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!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I'm taking a wee break now ~ hoping to get a little stitching done just for our home.  I still enjoy stitching other designers' things very much. I will be back in the early-to-middle part of January.  My Etsy shop is still open, and I will answer my emails, so you can get in touch with me if you like.  I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas break. Thank you for your encouragement and support!
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Doodle's Christmas Wreath

I forgot to show you Doodle's Christmas wreath.  I have made one using the "Doodle All the Way" chart, and another wreath using the "Let It Snowball" chart, a photo of which I shared in an earlier post.  They look so cute hanging on the doors in our home. 

I'm always looking for interesting ways to finish off a cross stitch design or project.  I have plenty of needlework items in frames, but we only have so much wall space!  I've used pillows, wreaths, the fronts of blank books or journals, handmade buntings, cards, Christmas tree ornaments, and I don't know what all.

I'd love to hear the different ways you all display your work once it is finished.  Please feel free to leave a comment and share your ideas!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Design: Southern Belle in Her Crinoline, with Her Poodles

Here is my latest design:  a Southern Belle in Her Crinoline with Her Poodles.
I tried to capture a couple of things:  lots of poodles (of course!), a vintage / retro / 50s kind of style, and the South.  I love all the pastels in this design.

This darling girl and her trio of poodles are stitched on blue marble Aida, and they are set off by a light grey filigree pattern around the top and side borders.

In case there's any doubt that we're in the South...you can see her arbor in the background, with the wisteria in bloom!

This design is offered as a chart in Instant PDF Download format and is available now in my Etsy shop.  I hope you like it!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Freebie Number 3 of 3

Here is my final FREE CHART for Christmas :: a Little St Nicholas, complete with a fuzzy beard!
This little guy is about 3" X 3", so he would make up great as a card, a tree ornament, or a pillow.

This design uses 14-count Navy Aida.  I seem to be using a lot of that this Christmas.  I like the idea of a night scene, but black is just a little TOO dark.  You can see that St Nicholas's beard is fuzzy, and the snow is done the same way, using Madeira Lana thread in 2 strands, and fluffed up.

St Nicholas has a red robe with a green under layer, and he is standing by a little woodland deer and a little green forest tree with berries.  He is holding his crozier, or bishop's staff.

If you would like to stitch up this little guy for your Christmas, you can get the FREE PDF DOWNLOAD HERE!

Merry Christmas from Fearn Abbey Needleworks!

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Christmas Freebie Number 2 of 3!

 Here is a set of three little Christmas tree ornaments for you to stitch in time for Christmas!
Each ornament uses only 3 colors of stranded cotton, and all three ornaments use the same colors.
Stitch a star, a Victorian ornament, and a Christmas tree in red, green, and white on navy blue Aida.

 I finished my ornaments off by:
(1) Backing each one with fusible interfacing;
(2) Gluing them onto a piece of red wool felt;
(3) Gluing the two layers onto a piece of natural corrugated card.

Oh, and I used a little gold glitter glue around the edge of the star.

Then, I punched a hole in the top and threaded twine through for the hanger.  Each ornament is accented with a little satin bow.

These little ornaments measure between 2" and 3" square (approx. ~ actual dimensions are given in the chart).  

Happy stitching and Merry Christmas from Fearn Abbey Needleworks!

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Snowball's Christmas Wreath

Is it just me, or is December flying past already?
I wanted to share with you all how I finished off Snowball's Christmas decoration:  "Let It Snowball".  I've turned him into a wreath!
It's so easy with a plain green wreath, some purchased snowflake ornaments, a dotted ribbon trim, and some green florist wire.  I will be showing you Doodle's Christmas wreath shortly!

And...coming up soon (I have to say, I've got holes in my fingertips, stitching as fast as I am!)...two more freebies for you.  Keep checking back, and I will get them posted as soon as I can ~ in plenty of time to stitch them up for Christmas.

Also, don't forget:  You can still download The McLamby Christmas Extravaganza for free, and you can find Snowball's and Doodle's red and green Christmas designs in my Etsy shop.  As well, you can still grab my December special:  4 Charts for £1.  Please be sure to visit my Etsy shop!

Back to stitching...

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

What's Going On This Week at Fearn Abbey Needleworks

Post-Thanksgiving Blues, to start.  Who's with me on that one?  And we don't even have "Black Friday" over here (obviously).  Sometimes it is a real pain not being able to jump in the car and go to any shop I want.  Other times, it is a blessing.  However, thank goodness for online shopping.  I get virtually (no pun intended) all my supplies that way.  I'd love to go to a needlework shop, but there are none around.

What's going on at Fearn Abbey Needleworks right now:  I'm finishing (that is, mounting for display) two Christmas designs.  I'm finishing the stitching on another freebie (I owe you TWO MORE FREEBIES).  And we're doing a lot of Christmas decorating, piece at a time.

Who's frantically stitching for Christmas?

Don't forget to stop by my Etsy shop to get your four Christmas ornament charts for only £1.  I think that's about $1.65 in American dollars.  The download is 6 pages and full-color!

