little clown with dragonfly wings by lyric kinard

the hand stitched surface by lynn krawczyk – blog hop

July 11, 2018

I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to showcase
Lynn Krawkzyk’s new book The Hand Stitched Surface.

Hand Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk

Each illustrations is clear and beautifully rendered and Lynn’s examples are full of delightful whimsy. The projects are fabulous and include Stitched Buttons, Boho Collage Coasters, and a Technicolor Begonia Cushion among others.

hand-stitched-surface by Lynn Krawczyk

Reading this book and being inspired was the perfect reason to spend an afternoon with needle and embroidery thread. For me, there is nothing more playful and relaxing than choosing the perfect weight and color of thread to add little stitches to some small piece of textile work. That is it’s relaxing – until your fingers feel like they want to fall off as you struggle to pull the needle through several fused and quilted layers of cloth. Things can get a bit tough then.

No worries. I’ve got a little tip that will make it MUCH easier to pull even thick pearl cottons through canvas!
Take a peek and you’ll see what I’m talking about.


It’s as simple as that. Use a rubber finger to pull the needle instead of pliers (been there – not fun) or a thimble. Rubber fingers are available at office supply stores. Pretty nifty, eh?

rubber fingers are perfect for embroidery

And dear U.S. readers, you have a chance to win a copy of Lynn’s book by leaving a comment on this blog post! On On Tuesday July 17th I’ll choose a comment at random. I’ll post and contact the winner so keep an eye out.

Be sure to stop by each blog on the hop and leave comments because every one of us gets to choose a lucky winner!

Monday July 9 – Lisa Chin
Tuesday July 10 – Ana Sumner
Thursday July 12 – Libby Williamson
Friday July 13 – Allison Aller
Saturday July 14 – Lynn Krawczyk

I think this little guy is adorable.
I call him Little Clown with Dragonfly Wings
He is 5″ x 7″ (plus a little wing overlap)
He is available.


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    m montroy
    August 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    it’a green idea. but also like knitting around trees…evolving art with craft, expanidng craft…i like judy martin, & mary corbet, 2 distances on the same pole…i use leather for pulling, but rubber sounds good…

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    Linda Kennedy
    July 17, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I’ll have to give your rubber finger tip a try. I love hand stitching and would love to have a copy of Lynn’s book.

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    Sandra S Cooper
    July 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I love the rubber finger idea, it make s perfect sense!! Great photos, too!

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    Sue Myers
    July 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Nice tip using rubber fingers…will need to try for sure. I have followed Lynn for sometime and have been a fan of her fabric designs. This book is just what I’ve been looking for to continue explore hand stitching. Love being introduced to your work…exciting and inspiring.

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    Janice Willis
    July 15, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you for the list of books. You certainly described my feelings with the fear to start because of the fear to fail. Looking forward to doing some reading.

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    Terry Weiss
    July 15, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I just bought a box of rubber fingers from a thift store for my cats to pay with. they were completely uninterested – unlike their predecessors. I was about to put them in the give away box, when I saw this. I guess they are now going into my hand sewing basket.

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    Quilter Beth
    July 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Hand stitching is my favorite way to work. I love the peaceful feeling I get when I hand stitch. I can’t wait to see this book. I follow Lynn’s blog and love it.

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    July 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Great rubber finger tip, won’t fall off like a thimble does. Thx.

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    Joan Schafer
    July 15, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Another great item from an office supply store. Thank you for the idea

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    Theresa Hughes
    July 15, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I will never stop learning, thanks to all you amazing stitchers!

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    Marty Mason
    July 15, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Fantastic tip…I have a rubber fingertip and use it often in my hand quilting. Am so enjoying the blog hop and hope to be a winner of Lynn’s fabulous hand-stitchery book.

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    July 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I tend to use a rubber finger as a thimble on my middle finger. I’ll have to try it as a needle puller on my index finger too. Thanks for the tip!

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    Lynne Davis
    July 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for your beautiful post, and especially the tip about using a rubber finger. I will try it.

    I love your work, and Lynn’s too.

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    Michelle Banton
    July 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love your ideas and tips, Lyric. So glad that Lynn chose you as one of the artists on her blog hop. You guys are so inspiring.

