HJ/EDHerald Journal, Nov. 7, 2005

Local show one outlet for Howard Lake crafter

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Sheri Deiter of Howard Lake markets her embroidered creations across the area, but the Creative Crafts and Collectibles Fair that takes place at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School is close to her heart.

“It was the first craft show I ever entered,” Deiter said.

Deiter is now ready to enter the show for the third time, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The thing that is nice about the Howard Lake craft show is it draws a large crowd, but they still keep the entry fee down,” Deiter said.

Deiter enters several items in the craft show each year, including embroidered flour sack towels, knit gloves, baby items, blankets, onesies, crocheted dish clothes, cloth diapers, and T-shirts.

Her favorite item to make are the flour sack dish towels.

“I know them inside and out, and love coming up with different designs,” Deiter said. “It’s amazing what people will buy if it’s on a dish towel.”

Deiter notices several people will buy towels with certain designs because it reminds them of a friend. “They make good, inexpensive gifts that let the person know you are thinking of them,” Deiter said.

Deiter first started making her creations when she became a stay-at-home mom. Formerly employed in the cities, she wanted to find a way to make money from home.

“I think a lot of people out here are starting a home business. They are sick of the commute and gas prices,” Deiter said.

With no experience in sewing, Deiter began to embroider on a small home-embroidery sewing machine.

Deciding that she liked the work, she bought a commercial embroidery sewing machine.

“I had never sewn before, but with embroidery, you don’t really have to know. You learn as you go,” Deiter said.

Embroidery has gone high-tech in Deiter’s house, where she can put her designs on a computer that is hooked up to her sewing machine.

The design can then be transferred to the machine, and onto the cloth.

The computer even times this process, so Deiter knows exactly how long it takes to make each item.

“It averages anywhere from three to 10 minutes,” Deiter said.

Deiter sells her creations in various craft shows and boutiques throughout the area, including the towns of Waseca, Andover, Buffalo, and Waconia.

Her favorite piece is one that is not for sale. It is a fleece blanket with satin trim she made for her 11-month-old son, Chase. She personalized the blanket with her son’s date of birth.

Embroidery gives Deiter the chance to personalize anything, which transfers into great gifts that can be used. Such as gloves with “hockey mom” stitched on them, a T-shirt that reads “grandma,” or a dish towel with red chili peppers embroidered on it.

“I like the creativity of it. A lot of it I don’t even sell, but I give them as gifts,” Deiter said.

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