2018 Festival Workshops

#1- “Regency Beauty Master Class”

Cost: $125(plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton) 

Time: Friday, July 13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The 2018 Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky will be hosting a one time only class taught by the Proprietress of LBCC Historical Apothecary (at the sign of the Golden Mayfly In The Mortar & Pestle) and Mrs. Mendenhall, the Proprietress of Virgil’s Fine Goods. These Lovely Ladies will be teaching a one time only regency hairdressing and cosmetic workshop in the “BEAUTY TENT” located between LBCC Historical and Virgil’s Fine Goods. Now is your chance to experience the lost art of historical hairdressing with instructions on maintenance, historical styling for your hair type and a demonstration on curling with original papillote and hair irons. Feel more confident in styling your own historical hair and learn some tips and tricks along the way. In addition, no morning toilette would be complete without proper cosmetics and skin care to gives force to your beauty. Learn and experience first hand, the precise and practical methods used for the application of cosmetics during Jane Austen’s time. Join us as we talk about the women’s toilette: cosmetics, skin care, and hairdressing in the regency period. 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. A large box set is included with this class.


#2- “Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Dressing The Hair in The Historical Manner”

Cost: $85 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 10:00-11:45 a.m.

Learn how to do your hair as it was done during the period in this workshop offered by Amber Mendenhall, proprietress of Virgil’s Fine Goods and the Hairdressers at the Sign of the Mortar and Pestle. Using only historical tools, techniques and products, participants will learn to play the part of “hairdresser” or “lady’s maid” to eachother and walk away with a beautifully styled coif. (Partners are not required for the class, but participants will be working with each other). A large box set and release form to use the original irons will be provided. 


#3- "Make a Canazou" with Mackenzie Sholtz from Fig Leaf Patterns

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

What is a Regency Era Canazou?!  It most closely resembles a sheer Spencer and is made from lightweight eyelet or fine muslin.  Some close in the front while others close in the back.  In this workshop you will receive a graded pattern with instructions as well as fabric to cut out your front closing fitting muslin.  Class will focus on sewing the canazou with period construction techniques.  Attention to individual fit will be given. 


#4 and #5-“The Comforts of Bath, A Most Discrete Inquiry- Creating Your Own Beauty Bath Cushion”

Cost: $65 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

The magnificent Roman Baths, stylish Georgian streets, and architecture make Bath a wonderful setting for Jane Austen’s Novel, “Persuasion”. This was the a Georgian city of high fashion, and genteel society, that Jane herself lived in for a period of time- but what about the Roman baths that were all the fashion? Lets delve into the cosmetic and medicinal aspect of this mysterious Regency fashion of bathing and taking the waters. Whether you preferred the public scene or a more romantic private setting of your own regency bath, we will make original regency herbed bath cushions to keep your bottoms not only comfortable, but also add pleasing and aromatic scents to your water, keeping your skin soft and delicate as Venus herself. Kits will be provided. NOTE: This is not a gluten free class (participants will be working with Barley and Wheat).


#6- “Writing in Austen’s England” by Benjamin Bartgis

Cost: $50 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will let participants try their hands at different aspects of writing in the Regency. Depending on the length of time available and number of participants, skills can include cutting a quill pen, practicing letters in a copybook with quill and iron gall ink, and writing, 'locking', and sealing a letter. Some shared materials will be provided (ink, inkwells, pounce) and participants can leave with materials such as a quill pen, sealed letter, practice journal, jar of ink, and book of copies.


#7 and #8-“Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Regency Hair Styling Basics”

Cost: $50 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 15th, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Learn how to do ones hair quickly and with modern products in this class offered by Amber Mendenhall, proprietress of Virgil’s Fine Goods and the Hairdressers at the Sign of the Mortar and Pestle. Participants will get a quick and dirty class on how to create pleasing hairstyles for the Regency Period and walk away with a lovely (and easy) coif!



#9 and #10- “Scent-Sational Regency Scents: Making Your Own Regency Perfume”

Cost: $65 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 14th, 3:15-4:15 p.m. and Sunday, July 15th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Throughout history cosmetics and perfumes were familiar toilette items for both sexes. They were used to express ideologies on beauty, health, status, luxury, and wealth. Be your own perfumer and embrace the Romance of the Regency Period. Learn a bit of the history behind the popular scents of the time and to create your own. We will break this ancient art down to make it simple, easy, and fun. Join us to create your very own Regency Perfume ( In a reproduced perfume bottle) tailored to you using natural flower oils, essences, and resins. All tools will be provided.


#11-“Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Historical Curling Techniques”

Cost: $45 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Beauty Workshop Tent (amongst the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Sunday, July 15th, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Learn how to curl ones hair to the utmost perfection with this workshop offered by Amber Mendenhall, proprietress of Virgil’s Fine Goods and the Hairdressers at the Sign of the Mortar and Pestle. This class will explore the curling tools & techniques used in the 18th and 19th centuries and give participants the opportunity to experiment on hair pieces. Release form to use original irons is required and will be provided.


#12- “Make your own Book” with Sir Brandon Vigliarolo, owner of Strano Books

Cost: $50 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field)

Time: Sunday, July 15th, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Attendees will be making a waste book--a simple bound book used as a journal, notebook, or ledger until they could get to their main book to transfer what was written in the waste book. 

Waste books will be small, around 3x5, 96 pages, and covered in paper (marbled, colored, etc) that participants can either bring or choose from the instructor's supply. Materials provided include: thread, needles, awls, and bone folders (awls and bone folders will be for participants to keep).


#13-“Make an Evening Kentucky Rose” by Camela Nitschke, owner of the Ribbonry

Cost: $45 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Workshop tent (in Quad Garden closest to the Parking Field)

Time: Sunday, July 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Roses are very definitive flowers in Kentucky! Inspired by a variety of Genus Rosa, this particular version looks like something that would have decorated Jane Austen’s hat or gown for an evening of dancing. Let it  enhance the shoulder or neckline of an your  Ball Gown, or something special destined for a memorable event! 

 Finished size measures about 3-1/2” in Diameter. It is made of a gold edged ombré organdy in a dark plum to a medium orchid color. It has two layers of petals and is centered with vintage pips, two moss green satin leaves , and an embroidered Bud.  The collection is completed with several loops of a very narrow  lavender and gold  picot edged French ribbon. All ribbon and supplies needed to finish a flower on a pin are included ,as are  easy to follow visual instructions for recreation in another ribbon of your choice!

Please bring a pair of sharp small, or embroidery scissors, a needle with a small eye, (so as not to create large holes in fibers) , and black, lavender, and moss green colored thread.