I don't know what to do myself now that Pentathalon is over. I don't really want to do anything, really! Pentathalon was both the bane of my existence for months, and the best thing I have ever done. I was really happy to have projects to keep my mind off the stress of my life, but the stress and lack of sleep was amazing. Rob drove us out on Friday night and I was sewing for four hours of it, and then until 2:30 the night before. In the end, it was worth it!
I ended up entering 7 projects, 5 of which were recognized. I am floored by this. I did not imagine that my items would win, I was just happy to finally finish a project for once!
Costume Construction: Female costume, 14th century - 1st Place Journeyman
2 cotehardies based on a painting from the Tres Riches Belle Heures. Both dresses have hand-worked eyelets for the lacing (88 total), and all sleeves have been hand-finished inside.
Costume Review: Rus Male Costume, 12th century - 2nd place Journeyman
the pants look better on then laying on a chair :)
Under-tunic with keyhole neckline, over-tunic with neck closure at side with finger loop braiding on neckline. Baggy Rus trousers, linen leg wraps, and lightweight wool svita (over-coat). All seams are hand-finished on inside. What I did not make was a hat, due to lack of time, which I regret. But I am extremely happy with the fit.
Illumination: Initial R with St. George and the Dragon - 2nd place Apprentice
Gouache paint. I was so excited when I finished this. This is my first illumination ever and I had so much fun with it. It's been a long time since I have mixed paint, so the illumination is layers and layers of paint, which Mistress Medb pointed out is a period way of doing it.... I knew that!
Fiber - Embroidery: Viking Embroidery and Appliques based off of 9th century Oseberg Burials in Denmark - 1st place Apprentice
This took me forever to start! I created the tunic as the base and hand-finished all the seams, and then it hung there forever until I got the courage to start. I will definitely do more of this in the future... I had a blast. Double herringbone stitch alone the seams, couched cording along neckline, appliques applied with a blanket stitch, eagle decorated with satin stitch, stem stitch, running stitch, and whipped running stitch. Of course, since I finished the seams prior to embroidering, I had to be careful not to let the stiches show inside along the seams. So much fun.
Ethic Dance: Classical Persian Court Dance from the 16th century - 1st place Journeyman
Talk about the bane of my existence. I could not have performed this if it weren't for the support of jillaw and marianavivia. I have not danced since August and have been beating myself up about that. In the end, Persian dance was more comfortable than dancing tribal fusion alone. I stopped dancing in the SCA because I wanted to do more period styles. At least now I know I can dance at events in the future. The best recognition of all was the Queen's Fancy (Queen's Prize) from Her Majesty Kolfinna. Thank you again kottr, I am so shocked and honored.
I had two other entries, that did not place:
Inkle woven garters based on extant finds from the 14th century
and my research paper, Costuming and Gender Roles during the Tudor Period. In retrospect, my documentation for individual projects was probably MUCH better than my research paper alone. But I will be happy to see my score sheets for these, and all of my entries.
Team Cu Buidhe did not win, but we worked hard!
laumlyu, rampantmouse, beathog, bardelder, caitlincw, and estokien and me, of course. I am impressed that we learned the latin. For some reason, middle english is WAY easier than latin. Latin is just random syllables! Our costume review (14th century male) also went really well - five people created seven garments and he looked fabulous. I was not happy with my pin-on sleeves, but happy at least that I finished them. The kick-wheel went over well, and the pottery and the nalbinding. All the performances did as well. Did I forget anything else?
I am very proud of myself for entering as an individual for the first time. The response has been overwhelming. I have already been told I am entering in the next three displays/competitions out here in Atenveldt...haha. I was going to anyway. The original plan was to use these again, but I have a feeling I will be doing new projects to try out some new ideas. :)