New for the New Year!

Winter Geisha

Another year seems to have flown by. It’s hard to believe that we are diving into 2020 already, a new decade! To start off the new year I am happy to bring you my latest design, Winter Geisha. Stitchers have been asking me for a winter geisha for years and the time and inspiration seemed right to finally work on her. She is pictured on Polstitches Designs ‘snowy mountains©’ 28 count Lugana. To add that special twinkle of a twilight snow I have added beautiful, shimmering Mill Hill seed and petite beads and extra touches of delicate, light catching Kreinik threads. I pictured her walking through the hush of a silent snow while tiny white bunnies scurry to see their winter visitor. She will be ready for shipping on January 3rd and will be available at all of the usual shops and online outlets.

Wishing you all the best that this new year can bring, with love and thanks for all of your friendship and wonderful support this past year and always- X Joan




Four New Chartpacks

I am just back from the wonderful Polstitches retreat in Cardiff. What a joy to see so many friends and meet so many new stitchers. We all had such a lovely time together. Hats off to Jo Critchley of Polstitches Designs for all her hard work, generosity, and kindness. Thanks too to Marie & Steve for their hospitality and to Spot the dog for my first ever hedgehog adventure!

I’ve posted up the four new chartpacks you see above on my Order Chartpacks Page.

Nora Corbett and I spent time together exploring London where we visited Kensington Palace, The Victoria & Albert Museum and of course Liberty of London. Here we are at the beautiful castle in Cardiff. It’s wonderful to be able to travel with a kindred spirit!

So now it is back to the studio. I have some little Christmas charts to prepare for chartpacks and hopefully I will get those up for sale later next week.

Four Geisha

JE247 © Four Geisha

JE247 © Four Geisha $14

I am happy to have my ‘Four Geisha” chartpack now ready to ship. This design was done originally for a kit from Design Works Crafts quite some time ago. I’ve softened some lines in the faces and added beads and metallic thread to give it the shimmer and detail that bring it up to date.  To order, please click here for my Order Chartpacks page.

Summer Geisha

Summer Geisha

Summer geisha © Joan A. Elliott

Just in time for Summer, this pretty Geisha strolls elegantly beneath a clematis bower, the delicate petals showering her like a gentle summer rain. You’ll find  her in the upcoming issue of Cross Stitch Collection #186, due to hit the stands in the UK on July 2nd. She is stitched on  beautiful 28 count ‘English Rose” Jobelan from Polstitches and has lots of Mill Hill beads and Kreinik metallics too. A full supply list is on my floss and embelishment page at right.

Happy Autumn!

Hello! I hope that  the last days of summer brought bright sunny days for everyone. It was glorious here in New York and we took full advantage with visits to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park. In the cross stitch world all attention will now turn to Christmas so we all have time enough to make up a few cards or ornaments, and maybe even a stocking for  a special loved one.

Before we get to that I want to show you a brand new Geisha I’ve done for Design Works Crafts. You’ll find this kit in the new Stitchery catalog coming out this fall.

Blue Geisha © Joan A. Elliott

Blue Geisha © Joan A. Elliott

There will be new holiday designs coming  out in all the magazines and catalogs. I am delighted that The Stitchery has chosen my Twelve Days of Christmas for their holiday catalog cover. Many thanks to Design Works Crafts for making up  the kit so beautifully. There are many wonderful designs from all your favorite designers inside too!

Twelve Days of Christmas © Joan A. Elliott  Photo courtesy of The Stitchery

Twelve Days of Christmas © Joan A. Elliott Photo courtesy of The Stitchery

Now on the news stands in the UK (and soon to arrive here in the States) is issue 156 of World of Cross Stitching where you’ll find my  cheerful Christmas Welcome Banner for  mounting your favorite photo. Hang it  near the doorway to  welcome all your guests during the holiday season.

Christmas Welcome Banner ©Joan A. Elliott

Christmas Welcome Banner ©Joan A. Elliott

In Issues 218 and 219 of the UK Cross Stitcher you’ll see my North Pole Alphabet. Wouldn’t it be fun to make up gift tags  or personalized cards with these happy little characters? Quick and easy to stitch they would be perfect for  a set of personalized Christmas Stockings using pre-finished stockings like those offered by Charles Craft.

North Pole Alphabet © Joan A. Elliott

North Pole Alphabet © Joan A. Elliott

I’m happy to be working with the team at Cross Stitch Card Shop too. In their Issue 68 are a set of six Nativity Cards that will bring the true spirit of Christmas to the season. Joined together in a long row these designs would also make a beautiful banner to hang over  an entryway  at Christmas time.

Nativity Cards ©Joan A. Elliott

Nativity Cards ©Joan A. Elliott