Ysemay Sterlyng

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Mistress Ysemay Sterlyng, OM, OL.

Device:Quarterly gules and argent, a cross counterchanged and a chief sable


I am passionate about research and trying new things. I always have some project in the works. When I am water bearing on the field, or running a tourney, I can usually be found wearing 15th century French working class garb. When I am supporting my husband, I wear 14th century English. When I want to "dress up," I am often in 16th century German. However, I also enjoy viking and am planning to venture into the exotic wilds of India. Currently, I am venturing into the Iberian peninsula for a bit of 16th century Spanish.

Offices & Positions

  • Chatelaine, Shire of Quintavia, 2002-2003
  • Order of the Maunche 2008
  • Mistress of Arts & Sciences, Shire of Nordenhalle, 4/2013-4/2015
  • King's Bardic Champion 1/2015-2/2016
  • Order of the Laurel 2015
  • Court Barony 2015
  • Order of the Troubadour 2016



When I have time, I will start adding projects to this space.

A Basic List of Fun Things I Have Tried

  • Hand sewing gowns--I have now hand sewn numerous gowns
  • Figuring out supportive gowns--I have made bust supporting gowns for the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries
  • Calligraphy--Could be better, but give me a break, I am left-handed.  :)
  • "Authentic" Performance--Managed a complete performance, in the persona of a 14th century English woman, speaking and singing completely in Middle English
  • Singing--Pick a European language, I will sing in it
  • Story telling--16th century German Devil Stories are my favorite
  • Illumination--I especially like the French bar and vine styles along with 16th century Italian
  • Smocking--I am getting pretty fast at making smocked aprons.
  • Painting a plate--Painted a Venetian style plate
  • Finger loop braiding--have learned 5 different styles
  • Basic embroidery--I am not very good, but I know the main period stitches.
  • Beading--I have now embellished garb with many, many pearls
  • Glass bead making--FUN! Wish I could do more.
  • Etruscan granulation--Made a pendant
  • Leather work--Helped make shoes. Made basic books. Tooled leather belts for the kids.
  • Jewelry Making--Have made more necklaces than I can count for largess. Numerous Paternosters
  • Hats--16th century German Wulstehaub, 14th Century child's hat, 14th Century man's hood
  • Woodcuts--Still working on this one...2 started just need to finish
  • Tablet weaving on the garment--Based on the finds in Greenland
  • Brewing--Made amazing mead and cordials
  • Fencing--Authorized in epee and Schlager
  • Archery--Need to work my arm strength back up.
  • Siege Weapons--Authorized Combat Siege engineer.


Classes that I have taught.

  • Sinister Calligraphy--Introduction to Calligraphy for Left Handed Scribes.
  • Intro to Smocking-- How to Make a Smocked Apron.
  • Don't Be Afraid, It's Only Documentation-- Tips for creating documentation for SCA competions.
  • Creating a Wulstehaub--Discussing the research and construction of the German hat.
  • How to Pattern a 4 Panel Bodice-- Transition class designed to help move people from commercial patterns to self patterning
  • Women and Minorities in the Crown of Aragon-- Dispelling myths and preconceptions about women and minorities during the 12-14th centuries.
  • Middle English Pronunciation--Introduction to Middle English