A'isha al-Raqqasa

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Finna the Weaver
Information
Resides: Wintermist
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Per chevron Or and gules, three rats couchant contourny sable and a full drop-spindle Or.

THLady A'isha al-Raqqasa, now known as Finna the Weaver, has been a member of the SCA (and the Shire - now Barony - of Wintermist) since 1991. She received her Award of Arms from King John and Queen Ceinwen in 1996. In 2010 she received her Harp Argent for Bardic arts (this occurred, not in court but in merchant's row, by his majesty King Conrad). On May 18, 2013 she received a Dolphin from King Mansur and Queen Eilidh at the Shire of Wintermist's 25th anniversary. At Festival of the Rose in 2014, she recieved second Harp Argent for fiber arts from Queen Bridget. And at 12th Night in 2015 she received a Crescent from King Mansur II and Queen Eilidh II.

Persona

  • Finna is a Nordic woman from Viking-aged Gotland (somwhere in the 900-1100AD time period). Born in Latvia in a village along the River Ogre, she was taken by raiding party and ended up on the Island of Gotland. She learned to weave and that became her primary occupation.
  • Aisha is of Persian origin (no date or exact location), also likes to dabble with Turkish, and Byzantine garb.
  • Formerly know as Ceridwen Luned of the Fen and Isha Raqs Xahar

Associates

Sturdy Assistant to Baroness Kalé al-Raqqasa who ran the shop Fish N Weasel, which sells period game boards, painted boxes, jewelry, soap, gloves, hats, and shawls.

Offices & Positions

  • Deputy Chatelaine, Shire of Wintermist, 1997-98
  • Chronicler of "Tales from the Mist", Shire of Wintermist 1-2010 to 12-2014
  • Deputy Chronicler, Kingdom of Caid Jan 4, 2014 to Jan 2015 12th night.
  • Lady-in-Waiting, Conrad II and A'isha
  • Lady-in-Waiting, Mansur II and Eilidh II
  • Caid Kingdom Chronicler, Jan 2015- Jan 2018
  • Chamberlain, Baroness Kale al-Raqqasa Oct 2015-Present
  • Chancellor for the Fellowship of the String, Wintermist Fiber Arts Fellowship, 2013-Present. - Held Monthly gatherings
  • Deputy Arts & Science Minister - Feb 2016 to May 2018. Organizer of year long A&S Bingo competition.
  • Caid Scheduler (Deputy Kingdom Seneschal in charge of scheduling) from January 2019 - Present
  • Deputy Chronicler, Kingdom of Caid (second time) July 2019

Event Staff

Classes Taught

  • How to Play Period Games, GWW 2012, 2013, & 2014 also Collegium 2014
  • How to be a Territorial Chronicler, GWW 2014, Collegium 2015 & 2016
  • Medieval Board games, Talon Crescent War 2015, Great Western War 2015
  • Basic Tablet Weaving - Wintermist Anniversary 2015
  • 7 Strand Kumihimo cords (Award Cards) 3.5 Baronies 2016
  • Nalbinding Coptic Stitch, Collegium 2016
  • Organized the Fiber arts Roundtable (walk-in solar) for Collegium 2016

Projects & Publications

Scrolls

Image Preview Award Recipient
Coronation summer 2016 11.jpg Award of Arms Acilia Drusilla formerly Tahira al-Fahida
12th Night 34.jpg Award of Arms Liam Makfersan
12th Night 2016 34a.jpg Award of Arms Liam Makfersan
12th Night 2016 34b.jpg Award of Arms Liam Makfersan
12th Night 2017 Scrolls 2.jpg Crescent of Caid Ketill rauðskeggr
12th Night 2017 Scrolls 2a.jpg Detail of Crescent of Caid Ketill rauðskeggr
12th Night 2017 Scrolls 2b.jpg Detail of Crescent of Caid Ketill rauðskeggr

Publications

  • "Tales from the Mist" 47 issues, January 2010- December 2014
  • "News from the North" 3 issues, 2013-2014
  • "Crown Prints" January 2015- December 2017

Articles

Awarded the Silver Quill prize for contribution to Wintermist's "Tales from the Mist" at Wintermist Anniversary 2016

  • "How to Autocrat an Event"
  • "Instructions for Kumihimo"
  • "Gluckhaus"
  • "9-Men's Morris"
  • "Period Games - Ur"
  • "Chronicler SOP"

Miscellany

Interests and SCA-related hobbies

  • Fiber arts: tablet weaving, nalbinding, crocheting, spinning, and knitting
  • Archery, combat and target
  • Period board games
  • Bardic arts: singing, drumming, fife-playing, dancing
  • Generally learning new things...