The simple story is this. Back in 2006 my (then) teenage daughter taught me how to knit and it didn't take long for a creative seed to be planted. I love fiber of all kinds and my mission was a simple one...felted handbags.
TAMI PFEIL & KIM KLEINE
We are two Midwestern first-cousins that grew up in the St. Louis area. We went to the same schools and shared many of the same teachers along the way. We hung out at Grandma Lavina’s, learning to color, cook, sew on the machine (grandpa was sure we would break), embroider, garden and can. Looking back it was the perfect “training” for this business we are in today. Together we are a creative
tag-team committed to igniting a spark
in the imagination of the fiber artist.
You could say that I was one of those regular nuts at the local yarn shop. Before long, I was dreaming up one handbag idea after another and couldn't seem to make them fast enough to keep up with consignment demand. The shop owners were literally "begging" me for more bags! In a desperate late night frenzy to make tags the name, HandBEHG, came together as a play on words. It just kinda stuck.
Very early on in the handbag biz, hand-felted wool balls were incorporated into the designs for zipper pulls and as creative embellishments on the exteriors. The first packages of felted wool balls were hand-packed from my personal stash and became very popular with jewelry makers, quilters, other fiber artists and the consignment buyer. With the increased popularity, felt ball production quickly transitioned from the studio to a fair-trade production group managing our perfected process.
Felt balls were first offered online in early 2007. In 2008, the HandBEHG Felts micro-brand was adopted on all product packaging and Kim Kleine became part of the creative team. A dreamer, designer and exceptional fiber artist-guru in her own right, Kim expanded the Felts offering with the addition of the salvaged wool flat goods to compliment the felt balls.