Some Early Holiday Fun

The Night Before Christmas © Joan A. Elliott

The Night Before Christmas
© Joan A. Elliott

If you are busy getting your Holiday stitching  started there are a few new designs I have out in the magazines just for the season. The Night Before Christmas, in issue 196 of Cross Stitch Crazy, brings the beloved tale of Santa’s  journey to life. As he soars above the rooftops, all is well at home where “not a creature was stirring” and the stockings were hung with care, waiting to be filled with Christmas treats for the children. Worked on 14 count Aida or 28 count even weave with a stitch count of 109w x 140h stitches, the finished design will measure 8w x 10h inches.

Holiday Victorian

2014 Victorian Lady
© Joan A. Elliott

In Issue 197 of Cross Stitch Crazy you’ll see the Festive Charm of my newest Victorian Lady ready for Christmas. We see her wrapping and gathering presents before her Christmas Eve guests arrive. Pretty beads embellish the sweep of her red skirts and her fur trimmed robe will keep her cozy and warm  on this special evening.

Desk Calendar

WOCS 2015 Desktop Calendar
© Joan A. Elliott

Finally, I was so pleased when Ruth asked me to work on the 2015 Calendar for the World of Cross Stitching. Rather than a Diary this year, the team at the magazine has come up with this delightful idea for a desk calendar. There is a chart and illustration for each month in a whimsical animal theme. The colors are all bright and cheery and I hope that each design will bring a smile to every day. The calendar format allows for easier handling of the charts making them quite nice to stitch from. Look for this as your free gift with issue 224, on sale December 4, 2014.


This is a catch up post for some of the new designs out there in the UK magazines.

Blog Xmas cover   Cross Stitch Collection has gathered  previously published Christmas design from some of your favorite designers and published them in this delightful bookazine.

Duo Cinderella

Cinderella Rags to Riches
© Joan A. Elliott

The story of Cinderella comes to life as she transforms from a servant girl to a beautiful princess. Using lots of magical beads and metallics, graceful Cinderella shines no matter where she may be. To stitch these two charts as one, the windows will easily line up on the charts. You will find these designs in Issue 242 of Cross Stitch Collection, on sale now. Enjoy!

To order both the Christmas Book and Issue 242 of Cross Stitch Collection go to My Favorite Magazines  Finally, don’t forget to vote  for your favorite shops and designers at the 2015 British Craft Awards. I am delighted to be nominated again this year! Here is the link for voting: British Craft Awards


The British Craft Awards 2015

A Video from Stitch It Central

There is a video spot out from my recent visit to Stitch It Central in Ingersoll, Ontario. Thought you might enjoy this. Just click on this link:

Stitch It Central Visit

Remembrance Alphabet

If I have forgotten to put this into your chart pack, here is the alphabet for Remembrance.


Remembrance Alphabet
© Joan A. Elliott

Needlework Retailer

What a lovely surprise! Look who made the cover of Needlework Retailer….Thank you DMC and the folks at  Needlework Retailer!

Stardust Fairy

Needlework Retailer September 2014
Design © Joan A. Elliott

The free download of this design is available here: Stardust Fairy Download

Six New Chartpacks

October 2014 chartpacks

© Joan A. Elliott

I’m happy to introduce  six new chart packs, including my brand new Canadian Beauty. All chart packs are $12 with the exception of the Victorian Christmas Library which is priced at $18. I will be loading these onto my Order Chartpacks page shortly. Fingers crossed, I expect these back from the printer on October 6th and will be able to ship once the packs are assembled. I am also shipping to my online outlets next week so you can order directly from these wonderful stores including Stitch It Central in Canada, Polstitches Designs in the UK, Casa Cenina in Italy, 123 Stitch here in the US.

I am away this week  for a much needed  break while the charts are being printed. I hope to come back with renewed creativity and more new ideas for designs.

X Joan

Back In My Studio

I am back to work after a fabulous visit to Stitch It Central in Ingersoll, Ontario. Thank you Maria and Rui Santos for making it a perfect weekend stitch along. A good time was had by all and the Stitch It Central shop is a treasure trove of everything cross stitch. In addition, you will find the most  wonderful quilting supplies, lots of classes to attend, and they offer expert framing services. Please be sure to visit them if you are in the area.

You will find Stitch It Central at 189 Thames St S, Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T5, Canada +1 519-303-1563.

Maria and Rui’s personal attention to every customer and the complete stock of everything a stitcher could ever want is incredible! You can have a peek at all they have to offer here: Stitch It Central

Thanks too to all the lovely stitchers that attended. Here we are:


A Good Time Was Had By All

As a treat for all my friends in Canada, I designed a special chart titled ‘Canadian Beauty’. Maria has a lot in stock so if you are in Canada (or elsewhere) you can now order directly from Stitch It Central.

JE145 Canadian Beauty

JE145 Canadian Beauty
© Joan A. Elliott

I will be posting some new chartpacks for sale later next week including Canadian Beauty, so stay tuned!

XOX Joan

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