Maggie is a northern Indiana fiber artist (ex-pat from Alaska), living on a small alpaca hobby farm in Elkhart County, and joined Reverie in 2014. She specializes in knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving lessons for all age groups. She teaches private or group lessons. She has also taught at the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI, and at private retreats. Maggie creates continually, experimenting in traditional methods of knitted garment construction, and color work in Fair Isle, twined, entrelac, and intarsia. She enjoys working in a large variety of natural fibers. Maggie likes to design knitted and crocheted clothing, often seeing an item in 3-d in her brain, before it lands on paper or needles.
Kelli’s partnership in the shop began with her interest in bringing some unique small gifts such as cards, soaps, tea towels, candles, and vintage china to Goshen. She thought Goshen needed a wider selection of gifts that are locally sourced, handmade or recycled. Her interest in antiques/vintage seemed a perfect match with Rose Widmer’s expertise in quilts, linens, glass, and china. As a partner with these other expert and gifted knitters, her interest in knitting has taken off and she now loves knitting, even as a novice. When her first grandchild was born, she knit her first baby sweater! Kelli states that "One of the huge side benefits of this partnership are the friendships that developed because of it. This is a group of wildly talented and fun group of women I wouldn’t know otherwise!"
Trish knew she wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. After almost 30 years of teaching voice and performing, she retired a couple of years ago to devote her energies to Reverie. A 10 year 4-H-er, sewer and crafter from an early age, Trish started crocheting in college and knitting when her daughter in college wanted “something to keep her warm in the dorm”. This same daughter had been in the Elkhart County 4-H llama club, where Trish became intrigued with fiber and started spinning. Now Reverie offers Trish the opportunity to teach, create, and extol the value of exceptional fiber. The other important parts of her life include family; husband, children and grandchildren, reading, and spending time at the lake.
Rose loves the colors and textures in Reverie. Fibers add a wonderful warmth and amazing depth of color in the shop…who could see hand dyed Malibrigo yarns and not think of a sunrise, sunset or night sky? But what makes her heart sing at Reverie is finding and offering gifts which represent so many artists and entrepreneurs locally and worldwide…. Polish pottery with intricate hand painted designs, Sacs handcrafted soaps and lotions made by sisters in Warsaw, IN, colorful socks from recycled cotton, merino socks made to last a lifetime, Adagio tea grown on small farms around the world and Jellycats that melt our hearts. What a joy to give and receive thoughtfully made gifts!
Marci is one of those “I can follow any pattern, but don’t ask me to think of something from scratch” knitters. Being a partner in Reverie, she says, has opened her eyes to all kinds of project possibilities thanks to her creative business partners. Marci recently semi-retired from a 40-year career in broadcasting. She splits her time between South Bend, IN and South Dakota, where grandchildren rule her heart.
Linda retired in 2005 from a rewarding 28-year career as a Medical Secretary. After retirement, she attempted several different hobbies to occupy her newly discovered spare time. Sewing, scrapbooking and other activities were fun but didn’t provide the satisfaction she was looking for. In 2006, she saw a picture of Martha Stewart wearing a crocheted poncho, and absolutely loved it! She paid someone to make one for her and then realized that working with yarn might be the answer to her need for a meaningful hobby. Linda was already in her 50’s, but she wanted to try this craft. She learned to knit from some very good teachers and became more proficient than she ever thought she could be. The opportunity to become a partner in Reverie was offered and she accepted. Her partners are highly skilled knitters, but her specialty is excellent customer service. Linda truly enjoys engaging with Reverie’s customers and making sure they have a great shopping experience.
I learned to knit from my grandmother. Around 2003, this craft became a passion. I was able to partner in a yarn shop prior to Reverie. When it closed, I knew I could take the opportunity to create a new store with other like-minded women. Fortunately, I have wonderful partners who are able to man the shop while I take on a silent partner position.
Denise has been knitting for 12yrs. She loves the whole creative process & how she feels when she’s completed a project. Denise considers herself a textural knitter; designs that have dimension. Knitting for her is another way of challenging herself by learning new techniques. Currently, Denise is pursuing her Master Hand Knitting 1 certificate through the Knitting Guild of America. She is one of Reverie’s teachers in the area of knitting and assists in needle felting and hand-dyeing yarns. Students love her eye for color combinations and her enthusiasm for helping them in the selection process.