Jan learned to make her first basket in 1985 when a friend taught her the craft. She was instantly addicted and very pleased with the results of her first lesson. At the time she and her husband were busy raising a family of young children. She spent her spare time studying pattern books so she could learn the different techniques of weaving. She learned from the books and then came up with her own designs using traditional weaving techniques. She learned how to dye her materials the desired colors to enhance the beauty of her baskets. She also learned new techniques at various state conventions and local weaving retreats. She continues to use those techniques to come up with new designs for her baskets.