Meet the Team

Ashley Jones
DIME Inspiration Consultant

Ashley Jones, an Educator & Inspiration Consultant for DIME, combines a professional career in Information Technology with personal interest in embroidery, sewing and quilting to deliver a broad range of knowledge in a straightforward and simple manner. She gained extensive knowledge of nearly every brand of sewing/embroidery machine and embroidery software while working and teaching for one of the largest sewing machine dealers in the industry. She is a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and runs her own embroidery business. Now Ashley travels all over the country sharing her tips and tricks for stabilizing, hooping, placement and using embroidery software to overcome everyday challenges with embroidery. She loves to share the abundance of techniques she has fine-tuned over many years.

Aine McCarthy, DVM
DIME Inspiration Consultant

Starting in first grade sewing doll clothes by hand, Aine grew up as a garment sewer — learning from her mom and using the sewing machine as soon as she was big enough to reach the pedals. She learned home decor sewing and made curtains, drapes, cushions and bedding for every home she lived in.

She discovered the world of machine embroidery and applique 20 years ago and enjoys the world of creating, editing and digitizing designs. Retiring from veterinary medicine, she teaches sewing classes and works part-time for her favorite sewing center.

Donna Siler
DIME Inspiration Consultant

Donna Siler is an embroidery teacher and runs a small embroidery business out of her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Donna loves helping other get inspired and teaches machine and software classes and has been known to teach other creative events including fabric dyeing, floor cloth and kids sewing classes.

Proficient on multiple embroidery machines and software, she has been machine embroidering for nearly 15 years. A quilter for over 20 years Donna enjoys blending her quilting skills with the precision of embroidery to create all varieties of quilts, home décor and embellished garments.

A native New Yorker her sewing habit started by watching her mother and grandmother sew and as a child was creating her own patterns for bags and hand embroidery.

Currently using Pfaff, Viking and Baby Lock machines in her sewing room some of her favorite tools are her embroidery software, Snap Hoop Monster and her shortE. Don’t miss Donna’s events, they are fun, funny and educational!

Lisa Knight
DIME Inspiration Consultant

I am from Silver Spring, Maryland and have lived all over this country and in Europe. I currently live in Las Vegas, NV with my husband of 31 years and my furry baby Banksy. I have 3 kids, 2 sons in-law and 1 granddaughter and a grandson on the way. We have lived in Las Vegas for 27 years. I worked in interior design and architecture as a specifications specialist for 16 years and then worked as a District Sales Manager for Avon Products for 8 years running a 2 million dollar market. All the while I have been enjoying my passion for sewing.

I have been sewing since I was 6 years old. My Mom was very creative and spending time with her meant doing something with my hands-be it sewing, painting or ceramics. Mom made many of my clothes and home decor. She taught me and soon realized that I would need my own machine. I would sew clothes for my dolls and then I progressed to making clothes for myself and others. Over the years I have increased my knowledge in many aspects of sewing. I have sewn clothes for myself and my children, quilts, heirloom sewing, home decor, doll clothes, fabric manipulation etc…

I have been machine embroidering for 11 years. My favorite techniques are clothing embellishment, home dec and I love doing in the hoop projects. I have just started dabbling with quilting in the hoop. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children and my grandbaby. We love to watch movies, and doing family dinners. I am an avid sewing enthusiast and crafter.

I have several years of training in presentation, coaching training as well a motivational training.