One thing for me about being in the SCA is the fun of dressing up in clothes that you don't normally get to wear. A well dressed SCA-ian (which I am working on) pays attention to the small details like the accessories.
My friends have been wonderful, in that they have encouraged me to make things as "period" as I would like, without being snarky about the fact that I have only been involved in this since July and so don't have the perfect costume. Course I don't think they would be snarky anyway.
My friend Truetvin Engelfinger (hope I spelled that right) is a very skilled leatherworker who decided that I needed some period shoes. So we worked out a trade, he made me some shoes and I made him some mittens. I love the shoes he made for me, the soft black leather, the straps around my ankles, and the pointy toes. And every time I put them on, I am just ridiculously delighted by the shiny gold buckle against that matte black leather.
I mean how many girls have hand-made (they are all hand-stitched) shoes, cut to fit their foot exactly? They are so comfortable and a delight to wear.
Thanks again Truetvin! I just hope you enjoys the mittens as much as I have enjoyed the shoes.
Here is a photo of the mittens - they are convertible mittens with a sun embroidered on them - the sun being part of his heraldic device.
This was a "warm-up" run for another trade: stranded-color work gloves in exchange for some boots.