Category Archives: Arts & Sciences

Monthly Craft & Chat meetings in the Bailiwick

We are starting a monthly meeting to work on portable projects together.

The meetings for the end of the year will be from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sundays on 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, and 12/1, in the Meyerson Conference Room on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street) on Penn’s campus.

This is the room where we generally hold the Bailiwick Business Meeting. It has good light and tables, and comfortable seats. Because this is in the library, please do not bring a project too messy or involving fire.

If you have never attended one of the Bailiwick meetings before and are not a member of the Penn community, please send your name to Livia (exchequer at Ivyeinrust dot EastKingdom dot org) so she can add your name to the security guard’s list.

Parking is free on Walnut Street on Sundays. The place is also easily accessible by public transportation.

FREE and open-to-the-public talks on pre-17th century topics at Penn this week!

Divergent Arcadias: Madrid, 1605” by Steve Dolph (Spanish & Portuguese, Penn).
on Monday, 11/7, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
in Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut St.), 6th floor, Class of 78 Pavilion.
Part of an ongoing series on the History of the Book aka “Material Texts”, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of English.

Buddhism & Medicine in Medieval China” by C. Pierce Salguero, PhD (PSU Abington).
on Tuesday, 11/8, noon to 1:30 p.m.
in McNeil Building (3718 Locust Walk), Room 103.
Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies.

The Queerness of Christian Sex: Paul, Augustine, Petrarch” by Melissa Sanchez, PhD (English, Penn).
on Wednesday, 11/9, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
in Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut St.), Rm 627.

The Gordion Archaeological Project: Ancient Economic Practices of the Phrygian Kingdom” by Ayşe Gürsan-Salzmann, PhD (Penn Museum).
on Thursday, 11/10, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
in Penn Museum (3260 South St.), Nevil Classroom.

Divination in the Ancient World”, Center for Ancient Studies symposium.
on Thursday, 11/10, at 6 – 7:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
in Penn Museum (3260 South St.)

Skjoldehamn Hood sewing workshop in Ivyeinrust (Saturday, Jan. 16th, 12pm, W. Philly)

Please join us for a 1-day workshop on making the Skjoldehamn Hood. This class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at noon. It will be in West Philly. Class address will be sent in a private email to those who register. This hood, found in a grave in Northern Norway in the first half of the 20th century, shows a side of 11th-century Viking clothing that is practical, simple, economical, and sparsely elegant. We’ll be looking at two possible ways of constructing this hood, one strictly period, and one that introduces a couple of fairly unobtrusive flourishes and upgrades only possible post-period.

There will be sewing machines and cutting supplies on hand to actually sew the piece in the workshop. However, if you want to focus on pattern making so as to hand sew it after the workshop, that’s fine too!

Space is limited to 6 people max. If you are interested, please contact me to reserve a spot at badwolf5 at gmail dot com. To RSVP, please include your name and e-mail address. If you want more info or have any questions beyond what I give below about fabric needs, please drop me a note!


Please bring along the fabric you plan on using. The original is made of an unfelted plainweave wool. It was unlined. Period-appropriate materials would be plain weave or simple twill wools or linen. However, feel free to put the C in SCA. Do you want a light version for the spring/summer? Make it linen! Do you want it lined? Bring enough cloth for lining (I suggest a light linen). Prefer working in felted wool, or have some hanging about? It’ll work. The choice is yours.

How much cloth will you need? Before addressing the idea of getting fresh cuts of fabric, it should be noted that this is a great project for using up larger scraps. Mine is pieced together from two squares 14×14” and a 16×54” strips left over from a cloak. The long strip could easily have been pieced itself. So if you want to wrangle your larger scraps and bring some rather than fresh cuts, that could work.

If you are bringing fresh cut fabric, here’s what you’ll need. If you can find 54” wide fabric, bring 1.25 yards; if you can only find 45” wide cloth, bring 2 yards. These measurements go for the lining as well. Bring thread to match!

Happy winter solstice!

Ælfric Fitzhugh

Mark your calendar! The annual Madrigal Dinner is on Friday, 2/26/16.

Ave, Ivy! Just a head’s up that our annual “field trip” to the Madrigal Dinner at Drexel University will be held on Friday, 2/26/16, at 7:30 p.m., and that this year will be a little different.

We’ll still be attending in garb, and we’ll still hear lovely Renaissance music by the Drexel Chamber Singers, but instead of a full dinner, only light refreshments will be offered at the Friday night’s concert, and it will be a more informal performance. Our discounted ticket price per person for Friday will be only $13.50.

If you prefer to attend the Saturday, 2/27/16, concert, that will still be a full Elizabethan dinner, at the regular cost.

If you’re interested in attending the Friday night concert/snacks, please let me know.

Thanks! – Philly



Officer Opening – MoAS

To all who may be interested and eligible, the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust is searching for a new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

If you are interested, we are hoping to fill the position as an order of business at the June 18th Meeting. But if you have any interest please contact livia.petralia at gmail

You will have at least one deputy and people to help.

Responsibilities of the position include:
Quarterly reports (March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1)
Active membership

And then it’s useful for you to support the Arts and Sciences according to the wishes of the group and to no further extent than your time and energy accommodate.

see also

Thank you,
Livia Petralia
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust, seneschal

Calligraphy 5/31/15 1-5

Calligraphy Gathering!

All are welcome!

