Stippling Stitches — a quilting oasis


By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



Rita Brackman creates a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.


Rita Brackman sets her adjustments to create a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.


They may be off the beaten path a bit, but Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville, is worth finding if you want to get your creative juices flowing.

Stippling Stitches, owned by Roger and Rita Brackman, is an oasis in a world where people just don’t seem to have the time to create something of their own anymore.

Rita Brackman begins with quality fabric including fabric with 60 threads vertical and 60 threads horizontal. She is quick to add that she invites people to try to find the same quality at the big box stores.

Quilting work and classes are the mainstay of Stippling Stitches.

“We make quilts. We make purses. We do classes on quilts and purses,” Brackman said. “We do embroidery classes. We do applique classes as well.”

Brackman said quite a few customers come to her shop because they are the only quilt shop until you get to Chillicothe in one direction or Greenup in the other direction.

“We have people who come from Jackson. They come from Beaver. They come from Portsmouth, New Boston, Ashland, Greenup, Otway, Jackson, Piketon,” Brackman said. “We have customers come from everywhere.”

Brackman said she learned the art of quilting on her own by taking classes, did the Long Arm quilts in her basement for a couple of years, then moved into the shop which has been in its current location since 2012. She said Lil McKenzie who had Lil’s Quilt Shop on Market Street, was a major influence on her and even helped her open the shop.

The walls are lined with colorful quilts in every type of pattern and she currently has a quilt she is finishing on her Long Arm Quilting Machine, which uses digital technology to make sure every stitch is done correctly.

Brackman said people who have never quilted before can learn from the classes offered by Stippling Stitches.

“All they have to know is how to use their sewing machine,” Brackman said. “You need to know how to thread it – how to do the bobbin – everything else is taught. We have beginners classes that teach you how to use the ruler, how to use the rotary cutter, how to do all that.”

They sell fabric including a large selection of 108 inch backing.

“So you don’t have to buy two pieces and sew it together,” Brackman said. “It’s all quilt shop quality fabric.”

Stippling Stitches is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with plenty of parking. They specilize in fabric, books, patterns, kits, notions, embroidery supplies, classes and Long Arm Quilting.

“This is an awesome shop,” Jan Gillum, one of the instructors at the shop, said. “She has done a great job. She has kept it small and cozy. Her customers love her. It’s just a fabulous little shop.

Brackman said people can learn more about the shop and their services at stipplingstitches.com, and if you have any questions, those questions will go directly to her email box – [email protected] You can also reach them by phone at 740-259-5111 or 740-935-7482. To get to the shop, customers can turn off U.S. 23 onto Ohio 348 and look for Owensville Road. Turn left onto Owensville Road and come up the hill to 1179. The shop is in a building at the rear of the property.

Rita Brackman creates a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Stippling1.jpgRita Brackman creates a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.

Rita Brackman sets her adjustments to create a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Stippling2.jpgRita Brackman sets her adjustments to create a quilt on her Long Arm Quilting Machine at Stippling Stitches, located at 1179 Owensville Road in Lucasville.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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