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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Paternoster Ladies Attends Squire's Revolt, 2011 (Lansing MI)

Paternoster Ladies had a wonderful time visiting Squire's Revolt this year, and I just realized I have not yet posted the photos of most of our events this season.  Thus, some catchup!  These photos are from Squire's Revolt, an SCA event located in Lansing, MI.  It was held in the spring/summer of 2011.  Enjoy!

Here is our wonderful tent, full of goodies.  You can see many of our Paternoster Ladies in garb.  This event we were lucky enough to have Jolen Sher, a local fiber arts expert, join us and bring her lovely hand-dyed wool to offer for sale.

There I am in the blue, helping a customer.  Our wares are spread far and wide!

Our tables are full of beautiful paternosters and other hand-crafted artisan jewelry and rosaries.  We have much more available than what we list on Etsy, and we love custom orders, so feel free to contact us anytime for more information:

As always, if you have seen something you like at one of our shows and don't see it on our site, email us and we can let you know if it is still available!

Paternoster Ladies Featured in Treasury List

Thanks so much to StairwayHeaven for including one of Paternoster Ladies historical paternosters in his collection of amber rosaries.  The Etsy Treasury List is called:
Out of the midst of the fire... the resemblance of amber. Ezekiel 1.4, Rosaries.
Here is a photo of the Paternoster Ladies Rosary which was featured:

To view the rest of this wonderful collection, visit here.

Featured in Etsy Treasury List: Autumn Leaves

Thanks very much to exaustedcreativity for including one of our beautiful artisan paternosters in her beautiful Etsy Treasure, entitled Autumn Leaves...Olive, Copper and Charcoal.  The paternoster she chose is pictured below:

Visit the rest of this beautiful treasury here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Link to Fabulous 15th - 16th Century Book on Medieval Prayers

The illustrations in this text are not original, but a Victorian/Edwardian take on Durer's pictures for the late 15th/16th edition.  This is set in a modern type, but with the period spellings. Here's the page on "How we ought to saye our houres and prayers."

The booke of thenseygnementes and techynge that the Knyght of the Towre
made to his doughters (1902)

I definitely will be spending some time wading through this interesting resource! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scribal Terror: Religion

I ran across this site today, which gives an interesting timeline of the history of the modern day rosary. Take a look!

Scribal Terror: Religion

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Paternoster Attended Val Day - Photos!

Paternoster Ladies attended Val Day in Kalamazoo this year (2011) and had a blast!  Here are a few photos of us from left to right, Antoinette Flammond, Grace Martin (me!), Connie Harriff, and Leslie Wilbanks (not pictured: Laura Messer.)

One of our special customers sent us a photo of her hubby wearing his new paternoster, below:

We had a great time and look forward to merchanting there again this year!  A few more photos for your enjoyment...

How I Got Started with Paternoster Ladies

Hello!  Some of you may wonder how Paternoster Ladies got started - well, it all began with a little project I started for a group I belong to called the Society for Creative Anachronism.  This group has events all over the world for people interested in Medieval Re-enactment (kind of like Civil War re-enactment, but without the guns!)

During an event 2 years ago, (Val Day in Kalamazoo) I heard about something called the Arts and Sciences 50 Challenge!  This challenge is a personal one meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the SCA.  In it, you challenge yourself to make or do or learn 50 things before 2015 that relate to medieval life.  You could make 50 buttons for a garment, or make 50 garments!  Or 50 different types of garments - or medieval furniture, beads, etc.  You get the idea.

I had just started making paternosters for my group, and figured I would make 50.  Once I did, and everyone in my group had one (we do 14th century European reenactment, btw) I decided to sell them.  I loved making them so much, I needed to sell them to be able to buy more beads!  I was very keen on making sure I understood what a period paternoster was, so I spent several months studying everything I could lay my hands on, including my favorite source to date, Chris Lanings wonderful Paternoster Blog.  The study continues to this day - and so does my little business, which has merchanted 5 larger SCA events in the past year and a half, and has donated 19 paternosters to the Midrealm thus far (one of my sub goals is to donate a total of 50).

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