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!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A FREEBIE For You, In Time for Easter

Here is a little freebie for you, plenty easy to stitch in time for Easter!  It is the first in a series of Easter Eggs I am working on.  These will finish well in a variety of ways:  little pillows or hanging ornaments, Easter cards, designs for table linens, little pictures, or what have you.

This little egg features an Orthodox cross, two little brown bunnies, and pink tulips.  It was stitched on 14-count white Aida using 2 strands of floss.  The stitch count is 46 X 33, and the finished design size on 14-count is 3.2" X 2.4". 

If you would like this pattern, please CLICK HERE for the downloadable PDF.  Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

What I'm Stitching...and Other Random Thoughts

Okay, so things have been HUGELY busy around here lately.  The stitching and designing aspect of my life has suffered a bit, but I'm hoping to be getting back in the swing of things now.  Below is a photo of my giant Christ Pantocrator that I am stitching.  As you can see, I still do not have a floor frame. I'm not going to let that stop me, though!  Also, as you can see, I am not one of the "stitch a 10 by 10 block at a time" types.  I'm just not quite that linear in my thinking, I guess.  Although, I am trying to stitch a whole area at a time, and I definitely DO use a highlighter to mark off what I've stitched.  I'm really enjoying such a large project, and working on something that is not my design.

Random thoughts:
  • I have been told that my designs are not stylized enough, and that I have too many styles.  At first this bothered me.  Not any more.  I design what appeals to me and what I'm inspired to design.  Which also means I'm not all that worried about "trends" and things like that.  I don't expect folks to like all (or even any) of my designs.  I can certainly say there are designers I don't care for; others I like a whole lot; and others who have some designs I like and some I don't.  It's the nature of the thing, don't you think?
  • What I'm hoping this means is (1) more designs coming out more quickly, as I focus on who and what I am as a designer, and (2) more freebies, because I'm only going to be doing stuff I enjoy.
  • And frankly (this is just MY opinion, mind you, and you don't have to agree) I absolutely can't stand the so-called "subversive" or "urban" cross stitch designs that you see so much of these days.  There.  I said it.  And I'm glad.  So, if you're looking for anything like that, you won't find it here.
  • I have three different series I will be focusing on for the next six months or so:  Saints (you have already seen St Thomas, St Margaret of Scotland, St Patrick, and St Columba), breeds of sheep (you haven't seen any of those yet!!), and poodles (you've seen lots of those!).  I will try to mix a freebie in between each larger design.  Because let's face it:  We all like free charts!
And this pretty much brings everyone up-to-date.  Once again, thank you all for your patience and for hanging in there with me.  When I started doing my own designs, setting up a shop, and having a blog, I never realized how much work it all entails.  But it's okay!  I'm finding a rhythm, and I enjoy it immensely.  And I love it when folks are happy with a design!  So...keep on stitching, and I will too!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Lambs and Shamrocks, a Freebie for You!

FINISHED, and ready for you!  Finally!  This is my little St Patrick's Day offering, and it's a freebie. This little design measures 4.9" X 4.2" on 14-count Aida, and the stitch count is 68 X 59.  The model was stitched on 14-count green iridescent Aida.  I love all the sparkles in the fabric!  I've uploaded a couple of photos to help you see the sparkly effect, but I'm afraid the pictures just don't do it justice.

This design incorporates...er...two lambs, with their pot trough full of gold hay.  They are happily standing under a pastel rainbow, with a shamrock on each end.  All throughout are little green shamrocks and clovers, and little purple flowers.  Here and there, you will see a few gold pieces!

This design also incorporates quite a few French knots, using both one and two strands.  All the information is included in the directions.  In this download, you will receive four pages which contain two full-color photos, a color chart, a larger black and white chart, key, materials list, and instructions. 

To get your free PDF download, click HERE.

Happy St Patrick's Day (early)...and Doodle and Snowball say:  May your trough be always full!

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Almost Here :: A Little St Patrick's Day FREEBIE for You!

Get your green iridescent Aida ready!  I'm working on the PDF right now.  FREE downloadable chart coming as soon as my PDF is done.  Hopefully tonight!  
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