On Sunday morning Australian time and 4pm American and Canadian time, I spoke to an interested crowd of Zoomies about what goes on Between Linen Sheets at an online event, Winterkingdom.

Winterkingdom was a two-day online festival of workshops and talks hosted by the SCA and attended by enthusiasts the globe over.

The talk included the obligatory introduction to my kitty (I'm fairly sure that there's some kind of law requiring the Displaying Of The Kittehs At Zoom Meetings.) It's so wonderful that as a community, history enthusiasts, craftsmen and women, re-enactors and creators have adapted to the pandemic. History people, at least, have been able to maintain a sense of connectedness within their own medieval families this way.

It's been a challenge for some less tech-savvy folks, but the maintaining of friendships and the ability to up-skill and learn new new crafts has been our reward. As a side benefit, lockdowns have provided us with the time required to then practice these skills in our own homes. As anyone who has a historical skill knows, one can learn techniques in an online workshop, but it takes weeks, months or years to get good at them. Lockdown gives us this.

Chatting at Winterkingdom before starting my talk, I heard excited women talking about their new skills- enamelling and blacksmithing. I, myself am honing my skills so I can peen some hand-cast, museum replica belt mounts (made by craftsmen in Ukraine) onto a hand-woven and plant-dyed tablet woven belt (made by a craftswoman in Finland) and I'm pretty excited about that.

Although we are apart, we can still inspire, encourage and share our knowledge and skills with each other, and that's what today was all about.


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