Back Home Again…

Hi Everyone!

I am back in the studio after our wonderful trip to Cardiff. The retreat on September 17th was perfect. How lovely to meet so many of you that I have known over the years through this blog and our Facebook group. We all had a lot of fun and plans are already being made for another event in 2018, so stay tuned! I send a million thanks to all of you for being there and to my dear friend Jo Critchley of Polstitches Designs for making it all happen. Thanks go also to Ceri James and Marie for their kindness and help.

As you know, I created a special design for this retreat titled ‘The Maiden & The Dragon’. She will be out and about next week but for now you can order from Jo at Polstitches Designs

The Maiden & The Dragon

JE222 © The Maiden & The Dragon

Love to all of you who were able to share this special day with me and for all the sweet gifts you brought along, your dear friendships, and your inspiring support.

XOX Joan

Here we are all together for a group shot. I know we all made new friends and look forward to meeting again.


Also exhibiting were the talented Michael Powell, Kate Bothy Golby from Bothy Threads, and Niki Jones from Cirrus Creations


Jo, Ceri, and Marie


Michael Powell


Kate Both Golby


Niki Jones

After the retreat, Earl and I stayed on to explore the magic of Wales. Before leaving I had searched for day tours leaving from Cardiff. I was so fortunate to find the best of the best Real Wales Tours. Our host Nia was amazing. I recommend her tours to anyone that wants to go off the beaten path, share the history of the country, and take in some of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen.Thank you Nia for such a fabulous experience!

Now I am sure that Fairies live here. So much inspiration! I feel some new designs coming on…



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OhSewCrafty
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 02:14:17

    Your photos are amazing! Magical indeed, what a lovely trip it must have been.


  2. Stitching Noni
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 07:09:01

    Oh wow! What lovely photos of Wales – you look like you had a great time!
    I am dead jealous of the girls in the UK that went to the Retreat – how exciting for them and you (and the other designers). I love the Maiden & Dragon – perfect for a Welsh visit :o)
    Hugs xx


  3. Ruth Fink
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 15:37:24

    How perfect your design is for the retreat. So glad to hear you stayed on for a little time in Wales. ( My lineage is from there! ) How lucky you got to see it. Can’t wait to see what your inspirations are from this magical trip.


  4. rhona norrie
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 17:33:42

    Glad you had a good time, Joan. Your pictures are wonderful. You should visit Scotland….there are definitely faeries there….and so much inspiration for new designs too!


  5. joanelliott
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 19:28:46

    Next on our list Rhona! Hope all is well with you. x Joan


  6. Linda Jones
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 05:25:36

    Hi there! I love your maiden and dragon can’t wait to cross stitch it. My dad came from Cardiff he is welsh! All I do is cross stitch because I have cml. Linda from Kianga


  7. Linda Jones
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 05:47:13

    Hi there again what day will the maiden and the dragon will be out on your order charts? Thank you Linda from Kianga


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