Let’s Get Faded: Natural Dyes and Sunlight
In 2019, when Lady Ela first began experimenting with natural dyeing, she decided that she wanted to do a colorfastness/fade test of dyes before investing in dyeing full garments. The dyes tested were weld, madder, indigo, and cochineal, alone and in combination. Never one to do things by halves, she decided to test the amount of fading for one week, one month, three months, six months, and one year (the entirety of 2020). On December 31, 2020, the experiment was complete, and… well, you’ll have to come to the class! Ela will discuss (and share lots of pictures of!) the process and results of this year-long experiment. She will also discuss ways to employ natural dyes while caring for dyed goods.
Dyeing without Dying: An Introduction to Natural Dyes
In this introductory class, we will briefly cover the history of natural dyes before discussing basic instructions for dyeing. The historical section will focus on madder, weld, and woad, but will also mention kermes, cochineal, murex, and indigo. The dyeing discussion will focus on madder, weld, indigo, and cochineal. This class will be significantly informed by a year-long natural dye fade test as well as more recent experiments by the teacher.
Ænglisc Is Wyrd: A History of the English Language
In this lecture-based class, a language professional will tell you why, exactly, English is so weird! Starting with a brief mention of English’s ancient father Proto-Indo-European, we will focus on the political, social, and cultural changes that lead from Old English to Middle English to Early Modern English. Languages that significantly influenced modern English will also be mentioned. To clearly grasp the changes, we will follow several words and phrases as their shape and meaning changes over time. This class is designed to familiarize students with different linguistic and grammatical aspects of the English language to prepare them for exploring the many varieties of historic English.
May I Give You Some Feedback?
The act of making is deeply personal, and sharing what we have made can be an intensely vulnerable experience. As a professional writing tutor, Lady Ela is familiar with the practical techniques and interpersonal skills that create a positive, supportive environment for optimal growth. Done well, the critiquing process can help both the giver and receiver grow in their fields. We will cover techniques for initiating feedback kindly, pedagogical practices that support the recipient, and important differences between oral and written feedback.
Hwaet saegst thu? An Introduction to Old English
Research 101 & 102 — Academic Research for the SCA
An overview of research techniques, suitable for beginners.
This lecture is an overview of knitting before 1600, focusing on the regions, techniques, and materials of documentable, extant items.
Other Classes I’ve Taught
Butted Chain Mail
Handsewing Basics and Flatfelling
Introduction to Spindle Spinning
Newcomer Garb the Period(ish) Way