Itchin’ to Get Stitchin’
Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (central Pennsylvania/Æthelmearc)
Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, 2020
WHO: Who would have thought that an event focused on a single topic – embroidery – would draw attendees from multiple Kingdoms for five years running?
Because of you, we have enjoyed five years of sharing, five years of learning, and most importantly, five years of an ever-growing community of stitchers! 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, or if you are already Itchin’ to Get Stitchin’, this weekend event devoted to the art of the needle will enable and inspire you! The staff of The Academy of St. Clare hopes you will join us as we celebrate this milestone!
WHAT: The Academy of St. Clare features:
- Small, specialized classes on single topics. These classes are usually one hour in length and are taught by embroiderers for embroiderers. They require no special sign-up before the event.
- Long, detailed Kit Classes on beloved styles. NOTE: Kit Classes have limited spaces and require sign-up and payment in advance. Kit Class Sign-up opens on January 15, 2020, and ends on March 1, 2020. (For more information, please read “Kit Class Sign-up,” below.)
- Time to spend with fellow embroiderers, relishing the relaxed atmosphere with others who share your passion for stitching.
WHEN: This All-Embroidery weekend will be held Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2020. The site opens to guests at 5 PM on Friday and closes at 11:30 AM on Sunday.
WHERE: Our traditional site, Boy Scout Camp Karoondinha (225 Thomas Dam Road, Millmont PA 17845-9448), of course!
WHY: To ensure we have sufficient space, we are limiting the event to 80 attendees. Once this number is reached, any additional registrants will be added to a waiting list. If we have cancellations, open slots will be offered to gentles on the waiting list in the order in which they were received. NOTE: We currently have 75 registered attendees. Please send your event registration payment NOW to avoid disappointment! (Last year, the event SOLD OUT at the beginning of March.)
Schedule & Activities
|5:00 - 10:30 PM||Troll opens|
|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 - 9:50||Keynote Address|
|10:00 - 10:55||Morning Classes Session A|
|11:00 - noon||Morning Classes Session B|
|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|
|4:45||Silent Auction ends|
|4:45 - 5:45||
|6:30 - 7:30||Feast|
|7:30 - 8:30||Show and Tell|
|8:30 till ...||Stitch-in|
|8:30 - 9:30||Breakfast|
|11:30||Site closes to guests|
Keynote addressStay Tuned..
We still have room for a few short (1- or 2-hour) classes on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Please contact our class coordinator, Mistress Jaqueline at moliere1297 AT yahoo DOT com, if you are interested in teaching!
Saturday Morning 1-hour Classes:
Heraldic Applique with Baroness Anne de Basillon
Beginner, limited to 10 students
Students will learn the basics of heraldic applique for use with machine or hand embroidery. Teacher will provide handouts and samples. No fee.
Modelbucher: Where to find them and what to do with them with Baronossa Praxilla Taurina
Beginner – Advanced, no limit
A look at the 150+ extant pattern books that were published in the 16th century for use by embroiderers, lacemakers, goldsmiths, and decorative artisans of all kinds. I’ll include links to over 100 available online as well as a selection of portraits and extant objects that use the patterns. Students will leave with an idea of what kinds of patterns were published in Italy, France, England, and Germany during the 16th century. We will look at objects from those countries as well as some Spanish pieces and see how the patterns were copied and expanded upon. Instructor will provide a list of the books and links to many of them as well as giving attendees a booklet of sample patterns selected from various books. Note-taking supplies are recommended.
Informed by Inventories: Using Inventories to Enhance Your Embroidery with Baroness Elena de la Palma
Beginner, no limit
Inventories catalog a variety of belongings, making them a potential wealth of information. This class will cover everything from how to find and access inventories to how to read them and how to extract every bit of knowledge from them to inform your embroidery choices. Students will leave with an understanding of how to use inventories to enhance their embroidery work. No materials needed (except perhaps note-taking supplies). Teacher will provide a handout. Optional fee for printing: $2.
Embroidery on Leather with His Lordship Robert of Ferness
Beginner, limited to 15 students
Leather embroidery differs from cloth embroidery. This class will demonstrate how it varies and allow attendees to try their hand at it with small samples of leather and thread. We will focus particularly on shoes from northern Europe because there are so many examples from there, but we will also touch on other pieces for comparison.
