(be sure to scroll down to see details as we add them to the events)
We are planning for a date in late April, depending on flower bloom and availability of tea host.
Sandra and Sara are working with White Branches Tearoom in Mt. Vernon. More details to come!
Late Spring (May or June 2024)
At the first date, we will host a Costume Workshop where we will learn about putting together a Regency outfit, from corsets to spencers. Tips on making costumes from found clothing, sari’s, and other fabric options will be discussed. At a 2nd date, using the information we gained from the costume workshop, we will get together for a Sari Safari and shop till we drop!
Sara is working on this event and the location will be in a library meeting room.
Mid July 2024.
Cynthia is working with Lakewold Gardens to organize a tour and picnic. More info to come.
Details are still being worked out. Stay Tuned!
January 4, 2025
Wells Hall, Tacoma
Details are being worked out. Stay Tuned!
(No kill) Regency Hunt and A Hunt Breakfast
some autumn day post pandemic – perhaps late 2023
with the Woodbrook Hunt Club in Lakewood
Cards, fun costumes, snacks, and a Regency swap meet
at a public library or similar location?
Join us for a sewing day!
We have had a lot of fun and made a lot of progress on projects when we meet up and help each other with our costuming. We are negotiating with spaces and plan more of these “sewing days” this year — follow this space for more information soon!
A weekend getaway with other Regency enthusiasts at a scenic location!
July 16, 2023
Regency House Party – June 10, 2023
Our friends at Puget Sound JASNA held a Regency House Party on June 10th at the Women’s University Club in Downtown Seattle with a fashion show (starring WRS Members), presentations, games, dinner and a ball in the evening!
Many enjoyed looking at tulips and shopping before the tea.
Library Sewing Meet-Up
Saturday, April 1, 2023
[this is not a joke]
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Fern Hill Library
765 S 84th St, Tacoma, WA 98444
Library Sewing Meet-Up
Saturday, March 18, 2023
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Federal Way Library
34200 1st Way South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Frustrated with thick, modern quilting cottons when you are trying to make a diaphanous
Regency gown? Looking for metallic trims to sparkle in candlelight? That perfect shawl?
Join the Washington Regency Society on a Sari Safari!
Sari/saree cotton is similar to the thin, hand woven cotton available in the Regency era
and members have made a number of gowns from fabrics from these shops.
We met at a WRS member’s house in Renton (near IKEA) and carpooled a few
minutes away to Kent where a number of sari shops are located. We provided tips
and tricks for shopping – such as which shops have more trims, shawls or fabric – and
rendezvous after for show and share with tea.
Regency Dance lesson from 3-4:30
Dancing led by Regency Dance Caller Alan Winston
with Music provided by Anita Anderson, Sande Gillette and Betsy Cooper
Dessert bar including traditional Twelfth Night Cakes
Dance ended at 10 with final waltz
Discussed of upcoming WRS Events
THE MASKED BALL – Jan 7, 2023
RETREAT at Camp Casey – Sep 8, 2023
south end of the Woodland Park Zoo at the corner of Fremont Ave N. and N. 50th St. in Seattle
The stroll was in a public garden
Here is a link to more information about the Kubota Garden.
Another virtual gathering with time to connect with one another and catch up on members sewing projects.
There will be a brief look at the frippery known as a FICHU.
Sandra will present some information and pictures of the Regency period fichu and how it was worn.
Some fichus were embroidered so an example of that type of work will be reviewed including how to make one for yourself.
Cynthia showed us Regency appropriate fabrics, shoes & accessories all from the thrift stores!
She gave us yardages for items to hone your shopping and showed actual items made from thrift store find– including fabrics, gowns , hat forms, shoes & shawls.
Ruth Haring shared a fascinating presentation on Regency Valentines. Information on practices during the Regency as well as showed examples of antique Valentine cards.
There were no boxed sets of Valentines back then, so each card was unique and sometimes even quite elaborate.
Ruth’s dolls were excited to invite you and your dolls to participate in a Holiday tea party and stitch-in! Dolls were popular during the Regency. Ruth gave a short slide show on dolls of the period.
In the picture above, Cora, Eliza, Georgiana, Isobel, and Jane (left to right), are ready to share a cup of tea and they have their work table all ready to go. These dolls are contemporary recreations designed by doll artist Gail Wilson. The doll in the middle represents a Georgian doll, while the others are recreations of the Hitty and Izannah Walker from later periods.
The dolls of the Regency Period were primarily made of wood. These are known today as Peg Wooden dolls. Ruth showed slides of a few examples of these dolls as well as the more elaborate Georgian dolls which preceded them, and the dolls which Queen Victoria played with at Kensington Palace. After the slide show, there was plenty of work time as well as Show and Tell and sharing what everyone is working on.
The Woodbrook Hunt invited us back to attend the Blessing of the Hounds event on December 11th, 2021 11 am at their club house near Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM).
Your Leadership Board has offered a monthly sewing get together. These virtual get togethers were excellent for learning new skills, being inspired by others work and ideas, and for meeting likeminded people.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 Hosted by Ruth Haring
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021, 10 am Hosted by Cynthia Nordlund
Theme was completing the Soft Topped bonnet.
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1 pm Hosted by Sandra Slover
Included a presentation about White on White Embroidery
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1 pm — Hosted by Sara P
Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1 pm– Hosted by Sandra Slover
Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 10 am — Hosted by Cynthia Nordlund
— summer break —
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 1 pm — Hosted by Sara P
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 10 am — Hosted by Cynthia Nordlund
Saturday, November 13, 2021 1-3 p.m. — hosted by Sandra Slover
Sandra gave us information on historical pocketbooks!
Saturday, December 11, 2021
A Doll’s Tea Party — hosted by Ruth
Our first “In Person” event since the Pandemic started was the
SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021 AT 11 AM – 2 PM
We gathered (appropriately socially distanced and wearing masks) at the Highline Botanical Garden and enjoyed the beauty of the garden. Individual family groupings had picnics while others chose to just promenade and repair elsewhere for refreshments. It was a delightful, and safe, outing.
Soft-top Bonnet Workshop
Ruth Haring showed us how to complete a soft topped bonnet with a straw brim. Ruth has been making these for herself and her daughters for years and will share some of her newest tips.
Gather via Zoom in your own safe space for tea, talk and maybe a little hand sewing – it’s up to you how far you take the fun. As always, Regency costume is admired but not required.
POSTPONED AS THE LADY WASHINGTON IS NOT SAILING OUTSIDE OF HER HOME HARBOR THIS YEAR
Summer Picnic and Performances
Washington Regency Society’s Summer Virtual Picnic
We all take to our own gardens with our own picnics, where we will meet virtually Via ZOOM !
Set up your tea table, don your Regency Sunday best, re-trim your bonnet! ~ Of course Costumes admired but not required!
We can gather in our Morning dress or “dishabille” (or not in costume if you prefer but please keep it “G rated”.) Bring along your hand sewing or set up your computer next to your sewing machine – there are no rules other than our standing rule “Be excellent to each other”.
February 2, 2020
Federal Way Library
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