A Little Fun Christmas Stitching

New for Christmas

I know that we have just finished Halloween celebrations, but what better time to start on some new Christmas stitches! Both the Angel and Snowman ornaments are a quick and easy stitch done on plastic canvas, perforated paper, or Aida, all 14 count. If you prefer stitching on Aida or 28 count Evenweave, you can back your stitching with a heavy weight iron on interfacing and cut the shapes out. The interfacing will keep your fabric from fraying. Alternatively you can make up little individual pillow ornaments. Whichever way you decide to finish these bright, cheerful ornaments, just add a bit of string or ribbon at top and they will be ready to hang on your tree.

The Nativity scene reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Stitch it up as a framed picture or door hanger to bring the serenity and peace of the Christmas season to your home.

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4 New Chartpacks

Bolg New Chartpacks October 2017I am so happy to finally have some new chartpacks to show you! Here are four new ones to get everyone into a bit of stitching with the holiday spirit in mind. As always you can order from the usual online shops that carry my designs. Please go to the Order Chartpacks page for details, the links to shop sites, and my full collection of available chartpacks. Enjoy!

Designed for you with love. X Joan

Designing and Stitching for a Good Cause

Earthquake

I wanted to share this important project from my dear friends at Casa Cenina, a wonderful source for all things cross stitch in Italy. This charitable effort includes many of your favorite designers and all proceeds will go towards helping the many towns in Italy effected by devastating earthquakes during the past year. There is still much work to be done to restore these towns so please pass on the link so we can all help with the recovery.

For full details please go to this link:

https://www.casacenina.com/a-needlework-project-to-be-born-again.html

 Joan

JE234 The Time Traveler

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JE234© The Time Traveler

I had a wonderful time at the Cross Stitch Club Retreat in Solihull, UK last weekend. How lucky I am to have had the opportunity to meet all the stitchers who attended. Traveling with my fellow designer and friend Ursula Michael was a treat and seeing Jo Critchley and Michael Powell again, along with Faye Whittaker was a  delight. The general consensus is that a good time was had by all.

I did a special design called the Time Traveler for this retreat. Inspired by my Facebook friend Clare Bowman and her amazing steampunk outfits, she seemed perfect to conjure up thoughts of the British Isles. She is now up on the Order Chartpacks page for order by everyone. You will also find her at Polstitches Designs right now and I expect her to be available in the usual online sites very soon.

Thanks again to the amazing Fae Kuhn for organizing the retreat and making it such a fantastic success!

The Upcoming Birmingham Retreat

Hi Everyone-

It’s been a while since I last posted. I am busy getting ready for the Cross Stitch Club stitching retreat in Birmingham, UK (July 15 & 16). It promises to be lots of fun and the wonderful Fae Kuhn has done her usual magic in organizing everything.

I am looking forward to meeting again with old friends and making many new ones too. I’ll be traveling across the pond with my friend and fellow designer, Ursula Michael and joining us there will be the very talented UK designers, Jo Critchley, Michael Powell, and Faye Whittaker, so there will be a wonderful display of our many different styles.

The studio will be closed this week and next so I can get organized for the trip. Any orders placed while I am away will be filled when I return to my desk around the 21st of July.

Oh yes, I will be introducing a new design at the retreat too. It will be up on my blog and available to order when I get back to work. I am also hoping to have some other new chartpacks for you too. Lots of people have been asking for a peek at the new design. It is called The Time Traveler.

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JE234 © The Time Traveler Preview

The Dancing Mermaid

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My Dancing Mermaid is now out and on the cover of the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. Here’s what they have to say about it:

This “glittering and glamorous mermaid emerges from the mist in Joan Elliott’s superb cross-stitch creation. Hand-dyed Caribbean blue Joblean fabric, almost three dozen floss colors, metallic braid and three colors of beads are the ingredients for making this deliciously dazzling wall decoration.”

You can purchase this issue by going to the Annie’s Publishing site.

World Craft Week

Join the publishers of The World of Cross Stitching and Cross Stitch Crazy in celebrating World Craft Week, this week April 3-9, 2017. You can see what they have in store on their Facebook Page and on the website created for this event. They have created a special booklet with lots of little craft projects and it is free when you register on the site. Celebrate the things you love to do with stitchers and crafters worldwide! #worldcraftweek

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