Ye Olde Pockets – the pouch of many things

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In the last pouch tutorial I showed how to make a simple coin purse with tie, however there are other ways to make a basic pouch to hold odds and ends, coins or other assorted things that should be carried when one is considering an adventure. I have found drawstring pouches to be a very versatile way of having in-character pockets, with the only limitation being the amount of cloth to hand and the things you want to carry.

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a pair of drawstring pouches out of scraps of cloth.

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Introducing Ravenna Corvidae

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Last year I introduced the Lady Miriam to you, my Sidhean priestess who I retired (and killed off as an npc) in late April 2014. She served her purpose, got me in touch with the softer feminine side of playing a true noblewoman but should never have been an adventurer. Her genteel nature made adventuring a bit of a shock to the system and rather than toughen up or find something strong inside her she caved in. Partly due to the emotional froth of losing your shadow (which was hilarious to role play with, particularly in solving some of the plot in branch at the time), but she was too delicate to survive long. But she was fun to play when I wasn’t out in the field. Sadly LARP is an “in-the-field” system and so I decided it was time to pack her away.

I then played Wren, the mad Elven Blacksmith who originally had a limited human vocabulary and no faith at first. She was fun, pure and simple and got to play hard and fast with the rules. Sometimes she went a bit far, but that was a learning experience in itself and I got to live through the big fests of the season as a character that could just pick up her gear and wander off into the woods if the mood took her. She ended on the field of battle, but I was already preparing my next character and as much as it hurt to lose her, I was not as broken hearted as when I lost Rowan. Heck, I got a public battlefield lay-to-rest from the then Defender of Crowa who I’d met once in character and who recalled our meeting in tear-jerking detail. The corpse might have been crying at the end of his prayer to her God, to properly burst into tears when I was “dragged” back into camp and left in the Guild tent alongside the deceased Forgemaster. To be able to say goodbye for now to my guild mates had that effect on me.

But to walk into camp that night as Ravenna was a good feeling. And if you let me, I’ll explain why.

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Ithronian Adventures #130: Into the wilds of Barra

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With the recent destruction of the cathedral at Barra, Ravenna and Morgan decided to venture north to offer what aid they could to the Clydesdale adventurers. When they arrived on a “typical” Lirronese spring day with its grey mists and clinging drizzle they set upon a pair of hirings out of the market square of Barra – one to the dwarven silver mine, one down into the tunnels beneath the ruined cathedral.

Thank you Glasgow branch for a great day out at your impressive setup of a site. More fights around the castle next time please.

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Ithronian Adventures #129: Rockcliffe mysteries

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The White Star are currently occupying the surface area around the Dwarven Kingdom of Dun Mhurdo and their mining mountain, or at least that was what the office of the Thane believed. Lord Bremer Van Brock called for a small group of adventurers to look into an alarming report of White Star around Lake Kelther.

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The fashionable noble – making a Tudor-style doublet

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Over the last few months I have shown how to make the Tudor shirt (plus a couple of variants) from Simplicity’s #4059 Renaissance Man costume.  These variants have included a simple “arming” shirt, a ruffed collar and decorating with black-work embroidery. Today I would like to show the doublet I made to go with my first ruffed shirt, and the fabric buttons I waxed lyrical on a couple of weeks ago. This doublet (from Pattern A) forms part of my Black Knight’s banquet kit along with the red ruffed shirt and the capelet I adapted to use for LARP.

I hope you find this walk-through helpful.

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