Michele began rug hooking in 1994 studying under Dick LaBarge in Victory Mills, NY. During that time, she ran her own graphic design business and “fit” in rug hooking when she could.
After retiring from the design field, she found more time to spend exploring wool. In 1998, she started an online wool business, Woolly Mammoth Woolens, that continues to this day. Michele’s business provides patterns, hand-dyed wool created with various dyeing techniques, and her own line of dye formula books.
Through the years, she has experimented with various types of fibers in her rug making and is currently incorporating the extensive use of yarn into her work. Michele’s experimentation in the fiber arts field has led her to the arts of needle felting and wet felting, which she hopes to pursue a bit more in the future.