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. 

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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.

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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

Old English was the language of the Anglo-Saxons, spoken and written from roughly the 5th century through the 11th century. We will cover basic grammar, pronunciation, and resources for translating Old English. We will also discuss the importance of poetry in reading and understanding Old English. Sources will primarily be from period, with some modern sources and phrases useful for the SCA.

Research 101 & 102 — Academic Research for the SCA

An overview of research techniques, suitable for beginners.

Historical Knitting

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