For nearly 40 years, Alison Smith from Ashby has made sewing her life and now she's been made an MBE.
Alison was nominated for the award from the Queen by her friends and students for her success and her determination to get more people to learn how to sew along with a few other interests that she manages to squeeze in around running her own sewing school.
Alison's book The Sewing Book sold over 173,000 copies worldwide but not only is she a seamstress, teacher and author; she also finds time to be a local councillor on North West Leicestershire District Council and Ashby Town Council.
Alison will collect her MBE from Buckingham Palace later this year.
Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "flattered and flabbergasted" after being awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The businesswoman, who made her fortune after launching freight haulage firm Pall-Ex, rose from humble beginnings as a Bolton girl who remembers the bailiffs calling when her father's central heating business went bankrupt.
Ms Devey who suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2009, also campaigns for a number of charities and is a patron of the Stroke Association and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
She said, "It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work".
Ms Devey dedicated her honour to the charities she has tried to support "as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry".