Peacock Passion!


                                                                       Take Your Pick Peacocks
                                                                            © Joan A. Elliott

I am sitting here in Brooklyn with a blizzard raging outside thinking about jewel toned peacocks strutting proudly through an idyllic summer garden. Join me in a bit of daydreaming by stitching a pretty collection of colorful Peacock projects that are perfect for brightening a winter’s day. You will find this easy to stitch ensemble in the latest Issue # 200 of Cross Stitch Crazy, now available on your newsstand in the UK. If you have already stitched my Swirling Peacock or my Majestic Peacock these would be just right to add to your collection. Enjoy!


Sail Away to Dreamland

Your precious little one can sail away to Dreamland snuggled under this new stamped cross stitch baby quilt that I have design especially for Design Works Crafts. Lots of happy little critters join a sweet baby teddy in a fun sailing adventure. A bright palette brings a touch of sunshine to baby’s nursery and  the counted cross stitch birth sampler let’s you record a lasting record of baby’s arrival. You can find this new item at the The Stitchery and Herrschner’s, or contact Design Works Crafts for more sources.

Sail Away

Sail Away Baby Quilt and Sampler for Design WorKs Crafts
© Joan A. Elliott

Holiday Wishes to All!


With Love to All from Joan

Please Check Your Magical Butterfly Key

I have heard from some stitchers that there seems to be a misprint on some of the keys that went out with the chart pack JE096 The Magical Butterfly.

It might be that it included an incorrect key. Here are the two keys that went out. Please feel free to print off the one that matches your chart if you received the incorrect key:


JE096 Key

JE096 The Magical Butterfly



JE096 Magical Butterfly
Key 2

A Holiday Competition from Cross Stitch Collection!

Book Give-Away

Cross Stitch Collection Give-Away

12 Days of Christmas – day eight!

Win a Joan Elliott library! Enter our competition today with a chance to win this fantastic bundle of Joan Elliott titles – plus four gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics to go with it!

This competition is only available for 24 hours and will close at 2pm on Saturday 20 December – so make sure you enter right now by commenting on this post, telling us what your first project of the new year will be! Just go to their Facebook page to  enter: Cross Stitch Collection Magazine Good luck everyone!

Some Early Holiday Fun

The Night Before Christmas © Joan A. Elliott

The Night Before Christmas
© Joan A. Elliott

If you are busy getting your Holiday stitching  started there are a few new designs I have out in the magazines just for the season. The Night Before Christmas, in issue 196 of Cross Stitch Crazy, brings the beloved tale of Santa’s  journey to life. As he soars above the rooftops, all is well at home where “not a creature was stirring” and the stockings were hung with care, waiting to be filled with Christmas treats for the children. Worked on 14 count Aida or 28 count even weave with a stitch count of 109w x 140h stitches, the finished design will measure 8w x 10h inches.

Holiday Victorian

2014 Victorian Lady
© Joan A. Elliott

In Issue 197 of Cross Stitch Crazy you’ll see the Festive Charm of my newest Victorian Lady ready for Christmas. We see her wrapping and gathering presents before her Christmas Eve guests arrive. Pretty beads embellish the sweep of her red skirts and her fur trimmed robe will keep her cozy and warm  on this special evening.

Desk Calendar

WOCS 2015 Desktop Calendar
© Joan A. Elliott

Finally, I was so pleased when Ruth asked me to work on the 2015 Calendar for the World of Cross Stitching. Rather than a Diary this year, the team at the magazine has come up with this delightful idea for a desk calendar. There is a chart and illustration for each month in a whimsical animal theme. The colors are all bright and cheery and I hope that each design will bring a smile to every day. The calendar format allows for easier handling of the charts making them quite nice to stitch from. Look for this as your free gift with issue 224, on sale December 4, 2014.


This is a catch up post for some of the new designs out there in the UK magazines.

Blog Xmas cover   Cross Stitch Collection has gathered  previously published Christmas design from some of your favorite designers and published them in this delightful bookazine.

Duo Cinderella

Cinderella Rags to Riches
© Joan A. Elliott

The story of Cinderella comes to life as she transforms from a servant girl to a beautiful princess. Using lots of magical beads and metallics, graceful Cinderella shines no matter where she may be. To stitch these two charts as one, the windows will easily line up on the charts. You will find these designs in Issue 242 of Cross Stitch Collection, on sale now. Enjoy!

To order both the Christmas Book and Issue 242 of Cross Stitch Collection go to My Favorite Magazines  Finally, don’t forget to vote  for your favorite shops and designers at the 2015 British Craft Awards. I am delighted to be nominated again this year! Here is the link for voting: British Craft Awards


The British Craft Awards 2015

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