2019 Festival Workshops

11th ANNUAL JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

#1- “Making Your Own Mask” by Matti's Millinery

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Friday, July 12th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


#2- “An Accomplished Lady- Part 1” by The Dutch Milliners

Cost: $45 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Friday, July 12th, 7:30-9:00 p.m.


#3- “Hair-Powdering + Hairdressing Master Class; Powder, Pomatum, Pins, Rolls, & Poufs” by LBCC Historical Apothecary and Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $135 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Friday, July 12th, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The 2019 Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky will be hosting a one time only class taught by Mrs. Schult, Proprietress of LBCC Historical Apothecary and Mrs. Mendenhall, Proprietress of Virgil’s Fine Goods. These Lovely Ladies will be teaching a hands on hair-powdering and hairdressing technique workshop in the “BEAUTY TENT” located by LBCC Historical Apothecary. Now is your chance to experience the peculiar art of proper historical hair powdering, with instructions on pomatum, pins, rolls, and poufs. Practice your application techniques and learn how to use historical accessories to get height, buckles, hair rolls, and more. Learn what an improper hair powdering application looks like and why it’s important to properly powder your lovely locks. We will be actively powdering and pomading together making you feel more confident in styling your own historical hair. Learn some or our tips and tricks along the way and class attendees will have time to ask us questions.

Join us is this limited edition one time class, as we talk about Hair-Powdering and Hairdressing. This 3 hr Master Class is designed to give YOU a hands on, and fun experience while learning tips and tricks of the proper art of Hairdressing, powder, pins, rolls, & pouf placement. 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’ Mrs. Schult and Mrs. Mendenhall delve into the art of the historical hair powdering and dressing. An extra large box set is included with this class. **Seating is limited**


#4- “Jane Austen Regency Tea Blending and Tea Leaf Reading” by LBCC Historical

Cost: $65 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 10:00-11:30 a.m. AND Sunday, July 14th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Relax in Bath with your variation of our Regency Herbal Tea recipes. Tea and Jane Austen go hand in hand- so let’s blend some tea- Austen style. Join us to learn a bit about Regency tea history, flavorful and medicinal herbs, and how they played a part in the historical blending of medicinal apothecary teas. Head on over to LBCC Historical and embark on a journey of tea herbals, their origins, evolution, and learn fun parlor games like Tea Leaf Reading called the art of "throwing cups”! Each participant will enjoy blending their own unique herbal tea and leave with a cup and saucer, storage reticule, and the basic knowledge to create delicious Regency blends that Jane would be proud of and the ability to begin reading your own fortunes in tea leaves! **Seating is limited**


#5- “Working with Scale Patterns and the Basics of Grading” by Mackenzie Scholtz from Fig Leaf Patterns

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This workshop will begin with a brief overview of how commercial patterns are made and graded. A hand out will be included. Then, Mackenzie will demonstrate how to take that information and work with an original garment as an example and how to figure out to fitting your own body.  Scaled patterns will be included so each participant can try adjusting a pattern. Also included are tips on how to correct some common fitting issues on a muslin and how that translates to updating the pattern to fit your body.

Participants encouraged to bring their own muslins with problems and/or questions.


#6- "Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Dressing the Hair in the Historical Manner" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $95 (plus Festival Admission)
Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)
Time: Saturday, July 13th, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.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. 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 eachother. A large box set and release form to use the original irons will be provided.


#7- Scent-Sational: Making Your Own Regency Fragrances and Perfumes” by LBCC Historical

Cost: $65 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 12:30-2:00 p.m. AND Sunday, July 14th, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Throughout history scented ointments 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. **Seating is limited**


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

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. AND Sunday, July 14th, 11:00-12:30 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).


#9- "You Shall Not Pass: Garters Workshop" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $75 (plus Festival Admission) 

Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Learn how to make and embroider your own stylish garters with [or without] a saucy saying that will make even Mr. Wickham blush. Basic knowledge of hand stitching required. Participants must bring their own needles, thimbles, pins and scissors. Kit with embroidery thread, assembly booklet, fabric and other materials included. Taught by Amber Mendenhall, Proprietress of Virgil's Fine Goods.


#10- “An Accomplished Lady- Part 2” by The Dutch Milliners

Cost: $45 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


#11- "Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Regency Hair Styling Basics" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission) 

Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 3:00-4:30 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. 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!


