Jo is a self-proclaimed dabbler. She learned to sew at age five starting with doll clothes, then graduated to people clothes, wedding gowns, men’s suits, custom window treatments, slip covers, totes, handbags and some upholstery. She has taught sewing in public school as well as private students. Years ago, Jo apprenticed as a sewing machine repair technician and loves the challenge of keeping vintage machines running. After 24 years as a soldier and a soldier's wife, she returned to Massachusetts to do an internship in textile conservation. Jo worked at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA for 7 years and, after relocating to North Andover, now spends her days doing machine repairs, teaching sewing lessons and collaborating with customers on unique custom orders at The Village Studio.