This Dude Has the Longest Name, Why Did I Decide To Weave It?
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As a maker, I am always looking for new and interesting projects to work on. My Baronial A&S Championship provided this opportunity in 2019 when I competed with a woven band based on an Aztec legend. The theme was “Myths and Legends,” and I chose to weave a storyboard of the creation myth of the Aztec god of winter. Having studied archaeology and anthropology throughout my school career, and having participated in an archaeological dig in rural Peru, I have always been interested in the culture and history of the Americas, and I was happy to see I had the opportunity to bring that knowledge into the SCA.
For full documentation and more photos see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rs_uDJh3ntL7PZ0tFAFlqLAr4lPsOOSw/view?usp=sharing
In this entry, I describe the various complications I encountered with my weaving, both in technique as well as research. I had several grand ideas that didn’t play out as expected, and had to adjust my plan numerous times in order to meet my deadline for the competition. During the judging for my piece, I received a couple suggestions on how I could improve or change it, to which I replied, “That would be an interesting thing to do, when I can find the time.”
Then a pandemic hit, and as I was sitting at home for four months, not able to go to my job as a preschool teacher, I decided it was about time for me to act on those comments on my Aztec band and rework it again. What you will see in these images is the result – a more period accurate technique and cleaner workmanship were only the beginning. I was happy to be able to take the constructive criticism of my work given at the competition and turn it into productivity. While there are still plenty of things I would have done differently, I am pleased with the quality of work I produced.