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Magic Dragon © Joan A. Elliott   photo courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc.

Magic Dragon © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc.

Have you seen Charles Craft’s two new fabrics? They are called Stardust and come in silver and gold. The same quality Aida fabric you’ve come to expect but with sparkling gold or silver threads shimmering throughout. I’ve done two exclusive designs for you to stitch on this lovely 14 count Aida and the charts are free with your fabric purchase. In every box of Gold Stardust you will receive my Magic Dragon, perfect to bring a cheery smile to any child’s room. With  Silver Stardust  you’ll receive the elegant Love’s Promise sampler to commemorate a special anniversary or wedding day. To  purchase either of these delicious fabrics go to their website
Love's Promise © Joan A. Elliott  photo courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc.

Love's Promise © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc.

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:


Birthday Bears © Joan A. Elliott

Birthday Bears © Joan A. Elliott


Fairies & Sprites © Joan A. Elliott

Fairies & Sprites © Joan A. Elliott

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:

Love and Birthday Wishes by Tammi of Tropical Dreams   Have a Nice Day Stamp © Joan A. Elliott for Ladybugandfriends

Love and Birthday Wishes by Tammi of Tropical Dreams

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.


Fairy Ring © Joan A. Elliott

Fairy Ring © Joan A. Elliott


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.


Good Morning © Joan A. Elliott

Good Morning © Joan A. Elliott

 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.

'Fat Cats' for Dalco Home Sew Machine Applique © Joan A. Elliott

'Fat Cats' for Dalco Home Sew Machine Applique © Joan A. Elliott

'Dog Days' Machine Applique for Dalco Home Sew © Joan A. Elliott

'Dog Days' Machine Applique for Dalco Home Sew © Joan A. Elliott


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendi
    Mar 23, 2009 @ 21:42:49

    Those are really cute stamps!! Great job!!


  2. Kathy
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:26:49

    You mentioned something about being able to order some of your cross stitch designs that have been previously published in magazines. Is that still in the works??


  3. joanelliott
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 01:36:32

    Yes, Kathy the charts are in the works. For now, if any of you have a chart you are looking for, please email me at with your request and I will let you know if it is available.

    Many thanks-


  4. Vanessa
    Apr 05, 2009 @ 23:45:03

    The dragon on the Stardust fabric is too cute! I hate stitching on aida, but I’m going to have to break down and buy it to get that little draggie! If you get a chance, you might hint to Charles Craft that they shoulc make Gold and Silver Stardust fabrics in their Monaco fabric….. 😉


  5. Henderica
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 11:12:52

    Lovely designs 🙂

    Hope they sell the stamps here somewhere soon 😉

    To bad I can’t get the pretty dragon chart, I don’t live in the USA, won’t be able to order 😦


  6. joanelliott
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 11:55:21

    Hi Henderica-

    I will be contacting Charles Craft later today to see if we can work out a way to make the Magic Dragon more available to everyone outside the US. Also, the rubber stamps are available online at or you can email Ladybugandfriends to see if there are other sources more convenient for you. Just go to my Supplies and Resources page for the links.



  7. Carien
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 19:52:27

    I hope it will be possible to get it outside the US too. I think the Magic Dragon is amazing.


  8. Zeb
    May 17, 2009 @ 06:02:59

    I really hope you are able to make the Magic Dragon & Love’s Promise available outside of the US, because I would love love LOVE to stitch them, gorgeous design!

    I actually emailed them to see if I could order but unfortunately they wanted my credit card details; which I am not happy to give via email 😦


  9. Angie
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 04:56:44

    I just wanted to say that a huge cross stitcher and an even bigger fan of your designs. I think that you have a beautiful talent and i think that everything you deisgn that very special touch to it. And i just wanted to thank you, as you are always an inspriation to me. And i think that your Magic dragon is gorgeous, not to mention your faries. i’m a huge fan of faries, although i can only get my hands on the autumn one so far, i won’t stop hunting until i find them all. Thanks again angie ;p


  10. Zeb
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 08:57:49

    Hi Joan, am wondering if Magic Dragon and Love’s Promise are ever going to be released as chart packs? I am struggling to find local stores here in New Zealand that sell fabric by Charles’ Craft and most of the online stores I shop through either don’t list their fabric, or, don’t have Stardust (gold and silver) or don’t specifically state that these designs will be shipped with the fabric.

    Would really love to stitch these, especially Magic Dragon, thanks!


  11. Ann
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 20:39:21

    I’m working on Magic Dragon right now (its even on my lap as I type this). I’d picked up the aida from Michael’s last week intending for it to be for another project, but then my daughter seen the dragon chart it came with and requested I stitch it for her room. We’re in Alberta, Canada


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