Hello! I’m Cassandra and I’m a fiber artist, sewist, writer, and “independent scholar”. My primary focus tends to be textile and culinary arts but it’s really whatever catches my fancy. I tend to focus on medieval, Early modern, and early 19th century Europe but I have been known to have some interest in other time periods and locations so don’t be surprised if you see some of that pop-up.
In 2016, I presented a paper at one of the DISTAFF sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies on the results of my 2014 experiments with the textile stain removing recipes.
I love the fiber arts and I spin both with a hand spindle and wheel, I knit, fingerloop braid, tablet weaving (and a small bit of inkle weaving), and I have done a little bit of floor loom and rigid heddle weaving. I also do some sewing, mainly for myself and sometimes my husband.
I also have an interest in the culinary arts. I love looking at old recipes and interpreting them in a modern kitchen. I have done some focus on bread baking and sauces in the middle ages but really, I love all recipes.
In “real life” I am actually the Office Manager of a general contracting company where my unofficial title is ‘Chief Cat Herder’.