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!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Some Days Are Like This

Hi stitching friends.  It's one of those days.  I somehow developed a horrible cold in the middle of the night.  Now, my head feels too heavy to stay on top of my neck, and I just want to crawl under a blanket and disappear for awhile.  But... Great Lent has begun, and I don't want to be entirely useless during this day, so I thought I'd write a sort of "odds and ends" post today.  I'm showing a few of my little stitches that will be finished into gifts for mailing.  Hopefully, none of the recipients will see them!  This little bird and tree design I snagged from Pinterest. 

This one also came from Pinterest.  I like some of the simple little freebies you can find out there.  I have stitched multiples of everything you see here.

This design, however, came from a Lesley Teare book of angels.  Or rather, I think the book had other designers in it as well, but this one is hers.  There is an angel alphabet, and I am making another window valance.  So, no multiples of this one!

At the moment, my ironing board has piles of little stitches on it, waiting to be either finished off or ironed or both.  

See what I mean?  And no, I haven't even sewn up the Poodle Valance yet!  Crikey.  I need to get moving.

We live in a small house.  Well, that is, by American standards, we live in a small house.  By British standards, probably not.  As an aside:  did you know Britain holds the record for the smallest new house sizes anywhere in Europe?  It's very easy to feel like you're in a pigeon coop over here.  It took me 2 1/2 years of solid, every day looking to find the house we have now.  Seriously.  You wouldn't believe some of the little dinky dumps we saw.  Sheesh!  So, on the one hand, we live in a GREAT house.  But when it comes to crafting and stitching and sewing... we live in a small house.  Which means I'm constantly organizing and trying to find good ways to keep multiple projects accessible and going at once.  This is what is on the table beside my main "stitching chair".

This is my own design in progress.  It's rather large, and it's taking a long time (because I keep getting called away to something else).  I am really pleased with the colors, though.

You can see the size of the chart behind.  I use an old music stand to hold my charts!  And lots of clothespins and binder clips.

So, just a little stitching update here.

Yesterday, we had snow!  Today, it is dry and sunny.  Although, earlier this morning, it was lashing rain and blowing like a hurricane.  The constant weather changes keep me in a constant state of being unsettled.  Does anyone else experience that?

Oh... and thanks for playing the game and answering my poll questions!  Just a little fun for us.  It's interesting to see what everyone thinks.

Happy stitching all!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Hardest Part

Time for another poll!  I'll be really interest to see what we all say is the hardest part of stitching. Thanks for taking the time to register your vote!

Which do you find hardest when stitching?

finding a design or kit
gathering materials
getting started
finding time
sticking with it
finishing off
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I'll weigh in with my opinions after awhile.

Happy stitching!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I'd really like to interact a lot more with my stitching friends around the world.  So, I'm going to start by doing two things:  adding a Guestbook to my sidebar (please sign it!), AND adding a poll question once a week or so.  Here goes:

What is your favorite type of fabric to stitch on?

14 - 16 count Aida
28-32 count evenweaves
specialty fabrics
light colors only
a big variety
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Thanks for playing along!

I've been stitching a TON of little things, but they are going to be finished off and sent away in the mail as little gifts for friends and family back home.  I'm dying to post them and show you what I've been up to, but on the off chance one of the recipients reads my post, it will ruin the surprise.  As soon as they are mailed, I'll share.

What are you all stitching right now?

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to my stitching friends!  I only did the small Valentine's poodle this year.  My Sweetheart Lambs are earlier designs.  

I still find myself frantically trying to finish designs and get them stitched.  Anyone out there interested in being a stitcher?  I think I need help!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend of roses and chocolates, lambs and poodles, stitching and happiness, and most of all... LOVE.  

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little Project for the Home

This is one of my poodle designs (available HERE).  It has turned out to be a very versatile little design.  I'll show you what I mean...

I've used the just the poodle from the design, and changed the colors a whole bunch of ways.  I stitched 14 little pennant flags (I think they're about 5" X 8") on pink striped Aida (DMC).  And, a cat.  You've probably seen the cat on Pinterest.  That's where I snagged the pattern, and I think it was labelled as a Perler / Hama bead pattern.  I changed the colors on the cat, too.

What I'm doing is making a window valance.  I am going to sew pink bias binding around each pennant, and trim with a pom pom.  Then, I'll stitch the whole thing together and hang!

As soon as I'm finished, I'll show you!  I've got a lot of stitching irons in the fire right now.  As usual. I'm working on a ton of little gifts that I will be posting to friends and family back home (USA), a new design for Fearn Abbey Needleworks, and another couple of gifts.  It seems I'm always frantic and jumping around from one project to another.  Do you operate that way, too?  

What are your tips for stitchers and designers to be more productive and organized?  I have a few I'll share later on.

Happy stitching!

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Valentine Poodle

And here's the little Valentine Poodle freebie I did earlier this week.  It took two evenings of fairly relaxed stitching to finish it.  I hope you enjoy stitching it, too!

Today:  I'm stitching a new saint design.  This is a local saint, associated with the area of the Highlands in which we live.  I'm looking forward to finishing this design and sharing it with you. And telling you a bit about the saint.

Also, I've been stitching various little designs that I am in the process of making and sending by mail to friends and family in America.  I'm about halfway through 32 pieces!  I'll show those when I'm done, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone... and here's to lots of stitching time!

Get the PDF download of the freebie HERE.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

More Poodles! For FREE!

I have another freebie.  This one is a Valentine Poodle.  I haven't finished stitching it yet, but I HAVE put the PDF file on my website.  So, if you'd like to see this little darling in chart form, hop over to Fearn Abbey Needleworks to get your free PDF download.  Click on the "DESIGNS" tab, then the "FREEBIES" tab, then the picture of the Valentine Poodle to get the chart.

I'll post a photo as soon as I'm done!  Too many irons in the fire!!
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