With all that in mind I made a decision on January 2nd that I was going to try something new this year. I decided to join the Society for Creative Anachronism, here after referred to as the SCA. If you don't know anything about the SCA here is the blurb from their own website.
The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Participants, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our "royalty" hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group.I've known about the SCA for years, having been introduced to the concept some 20 years ago when I still lived in Tennessee, but I never pursued the matter. As my interests in the various textile crafts grew I found more and more of the information I needed already organized by members of the SCA. This of course peaked my interest even more. The Medieval Festivals also encouraged my interest in the SCA.
While doing some research online I found a link to the main page of the SCA and the rest is history, so to speak. I joined the organization on January 2nd, and have spent the last week researching my areas of interest, making costuming for PeterC and myself in our respective historical fashion, and getting to know the people of Harrowgate Heath through email. We haven't met anyone face to face yet, but they seem like a friendly bunch and I am looking forward to meeting a few of them at the next scheduled fight practice.
What I am really looking forward to is finding people who are masters of weaving, nalbinding, metal smithing, and wood carving. With any luck they can teach me no only better techniques but also the forms that fit with my areas of historical interests. Hooray for new adventures and new chances for learning.