 #12- Thus Friends Absent Speak: Letter Writing in the 19th Century

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

"I have now attained the true art of letter-writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth." - Jane Austen.

Learn the art of correspondence as it was practiced in the Regency period. From the proper paper and ink, to thinking like a 19th century writer, to properly folding and sealing a letter, to the reproduction of postal marks, this workshop will take you through the steps necessary to replicate a truly convincing period-style letter. In addition to the letters we will create, all participants will receive two quill pens cut by the instructor, and a valuable handout full of information and suppliers for those who wish to continue their study of period handwriting.


#13- Put Your Best Face Forward: The Art & Application Of Regency Cosmetics” by LBCC Historical

Cost: $70 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Saturday, July 13th, 3:30-5:00 p.m. AND Sunday, July 14th, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Join Mrs. Schult, proprietress of LBCC Historical Apothecary in the Beauty Tent for a Regency Cosmetic workshop. No morning toilette would be complete without proper cosmetics and skin care in order to give force to ones own 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: skincare, cosmetics and their application. Now is your chance to learn the finite art of applying original recipe Regency Cosmetics. Instruction will be given so that “You may attain a natural rosy color and such a lively cheerfulness as shall not only make you look like natures workmanship, but also put admiration into the beholders, and fix them in a belief that you are the greatest of Regency Beauties.”

Join us for a wonderful workshop that brings makeup and history to life. We will learn the tips and tricks of what was considered beautiful in the Regency period as well as how to properly apply these original products. You will receive your own class kit filled with reproduced products from the period. Join LBCC Historical and experience what your skincare and makeup routine would have been like in Jane Austen’s time. **Seating is limited**


#14-Veiled in lace: An Introduction to Tambour Embroidery on Lace" by Hannah Stoppel

Cost: $175 (plus Festival Admission)

Location: Visitors' Center (in the Gallery)

Time: Sunday, July 14th, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The workshop will be making a Bonnet veil that measure 20"by 30" with small Tambour embroidery border. There will be a choice of two designs for one and for the other.


#15- "Fixed Turban Workshop" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $85 (plus Festival Admission) 

Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Sunday, July 14th, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bad Hair Day? Put a turban on it! Learn how to make your own fixed-turban with this 2.5 hour class. Participants should bring their own 1-2 yards of fabric, scissors, needles, matching thread, and thimbles. Turban base and pattern/style booklet will be provided. Participants should leave the workshop with a nearly-finished turban and have the techniques learned to finish it. This will be a small, limited capacity class to provide more in-depth construction to each individual.Taught by Amber Mendenhall, Proprietress of Virgil's Fine Goods.


#16- Secrets, Spies, and Lovers: The Art of Discreet Correspondence

Cost: $60 (plus Festival Admission)

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

Time: Sunday, July 14th, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

"Every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies."- Jane Austen

Jane Austen's era was an era of intrigue, as conflict dominated the world stage. It was a time when, more than ever, it became important to hide one's innermost thoughts. In this workshop we'll explore the methods used by spies, diplomats, royalty, and star-crossed lovers to keep their deepest secrets hidden. Codes and ciphers, invisible ink, secure methods of folding and sealing letters, and ways to communicate discreetly will be covered. All participants will receive two quill pens, cut by the author, a small vial of invisible ink, and a most informative packet of information to serve as an introduction to period methods of confidential communication.


#17- "Every Woman Her Own Hairdresser: Historical Curling Techniques" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $50 (plus Festival Admission) 

Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Sunday, July 14th, 1:00-2:00 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. This class will explore the curling tools & techniques used in the 18th and 19th centuries and give participants the opportunity to experiment on real hair pieces. Release form to use original irons is required and will be provided.


#18- "Turban Wrapping Workshop" by Virgil's Fine Goods

Cost: $40 (plus Festival Admission) 

Location: Virgil's Fine Goods Workshop Tent (within the Shoppes of Meryton)

Time: Sunday, July 14th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Use lengths of fabric to create pleasing turbans/wraps for your Regency ensemble based on portraits and images from the time.  Participants can bring their own fabrics or scarves or learn to wrap with the ones provided.  Taught by Amber Mendenhall, Proprietress of Virgil's Fine Goods.