The Viking, er Saxon* and I went to MGT, and tried out the wool geteld as a pavilion, with one side propped up.
(*He's decided to switch sides and move back in time to meet me. Looks like I get to avoid making myself a Viking apron for good!)
Our friends Vladimir and Illaria sat with us, and brought rugs and their very comfy upholstered chairs. Besides the upholstery, I really like how the high backs fill in the vertical wall of the tent, visually. I'm wanting to find more pictures of people seated for more chairy ideas.
We really liked how the tent worked as pavilion. The front poles are stolen from my sunshade - there's two 8' poles in the middle, and two 6' poles. This setup works well to hold lots of people and stuff - and we could even lower the lamps over a table and feed a bunch of people in rather grand style.
Honnoria, here's how we decided to hang your lamps. The chain *barely* fits through the eyebolts of the ridgebeam lap. But the chain is long enough to pull them down significantly. As the year progresses and the dark comes earlier, I hope to get a chance to light them in the tent. I want to see how much oil they use, and how bright they are...I wonder if there's a light meter in my camera!
Your Viking apron was rather admired...it's very soft.
This MGT was the first that I had my own pavilion as "home", and so did less bopping around to everyone else's. Pros and cons to that - I didn't get around to as many people as I usually do, but then again, lots of people did come and say hello. I made progress on the other edge of trim for Honnoria's apron (the diamond twill that Bergthora is loving on has tablet-woven trim, woven directly onto the cut edges of the fabric to finish them. You can see green/red trim sewn on with yellow weft here - the other edge will be blue with yellow dots.) Progress is important these days that I don't have so much time to do SCA stuff.
Another pro was getting to be a resource for people - apparently people see things on this blog, or they hear that I have a thing, and have questions about it. Bringing all my goodies with me means they can investigate their own questions - I love that I can facilitate self-directed learning, and it motivates me to keep making stuff! One person (Holla's husband, are you Ingolf? Sorry to not ask your name!) actually recognized my bee-on-a-stick standard as a Frankish bee! That just about made my day!!!
MGT is actually about fighting, not just bringing out all one's pretties, and I managed to pay a little bit of attention. I'm starting to get a handle on how fighting styles differ, and forming some theories on how they interact. Not that I think I'll ever be able to sideline-kibbutz the field, but it'd be nice to be able to provide cross-training support to the Viking Saxon, so that he can play with as little pain as possible.