More Stitches in Time
Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
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 is once again opening its doors to embroiderers and stitchers from all over. (The first event drew embroiderers from five Kingdoms!)
The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: 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 event, plus we're adding more things to love about this unique event!
New This Year!
- All-new class topics!
- Another hour of classes!
- FIVE "kit" classes to choose from!
- Beginning Embroidery Track!
- Embroidery Display Show & Tell!
- Embroidered Fashions Show!
This Embroidery Extravaganza 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, March 31, and closes at 11 AM on Sunday, April 2..
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 two 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
8:30 PM TBD evening activity
8:00 AM Troll re-opens; (Dining Hall)
8:30 - 8:45 Breakfast
All day Embroidery Display Area: Display your work, for feedback & inspiration.
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speech
10:00 - 11:00 Class #1
11:00 - 12:00 Class #2
noon - 12:45 Lunch
1:00PM - 4:00 "Kit Classes" or stitch in the Solar
4:00 - 5:00 Tea
4:30 Silent Auction ends
4:45 - 5:45 Embroidery Display & Show & Tell, Stitch in the Solar, check out the library, etc.
6:00 - 7:00 Supper
7:30 - 8:30 Embroidered Fashions Show
8:30 till ... Stitch-in
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Class
11:00 Site Closes
We are delighted to announce Patrikia Maria Agrissa Sgourina's topic: "Dismantling Musiaphobia: learning to approach museum collections with confidence"
Maria, herself a life-long stitcher, is interested in embroidery styles that span the centuries, from early- to late-period. She received her Laurel in 2004 for her research, especially in Byzantine and Sassanid clothing and culture before the year 1000 CE.
Short Classes - Complete List (Saturday Morning)
- Embroidery for beginners by Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor (Beginners Track)
- Research for beginners by Gillian Llywellyn (Beginners Track)
- Intermediate Embroidery by Gillian Llywellyn
- Some Basics on Gold and How It Relates to Embroidery by THL Jaqueline de Molieres (Goldwork Track)
- CANCELLED - Goldwork by Lady Megryth Allisonsdottir (Goldwork Track)
- Viking Embroidery by Hrefna fruþikona Þorgrímsdottir (Scandinavian Track)
- Heavy Metal Embroidery: Finnish Style! by Duchess Siobhan (Scandinavian Track)
- 14th century embroidered purses by Lady Vika Grigina z Prahy
- Would You Know a Saint If You Met One? by Lady Johanna Lemercer
"Kit" Classes (Saturday Afternoon -- NOTE: These require pre-payment. See "How to Register for a Class")
Bead embroidery by Mistress Jeanmaire Ilaria Beatrice du DomrémyClass Cancelled
- Embroidered book covers by Cristina inghean Ghriogair
- Make your own wood handled Haithabu bag by Lady Elska á Fjárfelli
- Late Period English Slips by Hrefna fruþikona Þorgrímsdottir
- Elegant Embellished Cuffs by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix (Beginners)
Short Classes (Sunday Morning)
- Teaching Fiber Arts by Lady Shirin of Susa
Bead Embroidery by Mistress Jeanmaire Ilaria Beatrice du Domrémy, 17th Viscountess of Drachenwald Class Cancelled
Embroidered book covers by Cristina inghean Ghriogiar
We have many examples of embroidered book covers from the 13th to the 17th centuries. The number of styles and examples is extensive. In this class will focus on Henry the VIII’s style of couched metal embroidered covers. I will attempt to explain the differences in styles and materials used on many examples still in existence from this period.
Included with your kits will be materials for a needle book sampler that we will work on in class to practice techniques and stitches, you will need to complete your project. You are welcome to choose one of the covers I have already done or design one of your own. Your book cover kit will contain the fabric, needles and threads to complete one of the covers shown here as examples. NOTE: If you choose to do something different, you may need to purchase additional materials.
Class Limit: 10 students; Auditor permitted after class is full.
Fee: $20 for the project kit.
