By Request…

Holy Nativity

JE274 © Holy Nativity Collection $16

I’ve had a lot of interest in the possibility of a chartpack for a Holy Nativity Collection after everyone saw Debbie Heir’s beautiful ornament finishes in our Facebook group. The chartpack, JE274 Holy Nativity Collection, will be available on my Order Chartpacks page and also at 123stitch and Polstitches Designs. Thank you Debbie for allowing me to share your festive photo!

Holy Nativity Ornaments

Ornaments stitched by Debbie Hier

What’s Old is New…


JE198 ©

JE198 © Cats By The Dozen $16

I’ve had a lot of requests for a chart pack of the design ‘Cats by the Dozen’ and I have finally completed preparing the chart and label. To order please go to the Order Chartpacks page here.

This design can be stitched as a full picture or as individual squares. The chart pack will also include instructions for stitching it as an afghan. Lots of choices…Enjoy!

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.

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!

Holiday Preview

With summer’s end we can all start to think of the lovely autumn days that lie ahead. It’s never too early to start on some new  projects to celebrate the upcoming seasons. This month in the magazines I have four designs you may like to try your hand at. You’ll find links to all of these publishers on my Supplies and Resources page at right.
Photo ©Cross-Stitch & Needlework November 2008

Photo ©Cross-Stitch & Needlework November 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

In the November issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine you will find my Give Thanks table setting. There are three designs for stitching on beautiful Light Oatmeal Royal Classic pre-finished place mats, bread covers and napkins, all available from Charles Craft. In designing these easy to stitch pieces I’ve used a rich autumn palette to add a bright touch to your Thanksgiving table.


Image ©Cross Stitcher   Issue 205     Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Cross Stitcher Issue 205 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

My Christmas Angel design is now out in Cross Stitcher (UK) from Future Publishing. I’ve used my favorite Kreinik gold threads and beautiful Mill Hill beads throughout which I hope lend an air of elegance to this heavenly figure. A few fractional stitches help to capture a graceful look in her face and hands but otherwise she is worked in full cross stitches.


Image ©The World of Cross Stitching    Issue 143    Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©The World of Cross Stitching Issue 143 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

For The World of Cross Stitching I’ve done a loving portrait of Santa and Mrs. Claus. I hope they will carry a message of love and the joy of family to your home this Christmas.

Image © Cross stitch Gold     Issue 60                                  Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Cross Stitch Gold Issue 60 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

Here’s a fast and fun way for everyone to count down the days to Christmas. The whimsical Advent Calendar I’ve designed for Cross Stitch Gold is stitched on 14 count Aida with the numbers worked on 16 count Aida band. Assembly is fast and easy on this one and the tiny pockets are perfect for stuffing with little holiday sweets.


Image ©Crafts 'n Things October 2008     Design © Joan A. Elliott

Image ©Crafts 'n Things October 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott

 In the October issue of Crafts ‘n Things, from Amos Publishing, you’ll find my holiday kitchen set. Gentle doves and  festive holly sprigs adorn  the rich letters  and spell out the beautiful words we all think of during the Christmas Season… Peace, Joy, Love. The jar wrappers are stitched on Charles Craft’s 14 count Vinyl Aida. Wouldn’t they make a lovely way to present a jar of homemade jam or spiced fruit and nuts. You could also wrap these around a box full of Christmas candy or cookies, string them together to form a wonderful swag for an entryway, or make them up into hand made cards. I’m sure you’ll come up with lots of other creative uses. They are easy to stitch and working on the pliable vinyl is a breeze. Charles Craft’s Banded Huck towels  are just the ticket for a quick and easy handmade hostess gift to bring along on your holiday visits.

As far as other work goes. I’ve started on my machine embroidery book. What fun this one is! There is lots to learn and it certainly opens a world of creative possibilities! I’ve also sent in first sketches for two new cross stitch themes for Leisure Arts. I’ll keep you posted on developments. Some nice new  designs for the magazines are now being stitch and will be out in next year’s issues. So, it’s still as busy as ever here. 

We’ve been enjoying  incredible weather here in the Northeast for the past week or two. I love the Fall with it’s radiant color and that certain something in the air. Oh yes, I have three more holiday pieces in the magazines  coming next month. Until then, enjoy!

With fondest wishes-