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SUN 2021 Class List

All About That Bling: Roman Jewelry (1st century BCE – 2nd century CE) taught by Domina Furia Maxima

This class provides an overview of Roman jewelry between the 1st century BCE to 2nd century CE. The purpose of this class is to show the different types of jewelry worn during this time period, basic materials used, different styles, the culture of jewelry, what was considered jewelry, along with extent finds and imagery from around the time.

Content Warning: Gendered language, phallic imagery

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 16Minimum age of child without parent: 18

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None – Handout will be available online.

Beginning Gresley Manuscript Dances taught by Maestra Isabella Beatrice della Rosa called “Belle”

This class will focus on the Gresley Manuscript 16th Century English Dances rediscovered in Darbyshire, England in 1996. These dances are for 2-3 people in a set and are perfect for groups who want to learn dancing but do not have large numbers of people attending practice. No experience necessary. Be prepared to have Belle geek out about these dances!

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 5Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: Knowing your right foot from your left.

Fee: None

Bizzaria d’Amore taught by Tarien Dane

An advanced Italian dance class

1 hourLimit 8 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 10Minimum age of child without parent: 10

Expected Prior Skills: Knowing left from right feet.

Fee: None

Courting Success and the Illusion of Love taught by Ciana Scholari di Polcenigo

A brief touch on the historical concept of Courtly Love and how it translates into SCA culture. A non-touchy-feely primer of courtier skills from manners and remembering names to how to make googly eyes and emo poetry at your (un)attainable amor.

1.5 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 12Minimum age of child without parent: 15

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Dances on Request taught by Tarien Dane

This class will allow you to request a dance you would like to learn or dance and THL Tarien will teach it.

1.5 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 10Minimum age of child without parent: 10

Expected Prior Skills: Knowing left from right feet.

Fee: None

A Fiber Exploration taught by Lady Celestria de Clare

Join us as we explore various types of natural fibers used in textile arts. You will get a chance to play with different fibers and yarns to see how they act and what they can be used for. Fiber content will include wools, flax, silk, and other animal fibers. Drop spindles, knitting needles, and crochet hooks will be available for use, but feel free to bring your favorite tools.

1.5 hourLimit 10 Students
Format: Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 5Minimum age of child without parent: 8

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

From the Stones to Your Hands: a Primer on Pictish Shields taught by Tancorix inigena Bivaidonas

An incomprehensive but broad look at the various shields carved by the Picts onto their standing stones, the scenes those shields are shown in, and general use cases for the shield types. I will have physical examples with me to show and pass around the class.

30 MinutesNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 10Minimum age of child without parent: 14

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Handsewing Basics taught by Mlle. Sibillia d’Orange

Learn basic stitches for structural hand sewing of SCA Kit.

1 hourLimit 10 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 5Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: Students should be able to hold a needle and thread it

Fee: None

Historic beadmaking Demonstration using a period furnace taught by Tatiana Marana Melville

Learn about historic bead furnaces and how one could be built. there will be a demonstration of how to make beads using a period furnace and as well on a modern torch to showcase to huge difference between the two. If time allows people can give the furnace a try to make a bead. Handouts will be available.

2 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 8Minimum age of child without parent: 15

Expected Prior Skills: Knowing left from right feet.

Fee: None

How to make a D-shaped coif taught by Petranella

Participants will make a D-shaped coif loosely based on a later period gold haube. The coif will be reversible. Materials provided. This is primarily a hand sewing class.

1 hourLimit 6 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 8Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: Basic handsewing skills

Fee: None

How To Teach – Backwards Design lead by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

Hallmarks of the effective teacher are often most evident in efficacy of lesson planning. While individuals find that varying degrees of lesson writing are helpful, all successful educators have a plan for content delivery. The most effective lessons are aligned throughout the duration of the instructional period. Backwards design is a specific, step-by-step route to ensuring that all components of instruction are included in a lesson AND that they are all related and cohesive. Through this class, students will be able to identify, define, and plan for all components of instruction.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: The successful student is prepared to discuss educational strategies and has taught or is interested in teaching at SCA events.

Fee: None

How to Teach – Differentiation/Accessibility lead by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

People are not standardized in any fashion. Students will leave this class prepared with specific strategies to accommodate diverse individualized learning needs. Special attention will be given to delivering instruction in SCA specific environments and instructional techniques that are particularly relevant. Students will also have opportunities to identify and explore SCA specific demographic related instructional theories.

0.5 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: The successful student is prepared to discuss educational strategies and has taught or is interested in teaching at SCA events.

