By Kat Montague
For the Pennsic Independent
For a confirmed fabriholic, wandering through the Market is a delightful (and budget-challenging) experience. Actually being able to fondle the many period-appropriate fabrics and browse through a cornucopia of natural dyes, a plethora of sewing tools, rainbows of silk floss and a small library’s worth of textile-related books is a rare treat.
This year, most of my favorites — Sparrowhawk Studios, Miriam’s Yarns and Fibers, Brush Creek Wool Works, World of Isabella, Dragon’s Magic, Carolina Calicos — are back. I sew, dye, knit and embroider. I don’t spin or weave, and my choice of merchants reflects this.
At Sparrowhawk Studios I found some Eterna silks, which have been hard to come by for the past year, some pretty bone bobbins and the Victoria and Albert Musuem’s wonderful book on Elizabethan stitches. They also carry a swift that’s very much like the one in the Birka find.
Miriam’s Yarns and Fibers’ selection of embroidery floss is, as usual, stunning. The small avalanche of hand-dyed skeins spilling over her table is a treat to look at and the wide range of colors ensures that just the right shade is in there somewhere. Each skein is actually several small skeins, which makes reeling it off much easier.
Brush Creek Wool Works have their usual huge selection — including, among many other things, books, dyes, spices, roving, fleeces, slippers, silk hankies, Viking wool combs, soap, catnip, exotic yarns, patterns, and little pots of wool wax cream. Each Pennsic I stock up there on dyes and mordants; this year I focused on reds — brazilwood, lac stick, madder and cochineal.
World of Isabella has fine linen and the only velvets I found this year, including a lovely red.
Dragon’s Magic has their usual excellent selection of wools and linens, and this year I managed to find a linen with a subtle white on white pattern woven into it. If you’ve been looking for linen embroidery floss, this is the place to go — and your last chance. The manufacturer appears to have stopped making it and Dragon’s Magic has a small supply left; this is the last year they will be carrying it.
Sadly, The Lacemaker shut down their business last year and will be sorely missed.
On the plus side, we have a wonderful new addition to the textile roster: 96 District. Their big, beautifully-arranged store is stocked with linens, woolens, silks, cottons and fustians (cotton/linen blends) in a good range of colors. They also carry luscious silk ribbon in a wide range of colour and width, much boning — flat and spiral metal — and at least three widths of wicker. To my surprise they also have (or had) a bolt of Sunforger canvas — which was very convenient as I need to add a rain flap to my tent and was not looking forward to finding an online source and paying shipping and handling.
Carolina Calicos are at their usual location, with their usual great selection of linens and cottons. They’ve once more pre-washed samples to show how the fabrics look after they’ve been through the laundry, which is a great idea. This year Carolina has added some very attractive cotton damasks and some interesting silks.
For those with a passion for truly period textiles and deep pockets, White Wolf and the Phoenix have their usual small but spectacular selection of handwoven fabrics.
Today (Friday) is the last day for merchants, so get your shopping done as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
Children take the fort.
Photo by Phillip the Pilgrim
By Mary of Montevale
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young man in possession of a pump-action super soaker must be in want of a Water Battle.” – Jane of Austen (Ansteorra)
That young man and – as estimated – a couple of hundred like him were joined by an equal number of young women shortly after midday Thursday at the battlefield fort for well over an hour of what they all wanted.
Like any other battle at Pennsic, the Children’s Water Battle involves logistics, strategy, and tactics. Many of the logistics are handled by the activity’s two sponsoring groups, Shadowclans and Black Talon (both Mid) who set up the necessary equipment earlier in the day. Joining them this year in these preparations was Queen Julianna of the Midrealm who then remained to take part in the battle.
Lord Thurkill l’Armier (Mid) who has been involved since almost the first year of such water battles in A.S. 24 and who served as one of the major organizers of this year’s, explained that the bulk of the treasure bags given to all the young participants this year were produced by the members of Black Talon. The zip-lock bags contain items like candy, small toys, stickers, glow sticks, and so on. They are kept on the “other” side of the Fort where volunteers hand them out to the children after they have broken through the Fort’s defenses.
Large metal water troughs are positioned where the attacking forces will take up their positions. The water buffalo is fitted with a water balloon filling attachment. Parents contribute to the logistics as well by hauling up family ice wagons bearing lidded rubber tubs which have been filled with pre-loaded ammunition (water balloons and water pistols ranging from small to incredibly large). Uniforms among the troops are hardly standard. There are almost as many swim suits in evidence as lightweight, loose-fitting tunics made of washable fabrics.
