The Detroit News
Rapunzel’s carries a number of specialty-type yarns made of natural fibers. “Some are boucles, hand-spun, hand-dyed and varieties that are unusual,” says Ruggirello, who lives in Frankenmuth.
With 10 employees, including four part time, five full time and Ruggirello, the shop is open seven days a week because of the tourist nature of the town. “People expect us to be open. I’m pretty much there five days a week,” says Ruggirello.
Both knitting and crocheting classes are offered, however, most popular is their Saturday morning knitting class, from 9-11 a.m. “It’s a small group, and it’s a class where you can learn what you choose. It could be for beginners,” explains Ruggirello, “but we also specialize in socks, shawls, (and) scarves. So, if you want to make a particular item, this is the class to sign up for.”
Carol Krenz of Reese is class instructor, and the fee is $20. “We also do knit clubs that are held on Monday night from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday mornings, from 9-11 a.m. They’re drop-ins and free of charge.” For $10 an hour, Linda Terdurgh of Vasser instructs crocheting lessons, and there’s “a good collection” of crocheting patterns available.
Groups from Canada, colleges and knitting clubs throughout Michigan often frequent the shop. “We start getting very busy in October, and that business continues on after the first of the year, adds Ruggirello. “Groups should call the main number (989 652-0464) to schedule a demonstration for their group.”
Ruggirello learned to knit in third grade as a member of the 4H Club, and later studied textile design at Western Michigan University, which may explain why Rapunzel’s is also known for its fashion knitting. The shop hosts a fashion and trunk show about twice a year.
Lansing artist and teacher Jane Reiter describes their knitted garments and accessories as “contemporary, chic, upscale smart and in vogue – not old school.”
Detroit News Columnist Jocelynn Brown is a longtime Metro Detroit Crafter. You can reach her at (313) 222-2150, firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/DetroitNewsHandmade.
Contact Rapunzel’s Unique Gifts and Yarns (664 South Main, Frankenmuth) at rapunzelsyarn.com, on Facebook or (989) 652-0464.
Dee Ruggirello, owner of Rapunzel's Boutique in Frankenmuth, MI