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!

JE123 1920’s Flapper Chartpack Alert!

To all of you that may have recently purchased the  Black & White chart pack JE123 1920’s Flapper, it seems that some of the black & white chart packs have gone out with the wrong key. Below you will find the corrected key. Please check it against the chart you have purchased to make sure you have the same symbols in the key as appear in the chart. I am posting the updated key below for you to print and use should the one in your package not match the symbols on your chart. This correction does not pertain to the color chart packs or any of the charts in the magazines.


Corrected key for black & white chart pack only.

10 New Chartpacks for Spring

new chartpacks

8 New Chartpacks

Gargoyles and Autumn Goddess

Plus Two
JE130 & JE131

Announcing 10 new chart packs to start off the Spring season now posted on the Order Chartpacks page. Shipping begins the week of March 31st.

New Kits from Design Works Crafts

Serenity Parayer

Serenity Prayer
© Joan A. Elliott
for Design Works Crafts

The Serenity Prayer has inspired strength, courage , and encouragement for so many people around the world. In flowing script the words bring a true sense of hope. The backdrop  silhouettes the beauty of  a springtime meadow to clear the mind and lift the spirit. Now available at The Stitchery


Welcome Friends
© Joan A. Elliott
for Design Works Crafts

Welcome friends and family to your home with this beautiful Celtic greeting. Intricate knot work and a jewel toned palette make a lovely display. The oak and thistle, symbols of strength and freedom are balanced by the the stag, said to be a divine messenger and the protector of  the forests and the natural world. Now available at The Stitchery

Let’s Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year celebrations are underway in New York’s Chinatown and all over the world this weekend. To celebrate I have a little gift for you. Stitch up this festive card and join in the festivities!

Chineses New Year

Happy New Year © Joan A. Elliott

New Year Chart

Happy New Year Chart
© Joan A. Elliott
All Rights Reserved

12 New Chartpacks!


New Chartpacks
© Joan A. Elliott

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.

Autumn Goddess

Autumn Goddess

Autumn Goddess © Joan A. Elliott
photo © Cross Stitch Collection

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.

Casa Cenina and Italy

Stitching Fairy

The Little Stitching Fairy
© Joan A. Elliott

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:


The Casa Cenina ‘Family’

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.


With Laura (left) With the Fairy (center), With Carolina (right)

After our four nights in Subbianno, Earl and I  extended our stay in Italy, traveling along the Chianti road to San Gimignano.

San G

An evening in 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.


The view from Agriturismo Poggiacolle

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:


The Piazza, Sienna

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.

La Posta Di Confine

La Posta Di Confine

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.


Borgo della Limonaia

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

Fairy Godmother


Fairy Godmother © Joan A. Elliott
Photo © WOCS, Immediate Media, Co.

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!

Welcome Spring Fairy

Spring Fairy

Spring Fairy © Joan A. Elliott
photo from Cross Stitch Crazy ©Immediate Media, Ltd.

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.

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