The strategy of the battle is for the Fort to be defended by adults from the sponsoring groups and some invited guests. This year that included Queens Julianna (Mid) and Kallista (Æthelmearc). On the side of the attackers, the first wave will be the youngest and smallest children to whom parents and other bystanders call out encouragement and instructions. Marshals in tabards blazoned with crosssed super-soakers in bubble gum pink and neon green, work hard to bring the sometimes-uncertain youngest warriors forward into good attack positions as well as to keep the older children well back from the younger ones. A pair of horns bleat, and the first assault begins.
Water shoots from everywhere, not just from the first rank in the attack and from the defenders, since most of the “gun” weapons have a range of 20 to 30 feet. On Thursday it did not take very long for the front line to reach the gates, “force” them open, and rush through to the other size where their prizes of treasures bags waited. After a pause for reloading of weapons and a check by the marshals that all was in order, a second assault was launched. Seen in the front lines in this assault as well as the third one (it is obviously a resurrection battle), was Queen Brianna of Atlantia, giving as good as she got--and she did get soaked. From the rear lines on the attacking side, a group of adults and children working water balloon slingshots easily overshot the ramparts of the Fort and soaked both defenders and the already-victorious attackers on the uphill side.
It seems that even sweet-looking young girls understand the tactics to be employed with water pistols and super-soakers: just keep walking forward with an angelic smile on your face, continuously shooting streams of water at anybody in front of you. It should also be noted that a loosely formed double or triple line of armed ten year olds, when forced to wait five minutes to begin their own assault on the Fort, will find it impossible to avoid the temptation to let fly with a few random shots that hit their own allies or “accidentally” lob a water balloon in the direction of Mom or Dad.
One dad who had come prepared to defend himself with a buckler from his own rattan fighting wear discovered that while it worked pretty well against small water pistols, it was “only marginally effective” against the larger, multi-stream weapons. A mom found herself the object of a bit of subterfuge as her daughter looped around with the intent to soak her from the back-- if it hadn’t turned out that it is harder than that daughter thought to outsmart her mother.
Everyone gets wet--moms, dads, kids, grandparents, marshals, photographers, newspaper reporters. After all, that’s the point with a water battle on a hot, sunny afternoon. It’s so much fun that the best thing to do afterwards is to go get some ice cream.
Winner of the Pennsic 41 Merchant Appreciation Award: Ian Grove House, space 111
Events Open to All
“Hey Lord Viking of Who Fightsalot, Have you heard what’s going on in the Barony of Iron Bog (EK) the weekend of September 28th?”
“Tell me, Lady Tutor Horse Riding Baker!”
“RIVER WAR... a weekend full of activities - we should pre reg. And should you have questions you should see Lord Sterling De La Rosa or send him a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
12x18 Marquee with dining fly. Ropes, poles, stakes inc. Good cond. $1200. House Argent Fist (B4)
For Sale: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
12x20 Panther double bell wedge pavilion. Used once and carefully stored since. Includes tent, poles, stakes, ropes and awning. $900 OBO INQ at Hunters Home or call 858-735-0113 lv message
15X15 Regent with Fly. Excellent cond. All trimmings inc. $900. House Argent Fist (B4)
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
18 Ft Yurt. Great shape, $900 or best offer. Will trade or barter. Call Erica 617-653-1963
20x30 Pavilion. Ropes-Poles-Stakes included. $950 obo. See at Northern Cross on Runestone Hill or leave message. 814-881-8097. Karsten.
30 years in business - so we are taking 30% off everything but tents. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
32 foot former NASA touring trailer for sale! Trailer has two personnel doors with stairs and safety railing, an awning on one side and can be wired for electric. Perfect for storage or merchanting! Asking 6K, price negotiable. Call 814-897-6830 or email email@example.com
A new shipment of hair sticks just arrived at Lady Guen’s. Space 121
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Ask Mawsho about real estate and romance at Merchant Site 2. All accessories for your camp. Read my ad in the merchant book.
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE from Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Beading needles and wire now in space 121
Bosch water heater for sale! Inquire for details at E04 Blood Moon Clan. Offers considered. You need details on this one. See Lorelei of Solace.
Claus’ Guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel” - Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker. #26 across from the Barn.
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing? Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4, limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #26.
Complete set of A. Kent’s novels about Richard Bolitho. 24 vols., paperback. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Documented period beads available at Reconstructing History, booth 145. Viking, Roman, Celtic and more.
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 41 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
FABRIC! From the collection of Animal X! Internationally known costumer.
Folding knives for sale! I have lots and lots of folding knives from $1 to $8. I don’t want to take these home. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
For Sale: Good Gentles...How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-annic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
For sale: SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger: Viking Territory”, and many others, some new and very silly. $5 each. Claus the Toymaker. #26.
