• 10+ Years
  • Expert
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time

I've been sewing since I was 8. I LOVE the Victorian Era and got started in making historical clothing using period techniques. I taught myself, and truthfully, am still learning. I own several antique drafting machines and have used them to make very accurate gowns. I mostly make gowns and put them up on Etsy. I have mostly done restoring and recovering antique parasols over the last several years and totally enjoy that. Once I get out from under the orders, I am looking forward to actually working on some of my own and making more gowns to put up on my Etsy store and my website.

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Projects (5)

Individuals personal antique parasols for recovery and restoration.


Each parasol is different in what it needs. Contact me if you have any questions.

"Joy has done meticulous restoration on several of my antique parasols. Her work is of superior quality -- well crafted and true to the period. I am extremely pleased and plan to have many more parasols recovered by her."

mj worst

"Joy, I would be glad to give you a recommendation. Your work is wonderful and you make things look like they did when they were new and in their original state. Very high quality work!"

Bonnie Staub
Carroll County Office of Tourism

"The Lone Ranger" film with Johnny Depp


Made parasols from scratch for the film and for Disney.

"I work on a lot of period movies and for years, I have been looking to find someone in the United States that could repair and reproduce parasols for me. I found that person in Joy Hobbs. She is amazingly gifted at working in a lost craft from centuries past. Joy does museum quality parasols and she is a "joy" to work with."

Kris Peck, Prop Master, The Lone Ranger.

The new Disney Movie "The Lone Ranger"


I just finished making 6 parasols for The new Disney Movie "The Lone Ranger" scheduled to come out in Spring/Summer of 2013. They cannot be seen until the movie. Sorry!!

Lately I have mostly been restoring and recovering antique parasols, and making them from scratch. I teach a class for that on line at www.thecostumeclassroom.com My website is www.joysvictorianneedle.com
I also sell antiques on Etsy at
I LOVE to sew and putting finishing touches on 2 1950s gowns, and a contract for Victorian undergarments for a National Historic Park.

Work History


Self Employed and Loving It!


Activities Director and Volunteer

Goshen Adult Day Care Center



The Costume Classroom


I currently teach a class on how to make parasols from scratch that look like the are from the Victorian/Edwardian Era


Joy's Victorian Needle

January 2005 - Present

Qualifications & Certifications

Lingle Ft. Laramie High School

Lingle-Ft Laramie High School

Connections (6)

Joy Hobbs

Torrington, WY 82240, USA