Little Seamstress on the Prairie
Does the pioneer spirit still exist? We say yes, and point to entrepreneurs like Amber Rassel for evidence of it. Living in the tiny prairie town of Marcus, Iowa (population about 1,200), Amber began Ribbons & RicRac, her custom sewing business, in a natural way. She needed something, she wanted it to be unique yet useful, and she made it happen.
In 2014 I left my job to stay home with my son full time. I had always sewn and made some things here and there for him, but decided I wanted to learn more about it. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I took apart the carseat cover and made a pattern for a “girly” cover. I made a matching diaper bag and carseat quilt. Any time we would go out, people would stop and ask where I got it. I made some business cards to hand out and the rest is history!
People who live on the prairie are generally resourceful. They make do with what they have, use their talents to support their family, and improve life for those around them. Amber could have loaded her little son into the car and driven over an hour to Sioux City, the closest biggish town to Marcus, and simply bought what she needed. Instead, she allowed inspiration and talent to take over. And she created an adorable travel set that no one else had.
First the Blade and then the Ear
Amber started to get requests for custom sewn articles here and there, and word spread of how pretty and well made they were. Now she finds herself full-time in business. She’ll stitch you a variety of baby items (bibs, burp cloths, teething rings, blankets). Babies grow into toddlers, then into children, and Amber is always ready with clothes, bows, and dolls. When you need something extra special handmade, ask her for help to design that custom gift.