Dec. 6th, 2009

danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
BBM/Bergental Yule was awesome yesterday. One of the best Yule's ever. It was a great, low-key event where I could hang with friends and talk about all sorts of fun stuff all day.

I got to reconnect with Master Robert Whitcomb of Brandywine, who way back in the day was my predecessor as the head of the Carolingian Calligrapher's Guild, and who also was the scribe who did my AoA scroll way back in 1987. In fact, later today, I am going to scan the scroll and send him a jpeg of it for his records. But it was great to talk calligraphy, and reminisce about my apprenticeship to Master Johannes, as Robert had some great Johannes stories. Even better Robert still lives in Quintavia, and is interested in becoming more active again, starting with the Shire Yule potluck next weekend! And I got to introduce him, as the first seneschal of Quintavia, to [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , as the current seneschal. It's going to be so awesome having him around to learn more about calligraphy from.

Speaking of calligraphy, I did manage to get the photos of the scrolls I've done since my reactivation, and put together the beginning of a portfolio. I still need to do some stuff to make it more spiffy looking, but it is a start.

I spent some time talking with [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn about good source books, and watched her do some scribing (at least until the great flood happened) :( I also got to chat with [livejournal.com profile] rocksryan about leather working stuff.

I bought some books, and the most exciting one was not even for me. I saw this book about medieval crossbows sitting on the table at Churl books, and I thought to myself, I wonder if Master Li has that, and if he doesn't, if he would like it. But, before I got a chance to go ask him about it, I turned around and there he was, book in hand, headed toward the merchant to pay for it. Luckily, I was able to intercept and tell the merchant that I would be paying for that book, and told Li in no uncertain terms that I was getting that for him as a gift! The look on his face was priceless, and I knew it was a good thing. I made the bossman happy!

I also got a book on Viking wire weaving, and a nice source book for scribing for myself, and a book on Scottish history for M.

I bought cookies for the Princess's Cookie Caper, and went back for more when they announced that they put them on sale. I bought Ygraine a big bag o' cookies, both as a Yule gift, and also as a thank you for once more showing me something new. I just have to say, Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood is one of the most incredible people I know. Every time I need to learn something about a new art, especially for a project I have in mind, she is right there, not just sharing her knowledge about technique, but also giving me materials I need to get started. She is just a lovely, wonderful person.

So now that I got materials, I've started on the stitched badges I need for next weekend. I drew and charted the image for the badge, and already have one almost stitched. They are going to look awesome!

I can't wait for next weekend, and the Shire Yule celebration!
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
BBM/Bergental Yule was awesome yesterday. One of the best Yule's ever. It was a great, low-key event where I could hang with friends and talk about all sorts of fun stuff all day.

I got to reconnect with Master Robert Whitcomb of Brandywine, who way back in the day was my predecessor as the head of the Carolingian Calligrapher's Guild, and who also was the scribe who did my AoA scroll way back in 1987. In fact, later today, I am going to scan the scroll and send him a jpeg of it for his records. But it was great to talk calligraphy, and reminisce about my apprenticeship to Master Johannes, as Robert had some great Johannes stories. Even better Robert still lives in Quintavia, and is interested in becoming more active again, starting with the Shire Yule potluck next weekend! And I got to introduce him, as the first seneschal of Quintavia, to [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , as the current seneschal. It's going to be so awesome having him around to learn more about calligraphy from.

Speaking of calligraphy, I did manage to get the photos of the scrolls I've done since my reactivation, and put together the beginning of a portfolio. I still need to do some stuff to make it more spiffy looking, but it is a start.

I spent some time talking with [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn about good source books, and watched her do some scribing (at least until the great flood happened) :( I also got to chat with [livejournal.com profile] rocksryan about leather working stuff.

I bought some books, and the most exciting one was not even for me. I saw this book about medieval crossbows sitting on the table at Churl books, and I thought to myself, I wonder if Master Li has that, and if he doesn't, if he would like it. But, before I got a chance to go ask him about it, I turned around and there he was, book in hand, headed toward the merchant to pay for it. Luckily, I was able to intercept and tell the merchant that I would be paying for that book, and told Li in no uncertain terms that I was getting that for him as a gift! The look on his face was priceless, and I knew it was a good thing. I made the bossman happy!

I also got a book on Viking wire weaving, and a nice source book for scribing for myself, and a book on Scottish history for M.

I bought cookies for the Princess's Cookie Caper, and went back for more when they announced that they put them on sale. I bought Ygraine a big bag o' cookies, both as a Yule gift, and also as a thank you for once more showing me something new. I just have to say, Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood is one of the most incredible people I know. Every time I need to learn something about a new art, especially for a project I have in mind, she is right there, not just sharing her knowledge about technique, but also giving me materials I need to get started. She is just a lovely, wonderful person.

So now that I got materials, I've started on the stitched badges I need for next weekend. I drew and charted the image for the badge, and already have one almost stitched. They are going to look awesome!

I can't wait for next weekend, and the Shire Yule celebration!

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