This weekend we are thanking Grayling for all their support throughout the year with our annual Thank You Grayling Celebration! Today, in honor of this day, our featured vendor is a local who is not only known for her sewing and knitting but also as a frequent worker at our store, mom and fellow Graylingite, Angie DeVries.
Angie’s Handmade Threads have always been a part of our store since the beginning. From sleepers and ponchos to custom Tip’n the Mitten bags, doo rags, scrubs and potholders to knitted winter hats and cotton washcloths, she does it all. Each piece is designed for comfort and often for “cuteness”. Her blankets keep us warm, her hats make us look good and her doo rags are on the heads of people across the state.
Angie has been sewing, knitting and crocheting since she was young. In fact, she told me the other day about how as a young girl she would set her sewing machine up in her room in the closet. Here, she perfected her skill as she made and designed clothes for her dolls and barbies. As a child, many of my clothes and even my toys were handmade by my mom.
On a personal note, Angie is a cancer survivor and finds it comforting to offer her skill and support to others. Her way of doing this is offering her knitted hats and doo rags for others suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy for free.
Angie is retired from Kirtland and now works at home on all her clothing, scrubs and often on repairs for friends or family when she is not “holding down the fort”. To see all Angie has to offer, stop into the store and check it out! Many times you may even see her working behind the counter or even with her sewing machine set up, working on her next project for the store.
Tip’n the Mitten is located at 204 E Michigan Avenue, across from Grayling Restaurant and next to the gallery.