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Hello my dear friends. My surgery last Wednesday was a success. I am home from the hospital with lots of meds and doing well. No more spasms so far!

I don’t think I will be able to look at emails for a few more days as my vision is quite blurred but I will get there eventually. I have a lovely fat four inch scar down the left side of my head behind my ear. It will be perfect for Halloween. I can feel my hair growing back already though, so that is good.

I just wanted to express all my appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. I couldn’t have been taken care of at a better place. The amazing neurosurgeon Dr. Phillip Stieg did microsurgery inside my skull to lift the blood vessel that had been pressing on my facial nerve for so many years.

So for now it is rest, rest, and more rest. I am able to walk around, shower, dress and such but not allowed much else. I expect to start getting bored by next week, lol.

Thank you all again for the outpourings of prayers and healing thoughts. It’s been a long strange trip this past year for me and your love and kindness has meant more to me than I could ever express in words. I’m looking forward to getting back to normal.

with all my love


On Hold for a While

Hi Friends-

I just wanted to let you know that orders will be on hold starting today. If you have ordered a chart pack before today, it is on its way to you.

I will be having surgery next Wednesday for a facial nerve spasm. Rather than continue with the injections I have been receiving for quite a few years, I have decided to go for a more permanent solution.

I am taking the rest of this week to tidy up all of my pending designs and especially to finish up the design for our September retreat with Polstitches Designs in Cardiff Wales this coming September 17th. I will post a sneak peak as soon as it is ready.

The doctor tells me that I will need to rest completely for at least 4 weeks after surgery. I am hoping to be back to filling orders towards the end of July. As you all know, after last year’s events I am pretty sick of taking my time off for healing, LOL! May this be the last time.

Please be sure to use the wonderful shops that sell my designs while I am away. They are listed in my Links and Resources.

I will be in touch and let you know how it goes. Thanks again for all your wonderful support.

Love- Joan

Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine

children by the Seaside

The 2016 summer issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine features my new “Children By the Seaside” design. Working on this brought back great a memories of the fun days my sister, brother, and I would spend out at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY. Stitch up some summer fun!

This issue goes on sale in shops on May 17. You can also subscribe by clicking here.

Enchanted Aurora and the Retreat at Stitch-It Central


Maria & Me

Chatting with Maria and enjoying the retreat.


Fun with the Georgetown Stitchers

Maria Pat & Maureen

Inside Stitch-It Central in Ingersoll, Ontario… one of the best shops around!

We had a wonderful time at the Stitch-It-Central retreat this past weekend. It was a joy to see owners Maria and Rui Santos again and to see old friends and meet new ones. I was happy to be able to introduce my new design ‘Enchanted Aurora’ while I was there. She is available now through Stitch It Central. Please click here to order.

Enchanted Aurora

Enchanted Aurora © Joan A. Elliott All Rights Reserved

Enchanted Aurora at Stitch-It-Central

Aurora 2 © Joan A. Elliott

A Stitching Weekend!

For information and details click on the links below:

Stitch It Central or Facebook




We are just back from a mini vacation in Savannah, Georgia and South Carolina. If anyone has been there you will know how tropical and exotic it must seem to New Yorkers. We had a fabulous time at the Savannah Music Festival and also visiting good friends.

So now back to the drawing board. I am gearing up for my visit to Stitch It Central in Ingersoll, Canada at the end of the month and am working on a very special design for the occasion. I will be posting a sneak peek next week so stay tuned.

Upcoming Cross Stitch Retreats!

This is going to be quite a year for attending cross stitch retreats! I have three to attend  in 2016. Get out the traveling bags everyone it’s time to finally meet in person.


I will start with first things first. Coming at the end of this May,  I will be making my second trip to Canada to attend the Stitch-It-Central weekend. When I attended two years ago it was a wonderful event thanks to all my Canadian friends and to Maria and Rui Santos, the owners of  Stitch-It-Central in Ingersoll , Ontario. This year we will meet on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. For the details of this retreat please click here

By the way, the shop is just across the street from where we will be gathering so you can stock up on supplies too. I will be doing a special design to celebrate our time together!


You all know how the fabrics from Polstitches Designs are so perfect for my designs… Well I am so very happy to tell you that we will be having a fabulous day of friendship and stitching in Cardiff, Wales on September 17, 2016! This will be the first chance I have to meet some of my UK stitching friends in years. Jo Critchley has chosen a lovely venue for us and we are pleased that Bothy Threads will also be joining in. All details are on  Polstitches website and you can just click here to link to it all. You will also see a link to the Facebook group that was started for the event where you will find info on hotels and ride sharing and also get to meet some of us that will be attending. I will be presenting a special new design in celebration of our gathering.

I am really looking forward to both of these events and I do hope you will be able to join us.


If you love the beach and you love stitching you may want to join in on Stitching At the Beach. The dates are  October 12th-16th, 2016 and it will be in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sounds like an ideal time to be there! All details for their event can be found here. I am planning on being a vendor at this retreat. Stay tuned…


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