Rae Hoekstra is a former high school physics teacher turned world-famous blogger and jet-setting sewing pattern designer. She sews frequently for herself and her two small children and blogs her sewing escapades at the wildly popular sewing blog, Made By Rae. Rae designs and sells digital sewing patterns for childrenswear and purses. She is a founder of the Southeast Michigan Crafter’s Meetups which meets monthly to craft and eat snacks. She also teaches sewing classes at Blue House and MakerWorks in Ann Arbor Michigan. Her work has been featured by Robert Kaufman, Sew Mama Sew, and the popular design blog, OhDeeDoh, to name just a few. You can find her online at http://made-by-rae.com.
Karen LePage is a handmade children’s clothing and sewing pattern designer. She is the owner and creator of the “One Girl Circus” & “One Boy Circus” clothing lines, and co-author of Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe, Wiley 2011, and former pattern designer for Pattern by Figgy’s. She also participates in Handmade Detroit events and co-hosts workshops and crafty get-togethers with Rae at the Maker Works. Karen won an Editor’s Choice award for her participation in Maker Faire Detroit 2010, and gave a demonstration at this year’s event. Karen has been a featured author on Instructables.com and her work has been included in such international press and media outlets as: Sew Hip Magazine, Sewing World Magazine, Cloth Magazine, and others. She blogs at http://onegirlcircus.com.