About me: I've been involved with sewing and needlework since a child, and although I've dabbled in other crafts I always return to it. I'm grateful that I have been able to be a member of, and take seminars through, Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc (EGA) and American Sewing Guild. As a result of the "old-time" pastimes I enjoy, in 1980 I became a volunteer site interpreter at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, near Petersburg IL, and have been able to take additional workshops through the site. I like "costuming," as I can indulge in nearly every handwork that I enjoy. My preference is doll-scale costumes, although I've made people size costumes. I made my first cloth doll at about age 12, and I always enjoyed the creation much more than playing -- my youngest sister had one of the best dressed Barbies in town.
https://sites.google.com/site/hopeshobbies/embroidery will describe programs to be offered through the local EGA chapter, and will describe classes I will offer at Lincoln Land Community College. Plates from a 1920 Sampler and Stitches book are posted.
http://sites.google.com/site/hopeshobbies/lincolneradollclothes has both child doll clothes patterns and period paper dolls and coloring pages. The pattern includes a bibliography of Lincoln Era on-line books with illustrations of dolls and children with dolls.
http://sites.google.com/site/hopeshobbies/lincoln-era-fah contains some period fashion plates in my personal collection, as well as a bibliography of on-line primary sources on needlework and fashion for the fiber artist, re-enactor and costumer. There is also a pattern for a Lincoln Era workbag, that combines elements from several different patterns to make it more useable for modern re-enactors.
http://sites.google.com/site/hopeshobbies/dolls will picture some of my doll costumes, just getting started posting these.
I also collect Nativity/Creche sets from around the world, and participate in a exhibit in December.