Toy Chest Foods

By Lady Freydis Egilsdottir

I did end up making a set for the East Kingdom Toy Chest. Sort of want to make another set; but this time I’d also make patterns as I went so I could share them, heh.

You can see two colours of “drink” in the stein. That’s a stuffed felt cylinder with a red circle at one end and a tan one at the other (you can see it in the bottom pic), that can be pulled out and flipped over, so as to give the choice of wine/fruit juice, or tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Astrid’s idea, and a good one!


By Nicholas

Bullroarers are ancient devices with many uses throughout history and across the world: communication, music, religious rituals, and as toys.

Nicholas crafted the two bullroarers above out of wood and string. You can create the roaring sounds by dangling the wooden piece, twisting it to make it spin, and then swinging it in a circle.

Armor: Knee

By Violante

Made of mild steel and painted before hammering the rivets in place so no nooks go without rust protection. The padding will be added when the other knee is finished.

This style of knee features a wider fan on the outside of the knee for protection. The cop sticks out a fair bit, but is much sturdier than other designs.

Many thanks to Lord Mikhail for teaching me how to do this. I had no experience with metalwork up until now. I’ve outlined the process we used below. Continue reading “Armor: Knee”

Ruantallan Fighter’s Coif

By Lady Inez Zardoya de Villena

This fighter’s coif uses the Ruantallan colors and includes the new populace badge. Lady Inez was honored in court for this project, which was donated to the Barony. It now forms an official part of the Heavy Champion of Ruantallan regalia.

Birka Coat

By Lady Freydis Egilsdottir

The Norse used cloaks, but they also used coats. A popular style for recreationists is known as the Birka coat, named after the Norse trading town.

The coat and hat are made from a sort of thick felt, intended for lining or backing quilts, left over from a previous project, as is the fun fur. I think the fabric is made of polyester as it bubbles and burns when I do a flame test, but Karl says it is super warm and blocks the wind beautifully.

It’s hand-stitched together with embroidery thread. The toggles I made from cow bone (it started life as a stew bone; other bits are being turned into a bone comb, needle, and other small implements–not bad for two bucks!), and the loops are leather thong. It actually went together pretty quickly, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

Coffee Urn Triptych

By Lady Freydis Egilsdottir

The Stronghold acquired a 30-cup coffee urn for hot beverages at our feasts: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, mulled wine… The only thing is, it’s not very period-looking, and due to the way it heats up, the exterior can’t simply be painted or covered. So I decided to make a screen for it out of wood in the style of a Medieval triptych.

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