#medievaltimes

#52PROJECTS: Project #7

PROJECT 7 of #52PROJECTS
Created in Year: 2008
Adjustments in Year: 2024

When you need a medieval chair that fits you and is portable.

For those who know us outside the White Rose Manor Bed & Breakfast, you know we have been involved in medieval reenactments for many years. *Cue chair photo.

This is my traveling chair that needed some adjustments and tightening after years of use.

It looks a bit like a throne, but it is not. It is a portable chair built to my size and specifications. The cutouts at the top are elements of my heraldry. Read more about the 14th Century inspiration and history below.

Project Background

For those who know us outside the Bed & Breakfast, you know we have been involved in medieval reenactments. We dabble in many craft hobbies surrounding somewhat forgotten skills like blacksmithing, millinery work, spinning, weaving, furniture building . . .

After an automobile accident in 2007, my husband built this chair for me when I truly needed a chair that fit me and a place I could rest my head to relieve my injured neck. Another need was that the chair be portable to the point of packing flat for traveling to reenactment events. This chair is modeled after a 14th Century Ecclesiastical chair (picture above) It can be disassembled into 5 flat pieces to pack into a passenger vehicle.

Many early chairs were built for for specific people– tall, short, long legs, and so forth. This one was built for me. The seat is too low for my 6-foot tall husband, but it fits this Mama Bear just right. Thanks, Papa Bear.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #3

PROJECT 3 of #52PROJECTS
Commencement Year: 2006
Completion Year: 2024

If you read that commencement year as 2006, it is correct. I purchased two yards of this beautiful black and gold brocade that long ago with the intent of making this piece. Well, the sewing project was pushed aside more years that I planned. Last week, it was finished and on-time for my Project #3. It just took me a few extra days to make this post.

The fabric intended for a 14th Century cotehardie– period garb for my husband to wear in the SCA*– this cote/coat is now finished complete with hat. He wore it to Twelfth Night this year.

Twelfth Night, also known as the Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated twelve nights after Christmas. Some count down the 25 days until Christmas; others count the twelve days of Christmas to the Epiphany. In the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), we recreate the better parts of the Middle Ages. This is a costume for that celebration which typically occurs on a Saturday each January.

*Link to the SCA – For those who question the contrasting red belt, it signifies he is a squire. I did not have the choice to make a matching belt. 😉

Wonderfully yours,

Alice