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The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi:
Keeping You in Stitches

Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
(central Pennsylvania/Æthelmearc)
Friday, March 29th through Sunday, March 31st, 2019

This event is SOLD OUT!

To receive advance info about next year's event, please contact the Autocrat (hutchnsn AT bucknell DOT edu).

Bored with a wardrobe filled with plain-Jane gowns? Transform one of those ho-hum garments with a bit of embroidery, and you now have a one-of-a-kind garment that others admire! Or, go all-out and embroider the entire surface of a coif, a pouch, a sleeve, or even a jacket! Whether this is your first time putting needle to thread or you're an embroidery veteran, if you’ve been waiting for the know-how or the motivation, “The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: Keeping You in Stitches!” will enable and inspire you!

At this weekend event devoted to the art of the needle, you will:

The Academy of St. Clare offers you two ways to learn or share what you know. It features:

This All-Embroidery weekend starts at 5 PM on Friday, March 29th, and ends at 11 AM, on Sunday, March 31st.

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Our traditional site, Boy Scout Camp Karoondinha, 225 Thomas Dam Road, Millmont PA 17845-9448 opens to guests at 5 PM on Friday, March 29th, and closes at 11 AM, on Sunday, March 31st.

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/driving will be required, as the buildings we will be using are not near each other.  Edna Sheary Lodge has ramps leading from the parking lot to the cabin door.  The Dining Hall has grade-level doors.  All buildings have designated accessible parking spaces in front.  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 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 - 11:00 Keynote Address
11:00 - noon Morning Classes
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
8:30 till ... Stitch-in
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast (served in Edna Sheary Lodge, for all attendees)
11:00 Site Closes

Keynote address

We are fortunate to welcome Lady Aime Sparrow, from the Kingdom of Atlantia, as this year’s Keynote Speaker.  Her lecture/discussion on extant late 16th/early 17th century jackets will present macrophotos – whittled from thousands of photos to the 200 best – from museums including the Museum of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Costume Museum of Bath, the Maidstone Museum, the Museum of Nottingham, and the Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall.  Macrophotos of the jackets will highlight details of construction and the embroidery.  (Because of photography agreements, the photos cannot be posted electronically or distributed, so handouts with information will be provided but will not include extant photos.)

Lady Aime Sparrow is a 16th-century Englishwoman who made her living doing embroidery before she married a widower merchant and moved to Germany.  In the SCA, she has authored numerous articles about costuming in Tournaments Illuminated as well as the Compleat Anachronist monograph, “A Survey of Late Sixteenth / Early Seventeenth Century Embroidered Jackets.”

Aime’s modern alter-ego, Aimee Kratts, has been sewing since the age of five.  In 2013, she was selected by Historic Jamestowne to work on the “Jane” project with the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  (For more about her contribution to this project, see the Jamestown Coif Project (pdf).)

Artwork by Lady Amie Sparrow


Morning Classes (1 hour)

Basics of Surface Couching with Lady Margareta le Sayre
Beginner, 12 students
Couching is a process where a cord, yarn, or set of threads is laid across the surface of fabric and stitched down at regular intervals. This stich is integral to Gold work, Laid work (or the Bayeux stitch) and Couched fillings. In this class, students will have the opportunity to practice the basic technique of couching. Using plastic canvas to start, students will couch a thick yarn or cord in straight lines and practice turning corners and filling in spaces.  Teacher will provide all materials, no fee.


Simple Gold Couching on Henry VIII Cloak with Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh  O.P.
Beginner, 15 students
Students will follow my journey into the decorations on Tudor garments, showing  photos where they used couching on clothing, including the portrait I chose the pattern from, (Whitehall cartoon of Henry VII and Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1537. National Portrait Gallery, London NeG 40271)  and how I adapted it.   Rundown on  the  historical and modern ways I have put patterns on cloth, ending with how I put couching on a dark green wool cloak I did for myself, using a lot of modern techniques to enable me to hand couch the gold and silver pattern onto wool.
No fee.



Heart on Your Sleeve with Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya

Beginner and curious intermediates, 12 students

Excerpted from a class called “Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve”, students will learn split stitch using an Egypto-Syrian Mamluk motif inspired by extant fragments in the Ashmolean Museum.  The goal is to learn the stitch and its context in Medieval Egypt/Syria.  The fabric will be large enough to make a small bag, but the bag won’t be finished in class.  Teacher will provide a handout, ground fabric already marked, DMC floss and a needle.  Work will be “in hand”. Students who want may bring a 6” hoop. No fee.


