Archive for September, 2013

Dirty Dozen Largess Derby September Crown 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I ran the Dirty Dozen Largess Derby at September. You can learn more about Dirty Dozen at

I had 9 people enter, but some people entered multiple sets of things. Alessandre da Montefeltro made silk painted fans and An Tir colored favors. Nidda Ridarelli entered needle cases. Antonia Crevelli entered earrings. Steinn and Gemma made Strawberry Bacon jam. Freyadis of Avacal made sewing kits in little wooden boxes. Tomaris di Cavallino made 15th c. style enameled glass candle holders, Morgan Donner made jewelry sets and had period images with them as documentation.  Jadwiga Radomyski made hand painted medieval games. Christal Moore made 12 of each: Flower seeds packet with four different flowers, Travel tissue holder, beaded scissor fob, needle/scissor fob, Lavender sachets, a bottle with 2 tablespoons of lavender and a lavender shortbread recipe. The total was 16 sets of largess.

The Crown was very appreciative of the generosity of the populace of An Tir. Thank you to all the artisans who participated. Especially to Jadwiga, who has entered two in a row with her beautiful games, both May Crown and September Crown. And the prize winner of September Crown was Morgan Donner, who was also a second time entrant. She made the most beautiful hand smocked and embroidered aprons for May Crown and the beautiful jewelry sets in this round.

September Crown 2013 Children,Youth, Teen Art, Science, Bardic Challenge Results

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


For the September Crown 2013 CYTASB Challenge I had 14 entrants. Each participant did an excellent job and all who bore witness to the feats performed were amazed at the talents of the future of An Tir. For those not in attendance I post the following summary.

In the Children’s division there were four entrants. Kjalak, age 7, embroidered an An Tir populace badge in silk on a linen cloth. Elianna Ulfsdottir, age 5, helped her mom create a dress by doing some of the cutting, sewing and pressing. Cedric Jameson, age 7, needle felted a design on a felt belt that he sewed by himself. Sofia, age 4, needle felted a lily on a felt pouch she sewed herself. Each child was required to answer questions and offer positive feedback to all the other competitors. They all did amazingly well.

In the Youth division there were six entrants. Thela Fletcher, age 12, made some decorative needle felting, and a needle felted ring. Halla, age 9, wove a tablet woven band. Bryn du Bois, age 8, made paper and a quill. Ethan Ulfson, age 11, made a leather pouch that was so beautiful that spectators were trying to buy it from him. Alistair, age 10, made a haversack with appliqued needle felted cross that he also made and attached. Ryan of Pembroke, age 9, made paper, ink and a quill, as well as calligraphy writing. He will be an excellent teacher someday.

In the Teen division four thirteen year old ladies participated. Annabeth Fletcher made some delicious flavored sugars. They were delightful. Laura carved a soapstone mold and pewter cast a coin token with such precision, all in attendance were blown away with her talents. Collette performed a scene from Romeo and Juliet. She really made the part come to life. Annick performed a French trouvere song. Her depth of knowledge and research and delightful performance and presentation were a wonder to behold.

I invited Mistress Isolde, Master Galeran, Beiris du Romans the Bardic Champion of An Tir to bear witness to the teen presentation and they too were impressed and charmed by these young ladies’ work. The level of dedication and hard work presented were beyond expectation.

All the entrants that took up my challenge are to be commended. I will be running this again next year. So if you have kids, have them start thinking of an entry.

In Service to the Kindgom and Populace,

Nidda Ridarelli, Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences