My 100th Post!

It wasn’t long after I started blogging that I found the wonderful blog, the Dancing Professor, and one of the first posts I read there asked, “Who are you writing for?”

I thought about it and realized I was pretty much writing this blog for:

– my past self, the costume amateur.  Fifteen years ago I was trying to help a small historical park with costuming.  We didn’t need to know anything about the high fashion of the times, we needed to know what ordinary working people wore and what textiles they used in their homes.  We were representing a period before photography, so there were few visual records.  People who have their portraits painted tend to pose in their best clothes.  Even the clothes that people note in their letters or diaries are the ones that they consider special,  so information was sparse.  I got very interested in learning about everyday clothes and furnishings.  The things I know now would have been a great help to me then.

past-inspired costumes

While amazingly cute, these costumes don’t come close to being historically accurate.

fashion illustration

This is not what people wear when they are settling a frontier.

– my past self, the urban resident.  For 30 years I lived in a city and a suburb – they were great locations, full of fun things to do, but I prefer open spaces and quiet, and I would have loved a little nature photo now and then.  As a matter of fact, I could use one now.

Hill Country

Aaahh, the Hill Country.

– my present self.  Having a blog makes me finish things, learn things, explore new places, look at old places in a new light, and even work beyond my comfort zone, so that I have something to post about!


loom from Star of the Republic museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos

child's dress

1830s child’s dress from Washington-on-the-Brazos – something I might have missed if I didn’t go out looking for blog material!

– my future self.  I’m sure I’ll need some memory aids in years to come, about where I got each textile – or possibly, even about where I was living!

I also write for my female relatives, and by extension, other “ordinary” women  – ever since the curator I worked for made a disparaging remark about women and their needlework, I have felt the need to express respect and appreciation for all the little things women do to enhance life for their families and communities.

crochet detail

My mom has made at least 45 afghans for charity. That seems to me to be a fact worth documenting.

Information and inspiration have come my way over the years, and I’m just trying to pass them on to anyone who needs them.