My guess is that more SCA scrolls get scribed with a metal dip pen and ink than any other technique. It has the advantage of simulating a true quill’s dispensing of liquid ink, which is quite period. So let’s make a mess while exploring period letter forms some more! Materials provided (including markers as a fallback), or bring your favorites.- Reijnier Verplanck

Sunday, 5/31/15 1-5 pm

at the Wolff Home in Havertown

Rsvp requested so we have enough supplies.
at scadian at hotmail

New website with lots of scanned medieval manuscripts open to all

Hail, Bhakail! Ave, Ivy! Bonjorn, Icorn!

For all the budding scribes out there or if you just like to look at scanned medieval manuscripts, the University of Pennsylvania Library has a new, free website with tons of high-quality scanned images of manuscripts, which is open to the world, not only to the Penn community:

Not all of the images are in the SCA time period, but many are.

Happy viewing!

January Rus Garb Workshop Series

Gentles, one and all!

Do you need a simple project to teach you how to sew garb? Do you want to learn the basic elements of early Rus clothing, its construction, and its cultural significance? Do you want a new set of simple, but elegant foundational garb?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’re excited to inform you of an upcoming series of garb workshops in the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust taught by Katerina Groznaya. Over the course of four sessions, you will learn to create a full base set of Rus garb for either gender expression.

The full course will be as follows:

1/12 — Rubakha (undershirt) for male or female persona

1/19 — Navershnik (calf-length overdress) for female persona

1/26 – Porty (pants) for male persona

2/2 — Finishing up: Trim, Discussion of head- and footwear, and Questions.

Please find attached to this e-mail a registration form and a full description of the cloth you’ll need to bring. We’ll only have spots for 8 people, so RSVP promptly. We will also be maintaining a waitlist in case of drops. Depending upon enrollment, we will either be meeting at Martyn de Halliwell’s shop or in the West Philadelphia area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or Katya

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ælfric FitzHugh

— registration form and cloth buying guide —

Registration Form:

Name:________ Mundane Name:_______

E-mail: ______________

What you’ll need:

General fabric notes:

In addition to the omnipresent and much-used linen, the Rus had access to a wide variety of fabrics including cotton from Persia; wool via Byzantium, including wool plaids, which were quite a luxury; silk was primarily the domain of the wealthy, and would only have been of the crepe or raw weave rather than a smoother satin finish; finally brocades from China via Persia were known, but were rare and therefore high status.

What you’ll need for individual projects:

1/12 — Rubakha (undershirt) for male or female persona

Measure from shoulder to hips (for male) or to ankles (for female).
Double measurement and add 1 yard for sleeves.
Cloth choice: Light, solid color of lightweight linen or cotton.

1/19 — Navershnik (calf-length overdress) for female persona

Pick a width of fabric that will account for short sleeves and body (instructor uses 45-48” wide fabric)

Measure from shoulder to under the knee or mid-calf and double.

Cloth choice: Solid colors of heavier weight linen or cotton. Wool is also an option, specifically felted wool rather than woven.

1/26 –Porty (pants) for male persona

Measure from waist to just below the ankle and double.
Cloth choice: Heavy linen or woven wool. Because there is little chance to trim this garment, it could in period be made with stripes or plaids in addition to bold solids.

2/2 — Finishing up: Trim, Discussion of head- and footwear, and Questions.

Necklines, hems, side-seams of garments were trimmed so as to add additional visual interest. Bring a respectable amount of trim for this purpose. Trimming was omni-present and prolific, so don’t worry about bringing too much!

Trim choice: tablet woven and embroidered trim was common, trim that can emulate this aesthetic would be ideal, figurative and black- or red-work trim were also known.

AVOID: Trim with metallic thread.

New activities added – Movie Night (Fri) & Latin Lingo (Mon)

Geoffert and Xanthippe would like to open their house for activities.

We would like to host Medieval Movie night at our place on the 3rd Friday of the month. We have comfortable chairs, an 8-foot futon, and a few assorted camp and kitchen chairs. Parking is free and on the street at 54th and Walnut in west Philly. Movie time starts at 7:30. Selection of a movie to be announced. A 700-piece fantasy puzzle is in the works on the card table.

We could only see our way clear to host Latin Lingo on a Monday night. Latin was the business language of its day until French took over. We invite you to come and learn from books with Latin in them (and they frustratingly did misspell the Latin!), or bring something to work on. There even might be homework (gasp). And even perusing funny Latin in the Asterix comics. Please let us know if you are interested. We’re looking for the 4th Monday of the month.

accessibility note: We have 2 Siamese cats, and a gold tuxedo cat (1/4th Siamese).

for more information and exact address, please contact tiphdmont at comcast dot net

Museum outing Saturday 8/30

Instead of holding the tavern talks this month, some of us have planned to meet at the Penn museum on Saturday.

More precisely, we will meet at the cafeteria at noon, to make plans about what we want to see.

For those interested, the general entry is only $10 for the summer and it’s open from 10 am to 5 pm.

And here’s a link for more information.

Our main focus will be on the Roman antiquities, but there is also a guided tour of the Egyptian galleries from 1:30-2:30 if anyone would like to join that.

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Press – article in the Daily Pennsylvanian

getting together for a bardic circle at a member's house

For these knights in shining armor, SEPTA is their steed

In addition to fencing, the Penn chapter participates in calligraphy workshops, Renaissance dance lessons and “bardic circles” (read more at the Daily Pennsylvanian site)

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