Fee: None

How to Teach – Instructional Techniques lead by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

Hallmarks of the effective teacher are often most evident in efficacy of lesson planning. Specific instructional techniques such as hang-time, multiple representations, the self regulated learning process, and the information processing theory are helpful to understand in order to promote student success. By the end of the class, students will gain a cursory overview of major theories and gain specific strategies and ideas to implement in instruction. Students will have opportunities to view demonstrations and practice presented techniques in class.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: The successful student is prepared to discuss educational strategies and has taught or is interested in teaching at SCA events.

Fee: None

How to Teach – SCA Specific Considerations / Special Topics lead by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

Hallmarks of the effective teacher are often most evident in efficacy of lesson planning. The instructor has gathered a list of topics from the community to select from for specific discussion including What to Do If My Class is Hijacked, What to do if No One Comes to My Class, How to Name my Class, How to Find Teaching Opportunities, etc. In addition, students are welcome to bring ideas to discuss or submit topic suggestions throughout the day.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: The successful student is prepared to discuss educational strategies and has taught or is interested in teaching at SCA events.

Fee: None

How to Teach – Write a Lesson Plan – Workshop taught by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

The lesson writing workshop is the summative component of the How to Teach class series. Students should come prepared with a task to teach or to brain storm an idea to use for the duration of the workshop. Students will work in small groups and/or one-on-one with the instructor to write an effective lesson in class. This will serve as an exemplar for students to reference in future independent work

Note: for this class, please come prepared with an idea of ~something~ to teach. Examples include: baking a simple bread, potting a plant, using a lathe, making a period broom, paper making, fundamentals of brushwork, etc.

1.5 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: *note* all participants should come with an idea for a class they would like to teach. Class ideas should range from 30-60mins of material. Examples include: bread making, papermaking, lecture classes, how to pot a plant, etc. The class need not be a SCA class or a fully fleshed out idea. The goal of this exercise is to practice planning a class.

The Successful student will be prepared to discuss educator prep topics and will either have taught or is interested in teaching within a SCA context.

Fee: None

How to Recognize a Concussion taught by HRH Decimus Marius Tacitus Ajax

This class is for both fighters and non-fighters.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Introduction to Embroidery taught by Lady Derbaíl ingen Neíll

We will be going over basic stitches including blanket, chain, stem, and variations of these that will help your stitches stand out. We will also discuss material usages, and different transfer methods in and out of period.

1 hourNo Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: $5

Introduction to Korean Royal Cuisine taught by Ha Su Jin (Isabella Tinker)

This class will be a basic introduction to Korean royal cuisine with a focus on the Joseon Dynasty (1392 to 1920). We will be discussing the differences between different types of cuisine (royal, noble, local, and traditional), who cooks royal cuisine, basic table settings, and importance of food to keep the body in balance.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 12Minimum age of child without parent: 16

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Kimchi 101 taught by Ha Su Jin (Isabella Tinker)

Curious about kimchi? It is more than spicy fermented cabbage. If fact, the kimchi you see in stores is only one type of kimchi. Take this class to learn more!

1 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-onLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Making the Queen Mary taught by Mistress Aigeline Li Merciers

This session is all about the Queen Mary, AKA the extant early 16th century gown worn by Mary of Hapsburgh. This is an excellent example of early 16th century fashion in Hungary. During this session we will discuss how this differs from other silhouettes of the time (e.g., Cranach, Tudor) and some of the documentation around this gown that can guide its reproduction. The second part of this session we will take a hands on look at two recreations of the Mary of Hapsburg gown. We will cover the process of patterning the gown as well as some lessons learned during construction.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Making your SCA Beautiful – Using Stamps and Stencils on fabric taught by Tatiana Marana Melville

This class is hands on. You will learn the some of the history of printing on fabric and how to use stamps and stencils to decorate fabric. The class kit will have handouts, a stencil and a woodblock stamp in it and there will be fabric and other stamps available for you to use to practice with. This is messy so wear old clothes or bring an apron. Some aprons/cover ups will be available.

2 hoursLimit 8 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 8Minimum age of child without parent: 14

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: $10

Naal Binding – Tension Control taught by THL Lucius Lartius Pavo (Lor)

The class is taught from the basics on up. The focus is consistent stitches. We will look at Starting in the Round, Starting Straight, Joining Strands, How to Control Stitch Size, and how all of this turns into usable items.

2 hoursLimit 10 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 11Minimum age of child without parent: 13

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Nell’s Cook Consult Table! lead by Nell the Innocent

Join me to read recipes and talk about food! I’ll have my collection of period cook books and resources for you to read. I’ll be available to discuss, food, recipes, resources, feast planning and management.

