Jane Austen Fest Workshops

Presented by: Dr. Ann Wass

In 1815 Jane Austen visited her brother In London as she was negotiating the writing of her novel, EMMA. While there, she visited the Prince Regent’s London residence, Carlton House, where the librarian gave her a tour. And, she and her niece, Fanny, took advantage of the many fine shops in London. (Fanny had a “letter full of Commissions” to fill for those back home.) Participants of the workshop will receive an assortment of fashion plates for the year 1815 and some newspaper advertisements from London shops. With these, participants will cut and paste to create their ow fashion album. Includes materials. Workshop limited to 20 students.

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 $65.00


Presented By Gillian Beck

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

Gillian Beck, Regency Dance Master Extraordinaire, 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 Jan Yoshioka

Saturday Class (Beginner)

This "Beginner" 3-hour workshop will teach you the basic techniques of this beautiful old art form using paper strips that are cut, curled and shaped to create designs. Paper quilling is a decorative art, and its 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. Quilling 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 Jan Yoshioka

Sunday Class (Intermediate)

This "Intermediate" 3-hour workshop will take your knowledge of Paper Quilling to the next level by learning a few new techniques to enhance your designs. (If you have some prior knowledge of Quilling but missed the Beginner Workshop on Saturday, you are still welcome to join in!) It is easy to learn and you will create a beautiful "Regency Bonnet" card to take home.

Presented By: Rosemary Brown

Each  student will complete 3 piece heart.After a cutting lesson: They will cut the colored glass, solder and decorate the project. This brilliantly colored heart can hang on your window above your kitchen sink. Students will cut the colored glass, solder and decorate the heart. This is a 2 to 2 1/2 hour workshop. Materials included.

Aside from sheltering delicate skin from the sun or hair from the elements or protecting one’s head in drafty rooms. Headdresses denoted class and economic status, as well as fashion sense and one’s marital state. For this workshop bring your creativity.

Presented Bt: 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!

Part Two of the workshop takes place alongside Part One. 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!