Last spring one of my fellow SCA fencers came up to me saying he wanted to be the standard-bearer for our fencing unit, the Carolingian Caliver Company.
I loved the idea. The only problem was that I had no clue how to make a silk banner or flag.
Fortunately, in the SCA if there’s something you want to learn there’s a really, really good chance there’s already someone with the know-how in the society. More fortunately, that fellow was Sir Antonio and he was teaching a silk banner making class at one of my local events. We got to make small little banners, but I’ll save you all from having to see my first attempt. But it was a great class with a handy review sheet that I would use later on.
First order of duty was drafting and choosing a design. I based my designs more or less after some of the standards from the Thirty Years War.
In the end we went with the one that combined the device of the Barony of Carolingia and our unit’s mascot.
Then we got the supplies and had a little team bonding/project night working on the flag and also making more rubber band ammo for our RBG calivers.
This isn’t a how-to, so I’ll just show off some of the progress pics I took the standard coming together.
And the flag in action as some events this past summer.