you have not heard Dunstan sing this little number, you don't know what you are missing.

2. Extreme Costuming, by Mistress Isobel Beddingfield. It was an amazing class, and I walked out with a nifty pattern for an embroidered coif. Also, I do realize that I still have a way to go with my own costuming. However, I feel really motivated and ready to go to the "extreme."

3. The Veils class by Elspet Byndelaise: Oh-my-God. I knew that Elspet was a lot of fun, but I never realized that she could be so hysterically funny. I learned a lot about veils -- which is very useful since it is not my period -- and now I know what to do with all those odd shaped pieces of leftover linen. Plus no more bad hair at Court after being on the rapier/heavy field all day!

4. Rapier Marshal 101: Which I needed to keep my warrant current. Yay me!

Sunday was a very busy day. In the late morning/early afternoon, we went to help akgnome move, and then to Famous Dave's for some good time and excellent barbecue. Then we headed home where I worked on my brown doublet (which I have decided shall be sleeveless during the summer and sleeved by the Fall), and ballistabob cut a fencing shirt. We also made our list of Pennsic garb and I have now told Carlos that I will get him his learner's permit in exchange for him learning how to sew.

(Needless to say, he cringed, but he accepted. We shall see.)

Later on, ballistabob finally gave me the content for me to update his newborn webpage so it is now finally up.

And speaking of webpages. I have a lot of updating to do with geoffreyapclwyd and akgnome's, not to mention that I have a ton o' stuff that I need to update on mine.

Plus Pennsic garb.

Plus hand-stitched brown fencing outfit.

Plus finishing the French gown of insanity.

Plus figuring out what the heck I am going to do for the Chalice of the Sun God A&S Competition.

Plus Alle Psallite.

Plus raising a teenager.

Plus rapier fencing.

Plus (hopefully) authorize sword and board.

Plus I am tired of listing all in here.

No rest for the wicked.

And now, back to the drawing board.

These people over here expect me to do some work in exchange for my salary. Can you imagine that?

The nerve!


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
And now to play Devil's Advocate....
Bel you are way busy. You know (and I'm saying this with love) perhaps you need to go down your list and prioritise. Do you have to finish any of your projects? Is there one that can wait until later? Do you HAVE to hand stitch it now. Can you go on temporary leave from Ale Psalite so you can sew Monday nights? I'm not saying totally give up on all your projects but you may need to postpone, deligate, or look for a shortcut on some. Is there anyone that can help you with sewing? Have you considered...I dunno...bartering with some of your peeps who can sew a straight line for help with making tunics?

In other words...if you need some garb help.. construction...cutting whatever...I'm willing to barter...and my rates are cheap. *grin*

Jun. 5th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: And now to play Devil's Advocate....
Thanks Pirate. The worst part is that the list is not even complete! :-)

Jun. 5th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
So, what was the premise of extreme costuming, anyway? I'm curious...
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
It is the pushing yourself to the extreme in regards to both research and the recreation of garments. I would say that you belong to the category of "extreme" costumer, or at least you are on your way. :-D
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
I suppose that does sound like me. :-) I like to think of what I do as "easy" and "accessible" though/ ;-)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
"Extreme" does not mean hard and inaccessible. Just the pushing of yourself to achieve that period look. It may be time-consuming, as for instance hand-stitching is not as fast as machine-stitching, but the finished effect is stunning. :-D
Jun. 5th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
hand-sewing *twitch*

I like hand-finishing, but the idea of completely hand-sewing a garment (particularly something late 16th c) makes my hands and wrists cry.

Jun. 5th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Doing the "extreme" thing doesn't mean that it necessarily has to be hand-stitched "all" the time. It is the pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone in matters of your art :-)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
You're beginning to sound like me...
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it . . .
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
so can I borrow that demo CD at some point? And have a look at the performace class hand-outs? :) (since, silly me, I didn't ask about it on the way back from the event or anything)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Sure! Nae problemo! Special attention is to be paid to the Pig Song, as well as the Shakespearean Insult song ;-)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
What she said. Please to share? :)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
No rest indeed. Good luck with completing those tasks. (I'm at a complete loss for a Chalice A&S entry, too. Maybe I'll learn something *cool* and *shiny* at Pennsic...)
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we need a Chalice support group. How about 12 steps? :-D
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Can I borrow Dunstan's Demo CD.
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, you may. In fact, I think I will have to either burn copies or email him and see if he can send me some more for all of you :-D
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: your list. I've said it before, and I will say it agian - CRACK MONKEY! (yeah - I know. I have a list just as long . . . )
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Crack monkey? Who? Me? (Batting eyelashes innocently.)
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