A Very Merry Yule!

A Very Merry Yule!

A photo of Annwyn’s yule log, which we lit after dinner tonight.

SCA Yuletide Huzzah

I love the holiday season. I show my affection for others through giving gifts, and I love the earthy traditions that sneakily accompany the holiday.

The music of the season is even better. Anything medieval really gets me in the wintry mood.

Unfortunately, I missed my barony’s holiday get together last weekend. :(

However, I am attending a yuletide celebration this Sunday at my friend Annwyn‘s house. She’s one of my best friend’s older sisters, and she’s kind of like the kooky aunt I never had. Only recently did I learn that she is a priestess, and this Sunday she is welcoming us into her house for a yuletide celebration.

I’m excited to learn about yuletide lore and Germanic myths. I enjoy speaking with people who aren’t blinded by the commercial or stubbornly “Christian” aspects of the holiday season- I’m going to accept learning opportunities whenever I can find them.

But what should I wear? Part of me wants to go to the party in full-on medieval splendor. Such as this young lady.

I found this pretty drawing on Pinterest. Please comment if you know who the artist is!

I found this pretty drawing on Pinterest. Please comment if you know who the artist is!

But then again, I can’t wear my garb ALL the time. Any ideas? Scaring the neighbors isn’t a problem. :)


Mercat Medieval de Vic / Vic’s Medieval Market

Ok so I know this is in Spanish, but I am minoring in it, so here’s a summary of what this blogger is saying- He went to the Medieval Market in Vic (a city outside Barcelona) for the first time, and he loved it. There were lots of things to look at and foods to eat. I wish I was there right now!

Francisco Goncalves - Photographer

Cada año en Vic, una ciudad a una hora de Barcelona, se celebra una interesante Mercado Medieval… Esta es la primera vez que voy y seguro que repetiré, porque me gustó muchísimo! Es mil veces más grande de lo que imaginaba (abarca todo el centro) y hay cientos de paradas de los típicos embutidos locales, barbacoas, vino caliente, juegos para los niños, dulces, panes y más. Lo mejor es la representación de un pueblo del Siglo XV  llamado Mercadal V.O que hay a la entrada del casco antiguo, debajo de los puentes de piedra. Pagas 3 euros, o más bien cambias, por 3 monedas “antiguas” que puedes usar dentro para comprar pollos asados, costillas, panes con queso, vino hipocrático, sopas, hierbas etc. Vecinos de Vic reciben clases de teatro para interpretar a los personajes de la época y la verdad es que lo hacen genial. Aún tengo los maravillosos olores a…

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HRE tour: Bavaria- Dress design

I really need to figure out how to sew more complicated garb. I really do enjoy running around in my wool peplos, but I need to learn technique sometime soon!

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Since the fabric did not arrive in time the Freisan dress is on  hold until the end of January.   So instead, we will be looking at Bavaria.  It is rare that I do a long dress for SCA events, but this is for 12th night. This event is all about standing around looking pretty.  I also have 2 other projects I am working on for the event, but they are super seekret elevation surprises. So you all will just have to wait for those.

But in the mean time, I give you Bavaria, in silk brocade, silk twill, velvet and dupioni.


The inspiration is Anna Scheit, and was painted by Barthel Bruyn in the 1520s.

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