Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Pennsic: The Bomticc Tapestry

As most of you knew or might have guessed, I've been largely offline for the past week because I was off at Pennsic. I'm now home, unloaded, and more unpacked than I ever achieved last year. So over the next few days, I'll be posting various reminiscences.

To start off, let's deal with this business card that I've had sitting in my pouch since mid-week. Sadly, I mostly missed this year's A&S display, because I simply forgot about it until it was almost over. But fortunately, I got there in time to spend a good ten minutes looking over The Bomticc Tapestry, and chatting a little with the embroiderer, Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska.

The thing is large -- the individual panel pictures don't really convey it, but this photo gives you a sense -- because it has so much to say. It is the history of the SCA done in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, with one panel per year. The embroidery is pretty, but more than that, as a work of SCA culture it is really neat. I recommend actually digging through the individual pages, each of which is footnoted with some description of why it has the emblems it does -- it's a fine mnemonic, and I learned a bunch from it.

It's by no means complete: she's been working on it for some years now, and so far is through AS XXVI, a bit over halfway the project. I quite look forward to checking in in a few years, and seeing what she's added...
Tags: pennsic

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