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    Kathy Nida
    July 14, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I love your winged man. Very cool.

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    Sue McVicker
    July 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for the wonderful tips Tip! I have not seen these tips before so I will have to find them. I am enjoying this hop, finding new blog friends and inspiration along the way. Thanks!

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    Sylvia Lewis
    July 14, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Great tip for difficult stitching! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!

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    Barbara Williams
    July 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Looks to be a lovely book. Thank you for the rubber finger tip.

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    Elaine Stoffel
    July 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    I enjoy doing hand stitching. I think its just so relaxing. Thanks for your tip on using a rubber finger. Never thought of doing that. Going to go out and get me some.

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    Kathy Stutzman
    July 13, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    What a unique project! Love your attitude about whatever can go through a needle is fair game.

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    Sherri Sisung
    July 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I always come away with something useful from you. Love handwork.

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    July 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Such a practical idea. Love to hand stitch on anything.

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    TX Creatrix aka Shari Adkisson
    July 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

    This blog hop is inspiring me to hand stitch! Would love to win this book!

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    Susan E Stitch
    July 13, 2018 at 8:03 am

    I love when I learn that there are uses for ordinary things in extraordinary ways. And who doesn’t like shopping in an office supply store? Thanks — I’m sure this tip will be very useful.

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    July 13, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for the tip!

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    July 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I want to do more handstitching…

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    July 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for the rubber finger tip. I’m looking forward to trying it out because thimbles just don’t work for me.

    Would love to win Lynn’s book! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Susan Noethen
    July 11, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    that’s a great tip. cute little clown!

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    Sherrie Spangler
    July 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I love the music with your video! The book sounds like fun too.

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    July 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Love this!!! Thank you for sharing.

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    Rachel Bates
    July 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Its great to see small projects as well as larger

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    Tawney Mazek
    July 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve used small squares cut from old bicycle inner tubes to pull needles through, the finger cots would surely be better.

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    Debbi Cooper
    July 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I’m not one for using thimbles (although I have several lovely ones) as I find them too bulky. I will be on the look out for rubber tips and give them a go. Thanks

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    July 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I could use a small project away from my machine, and it looks like this book has what I need.

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    Barbara Fox
    July 11, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Great little tip that I’m guessing really saves the finger when stitching. Thx! Sometimes pulling that needle through can wear a hole on that finger. Lynn’s book looks wonderful, would love to add to my library. BTW, you clown piece is so fun!

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    July 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Loving the clown.

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    Sandy Borglum
    July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I love hand stitching – I want to incorporate it more into my works.

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    Anne Muñoz
    July 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Great tip! . . fingertip! Would love to read Lynn’s book.

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    Jenny Williams
    July 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Great tip! Dritz makes a version of these for quilters that come in different sizes. I have several and love them for this purpose. I can’t recall whether it was Lynn or Cheryl Slaboda who gave the info on the Dritz finger cots, but either type is a big improvement.

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    Kathy Schmidt
    July 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I always forget about the finger cots until it’s late it night and my fingers are so very sore and the piece is ALMOST done………….and then when I’m in the office supply area I forget about the sore fingers! DUH! Thanks for the reminder!

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    July 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I have a stash of the rubber fingers from a crazy quilt class and always forget to grab one. Thanks for the reminder. I love the little man. He makes me happy and that is a good thing!

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    July 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    He makes me smile!

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    July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hand stitching is so relaxing – thanks for the rubber finger tip!!! Will look for them! (And I think your clown with dragonfly wings is hilarious!!!! – makes me giggle!)

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    Linda H
    July 11, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Looking forward to this book. I’ve also used a deflated balloon to help pull a needle through.

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    Claudia Tam
    July 11, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Great idea! I stay away from thicker threads because they were so hard to pull through, but will try the rubber finger. Thanks!!

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    July 11, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I have actually been using the “rubber finger” to help with my stitching, nice to see someone else does also. It really helps with my arthritic hand.

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    G Reynolds
    July 11, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Very inspiring !

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    Robin Shilman
    July 11, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I love hand stitching and am excited to read this book

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