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Two Sheep and Two Lambs for Christmas

Dear Friends and Stitchers ~

What a kerfuffle we've been in here over the Thanksgiving weekend!  It has been a wonderful time with my dear husband, though, so I am grateful.  I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

I know I'm a day late, but at last, I've got your Christmas tree ornament charts up and ready for you.
Now don't laugh at my tree!  It's a whole foot and a half tall and I paid a whole pound for it! 
These little ornaments are done on beige 14-count Aida, and they are backed with red wool felt.  Each one is 2.9" X 2.4", stitch count 40 X 33.  They all use the same colors.   
Rosebud and Shermy have their coats stitched in white Madeira Lana thread which is then fluffed up. Rosebud is wearing a Christmas wreath and has his own little tree. 
Snowball and Doodle have their coats stitched in ecru stranded cotton. 
The big sheep have evergreen and berry borders.  The little lambs have candy cane borders, and Snowball is leaping and playing with a snowman.  Doodle is leaping over toy soldiers. 
Shermy has pretty snowflakes over his head, and he is wearing a gold jingle bell. 
You can get ALL FOUR CHARTS for only £1.  They are a fun and quick stitch for Christmas.
Click HERE to go to my Etsy shop and get your instant PDF download, which is 6 pages and contains full-color photos.  That's right, only £1 for all four charts.  I hope you like them!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Four for a Pound ~ That's £1!

I'm almost done!  The charts will be available for you THIS WEEK ~ Friday or Saturday, November 29th or 30th.  Please check back.  You will get all four charts for £1.  

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Super Deal!

Yes, only £1!  Coming soon... FOUR charts for the sweetest little Christmas ornaments you've ever seen (okay, I'm biased).  I will be posting a link to an instant PDF download, and you can get ALL FOUR for only £1.  I think that's a great deal, don't you?  Check back, and you will see photos of the finished ornaments, and by the end of November, you will get the link to grab your own charts.

Meanwhile, I am still working on the next two FREE CHARTS (both of which are also for Christmas). Please stop by frequently.  I will be getting all of these charts ~ the set of four for £1, and the two free ones ~ up in plenty of time for Christmas!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Doodle's First Snow, Among Other Things

YAY!  The Snow Fairies have come!  Doodle (and Snowball, of course), have been experiencing their first snow.  We've only had a slight dusting, but it really is lovely.  And Doodle, who does NOT like to get his back feet wet, seems to be coping quite nicely with it.  Of course, this means more cookies and hay and kibbles, so that could be why.

Little announcement:  My little lamb sampler has been taken off the blog as a freebie, but you can still get the chart in my Etsy shop for only £2.50.

I have just finished stitching a set of four Christmas tree ornaments.  I am in the process of finishing them off, and my plan is to offer them to you FOR FREE FOR £1 in the next week or so.  Also up will be a FREE SET of three Christmas ornaments, and a little St Nicholas for your tree.  These will be free for a short time only, so be sure to keep watch for them, and if you like them, grab them when you see them!

What's everybody stitching for the holidays and for Christmas?  I can just about hear the needles ~ of all kinds ~ flying!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

McLamby Christmas Extravaganza Here for You to Download!

I know it's not Thanksgiving yet, but we stitchers and crafters have to be working away on our Christmas things, don't we?  That's why I have been really pushing to get this chart out to you in plenty of time for Christmas.
You can see from the photos that this design employs lots of fun embellishments and specialty threads. I think you'll have fun stitching this chart!
You probably recognize them by now, but that's Doodle, Snowball, Shermy, and Rosebud (from left to right).  They're having their own McLamby version of a Merry Christmas, and they wanted to share with you!
If you would like to stitch this chart, for FREE, click HERE to go to the PDF Download.  This chart will only be available as a freebie for a short period of time, so get yours now!  HAPPY STITCHING!
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

McLamby Christmas Extravaganza

Here it is!  This is my first Christmas freebie for you.  I am working on the PDF tonight, so I hope to have the chart ready for you to download by Friday or Saturday of this week.  Please check back if you would like to stitch your own McLamby Christmas.  This design uses lots of fun extras.  And of course, those are the McLambies pulling the sleigh:  Doodle leads the way, followed by Snowball, Shermy, and Rosebud.  I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas chart!
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Guess What?

It is nearly 1:00 AM here in Scotland.  I've been stitching all night.  My eyes are crossing!  I don't mind though.  I'm stitching away because I have THREE (yes, that's 3) freebies coming your way for Christmas.  My Christmas present to you.  I will post them one-at-a-time, just as soon as I get the first one ready to go (almost there!).  Stay tuned...  And get your needles ready!
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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Highland Heather Has Moved to Etsy

Hi Friends,

Just to let you know, the chart HIGHLAND HEATHER is no longer available as a freebie.  It has moved to my Etsy shop where you can purchase it for only £2.50.  It is an instant download, and it includes color photos of the model as well as a little info on the heather of Scotland.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The FREE CHART for Thanksgiving is HERE!

Here is my latest FREEBIE in time for Thanksgiving.  This chart will make a finished design of approximately 6.5" X 3.5".  It uses DMC stranded cotton and DMC Light Effects (for the little gold stars).  I decided to go with something a little more traditional for this chart ~ no wild and wacky embellishments!  [Those will come on my next free chart:  A McLamby Christmas Extravaganza!]
The model was stitched on 14-count cream Aida, and all the cross stitches are done in 2 strands.  The long stitches are done with one strand of the gold Light Effects.  The idea with this design was to make you think of a pumpkin which was carved on the surface, but not all the way through, and then illuminated.  

To get your FREE CHART, click HERE for the PDF download.  The download contains a photograph, as well as the chart in both B & W symbols and in color.

Thanks for choosing my chart, and happy stitching!

NOTE:  I have been using Jumpshare for my file storage, but recently have discovered problems with it.  Please let me know if you have trouble downloading any of my charts.  I may switch to a different file sharing service. Technology is great when it works, and exceedingly frustrating when it doesn't! Thanks for your help!

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Thanksgiving FREE CHART Available for Download Tomorrow!

Here is something a little more traditional for you:  GIVE THANKS.  This free chart will be available tomorrow (Wednesday, November 6) to download.  Remember:  Free downloads are available for a limited time only (about 6 weeks or so), so be sure to download yours if you want to do this design.  Thanks!

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