With varying levels of talent and creativity from our Ragtime Guys and Gals, every day at Ragtime Fabrics is unique with creative ideas, projects, and life events.
Laura "Belle" Stemper
Although she admits that her sewing ability is minimal, Ragtime owner Laura "Belle" Stemper honed her skills through a spectrum of projects that encompassed various aspects of the world, ranging from window treatments to Halloween costumes to Quilllows. Some of her favorite parts of the work involve meeting people, participating in her customers' creative endeavors, shopping for deals to share with her customers, and playing with her staff. Challenged by the ever-changing climates of technology and the economy, she finds comfort in the support offered by her staff who offer youthful energy and creative personalities.
Lisa is a resident of Rockingham, VA. Lisa is married, with two children. She shares her home with her dogs, cats and fish. She lives on a small farm and currently raises American Quarter Horses. Lisa learned to sew from her grandmother, who made many matching outfits for Lisa and her 4 sisters. If she’s not sewing, you can probably find her on a trail or horse show.
Lisa has been a long-time customer of Ragtime prior to joining the Ragtime staff. She is both a garment sewer, specializing in Western Pleasure show clothes and chaps and a machine embroiderer. Our fellow staffer, Shellie, is converting her into a quilter also.
Come by to visit Lisa. She has never met a stranger!
Sylvia Aamodt became a "Ragtime Gal" in the fall of 2011. She comes to Ragtime with a pedigree of experience that rivals many professionals in the sewing industry. Sylvia spent decades volunteering her tailoring services to performing arts groups in which her children were involved and was in charge of uniforms and costumes for the Shenandoah Children's Choir and Harrisonburg High School band, choral and theatrical productions. On top of her garment experience, she also dabbled in other fields of sewing, having made draperies and other various home decor items as well as undertaking quilting and crafting projects. Sylvia shamelessly professes that she is a "fabric-aholic." She enjoys touching, matching, and pulling fabrics together to make something wonderful. Her happiest sewing moments are when her vision for a fabric come together just right to make an item that fits and looks great.
Thelma Good comes to Ragtime with a basketful of valuable experiences and knowledge. Thelma has been creatively sewing quilts and clothes and you-name-it for many years. If there is no pattern available, she makes her own. She is presently teaching her granddaughters how to sew. She also brings us a wealth of knowledge regarding end-user computer experience having taught Computer Science and Microsoft Office for numerous years. She enjoys learning new software and tinkering with sewing machines, old and new! She finds working with fabric and sewing machines is a pleasure at Ragtime. Come experience these pleasures with her!
Eric is a native of Rockingham County, a graduate of Turner Ashby High School, and self taught when it comes to sewing. He has many years of retail experience, worked eight years as a floral designer, and has always been creative and crafty. The first costume design he ever created was hand sewn, after that he purchased a machine, taught himself to sew and has been sewing ever since. He has designed and created countless costumes, gowns as well as many other things, some of which have been included in local pageants and shows. He also designs and constructs ALL of the costumes for his annual Halloween Parties. When not at work or sewing he is usually hanging out with his cats or taking part in one of the many other creative or artistic endeavors he is involved in such as candle making, cooking, baking, painting, or crochet.
Susan has lived in the Valley for over 20 years. She learned to sew so she wouldn't have to wear her sisters' hand-me-downs. She enjoys exploring new projects and upcycling unique finds. Susan has a love for vintage mechanical sewing machines. Her oldest machine is a treadle from the 1800's.
Baby Lock Repair
Dave Campbell is our highly trained Baby Lock sewing machine mechanic. Dave's figure-it-out and fix-it skills help him to diagnose and repair even the strangest sewing machine issues...and he's seen some strange ones! Dave's regular full time job is at Rocking R Ace Hardware on High Street, but he graces us with his mechanical magic bi-weekly. He never knows what he'll find on his workbench when he come in!