|Susie’s Creative Stitches celebrating 10th anniversary with 2-day open house|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:19|
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze
If you have ever wanted to see the creative process unfold at Susie’s Creative Stitches, located on North Arapahoe Street in Wauneta, you will have a chance to do just that this Friday and Saturday when Galen and Susan Todd mark the 10th anniversary of their business with a two-day open house celebration.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT on Jun 17 and 18, demonstrations will be given on the stitching machines used at Susie’s as well as the heat-setting process used on the new line of screen print and garment printer offerings now available right here in Wauneta.
The entire Todd family will be on hand for the event including Scott Todd and family and Steven Todd and family, all of Lees Summit, Mo., and Sara Bardsley and family of Wauneta — which is only appropriate given the collaborative nature of the home-based business which has included all members of the family at various times over the past decade.
Susie’s Creative Stitches has expanded far beyond its original inventory of T-shirts and hats over the past 10 years. Galen and Susan Todd’s in-house stock of supplies includes gift items ready for personalizing such as baby items, towels, blankets, jackets and other articles of clothing. The Todds will host an open house Friday and Saturday as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. With the addition of the screening process, Galen and Susan are able to create designs that incorporate photos, like this one for the Kennedy family reunion. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Tina Kitt)
The core crew at Susie’s today includes Susan, who tackles the hands-on operation of the stitching and heat-setting machines; Galen, who handles the computer digitizing and machine repair; and Scott, who gets the design work ready from across state lines as well as doing garment printer work.
“We talk to Scott at least once a day, every day — if not several times a day,” said Susan.
Since incorporating the screen printing offerings into their business this spring, the volume of work has increased substantially.
“It was surprising how fast the screen print business took off,” said Galen.
“We’ve been in business 10 years now. What better time to expand.” added Susan.
In the past few weeks the Todds have printed hundreds of items including shirts and hats for businesses, ball teams, youth groups, family reunions, 4-H clubs, and events like prom, school plays and summer activities.
Susan Todd demonstrates on the heat setter works in creating screen print products. The Todds expanded the business operation into another room of their home in order to offer screen print items at Susie’s Creative Stitches located in the front portion of the Todd’s home at 351 N. Arapahoe Avenue.
Orders are pouring in for upcoming local festivities like Wauneta’s Harvest Festival and area county fairs.
“We are thankful to our local businesses and customers for their support,” said Galen.
Those attending the open house will have a chance to see all the options available in the new screen print process as well as embroidered items.
Over the past decade the Todds have stitched personalized designs into nearly anything imaginable — including horse blankets, wheel chairs and a wedding dress sash.
Their two embroidery machines still handle the bulk of their work, but the screen print designs can include fun options like glitter print or foil designs as well as an array of colors.
The new process also lowers the cost for customers placing volume orders.
During the open house Susie’s will offer an array of specials as well as door prizes and drawings during the two-day event.
A new Wauneta-Palisade Bronco design which incorporates a foil design will also be featured during the open house.
Numerous gift items ready for personalized embroidering will also be on display including baby items, bath towels, beach towels, blankets, stadium seats, stuffed toys, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, hats, etc.
“Yes, socks,” exclaims Susan, explaining that socks can be personalized with the garment printer with ink designs infused into the fabric.