Ursula de Strattone. Name and device. Per fess wavy vert and Or, two ramson flowers affronty argent seeded Or and a brown bear passant proper.
Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as sexfoils, these flowers are not sexfoils. We have reblazoned them as ramson flowers.
I was particularly pleased that they re-blazoned my device, since my original intent was always that the flowers on my device were, indeed ramson (wild garlic) flowers. Before submitting I was told by folks on the SCA Heraldry Chat Facebook page that I should blazon them as sexfoils, as it may be hard to show that ramsons were known in period, or used on devices, but I did include some of that in my documentation, and I'm thrilled.
In honor of this, and in exchange for some knitted socks, a friend is embroidering blackwork cuffs for my Italian camicia. The motif will include both garlic bulbs and knitting needles, and the socks are coming out beautifully.
I have a few other projects I've been working on, a bit of embroidery for my own garb, etc. and lots of projects I'd like to do, but all my SCA crafting time lately has been consumed with helping with garb for Their Royal Highnesses' coronation next weekend. I will share pics after the event, at least of the work I've done, but hopefully some of the couple in all their finery. It really is coming out beautifully, and I don't mind wearing a dress I've worn before, especially since I am sprucing it up a bit, and since the event is 100% not about me. The theme of the event is 12th century Anglo-Norman, which happens to be my persona's time and place anyway, so I already have perfectly good garb to wear, and it's far more important for this event that TRH look perfect.
I am hoping to make at least one new bliaut in the next few months though, and I'd love it to be something a bit fancier for court, likely in a synthetic taffeta or possibly China silk, since I love the idea of having something light and drapey, as bliauts often appear in art.
The biggest event my husband and I (and half the kingdom, it seems) will attend in the next few months is the first coronation for the Kingdom of Avacal, the newest SCA kingdom and likely the last in North America, which is directly north of us. It should be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the monarchs of every SCA kingdom will be in attendance. I am considering wearing my Italian dress to that court, which I will considerably fancy up between now and then, and hopefully I can make a black giornea to go over it, which will then give me some very nice black and gold (our kingdom colors) garb to wear. The thought that I may get to view that ceremony from behind the thrones is really exciting, and it's enough to tempt me into making the fifteen hour drive it will take to get there.
I hope to get the Italian ensemble polished up and finished in time to share it as my entry to the Artisan's Display Tourney (formerly the Laurel's Prize Tourney) at Uprising War, our Kingdom's largest event. That means giornea, partelet, possibly a hair covering of some kind, and additional trim/embellishment on the gamura itself. I want to continue trying to participate in competitions even though it's intimidating for me, especially since I will be officially becoming an apprentice on Saturday at coronation, and HRH has said she will make an effort to attend the ceremony. I also plan to enter the A&S competition at the Crown Tourney event in April, so I should really get on that. ARGH. Don't even get me started on the whole grad school thing, which is what I actually SHOULD be thinking about. That said, it's going to be an awesome spring/summer.