Jane MakuchJane, born and raised in Michigan, has been doing needlework since she was 8 years old and made a cross-stitch Christmas stocking kit. She is a designer for several companies, including Blend Fabrics and Anna Griffin Inc., and she has her own custom sewing firm, Needlewoman Designs.

Jane’s love of needlework is evident throughout her sewing room, with a basket of cross-stitch, knitting needles and yarn, and large, lined wire basket filled with fabric scraps. Although Jane’s skills are mostly self-taught, she learned to sew from her eighth grade home economics teacher, Betty Horn, who was encouraging and kind. Since then, sewing has been a part of her life. Her collection of equipment reflects her love of needlework, boasting such machines as a Juki Long Arm Quilting Machine with Sit Down Table, a Singer Futura sewing and embroidery machine, and a Singer sewing machine as well as an Accuquilt Pro and Sizzix Big Shot Pro cutting and embossing machine. Even with all the devices, Jane still hand sews. “I love to hand sew since it causes me to slow down mentally and physically. Each stitch is therapy,” she says. To describe her love of sewing, she quotes another successful businesswoman, Coco Chanel, who said, “When I can no longer create anything, I’ll be done for.”