About Mike Johns
I'm Mike Johns - the owner of Mama's Boy Design, LLC. I started MBD in 2015 as a side business. At the time I was working as Chief Regulator in the banking industry.
So how did a guy with a regulatory background wind up in the world of embroidery? Well, I guess you could say that the creative arts have always been part of my life. As a kid I took art lessons. As a teenager I got involved in theatre. My maternal grandmother taught me how to crochet. My paternal grandfather does amazing needlework. My mom (who also works with me at MBD) can do just about anything from sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, etc. My dad is a great wood-worker and is amazing at restoring old cars. My brother, who is one heck of a mechanic, is also great with a sketch pad and pencil. I guess you could say it runs in the family.
I went to college at Florida State University and received my B.A in Theatre and my M.F.A. in Theatre with a focus in Costume Design and Technology. Between pursuing my degrees, I served in the U.S. Navy, both enlisted and as an Officer. During my military career I was fortunate enough to travel the world (Join the Navy, See the World, right?) and even got to live overseas for a couple of years. After completing my M.F.A., I worked for a professional theatre before moving into the financial regulatory industry. And that brings us to present day.
My goal with MBD is to spread my love for all things creative to as many people as possible by teaching them how to use their embroidery and sewing machines to their full potential. At the same time I love learning new things myself. That's one of the best things about working in the creative arts, you are always learning and there is ALWAYS something new out there! I look forward to meeting and talking with as many of you as I can.
About Denise Schober
Denise Schober, travels around the United States teaching quilting, sewing and designing. When not working her fulltime job she constantly making art with her sewing machine, weaving looms and quilting frames. Denise has been sewing for more than 40 years of her life. It is one of her passions and she is always excited to share her knowledge of quilting and sewing with others.
Denise studied drawing and painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Art has always been one of her first loves. She now translates this use of a pen to the fabric with thread and quilting. Denise has been quilting since 1986 when she made her first quilt with Nancy a friend who shared the love of sewing too.
Among Denise's accomplishments are the many entries in art galleries, quilt show and art shows. She has appeared as a guest on America Sews with Sue Hausmann, Martha's Sewing Room with Martha Pullen and worked with Martha Stewart designing embroidery designs for towels on her television show. Denise does trunk shows and teaches at numerous shows across the United States and abroad.
Denise lives just north of Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Les. Outside of the quilting and sewing Denise's interest include: watching movies with Les, auto racing, learning new techniques, skiing both water and snow.