Coordinated by Eorsebet and THL Jolie Delarue
Heraldic Devices: Ages 2+ with parental/guardian assistance for those under the age of 8
Materials Needed: ; poster paint, markers, or colored pencils in the 7 heraldic colors (white/silver, black, yellow/gold, red, blue, green, and purple); rulers, cardstock shield shapes; stencils or stamps with period charges (recommend using cookie cutters as stencils as the plastic ones are safe for young children to use and the sets of 100+ have many shapes that are period charges for use); paper plates; paint brushes; poster board; print outs of the various field divisions (can be gotten from the SCA website); heraldry books or print outs of actual heraldic devices that have been registered in the SCA or those that were used by European nobles between 476 AD and 1600 AD.
Items to prep ahead of time: Stencils (can be made by printing out the various charges that are found on the SCA website and then taping them onto cardboard or craft foam sheets and then using an exacto blade to cut them out); poster board display showing the various field divisions that are possible for the participants to choose from and listing the colors that can be used for the field and charges as seen in figure 1.
Activity: After discussing with the participants the various choices for dividing their field and the choices for the charges that are permissible, pass out materials to each participant for them to begin designing and coloring their shield. Use paper plates for the poster paint needed for those who choose to use stamps like the device to the right in figure 2. See figure 2 for completed examples.
|figure 2 (the left device was designed with a dolphin and a fish stencil, the middle device was designed with a circle and an egg stencil, the right device was designed using a dragon stamp with poster paint)|
Belt Favor Making: Ages 3+ with parental/guardian assistance for those under the age of 8
Materials Needed: 8 inch by 10 inch felt rectangles in the 7 heraldic colors (white, black, yellow, red, blue, green, and purple); fabric paint in the heraldic colors; stencils or stamps with period charges (recommend using cookie cutters as stencils as the plastic ones are safe for young children to use and the sets of 100+ have many shapes that are period charges for use); paper plates; paint brushes; fabric glue or needles and thread; scissors
Items to prep ahead of time: Cut the felt in half lengthwise to have two 4" x 10" favors. Take one felt piece in each color to cut into six 4" x 3 1/3" rectangles. Take each of these small rectangles & fold in half lengthwise. Take the scissors and starting at the fold cut off a curved piece up the side for form a shield shape when laid out flat. See figures 3 and 4.
|figure 3 the belt favor piece|
|figure 4 a shield shape made of a yellow shield and black shield each cut in half|
Activity: If you have done the heraldic device first, have the participants use the device they designed as the basis for designing their belt favor. Pass out to each participant a contrasting color belt favor felt strip of their choice and then a felt shield in the color of their field. If they chose to divide their field into two or four divisions, take 2 felt shields, one in each color used, and cut them so that the pieces when put together match the heraldic device. If three divisions were used, then cut three felt shields to get matching pieces for making the correctly colored and divided field in the shape of a shield as in figure 4 above. You can cut the shield shapes while the participants are designing their heraldic device to save on time so the materials are ready to pass out as soon as participants are ready to move onto making their favor.
The participants can either choose to glue or sew the favor together first and then paint the
charge(s) onto the shield shaped field. Or they can choose to paint their charge(s) on the shield first and then attach the shield to the belt favor after it has dried. Either way, when they are ready to attach the shield to the favor, have them glue or sew the shield shape to the bottom of the favor. Once that is attached fold the remaining top part of the favor in half with the top edge touching the back of the favor where the top edge of the shield shape is on the front. Then sew or glue the seam together. That should give a large enough belt loop for wearing the favor on a belt. See figure 5 for a completed favor.
|figure 5 completed belt favor, this one has the shield shape glued to the white favor and has the charges painted on with white fabric paint.|