Petronill of Seashire / Adrienne Seel
Co-autocrat and head cheer leader
Petronill of Seashire: I first learned printing in France while my Dad worked in Charlotte Guillard’s shop. I returned to England when I married a printer from London. He’s a bit of a gad-about, and is rarely home, leaving me to run the business. In my spare time, I like to embroider.
Adrienne Seel: My primary interest right now is heraldry. For embroidery I prefer eye-straining tiny counted stitches. Our four cats really want to help with this more than the heraldry. I picked the mid-1500s because we know about several women printers. Some were printers in their own right (especially in France) and more than one had an absentee husband leaving them in charge.
Constance of Caldrithig / Heather Hanna
Constance: I should know how to spin, but I somehow managed to avoid this chore at every turn. I can run a household like nobody's business and have minor skills in all the important aspects of household management - cooking, medicine, sewing, accounting (such as it is) etc. The one thing that I did enjoy during my upbringing was embroidery, and I spend my as much time as possible in this pursuit as befits a cultured Lady.
Heather Hanna has been in the SCA for about 16 years and has been embroidering longer than she's willing to think about. She has also completely changed this paragraph from what Petronill originally wrote. She only has one cat to help her with her embroidery.
Aoibheann MacEwan / Tiffany Campbell
Aoibheann is a Scottish lady living in Inveraray, Argylle, Scotland in the early 1300's. She enjoys learning about new music, and of course about new string things.
Tiffany learned kumihimo at her very first event in the East Kingdom, and even though it took a while, it eventually became a passion of hers. She enjoys learning about the period looms that were used to create different braids, the different historically accurate materials used and the different braid patterns of varying complexity.
Aoibheann's class is Braids, braids, braids!
Amelye Merriman / Amy Lee
Amelye Merriman is a late-period embroiderer and lace maker living in England, born to an Irish mother and English father. She sometimes must put down her needles and pick up her axes for the sake of household honour.
Amy Lee has been stitching as long as she can remember, starting with embroidery and hand sewing, then knitting and eventually spinning, weaving, lace, and all manner of strings the cat can interfere with.
Amelye’s class is Late-Period Stitching
Anne Tinker / Sue Corbishley
Anne comes from a family of Tinkers, wandering the landscape of the 12th century her origins have roots in both Europe and Outremer. She herself has found a talent for dyes and spinning, adding to her family's fortunes.
Sue has been involved with the SCA since 1988, when she began at Trent University. She began working with textiles while researching clothing and has parleyed these passions into a BA in History from Trent University. She has two cats at home who could help with her string, but the pup is way more enthusiastic about it.
Anne will be presenting our Keynote address: Why String Matters to Women
Estienne de Nantes / Cynthia Brown
Estienne de Nantes: Originally from Nantes in Brittany, I married a well-off Parisian textiles merchant in the mid-16th century. Sadly he died of cholera a few years later, but I continue to run the business and travel over much of Europe. In my spare time I knit, which I learned to do in Spain, and do blackwork. I also picked up the Arte of Defence along the way, and often dress as a man while travelling to be less conspicuous.
Cynthia Brown: I am an engineer in computer security. I knit, tablet weave and do other crafts as a break from technology; I have been knitting for most of my life. In addition to SCA-period knitting I enjoy knitted lace, especially mid-20th century fine lace like Herbert Niebling, and I have designed a number of projects including cabled sweaters and lace wraps. I am learning cooking as well. I have been known to go to camping events as Estienne's ancestor (name TBD), who enjoys tablet weaving and Viking wire knitting.
Estienne’s class is 16th Century Knitted Sock Construction
Kolbjorn Skattkaupandi / Jason Kingston
Kol has been a member of the SCA coming up on 20 years now. Mostly he’s been known for taking on jobs, fighting and being cranky. However, some time ago in preparation for an event his long suffering wife, Mistress Wencenedl, set him to stabbing fabric and pulling string through behind it. It turns out he did an OK job, and it gave him something to do in the evenings, so he kept at it. Kolbjorn has done projects running the spectrum of periods from early Anglo-Saxon designs, to simple Opus Anglicanum and German brick stitch.
Kolbjorn’s class is Introduction to Bayeux Stitch
Laura Battista / Kelly Ridley
TH Monna Laura Battista is a 16th century matron of Venice. Kelly Ridley is a historical costumer aspiring to be a tailor, when she is not herding geese and cats.
Needle lace was one of the few activities open to upper class women in the late renaissance, as they were supposed to do no labor. Unlike bobbin lace and other forms of handwork, the very expensive and sought-after “punto in aria” needle lace was a female-dominated field; a “virtuous activity” pursued in the home, as well as in orphanages and convents.
Laura’s classes are Needle Lace how-to and Designing Laces
Lucia de Moranza / Heather Bogart Davies
Lucia de Moranza is a 16th century Venetian lacemaker married to an English nobleman. The pair are them are often found travelling around Venice, England and wherever the fair winds might take them, plying the luxurious goods of Venice.
Heather Bogart has a fondness for string in all its variations, and has been playing with it for the last 30 years or so. Knitting, spinning, weaving, lace making, embroidery are all fodder for her time, with a special fondness for having holes in fabric on purpose.
Lucia’s class is Bobbin Lace for the Fabulous
Marina Anastasia Ozeroski / Jane Boyko
Marina Anastasia Ozeroski is a 16th century noble woman living in Kiev. She has her brother’s son living with her to lend the household a male presence but she runs her household and makes sure that her servants are pious and well-instructed in their duties. If they do not know how to do something then she ensures they learn the skills required. Marina likes to spend any spare time she has reading or embroidering.
Jane Boyko has been embroidering since the age of 6 when she stitched her first surface embroidery. She learned the basic stitches from her mother and then through practice refined her techniques. Through boredom in Northern Ontario she learned cross-stitch and later on came into contact with the Embroidery Association of Canada and later the Ottawa Valley Guild of Stitchery. Through both of these organizations she was able to expand her knowledge and learn new techniques with a focus on techniques from the Medieval and later periods. She’s worked with period tools, fibres and grounds as a result. Jane has been teaching classes in the SCA since 1990 and has taught over 14 classes on various embroidery techniques – usually at Practicum. She has also taught several classes to the local embroidery guild and often uses her own designs for both SCA and mundane classes.
Marina’s class is Goldwork is shiny
Yvette de Sancler / Yvette Foster
Yvette has been in the SCA for over 15 years. She is known for her drive to lend a helping hand and for her passion about tablet weaving. She hasn't settled on a persona per se, preferring to be lost in time and space as she loves too many crafts and always seeks chances to try new things. Yvette has been tablet weaving for over nine years and teaching for just as long. Outside the SCA she is involved in a number of fiber groups and Geocaching. Her interest in fiber arts goes back to her earliest memories.
Yvette's class is Brocaded Tablet Weaving