3 New Chartpacks

Blog 3 New Chartpacks Feb 2018

Welcome to February Everyone! It’s high time I got to releasing a few new chartpacks. You can start on something for next Christmas with the Christmas Peace Angel, work up a treat for a loved one with my Fairy Garden Alphabet, or  stitch up my elegant Dancing Mermaid. Whichever you choose, you will find the same attention to detail and high quality chartpack you expect from Joan Elliott Design.  All of these will be available at your favorite online shops and directly through my Order Chartpacks page. Enjoy!

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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.

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Also exhibiting were the talented Michael Powell, Kate Bothy Golby from Bothy Threads, and Niki Jones from Cirrus Creations

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Jo, Ceri, and Marie

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Michael Powell

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Kate Both Golby

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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…

 

It Must Be Spring!

Butterfly Fairy

Butterfly Fairy © Joan A. Elliott (photo courtesy of Cross Stitch Collection)

I saw the first butterfly of spring a few days ago and what ideal timing just as  this dancing Butterfly Fairy is about to appear in the next issue, # 210, of Cross Stitch Collection. She is stitched on 28 HPI Jobelan ‘Daybreak’ from the fabulous Polstitches. A bright palette of fresh yellows and greens bring a lovely late spring morning to mind. The sparkling Mill Hill beads and Kreinik metallics seem to reflect the soft dew on a meadow filled with wildflowers. Share the delights of this most charming season with my Butterfly Fairy and all her fluttering friends! The supply list is now up on the Floss and Embellishments page.

Book News!

Fairy Enchantment by Joan Elliott

Fairy Enchantment © Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of DRG/Annie's Attic

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day when I could let out the news and now I am so happy to be able to tell you about my new book arriving later this fall. It is  from DRG Publishing/House of White Birches and previews of all the designs can be seen at Annie’s Attic. Inside you will find five large enchanting fairy designs and four smaller easy to stitch whimsical sprites perfect for making up as gifts for your favorite little ones. I should have more details soon on the exact publication date so stay tuned!

Busy, Busy, Busy…

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. There is a lot happening  here at the studio and as always there never seem to be enough hours in the day…  Now that Cross Stitcher (UK) has previewed my new Celtic Fairy, I can post her here for you to see. She will be in the July issue #227. You’ll find the supply list on my Project Floss and Embellishments page at right. I took a bit of a twist on the traditional Celtic colors and in keeping with the summer theme of the magazine used a palette of bright pastels. There are oodles of beads and shimmering metallics throughout to add a touch of magic.

Celtic Fairy

Celtic Fairy copyright Joan A. Elliott

For all of my friends in the US, I’m delighted to tell you that I  will soon start working with the lovely folks at House of Stitches in La Porte, IN. They have both an online and  a brick & mortar store and in a few weeks they will have  my chartpacks available, so check out their website for the latest news.

On the Goddess & Fairy trail… The Fire Goddess is due out this Friday in Cross Stitch Collection and on May 15th I will have the Winter Fairy finally ready for sale as a chartpack.

I’ll be traveling to Minneapolis on May 19th to do  a presentation and book signing at Quilt Market. My new book, Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery, is due out in a few weeks, so if you are a shop owner attending the show, please stop by the Krause booth  on Friday the 21st and  say hello!

Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery

Asian Inspired Machine Embroidery copyright Joan A. Elliott

Just in time for upcoming strawberry season, My friend Elizabeth at Woods and Quilts has done a wonderful job with my Strawberry Basket artwork, creating a lovely and cheerful quilt. I will have the paper pattern available shortly. To download the pattern, pay a visit to Woods and Quilts where all of my quilt patterns are available for download with club membership.

Strawberry Basket

Strawberry Basket copyright Joan A. Elliott copyright Elizabeth Filippo

Autumn Fairy Preview

Hello to everyone!

I’ve just been given the go ahead to preview my Autumn Fairy for Cross Stitch Collection, so her she is. Didn’t they do an incredible job of styling the photo? I will be posting a supply list later this week for those of you that want to gather things ahead of time. To start though, I can tell you she is stitched on Polstitches Nature’s Grace 28 count hand dyed Jobelan evenweave. It is a gorgeous fabric reminiscent of soft morning light in a misty autumn forest. Thread details will be posted shortly.

Autumn Fairy Cross Stitch Collection #174 © Joan A. Elliott Photo courtesy of © Cross Stitch Collection

Autumn Fairy Cross Stitch Collection #174 © Joan A. Elliott Photo courtesy of © Cross Stitch Collection

A Quick Update

 

 

Hi Everyone-
I’m just beginning catch up with everything in the studio. We’ve had some good news about my brother’s illness. His surgery went well this week and  he is now recovering nicely. When the doctor told us he is, at the moment, cancer free, you can imagine  how happy we were. To stay that way, he will begin treatments as soon as he is strong enough.  From my heart, thank you everyone, for your wonderful healing thoughts and prayers through all of this. They have been a tremendous help to all of us!

Now I’d like to introduce you to another Fairy coming out in World of Cross Stitching. Here she is, a gentle fairy mother and her darling little cherub. This design was done for making up as a birth sampler but if you prefer to use it  as a picture, try filling in the area where the names appear with some of the pretty little posies at her feet.

Fairy Mother & child form World of Cross stitching #153 © Joan A. Elliott

Fairy Mother & child form World of Cross Stitching #153 © Joan A. Elliott

 Also, In Issue 152 of World of Cross Stitching, you may have already seen my  Fairy Tale Alphabet. I did this design with little ones in mind. Use the letters to make up pretty name plates, door hangers, a  sweet personalized pillow or whatever strikes your fancy. It might be fun to try your hand at using 14 count waste canvas to  stitch a name on a sweatshirt or book bag too!

 

Fair Tale Alphabet World of Cross Stitching #152 © Joan A. Elliott

Fair Tale Alphabet World of Cross Stitching #152 © Joan A. Elliott