This site is an online reference for re-creational medievalism, which involves making a sincere effort to reproduce the lifestyle of a race or region of the distant past. I am interested in researching and re-enacting life as a member of the Fifth Century (AD/CE) Irish Celtic nobility. If you found this page without checking my index page first, you will find more information there. Individual sections of this site may be linked to or reproduced for non-commercial purposes (including SCA events and publications), as long as proper attribution is included.
Eachna's Celtic Crafts Page
Many re-enactors can't help but get involved with one of the many crafts associated with their chosen time periods. This may start out as a way to save money, by making products that would otherwise be too expensive (or at least more expensive). Perhaps they start because of a modern skill (such as cooking or sewing) that translates well into a historical activity. It may be as a way to contribute to or earn recognition within their chosen group. It might even be as a way to keep busy, or as a way to relax and unwind from a stressful everyday schedule. Additional crafts might be pursued because a starting interest in a related activity. I started each of my activities for a different reason, many of which I just listed here.
In honor of the Celtic love of games and gambling, my knucklebone page goes into detail on how to find, clean, and play with knucklebones (an early form of dice). Even more than games, the Celts enjoyed their fermented beverages, so, you can follow my forays into the world of brewing mead and mixing cordials as I document them. As a Celtic woman, I would be expected to have certain feminine skills. I have started learning how to tablet weave and use a drop spindle. Tablet weaving is a way to make narrow bands for straps, trim, belts, etc. With the spindle, I can spin wool or flax into thread to weave, crochet, use for netting or sprang, etc.
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- Resources Page - two articles on the research behind reproducing period Scandinavian garments and fibers that are good reading for any early period persona (mostly on how to collect information).
- Zen Soft software offers a freeware Celtic Knotwork drawing program.
- The SCA East Kingdom Arts and Sciences Page is the main linking point for a wide range of arts and crafts information of all medieval periods.
- An excellent pdf file on Bobbin Lace.
Updated: Sunday, November 02, 2003