Alaric, here's what I am prepared to show/bring/tell for A&S -
- I will have my drop spindle and some newly washed and combed Lincoln wool to spin (although I am only an intermediate spinner, at best), along with some washed but uncombed wool, and some raw, unwashed wool - all from the same animal.
- I will bring examples of blackwork/punto scritto embroidery, both finished and in progress.
- I can demonstrate the technique of making thread-wrapped buttons and cloth buttons.
- Lucja, I also do fingerloop
Do you know how to do the two-person braids? I don't, but if you do, maybe we could do one of those. I've been dying to learn.
- I can bring some examples of garb, including some in progress, or with linings/bindings removed to show interior structures.
- In the event that we don't have a fencing marshal present, and therefore can't do any actual fighting, I can demonstrate some historical rapier styles on my own, although this would be a lot less interesting than dueling. And bring the relevant period fencing treatises.
I will fetch along some books - The English Housewife (a period book on all the domestic arts, including instructions, that a lady should know to run a hosuehold), and a book of 14th and 15th century recipes. I'll dig around.
I had another thought, too, and forgive me if this has already been mentioned by others, but I think it would be nice to have some index cards with any A&S displays or demos, simply stating the culture(s) and time period(s) the the particular craft/item was in use, to put it in historical perspective.
I can bring my own tables and some chairs.
Timing: Assuming I'm not too hungover from Royal Hunt/pre-birthday celebrations, I should be able to get to the demo site by 11am and stay the whole time. If I have trouble rolling out of my pavilion, I'll probably arrive more like noon.