“The Buzz” noon–1pm
Come early, catch up with friends, meet new people—get the latest buzz. We'll be talking about this year's Challenge Event. So if you were considering participating, stop by and find out what it's all about. Coffee and tea will be provided; snacks to share are always welcome.
1pm–1:45pm The Process of Putting Together a Great Kit
What are the steps to creating a really terrific kit? We will explore where to start, how to document your choices using primary sources, as well as selecting appropriate patterns and fabric. Most importantly, we'll look at the elements that set an impression apart, from the fit to the details. Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced reenactor who would like to get to the next level of accuracy, you should find this helpful.
Breakout Sessions 2pm–4pm
Newbie Clinic for Women
By watching our models transform into their 18th century selves, you'll learn about how to build your kit from the inside out and from head to toe.
Kit Tune up for Men
Fixing Baggie Breeches & Wobbly Waistcoats: A good fit can dramatically improve the look of your small clothes, even if you bought them off the rack. Bring your ill-fitting breeches and waistcoat and learn the simple methods you need to know to give them a proper 18th century fit.
Converting your Center Front Closing Gown into A Stomacher/Robings Gown
If you have some leftover fabric (or a matching petticoat) you can easily make your center front closing gown into a stomacher front gown—a style that is more appropriate for Battle Road/pre 1780's New England.
Darning a Sock
Have you blown out the heel of your stocking? Ripped a hole in them running through the woods? Learn how to repair the damage! Save your stockings with this useful skill.
Hand Sewing 101
Are you taking any of the clothing workshops this year? Considering hand sewing a garment but don't know where to start? Join us for a primer on basic hand sewing—from what kind of needle to select to mastering the basic stitches you'll need to know. You will make a small drawstring bag.
Finishing Your Shift
Have you finished the shift you started at a previous Hive workshop? If you need an little motivation or help restarting your shift project, join Sharon for a shift sewing circle.