3 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 8

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

New to the Round Table taught by Ciana Scholari di Polcenigo

The SCA offers a dauntingly wide variety of resources for people starting out – be they new to the SCA or new to the Kingdom or coming back after an extended break- to the fun of historical recreation (not just re-creation!). Join Auntie Ciana for an informal chat about getting involved with your local and kingdom groups both virtually and in-person, SCA culture, how to pursue your area(s) of interest, where to find or how to construct garb, your first camping event, and several other popular “getting (re)started” subjects. We’ll have an open discussion to answer questions and share our stories with a focus on the fun of our mega-hobby.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Any Age Welcome

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Pinking and Slashing taught by Petranella

Using pinking and slashing to embellish your clothing. A slide show of how it was done in period and then a variety of tolls and fabrics to test it out on. Warning: sharp instruments will be used.shaped coif loosely based on a later period gold haube. The coif will be reversible. Materials provided. This is primarily a hand sewing class.

1 hourLimit 6 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 14Minimum age of child without parent: 18

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Polish Eye for the Viking Guy taught by Vlad

A survey if 16th C men’s clothing and accessories.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 10

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Punch making for metal decoration taught by Master Ealdred of Malmesbury, OL, OP

Punches to create designs have been used for millennia. In this class, the focus will be on metal punches. We will discuss the types of metal to use. Tools to work create the punch design and how to use them. And finally how to make the metal softer to work with (annealing) and how to heat treat it to make it harder. In addition, we will talk about how the choice of medium to work in affects punch size.

The focus will be on punches for metal work but the principles apply to punches used for other mediums.

Students can work on their own punches during class. There will be an open workshop session later as well.

1 hourLimit 10 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 12Minimum age of child without parent: 16

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Radegunds Research Presentation taught by THL Thomas of Rivenwood Tower

Hallmarks of the effective teacher are often most evident in efficacy of lesson planning. The instructor has gathered a list of topics from the community to select from for specific discussion including What to Do If My Class is Hijacked, What to do if No One Comes to My Class, How to Name my Class, How to Find Teaching Opportunities, etc. In addition, Saint Radegund’s Arts and Science Faire began in 2008 as a summer A&S symposium in the Shire of Rivenwood Tower.

The Shire’s mission was to offer a selection of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities featuring large projects. Class offerings have ranged among the following things: All Day Moneyer’s workshop, All Day 9th Century Chest Building, All Day Metal Casting, All Weekend Catalan Vault Building, Milking a Cow, Wattle and Daub, etc.

This presentation will provide a comprehensive review of field research conducted from 2016-2021 while the Class Coordinator concurrently completed the Bachelor of Arts in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Research findings will include trends in SCA educator preparation levels, accommodating new and experienced teachers in the same schedule, effective scheduling techniques, review of instructional practices commonly observed in SCA classrooms, review of scheduling techniques and principles, trends in SCA classroom behaviors demonstrated by participants, the impact of peers and subject matter experts on structured learning environments. One hour will be dedicated to presentation and a half hour will be dedicated to discussion and Q&A.

1.5 hourNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 18Minimum age of child without parent: 18

Expected Prior Skills: None.

Fee: None

Research Consulting lead by Amytis de la Fontaine (HL)

Sharing internet resources,. I have helped several members with finding resources for obscure or difficult topics. I will go through museums and other internet resources including finding directions for projects, patterns, etc.

1.5 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 15

Expected Prior Skills: basic computer search skills

Fee: None

Roundtable, Embroidery lead by Amytis de la Fontaine

Bring your embroidery, your favorite resource(s) to share your knowledge, and your projects and embroidery techniques.

1.5 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: Round TableLevel: All Levels
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 9

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Simple Roman Garb taught by Domina Furia Maxima

This class will focus on three pieces of Roman clothing, the Tunica mulbris (“women’s tunic”) also known as the gap-sleeved tunic which was worn until around the end of the 1st century CE and the Tunica capitium (with sleeves) or Tunica aclassis (without sleeves) (Worn by any gender – varied in length – men tended to wear it shorter, women longer). Anyone can wear what they would like, these are based on the Roman ascribed dress of the time. 


