Living in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, Judy has been designing bears, dolls, animals and other items since 1987. She started her business over twenty-five years ago when family and friends loved the dolls she made from bits and scraps of material and encouraged her to sell them. Judy’s love for sewing was nurtured by her relatives—grandmother “Mamaw” Bessie Schweickart and her aunt, Dorothy Corns—who taught her the technical aspects of her craft. Working out of her home, Judy has flourished from her humble beginnings to one who sells to stores in New York such as Takashimaya and Barney’s. She has recently worked as a designer producing work for Kate Spade and author Danielle Steele. She exhibits on a regular basis at the New York International Gift Fair and has the support and help of her husband, Gordon, a homebuilder.
Her consultancies include business planning and product evaluation and development.