The Mammen Embroideries with Her Ladyship Fiondel Songspinner
Beginner, no class limit
We will discuss the history of the “Mammen find,” and learn about the techniques (including the mistakes) used in the original unearthing of the find.  We will discuss the several different styles of embroidery found on the surviving pieces, with a particular emphasis on the “large faces” section.  Description of the materials used (both the ground cloth and the embroidery threads), the techniques used in the creation of the embroidery, and the likely placement of those pieces on the original embroidery.  Discussion of several sources that have researched, photographed, studied, and (on one case) recreated the original garment.  Notes will be provided of a small bit of extra information I was given as a result of contacting the museum where the piece is now located.  Handouts and a small “sample piece” kit will be provided.

 No specific charge for the sample kit, but donations will be accepted, if offered. 


Assisi Work - just the stitches , ma'am with Filipia Capriotti, OL
Intermediate, 10 students
Students will try a variety of ground stiches uses in voided work. This intermediate class will
provide a sampler for future reference when considering materials and effects for projects.
Students will be provided with linen fabric and silk thread for practice, students should bring
themselves .
No fee.

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

FILLED!Mamluk Embroidery 2: Close-worked herringbone with Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya

Beginner through advanced, 12 students.
Learn the proper counted stitch technique to work a 13th-15th century Egyptian border design, suitable for sash ends and medieval Egyptian garments (including tiraz). Similar designs appear in 16th century Europe in pattern books and portraits--the motif may be the same, but how you work the stitch matters if you want to be historically correct. You will learn two stitch variants, why names/technique matters, which types of materials are historically appropriate, and what types of garb the embroidery is suitable for. You will also learn about plain weave textile structures, how to embroider without a frame, and how to do counted embroidery on plain-woven fabric that isn’t evenweave. We will first work a simple sampler using DMC cotton floss on cotton osnaburg to learn the techniques, then we’ll stitch the motif in silk on linen to make a bookmark.
Students should bring: Scissors, supplemental light if needed (I recommend an Energizer LED headlamp), and magnification if needed.
I will provide remaining tools and materials (tapestry needle, cotton/DMC 6 strand cotton, linen, Splendor 12 strand silk); fee for kit & handout is $5.


FILLED! Swabian Sleeve with Mistress Antoinette de la Croix

Advanced, 6 students

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 1 sleeve with a unique design based upon your own heraldry, interests and preferences.
Instructor will work with each participant prior to the workshop on the actual design of the sleeve. 
The techniques you will learn are hand applique, pearling, beading. 
Teacher provides:
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.  Limited to 6 people.

Fee $30


FILLED!Blackwork Design Theory,  Or: How to design your own blackwork pieces with Mistress Fionna Goodburne MacNicol

Intermediate, 10 students.
Students will begin a sampler showing how design choices vary the look of a piece.  Students should have an understanding of basic stitches.  Some of the things covered:   Allover pattern vs straight borders, style, pattern, texture, color, media, fabric, thread.
Students should bring a hoop or frame, needles, scissors, and possibly something to write with.  Teacher will provide fabric, floss, and .a booklet of information.

Fee for kit and handout $10.


FILLED! Sweet Bag with Vadoma
Elizabethan Sweet Bag

Intermediate, 8 students

This class will focus on the stitches uses in the beautiful polychromatic embroidery you will see during the morning's keynote class. Participants will use the plaited braid, detached button hole, stem, and chain stitches to create a small, drawstring bag. A variety of colors of cotton floss will be available so participants choose their own color palette. Kits will include pattern, linen, cotton floss, and detailed stitch instructions. Please bring your own scissors and your favorite hoop or frame (no larger than 7"). A few spring embroidery hoops will also be available for purchase or borrow if needed. Kit fee is $5. 


FILLED! Opus Anglicanum Aumoniere with THL Renata Rouge
Intermediate-Advanced, 10 students
Opus Anglicanum, also known as English work or needle-painting, was quite
in demand throughout the 12th to 14th centuries across Europe, found
on everything from liturgical vestments to book covers and pouches.
In this class, we will be creating an Opus Anglicanum pouch, also
known as an aumoniere, using two embroidery techniques: the
needle-painted foreground motif which uses a basic split stitch, and
the metalwork background which uses couched gold.

