Joan Hinds

Joan Hinds


As the author of many sewing books and patterns for the popular 18-inch doll, Joan specializes in classes and seminars for sewing for dolls that appeal to beginning and experienced sewists alike. She also teaches a variety of construction techniques for dolls and has an extensive trunk show to accompany her classes. Her book, Doll Costume Dress Up, has 20 fun costumes to spark children's imagination for creative play. Her book titled Heritage Doll Clothes, published in December 2015, highlights historical garments for dolls. The book 30-Minute Doll Clothes was also co-authored with Nancy Zieman in 2011. Joan has appeared on Sewing with Nancy several times to share her original designs and techniques.

As of December 31, 2016, Joan will be retiring after 27 years in business as Fancywork and Fashion. "Thank you for your support and patronage over the years. It was a pleasure to share my doll clothing designs with you. I hope you will continue to bring joy to yourself and others by sewing for dolls!

Contact Information

Fancywork and Fashion
P.O. Box 3554
Duluth, MN 55803
Phone: 218-728-7966
Fax: 218-728-7966


About the Association

The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association (VDTA) and the Sewing Dealers Trade Association (SDTA) exist to educate and promote independent floor care and sewing dealers in order to increase their market share. It exists to promote programs designed to enable the industry to be more competitive and to improve the industry as a whole.

The VDTA • SDTA is dedicated to supporting the interests of independent vacuum cleaner and sewing machine dealers around the world. It is the independent dealers’ voice in the floor care and sewing industries. The primary goal of the association is providing avenues to increase sales, communication, service, market share, and profit for all independent vacuum and sewing retailers. The association provides the floor care and sewing industries with the latest information on products and services, sales and marketing, training, and education through the monthly publications, SQE Professional and Floor Care Professional/Central Vac Professional and yearly conventions.

Many other association-sponsored programs and services are available to independent dealer members to improve their businesses using the code of ethics, member standards, special programs, sales tools, and member benefits.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sewing Educators Alliance please email Judy Patterson at

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