HJ/EDMarch 6, 2006

LP woman has home business of professional sewing

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Heather Hach Yellick is a very creative and talented woman who has turned her ideas and sewing talent into a business that has been extremely successful.

Yellick said she grew up in a family where she was taught, “if you wanted something you worked for it.”

Listening to Yellick talk about Prairie Wind Designs, her home-based business on Dairy Avenue in Lester Prairie, doesn’t sound like work. It is more a labor of love.

Yellick enjoys making something unique and special for others. Also, her business has provided her the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom to her four boys, who are at the top of her list of priorities.

When Yellick graduated from high school, her parents gave her a portable Singer sewing machine. She remembers sewing all through college. In fact, she does not remember a time when she was not able to sew.

Yellick considers sewing to be just like engineering and includes drafting of different patterns (some patterns were inherited from her mother and are over 50 years old) to achieve her final product.

There is nothing that she cannot sew, including all styles of clothes, costumes, quilts, pillows and curtains. She even does upholstering.

Her current project is a First Communion dress with hand sewn sequins and beads, and her next project is a queen-size Dresden Plate quilt.

Yellick’s company began as custom sewing, but has expanded to include her Prairie Wind Soaps, made from a recipe that was passed down from her mother and grandmother. The soaps are lightly-scented bath soaps.

A new line of soap is also now available called Farmer’s Formula, and is made from locally grown crop oils.

In addition, there is a Grandma’s Wash Day Soap that, when grated, will do six to nine loads of laundry.

Her most recent, and very profitable venture, is her handbags made out of materials such as feed sacks, novelty fabrics, and themed materials.

The idea began as a Christmas present for her mother. From there it was Yellick trying to keep up with the demand as happy customers showed off their original handbags to family and friends.

Yellick estimates a total of 80 handbags have already sold.

“I make whatever people want. They are all well received. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they see their handbag for the first time. It is so rewarding!” she said.

With each customer’s purchase Yellick sends an appreciation gift made specially by her; beaded bracelets, each of her own design, or a bath bar of soap in a gift bag.

If you would like to find out more about Prairie Wind Designs, call Heather Yellick at (320) 395-4304.

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