JoAnn Gagnon has been sewing for more than 40 years! She learned to sew growing up in 4-H. After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Home Economics Education (Clothing and Textiles emphasis), she taught for two years until she married her husband, Joe, and moved to her current location in Waitsburg, WA. Teaching sewing to her two children, whom she homeschooled, was very important. She has a custom sewing and drapery business, and still teaches sewing to 4-Hers, leaders, and community members. "It is my desire and dream to encourage and enable people to learn how to sew. The resources I offer teach good sewing construction techniques through projects that commence with the very basics and advance gradually to increasing complexity and skill. These books have been designed to be the catalyst to a lifelong interest and love of sewing." - JoAnn Gagnon
Corrie Gagnon-Berneking is quite the seamstress! She has racked up many county and state awards. She has won two international contests, the Sulky Challenge and the Sew Beautiful Magazine Talent Search. She has also been an assistant teacher for Martha Pullens School of Art Fashion, Sew Cool 4 Kids School and has taught beginning sewing to children and adults using the projects in Stitches and Pins as her curriculum. Corrie began her own sewing business, "The Bunkhouse," at the age of 15, designing and sewing western vests, shirts, and hand-dyed wildrags. Corrie has served on the Washington State Clothing and Textiles Advisory Team.
In November, 2002, Corrie married Daniel Berneking and is now living in Sequim, WA. She designed and made her beautiful heirloom wedding gown, with lots of pintucks and lace shaping. She now has five beautiful children, Luke, Ruth, Hannah, Peter, and Caleb. Though she is very busy with her family, she still finds time to plan, design and sew outfits, costumes, wedding dresses, and quilts.