As the author of many sewing books and patterns for the popular 18-inch doll, Joan specializes in classes and seminars for sewing for dolls that appeal to beginning and experienced sewists alike. She also teaches a variety of construction techniques for dolls and has an extensive trunk show to accompany her classes. Her book, Doll Costume Dress Up, has 20 fun costumes to spark children's imagination for creative play. Her book titled Heritage Doll Clothes, published in December 2015, highlights historical garments for dolls. The book 30-Minute Doll Clothes was also co-authored with Nancy Zieman in 2011. Joan has appeared on Sewing with Nancy several times to share her original designs and techniques.
As of December 31, 2016, Joan will be retiring after 27 years in business as Fancywork and Fashion. "Thank you for your support and patronage over the years. It was a pleasure to share my doll clothing designs with you. I hope you will continue to bring joy to yourself and others by sewing for dolls!