Virtual Stormhold: Videos of Online Classes

Due to the events of 2020 and 2021 the Barony of Stormhold, like many other branches of the Society for Creative Anachronism, shifted to running online events. This included classes across various areas, and the barony virtually hosted events discussing embroidery and heraldry.

Through the generosity of the presenters at these events, and the stewarding teams for processing the video, we have a selection of recorded classes that can be watched and re-watched.


On November 27th 2021, the Barony of Stormhold hosted A stitch in time: Embroidery virtual day. Four of the classes were recorded.

Tools of the Medieval Embroiderer

By Mistress Rowan Perigrynne
We go to a lot of trouble to use pre-1600 inspiration, design, materials and techniques for our sewing and embroidery. It seems a pity to recreate the stitches of the time with a modern work box at our side! So what exactly were the tools and materials of the medieval and renaissance embroiderer? How do we know? This class looks at how embroidery tools changed over time, and how we can source them today for our own kit.

Teach how to do a drawn thread work from an extant portrait

By Mistress Arrienne Ashford
Learn how to do drawn thread work using ‘X”s that is shown on the chemise in “Portrait of a Young Woman” by Domenico Ghirlandio (1490). Please follow along with linen fabric and 120/2 white linen thread, needle and scissors.
There is a handout for this class that is available by request. Please contact the Stormhold webwright for further information.

A short but jam packed history of Mamluk embroidery

By Mistress Miriam bat Shimeon
A short but jam packed history of Mamluk ruled Egypt and the embroidery styles that were there during the 13th-16th century C.E.

Taking a group project from research to working

By Mistress Nicolette Dufay
We will go through the process of getting a group project going. From research, design, budgeting, etc through to group approval and participation using the current Krae Glas Baronial cloaks as examples.


From July 11th to July 12th 2020, the Barony of Stormhold were virtual hosts to the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium. Recorded videos from this class, and handouts, are listed here: