12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

May 01, 2011

Limited-attendance sewing workshops at JAFA 2012 - a quick peep

Just added: Four limited attendance workshops for 2012 - they'll be added as we approve applications, so if you have a workshop you wish to present, make sure you contact us by the 29 August 2011.

Beginning Embroidery – Regency Reticule (limited to 15)
Students will learn the basics of surface embroidery while making a regency-era monogrammed reticule. We will cover backstitch, whipped backstitch, chain stitch, detached chain (lazy daisy) and outline stitch. Do the embroidery in class and make up the reticule at home.

Make a Regency Dolls Dress (limited to 15)
Cut out and start sewing your own regency doll's dress.

The Cure for "Gaposis" - Methods for closing the back of your regency gown (limited to 15)
Frustrated with trying to figure out how to close your bodice? Students will learn a method for installing and will hand sew an example to take home with them.

Pre-festival Regency Bonnet Workshop (limited to 15, 11-12 April 2012.)
A two-day workshop featuring a sewing demonstration by a historic costume maker, followed by the opportunity to make a bonnet using Regency sewing techniques.
Cost for class & materials $150 (This class is not included in the Jane Austen Festival Australia Season Ticket)

Corded Stays - Close-up Analysis & Demonstration - (limited to 15)
Regency corsets were not as restrictive as their Georgian and Victorian relations, and many featured corded supports. Have a look at an antique full-length corded corset from the late regency period and see how it was made. Learn how you can make your own modern reproductions of full length or short stays and make a cording sampler to take away with you.

Quilted Regency Coats - (limited to 15)
Regency coats were worn to keep the wearer both warm and dry. Stitching patterns were used to hold the wadding in place, and often these stitches were just as beautiful a design as the garment itself. See an antique regency coat up close and study how it was put together. Workshop participants will then make a copy of its collar.

Pre-festival Regency Dress Making Workshops - (limited to 6) 
Under the eye of historical costumer, Aylwen Gardiner-Garden in her Canberra studio, make your own regency gown to wear to Jane Austen Festival in April.
26-27 November 2011
28-29 January 2012
24-25 March 2012

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