- - Background fabric Indicate Choice of Satin or velvet, RED or Black
- - Linen backing
- - Threads
- - Metal twist (DMC 5282); spool to hold thread
- - Couching thread (Coats and Clark metallic 809),
- - Gold spangles
- - Hoop
- - Needles (Large eye needle for plunging threads, crewel needle, sharps needle
- - Felt, tissue paper
- - Needle book sampler kit (included in with all book cover kits.)
- - Assorted variety of gold threads, ribbons, cording, padding
Student needs to bring: scissors, beeswax, and tweezers.
When registering, students must indicate the following:
- Do you want your background fabric to be satin or velvet?
- Do you want your background fabric to be red or black?
- Which design do you want to stitch?
- #1: Henry VIII’s embroidered book cover 1543
(Original: unusually large 15 1/8 x9 ½ , redish brown velvet, 2 ply metal twist)
Materials used: Red satin, gold twist, gold couching thread, gold spangles.
Original on left, kit version on the right
- #2: Walters Manuscript 1480-1490
Book of Hours (Use of Rome), Original binding, Walters Manuscript W.431, Upper board outside Made in the fifteenth century, and rebound slightly later, the way this small book of hours appears in the present might be not different from how the sixteenth-century viewer saw it. In that period, the precious red velvet textile embroidered with silk and silver, was added to the manuscript probably in Belgium or England. The book was made in Flanders around 1480-1490, and was probably destined for Cambrai, as indicated by the selection of saints in the calendar. Painted by a group of artists referred to as the Associates of the Master of Antoine Rolin, the manuscript shows several interesting full-page miniatures representing St. John the Evangelist and the Pentecost painted in blue grisaille; a similar grisaille technique is used for decorating the Suffrages with sculpture-like figures of the saints evoked in the prayers. Full-color miniatures introduce each hour, while illusionistic borders decorate some folios throughout the book. by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts http://flic.kr/p/oWhkwX http://ljspillowbook.tumblr.com/post/104537631524/manuscriptjourneys-book-of-hours-use-of-rome
Materials used: (Original: Red velvet, silk and silver)Red velvet, linen backing, Silver twist or cording, couching thread
Original on the left, kit versions to the right.
- #3: Bedae Presbyteri Anglosaconis viri eruditissimi...Libri duo, Henry VIII, King of England (1509-1547) http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000000592=ImageId=39901=BL
Materials Used: (Original: Red satin) Linen backing, Gold twist, Gold cording, Gold couching thread
Original on left, kit version on the right:
- #4 Your own design
- #1: Henry VIII’s embroidered book cover 1543 (Original: unusually large 15 1/8 x9 ½ , redish brown velvet, 2 ply metal twist)
Make your own wood handled Haithabu bag by Lady Elska á Fjárfelli
This bag can be a fabric or leather pouch and is attached to two wooden handles and carried by one shoulder strap. Similar handles out of wood and bone have been discovered in Birka and other parts of Sweden, but in modern times this type of bag is commonly referred to as the Haithabu or Hedeby bag for the many wood handles discovered in the trading settlements' harbor.
Our interpretation will use wood handles based on an extant Haithabu find and wool fabric & thread for the bag. There will also be a short presentation of period embroidery patterns suitable to embellish your bag with, including a detailed handout for proper documentation of both the haithabu bag and the embroidery patterns.
This bag works well with a woven shoulder band or a braided leather cord, which is not included in the kit. I will show examples and instruct on how to properly string the shoulder strap. Bring one about 3-4 feet long if you want.
- Class Limit: 10 students;
- Auditor permitted after class is full.
- Fee: $20 for the project kit. It includes: - 2 wood handles, about 9-10 inches long. - precut wool fabric (bring your own if you want something specific) - wool sewing thread in different colors
- Student needs to bring: sewing kit and scissors
Late Period English Slips by Hrefna fruþikona Þorgrímsdottir
Gardens were all the rage in late Elizabethan England. They started a fashion in needlework for floral slips - bits of embroidery that are appliqued onto other fabric. This class covers everything you will need to know to start, stitch, and appliqué a slip. This class is especially good for beginners and those who think period is hard.
