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            MEMBERSHIP              

Membership of CROFT is open to individuals and families that are interested in learning about Celtic history and the Celtic lifestyle. Members are sponsored and supported in their individual interests whether it be learning a craft or trade, or learning something in the artistic world of the Celts.

Ideals of the Organization

  • Meeting others with an interest in socializing and discussing the ideals, trade crafts and lifestyles of the Celtic peoples from 400 BC until 1746 AD, with a strong interest in the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.
  • Creating an atmosphere of heritage, culture, history and family.
  • Belonging to an organization where members can learn, research, and recreate lost crafts.
  • Because we maintain the Celtic belief in the strength of our family, we discourage the use of rude or vulgar language, degrading or disparaging comments, any use of illegal drugs and use of alcohol at demonstrations.
We assist new members in assembling appropriate costume and developing a period character, as well as getting started in your craft or trade of interest. Members enjoy many benefits including participation in re-enactment activities, Renaissance Fairs, seasonal feasts and parties, character development and costume classes, and festival showcases.

Crafts and Trades

Members of CROFT enjoy a range of skills and crafts which they demonstrate at events and faires. Members have an opportunity to sell their crafts at some of these events.
The Skills & Crafts pages give detailed information on some of the skills, crafts and trades enjoyed by CROFT members.
CROFT's current List of Skills & Crafts possibilities for members has over 75 suggested  activities and the list is by no means exhaustive. Some of the more popular are:

Fibercrafts: spinning, weaving and dyeing; knitting, felting, rope and cord making; embroidery, netting and lace; sewing clothes, hats, purses and bags.
Metalworking: blacksmithing; bronze and silversmithing for jewelry and accessories; pewter and tin smithing; coin minting.
Leatherwork: skinning, tanning and dyeing; boots, shoes, belts and bags; stamping and carving leather.
Woodworking: wood turning; furniture: toys and games; spoon carving and other treen; building structures.
Weaponry: Bowyer; Fletcher; knife and sword smithing; targe and shield making; chain mail; gunsmithing.
Domestic: cooking and food preservation; costume and kilt folding; basketry and broom-making; glass, soap and candles; apothecary
Arts: painting and drawing; paper making; calligraphy; corndolly weaving; pottery; "seanachie" (story-teller); music and dance.

Costume

To participate in CROFT events you will need at least the basic costume. While our group covers the period from 400 BC to 1745 AD,  the Group's research suggests that 15th Century middle/merchant class Irish and Scottish costume is the most appropriate for events we attend; is fairly well documented; and is reasonably convenient and easiest to replicate.


Men and Boys - Basic Pieces

IrishScots
Leine (bag sleeve shirt, knee to ankle length)
Trews (trousers/pants). Cota/Ionar (short coat) if desired
Leather shoes/Boots
Head covering (Caubeen/Tam/straw hat)
Belt & pouch
Leine (full-sleeved shirt)
Trews (trousers/pants) or Great Kilt
Leather shoes/Boots (ghillies or pampooties)
Head covering (Tam-bonnet/straw hat)
Belt & pouch

Women and Girls – Basic Pieces

IrishScots
Leine (large sleeve shirt)
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Bog" dress (patterned on dresses discovered in boggy ground in Ireland)
Underskirt
Leather shoes/boots
Head covering (biggens/straw hat) 
Belt/Inkle strap & pouch
Chemise or Leine (loose sleeve blouse)
Bodice and overskirt
Underskirt
Leather shoes/boots
Head covering (biggens/straw hat)
Belt/Inkle strap & pouch

Possible Costume additions: Celtic brooch; H
ooded cape or cloak; "Brat", a large rectangular cloak (Irish); Arisaid, a plaid worn as a cloak (Scots woman).
Possible Accessories: Tools of the trade for demonstration; Utensils (bowl or plate, wooden spoon, ceramic/pewter tankard, period knife, and napkin);
Basket to carry tools and utensils; Plaid (4-6 feet of tartan wool-look fabric); Chair (in period or chair that can be covered with plaid); Cushions.

For more details see Costume Basics (PDF file)

Read CROFT's By-Laws, and download or print a Membership Application form.

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