Kataryna Tkach

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Also known as Kataryna Dragonweaver
Resides: Borealis
Date Started: 1988
Awards: Visit the Avacal Order of Precedence to access a list of this person's awards.


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Mistress Kataryna, OL is often found teaching classes or at the organization table for many of them - especially Quad War. Recently has been primary host and contact for the Outdoor Artisan Days that occurs the week after Quad War.

Within Avacal she is most known for being the Creator of the Avacal Bard's Book, available printed and online at http://avacal-bardic.katarynas.net/[1].

Within the SCA she is probably most known for her Compleat Anachronist Issue #169 10/2015 Decorated Eggs and Pysanky or her multiple posts on the science of Bast Fibers and their production on the various Flax to Linen or Nettles for Textiles groups... some of which can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/suesscienceandhistory [2] or here: http://www.katarynas.net[3]



  • Obsessed with the history of decorated eggs from anywhere. (Not the symbols but the processes used to make them)
  • The hand processing of various Bast fibers (Flax, Hemp, and Nettle)
  • The beginnings of Ukrainian culture during the SCA period (Ukraine-centric research compared to Russia-centric research)
  • Music - English language music (celtic, period, folk tune collecting) & Byzantine music
  • Storytelling and the role of stories and songs within the culture of the SCA. (Yes - I collect filk)
  • Slavic and Eastern European Pottery... but it's been skewing towards Islamic recently.
  • Making Kilns and Ovens
  • While not a direct interest, I have a wealth of information on Ukrainian period clothing I've been collecting for the last 5 years, I'm slowly making it available to others as it's translated... but with all my other interests becoming a garb maven is doubtful.

Interests and varied projects are detailed at www.katarynas.net[4]


  • Award of Arms (An Tir) By: Aveloc the Younger, Mahliqa bint Ali Zibec Oct 27, 2001 (AS XXXVI)
  • Golden Flame (Avacal) By: Vik Vikingsson, Inga the Unfettered Jun 30, 2002 (AS XXXVII)
  • Jambe de Lion (An Tir) By: Davin Steingrimsson, Groa Mar 1, 2003 (AS XXXVII)
  • Wolfs Paw (Borealis Old) ->(Borealis) By: Magnus the Hunter, Sidonia Dokianos Mar 13, 2003 (AS XXXVII)
  • Rose Petal (Montengarde) By: Thorwulf Bjornsson, Sine Peregrina Oct 25, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)
  • Golden Link (Montengarde) By: Thorwulf Bjornsson, Sine Peregrina Oct 25, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)
  • Fellowship of the University of Avacal (Avacal) By: Steinn Vikingsson, Gemma Meena of Cur Elmo's Keep Mar 10, 2007 (AS XLI)
  • Goutte de Sang (An Tir) By: Vik Vikingsson, Inga the Unfettered Jun 13, 2009 (AS XLIV)
  • Magistar of the University of Avacal (Avacal) By: Aiden ap Grindall, Issabbella Kendal of Raven's Rift Feb 26, 2011 (AS XLV)
  • Princess' Knott (Avacal) By: Issabbella Kendal of Raven's Rift Jul 30, 2011 (AS XLVI)
  • Throne Favor (Avacal) By: Aiden ap Grindall, Issabbella Kendal of Raven's Rift Jul 30, 2011 (AS XLVI)
  • Gilded Griffin (Avacal) By: Toryn Davinson, Torin the Littlest Viking, Evya Toryn Wyfe Jun 21, 2014 (AS XLIX)
  • Golden Letter (Borealis) By: Reme the Burgundian, Divera della Cava Dec 13, 2014 (AS XLIX)
  • Laurel (Avacal) By: Albrecht von Rügen, Nasheeta Al-Rakkasa Machiavelli Nov 7, 2015 (AS L)
  • Champion of Bardic (Borealis) Dec 12, 2015 (AS L) through Dec 10, 2016 (AS LI)
  • Throne Favor (Avacal) By: Arnsbjorn Tiernanson, Inga in hraustliga Nov 19, 2016 (AS LI)
  • Baroness's Favor (Borealis) By: Olena Borisova Dec 9, 2017 (AS LII)


Borealis Bardic Champion 2015 - 2016

Classes Taught

  • Beginner Recorder – first taught 2009
  • Beginning Pottery (hand building) - first taught 2002
  • Medieval Kilns – first taught 2002
  • Documenting the Un-documentable, a guide to indirect documentation – first taught 2005
  • Documenting Tales/Story-telling – first taught 2004
  • An Introduction to Byzantine Music – taught 2004
  • Bardiquette (aka Bardic Etiquette) – first taught 2000
  • Period Egg Decoration (Acid Etching of Eggs) – first taught 2003
  • Ukrainian Egg Decoration – first taught 2000
  • Ribbon Dragon Decorations – first taught 1994
  • Bast Fiber Processing - first taught 2013
  • Historical Hemp Processing - first taught 2011
  • Medieval instrumental Jam session - first hosted 2018
  • Judging A&S - first taught 2016
  • Documentation for A&S - first taught 2017
  • Science up your A&S projects - first taught 2017
  • Genetics for medieval Foodies - first taught 2018
  • How can genetic research inform us about the middle ages? - first taught 2019



Harrow’s Cross Webminister and Chronicler Mar 2002 – May 2005
Avacal Bardic Officer Aug 2002-Aug 2005
THUA Southwest Chancellor May 2005-Sept 2007
Avacal A&S Drop-Dead Deputy 2009-2010
Avacal THUA Northwest Chancellor 2010-2015
TUA Regent June 2015 - 2018

Events and Organizational Roles

  • Co-Autocrat Bardic and Performance Arts Collegium September 2002
  • Web Minister for bards.avacal.net 2002-present
  • THUA Organizer May Days 2004
  • Quad War Bardic Organizer 2004
  • Bard Wars Organizer for Winter War 2004-2007
  • Judge KBC AnTir 2003-2005
  • Judge KA&S AnTir championship 2004-2005
  • Judge Avacal A&S championship 1999-2018
  • Score-keeper Avacal A&S championship 2004-2012
  • Quad War THUA organizer – Aug 2009
  • Borealis Yule Bardic and Dance THUA organizer – Dec 2009
  • Oven (communal wood oven) and Kiln maintenance Quad War Site 2002-present
  • Editor of the Avacal Bards Book – 1998-present
  • Judge KA&S Avacal - 2015-present
  • Quad War THUA organizer – Aug 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Outdoor Artisan Days Host - Aug 2018, Aug 2019
  • Troll, Kitchen help, Event planning committee, A&S demo setup, Bardic corner organizer for more events then can be counted.


She has two Personas:
For the winter she is a musician (flute player) from 16th century Lviv (1590's) and hopes to find a place in plays flute in the orchestra for the Polish court of Prince Władysław IV (The king of the time being Sigismund III). (at that time the area was ruled by Polish-Lithuania and was an area that is the start of the Cossack Hetmanates (early Ukraine)).

For the summer she is lady of wealth who runs her own farm near Kyiv in the 12th century and is known as a worker of Linen/Hempen fiber, avid vegetable gardener and grower of an orchard who produces pickles and sauerkraut, and sometimes makes baskets and pottery. (This is just after the disintegration of Kyivian Rus and the area has a bunch of names - Galicia-Volhynia, and Halych-Volyn being the most common)