Students will gain a better understanding of working with leather in an embroidery context. The instructor will provide samples of leather and different kinds of thread to try, as well as glovers needles to use. Students are welcome to bring their own leather and/or thread if they have a project in mind or in progress and wish to discuss its suitability. No fee.
Roll-Hemmed and Beaded Veils with Lady Aurelia of Nithgaard
Beginner – Advanced, 15 students
Students will make mini veils that will be roll-hemmed and then beaded in a style and one of three levels of complexity of your choosing. In this make-and-take class, the finished piece can be used as a cover for your favorite goblet and a beading style guide, or be given away as a gift! Students should bring their lovely selves. Teacher will bring handouts, beads, beading and hemming needles, thread, and silk fabric pieces. Fee $3.
TENSION THIS!!! How to Lace Your Slate Frame with Mistress Mariss Ghijs
All levels, no limit
Teacher will demonstrate one way to lace a frame and students may take video or pictures to refer to later. Students should bring note-taking supplies and something to take pictures or video with. A handout will be provided. Fee $2.
Blackwork Basics w/THL Moniczka Poznanska
Early English Blackwork, also known as Spanish Work, is embroidery that can be as simple or as detailed as you wish. Learn how to design and stitch charted designs, or create your own. All materials will be supplied. Class limit 10. Supplies $5. Please bring scissors.
Saturday Afternoon 3-Hour Kit Classes
In order for teachers to provide students with individual attention, afternoon Kit Classes are limited to a small number of students.
NOTE: Kit Classes require sign-up and payment in advance. See “Kit Class Sign-up,” below.
Elizabethan Coif: An Overview with Mistress Fionna Goodburne
Intermediate, limited to 10 students
An overview of the different styles of embroidery used on extant samples, a kit to embroider your own coif, how to sew up the coif, and how to wear it, including how to braid your hair underneath to keep it secure. Students will learn about how the embroidery style progressed from counted thread work to polychrome and will choose which style they wish to follow when embroidering their own coif. Students should have knowledge of basic embroidery stitches such as outline, buttonhole, running, double running, backstitch, seed, satin, etc. Students should bring embroidery hoops/frames, small scissors, and favorite size of needle. Teacher will provide linen with coif pattern and blank design drawn, floss, handout with information. Students may start embroidery, but will not be able to finish in one afternoon.
Medieval Goldwork Embroidery as seen in Opus Anglicanum with THL Hildegard Bergerin
Intermediate-Advanced, 8 students
Extensive use of gold thread is one of the distinguishing features of Opus Anglicanum, often considered the pinnacle of medieval English embroidery. We will examine details and techniques seen in images of extant pieces, followed by a hands-on learning opportunity covering the main techniques used in this challenging form of metallic needlework. Class will include a brief lecture, followed by a hands-on session in which students will learn how to develop and stitch gold thread backgrounds ranging from very simple to complex.
Students will learn how to elucidate and draw background patterns based on extant pieces, suggestions for developing original work, how to make various stitch patterns. Please bring snips/scissors for cutting metal threads (not your good ones, as metal threads are hard on scissors!) and a small 4-6” hoop. Teacher will provide a full-color handout, base fabrics, marking pen, real gold thread, sturdy couching thread, needles. *If you are allergic to real gold, please let us know so that the teacher may provide a different thread for you.
Butterfly Aloft: Elizabethan Raised Work with Viscountess Leyla al-Manadiliyya, OL
Intermediate, limited to 10 students
Students will learn to work detached filled buttonhole stitches on the ground fabric as well as using a wire armature to support the stitches; learn the difference between modern and historic versions of this stitch; learn the process for using historic sources as inspiration and to inform designs.
Students should bring embroidery-type scissors with sharp tips for snipping threads that attach the armature to the ground fabric. A magnifier/reading glass and/or supplemental light might be helpful. Teacher will provide silk embroidery floss, additional floss as needed for the body of the butterfly, linen (8” x 10”) and cotton muslin (6” x 6”), a small length of wire, and a 3” embroidery hoop.
Embroidered Book Covers with THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair
Beginner – Advanced, limited to 10 students
There are many examples of embroidered book covers from the 13th to the 17th centuries. The number of styles and examples is extensive. This class will attempt to recreate a 1620 embroidered book cover from the British Library Collection. Students will learn how to embroider with metallic cording and pearl purl on a velvet ground.
