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Twill Tape Nametag Tutorial: An Idea for Newcomer-Friendly SCA Events

29 August 2014

photo(209)We’re having a casual revel in our barony on Sunday and many newcomers are invited and expected. To help make this a newcomer-friendly event, we’re making nametags. The standard “Hello my name is …” sticker nametag seems a little, well, mundane. So I got the idea to make simple twill tape nametags that can be pinned on to one’s garb. Twill is period! Now I doubt our ancestors ran around with their names on a bit of twill tape, but this seems like a less glaringly-modern way to wear our names. At the request of several friends who asked how this was done, I’ve made a tutorial so everyone can make them!

 

Twill Tape Nametag Materials:

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  • Card stock
  • 1″ twill tape (cotton)
  • Inkjet printer
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check

 

Twill Tape Nametag Photo Tutorial:

1. Print out the twill tape printing template (PDF file) onto your cardstock: twill-tape-printing-template

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2. Cut and tape a piece of twill tape to the indicated spot on the template. Keep your twill tape as flat and smooth as possible — if it is wrinkly or curved, iron it. Tape it down at the top and the bottom, and smooth the tape well onto the paper.

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3. Place your template with the taped twill on it into your manual feed ink jet printer. My printer has just one feed, as shown below.

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4. Download the twill tape name template, enter the name you wish to print, and print it onto your taped template. The font I’m using here is the free King Harold font, which was inspired by the embroidered lettering on the famous Bayeux Tapestry made in 1073-83. If the font does not appear correctly in the template, you will need to download and install it. If you use a different font, the easiest way is to import the template into your page layout software, type your name in whatever font you like at the appropriate size and color, then delete the template later leaving only the name to be printed.

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5. Remove the twill tape from the paper, trim it to the desired length, and coat the ends with Fray Check (twill tape will fray a lot).

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6. Iron it on high for a few minutes to heat set it.

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Voila! You have a twill tape nametag!

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What I really like about these nametags is that you can re-use them. And those who don’t wish to wear them as nametags can always sew them into the inside of their garb as an identifying mark — I really recommend this for cloaks because they tend to get left behind at events. If you’re going to put it into garb that you wash frequently, you’ll want to test it first as inkjet printers and inks are all a bit different.

Of course, if you wanted to get really fancy, you could actually embroider or even tablet weave these! That would work best if you were doing just one or a few, not 50.

“Brave” and New Member Recruitment for the SCA!

21 June 2012

The new “Brave” movie by Disney/Pixar is coming out tomorrow on Friday, June 22. The movie takes place in 10th century Scotland and features a skilled archer named “Merida.” By all preliminary accounts, this is going to be a great movie — it already has a 78% fresh rating from RottenTomatoes.com and it’s generating a lot of buzz for it’s excellent attention to detail in accurate archery, beautiful music, great storytelling, and so on. And while it is a computer-animated movie, I know from experience that this sort of movie appeals to adults as well as kids, and geeky adults at that … I saw movies like this, as an adult, long before I had my son. I think the demographic is particularly good here for getting “Brave” movie-goers interested in the SCA!

So how to do it? My thought is to have a bunch of our local members meet up, wearing GARB, and watch “Brave” together. It would be a fun group activity AND we’d get people asking about who we are and what we do, generating interest and excitement for SCA. I’ve already spoken to our local movie theater about having a table in their lobby, and they’ve agreed … and they are giving us some free movie tickets! So we’ll be hanging out in the lobby in the afternoon, then all seeing the movie together for the 7:00 pm showing. Should be lots of fun! And perhaps we’ll interest some people in our wonderful organization.

To prepare for our excursion to the movie theater, I’ve created two flyers specific to “Brave.” I offer them both to anyone within the SCA who would like to use them for recruitment purposes. Both are in PDF format and are “fillable,” meaning you can replace the paragraph at the bottom with information about your local group. I’ve also created artwork for the flyers, and I’ve Creative Release Form giving anyone in the SCA permission to publish it in any SCA publication, including print, web, and electronic. It’s just a simple drawing of two archers in the style of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry — the one of the left is a true representation of an archer in the tapestry, but the one on the left is my artistic representation of a red-haired girl in a blue dress, who may or may not look like Merida!

Archers inspired by those in the Bayeux Tapestry

Here are the two flyers — click the images to download the fillable PDFs:

If you use these, I’d love to hear how they worked for you.