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The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi:
Even More Stitches in Time

Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Do you love to embroider? Does the idea of stitching with friends fill you with joy? Ever wish for an embroidery class that offers more than basics? If so, then clear your calendar because the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais invites embroiderers and stitchers from all over to join us for our third annual weekend of stitchery.

The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: EVEN MORE Stitches in Time is an event for embroiderers, by embroiderers and about embroidery. It offers small specialized classes on single topics, long detailed “kit” classes on beloved styles, and a chance for embroiderers to spend time with others who love the art of the needle.

We plan to bring back all the things you loved about the first two events, plus keep things fresh with new offerings.

NOTE:  Afternoon “kit” classes require pre-payment. Pre-payment for these classes begins January 16 and closes March 31.  For more information, please read “How to Pre-Pay for a ‘Kit’ Class,” below.

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This All-Embroidery weekend will be held at Boy Scout Camp Karoondinha, 225 Thomas Dam Road, Millmont PA 17845-9448 (GPS Coordinates: 40.85630, -77.2547) Site opens at 5 PM on Friday, May 4, and closes at 11 AM on Sunday, May 6.

NOTE: The site is a Boy Scout Camp located on the side of a mountain, and the roads and paths are gravel, not paved. This can make getting about difficult. Some walking will be required, as the buildings we will be using are not near each other. If you have mobility concerns, please request a parking placard when you send in your reservation.

Cell phone service at the site can be spotty, depending on one's carrier.

Schedule & Activities

5:00 - 10:30 PM Troll opens; check in at Edna Sheary Lodge
7:00 PM Embroidered Book Cover Show-and-Tell (Edna Sheary Lodge), hosted by THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair: A gathering of last year’s gold work embroidered book class. Show and tell, plus help if needed for finishing the project.
8:30 PM Make-and-Take (Edna Sheary Lodge): Details forthcoming!
Saturday: (Unless otherwise noted, all Saturday activities will be in the Dining Hall.)
8:00 AM Troll re-opens
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
All day Embroidery Display Area: Display your work, for feedback & inspiration.
9:00 - 9:45 Keynote Address
10:00 - 11:00 Class #1
11:00 - noon Class #2
noon - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 PM Kit Classes, Stitch in the Solar, or Peruse the Reference Library
4:00 - 5:00 Tea
4:30 Silent Auction ends
4:45 - 5:45 Embroidery Display & Show & Tell, mix and mingle, sit and stitch, etc.
6:00 - 7:00 Supper
7:30 - 8:30 Embroidered Fashions Show with Emcee Extraordinaire, Mistress Briony!
8:30 till ... Stitch-in
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast (served in Edna Sheary Lodge, for all attendees)
9:00 - 10:30 Class: Bayeaux Basics -- Mistress Filipia Caprioti (Edna Sheary Lodge)
11:00 Site Closes

Keynote address

Photo courtesy of Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyy

A "trio" of double running (Holbein) patterns:
Left: charted from a photo of a piece in the V&A, Egypt,13th century
Center: from Il Burato Libro de Ricami, a period pattern book, Italy,16th century
Right: an excerpt from a study photo from the Ashmolean, Egypt, 13th century, silk on linen

We are thrilled to welcome Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya, from the Kingdom of Northshield, as this
year’s Keynote Speaker. Her presentation, "Holbein goes to Egypt," will answer the questions, Who
was Holbein, and why would he go to Egypt? and examine the double running stitch, a simple
embroidery technique that arose in medieval Egypt centuries before Holbein painted his Renaissance
portraits featuring this stitch. Her Excellency invites you to join her in a journey through time, across
cultures and between continents.
Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya received her Laurel for Middle Eastern research, arts and culture.
She learned to embroider as a child, and unlike many, kept on with it. She became interested in ethnic
costume and other mid-eastern textiles, such as fellahi embroidery (Palestine/Syria) and appliqued
Egyptian tent cloth, via oriental dance. In addition to travelling to Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco, she has
also made several research visits to the Textile Museum in D.C., the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in
Ann Arbor, and the Ashmolean in Oxford, to examine medieval Egyptian embroideries and inscribed
tiraz textiles. Despite her Egypto-Syrian inclination, Viscountess Leyla has become exceptionally fond
of English embroidery styles from the Tudor period (from Catherine-era Spanishwork blackwork to
Elizabethan raised work, in all its bespangled, colorful glory).
Modernly, Dr. Margaret Deppe is a Dress & Textiles Scholar, studying textile history and dress
ethnography with a minor in museum studies. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities.