- Class Limit: 20 / No auditors
- Fee: $30 for silk or $15 for cotton *silk is no longer an option for the kit, but cotton is still available.*
- Kit contents: Evenweave linen, cotton or silk floss, needle, design transfer kit, gold passing thread
- Student needs to bring: a 6" hoop and a micron pen
- Students should indicate during registration:
- Do you want silk or cotton threads?
- Do you want to stitch a rose (red), carnation (pink), daffodil (yellow), or borage (blue)?
Picture of completed kit: Coming early next week
Slip pattern sample:
Elegant Embellished Cuffs by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix
Ever wondered how to take some lovely fabric and make it a one of a kind piece of garb? Embellishment! If the very idea overwhelms you and you just don’t know where to start, this beginner class is for you.
Using a variety of simple techniques from basic couching to stem stitch to adding pailettes, beads, pearls and bezants you will make a custom set of long cuffs- 8” long + the circumference of your lower arm which you may then incorporate into your your next dress or tunic. Also covered, how to take an ordinary object and create your own pailettes.
- Class limit 15; Auditor permitted after class is full.
- $20 for the complete kit incluing brocade or silk to embellish
- $10 if you provide your own brocade or silk fabric
- Kit contains enough cloth to embellish 2 cuffs and a variety of thread, cording, beads and other goodies.
- Students shoiuld bring
- designer cloth if they choose the $10 option.
- the dress that you wish to add the cuffs to or your latest sleeve pattern.
- pearls if you desire to add them to your sleeves.
- embroidery hoops, scissors and needles.
How to Register for a Class
The morning classes and the keynote address are first-come/first-seated. No registration is required for these classes.
To take an afternoon “kit” class, you must register by pre-paying for the class “kit”. Because each “kit” class will be limited to a small number of students, registration is required.
- Preregister for the event - see “Event Fees & Registration” for the information you need to send and where to send it.
- Upon receipt of your event registration, we will send you by email the information on how to pay for the class “kit”.
- Send us payment for the class "kit" of your choice.
- Once we have received payment for your class “kit”, your name will be added to the class roster.
PLEASE NOTE - for afternoon "kit" classes:
- Students must pre-pay for the class "kit". Kit payment must be received by the Class Coordinator on or before March 25, 2017.
- Class registration is based on when the Class Coordinator receives your payment. This means if you mail your kit fee on Tuesday and it arrives on Friday but someone else hand delivers their kit fee on Thursday, then the person who hand delivered their payment gets first choice. Mailed payments are assumed to arrive at 5:30 pm the day of their arrival. Paypal payments come in according to their time stamp.
- Some afternoon "kit" classes do not permit auditors (people who are not registered for the class). If you want to take a kit classes, the only way to guarantee that you can attend is to register
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 wooden benches 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 an event reference library. The library will be staffed, and books will not leave the library area.
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 Fees and Reservations
Event registration (includes 4 meals, served family-style, plus lodging) is as follows:
- Adult Event Registration: $35.00
- Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $30.00 (Include a photocopy of your current SCA membership card.)
Bunk spaces are filled on a first-paid, first-served basis. Those needing access to electricity must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk near an outlet.
Please make checks payable to "SCA PA Inc. -- Shire of ACG."
Send reservations to THL Aibell ingen Dairmata, c/o Lea Wittie, 913 Colonial Lane, Lewisburg PA 17837.
Please include the following information with your payment:
- SCA name
- modern name
- email address (so we can confirm receipt of your reservation and send you class kit payment information)
- food allergies (if applicable)
- mobility concerns (if applicable)
- bunk space required for 2 nights / 1 night (specify Friday or Saturday) / 0 nights
- are you interested in attending an afternoon "kit" class? " YES / NO).
- If you indicate that you are interested in attending an afternoon "kit" class, we will send you by email the information about how to pay for the class "kits", once we have receive your event registration. See "How to Register for a Class" above for more information.
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 March 1, we will refund your event fee. On or after March 1, we can only refund your event fee if we have sufficient attendees to break even.
If you have paid for a kit, we will refund the cost of the kit if we are able to re-sell it. If we cannot re-sell your kit, we will mail it to you after the event.
