2019 Festival Workshops

Please vist the Registration Desk inside the Visitors' Center when you arrive at the Festival to check on current Workshop ticket availability.

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.

The masque was worn during Jane Austen’s day primarily for masquerade balls. Often thought to be more than a little shocking by the more strict set perhaps because the masquerade was a particular favorite of the rather scandalous Prince of Wales. Or perhaps because a good masque could entirely hide the wearer’s identity allowing behavior that would otherwise tarnish a good reputation. But whatever the reason controversy breeds popularity and the masquerade became extremely chic indeed. 


Attendees would often wear a costume that embodied an animal such as a peacock, a season like spring, a mythological character like Diana, a historical figure like Queen Elizabeth, or a costume representing another culture’s national costume. Of course there were many who just tried to look as attractive as possible by wearing a beautiful masque that matched their best dress. 

Our workshop will help you achieve any of these goals. To start, we will have a variety of paper mâchè masks in different sizes, shapes, and colors as a base. Then we will have a plethora of trims, laces, feathers, paint, glitter, gem stones, and filigree sequins with which to  use your creativity to decorate your dream masque. For those less creatively minded, we will also have qualified teachers and helpers as well as example masks and pictures for inspiration.  


#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.

Our workshop aims to round out the immersive experience of the Jane Austen Festival by teaching participants how to navigate polite society by making introductions and good acquaintances, demonstrating the skills and abilities needed to be considered accomplished without looking like Mary Bennet, knowing the in’s and out’s of this social hierarchy, and why all of this craziness was crucial to the success and livelihood of many unmarried women in want of a single man in possession of a good fortune. Each workshop will run for one hour and thirty minutes and both will cover the exact same material and include the same experience regardless if you choose workshop Part I or Part II.

What You’ll Learn

  • Dukes, Earls, and Esq.: Social Hierarchy during the Regency Era – A look at the
    social hierarchy of Regency era England. We will look at what exactly makes a gentleman a gentleman, how this hierarchy could effect your future, and the differences between the Gentry class and the Peerage.
  • Match Making for Success – How you could better your social standing by marriage, why money wasn’t everything, and why finishing schools became a popular tool for the daughters of the newly emerging middle class.
  • Coming Out in Society – A primer on all things proper concerning introductions, from how to introduce oneself and be presented to others, to how to properly use titles and show deference in curtsies.
  • Making Conversation – An exercise in polite conversations, including topics to discuss and topics to avoid, popular opinions of the time, and how to remain respectful and deferential during conversation.
  • An Accomplished Lady – An overview of the various skills attributed to accomplished young ladies of the time and a series of exercises to practice three of these skills.

What You’ll Get

  • Each participant will receive the aforementioned knowledge through an interactive lecture (read: Not Boring!)
  • The opportunity to make their own calling cards, necessary for making all of those important acquaintances.
  • A letter of introduction to the fine ladies of Spring Grove Cottage, securing you an invitation to their parlor for refreshments, cards, and agreeable conversation.
  • The opportunity to practice the accomplishments of art through sketching and watercolors, botany, and poetry in the creation of a ‘friendship journal’ based on several extants from the Regency era- the perfect memento for your experience at the Jane Austen Festival!

#3- “Hair-Powdering + Hairdressing Master Class; Powder, Pomatum, Pins, Rolls, & Poufs” by LBCC Historical Apothecary

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. This Lovely Lady 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 lovely Proprietress Mrs. Schult delves 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- 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**


#7- “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).


#8- “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.

Our workshop aims to round out the immersive experience of the Jane Austen Festival by teaching participants how to navigate polite society by making introductions and good acquaintances, demonstrating the skills and abilities needed to be considered accomplished without looking like Mary Bennet, knowing the in’s and out’s of this social hierarchy, and why all of this craziness was crucial to the success and livelihood of many unmarried women in want of a single man in possession of a good fortune. Each workshop will run for one hour and thirty minutes and both will cover the exact same material and include the same experience regardless if you choose workshop Part I or Part II.

What You’ll Learn

  • Dukes, Earls, and Esq.: Social Hierarchy during the Regency Era – A look at the
    social hierarchy of Regency era England. We will look at what exactly makes a gentleman a gentleman, how this hierarchy could effect your future, and the differences between the Gentry class and the Peerage.
  • Match Making for Success – How you could better your social standing by marriage, why money wasn’t everything, and why finishing schools became a popular tool for the daughters of the newly emerging middle class.
  • Coming Out in Society – A primer on all things proper concerning introductions, from how to introduce oneself and be presented to others, to how to properly use titles and show deference in curtsies.
  • Making Conversation – An exercise in polite conversations, including topics to discuss and topics to avoid, popular opinions of the time, and how to remain respectful and deferential during conversation.
  • An Accomplished Lady – An overview of the various skills attributed to accomplished young ladies of the time and a series of exercises to practice three of these skills.

What You’ll Get

  • Each participant will receive the aforementioned knowledge through an interactive lecture (read: Not Boring!)
  • The opportunity to make their own calling cards, necessary for making all of those important acquaintances.
  • A letter of introduction to the fine ladies of Spring Grove Cottage, securing you an invitation to their parlor for refreshments, cards, and agreeable conversation.
  • The opportunity to practice the accomplishments of art through sketching and watercolors, botany, and poetry in the creation of a ‘friendship journal’ based on several extants from the Regency era- the perfect memento for your experience at the Jane Austen Festival!


 #9- 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.


#10- 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**


#11-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.


#12- 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.