Needle & Threat

(A Sharp & Pointy Event)

The Shire of Rokeclif is hosting this day of sewing and fencing.

Needle & Threat October 28, 2023 La Crosse Masonic Lodge 118 8th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601 Google Map

PLEASE preregister by October 14 so we can have an estimate of the number of attendees.

We also have access to a very large kitchen and a great hall. Site is wet but any alcohol consumption must be done in the building.

Site opens at 9:00am and closes at 7:00pm. Gate closes at 1:00pm.

  • Registration: $15
  • Registration with Member Discount: $10
  • Children 0-17: Free
  • Lunch: $7, menu below

SILENT AUCTION: We are also having a silent auction as a fundraiser for our shire. Please bring something that would be of interest to SCA folks. And CASH ONLY for bidding. Thanks!


  • AmericInn – 1835 Rose St, La Crosse, WI 54603
  • Hampton Inn – 511 3rd St N, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Super8 – 1625 Rose St, La Crosse, WI 54603
  • Motel 6 – 2150 Rose St, La Crosse, WI 54603


  • Event Steward: Lady Merdyne Thorburn (Laura Springer) –, 608-385-1177
  • Teacher Liaison: Lady Merdyne Thorburn (Laura Springer) –, 608-385-1177
  • Rapier Marshal: Lady Shulamith von Schmetterling  (Gwen Chadwick) –
  • Gate Coordinator: Lord Marcel Le Rous, Exchequer (Alan Raven Hockersmith)
  • Lunch Coordinator: Domina Umbricia Valeriana (Krissy Kaiser) –


We are looking for more teachers and classes. If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact our Teacher Liaison.

We request that teachers prepay their registration to secure your spot in our limited number of rooms. Teachers will also get their lunch paid for by the Shire of Rokeclif.

Pre-payment for teachers can be sent to:
Laura Springer
227 Liberty St Apt 1
La Crosse WI 54603

Checks need to be made payable to: SCA WI INC Shire of Rokeclif

Class descriptions and schedule will be included in the handouts at the event. Here is a current list of planned classes:

  • Splendid Textiles – introduction to far east textiles
  • How to Scent Your World – CLASS LIMIT 8 FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION introduction to the world of fragrant textiles
  • Fitting a Bodice by Yourself – a crash course
  • Intro to Brocade Tablet Weaving – CLASS LIMIT 6 History of brocade weaving
  • Hand-cut Fletches – from feather to fletch
  • It Doesn’t Sound the Way it Looks – wrapping your brain around Gaelic names
  • Passing your First Authorization – ARMOR NEEDED class to demystify the authorization process
  • You did WHAT this summer – sharing research from travels to German church treasuries and museums

Rapier Activities

  • Cut & Thrust Tournament – Lord Yague Antolinez ( Nathan Wichman) will be running a short sword C&T tournament (maximum blade length 36″ from tip to quillon, and encourages use of arming swords, sabres, or sideswords).


  • Beef & Veggie Soup*
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Various Fruits

* If you need a vegetarian option, please contact our Lunch Coordinator ahead of time.