Lodging and Parking
Both dormitory-style sleeping cabins are heated and a kitchenette. Both cabins have electricity. Those needing access to electricity must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk near an outlet.
The double-decker bunk beds have mattresses, but overnight guests should bring bedding (pillow, sleeping bag/sheets and blankets) and towels. Bunk spaces will be filled on a first-paid, first-served basis.
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. Those desiring a bottom-bunk space in the cabin with bathrooms must include with their paid reservation a request for a bottom bunk in Sheary Lodge.
Kirby Cabin has 15 double-decker bunk beds in one large dormitory-style room; this sleeping area is more spacious than Edna Sheary Lodge. NOTE: Kirby does NOT have indoor bathrooms; however, flush toilets are located in a nearby building.
If you arrive on Friday night, drive to the Sheary Lodge to unload your gear. Parking spaces in front of the cabin will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.
If you arrive on Saturday, drive to the Dining Hall and check in. Parking spaces closest to the Dining Hall will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.
Saturday Breakfast: breakfast casseroles, hot tea, coffee
Saturday Lunch: Fresh Fruit, Veggies and Cheese with dip, Syseros (Chickpea Puree), Squash Soup, Lentil Soup, Egg Salad, Bread and Butter.
Saturday Afternoon Tea: a variety of loose-leaf teas and assorted finger foods
- Bread (GF will also be available upon request)
- Electuary of Sour Cherries
- Fresh Cheese (V, GF)
- Apple Slices (V, GF)
- Compost (V, GF)
- Chicken with Verjuice [details TBD]
- Beef Meatballs with Almond-Milk Sauce
- Salat (Veg, GF)
- Traynerost (Deep-fried Fruit)
- Mint Tea (Veg, GF)
Sunday Breakfast: oatmeal & fixin's bar, yogurt & fruit, hot tea, coffee
If you sell high-quality embroidery notions and supplies, please contact the Autocrat for details about space. There is no additional charge to merchant.
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) (mka Della Hutchison, 1194 Marshall St., Milton PA 17847; 570-742-4567)
The Head Cook is TBD
The Reservations Clerk is THL Aibell ingen Dairmata. She can be reached at ladyaibell AT yahoo DOT com.
DirectionsGuests 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
Map showing site:
Here's a detailed map of the camp (click to enlarge):
Or, download a pdf here
Local Area Information
- Local (big) towns: Mifflinburg, Lewisburg, Milton
- CVS: 140 E Chestnut St (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinburg, and corner of Rt 45 and 3rd St in Lewisburg, and Rt 15 in Lewisburg (north of Rt 45)
- Groceries: Rt 45 in Mifflinburg (Weis, Wengers), and Rt 15 in Lewisburg (Weis)
- Walmart: Rt 15 in Lewisburg (north end of town)
- Gas: all along Rt 45 in Mifflinburg, and Rt 15 in Lewisburg north of Rt 45
- Hardware: Cole's on 145 E Chestnut St (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinburg, and Lumber and Building Supply on 8200 Old Turnpike Rd (AKA Rt 45) in Mifflinbug, and Cole's in Lewisburg (55 N 2nd St), and Lewisburg Builders Supply/Ace Hardware on Rt 15 Lewisburg (north of Rt 45)
Other Lodging Options
- Days Inn Lewisburg
409 N Derr Dr (AKA Rt 15), Lewisburg, PA 17837
likely $72 and up
- The Mifflinburg Hotel
264 Chestnut Street (AKA Rt 45) Mifflinburg, PA 17844
- Buffalo Valley Bed & Breakfast
376 Wirth Rd, Mifflinburg, PA 17844
- The Vicksburg Inn
6444 Old Turnpike Rd. (AKA Rt 45) P.O. Box 86, Vicksburg, PA 17883
- The Inn at New Berlin
321 Market St, New Berlin, PA 17855
$139 - $209
- Comfort Suites Lewisburg
4775 West Branch Highway (AKA Rt 15), Lewisburg, PA 17837
$131 - $152