Welcome Opus Elenae!

I am a historical recreationist making videos about medieval and renaissance historical sewing, calligraphy and scribal arts, tutorials, and more. I mainly play in the SCA but also veer into fantasy LARP and Renaissance festival territory.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Medieval Snow Day
    It snowed yesterday! It rarely does this at all in Texas, and almost never this much. I had to take advantage of the situation and get some photos of me in all my wool outerwear.
  • Making an Edwardian Skirt (and Bustle Pad!)
    IN WHICH our intrepid recreatirix makes (yet another) Edwardian Walking Skirt! Welcome back to the land of sewing. I don’t know about you, but the thing I really needed for my witchy, Victoir-edwardian history bounding wardrobe is a basic walking skirt. And since I just happened to have some heavy-weight linen laying around…. Here we … Read more
  • A Yuletide Scribal Interlude
    IN WHICH our intrepid recreatrix takes a step back, mulls some cider, dresses up, and creates an achievement of arms for her partner as a solstice gift. It’s been a rough year. Enjoy this calm interlude and wonderful music.
  • CAPE CULT: Making an American Duchess Cape
    IN WHICH our intrepid recreatirix joins a cult! A cape cult. Okay, I’m making the American Duchess Cape, in keeping with my penchant for jumping on bandwagons 6-24 months after the trend has, uh, stopped trending. It was a fun and relatively easy make, for all that I’m not the size of a museum mannequin. … Read more
  • Lucet Cords (three and a half ways!)
    Tutorial Time-Stamps Basic Cord (turned): 00:03:18 Basic Cord (wrapped): 00:05:19 Beaded Cord: 00:08:35 Two-Color Flat Cord: 00:17:00 Two Color Round Cord: 00:25:45 IN WHICH our intrepid recreatirix walks through how to make lucet cords a few different ways. I’ll cover making the basic cord (both turning the lucet and keeping it stable), making a beaded … Read more
  • “Viking” Coat: Historically Adequate Norse Outerwear
    IN WHICH our intrepid recreatirix finishes her historically adequate “Viking” coat project, and is wayyy too pleased with it and also herself. It’s honestly hard to know what a femenine Viking coat might have looked like: there’s very little archeological evidence that points in any direction. The best we can do is speculate. Come join … Read more