This is a hands on class, which means we will be making these outfits. See what you should bring below. If you have questions please feel free to email me (furia at mailfence.com). 
Please bring the following:


For the tunica mulbris:

  • Fabric (this can be wool, linen, cotton, bed sheets… bring what you can afford. To determine how much fabric to bring, folding a piece in half, lengthwise (salvage on the top and bottom) it should reach to the top of your foot and the width should go to about or past your forearms
  • More fabric is easier to work with when it is light weight, heavy weight when there is less. If you can’t find fabric that fits your height, measure with the salvage on the sides.)
  • Rope or a piece of narrow fabric/ribbon (enough to go around your body and be tied)
  • Scissors
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Safety pins
  • Straight pins


For the Tunica Capitium (with sleeves):

  • Fabric (fabric type can be the same as above, fold the fabric over with the salvage on the sides and goes to the ankle (enough to use part as the sleeves). This can be figured out in class as well, if you choose this option bring more yardage.
  • Scissors
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Rope or belt


Tunica Aclassis (without sleeves) 

  • Fabric (fabric type can be the same as above, fold the fabric over with the salvage on the sides and have enough that it goes to above the ankle or below the knee depending on the length. This can be figured out in class as well
  • Scissors
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Rope or belt

2 hourLimit 30 Students, Auditing Students OK
Format: Hands onLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 13Minimum age of child without parent: 18

Expected Prior Skills: Very basic sewing skills (straight stitch specifically) will be helpful but not required.

Fee: None

Soul Food: From Africa to America taught by Thegn Samson Muskovich

Join me for a discussion about the Gullah Nation — who they are, how they are relevant to the time period of the SCA, and the ways that their culture has survived to and thrives in the modern day.

Please note that this class will contain discussions of enslaved individuals; discretion is advised.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Time’s Up, Pencils Down: what to do when you need to work faster taught by Amary Fairamay

Life happens for scribes too, whether in the form of schedule upheaval, helpful pets, accidents, or garden variety procrastination. Speed for speed’s sake isn’t necessary, but sometimes it is useful to be able to streamline the artistic process so you can get to done efficiently, or perhaps you are frustrated that your process feels slow and want ideas to make things simpler. This class will be a combination lecture and discussion, with an overview of what has been helpful for the instructor, and trouble shooting issues that participants have had. Possible topics include: Why isn’t the nib working? Can technology save us? And how do you do C&I while holding a cat?

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 18Minimum age of child without parent: 18

Expected Prior Skills: This class will be most useful to people who are already doing scribal.

Fee: None

Tracing is Period – Using technology in the Scribal Arts taught by Lady Judith of Northwode

An introduction to the scribal arts and how modern technology can make anyone a successful scribe.

1.5 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: LectureLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 8

Expected Prior Skills: Basic computer knowledge.

Fee: None

Trans 101 for the SCA taught by Thegn Samson Muskovich

As modern society becomes more open and accepting, transgender individuals are becoming more visible in their representation both in and out of the SCA. Please join us for a discussion about interacting with these members of the populace. Topics will include history, etiquette, basic definitions for the community, and an open forum for attendee questions.

I have previously had someone ask about age-appropriateness of the class.

I consider it family-friendly since I don’t use terminology outside of what’s generally used in schools.

Parents — Ultimately, the discretion is yours, but I cover the following topics:

  • Human sexuality (including the mention of genitalia in the context of development/puberty)
  • Bias in research (including colonialism)
  • Sex work
  • Discrimination (both past and current)

This list is not exhaustive, but covers a fair portion of what to expect.

2 hoursNo Student Limit
Format: DiscussionLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 10Minimum age of child without parent: 13

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Underside Couched Embroidery taught by Baroness Caoilfhionn

Underside couching creates beautiful and flexible diaper patterns, especially in metal-thread embroidery. Learn the basics of this technique and try it with different types of thread.

1.5 hourLimit 6 Students
Format: Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 10Minimum age of child without parent: 10

Expected Prior Skills: Embroidery basics: handling of needle, thread, and fabric, and knowledge of basic vocabulary

Fee: $5 Kit

“Viking” Armrings – Overview and making taught by Master Ealdred of Malmesbury, OL, OP

Armrings are a widely known article of jewelry associated with the Viking age. Especially in re-enactor circles. In this class we’ll look closely at some period finds. We’ll discus their cultural use. Then we will create our own armrings. Students are encouraged to attend the punch making class to make their own punches. However, punches to make the designs will be available.

1 hourLimit 10 Students, Auditing Students ok
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Intermediate
Minimum age of child with parent: 12Minimum age of child without parent: 16

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: $10

The Viking Axe taught by Asbjorn Hrafnsson

Introduction to the axes used by the Scandinavians during the Viking age. Topics of discussion will include manufacture, usage, styles, and time periods of the famous weapon of the Viking warriors.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 13

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None

Wardrobe Care and Keeping taught by Rachel Baker

This class will focus on how to care for the garments in your wardrobe to insure long life and a spectacular look every time a garment is worn. Attention will be given to cleaning, storing, and transportation of your Medieval fashions.

1 hourNo Student Limit
Format: Lecture & Hands-OnLevel: Beginner
Minimum age of child with parent: 0Minimum age of child without parent: 12

Expected Prior Skills: None

Fee: None