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About Us

Ann's By Design is a needle arts shop located in downtown Adrian. We feature quilting, knitting, crochet, wool applique, embroidery, gifts, cards and special events such as classes, demonstrations, and workshops.

Ann & Phil Hughes

Ann & Phil Hughes, owners and operators of Ann’s By Design, have a long history of working together. For over 12 years they collaborated at the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce, where Ann was the President & CEO and Phil was in Membership Sales. Upon retiring from the chamber, Ann & Phil began planning for their new business adventure – a retail shop located in downtown Adrian, close to the former book store where they worked together prior to marrying in 1966!

After deciding to open a retail shop, selecting the store’s niche was easy – Ann had learned to love embroidery from her Grandmother, Dora Johnston, and how to knit from long-time yarn shop owner Clara Stange. In 1995, Ann & Phil welcomed the Seamsters Local 682 (now the Seamsters Local 118) quilting club into their home, and every week for the last 20+ years this group of quilters has shared both friendship and a love of sewing.

Those are the things you will find at Ann’s By Design: products for embroidery, wool applique, quilting, knitting, crochet and more – all wrapped up in a relaxing environment that fosters friendship and creativity.


We encourage you to stop in to get started on a new project. We can’t wait to see you!” – Ann & Phil Hughes