Name Change…

As of next week (unless I forget), the name of this blog will be changed from “Hooks and Needles” to “The Dashwood Sisters”. The site address will be the same, but will come up as “The Dashwood Sisters”. This way, we may be able to branch out our topics a little, beyond just sewing and crocheting. 🙂


Elinor 🙂

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Psalm 62:1,2)



Just a quick note to let you know “TheDashwoodSisters Shoppe” will be going on vacation as of today. We’re going out of town in a couple days, but I am closing a couple days early to avoid the predicament of getting things sent out when we are getting ready, etc. The shoppe should be reopening March 13th, Lord willing. (Waaahhhh, I’m going to miss my sewing machine! 😦 )

Check back in mid-March for some new items in the shop (Lord willing! 🙂 )

Done With Cynthia’s Wardrobe…. I think?

Hey folks!

Click on the “Wives and Daughters project” link on my sidebar and check out Cynthia’s page! Is it just me…did I miss an episode or does Molly really have that many more outfits than Cynthia? What do you think of the collection? If you think of an outfit that I forgot, please leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂

Now, shall I do Mrs. Gibson, Lady Harriet, or Aimee next? 🙂

A New Project is Cooking!

Shall I tell you?

Shall I not tell you?

Shall I leave you in suspense?


Okay, I’ll tell you.

I am putting together a collection of screencaps from “Wives and Daughters”, dissecting the different dresses, and, where applicable, giving ideas and resources on how to recreate them. So far I have seven of Molly’s outfits done. I would like to do all of her outfits (including coats, bonnets, etc.!), Cynthia’s, Hyacinth’s, and Lady Harriet’s dresses. (Possibly some of the other characters too; it all depends on what I feel like. 😉 )

So keep checking in to see what’s up! NOTE: I was working on a mock-up for my Regency spencer but am kind of “sticked” (“stuck” in my language), trying to figure out how to alter the front. :-S We’ll see what happens. I also need to get started on an Edwardian blouse for a friend. 🙂


Welcome to Hooks and Needles! My sister “Marianne” and I have created this blog to share our handmade projects with you. Marianne mainly crochets and I mainly sew, so there will be a variety of projects posted about on here. Also I may, from time to time, dissect favorite costumes from period dramas.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our blog, and hope that above all, Christ would be glorified!