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Family owned and operated: Susie’s Creative Stitches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 29 May 2015 21:39

Susie’s Creative Stitches is truly a family-run business. Here, from left Kenzie Bardsley, Sara Bardsley, Halle Bardsley, Susan, and Galen Todd stand beside the sign in the front yard of the Todd’s home and business. (Dharma Blake-Cole | The Wauneta Breeze)


Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting businesses in Wauneta and Palisade.


By Dharma Blake-Cole

The Wauneta Breeze

Susie’s Creative Stitches is a home-grown Wauneta business. Susan Todd began the business with her husband, Galen Todd, and her children, Sara Bardsley, Scott Todd, and Steven Todd on March 3, 2001. She then received her first dollar on June 14, 2001, from the Wauneta Chamber.

Susan is the main craftsperson at Susie’s Creative Stitches. Todd receives ample help from her daughter, Sara Bardsley and her granddaughters, Halle and Kenzie Bardsley.

Todd started out her business by making a few different colored hats for Sinner’s Paint and Body Shop, where her husband works. Todd then took her first hats up to Lloyd Sinner and he ordered fifty of each color right there on the spot.

As her business developed she started getting help from her son, Scott Todd, who is currently residing in Missouri. Scott helps his mother by doing the graphic design work for the embroidering, screen printing, and the heat press.

When Scott completes the design work Susan and Sara can then complete the hands on work of putting the design onto their products.

Susie’s Creative Stitches creates and sells a variety of apparel. Its most popular items are embroidered hats, screen printed, bedazzled, or sequined shirts and jackets.

Susan is responsible for the embroidering of the hats her business creates. Her daughter screen prints on the shirts and jackets. Her granddaughters also help in the small aspects of the business, like peeling papers off the inside of hats or folding and putting away stock.

Todd has always loved to sew and through the experience of embroidering on her son’s machine decided it was “time for a change,” and opened her own embroidering business.

Todd loves the close relationship she can have with her customers here in the small town of Wauneta and says “I would not have my business anywhere else.”

She has a huge amount of support from the town of Wauneta and its residents. She has done work for the town people, the Wauneta-Palisade school and surrounding area schools, and the fire departments in the area.

Todd stated that the most unique project she has had at Susie’s Creative Stitches was the embroidering of a local Wauneta woman’s wedding dress and train.

Another one of Todd’s “unusual” projects was embroidering on trailer tie down straps as a graduation present for her customer’s son.

Todd has also personalized one of her customer’s wheelchair, along with the many personal orders she gets on a regular basis.

Todd has enjoyed learning new things and overcoming any challenges  she might face  along the way and watching her business grow. She started out with a single embroidering machine, then gained a second embroidering machine later as the business progressed.

Since then, Todd has added a screen printing machine, which she purchased in 2008 and has recently purchased a heat press so she is able to bedazzle and sequin T-shirts and jackets.

Todd has done a variety of different projects throughout the course of her business and says “I never know what is going to walk through the door. It all depends on the customers.”

Todd has taken her products to  Wauneta, Imperial, Benkelman, and McCook craft shows. Most recently Todd took her merchandise to the White Barn Treasures on April 18.

She continues to take new orders and is looking forward to the ever continuous expansion of her business. With a smile on her face Todd says “I just keep taking over more and more of the house.”

Susie’s Creative Stitches is sure to continue its growth as it gains more supporters and more customers. Todd’s business has been a wonderful addition to the business community in Wauneta.