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The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi "Lite"

To be held one day only; April 15th, 2023

Since 2016, embroidery-lovers have created a community that extends to 6 Kingdoms ... and beyond!

This year, in lieu of a weekend-long All-Embroidery Slumber Party, the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais will host a one-day event -- St. Clare “Lite" -- on Saturday, April 15

St. Clare “Lite" will offer
-- an all-day Embroidery Display
-- a Keynote speaker
-- morning and afternoon classes
-- a Stitching Solar for those who prefer to bring a project to work on
-- a simple sideboard lunch
-- mid-afternoon tea


Thanks to the generosity of members of the St. Clare community, this event will be FREE to the first 50 registrants!

Register here

Attendance will be capped at 50. After that, we will start a waiting list.

Interested in attending? Register SOON!

Please email Mistress Filipia Caprioti at if you are interested in teaching.

Closer to the event date, we will email the lunch menu to all attendees.

Our Hospitality Table, with hot beverages and nibbles, will be available throughout the day. Those with dietary restrictions are welcome to bring their own lunch and sweets for tea.


We invite you to join us at Trinity Lutheran Church (120 South Main St, Hughesville, PA 17737) as we enjoy this opportunity to gather, share, and drool! The site opens at 9 AM and closes at 6 PM.

Your comfort and well-being matter to us!

We will follow all MANDATORY COVIDSafe policies of the SCA, Inc, in place at the time of the event.

At the request of AEthelmearc's DEI Officer, Corsi-Rosenthal Box air filters will be in use in the 2 main gathering rooms during the event.

In addition:
- Masks will be available at the door.
- If an instructor requests that you mask during their class, we ask that you respect their wishes.
- If you aren't feeling well the morning of the event, please stay home!

Contact the autocrat, Mistress Alicia Langland (Della Hutchison) at (preferred) or 570-742-4567 (please leave a message) if you have questions or concerns

Health Acknowledgement:

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Schedule & Activities

9 AM

 Site Opens

10 AM

 Keynote Address: A Deeper Look into Opus Anglicanum

11 AM

 Morning Class



1 PM

 Kit Class or Stitching Solar

2:30 PM


3:30 PM

 Kit Class (continued) or Stitching Solar

5 PM

 Classes End

6 PM

 Site Closes


Keynote address (10 - 11 AM)

A Deeper Look into Opus Anglicanum

Presenter: Magnifica Hildegard Bergerin, OL

Opus Anglicanum is often considered the pinnacle of medieval English embroidery. Learn what defines this style of embroidery, the history, extant examples, regulations, and materials used.

Bring note-taking materials, if desired.


Sign up when you arrive on site for the classes you would like to attend.

Morning Classes (1 hour):

Kit Classes (3 hours): 

Stitching Solar (from 11 AM on)

Magnifica Hildegard Berger invites you to join her in the Solar to “Try It!”   Or, bring a project to work on and stitch in good company!


Morning Classes (11:00 - noon)

Leather Embroidery

Instructor:  Robert of Ferness

Leather embroidery differs from cloth embroidery.  This class will demonstrate how it varies and allow attendees to try their hand at it with small samples of leather and thread.  We will focus on shoes from northern Europe because there are so many examples from there, but we will also cover other types of items as well as footwear from other places for comparison.

Students will gain a better understanding of working with leather in an embroidery context as well as exposure to the corpus of all known period leather items with embroidery.  The instructor will provide samples of leather and different kinds of thread to try, as well as glovers needles to use.  Students are welcome to bring their own leather and/or thread if they have a project in mind or in progress and wish to discuss its suitability.

Class Fee:  none

Instructor will provide:  colorful handout, samples of leather and thread and glovers needles

Students should bring:   Their curiosity

Students will leave with:  Ways to embroider leather, what types of items had it, depicted in a colorful handout

Limit:  15


Project Management for Embroiderers or How to Successfully Run a Big Project

Instructor:  Hrefna fruþikona Þorgrímsdottir

Have you ever had a big embroidery idea but froze when you realized how much time and effort you needed to make it? This class will teach you how to turn those big ideas into reality. We’ll talk about breaking a project into manageable tasks, designing for group projects, recruiting workers, timelines, managing materials, managing volunteers, surviving pitfalls, and successful finishes. Bring the big idea you always wanted to work on and we’ll start you turning your vision into a reality.

Class Fee:  $5.00

Instructor will provide:  Knowledge, experience, and a bit of fun

Students should bring:   Pencil, paper and that big embroidery idea they always wanted to stitch

Students will leave with: An understanding of how to successfully run and finish a large group embroidery project.


Kit Classes (1:00 - 5:00, with a one-hour break for tea)

There’s an App for that

Instructor:  Baroness Anastasie deLamoure

A brief history and hands on of different applique processes. With the use of couching, hidden stitch, whip stitch and more.

Class Fee:  $5.00

Instructor will provide:  needle, thread, hoop, and scissors

Students should bring:   Any favorite needles

Students will leave with:  supplies provided by the instructor … and a head swimming with information!  (Upon request, the handout will be emailed after the event.  One preview copy will be available during the class.)

Limit:  10

Early 17th-century Pea-pod in 3D

Instructor:  Maestro Filipia Capriotti, OL

Learn to use the buttonhole stitch to create flat and raised elements as well as typical blending technique. In a little open pea pod with optional goldwork peas inside. Based on motifs used on this waistcoat in the V&A.

Class Fee:  $5.00

Instructor will provide:  Hoop, threads, needle, handout

Students should bring:   Scissors

Students will leave with: Printed linen ground, silk thread, gold thread and thread wrapped bullion, needle, handout  

Limit:  10

Practical Pleated Aprons

Instructor:  Avitoria vidua


Learn the basics of pleating while making a practical apron. We’ll focus on the basic skills of perfecting tiny pleats, so that you can leave with the knowledge and inspiration to complete a custom embroidery design of your choosing.

Class Fee:  $20.00 (covers fabric, needles, handouts, threads)

Students should bring:  Small scissors and patience

Instructor will provide:  All other materials

Students will leave with:  A simple apron suitable for many periods and regions

Limit:  10

Beginning Veil Beading

Instructor: Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir


Students will learn veil beading basics.

Class Fee: $10

Instructor will provide: a yard of silk, beads, thread, snips, needle and a multi-page handout

Students will leave with: a beautiful, beaded silk veil

Limit: 10