Sunday, June 22, 2008

Long Distance Chainmaille

I thought I'd introduce my partner in crime tonight. My son Brandon is 15. Two years ago for Christmas I bought him a chainmaille dice bag kit, and it's been sitting in his room unassembled since. When I decided to do chainmaille jewelry several months ago, I had Dylon White's chainmaille book sitting on the kitchen table and while Bran was eating his cereal he suddenly went "Oh!" You could almost see the light bulb go on over his head.

So he started weaving (and taking over my rings...). He is currently staying with his dad for the summer, where he is also creating a variety of maille items, many of which I will likely list in the shop when he comes home in a few weeks. He has a terrific eye for patterns and I'm sorry to say he tends to pick up most weaves more quickly than I do (and can still do a few that I can't).

The picture at right is from White County Middle School's Renaissance Festival, the first year we moved to Tennessee. We thought that this was the coolest thing ever, and still do. Bran has been in the Human Chess Match three years running, and just this past year I started teaching the kids Renaissance dances that I learned for my Renaissance wedding in '06. We're proud to be a part of the Ren club, and learning to weave chainmaille is just another part of our love affair with the Renaissance.