Welcome Stitchers and Friends! This blog is about my wee cottage industry: Fearn Abbey Needleworks; and about my own personal stitching adventures. Have a wee look around and see if we can be stitching friends. Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Healing Journey

Hi folks!

As they say in stitching groups: Not stitching related, but...

You all know I am on a healing journey and dealing with Myasthenia Gravis. I have not been designing much lately. Mostly I've felt too crummy. However, I am starting to feel better! I wanted to share with you another blog I have which is chronicling my journey as I heal from this autoimmune disorder. I chose to forego pharmaceutical drugs of any kind and to work on healing myself, naturally.

I would be so grateful if you would share my site with anyone you know who may be struggling with an autoimmune disorder and wondering how to handle it.

Here it is:


I would really like to meet others who are healing naturally, and develop a network, so thank you for your help in spreading the word for me.

Back to stitching: It has been SO therapeutic. I've been stitching a lot lately, but not very quickly. I'm getting a new camera, so I plan to post photos soon. And if you have not heard about the Lakeside Needlecraft SALs, well, why not?

Visit the facebook group page to find out more and join. They are such fun, and one of the SALs is totally free!

Here's to more stitching posts soon!
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

When You Discover You Have a Debilitating Illness

Dear Friends,

I am missing these days.  I have been fighting a major illness, and it's got me way down:  MYASTHENIA GRAVIS.  I can barely swallow, can't eat solids, can't talk, am weak and fatigued.  So, life has come to a slow crawl at the moment.  I will be back as soon as I can beat this thing back into remission.  Please pray for me!
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"Just For You" Sale in My Shop!

Happy New Year! Here's to a wonderful year full of lots of stitching.  I will have to stitch all day every day for the rest of the year to finish the projects I want to do!

If you're looking for a new stitch, hop over to my Etsy shop and have a browse. All items are 15% off for the month of January. To take advantage of my sale, please use the coupon code:


Do you have any New Year stitching goals?
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What a Year This Has Been

I actually think a LOT of people can say that about this year.  So many ups and downs, and absolute craziness.  People literally losing their minds all over the world.  I will not really be sad to see this year go.

I did stitch quite a lot during the year, but didn't do much designing.  I haven't felt "myself" this whole year.  I wonder if any of you felt the same way?

I am starting to regroup, remove extraneous things from my life; get on with it.  And I am definitely trying to go deeper in my faith.  As well, I started a new job halfway through the year.  Now, see... I'm basically "retired".  I was a schoolteacher for many years, and worked in youth ministry, and things like that.  I thought I was pretty much done with out-of-the-house jobs.  But no.  Now I work for the Church of Scotland as an organist / pianist in four of the local churches here.  Except... I'm an Orthodox Christian!  It works out well, though, because most of our liturgies are on Saturdays, so I can play for the Church of Scotland on Sundays, with my priest's blessing.

So, I have been learning some new routines and setting some new goals.  And my stitching goal for 2017 is to get back to designing, get back to blogging, and stitch as close to "daily" as possible.

Do you have stitching goals?

Once the glorious Christmas Season is past, I will take time to photograph and post about my stitching goings on.

Also, please NOTE:  I have deleted my website for Fearn Abbey Needleworks, and have decided to come back to this blog for both my wee business and my own personal stitching.

I'm sure I've lost all my stitching friends by now, but... I'll keep plugging away.

Meanwhile, I'm wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and lots of time for stitching in the New Year!
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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Year of WIPs

I have two boxes which have been organized and sorted... and which contain UFOs from ages ago.  This is my year to turn UFOs into WIPs and then finishes! You know, along with doing current projects, designs, and The Orthodox Stitcher. Here is my first UFO to WIP to FINISH:  Halloween Kitty. I got this chart a few years ago from Patterns Online. It was a terribly hard chart to read, in tiny black and white, and very faint, symbols. I did the cat and a tiny bit of orange, and then it went into hiding for a couple of years. 

I am happy to say, I persevered, at long last, and finished it! It is done on a pale blue 14ct Aida using DMC threads. I really, REALLY like it! Now it awaits a frame or some kind of finishing.

Next UFO turned WIP is a Dimensions kit of an angel with a harp. Plugging away at it.

I'm also working on one of my own designs, and a kit of a castle. There are NOT enough hours in the day!

Oh, and I started doing the music for two local churches!

What are you all busy with?
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


This little black lamb and his (her?) friend have just been added to the Etsy shop today.  I enjoyed stitching this so much.  My design is based on a vintage illustration (public domain) and brings to mind simpler times.

You can find this PDF Instant Download HERE

While we have been enjoying the thousands of little bouncy lambs in the fields around us this spring, it has also been a bit of an up-and-down sort of time:  very wintry, unseasonable weather at times; hectic visits from family back home; very long work hours for my dear husband.  I am hoping for a bit of a break and for things to slow down just a little!

I hope this little lamb has made you smile today!
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Making Up For Lost Time :: A Tartan Highland Fling

Hello friends! I have recently listed this original design in my Etsy Shop. It is a wee bit of Scotland for you ~ a Highland Dancer silhouetted on a lovely heathery tartan background.

The model is stitched on blue marble 14-count Aida. DMC stranded cotton threads are used, 2 strands.

The finished design size is approximately 3.5" X 4.5", but it does take some time to stitch as it is a solid pattern.

I have been enjoying working out how to chart tartans...although, sometimes my eyes go crossed if I keep at it too long!

Since the new year began, I have had NINE finishes! This is probably a record for me. I finished two of my own designs for the Etsy shop (this one and the Thistle and Tartan design), my own design for The Orthodox Stitcher (Maxim No. 2), two blue delft patterns, three A Year in Chalk patterns by Hands On Designs, and an angel letter.  I'm quite pleased, and inspired!

At the moment, I have WIPs and UFOs laid out across the spare bed, and I'm gearing up to work on them all. I have a new design in the works, and another design for The Orthodox Stitcher coming up soon!

I have been hobbling around in a walking boot, trying to keep my foot immobilized so the stress fracture can heal. The upside: more stitching time!

Hope you are all having a lovely winter with lots of coziness and stitching!
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