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

A New Christmas Chart Book from Cross Stitch Crazy



CSCRazy Christmas chart book

Designs © Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Immediate Media, Co.

I am excited to let you know that I have a new book of  charming little Christmas designs from Cross Stitch Crazy. Inside you will find loads of quick stitches for holiday gifts. Issue 195 goes on sale today in the UK! For more information or to subscribe go to Cross Stitch Crazy.

A Special Treat for You from DMC!

Stardust Fairy

Stardust Fairy © Joan A. Elliott
Photo © and courtesy of DMC

Throughout my many years of designing, being able to use all the delicious threads and fabrics that DMC and Charles Craft have to offer has not only given me the opportunity to meet and work with the wonderful people there but has helped make all these years of designing a pleasure. Our latest collaboration, the ‘Stardust Fairy’ was a joy to work on. I love the way the sparkling Stardust fabric helps set off the magical theme of the design and DMC’s glimmering metallic and luxurious satin threads add just the right touch. I am so pleased that DMC is offering this design as a special free download to everyone.

Go to the DMC site for more information:

A Sneak Peak for Canada

Just a little sneak peak at the chart I am creating for my Canadian visit. She is now ready to pick colors and then on to the computer. I am having fun!


Sketch © Joan A. Elliott

Correction for B&W Chart JE119 A Year of Magical Stitching

I’ve just been made aware of a symbol error on the black & white chart for The Year of Magical Stitching. The symbol for  DMC 166 and DMC 676 appear to be the same on the black & white version only. I have made the correction on my master chart but for those  who have purchased this chart already  here is some help with the placement of DMC 166. Please use the photo for reference. This should help you sort things out.

So to clarify a bit while referencing the color picture.
Use 166 for:
Lightest yellow green in hat  & shirt
Lightest yellow green in Mama Dragon
Lightest Green in the top of the big mushroom
Doorway and lower window frames
Second mushroom from the right
Lightest yellow green in the fish tails & fins
The mermaids belt and tail
Lightest yellow green on the flowing ribbon
Lightest  yellow green on the leaves, windows, door frames, and steps
The leaves in the tiny flower in the left side fairy’s hand

For placement of DMC 161, Lightest Yellow Green © Joan A. Elliott

A September Celebration in Canada!

I do hope many of my Canadian friends, and of course anyone else who is able to, can make it out to Stitch-It-Central in Ingersoll, Ontario on September 13th and 14th for two days of stitching fun. It would be so lovely to meet you in person and I will have a new design created just for this special occasion! Thanks to Maria and Rui for their generous invitation. Just click here for Stitch-It-Central’s website filled with information and lots of stitching treasures.


Come join us!


It’s Been A While…

Although I have not posted much lately, I finally have something new to show you. So here we are and it is almost  mid-June! Time flies way too quickly for me. Things have been busy here with design work, chartpack sales, my wonderful niece Christina graduating from college and then helping her find an apartment (not an easy task in New York, LOL!).

Now that summer is almost here I am very happy to show you what will be coming in the September issue #193 0f Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, on sale July 10th in the UK and digitally, and a few weeks after that in other areas.


Under the Sea
© Joan A. Elliott

Stitched on 28 count hand dyed ‘big bang’ Jobelan from Polstitches Designs, my newest mermaid floats in the soft colors of the sea. Strands of precious pearls drape gracefully around her  as she shimmers in the shadows and light of her underwater world. As always, I have used lots of beautiful Kreinik #4 braid to capture the light and Mill Hill beads to add depth and dimension. I loved designing her for a midsummer treat. I hope you will all enjoy the stitching!

One last note. I know that summer is a good time to begin a bit of holiday stitching so I will be posting some new chartpacks soon to give everyone an early start.. and yes, that will include a new stocking design. Happy June everyone!

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