Here’s what each 2 pg documentation/instruction page should include, while fitting on a single sheet of paper, front & back, & the why

  • A brief write-up about the item.  Summarize the who – what – how & when.
  • A minimum of 2 pieces of period evidence or images.
  • Why?- our goal is to recreate aspects of the middle ages.  We (even the youth) need to see the real stuff, so we have an example to start from.
  • List of Tools & Materials included in the bag.
  • List of Tools & Materials available elsewhere at Lilies
  • List of Tools or items the youth needs to get on their own.
  • Why? – to make it clear up front what is provided, and completely list the items necessary or helpful for the project.
  • People who would be willing to help – hopefully at least 2, 3 is better for each bag.  Not the same 2 or 3 persons for a huge bunch of bags.
  • Photo, SCA and real names, and contact information at Lilies and in the real world.
  • Why? – I hope to encourage mentoring relationships, and provide the youth options, in case one of the “happy helpers” is unavailable.  The parents should know the real names and contact information about people who are working with their child.  However, this is not a substitute for parental supervision, and this is NOT an activity under the Ministry of Youth rules.  Also, after Lilies is over, the youth and parent should have several people they can contact for more information, when they (hopefully) continue in the project.  The photo helps both youth & parent be sure they have found the right person to ask for help.
  • Step-by-Step process – clear, sequential, explaining where the youth has choices, defining any special terms.  This Step-by-Step process list will also include all the skills you hope the youth will acquire.
  • Why?  Many people work better if they can get the big picture of the whole process, and then follow each step in order.  It also serves as a reminder for the youth, when they do another project at home after Lilies.

When the projects are returned for judging, I’ll take photos, and discuss how we judge, as well as provide the kids some forms as an option for creating documentation and entering this project, or another at Tri-Levels or Queen’s Prize.

I am looking for people to sponsor one or more bags.  My concept of the easy-medium-complex is not based on the previous experience in the craft, but more, a rough age progression.  A first time project for a 6 year old may need to be super easy, but a 14 yr old would prefer a more complex project.   I would be happy to help write instructions, research period examples, or even suggest ideas.  I can personally come up with a variety of projects in the Fiber/Textile realm, but would appreciate any and all ideas for “Sciences.”

Don’t have time to help create a bag, but you’re willing to help a young artisan out?  Get me your name, and skills, and contact information – both at Lilies, and in the real world.  If you have a photo, that would be splendid, as it would help the youth pick you out in a crowd.  (Send any photos to

If in order to do your craft, the youth would have to borrow your tools, the difference between sponsoring a project bag at Lilies, and teaching a class, is that you control how many (1 or more), how old, and the when can be mutually arranged.

And for my friends in far places, you can help by suggesting projects.  Here’s a few I’ve thought of.

  • Linen Coif
  • Drawstring pouch in Wool, Silk or Leather
  • Ingredients for some food item
  • Drop spindle and prepared fiber
  • Embroidered Needlecase
  • Painting a gameboard & collecting pieces
  • Pinch pot of clay
  • Wooden spoon – from a roughed out blank (I’ve got no idea if this is feasible, but it would be a cool project.)
  • Strike-a-light/Fire-steel (I’ve got lots of documentation, if a smith wants to sponsor this complex project.  But it’s good for teaching the beginning skills.)
  • Copper or Brass strap-end with scratched decoration
  • Scroll pre-print & paint
  • Wool hood
  • Blackwork embroidery for cuffs
  • Tunic made with geometric construction
  • Viking hat
  • Viking wire-weaving
  • Inkle-weaving for trim
  • Beads to string onto a necklace