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, September 30, 2013

Snowball's Christmas

 He's here!  It's Snowball's Christmas...a special 2013 edition of a McLamby Christmas decoration.  This original design features my very own lamb, Snowball, who was born this year on May 8.  He is a sweet, fluffy, good-natured lamb, and I think he embodies a Christmas spirit because he is so gentle and loving.
 This cross stitch chart will be available for sale this week, and...if everything goes to plan, Snowball's brother, Doodle, will also be available.  I will be offering these charts for sale both on my blog and in my shop.  There will be a special involved, as well as FREE SHIPPING, so please check back this week as everything comes together.
This design is stitched on 14-count green Aida, and uses both Madeira Lana (for the fuzzy hat band) and DMC Light Effects (for the border).  It is accented by a little white pom pom at the tip of his little Santa hat.  The finished design size is appoximately 5" X 5".  It would work great as a Christmas tree ornament, a little pillow, a door hanger, or just a little something to decorate your wall.  I haven't decided how I want to finish mine yet, but I will show you as soon as I do!

Snowball's design is called Let It Snowball.  We hope you like it!
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stitching Madness!

When it's a one-woman show, it can get a bit harried!  Thank you for your patience.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hopefully This Week...

I am busily working on a set of charts, and the first one is almost stitched.  I hope to show it to you this week.  Can you guess?  And...I have a special offer coming your way, too!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's Doodle Time

Did you know...Doodle has his own blog!  Yes, he does.  He and his three McLamby family members have a blog which is updated daily (except Sundays).  He wants to invite you across to his blog where you can get a "lamby" view on life:
This is the blog button for The Daily Doodle, and if you would like one to put on your blog or website, you can find it there.  Doodle and Co look forward to your visit!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Another Finishing Idea

I'm busily stitching...but I thought I'd do a quick post on another finishing idea:
Yes, more poodles.  And not even my design!  I do enjoy stitching a lot of other designers' work.  These poodles are done with Madeira Lana thread, and I decided to try them in a few different color combinations.  They are all done on a circle of Aida with a pom pom trim stitched around it (small or mini size).  Then, I used a piece of scrapbook backing paper and stuck that onto...a piece of packing material!  It is like a piece of masonite, and seemed too good to throw out.  I've fixed a hanger on the back, and there you go...a little triptych of Paris Poodles!  The whole thing was made with scraps and things I had at home, including the chart from an old magazine.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

I Couldn't Wait for Friday...So Here's Your Free Chart!

Everyone seems to be getting into a "fall" frame of mind.  I'm sure lots of you are much farther along in your fall decorating than I am!  Well, to add a little Scottish touch to your Fall decorating, here is my latest free chart:
 A sheep, of course!  He is done in ecru cotton thread, with a dark black-brown for his legs and face.  And, he has big green sheepy eyes.  A black crow sits atop his back.  The funny thing is...we often see crows and jackdaws sitting on top of the sheep around here.  It makes me laugh every time I see it!
 This little sheep is accompanied by two apple trees, just ready for picking, and two big pumpkins.  All the cross stitching is done in 3 strands, and the backstitching is done in 2 strands.  I did the model on pale blue marble Aida.  I like the effect!
To get your free chart, CLICK HERE and you will be taken to a PDF download.  Happy stitching, and as always, send me a photo when you are done!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Freebie Coming This Week!

I wasn't going to do a free chart for a few weeks, mainly because I am so backed up with larger charts needing stitched and finished.  However, I was inspired and decided to whip one up.  It's finished, uploaded, and almost ready to go.  Just need the photos!  Please check back tomorrow ~ I hope to have it up then.  Can you guess what it will be??

I keep meaning to mention... for anyone not in the UK, my charts are all A4 paper size.  That's 11.7" X 8.3".  It's annoying, I know.  However, I think when you are printing a PDF, you can adjust the paper size.  I do apologize if the printing is a bit odd because of the UK paper size.  I wish everything could just be standard sizes.  6+ years on...and I'm still adjusting to the little daily things!
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Lemon Meringue Poodle

Ooh la la!  Lemon Meringue Poodle is here:
Lemon Meringue Poodle is the next in the Poodle Series.  Can you ever get enough poodles?  I think not.  That's like saying you could get enough lambs, and we know that's not true!
 Lemon Meringue Poodle is stitched in shades of yellow, green, and purple, primarily.  You will notice she is quite fluffy!  Madeira Lana thread is used to achieve this effect.  It can be stitched as normal and then fluffed up afterwards.
 This design also uses quite a few beads.  The model was stitched using Mill Hill seed beads in two colors: purple and yellow.  And, the poodle has a fancy collar done in yellow pearl beads.
 Lemon Meringue Poodle is surrounded by her own lemon meringue pies, which also have fluffy meringue tops.  There is quite a lot of backstitch and longstitch in this design, as well, adding dimension and interest.
You can find out more about Lemon Meringue Poodle, available as a CHART ONLY or a CHART PACK, in my Etsy shop.  Have a great, poodle-filled week!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pink Paris Poodle

This little chart is now available in my Etsy shop:
 Just a little something for fun!

This poodle is for sale, and only costs £4 in my Etsy shop.  Another freebie is coming shortly!  Happy Stitching!
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Monday, September 09, 2013

St Patrick

I'm so happy to bring to you my latest design:  St Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland.
 I had such fun creating this design and stitching it up!  My St Patrick is stitched on 14-count sage Aida, and uses a rich assortment of greens and yellows for the main color scheme.  Patrick is shown with his bishop's staff, a cross on a braided rope, and yellow beads radiating from his halo.
You can also see his little kitty in the lower right-hand corner.  All my saints seem to be cat lovers!
This design is offered as both a complete kit (chart, instructions, information on the saint, needle, pre-sorted stranded cotton threads, charm, and beads) or as a chart pack (which will include beads and charm along with the chart and instructions).  Please visit my Etsy Shop if you are interested in stitching your own St Patrick!
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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Head Down

That's what I have to do right now:  keep my head down.  Seems there have been lots of interruptions in the past week or so, and my stitching and designing has slowed down a bit.  I'm nearly done with a large design, and I'm eager to show it to you.  Things have eased off a bit now, so as of tomorrow, I'm stitching, stitching, stitching till this thing is done.  I'm really happy with it, and I love the colors.  I hope you will, too.  I'll be posting photos just as soon as it's finished!

Next up will be a small design, available as a kit or a chart.  I won't say what, yet.  Let me just say:  think pink!

All is well with the McLambies, but I do have to say...we are in need of a new place to keep our babies.  We were told recently that they can no longer reside where we've kept our sheep for the past 3 years.  Okay.  No reasons or explanations.  We've been evicted!  So, we are scrambling to find a new field or two, close by, with water and shelter (or we will build our own shelter).  This is a tall order in a country where land is at a premium, and large farmers or crofters snap it all up.  This is taking a lot of our focus right now.

All this means, keep my head down and keep plugging away.  Thanks for your patience!
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