American Made Since 2008

Dan Sattler-Reimer

North Saint Paul, Minnesota
There is something special about wool and the diversity of things that can be done with it - knitting, weaving and, my favorite, felting.

Tell us about your business.

A number of years ago, My wife brought home a book on needle felting. I had been spinning and knitting a bit, and she thought this might be another fun and interesting thing to try. So, I started making a couple of animals (I think the first thing I tried was a chicken). After a while I decided to try my luck at selling ornaments and such... I call of of my creations "guys." It didn't take long before the making of the guys became a second job, with a fairly positive reception on Etsy. Several years later, I am still working at it and continuing to come up with new creatures that delight.

What makes your business stand out?

Needle felting is not that unique. I try to make my guys with as much personality as possible, and I think that adds quite a bit of uniqueness to just a typically felted ornament or decoration. People seem to enjoy that aspect of my creations. All the materials I use are found, made or processed here in the U.S.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Always keep trying stuff. And, when things are slow, keep making things when, so when it picks up again you can really take advantage of that.

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