Students should bring sharp pointed scissors and a scroll frame needed to hold a 12” piece of fabric. (Scroll frames will be available for $10.) Kit will include velvet, muslin backing fabric, metallic cord, pearl purl, needles, string padding, needle magnet.
Stitches from Altenberg – Opus Teutonicum with Mistress Marriss Ghijs
Intermediate - Advanced, limited to 10 students
We will explore Opus Teutonicum embroidery by looking at the five extant altar cloths from Altenberg an der Laun Kloster. Opus Teutonicum combines counted work, surface stitches, pulled work and compound stitches, and we will use all of these in our project. Learn some of the unique stitching patterns and use them on a small take-home project specially designed for this event.
Students should bring a 6-7” hoop, scissors and magnification. The kit will include fabric, threads and needle, along with stitch instructions
Handout and kit fee $15
An example of Opus Teutonicum (not necessarily the class project)
11th & 12th C. Embroidered & Embellished Cuffs with Antoinette de la Croix, OL
Beginner - Advanced, limited to 15 students
Come one! Come all! Create two beautiful embroidered, pearled and beaded cuffs for your next garment. You can sew them directly onto your garment or add tiny buttons and loops for a detachable cuff for greater versatility. Students will learn to prepare cloth for embroidery and embellishment and choose from a variety of fabrics: plain silk, plain lightweight wool, block printed linen, or brocade. Kit will include the above listed fabrics, and backer cloth, lining cloth, gold filament thread, large safety pins, gold or white silk thread, freshwater pearls, metal and glass beads, and size 10 and 13 beading needles. Bring your own hoop, favorite needles, embroidery scissors, and beeswax.
Handout and kit fee $20.
Sunday Morning 1-hour Classes:
How to Make Cording (Whypa/Waste-of-Time) with THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair
Beginner, no limit
Learn how simple it is to make any size cording for any project. No fee.
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure we have sufficient space, we are limiting the event to 80 attendees. Once this number is reached, any additional registrants will be added to a waiting list. If we have cancellations, open slots will be offered to gentles on the waiting list in the order in which they were received.
CANADIAN FRIENDS: To avoid red tape and fees for foreign checks, please contact the Autocrat prior to sending your event registration payment.
REMEMBER: The ONLY registration is a PAID registration!
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE EVENT?
1. Make checks payable to “SCA PA Inc. -- Shire of ACG.”
- Adult Event Registration: $55.00
- Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $50.00 Please include a copy of current SCA membership card.
DO NOT INCLUDE A KIT CLASS FEE
WITH YOUR EVENT REGISTRATION!
2. Include the following with your event registration payment:
- SCA name
- modern name
- email address (we must have a way to contact you with updates and questions!)
- 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
3. Mail your event registration check to: Maistresse Marguerite d'Honfleur, c/o Dawn Maneval, 922 College Court, Lewisburg PA 17837.
4. Event staff will contact you with information about signing up for your afternoon Kit Class.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Your event registration payment covers the cost of 2 nights’ lodging in a heated cabin and meals for the weekend: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper on Saturday as well as breakfast on Sunday.
NOTE: We understand that the cost of this event might be a challenge for some. If cost is a concern, please contact the Autocrat in advance.
Kit Class Sign-up
We ask students to sign up and pay for their Kit Class by March 1. This allows instructors sufficient time to order supplies and then prepare the appropriate number of kits. Giving teachers an accurate class head-count is important so they don't over-purchase materials or spend time unnecessarily assembling kits that won't be needed.
Sign-up for Kit Classes is based on the order in which you sent in your event registration payment. Those who paid their event registration early will have more choices to select from than those who delayed. As popular classes fill up, the number of classes from which to choose decreases.
To sign up for a Kit Class:
- When you send in your event registration payment (per instructions above), indicate that you are interested in taking a Kit Class.
DO NOT INCLUDE A KIT CLASS FEE
WITH YOUR EVENT REGISTRATION PAYMENT!
- On or after January 15, you will be contacted by the Class Coordinator, who will tell you which classes have spaces remaining and give you instructions to pay for your Kit Class.
- Once you have received the payment instructions, mail the Class Coordinator your payment for the Kit Class of your choice.
- AFTER the Class Coordinator has received your payment, your name will be added to the class roster.
