11/26 — Dragonsspine Baronial A&S Champions

The Vagabond Tabby can adapt to many booth layouts!

…actually I just didn’t want to haul my table in, not when there was such a lovely baker’s rack already sitting right there. So.

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And then, having got my booth looking pretty good, I immediately abandoned it to look at all the gorgeous stuff.

(I only got pictures of some of it — less than half — what with all the standing to set up my booth and talk to customers, my leg was NOT happy with me and adding to that by getting pictures of everything else…well, something hadda give, alas.)

But what I did get was kinda gorgeous.

Check out this awesome Mongol-style bow case and quiver. When I finally get another horse bow I’m going to this guy for another set just like it, cos wow.

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He’s been in the SCA (and doing leather work) for less than a year.

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Guess what? He’s also casting metal.

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His wife made him a nice warm cloak and entered that. (That’s her to the right.)

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She sewed the clasp on REAL GOOD.

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I did Russian for a while, so this really spoke to me. Several hundred freshwater pearls already, and by the time she’s done the cloak it’ll be up in the thousands.

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The kokoshnik (hat) and accompanying shawls and collar and such…wow. Just wow. And all done with the scant scraps of information we can get out of Russia, which ain’t much, so if you’re doing Russian you have to do a lot of extrapolation and just plain guesswork.

…there’s a reason I stopped doing Russian garb, and it’s straight-up because I was so frustrated that you can’t find out much. She’s doing her damnedest to figure it out anyway, and I’m really glad, cos this might not be entirely right, but she’s caught the aesthetic of the place and time, and that’s huge.

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This one looks like a simple kaftan, except for the lady also wove the fabric herself.

I asked her how she cut it. Not the technique, just how she nerved herself up to take a pair of scissors to that much handwoven fabric.

Took her most of a year, she said, and redoing the pattern several times to make REALLY REALLY SURE, and I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that there was a nerve-steadying shot of something right before she finally picked up the scissors.

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She wove this piece, too. Tiny and detailed and perfect.

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…and that’s as far as I got before my leg said NOPE. I was plenty recovered enough that breaking down didn’t suck, and I made plenty enough money that I felt pretty good stopping on the way home for a celebratory Philly cheesesteak (and yes, that bun is Amoroso’s), and then I was too exhausted to take a bath so I went to bed.

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