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Friday, January 24, 2014

FREE: Hearts & Birds for Valentine's Day!

Here is a sweet little freebie for Valentine's Day!  Hearts & Birds, it's called.

I really like how you can get such a different feel from the same design, just depending upon which color fabric you choose!

This is an easy stitch which will only take you a day or two to complete.  It incorporates soft pastels and vibrant pinks and reds :: perfect for Valentine's Day!

The only change I made from the actual pattern is that when I stitched it on the white Aida, I used the medium pink color for the ribbon instead of the lightest pink.  It's your choice!

To get your free PDF download, which includes 3 pages containing full-color photos, a large B & W chart, and a full-color chart, supplies list, and instructions, CLICK HERE!  Happy Valentine's Day from Fearn Abbey Needleworks!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet Valentine Lamb

It's finished!  Finally!  I've listed this latest design::  Sweet Valentine Lamb ::in my Etsy shop.  This design was so much fun to create, and to stitch.  It has all the colors of springtime and Valentine's Day ~ wonderful soft pastels and a few vibrant reds and pinks.  

The finished design size on 14-count is approximately 6.5" X 6.8".  The model was stitched on 14-count cream Aida using DMC stranded cotton threads.  I like the versatility of this design because of the stitching options:  Stitch the whole thing; stitch the heart and the words; stitch the heart and border only.  However you like!

The design is available as a 6-page instant PDF download, which includes full-color photos and charts, as well as instructions, key, and supplies list.

Grab yourself a little love from Scotland!
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Friday, January 17, 2014



Two Valentine's charts are in the works here at Fearn Abbey Needleworks.  And others are in the design stage!  As usual, I have WAAAYYYY misjudged how long it will take me to stitch up the models.  I'm nearly done with this first one.  Ummm...yes...it's a lamb inside a heart.  It was the sweetest thing I could think of!

Aside from the subject matter, one of the things I really like about these two designs (the second one coming soon...I hope) is how versatile they are.  The are done in lovely pastel shades with lots of pinks and a red.  They are stitched on cream Aida, giving them a slightly vintage effect.  Each one has a lace-like stitched border and words you might find on a Conversation Heart.  You could choose to stitch just the heart and what's inside...or, you could add the words as well...or, you could do the complete chart with the border...or, you could do the border and the heart, but no words.  Your choice!

I'm planning on turning the finished designs into throw pillows, sort of like the one below.  The chart for that one, by the way, can be found on Patterns Online.


I thought I might share with you a bit of my process.  I am SO not a big deal designer with all kinds of help, technology, etc.  When I decide on a design, it generally sits in my brain for quite awhile and I turn it over and over and live with it.  Eventually, it becomes some sort of graphic...often a sketch with colored pencils.  The sketch may only be a sort of initial thought.  Once I think I've got the design in my head, I start charting it.

Charting is a long process for me because I do not have a fancy computer or a wonderful cross stitch design program with all the bells and whistles.  I usually choose my colors as I'm charting, and the fact is, even if I had stitchers to help with the models, I probably couldn't work that way because I often adjust and change colors as I'm stitching.  I do have a very basic charting program on my very old computer, and I like it because I can print out very large charts from it, complete with the 10-stitches-per-square layout.

As you can see from the above and below photos, my original St Thomas drawing and my St Thomas completed cross stitch came out quite different!  


Even though I have lots of designs brewing, I can't produce them all that fast.  And if I'm making up a kit, good grief, it takes even longer!  This all means I really appreciate all you lovely folks who read my blog and like my charts and freebies.  I am thankful for your patience, and for everyone who has hung in there with me!  THANK YOU! 

I will be posting and listing my first Valentine chart ASAP (the one you see above), and starting the second one.  I am also planning a freebie soon.  Please check back!  And happy stitching (because, after all, that's the whole point, right?)!!

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Bye Bye McLamby Christmas...for This Year!

The McLamby Christmas Extravaganza is no longer available as a free chart.
I have to confess, I left it up as a freebie for about three times as long as I had planned!  I hope you all got a chance to get yours.
If not, don't fret!
This chart can be found in my Etsy shop as an instant PDF download.  Is it too early to start stitching for next Christmas?  Never!  Not for us crafters and stitchers!
I'm working on five sets of Christmas items for next Christmas's gifts.  I'll bet I'm not the only one!

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Friday, January 03, 2014

New Year Announcements

Now available:  Both the Lemon Meringue Poodle and the Peppermint Poodle are available as instant PDF downloads in my Etsy shop, for those of you who would like your chart now, please!
Each download is 5 pages and contains full-color photos and charts, as well as a larger black and white chart for easy reading.  You can get yours now, and the download becomes available instantly to you upon receipt of payment.  That Etsy technology!  It's great!

Also, just FYI...the little autumn sheep chart which I offered as a freebie back in September (or was it October??) is no longer free, but you can still find it in my Etsy shop for only £2.50.

I'm in that muddled state where we switch from Christmas and holidays and all the special decorating, and try to get "nose to the grindstone" and back into work mode.  I think I'm doing okay for it being only January 3rd.  How's everyone else doing??

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

And...I would love to hear from you.  Drop me an email or a comment, and feel free to send pictures of your work.  It's such fun to see what everyone is working on, and the beautiful finished projects!

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