There are so many highlights to attending the Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860's annual conference, but the needlework competition is always a standout, both for those who enter and those who enjoy viewing high quality reproduction work based on the techniques of the past.
This years theme was quilted hoods or bonnets. Enteries need to emulate the appearance, construction, materials, embellishments and workmanship of the mid-19th century.
There is both a popular vote winner, chosen by all the attendees and judged winner, chosen by the speakers based on specific criteria.
And here are some of the competitors:
Entrants not only now have beautiful and functional cold weather headcoverings, but have also expanded their knowledge base - everyone wins!