Barbara Patin was a beloved seamstress who began sewing since she as a teenager. She was also skilled at crochet and embroidery. At Vermilionville, Barbara made corn husk dolls. She used a plain, traditional style to make dolls as children would have made them in the mid-1800s. Because of her attention to tradition, she did not use an elaborate style, decorating the dolls with only found objects, such as acorn caps, Spanish moss and scraps of cloth. The dolls themselves were made from corn husks, like those used to make tamales.
After moving to Lafayette with her father in 1965, Barbara considered Acadiana her home. She loved being around her family in south Louisiana and meeting new people at Vermilionville.