Jane Austen Fest Workshops

Presented by Dr. Ann Wass

Women in Jane Austen’s time generally had hand sewing (or “work”) to do. Some of it was portable. A woman could put it in her workbag with her sewing supplies and take it along on visits so her hands were busy as she chatted with her hostess. 

In this workshop, you will be provided with pre-cut fabric pieces in a variety of prints along with the notions and sewing supplies you will need to complete your bag. 

A basic knowledge of hand sewing stiches is required. 

Presented by Randy Woods

Members of one of the oldest Lawn Bowling clubs in the country will teach the workshop. There is evidence that Lawn Bowling dates back 5000 years. Bowling was so well established in England by 1299 AD that a group of players organized the Southhampton Old Bowling Green Club and is the oldest established bowling club in the world that is still active. In the Regency era, Lawn Bowling was considered appropriate for Ladies, so join us Ladies for this active workshop and learn more. Wearing Flat Shoes are recommended.

Presented by Kathryn Page

No Regency woman left the house without a bonnet. Create your own silk Poke hat or Turban in our creative hands-on workshop.
Milliner Kathryn Page will show you how to complete your regency look and style your own hat with provided materials.

Price $59.00


Presented by Nikki Herbst

Have a ball as you watch and learn Regency dancing! Simple, Easy, Usually Elegant, & Always Fun.

Our caller, will show you how its done!  No dance experience or partners required. You may dress in regency or modern attire, just be comfortable.

Presented by Kathryn Page

Presented by Katherine Page. Regency women always wore something on their head. Frequently in the late afternoon or evening they wore a turban. Create your own turban in our creative hands on workshop. Milliner Katherine Page will show you how to complete your Regency look and style your own turban with provided materials.

Presented by Jennifer Stacey

Sense and Sensibility of Paper Quilling

Workshop 1 - This workshop will teach the the basic techniques of the wonderful art of paper quilling. Paper quilling uses paper strips that are cut, curled, and shaped to create designs. It’s origins can be traced back to the 15th Century; it was very popular in England during the 18th century and was considered a “proper pastime” for young women. It is mentioned in both Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. It is easy to learn and you will create a beautiful Valentine card to take home.

Presented by Rosemary Brown

Each student will create a stained glass cactus that needs no water! No experience needed. Each person will solder the stained glass together, assemble and decorate it into a terra cotta pot. This is a 2 hour workshop. Materials included.

Presented by Maureen J. Patrick, M.L.A.

If you leapt out of a time machine into Bath or London in 1815, you’d want to be armed with a few things to help you navigate the ton. Chief among them would be the cut. Designed to show anything from disdain to grave insult, the cut was recognized in four major forms, though variations were legion. In Part One of this wholly for-fun and interactive workshop, attendees will take their places on a Regency sidewalk and enact the cuts until they are perfected!

This is a sequel to the 2022 Workshop. A small but select grammar of Regency Era verbal insults (none obscene or profane) will be shared so that the victim of the cut may respond – lustily and with any extemporaneous embellishments that spring to mind!

Presented by Lee Kline

Before cameras, a single young lady or gentleman’s personal memories might have been recorded in a small sketchbook.  The medium was often pencil, pen and ink or watercolor.  He or she may have sketched members of his or her family, country scenes or perhaps a certain young woman or young man.
Lee Kline, a retired graphic designer, has kept a sketchbook for many years.  Please join him for a two-hour class in The Art of the Sketchbook.