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, February 20, 2016

Making Up For Lost Time :: A Tartan Highland Fling

Hello friends! I have recently listed this original design in my Etsy Shop. It is a wee bit of Scotland for you ~ a Highland Dancer silhouetted on a lovely heathery tartan background.

The model is stitched on blue marble 14-count Aida. DMC stranded cotton threads are used, 2 strands.

The finished design size is approximately 3.5" X 4.5", but it does take some time to stitch as it is a solid pattern.

I have been enjoying working out how to chart tartans...although, sometimes my eyes go crossed if I keep at it too long!

Since the new year began, I have had NINE finishes! This is probably a record for me. I finished two of my own designs for the Etsy shop (this one and the Thistle and Tartan design), my own design for The Orthodox Stitcher (Maxim No. 2), two blue delft patterns, three A Year in Chalk patterns by Hands On Designs, and an angel letter.  I'm quite pleased, and inspired!

At the moment, I have WIPs and UFOs laid out across the spare bed, and I'm gearing up to work on them all. I have a new design in the works, and another design for The Orthodox Stitcher coming up soon!

I have been hobbling around in a walking boot, trying to keep my foot immobilized so the stress fracture can heal. The upside: more stitching time!

Hope you are all having a lovely winter with lots of coziness and stitching!
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Monday, February 15, 2016

A Winner

Well, the problem with giveaways is that I would like everyone to win! I will simply have to do more of them so everyone has a chance.

I used the Random Name Picker from Mini Web Tool. And the winner is:

Christine (nannystitch)

Congratulations! Please email me (see button on sidebar) with your address, and I will post your three free charts to you! I do hope you enjoy them.

Meanwhile, I have finished another Scottish design and will be showing it to you shortly!
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stitching Odds and Ends, and a Wee Giveaway

Hi friends! I am so happy to be back stitching. And I've been stitching up a storm ~ both my own designs and wonderful projects from my craft closet!

First, I am working on these little angels from the Angel Alphabet by Lesley Teare. They have a lot of backstitching and French knots, so it is taking me awhile. I'm halfway done with my word. Can you tell what it will be?

Next is this little blue Delft shepherd. I have eight little blue Delft pieces I plan to do for our "blue room". I think I am going to mount them on painted, square box canvases.

Finally, I am working my way through A Year in Chalk by Hands On Design. I have the first 9 charts, and I have finished the first three. Originally, I tried stitching them on the recommended evenweave.  I could not get through one full line without my eyes crossing, and that was with a craft light and a magnifier. I became frustrated and so put them away for awhile. Finally, I decided to just stitch them on black 14-count Aida and I'm VERY pleased with the result. I am using the threads recommended: threads by Gentle Art, but I would have been just as happy matching the colours with DMC threads.

If you like these designs ~ they are all done in two colours only: "chalk" and whatever the accent colour is for the month ~ please leave a comment below, and I will have a drawing by Monday, February 15th, to give away the first three charts, which are in pristine condition. 

Good luck, and I am happy to post anywhere in the world!

Stay tuned, for I am working on another Scottish design which I can't wait to share with you!
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Monday, February 08, 2016

OH! The Excitement!

Here is my latest design:  A Scottish thistle and tartan.  This design, inspired by traditional Scottish Highland ambience, measures approximately 5" x 5", and is stitched on 14-count blue marble Aida.

The tartan is based on the Anderson tartan, but I have changed it to something a bit more impressionistic so that it would suit everyone...not just Andersons!

I really liked the idea of making the thistle golden, rather than the natural greens and purples of a wild thistle. My hope is that you will think of something a bit more regal, heraldic, and armorial even!

You can find this latest design in my Etsy shop HERE.  It is available as an instant download.  Happy stitching!
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

A New Design and More

Hi Folks!
Boy has life thrown us some curve balls over the past six months or so. I believe we are finally getting back on track. It's been a struggle. Just a variety of things :: health, family, finances, faith...the whole gamut. But I'm stitching up a storm again, at long last.

Above you see my latest addition from The Orthodox Stitcher. It is a freebie and you can get the PDF download on that blog.

I just finished the first three designs in the "A Year in Chalk" series by Hands On Design. I will be posting my finishes soon. And, I will be giving away the charts for January, February, and March! They are in excellent condition. Check back if you would like them for free. One lucky stitcher will get them!

I have a new design for Fearn Abbey Needleworks, too, which includes tartan (if you think THAT wasn't a challenge to chart!).

So, just a quick hello and update...more soon!
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