A&S Blog

Arts and Sciences Blog


The Southron Gaard Arts and Science blog is a place to collate and display the A&S works of our populace. Here you will find pictorial and written articles of people’s entries to competitions, latest projects, research notes, trials (and errors!), musings, ponderings, and accomplishments across all forms of Art and Science.

When we say all forms of A&S, we mean all forms of A&S! Woodworking, sewing, metalworking, cooking, dancing, music, jewellery-making, leatherworking, weaving, heraldry, scribal work, research of all kinds – if it’s an Art or Science, it has a place in this blog. No article too big or too small, no topic too broad or too niche, we’d love to see them all, and all can send them in.

If you would like to contribute a post, please contact the A&S Officer, who will upload it on your behalf.

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  • Event Embellishment, Elaboration, and Edification A&S Challenge: Simon of Cluain’s Viking Hat

    EEEC: Simon of Cluain’s Birka Hat

    Simon shares his linen hat in the categories of Imitation, Exploration, and Personification

    “This is a hat based on as close as I understand materials and construction available to reproduce a hat dug up at the Birka archaeological site. Birka was a Viking settlement on the Swedish island of Björkö located on Lake Mälar.”This is a hat based on as close as I understand materials and construction available to reproduce a hat dug up at the Birka archaeological site. Birka was a Viking settlement on the Swedish island of Björkö located on Lake Mälar.

    “I used the research and work of:
    Margaret “Mairghread” Wilcox
    Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon
    March 22, A.S. XLVIII (2014)
    Barony of the Rydderich Hael

    “This informed the design and choices. I used a hounds-tooth weave linen, having discovered a damaged pair of trousers in an op-shop, sensing both an opportunity and the potential of a new hat. The band should show my victory or status, and thus should be archery related, however I had a gorgeous celtic braid so I used that on the first hat I have ever made. Maybe ösenstich or mesh stitch on a future hat.

    “The hat made it’s first outing at the wee highland fling. Success if maybe a little loose. Should I defeat a bear in close combat the tension of the hat may be improved by a fur band.”

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Arts and Sciences Blog The Southron Gaard Arts and Science blog is a place to collate and display the A&S works of our populace. Here you will find pictorial and …