Embroidery art: Tina Hunt brings her business to Dickinson
Louisiana native Tina Hunt has been doing custom embroidery from her home ever since she moved from Lafayette to Dickinson.
“When we were transferred here last summer, I closed the doors of my shop and brought my equipment with me,” Hunt said.
Holt and her husband, Bobby, have six children together — the youngest still living at home.
She started machine embroidery after their last child was born.
“It started as a hobby, but I ran with it,” she said. “It just grew and now it’s something I can do no matter how old I get.”
The embroidered gift items often have unique sayings such as toilet paper with “Wipe ‘em Cowgirl” or “Urine My Thoughts.”
She personalizes monograms on pillow cases and towels. She decorates baby burp cloths and diapers. She has done company logos and customized T-shirts and garment printing.
“I do shower curtains — anything that fits into my machine I’ll try,” she said.
The business provides an outlet for her creativity.
“I come up with all kinds of things,” she said. “Sometimes the boys are not real encouraging, saying they will never sell. But they do! Even my husband gives me ideas like the satchels I make.”
She also makes hand-poured candles that may be sold separately or as a gift basket item.
Holt relies on referrals to market her business.
“Word of mouth is much more common in our state,” she said.
Holt misses her family and the culture they left behind.
“I loved the food and the hospitality,” she said. “We have the flea markets, festivals and craft shows. The whole city celebrates Mardi Gras.”
While she isn’t fond of North Dakota’s cold weather, they are calling Dickinson home for now.
“We try to make the best of every place we go,” she said.
The gift items may be viewed at Miss Willow’s Nest, a new business located at Dakota Dakota Sew and So, 2797 Third Ave. W.
For more information about the products, contact Hunt at that’firstname.lastname@example.org.