Dressed as a "retired" fairy in a hand dyed dress..

Dressed as a "retired" fairy in a hand dyed dress..

Hi! I'm Glenda Hopp, the woman behind this one-woman show. I've been a home sewer, on and off, for over 50 years. I made my first garments on my grandmother's Singer treadle and still can remember the almost meditative feel of my feet moving the treadle in a steady, controlled rhythm. New machines are wonderful but the only machine that makes me smile is that treadle. I still have it but haven't worked on it in years. One of these days though...

Through high school and college, sewing was the only way to get the "dress up" clothes I needed or wanted. After my son was born I made many of his clothes until I returned to full time employment. There were, of course, still many years of Halloween costumes, the including Uncle Sam, top hat and all.

Working in a variety of careers and able to afford most of what I needed, I drifted away from sewing.

Chris and me at our first hypertufa shop.

Chris and me at our first hypertufa shop.

In 2001, my son and I started making hypertufa planters and garden accents. It was wonderful, dirty, heavy work. My wardrobe disintegrated into "shop clothes" that would be stained and worn through by the cement and "show clothes" that were good enough to be seen by customers but could still stand up to loading and unloading all of our pieces at a garden or art show.

By 2010 I'd started thinking about a change of occupation. My son was considering moving out of state and it was becoming too physically demanding for me. (BTW, my son is still in Michigan and is still making wonderful hypertufa garden accents. You can see them at FarmbrookDesigns.com.)

Quilt fabric from Pro Chemical and Dye.

Quilt fabric from Pro Chemical and Dye.

I wanted to start sewing again and make comfortable casual clothes. From my little bit of quilt making I had discovered hand dyed fabric and loved the look.

Quilts, however, are made from woven fabric and I wanted the same look in knit yardage. No one seemed to be offering hand dyed knits and, remembering the tie dyeing I had done back in the day, I decided to give it a try.

 

Dyed chair covers? Of course!

Dyed chair covers? Of course!

Next thing you know, I had a little business I was really excited about. I still hand dye some knit yardage which I sew into one-of-a-kind clothing but my primary focus is dyeing scarves and clothing blanks.

I hope you enjoy visiting my web site. And I'd love to hear your comments and ideas.