Summer Hydrangeas

Something new for you! I love the flowers of summer with their fresh colors and fragrant blooms. How lovely it is to visit any coastal town in New England and see a profusion of colorful hydrangeas everywhere. From dramatic violets and lavenders to brilliant pinks and white, these sumptuous flowers inspire memories of sun, sand, ocean waters and everything that we hold dear in the summertime. In her fresh golden frock, this gentle fairy gathers armfuls of billowing bouquets sprinkled with tiny Mill Hill seed beads and shimmering Kreinik threads. Featured on Polstitches Designs beautiful hand dyed ‘crystal skies©’ 28 count Lugana, you will love stitching this beautiful sprite in all her summer finery. You will find her in all of your favorite online and brick & mortar needlework shops.

Something New!

I am so happy to make this new design available to everyone. JE290 ‘Moondance’ is my latest release ready for shipping. Pictured on Polstitches Designs lush and mysterious ‘witching hour©’ 28 count Lugana, this magical nymph glitters through the night sky, dancing on moonbeams, sailing amongst the stars. Resplendent with Kreinik threads and glistening Mill Hill beads, she brings a little midnight magic for your stitching pleasure. Please check with your favorite online shops or my Order Chartpacks page to order.

Off to the UK

Sorry to be so silent over the summer. I am off to the UK this week and when I come back I will be posting my newest release “Fairy of the Rainbow” along with a couple of others you may like. As this latest fairy will be premiering at the Polstitches retreat in Cardiff, Wales next weekend, Jo Critchley is now taking pre-orders for “Fairy of the Rainbow” through Polstitches Designs. While I am away, I will also be away from email and will answer any inquiries when I am back in the studio. I will be checking into Facebook when I can.

Fairy of the Wind

Coming Friday November 23, 2018, JE252 Fairy of the Wind. This is the first design in a new series of fairies I am working on for 2019. Stay tuned …Wind Preview

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…


Fairies and Flowers Galore


Chrysanthemum Fairy
Chrysanthemum Fairy © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of Cross Stitch Collection

Now in preview in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection…The Chrysanthemum Fairy.  This is the fifth in the series of six Flower Fairies. She’s stitched on Polstitches beautiful summer breeze 28 count Jobelan and is done in a palette of golds and earthy violets with  gorgeous Kreinik threads and Mill Hill beads throughout the design. Look for her in issue 197.



Little Fairy

Little Summer Fairy © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of Cross Stitch Crazy

Also coming next month in issue 152 of Cross Stitch Crazy… another fairy, fresh as a breath of Spring. This lithe young sprite perches prettily on a colorful mushroom surrounded by  pretty pink foxgloves and attended by colorful butterflies. Lots of pretty beads and sparkling metallics make her shimmer with a special magical touch.

Rose Fairy Preview


Rose Fairy

Rose Fairy © Joan A. Elliott Photo courtesy of Cross Stitch Collection

My Rose Fairy is now in preview in the current issue (195) of Cross Stitch Collection. I chose to use the delicate flowers of the wild rose for this design. Varieties of these softly blushing blossoms grow freely by the sea as well as in the hills to the north here in the Eastern US. As always, she has lots of Mill Hill beads and sparkling Kreinik metallics to add a magical touch. She is stitched on Polstitches 28HPI ‘Fairy Dreams’ Jobelan, which I think suits her just perfectly! Look for the chart next month in issue 196. I’ll be posting the supply list tomorrow.

Poppy Fairy

Poppy Fairy

Poppy Fairy © Joan A.Elliott Photo Courtesy of Cross Stitch Collection

Here is the third  design in the Flower Fairy Series for Cross Stitch Collection, the Poppy Fairy. You’ll find her in preview in the current issue 194 and the chart will be ready for you in Issue 195 in March. When we bought our first home in Vermont it was winter time and little did I know that come spring the lawn would burst into bloom with rows and rows of the most incredible red poppies. Every year I made sure to time our visits so that I wouldn’t miss the spectacular display. When we left that spot for another, I took several of the poppies with me and they now thrive in my perennial bed along the stream. Poppies are the flower of remembrance so I’ve pictured this fairy in a thoughtful, gentle pose surrounded by the brilliant velvet petals of one of my favorite flowers. She is stitched on Polstitches wonderful ‘summer breeze’ Jobelan and has lots of lovely Kreinik threads and Mill Hill beads to add to the magic.

I’ve put the supply list up on the Floss & Embellishments page, at right, so you can start to gather things early. Enjoy!

The Iris Fairy

Iris Fairy

Iris Fairy © Joan A. Elliott

Just a quick preview of the next in the line up of Flower Fairies. This is  a stitched simulation from my files. I’ll post a true photo and further details soon!

A Magical Winter’s Ride


Frost Cherub

Frost Cherub © Joan A. Elliott

Oh my it’s cold outside! It was 0º when I woke this morning here in Vermont. The sky portends some snow on the way, streams are frozen and the chickadees are busy gobbling up all the seeds they can from the feeder. I still think there is a particular beauty to the winter landscape when we discover things that were previously hidden behind the lush greens of summer and flaming colors of autumn. As a celebration of this time of year and  for the new year  soon to come I’ve  designed a joyful cherub on his frosty ride through the winter sky, just out in issue 172 of The World of Cross Stitching. Stitch this design on Polstitches ‘daybreak’ hand dyed 28HPI Jobelan to add a special dreamy touch to your finished work. There are lots of sparkling threads and beads for wintry accents too. He rides on  a magical white deer resplendent with magnificent silver antlers and twinkling stars all around.

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