Dana Pierson was born and raised Quaker, spending most of her childhood in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Like many Quaker girls before her, she learned to stitch at an early age, before it went out of style in the 1960's. She graduated from Connecticut College where she completed her graduate work in Chinese language and literature while teaching English in a Chinese high school and traveling throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Asia proper.
When she returned to the States in the late 1980's, she resumed her interest in stitching and has since concentrated on reproducing and adapting historical samplers.
She currently lives in North Ferrisburgh and works as manager of communications and publications at a large education-based nonprofit organization in Winooski.