Short Classes - Saturday Morning

Sign-up sheets for morning classes with limits will be available at Troll when you arrive.

NOTE: Unless stated otherwise, these are 1-hour classes.

Photos might not be exactly what you'll make, but are examples of the teacher's work in that style.

"Kit" Classes Saturday Afternoon -- NOTE: Afternoon “kit” classes require pre-payment. See “How to Pre-Pay for a ‘Kit’ Class,” below.

Photos might not be exactly what you'll make, but are examples of the teacher's work in that style.

Short Class (Sunday Morning)

Sign-up sheet for this class will be available at Troll when you arrive.

How to Pre-Pay for a “Kit” Class

Each afternoon “kit” class will be limited to a small number of students.  Some do not permit auditors (people who are not registered for the class).

If you want to take a specific “kit” class, the only way to guarantee that you can attend is to register in advance.

To ensure your place in a “kit” class, you must pre-pay for the “kit” class you wish to take.  (This allows instructors sufficient time to order supplies and then prepare the kits.)


    To pre-pay for a “kit” class:

  1. Preregister for the event by Saturday, March 17 - see “Event Registration” for where to send your preregistration and what information to include with it.
  2. Upon receipt of your event registration, the Class Coordinator will email you instructions to pre-pay for your class “kit.”
  3. Mail the Class Coordinator your pre-payment for the class "kit" of your choice.
  4. When the Class Coordinator has received payment for your class “kit,” your name will be added to the class roster.

What to Bring

Bring scissors, an embroidery hoop, and (if possible) your favorite lamp/lighting device with extension cords. A (comfy) folding chair would be a good idea for those whose backs (and bums) are not happy sitting on hard plastic chairs for long periods of time.

In addition, please bring items for the Embroidery Display and to share during Show-n-Tell.

We invite all attending to bring relevant books from their personal libraries to contribute to the event reference library. The library will be staffed, and books will not leave the library area.

If possible, please bring donations for the Silent Auction:  no-longer-wanted embroidery supplies, books, or other items of interest to SCAdian crafters.

Please DO NOT bring alcohol, as the Boy Scouts have a strict no alcohol policy for those who use the camp. Nor do they permit pets on site or smoking in any of the buildings. Do not jeopardize our future use of the site by violating their policies. If we find that you have alcohol, you will be asked to leave the site with no refund.

Event Reservation

The cost for the weekend includes lodging in a heated cabin as well as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.  

Bunk spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-served basis; please reserve early if you need special sleeping accommodations (e.g, bottom bunk or access to electricity).

  your event registration is …
Adult Event Registration $40.00
Adult Member Discount Event Registration ** $35.00
** SCA members, please include photocopy of current SCA membership card with paid registration.

Make checks payable to “SCA PA Inc. -- Shire of ACG.”   Send reservations to: Maistress Marguerite d’Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA17837.

Please include the following with your reservation:

Refund Policy

Because the site requires us to pay the rental fee in full well before the event, we must ask our guests to reserve in advance.

If you request a refund of your event registration prior to April 1, we will refund your event fee. On or after April 1, we can only refund your event fee if we have sufficient attendees to break even.

Lodging and Parking

Both sleeping cabins are heated and have a kitchenette. Both have electricity.

The cabins’ dormitory-style rooms sleep 16 to 30 people.  The double-decker bunk beds have mattresses, but overnight guests should bring bedding (pillow, sleeping bag/sheets and blankets) and towels. We recommend bringing earplugs if you are a light sleeper.

Those desiring a bottom-bunk space in the cabin with indoor plumbing should include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk in Sheary Lodge. 

Those needing access to electricity should include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk near an outlet. 

Bunk spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-served basis; please reserve early if you need special sleeping accommodations

Edna Sheary Lodge is accessible to those with mobility restrictions and has electric heat and indoor bathrooms (sinks, toilets, showers). There are 16 double-decker bunk beds (total) in 2 sleeping areas, making these rooms feel a bit crowded. Edna Sheary Lodge also has a gathering room.

Harris Cabin has 15 double-decker bunk beds in one large dormitory-style room;  this sleeping area is more spacious than Edna Sheary Lodge.  NOTE:  Harris does NOT have indoor bathrooms;  however, flush toilets and showers are located in the adjacent shower building.


Meals will be provided by members of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais’s Guild of St. Lawrence. 

Please mention any food allergies with your reservation so our cooks can accommodate your special needs.

Hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.) and sweets will be available throughout the weekend at our celebrated Hospitality Table.

