A Tea In The Clouds:

Steampunkin' Around The World

Steampunk Online Convention  Activities

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Hairstyling Through The Ages: 3 Eras of Hairstyles

(Medieval circa 800-900 AD, Regency, and Victorian



We host a professional hairstylist to come in and style a models hair for three historic periods. These will be hairstyles that everyone can do at home once they have learned the technique.

This will be a great tutorial for historical costumers and those who wish to time travel.










Steampunk Costuming 101


Many people come to the Tea and have never really tried costuming before, or Steampunk costuming. Many tell us that they don't know what to wear or how to create the look. Well, let us alleviate those concerns with this seminar.

During the seminar we will introduce our guests to several different types of Steampunk attire. Many people think it is just the Victorian look or pirates. This is not so!

Steampunk is a fascinating universe of so many possibilities, we have diesel punk, pirates, sky captains, antiquarians, zombies, vampires, faeries, time travelers, Wild, Wild West, Scifi, and the list goes on. Gears and Googles do not have to be the sum total of Steampunk costuming.

Many people bring their cultural heritage into their costume, meaning that browns are no longer the staple color of the genre, well, it never was really. If one is imaginative enough, one can make anything Steampunk, really.

So we wish to introduce our guests who may be in a quandary of what to wear a new perspective on Steampunk garb. It may just blow your mind.








Steampunk Gun Modding 101:

A Beginner Course In Prop Making


Winnipeg does not have a cohesive and burgeoning Gun Modding community. This saddens us. We have for years endeavored to reach out to our scattered gun modders in the city with no avail. So, we have decided to create our own seminars and group in hopes to foster a more established group.

Our first seminar will focus on picking the best type of toy gun, the prep work before painting, painting and techniques to get the best looking gun ever.

We hope to create more complex tutorials and seminars in the future. One's that include adapting the gun to include moving parts and also lights. Also, it would be a lovely future goal to have expert gun modders attend the Tea and teach advanced and unique effects.








What Is Steampunk In All Its Varied Glory


This seminar is for beginner Steampunks who wish to learn what exactly the massive universe of Steampunk is and where they may fit in. Many people have a hard time understanding Steampunk at first because there are so many facets and explanations of the genre.

We wish to allay some of this confusion and help new converts to the genre wade through the quagmire of voices to find their very own stance on Steampunk.









Time Travel And The Time Continuum


The concept of time travel is bandied about quite a bit in Steampunk and other genres. But, where did it begin, what are the fundamentals of this phenomena, and the theories behind it? We are going to give our guests a history of time travel in popular science fiction and also the basic theories involved in it.

How does it work? What kind of instruments do you use or need? Can one teleport through time? Common misconceptions and also established rules of traveling within the Time Continuum. This is a great seminar for time travelers.









The Henderson Directorate


This is a group of historical/time travel re-enactors who wish to cosplay actual former residents of the city of Winnipeg. We will give our guests a preliminary guide on how to choose their persona, research their persona through city archives, and then develop a persona to re-enact at Henderson Directorate meetings.

The Henderson Directory is the earliest version of a Yellow Pages, before there were telephones. It is like a city census that was distributed to the populace in order for people to be able to contact each other. It is a directory of households and businesses.

The Henderson Directory lists information like; People's names, addresses, trades, children, etc. It is a wonderful historical document and gives us a great snap shot of Winnipeg during different eras from 1880 to 1965.

This is a time travel seminar and the personas are actual former citizens of Winnipeg. We hope to create a gallery of photos of Henderson Directorate members recreating original photographs and displaying their time travel adventures.









Steampunk Sewing Brigade


We will not necessarily be teaching a skill per se during the first meeting of the Steampunk Sewing Brigade. It is our desire to establish a sewing circle in The Society for the Ethical Treatment of Kraken.

This is a concept that has been waiting in the wings for at least eight years. But, we feel there is now a place for it in our group. We encourage beginners and high level seamstresses to join in and create a rich group of busy needles.

We will not only teach sewing techniques, but also explore needlepoint, embroidery, and quilting. Please contact us if you have always wanted to be a part of a group of needle workers. Men are welcome as well.

Don't be shy boys!









How To Be A Sky Captain


Now, just to be clear. The job of Sky Captain can take on many variations, but I want to caution you that it does not directly translate to Sky Pirate.

In this seminar we will explain the career choice of Sky Captain in its multitude of incarnations. Also, the best ship for your crew and choice of activities, what to do when you are drafted into a battle, how to pick a good crew, etc.

Being a Sky Captain is an exciting and adventurous career path. Come and find out if you have the sails to bluster through the skies with the best of them.









Evil Villainy: Step One In World Domination


Have you ever pondered world domination? Tossed it around in conversation and thought hmmmm......that could be the career path for me?

Well, you are in luck! The Mistress of Doom is going to attend the Tea in 2021 and give a starter seminar on how to be an evil super villain. Don't miss the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the Evil Doers Club.










Haberdashery 101: How To Make A Simple Victorian Hat


We are going to present a simple seminar in how to make a very basic Victorian hat that can compliment any costume. Supply list and cost will be provided closer to June.










Hats and How To Pull Them Off In Steampunk Style


Often times people absolutely love hats, but hesitate to wear them because they do not think they can pull them off in grand style. Well, let us help you with that.

We will help you understand the right way to mount a hat to any type of hair, what shape of hat looks best on you, and how to hold your head up high when wearing an amazing piece of haberdashery.

Keep Calm, And Hats On!

From Persona To Penned Page



Gary Ruse describes the process of creative development that took him from an idea for what started as a desire one morning before breakfast to create a Steampunk costume. Then got my mind working to create a persona, which in turn resulted in other supporting characters and backgrounding. That led to how a steam powered starship would be built and work, and a plot and a dastardly villain. That developed into a screenplay and then a book.









Beth Daniels/

Nied Darnell


Beth Daniels lends the expertise she gained as a professional novelist with 30+ years

and 32 published books (and growing) to her list of achievements.


Add in a BA in History and a MA in English Composition and Rhetoric with an

Emphasis in Creative Writing, over a dozen years as a composition instructor

at the college level, numerous online fiction writing workshops at

SavvyAuthors.com and for various RWA online chapters, and the stats add up.

She knows her onions and can maneuver her way through nearly any genre or subgenre birthed.

She is  one of the founders of the writing group The Bards of Bardstown (KY),

and a very active member at The Vault, a fantasy specific writers’ group in Louisville (KY).

Her numerous workshops have spawned a collection of Fiction Writers Aids e-books

and other non-fiction titles about the art of writing fiction.


Find her at www.4TaleTellers.com or Facebook.com/Beth Daniels or @BethDaniels1 on Twitter. She also writes Steampunk and other altered historical tales as Nied Darnell.

Please join Beth Daniels for a Q & A session and discussion on our Subgenres.net Forum. Beth will be present on June 12th, 2021 in the forum to discuss Steampunk fiction development and will be available to our guests to answer questions about writing for this genre. 

Medieval AD 800 - 900 





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