- 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:
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.
We understand that circumstances sometimes arise that necessitate a change in plans.
If you find that you are not able to attend and you request a refund of your event registration payment prior to March 1, 2020, we will refund your event fee in full.
On or after March 1, we can only refund your event registration 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 deliver it or mail it to you after the event.
Site, Lodging and Parking
SiteBoy Scout Camp Karoondinha is located on the side of a mountain. Cell phone service can be spotty, depending on one's carrier.
All buildings will have designated “Parking Placard” spaces in front. The Dining Hall has grade-level doors on the right-hand side (facing the front of the building) and at the rear of the building.
The roads and paths are gravel, not paved, which can make getting about difficult. Some walking/driving 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 event registration payment.
LodgingSleeping 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 wearing earplugs if you are a light sleeper!Edna Sheary Lodge is accessible to those with mobility restrictions (ramps lead from the parking lot to the cabin door) 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; this will be used for a Kit Class on Saturday afternoon.
NOTE: The bathrooms and showers in Edna Sheary Lodge are for everyone’s use, not just those bunking there.
Kirby and Harris Cabins each have 15 double-decker bunk beds in one large dormitory-style room; the sleeping areas are more spacious than Edna Sheary Lodge. NOTE: These cabins do NOT have indoor bathrooms; however, flush toilets are located in a nearby building.
NOTE: Bunk spaces are filled on a first-paid, first-served basis.
- Need a bottom bunk? Please register early and request one with your event registration payment.
- Need a bunk with access to electricity? Request a bottom bunk near an outlet. Please register even earlier!
- Want to be in the cabin with indoor bathrooms? Request an UPPER bunk in Sheary Lodge. Please register earliest! (NOTE: At this time, all LOWER bunks in Edna Sheary have been assigned. We have started a waiting list in case there are cancellations. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please mention this when you pay your event registration.)
All buildings will have designated parking spaces for those with mobility concerns. Please do not park in these spaces unless you have a Parking Placard. If you have mobility concerns, please request a Parking Placard when you pay your event registration.
Guests may park in front of their sleeping cabin rather than parking in the lot at the bottom of the hill. (Ignore the sign!)
One parking space facing Edna Sheary Lodge (the cabin with showers) will be marked "Visitor." This is so folks in other cabins who drive to there to shower will have a place to park temporarily.
Hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.) and sweets will be available throughout the weekend at our celebrated Hospitality Table.
Meals will be provided by members of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais’s Guild of St. Lawrence:
Saturday Breakfast: Oatmeal (GF available on request) & fixin's bar, yogurt & fruit, hard-boiled eggs, hot tea, coffee
Saturday Lunch (served buffet style): TBD
Saturday Afternoon Tea: Variety of loose-leaf teas and assorted finger foods. Gluten-free selections will be available. (Contributions are gratefully accepted, but due to some guests’ severe food allergies, we will serve only those that come with a complete list of ingredients.)
Saturday Feast (served Family Style): TBD
Sunday Breakfast: Breakfast casseroles (eggs, milk, cheese, and hash brown potatoes; pork sausage in one; spinach in the other) and oatmeal (GF available on request)
Please mention any food allergies/concerns with your reservation so our cooks can do their best to accommodate your special needs.
If your dietary concerns are such that it would be safer/preferable for you to bring and prepare your own food, please contact the Autocrat in advance. (We don’t want to exclude anyone due to food issues!)
What to Bring
Personal Comfort: 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. Overnighters should bring bedding (pillow, sleeping bag/sheets and blankets), towels, and, of course, your preferred comfort creature!
Embroidery Supplies: Bring scissors, an embroidery hoop, and (if possible) your favorite lamp/lighting device with extension cords.
Display Items: Please bring items for the Embroidery Display and to share during Show-n-Tell.
Reference Library: 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.
And What NOT to Bring
DO NOT bring alcohol, as the Boy Scouts have a strict “no alcohol” policy for those who use the camp. If we find that you have alcohol, you will be asked to leave the site with no refund.
Nor do they permit pets on site or smoking in any of the buildings.
Please do not jeopardize our future use of the site by violating their policies.
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 an old project, or books ... ???
Help defray travel expenses for our teachers by donating a SCAdianly-useful item to the Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be split among the teachers.
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!
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.
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