French 6-pounder on naval carriage by South Bend. Serious inquiries only. 502-490-4475
Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane
Madness! 30% off almost all! Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Mama Thunder dresses for sale @ Hobbitronics (#8)
MASKS, hand-carried from Venice. Unique. Space 28
Midnight Madness special! Buy a Pennsic 41 T for the chirurgeons and choose a free T from a past year - from Claus the Toymaker
Mint Carousel pavilion 18’ Panther. Purple & gold asking $2000 OBO. Also a storage/box trailer. 6’x8’x5’ upgraded to larger one. Great onsite storage $150. Contact Garraed Harpwood E24 or 206-419-6640.
New Learning CD by Mistress Rosalind Jehanne. Available at Camelot Treasures #30. Street of Dreams.
Paternosters from simple to divine. Space 121
Pavilion company for sale. Est. 1982. Set own hours, full/part-time turnkey, everything incl. See our ad in the gatebook. Period Pavilions, space 28.
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 41 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 3 on site for immediate delivery and 12 more on site at end of war. Others in stock, can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes and faux buildings our speciality. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
Porcelain dolls, stamped + gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces, 1066 t-shirts. Space 28
Professional cabaret dance costumes including Madam Abla $200.00 and up. Ask to see at merchant space 4.
Riveted maile shirt, large, 3/4 length sleeve, $250. Chalkman Pub E18 Stefan
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Only at the Guild of Limners.
Shower for sale, includes changing room & propane on-demand hot water. $300 OBO Serpentius N18
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Sick of driving stakes and tripping over ropes- try a yurt instead. 215-896-5859
Snoods in silk, cotton and metallic. Custom orders welcome. Space 121
Tent 4 Sale! 12x12 Regency, 13oz canvas, floor & more. $750 OBO. Sorcha - Rivenstar. N18 - Battle Rd. 765-532-0449
Tent for sale: 10x20 canvas...Inquire at Polyhymnia N10...Ask for Alaric...Pick up at end of Pennsic.
Tentsmiths double-bell wedge tent (21x11 plus large awning) for sale: $450 or best offer. Come see it at the Black Dragons N15, ask for Shannon.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea marcatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Trailer 4 Sale: 8 x 16 custom trailer, 2 axle. Rear ramp, side door. Interested leave msg @ Midrealm Royal for THL Briana Exchequer $500 OBO
Unused set of armor and ironmonger helmet $400 OBO. See Gareth at Axes & Arrows in N09
Used good condition Boy Scout tents, fit one person plus gear. $35, all proceeds to troop. Cloak & Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
We have lots of new merchandise at Costumes by Loren! Earrings, necklaces, gemstones, doll clothes, teddy bears, and more. 166 Fleet Street. We take credit cards.
Why melt? Cool comfortable cottons in bright knotwork or middle eastern patterns. Shop early for best selection. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Yard sale block E18 in Misty Highlands on 8/9 & 8/10 from noon - 3pm. Books, goblets, and a small gorget. Yard sale prices! Ask for Lady Asta.
Yurt for sale,16’. $900.00 or best offer. Avail @ end of Pennsic. Camp Wicked Monkey, Myfan Way.
Yurts 4 Sale. 10, 12, 15, 18’ Rich 815.641.1189 msg/txt
Yurts of superior quality, craftsmanship and design. Hurry! Only 2 left! Call 215-896-5859
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Babcia says: Drink more water!
Claus the Toymaker must announce he is almost out of lepers. A carpenter from Galilee passed by and now my leper count is very low. Hurry buy soon for your leper!
Congratulations to Don Christian de Launey, victor of the White Scarf Tournament, and to his former cadet, now Don William Parris. In glorias Æthelmearc!
Costumes by Loren now takes credit cards. 166 Fleet Street.
Depressing Song Competition results: on Tuesday nite, many gentles assembled with tales/songs of woe. First place was a tie between Lorelei of Skye & Oron Drakewood. Second went to Ingesborg Ulfsdottir, and third to Kathryn Draper. Congrats to all who competed!
Hoobah Foscadh for FIGHTING IN ALL 41 Pennsic Wars.
Household forming in Slippery Rock. Inquire Morningstar Blades. (#36)
Babcia says: Long live Andreas and Kallista! And long live glorious Æthelmearc!
A Viking ship burning brightly within a lake of tears,
A knight’s final journey on the shoulders of his peers,
A queen walking slowly with her consort (won a war all by herself),
An Arab horn forgotten, gathering dust upon a shelf,
No rose petal jam, no mirrored boxes made for buyin’,
Yet somewhere in the world today still beats the heart of a lion.
