The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen
© Joan A. Elliott

Now that  winter weather is here in the north it seems the perfect time to introduce The Snow Queen. She is out this week in Cross Stitch Collection Issue 231.

When I started this design I thought of a delicate yet regal figure who was at home in the snowy forest and whistling winter winds, bundled in her warm cloak trimmed in the finest ermine. Her gentle guidance protects the many creatures that gather around her.  I loved adding the little forest friends to this design.

Brilliant glistening beads and metallic threads embellish her gown reflecting the snow sparkling in the early morning light and crown her like precious diamonds. The gemstone colors of her garment seemed just the right choice for this design. She is stitched on 28 count light blue even weave for the model and would look so lovely on a wonderful hand dyed even weave too.

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Autumn Goddess

Autumn Goddess

Autumn Goddess © Joan A. Elliott
photo © Cross Stitch Collection

It is already August. Can you believe it? Nights are getting chilly up here in Vermont and it brings to mind the beautiful cool days of Autumn. I’ll still savor the rest of the summer but the next season is getting closer. In the October Issue # 227 of Cross Stitch Collection you will see my Autumn Goddess. She was designed remembering those October days when the trees flame orange and red and the last of the sunflowers raise their faces to to morning sky. The soft violet greys of fading hydrangea, the rich mauves and oranges of blooming chrysanthemums and the earthy tone of a pheasant feather found on a country walk make for a beautiful palette to celebrate the season. There are lots of sparkling Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads as always. Our model is stitched on 28HPI evenweave, off white Zweigart Brittney (Ref 3270/101). She will be up in Polstitches convenient fabric viewer soon so you can chose the perfect hand dyed fabric to set her off beautifully.

1920s

Flapper

1920s Lady
copyright Joan A. Elliott
photo © Immediate Media, Co

It’s a summer evening in the Roaring Twenties as this chic lady enters the room. All eyes turn her way as she dazzles the crowd in the latest fashion. In a sweeping shawl and stylish chemise made of elegant silk and with hand embroidered embellishments and sparkling beads, she glides onto the dance floor. Strings of pearls and a fan made of custom dyed ostrich feathers are the perfect accessories. Stitched on Polstitches 28 count ‘colorful clouds’ Jobelan and shimmering with Kreinik threads and Mill Hill beads, she is all the rage. You’ll find her in issue 225 of Cross Stitch Collection.

Edwardian Lady

Edwardian

© Joan A. Elliott
photo © Cross Stitch Collection, Future Publishing, Ltd.

I am happy to show you the third in my series of historical ladies for Cross Stitch Collection. Coming in the next issue # 223 is the Edwardian Lady. With grace and elegance she is dressed in a delicate spring tea dress just perfect for a stroll in the garden and gathering peonies for the afternoon table. I love this period in fashion history and thoroughly enjoyed creating this special design for you. Pretty beads and some metallic threads add to the style and delicacy of her dress. She is stitched on Polstitches wonderful ‘serenade’ 28 count Jobelan to add to the serenely soft mood of the design. See the Floss and Embellishment pages for more information.

Victorian Lady- The Dance Card

Victorian

Victorian Lady
© Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Future Publishing, Ltd.

The  second in the series of historical figures is now out in the latest  issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Issue 221.  Stitched on Polstitches beautiful ‘delicate roses’ 28 count Jobelan, this charming figure stands poised for the next dance at the ball, her list of suitors carefully written down on her dance card. The colors were chosen from the  amazing high fashion palettes of Victorian times. Her dress of elegant satins and lace are resplendent with shimmering Kreinik threads along the edges and Mill Hill pearls and sparkling beads, from her hair ornaments and beaded purse down to the delicate hem of her dress. You can almost hear the rustling of her skirts as she steps out to the dance floor. This is one of my favorite time periods and it was a delight to visit it once again as we travel together through time on our fashion journey.

Spring Goddess

Spring Goddess

Spring Goddess
© Joan A. Elliott
photo © Cross Stitch Collection

On a day like today, when the temperature doesn’t move much above zero all day in Vermont, my daydreams turn to Spring and the flowers that will miraculously emerge from the ground when the chill of winter has passed. This fresh and lovely Spring Goddess is the perfect harbinger of those days filled with green grass and fragrant blossoms. She will be in issue  220 of Cross Stitch Collection. What a delight it was to add one more Goddess to the collection and reflect on the beautiful flowers of this  favorite season. Lots of Mill Hill beads and sparkling Kreinik metallic threads add a touch of luxury to the design. She is stitched on pale blue linen  and how lovely she would look on one of Polstitches beautiful hand dyed fabrics too. I would choose ‘awakening’ from Jo’s beautiful selection. I have listed the supplies on the Floss and Embellishments page so you can start to gather things for when she arrives.

Medieval Lady

Medieval Lady

Medieval Lady
© Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Cross Stitch Collection

Here she is the first in a series of four historic ladies starting in the next issue, # 219, of Cross Stitch Collection. In rich royal colors and embellished with Mill Hill pearl seed beads and golden Kreinik  threads we catch a glimpse of this lovely Medieval Lady as she strolls through the castle garden holding a fresh cut white rose. I’ve chosen  28 count ‘avalon’ Jobelan from Polstitches to set a mood of beauty shrouded in the mist of times long ago.

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