C3R 2022 A&S

Welcome to the C3R 2022 A&S Competition!

Please check out what our artisans are doing by clicking on any of the entries (Photo or Title) below.
Then please to go HERE to fill out a “Populace Choice” Form.
**Voting closed – please see results below.**
There will be one Populace Choice award given for each category.
Thanks for the participation of our Populace and our amazing Artisans!
And Special Thanks to TRMs and HRH for joining us and choosing Their Favorites as well – see below!

Populace Choice Form – Thank you for voting – results below

The Categories

This year, our A&S Competition has three categories:

1st Attempts – anything you have never done before, but always wanted to try out. Share your newfound excitement with us!

The Journey – Show us your project, from the earliest learning of the art to as complete as you want to consider it. You don’t need to have a “complete” project for this one, just show your work! 🙂

Beauty in Failure – Share your attempts that didn’t succeed. We learn from our mistakes, so this is your chance to help us all learn!

First Attempts

Bayeux Tapestry embroidery

Bayeux Tapestry image embroidery *Prince’s Choice Winner*

by Nicole du Marais

I am making a shoulder bag, and on the outer flap I am stitching a cat licking its butt from a manuscript.

Favorite Part of the Project: I’ve done regular boring embroidery, but never tired this technique before, so I thought I’d a medieval stye on a medieval cat image.

A First Attempt at Inkle Weaving

woven inkle bands

by Lord Cassiano da Castello

First ever inkle weaving attempt! I began this project with the intent of building up to learning baltic pickup weaving, and boy am I glad that I started at the basics!

I began this this project in December of 2021 on the suggestion of Mistress Elska á Fjárfelli, who asks that all who seek to apprentice to her weave their own apprentice belts as a condition of their apprenticeship contract. She also issued a particular suggestion/ challenge, that I try for a belt woven in the Baltic Pick-Up style, in concordance with my fondness for 16th century Polish-Lithuanian attire. As I have never before woven anything, outside of a few shuttle passes on Mistress Phiala’s demo loom at local event in Nithgaard, I agreed with Elska’s assessment that I should familiarize myself with a plain weave before attempting a more complex pick-up band. This First Attempt entry covers a brief historical background of weaving, the materials and techniques that should be used, and then what I did for my very first woven band.

Favorite Part of the Project: Trying something new for the first time with a goal in mind! I also liked this particular art because it is easy to see where you have gone wrong, or where you are going wrong as you create it.

Completely hand-sewn 6th C. Byzantine

Tunica-white linen with red and gold trim*TRM and Baron’s Choice Winner*

by Eudoxia Antonina

I am not new to sewing, but this is my first attempt at completing something entirely by hand. I had to learn new stitches, and, more importantly, how to sew a straight line without a guide on a machine.

Favorite Part of the Project: My favorite part of this project was discovering different ways to make my finished product look like something I would be proud to wear. How do I sew a straight line? How do I finish the seams? Is it something they would have done in period?

A Whorl on a Whim

Clay whorl

by HL Caera Fitzpatrick

In which I try my hand at sculpting and micro-research

Tripping across the image of a sculpted clay spinning whorl, I was inspired to try making a similar object using only the materials I had to hand and try spinning with it.

Favorite Part of the Project: The immediate satisfaction! My textile projects tend to be very long, involved pieces with loads of advance research and requiring dozens if not hundreds of hours of work. This was quick and so fun!

Thrown Weapons Rank Badges

Thrown Weapons Badges*Populace Choice Winner for 1st Attempts*

Lady Thalia Papillon

Æthelmearc Thrown Weapons Rank Badges made from vegetable tanned leather carved and tooled to create the design and then hand painted with acrylic paints

Favorite Part of the Project: My favorite part of the experience was being able to learn the step-by-step process involved with leather working while making the rank badges and being able to practice the specific steps of carving, tooling, and painting the leather and the specific detail that is involved and to be able to improve in the process while making 15 badges. I was very pleased with the process of painting them and how I could practice the proper way of painting them and seeing the end results of my work. I really enjoyed being able to see the project through from start to finish and being able to document the steps with photos while working on them.

The Journey

Beads on Mongolian Headdresses

Mistress Daedez Mongolian Headdress*Baroness’ Choice Winner*

by Mistress Daedez of the Dark Horde Moritu

These are the tangents I stumbled off on after deciding I wanted a fancy Mongolian headdress.

I started looking at pictures, many of which were not especially period appropriate. Raided a few craft stores thinking I could just buy a bunch of beads that would look like what I wanted. Tried making some glass beads, which is way harder than Irene the Questing and other talented artists make if look. Went back to fiddling with beads I purchased and cobbled together some attempts, which I shared with Anda.

Favorite Part of the Project: I enjoyed planning out strands of beads, but the best part was sharing the sets I “finished” with people I love.

The Journey [Scrolls Entry]

Scroll detail of scribe-blue and red*Populace Choice Winner for “The Journey”*

by Caleb Reynolds

My journey in making four scrolls based on the same image, over 11 years.

Favorite Part of the Project: Actually learning enough about illumination where I can see my mistakes and know what I did wrong.

Beauty in Failure

Fit for a T

Black and white art with smear

by Caleb Reynolds

How to fix a mistake so that no one will ever know you made one.

This documentation will describe a mistake I made while making a scroll, and my method to fix it. This involves a scroll I had started in December 2018. I had documented by trials and tribulations on my A&S blog, and now I will recap the several posts I had made, in 2018, into this paper.

Favorite Part of the Project: I had managed to fix a mistake that would have, a few years earlier, caused me to throw out the paper.

Bread Disasters <–No link

Fried DonutsFocaccia with onions*Populace Choice Winner for “Beauty in Failure”*

By Sadira bint Wassouf

Although I have been a bread baker from early youth, taught many bread-making workshops, and can make any kind of bread without measuring or a recipe, it does not guarantee success.

I have recently had two major bread failures: bara brith bread, an Irish spiced raisin loaf, and onion topped focaccia. The first one stemmed from yeast failure. It didn’t risen the specified time, so I waited HOURS. Then I let it “rise” over-night – nope. Nice smell and feel, but absolutely no rising at all. By coincidence (There ARE NO coincidences.) Nuzhah came over. She suggested making it into fry bread because no rising is necessary for frybread. So, I did. Then I got creative and deep fried it. Voila! doughnuts which I glazed. They were wonderful! Too bad I have no idea how to repeat the mistake.

The focaccia was based on a video, posted by Ruffina which showed a step to “cook” marinate the thinly sliced onions in oil and salt for a couple hours before putting them on top of the bread. No particular amount of salt was specified, and I neglected to notice that ALL of the salt became part of the topping. Oopsie – so salty as to be nearly inedible.

Favorite Part of the Project: My favorite parts were the thing I learned: ask for an opinion before deciding something is really a failure, experts fail too, and learn from the mistake to do it differently the next time. And just try. Failure can be quite wonderful.

Alms Purse

Alms Purse with red cross

By Linette Horne

The entry is a draw pouch for a 15-century female. They are usually made in leather, but this is made of cloth to allow ease of embroidery 15c leather draw pouch

Favorite Part of the Project: The learning, the finishing

We hope you enjoyed our A&S Competition and Show!

Thank you for coming to our A&S Display at C3R 2022: Reimagining the Dream, A New SCA Journey!