Fionnguala na Liosa Linne
If you missed the book-signing, you can still come and see all the wonderful sweaters and get your copy of KNITTING OFF THE AXIS on Friday at noon at Ursula’s Alcove. Master José will be there to sign.
Master Ark is not at Pennsic this year, but you can buy his jewelry at Intriguing Designs, booth #53 or online at www.MasterArk.com
Master José aka Mathew Gnagy will be signing books and showing off his unique technique at Ursula’s Alcove 166 Fleet St. Friday at noon Pick up or bring your copy of his new book, “Knitting off the Axis”.
Pine Box Traders would like to thank one and all that helped at our Midnight Madness canopy collapse. Everyone showed the true colors of chivalry and honor. Thank you, Egill and Dananir
Sewing machine free. Needs tune up. Too heavy to carry around. Inquire at Wulfden. Ask for Malkyn.
Tent for sale 11x18 oval marquee w/custom 9” canopy blue trim dags N08 (15 foot red Japanese banner) Ask for Ruttiger
Terra Incognita: Your premier source for cat bribes! Falcon’s Mew catnip and & toys, handmade breakaway cat collars. Don’t forget your cats! Located on Fleet Street, look for the lawn spinners out front.
The chalk labyrinth man needs your help. The sky eraser has stolen my work untimely. If you have captured my labyrinths or myself at work, please send me a missive at A.K.Labyrinth@gmail.com -Ambros
To all our guests/friends, thank you!! Bard’s Haven
Well-mannered young man looking to rent room in PGH area for school. Contact Roy at Horny Viking or 330-603-7429
Break-down help needed Sat+Sun. Hourly or longer. Good pay & food, bonus poss. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
CARPENTER NEEDED for contract to alter Pennsic House. PA/OH preferred. Merchant Space #24
Strong back for hire, Fri 4-6 and/or Sat 10-12. $20/hr to help me break camp. Saarah in Oldcastle, D17. 540-846-2153.
Lost & Found
Brita Mairi Svensdotter thanks for my pouch return
Combat archers - please check your ammunition! Fiberglass bolts - white heads - 2 red stripes. Please return to Adriana di Salaparuta - Kingdom of Acre camp- N13- Cariadoc’s Path.
The Whiskey Bards are hosting a camp concert Friday 7:00 PM at space N10 corner of Fletcher and Chandler. BYOB. Bring a chair, bring a friend.
Amen von Atzinger is on quest for his father who has cancer. His parents have no insurance + have become unemployed because of this. Asking for $1 for 3 passes - on field with great sword at 11:00 AM - to accept all comers.
Barony of Carillion - you guys rock! A very proud camp mom!
Cat and Braap of Black Talon - Congratulations on your marriage - Aug 4, 2012
Claus the Toymaker misses his pigs! A free Pennsic magnet to anyone returning his little swine. No questions asked!
Hair and temper match fire for me I regret not love beauty she’s mine
Hey Thuligans! Congrats for being 10% of the Allied archer champs team. You rock. Nicolaa.
Hey Ursula: Botfly! (you, too, Lucrece).
Medb: congrats on your elevation. Still happy to have you fetch Cokes for me, but now you too can have a Coke minion. Dr. Nic
R...I mean A...Thank you for the best first Pennsic ever. 4X3 <3 <3 <3
Rajni would like to thank all of her wonderful Tribal Odyssey Students. You made my war very special. firstname.lastname@example.org
To everyone who has helped out/given good wishes for my vigil/upcoming Laurel ceremony, THANK YOU! I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends! Medb
To m’lord Wesley vom Schwartzflek - we love you & miss you & will see you soon! Love, Mom & Dad (Queen Ilora of Atenveldt & Baron Master Yonatan)
To the Coopers, Pennsic staff, merchants, and Pennsic populace: thank you so much for allowing us to serve you year after year. It is our great honor and privilage (and a lot of fun!) to produce the Pennsic Independent. - The PI Staff
To the staff of the Pennsic Independent: you are so wonderful! Thank you all for making this work, and making it work better every year. I love you all so much. You are fired! See you next year - Aitch
Tyrvi, my love Happy 5th Anniversary. You are the best husband a woman could ever have!! Love Always Kelly Shannon <3 <3
Wulfgang, I am so proud of you! Love TY
To m’lady Genvieve vom Schwartzflek - we love you & miss you & will see you soon too! Love, Mom & Dad (Queen Ilora of Atenveldt & Baron Master Yonatan)