Winter is soon to come…

The clocks have been turned back here in the States and when  it starts getting dark at 5PM you know that winter is not far behind. It’s been an absolutely gorgeous Autumn and now that Earl has retired we were fortunate to be able to spend most of October in Vermont to enjoy the beauty of the season. I was busy working away in my studio up there and have lots of new designs coming early next year, not to mention those out now in the current issues of the magazines.

To start, I have three  designs to stitch for the whimsical side of Christmas. In the UK’s Cross Stitch Gold Issue 70 you’ll see my Christmas Angel Sampler with  a bevy of little angels busy with their holiday chores.


Angel Sampler

Angel Sampler © Joan A. Elliott

In the current issue 157 of The World of Cross Stitching you’ll see my cheerful Santa’s Helpers all dressed up and ready to lend a hand with the decorating.


Santa's Little Helpers

Santa's Little Helpers © Joan A. Elliott

Issue 177 of Cross Stitch Collection has my four Folk Angel cards. Stitch these up for a personal greeting or combine all four into one designs and make up a lovely holiday cushion to enjoy on a cozy winter’s night or wooden tray insert for serving up some Christmas cheer.


Folk Art Angels

Folk Art Angels © Joan A. Elliott



I know many of you have seen the preview of the winter fairy in this month’s issue of Cross Stitch Collection. She’s been stitched on Polstitches beautiful Midnight Mist 28 count Jobelan and is resplendent with sparkling Kreinik metallics and glistening Mill Hill beads. I’ve posted a supply list (See my Floss & Thread List page at right) for those who want to have everything ready for when she comes out in Issue 178 of Cross Stitch Collection.

Please note that I now have both the Spring and Summer Fairy chart packs ready for shipping. Just email me at  if you would like to order. You can also order through Polstitches where Spring Fairy is currently available and Summer Fairy has just been shipped across the pond and will be in the shop soon. Thanks to all of you that have already ordered charts. They are on their way to you.

Winter Fairy

Winter Fairy © Joan A. Elliott

I spent a week away  at Ruth B. McDowell’s ‘Designing from Nature Workshop’ in Massachusetts last month. What a joy the class was. I, along with 13 wonderfully creative women were privileged to experience Ruth’s artistry and incredible expertise and to have her guide us through our creative endeavors. Check out Ruth’s website to see some of her amazing work.

I chose to design a quilt using a favorite photo from my garden. Here’s a picture of me talking about  my WIP to the class as Ruth looks on. My goal is to have this quilt finished and ready to exhibit at  the town art show next summer… fingers crossed!

Spider Quilt

Spider Quilt © Joan A. Elliott

Speaking of quilts… I’ve started working on a  new line of applique quilt designs that will be sold on Woods and Quilts, an online quilt club. Right now you’ll see my ‘I Love Winter’ quilt there on the home page. I’m excited about this new venture and will be sending in more new designs in the coming weeks. Quilt patterns on the site are available for easy download to club members. There are many wonderful designs available from other designers too, so have  a look. I will be selling paper patterns of my designs to those who cannot download the patterns. If you are interested in purchasing the paper patterns, please email me for pricing. What a perfect job  they’ve done with my snowman!


I Love Winter ©Joan A. Elliott Photo © Woods and Quilts

Lots of news on the book front too. My new book Cross Stitch Greetings is off being printed. I do have the cover photo to show you for now. Publication is set for early next year. Inside you’ll find 70 designs for greetings cards of all sorts with suggestions for making up into different projects. Many of these would make lovely smalls such as framed miniatures, needle cases, pin cushions, sachets, pot lids and such.

Cross Stitch Greetings

Cross Stitch Greetings © Joan A. Elliott

I’ve also just received the cover photo of my upcoming machine embroidery book, Asian-Inspired Machine Embroidery, from Krause. It’s very exciting to see it finally taking shape and it was a pleasure to return to designing with one of my favorite themes. Here’s a preview with publication due in Spring 2010. Inside you will find more than 35 Asian motifs to machine embroider. The book’s 24 projects will show you how to use designs to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. There are embellished cards, a kanji symbol banner, silk scarf, napkins and table runner, garden tote bag and visor, journal cover,  a cozy afghan and more. All designs are included on the CD-ROM that accompanies the book, with each design presented in 6 machine formats as well as in black and white PDFs so hand-embroiderers can also use the designs to create the same lovely projects.

Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery

Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery © Joan A. Elliott

I’ll be taking a break from book writing  this coming year to concentrate on new charts for the magazines, chart packs, leaflets and kits and hope to have time to continue with other ventures as well.  For those who were hoping for another fantasy themed book this year, be sure to write to David & Charles to tell them what you would like to see in the future! You can email them at   or

In the meantime, with all the great response to my seasonal fairies, I will be  designing  new chart packs  and leaflets of fairy designs in the months to come. If you have  a favorite fairy or fantasy subject (I think I need to do another dragon!) that you would like to see designed, send me your thoughts on the subject. I’d love to hear from you!

March News from the Studio


Hi Everyone!

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. Work has been beyond hectic, thank goodness, and family matters have been a priority this past month so there wasn’t much time for posting. I have a moment and wanted to let you know about a couple of design updates. Firstly, thank you all so much for the wonderful response to the Spring Fairy in Cross Stitch Collection! How lovely to hear from so many of you. This is such a fulfilling part of my work and it means the world to me. I’ve just completed the Autumn Fairy design, although she is still under wraps I’m afraid. Look for her to be published towards the end of summer. I see that my Summer Fairy is now on the preview pages of the current issue of Collection so it’s time for me to post her picture here. 

Before we get to that though, I want you to see my Golden Buddha design,  now in issue 169 of Cross Stitch Collection on sale in the UK. I hope I’ve captured the  peace and  serenity that this revered figure represents to millions of people around the world. The background motifs are stitched in half cross stitch and the Buddha figure is highlighted with glistening golden beads and delicate Kreinik metallic threads and the design is worked on Polstitches 28 count hand dyed ‘Shades of Narcissus’ Jobelan.

Golden Buddha ©Joan A. Elliott

Golden Buddha ©Joan A. Elliott

Now to the Summer Fairy…  close your eyes and picture gentle waves on the  azure sea and  the feeling of the warm summer sand beneath your feet. These lovely images filled my thoughts when I created the Summer Fairy for Issue 170 of Collection. The magazine will be on the stands in the UK come April 14th.  This gentle spirit is stitched on Polstitches fabulous hand dyed 28 count Jobelan fabric . I have her pictured  here on ‘Neptune” and in the magazine you will see her stitched on ‘Heavens Above’. She is resplendent with shimmering beads and Kreinik metallic threads suggesting  tiny bits of sunshine glinting on the shore. I hope you will all add her to your own collection of magical cross stitch.

Summer fairy © Joan A. Elliott

Summer fairy © Joan A. Elliott

As always, all of us outside the UK have to wait a bit for the UK magazines to hit the stands but I hope you think it will be worth the wait. I’ll be adding to this post over the weekend. I have some new rubber stamps coming out if a few days that I want to show you, more upcoming designs in cross stitch, and some news about ordering individual charts. So until then, I wish the very best to everyone!

Spring Fairy and More

Spring Fairy from Cross Stitch Collection ©Joan A. Elliott

Spring Fairy from Cross Stitch Collection ©Joan A. Elliott

A quick post to let you all know that I have a new fairy design coming out in the next issue of the UK’s fabulous magazine, Cross Stitch Collection (Issue 167 on sale in the UK January 16th and a bit later in the US). The Spring Fairy is the first in a series of four that you will see  this year. The design measures 12 x 16 inches and is stitched on a gorgeous hand-dyed fabric called Fairy Footprints from Polstitches. Please have a look at their website for a full display of some of the most delicious fabrics you’ll ever find!

The picture above is  a fabric printout from my files so you do not get the full hand-dyed effect which sets off the design beautifully. I’ll post the ‘real thing’ once the magazine arrives.

The commission to do this fairy series was a great opportunity for me to continue with the fantasy theme from my book  Bewitching Cross Stitch. I also have two smaller fantasy commissions coming up so I will keep you posted about when to look for them. Thank you all for the enthusiastic response to the new book!


Courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc. © Joan A. Elliott

Photo courtesy of Charles Craft, Inc. 'I Love You To the Moon' is © Joan A. Elliott

My ‘I Love You To The Moon’ design  is now appearing in new ads from Charles Craft. You can purchase this chart directly from Charles Craft. Please visit their site for contact information:

Blackwork Birds

In the current issue of Cross Stitcher from the UK (#209) you’ll find my Blackwork Birds  design. For a richly elegant look, try working this one using  a dark background with lighter thread. 

Blackwork Birds copyright Joan A. Elliott

Blackwork Birds copyright Joan A. Elliott

Blackwork Birds © Joan A. Elliott

Blackwork Birds © Joan A. Elliott



Happy Holidays!



Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Greetings Everyone. It has just started snowing here in New York so I thought it was the perfect time to start on my Christmas blog update. Things in the studio are busy with many new projects going on at once. As you may already know, Bewitching Cross Stitch went on sale earlier this month. I’ve had many  wonderful responses from so many of you. Thank you for all the lovely words and enthusiasm! The January issue of Cross Stitch Collection will feature the Mother Moon chart.

Mother Moon from Bewitching Cross Stitch © Joan A. Elliott

Mother Moon from Bewitching Cross Stitch © Joan A. Elliott

Inside the book you will find a Father  Sun chart making for a beautiful pair.

There are some new Christmas  designs currently available in the UK magazines too. This year, a nostalgic Victorian theme runs through all the pieces.

Angel in White © Joan A. Elliott

Angel in White © Joan A. Elliott

 Stitched on a rich burgundy evenweave, my Angel in White brings an elegant touch to a familiar holiday image. This design has  lots of gold metallic thread and sparkling beads to give it a festive touch. You’ll see her on the cover of Cross Stitch Collection Issue 163.

Christmas Past © Joan A. Elliott

Christmas Past © Joan A. Elliott

I love the  thought of  snow falling at Christmas time while we rush around doing all our last minute chores. These  children  make the day bright as they excitedly post their letters to Santa and head home with all the holiday trimmings. Look for this happy scene in Cross Stitch Collection Issue 165.

Victorian Lady © Joan A. Elliott

Victorian Lady © Joan A. Elliott

Dressed in all  her holiday finery a windswept Victorian Lady enjoys a stroll on a wintry evening. You’ll find this  design in The World of Cross stitching Issue 144.

Nativity © Joan A. Elliott

Nativity © Joan A. Elliott

This peaceful Nativity scene was inspired by the stained glass windows of the Arts & Crafts movement in the early 20th Century. It appeared in Issue 61 of Cross Stitch Gold.

I have been receiving quite a few request for charts that have appeared in the UK magazines. I know these magazines are often not readily available here in the States so with the New Year I hope to be able to start putting these  into leaflets for you which you will be able to purchase through this blog. With some technical issues to resolve, I hope it won’t be too long. I’ll keep you posted. I have been working on a series of new fantasy designs for the magazines  so keep your eyes open for those starting in the Spring.

In rubber stamp news, I am putting the finishing touches on two new sets of stamps for ladybugandfriends. Now that they have made their stamps available online through  you’ll be able to find these and my Autumn and Christmas stamps quite easily no matter where you are located.

For 2009 I wish you all the best for a year filled with much love and happiness, the joy of creativity and the warmth and comfort of family and friends. May it be filled with a spirit of hope that will carry us all through these challenging times.


Joan A. Elliott

©Joan A. Elliott

Bewitching Cross Stitch!

Bewitching Cross Stitch ©Joan A. Elliott ©David & Charles, Ltd            Bewitching Cross Stitch ©Joan A. Elliott ©David & Charles, Ltd

I am thrilled to finally be able to post a picture of the cover of my latest book! I hope you will all keep an eye out for it in a couple of months. The paperback will be available in the US and UK in February 2009. This book was such a joy to work on and it seemed that each chapter sparked my imagination for the next. You’ll find  a mysterious wizard, playful fairies, a sparkling dragon, and all sorts of magical creatures inside. As always  projects range from simple to complex so there is something that I’m sure everyone will enjoy at every skill level. More than forty designs for framed pictures, a boys treasure box, a bewitching recipe book, delightful cards, cushions, ornaments and more fill the pages, all with easy to read charts and instructions included for stitching and making up.