I attended a meeting where we worked on garb and discussed our next SCA event. With encouragement, I cut out two tunics, one in blue wool to be my cold weather garb, and a child-sized tunic, patterned after a extant tunic in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in NY and listed online with photographs.

The wool is blue. I washed it and shrunk it thoroughly. It has just enough yardage to make a left opening tunic. I got the idea from an article by Timothy Dawson that had drawings to accompany it.  I liked the design and thought it would make a good wool garment to use for those occasions when it is simply too cold for my usual layers of thin fabrics alone.

I have just enough left over for a rectangle to put around my shoulders when I don’t need but a little warmth. Next to get clasps and a cloak pin to close these things.

You shrink fabric before cutting so that later you can wash the resulting garment. I shrink in hot water, dry on high heat, repeat once, then I can use my machine’s cold water hand washing cycle if I need it.  This is going to be used like a coat, so will be unlikely to be worn very often so will rarely need washing.

If you ever want to do something worthy with disposable income, memberships to museums often will bring magazines, discounts for museum stores, and help to keep wonderful things available for everyone.

Clothing and Trim

I’ve been learning to use an inkle loom, which is not period, to make trim that is possible for use in period. I also have a new box loom to learn to use more.

This is so I can trim the clothing I make for my persona.

Thus far, only my little child’s garb has been really well done. Making new garb this week, trimming it even better! Hope to do my first display of work in progress this coming weekend.

Meanwhile, I have washed wool I am eager and too chicken to cut out!

Eventually, I will have fabulous garb but I am slow!


I’ve been reading about pottery, especially the forms of oil lamps.

Several excellent books on this subject are: Byzantine Pottery by Ken Dark, Signs and Mysteries Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols by Mike Aquilina, and Lighting in Early Byzantium by Laskarina Bouras and Maria G. Parani.

I’m eager to find time and space to re-create some basic oil lamps for an A&S display.  This is going to take some doing as at the moment I have nowhere to work clay and no kiln.  The later may be possible locally but the workspace is a problem.

This is my second post on this blog, and I am still working out what themes I will use. So far, the one I like best does not have anywhere for the login button to show!

Hello world!


Welcome to my blog on 10th Century Byzantine.  This is the blog of my persona in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

This is my  place to happily share my passion for the history of 10th century Byzantium.

What is planned for this blog is to post on my projects, the skills I am learning to recreate items that could have been used by my persona had she actually existed in the 10th Century.

There will be pictures to record what I have done so far along with information on the materials I used and methods.

The history here will be useful to home educators looking for a more hands on approach to the teaching of history. On occasion I will blog specifically on teaching History to children from the perspective of a teacher and a mom who taught her own children at home.

I hope this blog will resonate with my fellow SCAdians.

But to all who love History–WELCOME!