It’s time for the annual British Craft Awards from the publishers of Cross Stitch Crazy, The World of Cross Stitching, Cardmaking & Papercraft and Quick Cards Made Easy. For the first time in the awards’ history they’ve got a fully responsive website,www.britishcraftawards.com, where you can vote online, as well as using traditional postal votes. Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three fabulous prizes – a year’s worth of crafting stash!
20 Nov 2013 3 Comments
02 May 2012 13 Comments
Another beautiful harbinger of sunny skies and warm days ahead. My Magical Butterfly is in issue 190 of The World of Cross Stitching due on the UK news stands April 26th. Lots of bling and sparkle here to capture the iridescent beauty of this marvelous creature. I love the way Ruth and the team at WOCS have made up this design into a pretty pillow. Full instruction will be in the magazine. We’ve stitched this on 14 count white Aida for the model. I think it would be quite lovely on one of Polstitches ethereal hand dyed fabrics too. Enjoy!
10 Dec 2010 28 Comments
Oh my it’s cold outside! It was 0º when I woke this morning here in Vermont. The sky portends some snow on the way, streams are frozen and the chickadees are busy gobbling up all the seeds they can from the feeder. I still think there is a particular beauty to the winter landscape when we discover things that were previously hidden behind the lush greens of summer and flaming colors of autumn. As a celebration of this time of year and for the new year soon to come I’ve designed a joyful cherub on his frosty ride through the winter sky, just out in issue 172 of The World of Cross Stitching. Stitch this design on Polstitches ‘daybreak’ hand dyed 28HPI Jobelan to add a special dreamy touch to your finished work. There are lots of sparkling threads and beads for wintry accents too. He rides on a magical white deer resplendent with magnificent silver antlers and twinkling stars all around.
17 Jun 2010 10 Comments
As we look forward to the warmer weather our thoughts turn to the pleasant times we can now spend outside. What a delight it would be to stroll down a quiet country lane with some friends. Now out in the latest issue of the World of Cross Stitching (#166), my country girl and her gaggle of geese seem just right to lead the way.
Also with this issue you will receive a booklet containing a selection of 35 designs gathered from all of my books. They come to you with compliments of David and Charles, The World of Cross Stitching, and myself!
In Cross Stitch Gold issue 76 you will see my Tree of Life. As many of you know, I love nature, watching birds, and seeing deer, fox, and raccoons (not to mention a bear feasting on a fallen limb of ripening apples and a moose eating my azaleas!) when we spend time in Vermont. The tree of life encompasses all those experiences and more. These days, I think it’s especially important to recognize the dignity of all living creatures and celebrate their existence.
Cross Stitch Collection issue #185 has my Swirling Peacock design. Inspired by the beautiful movement of the designs from the Art Nouveau era, this jeweled creature takes us on a delightful flight of fancy.
Coming next week…
I will be releasing the chartpack of the Unicorn & Maiden towards the end of next week. Shipping will start on June 26th.
I love this time of year when I scramble to find time to putter in the garden. All the veggies are finally planted and foxglove, poppies, and iris are in bloom. What a delight to see the world burst into the lavish colors of early summer!
Here’s a pick from last week’s visit to Vermont. I am convinced there must be fairies in there somewhere. Perhaps hiding in all the weeds!
To all of my friends ‘downunder’ and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere that are now in the winter season, I send you warm thoughts and hope all this talk of gardening will ward off some of the winter chill.
07 May 2010 1 Comment
Do you remember the lovely little verse about Monday’s Child? I can still hear my mother reciting it to us and it brings back such lovely memories. Out now in issue 164 of The World of Cross Stitching is my little Monday’s Child Sampler. The colors are bright and cheerful, just right to brighten a special place in your child’s (or grandchild’s) room.
And for the next issue, WOCX #165 on sale May 20th in the UK, I had great fun visiting my old teddy friends for a Teddy Bear Picnic. These little fellows are ready for a perfect summer ‘s day in the park. Join the fun! You’ll also find two little extras in the magazine, ready for making up as lovely little gifts.
10 Nov 2009 6 Comments
Now out in the UK’s The World of Cross Stitching, my complete library of charming Victorian Christmas motifs. There are so many uses for these little designs. Have a look at the projects that Hannah and the team have put together in Issue 158. Add them to pre-finished table linens, gift bags, candle wrappers, cards, ornaments, party favors, or make up a sampler of your own by choosing your favorite from the bunch and repeating one of the pretty borders all the way round. These designs are sure to add a festive touch to all your holiday celebrations.
02 Nov 2009 4 Comments
The clocks have been turned back here in the States and when it starts getting dark at 5PM you know that winter is not far behind. It’s been an absolutely gorgeous Autumn and now that Earl has retired we were fortunate to be able to spend most of October in Vermont to enjoy the beauty of the season. I was busy working away in my studio up there and have lots of new designs coming early next year, not to mention those out now in the current issues of the magazines.
To start, I have three designs to stitch for the whimsical side of Christmas. In the UK’s Cross Stitch Gold Issue 70 you’ll see my Christmas Angel Sampler with a bevy of little angels busy with their holiday chores.
In the current issue 157 of The World of Cross Stitching you’ll see my cheerful Santa’s Helpers all dressed up and ready to lend a hand with the decorating.
Issue 177 of Cross Stitch Collection has my four Folk Angel cards. Stitch these up for a personal greeting or combine all four into one designs and make up a lovely holiday cushion to enjoy on a cozy winter’s night or wooden tray insert for serving up some Christmas cheer.
