Lickety Stitch receives national recognition

Tara Hutchison/Lusk Herald Lickety Stitch owner Karen Wisseman stands with only a small portion of the fabric bolts available at Lickety Stitch. The shop will be featured in this spring’s edition of Quilt Sampler magazine.

LUSK – A local quilting shop in Lusk will be featured in a national magazine in May.

The May edition of Quilt Sampler, a special interest publication of Better Homes and Gardens, will feature Lickety Stitch of Lusk. 

“They feature 10 shops in each magazine and they put it out twice a year,” owner Karen Wisseman said. “We applied to be in their magazine. They said nearly 3,000 quilt shops we’re eligible. So it’s a very great honor to be in the magazine.”

Wisseman said this year is the shop’s 10-year anniversary. They will be celebrating both a decade and a national recognition in May. 

After the Lusk flood of 2015, Wisseman said they lost a great portion of their project but when faced with the option of giving up or moving forward, they chose to continue. 

After the hard work of restoration they were back in business.
“We remodeled this building – started out quite small but then just grew. And then in 2017 we remodeled that building and made the connecting holes in the wall. So we’ve grown to over twice as big because that building is actually larger than this one,” Wisseman said. “People have been very supportive. We do have the disadvantage of Niobrara County being – of course Wyoming being the least populated state in the United States – the least populated county in Wyoming. So when it comes to the number of people, that is always a struggle when you have a retail store.”

Wisseman said they have a lot of people stop in while traveling and the shop has grown in popularity by word of mouth. Wisseman said that some people travel out of their way as well as making special trips just to visit Lickety Stitch.

“We’re going to be in the May 2020 issue. So we’re going to celebrate it on May 2nd. Kind of an anniversary celebration plus celebrating – the magazine will be out then,” she said.. “So we’re going to try and promote our information that’s going to be in the magazine about us. And then we’ll also have magazines for sale here plus all of our other products.”

Wisseman said the shop has around 4,000 bolts of fabric and offers classes periodically.

The shop offers a nice place for Wisseman to work alongside her sister Jane Filener, her mother Joan Sundin and her other sister Polly Swayne of Gordon, Neb., helps with designs.

“We made a quilt for them – designed it for the magazine, so that will be in the magazine,” said. “We will have that quilt hanging here and kits for that at our May  2nd bash.”


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