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.

April 19, 2016

Regency Bonnet Workshop - 24-26 September 2016

You are invited to join our 3-day Regency Bonnet Workshop this September in Canberra, Australia. Contact Jane Austen Festival Australia for more information.

Kits containing buckram, taping, wire and mull will be provided and a salad buffet lunch will be offered.

Please bring:
  • 1 metre of silk taffeta or dupion
  • 50cm of your underbrim fabric - white or cream silk
  • any ribbons, feathers and flowers you wish to decorate with
  • Sewing Kit with large sharp fabric scissors, seam ripper, seam gauge or tape measure, machine & hand needles, craft scissors (for cutting buckram and paper), straight pins, clear ruler, pencils, eraser, coordinating thread to match your fashion fabric.
Registration: $150 

If you are unable to attend and wish for Aylwen to visit you to teach a workshop to your local group, please contact Jane Austen Festival Australia to make arrangements. Generally the fee is $250 day per group (plus $50 materials per person), the cost of return Qantas airfare to Canberra, hire car if a distance from airline hub, accommodation and meals. Aylwen is happy to accept billet accommodation and share meals in a non-smoking household. A series of workshops organised with several groups might enable you to share around and reduce the travel price. 

Example of buckram bonnet we'll be making

We'll make a buckram base that looks exactly like this.

You get to cover it with silk and make it look like one of these.

Teacher: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden

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