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[sca] Kingdom Basket idea

So I think while I drive. On the way to meet my parents for dinner tonight I was thinking about the whole concept of the Kingdom Baskets. I think there is a disconnect between the intention of gift baskets, which is in part to give the Royals things to give away as largess, and what we've actually been putting in the baskets.

At the same time I've been hearing rumors lately that Atlantia is running short on award medallions. This makes sense since according to the IRS the SCA can't actually purchase the medallions or the ingredients to make same. As Atlantia, probably so goes the rest of the Known World.

So how is this for an idea? Lets make the theme of the Pennsic 36 gift baskets Kingdom Medallions. All of the kingdoms have awards for which they give medallions and likely the Royals would LOVE to see an influx of such medallions. I'm even willing to bet that if we looked we could find descriptions of said medallions or their healdry. If the right people of the various kingdoms were consulted, we could probably even come up with a list of the most desirable ones for each kingdom.

Note that this WOULD take some coordination to make sure we don't end up with 50 things for the East Kingdom and None for the West etc.

While I think this is a cool idea it is something that would take a bit too mch time to organize for Gulf Wars which is why I'm suggesting Pennsic.

So what do you guys think?


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Nov. 8th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
I think you can always offer to make award medallions, and people will always be glad to have them. But organizing so that nobody is welcome to make anything else? I dunno.
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Maybe "Medallion" is the wrong term
I know the idea of limiting the contents of the Kingdom Baskets has been tried before - in fact LLT and I were the ones to screw up that plan by adding the hairsticks.

Maybe "medallion" is the wrong term. Maybe "token of award" is a better one. After all at one time I did beadle point boxes for the kingdom awards and they were accepted quite gladly. I also know that some people have lampwork beads that they use as their award symbol - spikywheel has a pin that is her Pearl and Finner had a bead on his thor's hammer necklace to represent his Laurel.
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
Sounds both good and useful. (I've heard from embroiderers in other parts of the Known World that they use our medallion patterns to make items for Atlantian gift baskets, FWIW.)

You can find some of the registered badges for awards at http://goldenstag.net/MiscSCA/AwardBadges.htm (though judging from the Atlantian entries, it does seem to be out of date) -- and if you're just looking for patterns for Midrealm award badges (in either cross stitch or machine embroidery), you can find them online at http://www.midrealm.org/heraldry/embroidery/

Maybe it'd be cool to just focus the A&S awards? That way, they could give embroidered medallions to embroiderers, etc. (Or maybe I'm just A&S-biased. Hmm ... y'think?) ;-)
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Nope, I think for it to work it would need to be open to all awards. After all you need to give the people doing it some room to come up with inspiration and some variety of ideas to choose from.
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Yah, 'spose that's true. Maybe (instead of making this a universal Everybody Do This Next Pennsic thing) we could make this a goal for the Embroiderers' Guild donations to the gift baskets? A lot of the elements of the other kingdoms' awards can be found in designs we've already got posted -- we've got two versatile patterns for triskeles (big and small) that can cover quite a lot of Trimaris' awards, for example -- so that might be one way to go.

Maybe this would be a good time to see what I'd need to do to import Framecraft brooches & pendants for award medallions. The one I'd ordered for Bryan's Pearl ended up looking pretty good, actually; and I've got all my paperwork together for Jordbaer in terms of a home business ... hmm.

Nov. 8th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I think that's a great idea. I'm figuring for this to work it would require the assistance of you and the other embroidery designers to come up with charts. But I don't envison this as just a embroidery idea. After all if you look at the Pearl I did there is no embroidery in it. Roxie's Laurel pin in painted. I've seen carved ones as well. There are limitless options.
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Yes, I think this is a great idea, and I'd also be happy to be part of an effort to make more Atlantian award medallions/tokens, if they can made out of cross-stitch somehow.
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
I'll say I love you, and I'm willing to jump on this band wagon. I did a Pearl medallion for a friend many years ago, and am very pleased to see that she still wears it. And Thank You! for the link to a place to get spiffy frames. I keep wandering the craft stores looking for suitable frames. Life just got easier.
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
I think that local groups can pay for art supplies if they are used for a class, so if a metal caster hosted a class, then the group could pay for the pewter, the class members could cast the tokens, and then everyone can agree to donate the results to the baskets.
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hrmmm...that's an idea I need to check into. One of our guys did a VERY spiff Silver Natilus that I'm proud to wear.
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
I think giving award medallions is a great idea.

I wish I had more time right now to help with the coordination and crafting because this is an exciting project idea.

Teaching a class in a technique and making medallions is a pretty neat idea. Would it be a problem that students don't get to take home samples of their work? Or would the first project be theirs, the 2nd the medallion, and the 3rd theirs again? Or something like that.

I wish I knew more non-fiber decorative arts because I think there are plenty of others who are better at the non-knitting fiber arts than I am.

Do award medallions need to be pendants or brooches? Or could they be done on a small pouch? That would open up the project to knitting, though the charts would need to be redone (yes, I can do that much) for that because a knitting "pixel" isn't a square like cross stitch.
Nov. 8th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
While in theory the award should be wearable there really is no limitation to what it could be. As I say I once did a set of awards for the Kingdom that were little wooden boxes. After all, not everyone actually wears their awards.
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