Thursday, 5 March 2009

Newsletter - Insulae Draconis Fibre Arts Interest Group - March 2009

Greetings to Everyone,

I hope that by now everyone is hard at work on their entries for A&S protectors!

I have not had any comments on the wording for the announcement of the A&S competition at Raglan, sponsored by IDFAIG, so I will go ahead and send that to the Baelfyr. It would be nice to announce this at A&S Protectors too.

IDFAIG Matters
In the previous newsletter, I asked for input regarding a possible shortening/changing of the IDFAIG’s name. It has been commented that the Insulae Draconis Fibre Arts interest group is a bit of a mouthful as far as names go. Whilst we still have to retain the ID portion of the name, how would members feel about changing the name to something a little less unwieldy? The ID MoAS has suggested “Academy” as in “ID Fibre Academy”. Do others have any suggestions? Are you happy with it as it is? All proposals happily received and the outcome will be decided by vote on the blog.

Please do have a think and let me know any ideas you may have on the matter.

Member’s progress:
MoAS Jahanarabanu has reported fantastic progress on the new Viceregal cloaks. I was privileged to see the Kumihimo braids being made, and it was hypnotic to watch. The effect on the cloaks really enhances them and this is more fine regalia for ID. So I would ask everyone – what are you making that will enhance our Crown Principality? The challenge is still out there!

Lady Julian ferch Luned has provided some very useful resources on her webpage ( regarding drop-spinning and her experiments with natural dyes. We look forward to seeing any more updates she may make in the future.

Baroness Siobhan’s Heraldic tapestry is also moving apace and is wonderful to see in the flesh. We look forward to seeing the finished product on display.

I have also heard through the grapevine that many others are also busy at work crafting skillful goodies. I encourage you to report your progress on the IDFAIG blog, so that others might admire and inspired to learn from your work.

Things to Look forward to in the coming months.

- The first ID University will be held at Protectors in the Spring. Don’t miss your chance to teach a class at this historic event. You all have a skill that you can teach others, so that by our combined effort, ID can retain its reputation for fine artisanship in the Fibre Arts.
- MEDATS have published the details of their Spring Meeting scheduled for the 2nd May. The theme will be Henry VIII: The clothing and textiles of a European Renaissance Monarch. For more information, please visit their website:
- For those not already aware of this, The Costume Society aims to encourage access to costume history (not exclusive to the SCA period). They publish an annual Journal and a biannual newsletter for members. They also organize several symposiums and meetings on different topics. For information, their website is:

Yours in Service,

Melisende Fitzwalter
IDFAIG Group Leader

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