Welcome to the Orthodox Stitcher! Here you will find original, handcrafted cross stitch designs created with the Orthodox Christian in mind. The Orthodox Stitcher is an extension of Fearn Abbey Needleworks, where you will find more original cross stitch designs coming to you from the beautiful Northern Highlands of Scotland. My hope for The Orthodox Stitcher is that this will be a unique and blessed place for Orthodox Christians ~ and indeed, anyone who feels called to visit and stay awhile ~ to develop their creative side, and to honor God. Glory to God for all things!


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maxim 2 :: Lilacs

I know it took me ages... I hope you will all forgive me. Things really derailed after July, but I think we are getting back to "normal". Here is Maxim No. 2, complete with lilacs!

This Maxim has been so extremely helpful for my husband and me over the past half year or so. Sometimes I think if we struggle to pray as we think we ought, we stop praying. This Maxim kept us in prayer during some difficult times. We might not have been model Orthodox, standing for long periods in our prayer corner, but we kept the Faith and kept in prayer as best we could.

I hope you will enjoy stitching this design. I am working on Maxim 3 currently, so it is my fervent hope (I'm afraid to promise or guarantee anything -- which fact is certainly keeping me humble!) that it will be posted very soon.

You can download the 4-page PDF file HERE, and it is complete with a photo and two charts.  Please also feel free to email me if you have any questions about the chart.

Happy stitching, and God bless us all!

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Monday, February 1, 2016


I have... at long last... finished Maxim No. 2, and am now working on No. 3! I might have been down, but I'm not out for the count just yet! All that needs done now is to press and finish this, take a better photo, and upload your chart. Hopefully I will have it ready for you by tomorrow.

The past 6 months...well, they have been a challenge, in many ways. There have been changes, losses, grief, all kinds of things. Seasons of life. Exhaustion.

I am currently hobbling around with a stress fracture in my foot and a big, cumbersome "walking boot" to help it heal. Never mind... it will all come right. Also, I am working to refocus and recharge my stitching and artwork. Fearn Abbey Needleworks has a few new designs coming out shortly, and this project is up and running again. 

Please pray that I would stay strong, focused, and consistent!

Blessings to you all, and BIG thank you's to those of you who have been so supportive and patient!
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