Students will leave with a started aumoniere and the skills and materials to complete it.

Teacher will provide the thread (we will be using DMC embroidery cotton for this
project in order to keep costs at a minimum and to provide the colors
essential for learning the needle-painting technique,) Japan silk #5
gold thread, an embroidery hoop and needle.  Students should bring
scissors, tweezers (which help when working with the metal thread,)
and a magnifying lamp, if preferred.

Fee for kit and handout $25

Interested in teaching? Please contact Mistress Jaqueline at moliere1297 at yahoo dot com.

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. 

    To pre-pay for a “kit” class:

  1. Preregister for the event - 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

Weekend Registration includes lodging in a heated cabin as well as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

To register:

  1. Include the following with your reservation:
    • SCA name
    • modern name
    • email address
    • 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
  2. Make checks payable to “SCA PA Inc. -- Shire of ACG.”
    • Adult Event Registration: $40.00.
    • Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $35.00. Please include copy of current SCA membership card.
  3. Send reservations to: Maistress Marguerite d’Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA17837.
  4. Event staff will contact you with information about registering for your afternoon “kit” class.

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 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.

Lodging and Parking

FILLED! All LOWER bunks are spoken for at this time.

Sleeping cabins are heated, have electricity, and have a kitchenette.

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.

Bunk spaces are filled on a first-paid, first-served basis.

  • Need a bottom bunk?  Please reserve early!
  • Need access to electricity?   Request a bottom bunk near an outlet.  Please reserve earlier!
  • Want to be in the cabin with indoor plumbing?  Request Sheary Lodge.  Please reserve earliest!

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.

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.

All buildings have designated accessible parking spaces.  Guests may park in front of their sleeping cabin rather than parking in the lot at the bottom of the hill.


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 Noon - Dayboard (buffet style)   
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Cheese (GF)
  • Pickled Vegetables (GF)
  • Vegetable Tray
  • Lentil Soup (Veg, GF)
  • Squash Soup (V, GF)
  • Egg Salad (V, GF)
  • Smoked Chicken (GF)
  • Bread (V) (GF also available)
  • Butter

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

Saturday Supper:  TBA Sold Out! Saturday 6:00PM - Feast (Family Style) 


  • Bread (V) (GF also available)
  • Butter (V, GF)
  • Pickled Vegetables


  • Roast Chicken (GF)1
  • Pear Sauce (on the side)
  • Salad (Veg,GF)2
  • Pot Roast (GF) 3
  • Asparagus (Veg, GF)4
  • Rice (Veg, GF)


  • Honey Cake (GF) 5
  • Amplummus (GF) 6

1 The “Libro de Cozina” of Master Ruperto de Nola, Vincent F.  Cuenca

2 Curye on Inglysch; IV Forme of Cury, ed. Constance B. Hieatt & Sharon Butler

3 An Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook of the 13th Century, Trans. Charles Perry

4 Libro della cucina del secolo XIV (in The Medieval Kitchen), Odile Redon, Francoise
Sabban, & Silvano Serventi

5 Le Menagier de Paris, Trans. Eileen Power

6 The Vivendier. Trans. Terence Scully

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 Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA17837

The Class Coordinator is Mistress Jaqueline de Molieres (moliere1297 AT yahoo DOT com)
The staff of the Academy of St. Clare hopes you will join us!


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.

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

Google map:

Map showing site:

Get directions from Google maps

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
    (570) 523-1171
  • The Mifflinburg Hotel
    264 Chestnut Street (AKA Rt 45) Mifflinburg, PA 17844
    (570) 966-5400
  • Buffalo Valley Bed & Breakfast
    376 Wirth Rd, Mifflinburg, PA 17844
    (570) 922-0446
  • The Vicksburg Inn
    6444 Old Turnpike Rd. (AKA Rt 45) P.O. Box 86, Vicksburg, PA 17883
    (570) 966-8906
  • The Inn at New Berlin
    321 Market St, New Berlin, PA 17855
    $139 - $209
    (570) 966-0321
  • Comfort Suites Lewisburg
    4775 West Branch Highway (AKA Rt 15), Lewisburg, PA 17837
    $131 - $152
    (570) 524-8000


  • 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