Two New Santa’s…HO HO HO

Santa's List

Santa's List © Joan A. Elliott

Now out in issue 88 of Cross Stitch Gold, here is Santa making sure he checks all the names on his list twice. With his sack full to the brim with toys and teddies, he is just about ready to set out on Christmas Eve. Stitched on Polstitches 28 count ‘lightning strike’ Jobelan he is fully embellished with sparkling Mill Hill beads and beautiful silver and gold Kreinik threads. I’ve included a simple backstitch alphabet so you can add the names of your own friends and loved ones.

Magical Journey

Magical Journey © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of The World of Cross Stitching

What fun it was to create a design of Santa’s magical sleigh ride over the rooftops on a snowy Christmas Eve and now featured in issue 183 of The World of Cross Stitching. Again we have chosen Polstitches wonderful hand dyed ‘lightning strike’ Jobelan. It seems the perfect fabric to suggest a night sky in winter. Mill Hill beads and  Kreinik threads dot the sky as Santa and his little elves sail amidst golden stars and shimmering snowflakes  on their way to deliver lots of Christmas cheer.

 

New Chartpacks

New Chartpacks for March 2011 © Joan A. Elliott

New Chartpacks for March 2011 © Joan A. Elliott

I’m happy to offer six new chartpacks this month, including the much awaited Earth Goddess.

Holiday Preview

With summer’s end we can all start to think of the lovely autumn days that lie ahead. It’s never too early to start on some new  projects to celebrate the upcoming seasons. This month in the magazines I have four designs you may like to try your hand at. You’ll find links to all of these publishers on my Supplies and Resources page at right.
Photo ©Cross-Stitch & Needlework November 2008

Photo ©Cross-Stitch & Needlework November 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

In the November issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine you will find my Give Thanks table setting. There are three designs for stitching on beautiful Light Oatmeal Royal Classic pre-finished place mats, bread covers and napkins, all available from Charles Craft. In designing these easy to stitch pieces I’ve used a rich autumn palette to add a bright touch to your Thanksgiving table.

 

Image ©Cross Stitcher   Issue 205     Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Cross Stitcher Issue 205 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

My Christmas Angel design is now out in Cross Stitcher (UK) from Future Publishing. I’ve used my favorite Kreinik gold threads and beautiful Mill Hill beads throughout which I hope lend an air of elegance to this heavenly figure. A few fractional stitches help to capture a graceful look in her face and hands but otherwise she is worked in full cross stitches.

 

Image ©The World of Cross Stitching    Issue 143    Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©The World of Cross Stitching Issue 143 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

For The World of Cross Stitching I’ve done a loving portrait of Santa and Mrs. Claus. I hope they will carry a message of love and the joy of family to your home this Christmas.

Image © Cross stitch Gold     Issue 60                                  Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Cross Stitch Gold Issue 60 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Here’s a fast and fun way for everyone to count down the days to Christmas. The whimsical Advent Calendar I’ve designed for Cross Stitch Gold is stitched on 14 count Aida with the numbers worked on 16 count Aida band. Assembly is fast and easy on this one and the tiny pockets are perfect for stuffing with little holiday sweets.

 

Image ©Crafts 'n Things October 2008     Design © Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Crafts 'n Things October 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

 In the October issue of Crafts ‘n Things, from Amos Publishing, you’ll find my holiday kitchen set. Gentle doves and  festive holly sprigs adorn  the rich letters  and spell out the beautiful words we all think of during the Christmas Season… Peace, Joy, Love. The jar wrappers are stitched on Charles Craft’s 14 count Vinyl Aida. Wouldn’t they make a lovely way to present a jar of homemade jam or spiced fruit and nuts. You could also wrap these around a box full of Christmas candy or cookies, string them together to form a wonderful swag for an entryway, or make them up into hand made cards. I’m sure you’ll come up with lots of other creative uses. They are easy to stitch and working on the pliable vinyl is a breeze. Charles Craft’s Banded Huck towels  are just the ticket for a quick and easy handmade hostess gift to bring along on your holiday visits.

As far as other work goes. I’ve started on my machine embroidery book. What fun this one is! There is lots to learn and it certainly opens a world of creative possibilities! I’ve also sent in first sketches for two new cross stitch themes for Leisure Arts. I’ll keep you posted on developments. Some nice new  designs for the magazines are now being stitch and will be out in next year’s issues. So, it’s still as busy as ever here. 

We’ve been enjoying  incredible weather here in the Northeast for the past week or two. I love the Fall with it’s radiant color and that certain something in the air. Oh yes, I have three more holiday pieces in the magazines  coming next month. Until then, enjoy!

With fondest wishes-

Joan

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