2017 Festival Workshops
2017 Festival Workshops
#1- String your own pearls by Andrea Amey, Cost: $100, Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field), Friday only: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Andrea Amey, a professional goldsmith for 27 years, will teach you how to string your own Swarovski Pearl necklace. You will receive a kit that includes all the tools, silk, Swarovski pearls for 1 necklace, rings to string on, and a stringing reference book. Each participant will leave with that kit and will be able to string other beads in the future from skills learned at the workshop. The cost includes all materials and tools needed.
This 2 hr Master Class is designed to give YOU a hands on, and fun experience while learning tips and tricks of the art of Regency Hairdressing and proper placement and use of Regency cosmetics. We will help you as you learn to preserve and add to your existing charms. Remember, “ The improvement of each woman is an indispensable duty and should not be neglected.” Join us as our two lovely Proprietress’ Ms. Schult and Mrs. Mendenhall delve into the art of the historical toilette to communicate the power of “pleasing” by extending the empire of your beauty.
Cosmetic Kit Includes: Sponge, Kohl, An Excellent Paint For The Face, A Red Lip Pomatum, A Fine Powder For the Face, Lavender/Lemon Hard Pomatum, Finest Hair Powder, Jasmine Soft Pomatum, Hair Pins, Silk Ribbon, Hair Curling Stick, Scented Hair Oil, Bloom Of Roses Sample, Rose Curling Ointment, Rose Water, Storage Box, Informational Hand Outs
#3- "I Take Pen in Hand..."- Historic Handwriting Basics, 1750-1850 by Brian Allison, Cost: $35 (plus Festival Admission), Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field), Saturday: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
This workshop covers an introduction to writing during the era. A brief prologue discusses the evolution of the art during the era. The transition from the quill pen to the earliest steel pens is covered, along with the evolution of paper and envelopes. Students then learn to cut a quill pen using traditional methods, under guidance from the instructor. Afterwards, they try their hand at penmanship, using iron-gall ink (provided by the instructor) made from an original recipe. The instructor will also provide a brief overview of sealing wax, wafers, and letter folding as practiced at the time. Each attendee will take home a quill pen cut by the instructor, along with the one of their own construction. In addition, each will be given a valuable handout with tips, instructions, and a list of suppliers and contacts to assist them in further exploration of the art of writing.
#4-"...Thus friends absent speak."- The Art of Correspondence, 1750-1850 by Brian Allison, Cost: $40 (plus Festival Admission), Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field), Sunday: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
In this workshop the students will learn about the lost art of the handwritten letter. The introduction provides a brief background and cover the many changes and advances that were made in writing, as well as the progress of the postal service during this era. Paper types and sizes and handwriting styles are described, and many of the arcane desk accessories that writers were familiar with are explained, including sealing wafers, wax jacks, and pounce pots. There is also a general introduction to the art of composition, including common introductions and closings, and letter structure. Afterward the students will try their hand at composing a letter in period style, with the instructor providing tips on how to make the letter sound natural, without falling into several common traps that can make it sound stilted. Finally, there is instruction on how to properly fold and seal a letter, and tips on how to add postal marks and the extra details that will "sell it" as being from the period. Once more, in addition to the quill pen (provided by the instructor), and the letter they create, the attendees will take home a packet of information summarizing the information learned, along with sources and suppliers allowing the student to continue his or her journey beyond the workshop.
#5- Netting a Reticule by Tim Nealeigh, Cost: $40 (plus Festival Admission), Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field), Saturday: 3:30-5:00 p.m. | Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of netting and will start a netted reticule. Participants will learn how to make the basic knot, how to make a uniform size of mesh, how to load the netting needle, how to increase meshes and how to join rows. The finishing of the reticule will be explained so that participants can complete it on their own.
Materials will include:
- Instructions for making the knot;
- 2 netting needles (one 6 ¾” and one 7 ½”);
- 3 netting gauges (one ¼”, one 5/16”, one 3/8”);
- cotton thread sufficient for completing the reticule;
- a weight to anchor the work.
Participants will supply their own scissors and a medium-sized sewing needle for undoing knots should mistakes occur (and they will).