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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!

About

First, thank you for visiting my blog!

Just to say...I've held a variety of jobs and spent many years as a school teacher.  Now, I'm finally able to follow my dream (and my bent since childhood)...and that is to spend my time designing and creating.  I'm an artist and craftsperson, a musician and writer, and most of all, a needlewoman.  All of these things have been on the back burner for a long time while I have spent the bulk of my adult life keeping body and soul together.  

But now...with great help and encouragement from my husband, I am able to turn my focus towards my designing and making, and the other aspects of an artistic, musical life.  

Because of my husband (my Scots husband) I am living in Scotland and have been since 2007.  We live in the Far North of the Highlands, about an hour north of Inverness.  This is a huge culture shock for me, being a Floridian, and I've accepted the fact that I may never get over that.  We run a bi-cultural home, and that seems to work.

Best thing about Scotland (besides my husband):  all the sheep and lambs!  I love them!  We have four pet sheep ~ two older boys, and as of May 2013, two bottle lambs.  We spoil them rotten, and they will often make an appearance on my blog and other websites.

Finally, the motivation behind my designs is two-fold:  (1) to create the kinds of needlework patterns / kits that I have looked for and been unable to find, and (2) to bring even a little beauty, faith, and wonder to the world of needlework.  I am NOT cutting edge, modern, edgy, or trying to make a statement.  I definitely don't go in for shock value.  I don't aim for weird color combinations, unsettling proportions, or questionable subject matter.  Basically, I'm pretty traditional and conservative in my values.  In this day and age, it seems to be "the thing" for art to be edgy, etc.  I'm not there.  

And that's pretty much it.  I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me.  Please take a moment to visit my other sites.  And again, thanks for stopping by!
From a design by Lesley Teare

From a design by Pamela Kellogg

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