There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.
~ William Butler Yeats

Friday, November 19, 2010


Welcome to Abbey Rose Needleworks! I'm so glad you've found your way here.
Let's get acquainted....
 About Me:
My name is Abigail Callaghan-Schafer. I was born and raised in Cork County, Ireland, and moved to the United States at age 24 when my husband was offered a teaching position within the History Department at a well-known east coast university. We currently reside in Massachusetts. I'm the mother of four children, three boys and one girl; all of whom are grown and on their own with the exception of my youngest daughter who is still in college and commuting from home.  I've been sewing since I was a very young girl and over the years have developed a deep passion for historical samplers. I have also been stitching small keepsakes and folk art ornaments for over 15 years that I've sold at local charity craft events each year.  However, with the encouragement from my daughter, I have decided to leave the craft show venue behind and offer my items online following this holiday season.
Abbey Rose Needleworks:
Here on my blog, I hope to share with you my latest projects and items that will be available for purchase.  I always seem to have more than one stitching project in the works at a time, usually one large sampler piece and several little items.  I'm most anxious to share with you my historical sampler projects. Each piece is a journey back in time, a puzzle to decode filled with symbols, virtues, and lessons to be learned of days gone by.  I hope you will join me in my journey of stitches. 
I'm currently finishing up some holiday items and will share those later this week.  My next sampler project, which I hope to begin within the next week, is the Ann Gremshaw Sampler, circa. 1818:
 (Photo courtesy of  The Scarlet Letter)

I look forward to sharing this project with you !  Won't you join me and follow this journey of stitches back in time?


  1. Hi Abbey:
    Welcome to Blogland! I'm PROUD to be your very first follower. If you'd like, I'd be happy to introduce you to my readers next week. Let me know.
    Thanks for visiting Brynwood, and adding me to your blogroll, too!
    Blessings and again, Welcome!

  2. Hi Abbey:) Welcome to blogland and thanks for the invite. I'd be happy to follow your projects. I love the old samplers. Thanks for following me and you'll have much fun meeting and making lots of new friends in blogland.

  3. congrats on your new blog.. awesome sampler..feel free to come over to my blog.. i dont have that many followers ;-)

  4. Hi Abbey

    So Very nice to meet you...Donna sent me...I to love old grandmother had many of them....I will look forward to following your progress...and welcome to blogland...

  5. Hi Abbey,
    I have Ann Grimshaw in my stash. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  6. Welcome to Blogland Great to see a fellow Massachusetts stitcher blogging about her latest needle creations.

  7. Hi! Abbey,
    Welcome, Donna sent me over and I am so happy to meet you. I see two of my friends have already left you a comment, Donna and DeeDee. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  8. Abbey "BIG WELCOME" to blogland thanks to my dear friend Donna for sharing your blog I can now be your friend & follower come on over for a visit you'll meet so many great, & creative people Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

  9. Welcome, welcome, welcome Abbey! Donna is right...your blog is lovely, and I am so looking forward to watching your progress with "Ann Gremshaw"...she is gorgeous!!

    Stop by and visit when you can...until later...


  10. Hello! It's So nice to meet you! Welcome to blogland. I hope you meet as many wonderful people as I have through this amazing network. Have a wonderful week! Twyla

  11. Welcome Abbey. When Donna of Brynwood Needleworks recommends I listen as I so admire her. I will love to follow your blog journey and see your beautiful stitchings. May you have a wonderful journey in blogland. Happy stitching...

  12. Hi.I have just found your blog .The work you do looks really interesting so i shall look forward to reading all about it.Pop over to my blog and have a look.I live in North Wales in the Uk and write about my family and my interests and day to day life.

  13. Hi Abbey!
    Welcome to the world of blogging! It's so great to meet you! I love stitching, so I will be back to visit with you!
    xx, shell

  14. Welcome to blog land! You are going to have lots of fun!

    Donna sent me :)



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