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.

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:

SIC

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

Edwardian Lady

Edwardian

© Joan A. Elliott
photo © Cross Stitch Collection, Future Publishing, Ltd.

I am happy to show you the third in my series of historical ladies for Cross Stitch Collection. Coming in the next issue # 223 is the Edwardian Lady. With grace and elegance she is dressed in a delicate spring tea dress just perfect for a stroll in the garden and gathering peonies for the afternoon table. I love this period in fashion history and thoroughly enjoyed creating this special design for you. Pretty beads and some metallic threads add to the style and delicacy of her dress. She is stitched on Polstitches wonderful ‘serenade’ 28 count Jobelan to add to the serenely soft mood of the design. See the Floss and Embellishment pages for more information.

Medieval Lady

Medieval Lady

Medieval Lady
© Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Cross Stitch Collection

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.

8 New Chartpacks

Chartpacks Dec 2012

Designs © Joan A. Elliott
Top Row Photos © Cross Stitch Collection, Future Publishing Ltd
Center Row Photos ©Cross Stitch Gold, Immediate Media, Ltd

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.

Now Showing in the UK!

Fairy Song

Fairy Song © Joan A. Elliott *** Stitchery ©Polstitches Designs

make a wish fairy

Make A Wish © Joan A. Elliott *** Stitchery © Polstitches Designs

I am so pleased that Polstitches will be showing my new stitcheries at Harrogate this weekend. Two of the latest include Fairy Song and Make A Wish. I love their ‘girlie’ appeal and they would be the perfect quick stitch gift for your own little princesses. The Great Northern Quilt Show and The Great Northern Needlework Show run simultaneously at the Great Yorkshire Fairgrounds August 31st- September 2nd. All of my stitchery designs are now available exclusively from Polstitches Designs. I hope all of you nearby in the UK will get a chance to drop in and see all the goodies from both Jo at Polstitches and Julia at Cross Patch.

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