Saturday Breakfast: oatmeal & fixin's bar, yogurt & fruit, hot tea, coffee

Saturday Lunch: TBA

Saturday Afternoon Tea: a variety of loose-leaf teas and assorted finger foods

Saturday Supper:  TBA

Sunday Breakfast: TBA

Silent Auction

Do you have no-longer-wanted embroidery-type items that you'd be happy to send home with someone else? Maybe hoops, or leftover linen, or floss from a project, or books ... ???

Help defray our out-of-Kingdom teachers' travel expenses by donating a SCAdianly-useful item to the Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be split among the out-of-Kingdom teachers.

Everyone's a winner! Donors rid their homes of no-longer-wanted items, successful bidders go home with new treasures, and the teachers return home with gas in their tanks and a few coins in their pockets.


The Autocrat for the event is Mistress Alicia Langland (hutchnsn AT bucknell DOT edu)
The Head Cook is Lady Elisabetta Tempesta
The Reservations Clerk is Maistress Marguerite d’Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA17837


Guests coming from the east or west will probably travel on Route 80 to Route 15 to Route 45 to Route 235. Guests coming from the north will probably travel on Route 15.

From the West, East and North: Find your best route to Route I-80. Take Exit 210 A, Route 15 South, to Lewisburg. Stay on Route 15 S for about 7 miles; you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn right onto Route 45 West. Continue at the * below.

From the South: Find your best route to Route 15 North. In Lewisburg, you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn left onto Route 45 West. Continue at the * below.

(*) Proceed west on Route 45 West for about 17 miles, passing through the towns of Mifflinburg and Hartleton (follow speed limits here). At the intersection of Route 235 South, turn left.

From this turn, follow signs for 235 South for approximately 3 miles through Laurelton (last chance for food, gas, and ATM) and Glen Iron. The road makes several 90-degree turns; just before the last one, you will pass the West End Fire Company on your left.

Turn right onto Creek Road at the 4-way intersection past this last 90-degree turn. Penns Creek should be on your left. Stay on this road for approximately three miles; you will pass a large 3 story stone house with three arches, on your right, at this point you are about one mile from the Camp.

Just before you cross the bridge over Penns Creek, Penns Creek Campground will be on your right. Cross the bridge and turn right at the sign for Thomas Dam Road/Boy Scout Camp.

Camp Karoondinha is on the left. From the road, all you'll see is the parking area and the gate. As you go up the hill, look for the Troll sign. The Dining Hall is the large stone building with 3 flagpoles in front. To get to the Edna Sheary Lodge, continue up the hill past the Dining Hall. Sheary Lodge is located in the wooded area just past the large field on the right.

Please park your vehicle in the parking lot after you have checked in and unloaded your gear. Parking spaces in front of both buildings will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.

Drivers are asked to use their flashers and to travel at the posted 10 miles per hour.

Directions from the scouts are here

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Local Area Information

Other Lodging Options


  • American: Carriage Corner, 257 E Chestnut St (AKA Rt 45) Mifflinburg, PA 17844, (570) 966-3866
  • Italian: La Primavera, 2593 Old Turnpike Road (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 523-1515
  • Fancy: Reba & Panchos, 2006 W Market St (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 522-7006 ($$)
  • Chinese: Peking Garden, 199 N Derr Dr (AKA Rt 15) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 524-7787 (at the corner of Rt 15 and St Mary St) (free 3 mile delivery includes Days Inn and Comfort Suites)
  • American: Perkins, 340 International Dr, Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 523-7733 (near the Sheetz and Walmart North of Lewisburg)
  • Pub: Towne Tavern, 600 Market St (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 524-0821 (corner of Rt 45 and 6th St)
  • Pub: Bull Run Inn, 605 Market St (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 524-2572 (corner of Rt 45 and 6th St)
  • Thai: Siam Cafe, 518 Market Street (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 523-1874 (Rt 45 between 6th and 5th St)
  • Japanese: Sushi Hanna, 434 Market St (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 523-0232 (Rt 45 between 5th and 4th St)
  • American: Lewisburg Hotel, 136 Market Street (AKA Rt 45) Lewisburg, PA 17837 (corner of Rt 45 and 2nd St) (570) 523-7800 ($$)
  • BBQ: Ard's Farm, 4803 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, (570) 524-9820
  • Brew Pub: Rusty Rail Brewing Company, 5 N 8th St #1, Mifflinburg, PA 17844, (570) 966-7878
  • Bar: Boomerang's Bar & Grille , 17705 Old Turnpike Rd, Millmont, PA 17845, (570) 922-1232