Crotal Bells

(AKA Rumbler bells, sleigh bells, or hawk bells) By: Jurgen Weiter von Landstuhl Crotal bells have been used throughout Europe, and have been found in digs from Roman territories to Scandinavia. They have been used for many different purposes, such as falconry, horse bridles, fashion accessories, and even pilgrimage souvenirs. An example from Gotland, Sweden,…

Soranzo Deck

Soranzo Deck, Site tokens provided for the Toys for Tots Tournament, A.S. 54 (November 16th 2019.) These are Block printed cards inspired by 15th century Italian playing cards. Traditionally they would have been printed from carved wooden blocks, but due to my time constraints I chose to use linoleum. It carves much quicker and is…

Big Project

This has been a busy year for me… The black and white designs above are the preprint aoa awards that I have designed for for the reign of TRM Donngal and Catalina of Calontir. Each set of two is the same award, one is inspired by 14th c french illuminations and the other inspired by…

I like to paint

I don’t know what to say about these, other than I like to paint. My favorite part is that when I finish a scroll, it can make someone happy and I never have to look at it again. By the time I finish a painting I hate it, I don’t have any of my own…

Intaglio Printmaking

An intaglio print is one whose image is printed from a recessed design incised or etched into the surface of a plate. To print an intaglio plate, ink is applied to the surface by wiping and/or dabbing the plate to push the ink into the recessed lines, or grooves. The plate is then rubbed with…

Hollywood, you liar!

Soooo, a few day ago I came across a question that I had never before considered. Did 16th century men wear their short capes draped over one shoulder and tied under the opposite arm like Gilderoy Lockhart and everyone in the movie Shakespeare In Love? Now the photo catalogue in my brain starts turning and…

Thug Lyfe

Mary Firth, she was Interesting look her up if you don’t believe me. Many of my favorite historic women took no crap, or at least walked to their own drum beat. what more could you want from life. It’s difficult to tell what was true about her because she became the inspiration of a handful…

Basics of Blackwork

Blackwork is commonly a counted stitch embroidery which is usually done on an even weave fabric, using black thread on white fabric. Scarletwork and goldwork are the same method in red or gold thread. It is used to decorate cuffs and collars of shirts as well as many other garments. Below is an example of…

The Beginning

That’s me, I think this picture best represents who I am. I’m not quiet sure how to put my thoughts together in a manner that will make sense to others. So I will do my best and post when I’m thinking about a thing.

The Journey

  Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.