I know many of you have seen the preview of the winter fairy in this month’s issue of Cross Stitch Collection. She’s been stitched on Polstitches beautiful Midnight Mist 28 count Jobelan and is resplendent with sparkling Kreinik metallics and glistening Mill Hill beads. I’ve posted a supply list (See my Floss & Thread List page at right) for those who want to have everything ready for when she comes out in Issue 178 of Cross Stitch Collection.
Please note that I now have both the Spring and Summer Fairy chart packs ready for shipping. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order. You can also order through Polstitches where Spring Fairy is currently available and Summer Fairy has just been shipped across the pond and will be in the shop soon. Thanks to all of you that have already ordered charts. They are on their way to you.
I spent a week away at Ruth B. McDowell’s ‘Designing from Nature Workshop’ in Massachusetts last month. What a joy the class was. I, along with 13 wonderfully creative women were privileged to experience Ruth’s artistry and incredible expertise and to have her guide us through our creative endeavors. Check out Ruth’s website to see some of her amazing work.
I chose to design a quilt using a favorite photo from my garden. Here’s a picture of me talking about my WIP to the class as Ruth looks on. My goal is to have this quilt finished and ready to exhibit at the town art show next summer… fingers crossed!
Speaking of quilts… I’ve started working on a new line of applique quilt designs that will be sold on Woods and Quilts, an online quilt club. Right now you’ll see my ‘I Love Winter’ quilt there on the home page. I’m excited about this new venture and will be sending in more new designs in the coming weeks. Quilt patterns on the site are available for easy download to club members. There are many wonderful designs available from other designers too, so have a look. I will be selling paper patterns of my designs to those who cannot download the patterns. If you are interested in purchasing the paper patterns, please email me for pricing. What a perfect job they’ve done with my snowman!
Lots of news on the book front too. My new book Cross Stitch Greetings is off being printed. I do have the cover photo to show you for now. Publication is set for early next year. Inside you’ll find 70 designs for greetings cards of all sorts with suggestions for making up into different projects. Many of these would make lovely smalls such as framed miniatures, needle cases, pin cushions, sachets, pot lids and such.
I’ve also just received the cover photo of my upcoming machine embroidery book, Asian-Inspired Machine Embroidery, from Krause. It’s very exciting to see it finally taking shape and it was a pleasure to return to designing with one of my favorite themes. Here’s a preview with publication due in Spring 2010. Inside you will find more than 35 Asian motifs to machine embroider. The book’s 24 projects will show you how to use designs to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. There are embellished cards, a kanji symbol banner, silk scarf, napkins and table runner, garden tote bag and visor, journal cover, a cozy afghan and more. All designs are included on the CD-ROM that accompanies the book, with each design presented in 6 machine formats as well as in black and white PDFs so hand-embroiderers can also use the designs to create the same lovely projects.
I’ll be taking a break from book writing this coming year to concentrate on new charts for the magazines, chart packs, leaflets and kits and hope to have time to continue with other ventures as well. For those who were hoping for another fantasy themed book this year, be sure to write to David & Charles to tell them what you would like to see in the future! You can email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, with all the great response to my seasonal fairies, I will be designing new chart packs and leaflets of fairy designs in the months to come. If you have a favorite fairy or fantasy subject (I think I need to do another dragon!) that you would like to see designed, send me your thoughts on the subject. I’d love to hear from you!
23 Mar 2009 12 Comments
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This month, Ladybugandfriends is coming out with my latest rubber stamps. There are six new designs in all, three brand new teddies and three featuring sprites and fairies. The team at Ladybugandfriends have recently redone their website and will now be able to take international orders too. What great news! Check out their site, their beautiful products and creative gallery, and a special offer for some free blog candy. Here’s a look at what’s new:
And I’m thrilled to be able to you show you some of the wonderful work that card makers are doing. I came upon Tammi’s blog yesterday. Have a look at a sample of her gorgeous work:
Have A Nice Day Stamp © Joan A. Elliott for Ladybugandfriends
If you love the idea of fairy tales and magical gardens as we enter this sweet season of renewal, there is a new design in Issue 212 of the UK Cross Stitcher. A trio of dainty fairies dance among the daisies against the beautiful backdrop of Polstitches pretty ‘Whisper’ Jobelan. There are beads, shimmering Kreinik threads and tiny white lazy daisy stitches to add a little challenge to your stitching and bring lighthearted movement to this design. I hope you’ll choose it to add a touch of magic to your favorite little pixie’s room.
In a couple of days, the UK’s World of Cross Stitching will be celebrating with its 150th Issue! Congratulations to Hannah and the entire team. You’ll find one of my designs inside too, perfect to hang above the breakfast table to brighten up the kitchen. Celebrate and wake up with my Good Morning Cockerel bringing a sunny outlook to each new day. He’s stitched on white Aida in the magazine but I’ve tried him on a pretty soft yellow for you here.
For everyone interested in machine embroidery, I am now working on some machine embroidery applique designs with a company called Dalco Home Sew. These designs are sold as kits and come complete with pre-cut fabric applique pieces for three sew outs of each design. The enclosed disk is formatted in 10 different modes. All appliques measure about 5 x 7 inches and are wonderful for making quilts, totes, embroidering sweatshirts and pillows or just about anything your creative side might come up with. Here’s a look at my first two collections.
23 Sep 2008 3 Comments
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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-