About Our Presenters
Brooke is the workshop manager and assistant to Angela and Jim at Burnley and Trowbridge Co. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from The College of William & Mary, where she focused on Costume Design & construction and a minor in History. After university she apprenticed as a Milliner & Mantua-maker in the Historic Trades Department of Colonial Williamsburg, receiving her journey-woman paper in 2007. Brooke’s continuing focus is the cut, fit & construction of 18th Century women’s gowns & jackets, especially that of the Polonaise which she has written & published on.
Christina inherited her love of handwork from her grandfather and learned to sew when she was eleven years old in order to make her first "historical" outfit (eleven year olds aren't necessarily the best researchers!). She took her first B&T workshop over eleven years ago and hasn't looked back. Since 2015 she has been making video tutorials for Burnley and Trowbridge in support of the company's commitment to education and perpetuation of historic fashion. She is a licensed educator and holds a B.A. in English and Education with master's work completed in Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment. Formerly a public school educator and librarian and then an apprentice Milliner & Mantua-maker, she now works as an assistant to Angela and Jim at Burnley and Trowbridge where she handles photography/videography and whatever else gets thrown her way. She is a crazy dog lady, PC gamer, and probably loves technology almost as much as good linen.
Melissa has been textile oriented, sewing and designing, for as long as she can remember. She holds a BA in Apparel Design from Kansas State University and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center for 18 years before taking early retirement to work for Burnley and Trowbridge full time. She has recreated everything from Pocahontas’ wedding ensemble to the embroidery of Thomas Jefferson’s waistcoat. In addition, she has served as the costumer in a variety of theatrical and video productions. As an award winning lace-maker who specializes in tatting, Melissa is a member of the Colonial Lacemakers of Williamsburg. Finally, to the grief of her long suffering husband, she has spent way too much money at Burnley and Trowbridge, and spends too much time sewing for herself and her dolls.Neal Hurst