Finally! I know it has been a while but I have 12 new chartpacks ready. These will be shipping to the online shops by August 16th. They will also be available directly through this blog. I will be posting them in the gallery this afternoon. Included are the Little Stitching Fairy from the Festa at Casa Cenina and Salt Water Taffy, taken from the archives of kit designs I originally did for Design Works Crafts.
11 Aug 2013 10 Comments
11 Aug 2013 15 Comments
It is already August. Can you believe it? Nights are getting chilly up here in Vermont and it brings to mind the beautiful cool days of Autumn. I’ll still savor the rest of the summer but the next season is getting closer. In the October Issue # 227 of Cross Stitch Collection you will see my Autumn Goddess. She was designed remembering those October days when the trees flame orange and red and the last of the sunflowers raise their faces to to morning sky. The soft violet greys of fading hydrangea, the rich mauves and oranges of blooming chrysanthemums and the earthy tone of a pheasant feather found on a country walk make for a beautiful palette to celebrate the season. There are lots of sparkling Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads as always. Our model is stitched on 28HPI evenweave, off white Zweigart Brittney (Ref 3270/101). She will be up in Polstitches convenient fabric viewer soon so you can chose the perfect hand dyed fabric to set her off beautifully.
27 Jun 2013 25 Comments
I am back home after a most wonderful holiday in Italy! Who wouldn’t fall in love with this beautiful country so rich in history and culture. Most of all we will cherish the kindness and generosity of everyone we met there. Our trip started with the wonderful Festa Del Ricamo 2013 at Casa Cenina. Thanks so much to Monica, Giovanni, Elena, Catarina and all the staff for their warmth and hospitality. We felt as if we were taken into a big Italian family and were treated royally. It was the perfect introduction to Italy and the beautiful Torre Santa Flora, where we stayed and where the Festa was held, was a joy thanks to our hosts Paolo and Carina. Here we are posing for a final photo:
It was wonderful to introduce the stitched model of the Little Stitching Fairy at the Festa. Everyone who attended received the chart leaflet as a gift and she will be available now as a chart pack too. I will post when she is printed and ready for shipping, in a week or so. It was also lovely to finally meet so many people that I have known online. Laura and Carolina brought along their WIPs to show too.
After our four nights in Subbianno, Earl and I extended our stay in Italy, traveling along the Chianti road to San Gimignano.
Here we stayed in the hills just outside of the city at Agriturismo Poggiacolle. It was a beautiful place filled with vineyards and olive groves along with spectacular views of the towered city in the distance. We enjoyed a fine bottle of wine presented to us by our charming host and owner of the vineyard, Stefano.
After seeing the sites in the area including a visit to Volterra, a city that began in Etruscan times, we headed west to Umbria stopping in Sienna along the way:
Our next two nights were spent in Mantignana at the exquisite Agriturismo La Posta Di Confine which was originally built as a guard post in the 16th Century. It was heavenly! Thanks so much to our gracious and caring hosts Marco and Roberta. From here we also were able to travel to Assisi and Lake Trasimeno.
After a few days we headed towards Florence staying about an hour west of the city at Borgo Della Limonaia in Pieve A Nievole. Built in 1554 this was a truly unique place. Our hosts Raffaele and Danielle were so kind and generous and all the food and wine was grown right there on the farm. Delicious! From here we visited Florence and the lovely town of Lucca.
So now we are back home. I am getting back to a somewhat normal work schedule with two commissions due soon. I’ve also sketched out a design for the Lady from Rome after being so inspired by beautiful Italy. Keep your eye out for The Little Stitching Fairy from the Festa along with a few more goodies you have been waiting for. Thanks again to all the people we met in our travels who helped to make our time in Italy so memorable.
Until then…CIAO!!! XOX Joan
06 May 2013 12 Comments
Here is my new Fairy Godmother from The World of Cross Stitching Issue 204. What fun it was to design this pretty figure. She has lots of sparkling metallic threads that give her a magical air and she is ready to grant your every wish come true. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a Fairy Godmother just like this one to to watch over us? Details for the supplies and size are up on the Floss and Embellishments page. Enjoy!
21 Mar 2013 10 Comments
With buds on the daffodils and the first crocuses blooming in our city gardens, Spring has finally sprung! Just in time to bring in this wonderful season of renewal, my little Spring Fairy is out in the current issue, # 176, of Cross Stitch Crazy now on sale in the UK and it is also available for instant download on your iPads worldwide! Isn’t it lovely to start thinking of the cheerful colors and fragrances of springtime after a long winter. This little fairy has gathered armfuls of brilliantly colored tulips to welcome in the season and bring a little sunshine to your stitching.
15 Mar 2013 11 Comments
The second in the series of historical figures is now out in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Issue 221. Stitched on Polstitches beautiful ‘delicate roses’ 28 count Jobelan, this charming figure stands poised for the next dance at the ball, her list of suitors carefully written down on her dance card. The colors were chosen from the amazing high fashion palettes of Victorian times. Her dress of elegant satins and lace are resplendent with shimmering Kreinik threads along the edges and Mill Hill pearls and sparkling beads, from her hair ornaments and beaded purse down to the delicate hem of her dress. You can almost hear the rustling of her skirts as she steps out to the dance floor. This is one of my favorite time periods and it was a delight to visit it once again as we travel together through time on our fashion journey.
09 Jan 2013 24 Comments
Here she is the first in a series of four historic ladies starting in the next issue, # 219, of Cross Stitch Collection. In rich royal colors and embellished with Mill Hill pearl seed beads and golden Kreinik threads we catch a glimpse of this lovely Medieval Lady as she strolls through the castle garden holding a fresh cut white rose. I’ve chosen 28 count ‘avalon’ Jobelan from Polstitches to set a mood of beauty shrouded in the mist of times long ago.
03 Jan 2013 6 Comments
At long last I have updated the Order Chartpacks page. I will continue to add more designs as they become available. If there is something that you are looking for but do not see here, just ask. Keep in mind that I always have a 6 month wait after publication before I can release any designs that appear in the magazines.
16 Dec 2012 3 Comments
These 8 new chartpacks will be ready for shipping this week. Along with the first three designs from my Garden Fairies series and the first two from my Fairy Tale series, I am excited to be introducing three designs that were previously only available as kits from Design Works Crafts (for availability of complete kits please contact Design Works). Spirit Dancer and Cowboy Boots go back to one of my favorite themes, the Southwest, and my Sewing Room pictures all the bits and bobs (and little friends) that any stitcher could want.
01 Dec 2012 13 Comments
Now out in the current issue # 217, the last of my Garden Fairy Series for Cross Stitch Collection, the Snow Drop Fairy. I love the way Polstitches hand dyed ‘aphrodite’ 28 count Jobelan sets this design off so perfectly. She is shimmering with pretty Mill Hill beads and Kreinik metallic threads that sparkle like winter’s moonlight on freshly fallen snow. I had such fun working on this series and I I hope you have enjoyed them too. I have had many requests for other garden fairies from all of you and I hope to bring out some new additions to this series in all new chart packs, so stay tuned.