A&S Link Central

What is this list?

Here is a list of all the official topics that are part of the Arts and Sciences side of the Society of Creative Anachronism. As this list evolves I would like for all shire members to freely add their favorite links under the correct headings. If you write a tutorial for anything A&S related, feel free to link to that as well. If you want us to include a link to your website or blog, just contact one of us or leave a comment and we’ll get you added ASAP!

One small warning to contributors, if you take a class and plan to share what you have learned, first check with the teacher to make sure they are ok with you sharing it here and secondly, if the teacher or author of the material that you’ve used has a website or blog of their own make danged sure you include it!

Let’s work together and eventually perhaps this list will become a commonly used reference throughout the known world!

General Links

These links cover all of the Arts and Sciences

  • Arts and Science 50 is an group with a common purpose. As one of their members explains “The Society for Creative Anachronism celebrates its 50th year on May 1, 2015, and that will be cause for much celebration. I am starting early, and I hereby invite you to join the party!Challenges have long been a part of Scadian culture, and I thought that a challenge of 50 things seemed appropriate for our 50th year. Since years in the SCA are counted as Anno Societatis, (year of the Society,) or AS, and Arts and Sciences (the lovely canopy under which so many of my interests rest) is oft abbreviated A&S, the A&S 50 Challenge was born.”

The Arts

Bardic Arts, such as storytelling

Basketweaving

Beadwork

Calligraphy

  • Dragon Scribes is “A place for Drachenwald’s scribes to hang out, learn, discuss and critique each others work.” It’s a good place to get to know the other calligraphers and illuminators from the kingdom.
  • Aryanhwy’s Calligraphy and Illumination is a blog filled with beautiful calligraphy and illumination projects to give you tons of inspiration. There are also a selection of rather useful links for the aspiring scribe.

Cooking (all forms)

  • Magdelena’s medieval kitchen is described as “A place for me to talk about my experiments and discoveries in medieval cooking. Most of this is for myself but if you wish to follow along and share the journey you are more than welcome.” I (Rachel) have tasted her wares at Academia della Danza 2013 and was very pleasantly surprised by the taste and quality of everything she sent up from the kitchens.

Costume Accessories

Fingerloop Braiding

Fingerloop Braiding is a very interesting medieval method for creating braids and trims to decorate clothing, use as laces or simply tie things together. Here are a few resources for anyone interested in learning this ancient art form:

  • http://fingerloop.org/ A great resource full of information for the beginning fingerloop braider
  • http://www.lightlink.com/rhiannon/Fingerloop/flb_intro.html 3 PDF documents for taking your fingerloop braiding to the next level,
  • http://www.braidsociety.com/ The Braid Society was founded in 1993 and it has grown since then to include members from across the UK and many other countries. The Society aims to promote the education and practice of the art and craft of making constructed or embellished braids and narrow bands. All appropriate interests are encouraged and membership is open to everyone. Members include professional craftsmen, teachers, collectors, researchers, authors, perpetual students and people who are just interested in the craft. Techniques include Japanese braiding (Kumihimo), Peruvian braiding, ply-split braiding, inkle weaving (narrow band weaving), cord making, loop braiding and other finger-manipulated work, braiding with a lucet, tablet weaving, and sprang.

Costuming (all periods and forms)

  • Margo Anderson is THE pattern maker for late period men and ladies. I have several of her patterns available for browsing and I can only dream of owning the entire collection someday. I used her Elizabethan Lady’s Wardrobe pattern along with the Elizabethan Lady’s Underpinnings and Elizabethan Lady’s accessories to create a glorious ‘Bethan gown back when I only had about three years of sewing experience. I have recently started using her Tudor Lady’s Wardrobe to dress my persona. The blue kirtle and silk chemise on the ‘Who is Rachel?’ page are made from her patterns.

Dance: Choreography

Dance (European & Non European)

Dramatic Performance

Drawing

Dyeing

Embroidery & Needlework (all forms)

  • The Antique Pattern Library is an amazing catalog of antique pattern booklets that are free to download. There are patterns for knitting, lace making, tatting, embroidery, the list is endless and if you are at all tempted then you owe it to yourself to go see what they have for you!
  • If you embroider and you live in Drachenwald, then you really should know about the Dragon’s Embroidery Guild. “A place for the embroiderers of Drachenwald to show their own work & projects, ask questions, get answers and enjoy each other’s company.”

Glasswork: Blown Glass

Glasswork: Stained Glass

Glasswork: Sculpture

Illumination

  • Dragon Scribes is “A place for Drachenwald’s scribes to hang out, learn, discuss and critique each others work.” It’s a good place to get to know the other calligraphers and illuminators from the kingdom.
  • Aryanhwy’s Calligraphy and Illumination is a blog filled with beautiful calligraphy and illumination projects to give you tons of inspiration. There are also a selection of rather useful links for the aspiring scribe.

Juggling & Tumbling

Knitting/Nålbinding

Knotted Work

Lacemaking

Music Composition (all types)

Music Performance (all types)

Painting

Poetry

Prose and Playwriting

Riding Performance: Equestrian

Spinning

Weaving: Loom

Weaving: Tablet

Weaving: Tapestry

The Sciences

Animal Accoutrements

Animal Husbandry

Armoring (all forms)

Bookbinding

Brewing & Vintning

Ceramics & Pottery

Equestrian Activities

Gaming

Herbcraft

Ironworking & Toolmaking

Lapidary

Leatherworking

Metalworking (including cast jewelry)

Music Instrument Manufacture

Papermaking

Research

Scientific Instrument

Sculpture & Stonecarving

Siege Engines

Weaponmaking (including bowyering & fletching)

Wood Construction