Who is Beverly?

Barony of Sun Dragon, Kingdom of Atenveldt, United States

30 January 2010

Getting ready for Estrella War XXVI

I have never been to Estrella War.  I've wanted to go, back when I was still living in the Outlands, and after I moved to Atenveldt (where EW is held)...but various things got in the way.  

Well, last year for my birthday, I gave myself an SCA membership and set my sights on rejoining the group, making new friends, and heading off to War!

Luckily, I already have some camping equipment, but I was able to borrow some things like a camp stove, and extra tent, egg-crate foam sleeping pads.  I've made several things for war, too.  

I'm not a great seamstress.  My mother was a master, and she tried to teach me and get me interested, but I just wasn't interested.  Not everything she said to me went in one ear and out the other, however; several years ago I bought a basic sewing machine, and it's definitely gotten good use these last few months!  I was lucky that, after over 10 years, several of the outfits she had made for me still fit, but I needed to add a few things to my wardrobe for this cold-weather event.

First off, our current King & Queen, TRMs Edouard and Asa, are Viking personas.  Many people have Viking garb, and I had a big chunk of material that I thought would be perfect as an apron dress to wear over a nice underdress my mother had made.  So, I found a pattern online, Mom helped me modify the pattern, and made the apron dress!

The Viking Apron Dress

picture by Delphia Janiszeski (C) 2009

Once the overdress was sewn, I finished it by adding a pair of pewter-tone buttons with a zoomorphic Celtic design on them, and a sting of glass and copper beads.  The string of beads are attached by toggle-and-loop clasps to the dress, so that they can be removed for washing.

Buttons & Bead String with Toggle Clasp Attachments

                                                      pictures by Delphia Janiszeski (C) 2010

I've been attending the Arts & Sciences nights when I can, and I've enjoyed being able to work on projects, or get ideas for new ones. After making the Viking dress, I decided to make myself a Mongolian-style hat to wear at War, since it will be chilly and I have no warm hats, especially none that would fit in at the event!

So, I got the pattern for a six-sided hat from one of the talented ladies at A&S, and I made one.  It was a pain in the butt, and I don't know if I ever want to do another one -- but I did make it, I do like the result, I know what NOT to do if there is another one, and most importantly......my mother said it was very good and beautiful! 

The Blasted Mongolian Hat

picture by Delphia Janiszeski (C) 2010

In addition to these, I found a nice-sized chunk of monk's cloth in the remnants at Joann's, and made myself a shawl.  I hand-knotted the sides to prevent unraveling, and sewed a random pattern of straight lines on the selvedges in sage green pearl cotton.

I also made a pair of drink covers: doilies with beads or other weighted objects sewn on the edges to keep the doily from flying off in the wind, which protects your drink from insects and debris.

Finally, I made a small chatelaine for my really cool scissors which were the site token for the last Coronation.  I took a small scrap of tapestry, made a pocket, sewed a chain onto it, and then finished off with a pewter dove charm.  (Being a wild bird rehabilitator, I have a lot of bird-themed stuff; also, I am hoping to have a mourning dove on my device.)  [Picture to be inserted later]

I've got most of my camping gear put together, and non-perishable food items in a tub in the kitchen so that I can add to it as I get nearer to War.  I'll borrow a cooler from my mom for things that need to remain cold, but I intend to have very little of that, as I don't want to have to buy ice too often while there (if I can?).

Now....if I can just get it all in my truck!

21 January 2010

Greetings, good gentle!

Welcome to my blog!  I can't promise that I will post something every day, but when the whim strikes me, there will be something!

Here I plan to share my life in the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism.  I played in the SCA for 8 or 10 years back in my younger days, and then was out for about 10 years.  I have recently rejoined, because I missed everything...the clothes, the camaraderie, the crafts, the cooking!

I am still working on my persona.  I have taken the names I'm using from my own personal mundane (real life) genealogy.  Here is some of the history behind the names:


Beverley (note the different spelling) is a place in Yorkshire, England.  I have many ancestors from Yorkshire, and I've always liked the name "Beverly".  It actually means "beaver stream" or "beaver meadow" in Old English.  Place names were frequently taken by a family as it's surname, which then would lead to male children being given the name, particularly if it was to carry on the wife's surname.  Eventually, female children were given the name too.  There was a spike in popularity in the early 20th century; it is still in use today.


The name "FitzAlan", also spelled "Fitzalan" or "Fitz Alan", is originally of Breton origin and adopted by Scottish families.  The FitzAlan family held the earldom in Arundel, West Sussex, England from the 13th through 16th centuries.  Arundel castle still stands today.  The "Fitz" part means "son of", much like "Mc" or "Mac" or "ibn".  The name is still in use today.


This name refers to an area in Westmorland, England; it came from a Scandinavian term for "cattle pasture".  This particular spelling is documented in the 13th century; the name was taken originally by Walter de Castlecarrock, in 1179, when he married local heiress Christian de Leteham and thus inherited the Strickland lands.  Sizergh Castle, the ancestral and current home of the Strickland family, still stands today after much renovation and repair.  The name is still in use today, and is very common in the southern United States.  In fact, I am a direct descendant of Walter de Castlecarrock!

So, now you know a little bit about how "Beverly" came to be.  Stay tuned for more information, pictures, and adventures!

Yours in service,