FACEBOOK LIVE with Mark Lipinski and Mr. Electric, September 18, 2016


If you missed today’s Facebook LIVE live video, here it is!  Please feel free to leave a question or comment.  All are answered.  xooxm

Here are the links to the subjects we spoke about in this episode . . . 


A – Z of Wool Embroidery


A – Z of Crewel Embroidery


A – Z of Embroidery Stitches



Embroider’s Guild of America 

Kidney Mary, Jill Edwards, and me after our stitching with the EGA in Maplewood NJ 


Inexpensive  Embroidery Hoop as Quick Tapestry/Crewel Yarn Holder






Use an old thread spool holder to hang your cuts of embroidery floss.


Don’t forget to mark each spool with the corresponding color number.


Traditional Home Magazine



Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork



In the Mail


Stitch Dictionary by Lucinda Ganderton

Q Snaps 






My New Best Pen




The Name Escaped Me


Tony Mineri is the needlework designer (a terrific guy) who is my inspiration, true or not, for learning embroidery page-by-page. 

Visit Tony’s website to learn more about him and his fiber art here:  http://www.tonyminieri.com

Fabric for New Quilt Workshops Design

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Flowering Peony by Dover Hill for Benartex

Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids



 Visit the fabulous QUILTSMART website:  http://www.quiltsmart.com

We Have a Winner

The lucky winner of last week’s book giveaway is 


Camille Caraway Anderson!


Camille is from Arkansas

Just like Savvy Shields


Who is Miss America 2017

Congratulations, Camille! Please email your mailing address to me at pickleroadstudios@me.com

To order you copy of CROCHET TO CALM visit http://www.interweavestore.com/crochet-to-calm.  

To see some of the projects from the book watch last week’s Facebook Live  by clicking on the video below:


How I Wrap My Embroidery Hoop


I only wrap my good, wooden hoops, when I embroider.  In this case, In this case, I’m using a gorgeous Hardwicke Manor, hardwood birch, 7 1/2” x 5/8” embroidery hoop with a brass fastener (about $15).  You should always wrap one section of your wooden embroidery hoop with twill tape.  I used the 1” Twill Tape by Wrights.  I get it at Joann Fabrics for a couple of bucks, if that.


I simply secure my twill tape to the inner part of my embroidery hoop with an office binding clip and begin to TIGHTLY wrap the twill tape around and around the hoop, overlapping a little.


When I get to the end of my tape or the end of my twill tape meets the beginning of my twill tape (or whichever comes first), I fold under the  raw edge of the twill tape and sew the pieces together — it’s not a stitching beauty contest, I’m just making sure my tightly pulled twill tape stays in place.


Here’s my completed  wrapped and sewn inner embroidery hoop.


The twill tape helps keep your fabrics tightly in a wooden  hoop.  Some think it keeps your work cleaner, too.  I always, always, wash my hands before stitching and after touching food or anything else.


I once knew a stitcher who would put a square of super-cheap, Walmart-ish, muslin (about 2-inches or larger than the hoop size) in the hoop along with, and OVER, her fabric design area. Once taut she would cut an area out of the muslin  to keep her work clean.  I have even used tissue paper for a really cheapie version (the rustling sound of paper can drive you a little, however, and it’s not as sturdy. Now, you didn’t hear it here, but the free Tyvek envelopes from the post office also work well).  Like this:


Also, don’t forget that it is important to take your stitching OUT of the hoop when you’re finished stitching for the day. You don’t want to mark or crease your fabric.

Happy Stitching!  xoxom

Sanganeri Block Printing on Paper and Fabric Class

Here’s a quick video on Sanganeri Block Printing . . .

Photos from my class . . .

Meet my teacher, Shanti Jain.  We prepare paints for printing on paper . ..


My paper prints

Preparing for and Printing on Fabric

My Fabric Print (the grand plan is added embroidery)


Work of my classmates

Shanti Jain’s work

No FACEBOOK LIVE on Saturday, September 24, 2016  


Kaffe Fassett  Kaffe Fassett

Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi   Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Mark Lipinski …and yours truly is being interviewed by my buddy, That Girl (because the picture I found reminds me of Marlo in the city back in the day),

10696255_689996561078615_674049311262646143_n.jpg  Marie Bostwick

MaryFons and Mary Fons is our Master of Ceremonies and Host


Where, oh where, is CREWEL APPLIQUÉ?


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8 Comments on “FACEBOOK LIVE with Mark Lipinski and Mr. Electric, September 18, 2016”

  1. Sharon Fischer
    September 19, 2016 at 12:46 AM #

    Are you familiar with the web site Pintangle and the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) challenge? It is a great resource for learning new stitches (and no physical clutter) ❤


    • September 19, 2016 at 1:43 PM #

      No, I’m not. It’s now on my list to explore, thanks to you. I have a lot of quilting to do– and that’s my primary focus, but I love that you are pointing me in the right direction. I just feel this need to break out and to try new things.


  2. September 19, 2016 at 7:45 AM #

    Can’t wait to see you in NYC next weekend!!!!!!


    • September 19, 2016 at 1:40 PM #

      Can’t wait, Liz. I hope I fit through the door! xoxom


  3. Cathy Trumble
    September 19, 2016 at 8:18 AM #

    Mark, are you familiar with the work of Brian Haggard? He is a crazy quilter extraordinary! He has three books, the latest, ” The Crazy Haberdasher’s Inspiring Life” is absolute eye candy. If you get a chance, Google him. Take care, Cathy

    Sent from my iPad



    • September 19, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

      I am not but, thanks to you, I just sought him out. I’m not a crazy quilter (nor do I want to be actually) but I just love the creativity. I may have to pick up his book. Thanks for turning me onto him. xoxom


  4. Arline
    September 19, 2016 at 1:28 PM #

    I enjoyed reading this and learning some new tips. Looking forward to the next one.


    • September 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM #

      Thanks, Arline. Hope to see you again, soon. xooxm


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