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 have limited spaces remaining. The only way to guarantee your space in the class you want is to pre-pay prior to the event. For more information, please read “How to Pre-Pay for a ‘Kit’ Class,” below.
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)|
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-
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.
- Blackwork, Beyond The Basics -- THL Moniczka Poznanska: This is a hands-on class learning various filler stitches and how to use them for shading your blackwork. Limit 10. Cost $5. All materials provided, but bring scissors.
- Felted Knitted Bags and Pouches -- Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor: Are you looking for new ways to display your awards or heraldry? We will discuss the construction of a pouch or bag and means to embellish it with hand-knitted appliques of your personal heraldry or awards. Class size limited to 5 students, no fee. NOTE: This is a two-hour class. Skills Needed: A working knowledge of knitting (skill knitting on the round helpful). Stitches needed: Knit, purl, cast on, cast off. Supplies Needed: I will bring yarn and needles for those wishing to explore during the class. To get started on your own project, please bring: o Needles: choice of size 7-9 (19" circular or set of long double-points). You can modify the project by using standard needles if you cannot knit on the round. Double point needles size 0-2 for appliques. o Yarn: Wool (not superwash or washable), for pouch or bag. Wool embroidery or sport weight, for appliques. Feel free to contact me ahead to discuss at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Finding Inspiration – Baroness Constance Waite: Selecting and adapting a portion of a larger work to use for embroidery. Also, learning how to adjust a straight pattern to form around the curve of a neckline or hem.
- Medieval Gold Work – THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair: A historical overview of metal thread embroidery, materials used, and what’s available now. Handout $2.
- Spanish Drawnwork and Other Unique Spanish Needlework -- Baroness Elena de la Palma: Spain has a rich tradition of needlework dating back hundreds of years into period. This class will trace the development of this tradition, starting with some of the earliest examples and extending to lacemaking, drawnwork, and the other highly complex styles found decorating ruffs, camisas, and more during the Spanish Golden Age. Students should expect to learn basic concepts of how the various needlework may have been executed, but the class is primarily one of exposure to unique styles rather than hands-on. No limit. No tools or supplies needed. Optional donation for handout.
- Thread Play – Lady Elizabet Marshall: Wondered about different embroidery threads? Always wanted to try silk? Wondered how wool thread handles? Class materials will include sheets and sample squares to make your own thread sample notebook, samples of a number of different period-appropriate embroidery threads, and needles. Handout will have information on the threads sampled and some resource information. Hoops will be available during class (and can be kept for an additional fee). Knowledge of a few basic embroidery stitches helpful, but not required. Limit 10 people. Kit fee $5; Keep the hoop for an extra $1.
- An Introduction to Celtic Embroidery – Lady Etain ingen Ruaidri: Celtic embroidery - What is it? Where did it come from? How do you do it? A short history of the styles, where to find designs, and a chance to work on a small piece to be used where you will. Limit 15 people. Bring scissors if you have them. No fee.
"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.
- Assisi Work: leap into the void! -- Mistress Filipia Caprioti: This class will cover the body of needlework known as voided work for the white linen figures surrounded by a stitched colored background. We will look at the lively variety of background stitches and lifestyle applications. The kit will help you create an end-bordered linen towel in your choice of red, green or blue. Kit includes 18 x 30 linen, silk thread, and handout with charts for $15. Please bring scissors and embroidery frame or hoop. Class size limited to 10.
- German Ornate Sleeve -- Mistress Antoinette de la Croix: Have you ever wished you could make yourself a beautifully embroidered gown but felt intimated by the scope of the project? Then this class is for you! Focus on one sleeve with a unique design based upon your own heraldry, interests and preferences. Prior to the workshop, instructor will work with each participant on the actual design of the sleeve. The techniques you will learn are hand applique, pearling, beading. This class is limited to the first 6 registrants. The fee is $30.00, which includes:
- Gray silk for applique
- Gold silk for applique
- 1 spool of either gold silk or white silk
- 1 skein of either gold filament or silver filament embroidery thread
- 2 strands of freshwater pearls, 1 med-large round and 1 small to med rice shaped
- 1 vial of glass seed beads sz 10/0 (assorted colors)
- Paillettes - assorted styles (50)
- Heat and Bond to adhere applique pieces to sleeve for applique Please bring the following:
- Embroidery scissors AND scissors that you use to cut paper, thimble (if you use one), pencil, eraser, straight pins
- Silk of any color preference you may wish to use other than pale gray or gold.
- Your sleeve pattern traced on a piece of dark cloth and backed with a piece of denim; basting instructions will be forwarded upon registration.
- Templates of designs elements and motifs of different sizes that you wish to add to your sleeve.
- Any of your own stash that you may wish to use: gold work products, tiny charms, beads, metal sequins, paillettes, pearls that you like.
- Pattern Darning -- Mistress Briony of Chapham: Pattern darning is a counted technique that takes a short time to learn, and a lifetime to master. Extant items of varying complexity are found as far afield as medieval Egypt and Iceland, as well as a few extant items in continental Europe. In Mamluk Egypt pattern darned kerchiefs were used to wrap valuables in, and then tucked into sleeves. Students will learn how to make a small kerchief based on Egyptian finds. Several patterns at various degrees of difficulty will be charted for use. There will be linen, thread and patterns to make an embroidered kerchief. The kit includes linen ground fabric and silk to embroider a 10x10 inch kerchief. Students should bring a hoop (several will be available for purchase) and scissors. Class limit: 15. Kit cost (linen, silk thread, and handout) $22.
- Russian Gold Work Embroidery – THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair: Students will learn the basics of how to apply pearls, beads, padding and waste-of-time cording to Russian-style embroidery. Kits will contain materials to finish a bag similar to the one displayed at St. Clare 2017. If you have them, please bring a slate or scroll frame (preferably hands-free kind), scissors, awl, thimble. Frames will be available if you need one for $10.00, but are not part of the kit. Kit fee $20.00. Kit includes handout, waste-of-time cording, pearls, seed beads, purl pearl, padding, cotton cording, needles, brocade, linen or cotton for backing, bees wax, threads. Class size limited to 10.
Short Class (Sunday Morning)
Sign-up sheet for this class will be available at Troll when you arrive.
- Bayeaux Basics -- Mistress Filipia Caprioti: The Bayeaux Tapestry style uses 2 stitches for gratifying surface coverage and expressive storytelling. This class will cover the history and stitches, and provide a hand out, preprinted linen, hoop, and enough wool to complete a figure from the Bayeaux tapestry and launch your own story. Kit is $4, discount $2 if you have your own 6 inch hoop. Class size limited to 15.
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.)
- Class sign-up is first-come, first-served, based on when the Class Coordinator receives your “kit” payment.
- Preregister for the event - see “Event Registration” for where to send your preregistration and what information to include with it.
- Upon receipt of your event registration, the Class Coordinator will email you instructions to pre-pay for your class “kit.”
- Mail the Class Coordinator your pre-payment for the class "kit" of your choice.
- When the Class Coordinator has received payment for your class “kit,” your name will be added to the class roster.
To pre-pay for a “kit” class:
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.
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:
- 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
- special sleeping accommodations (if applicable)
- Are you interested in attending an afternoon “kit” class? YES / NO (NOTE: If you indicate that you are interested in attending an afternoon "kit" class, the Class Coordinator will email you information about how to pre-pay for your class "kit.” See “How to Pre-Pay for a ‘Kit’ 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 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
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 Maistrese Marguerite d’Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA17837
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