More Summer Flowers!

JE300 © Peony Fairy

The last days of spring and beginning of summer is the time when the peonies in my Vermont garden are on full display. Beautiful shades of pink, white and coral fill the front garden for weeks. This was my inspiration for the Peony Fairy. There are sumptuous blooms framing her delicate face and the royal blue of her flowing skirt makes the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous flower petals. Stitched on 28 count ‘fairy dreams©’ Lugana from Polstitches Designs she is accented by delicate Mill Hill beads and luscious Kreinik metallic threads to add just the right ‘fairy sparkle’. She will be available in all the same online shops and LNS you love and through my Order Chartpacks Page.

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.

4 New Chartpacks

I am happy to have four new chartpacks ready next week. The Jewel Box is a delightful treasure stitched in gemstone colors and highlighted with sparkling Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads. The Puppet Theater was inspired by a marionette craftsman that I met while traveling in Canada and is ready to delight with its whimsical characters and happy colors. Father Sun is now available in chartpack form. I’ve had so many requests for this it seemed the perfect time to let him shine in all his glory. Autumn Splendor, shimmering with rich colors of Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads, is ready to stitch for autumn as leaves fall and seasons change. All of these designs will be available in your favorite online shops including 123stitch and Polstitches Designs .

Two New Chartpacks and Happy Summer!

Hi Everyone-

Here we are already into the month of July. I do hope that all of you are safe and staying well during these difficult days. So far so good in our house, thank goodness.

I have two new chartpacks out  this week. JE275 Petite Springtime Fairy and JE276 Arise. The Petite Springtime Fairy first appeared in Polstitches Designs Springtime Box. Jo Critchley is putting a special goodies filled box together for you  every season. The boxes contain special fabrics, designs and threads that are always a surprise and absolutely delightful. Now that some time has passed since the first box release, I can offer this chart to everyone that missed the box sales. Please go to Polstitches Designs special offers to see more details on upcoming boxes.


JE275 Petite Springtime Fairy $12

Arise is a design I did some years ago and is out of print, but I have now re-charted it to make it available to everyone again. I thought it was fitting to put up a  design that offered us some inspiration and a message of hope as we navigate through our changing world.


JE276 Arise $16

You can order through the usual online shops including 123stitch , Polstitches Designs , Stitch It Central , Casa Cenina , Jannz Craft Shop . If you would like to order from me directly you can just write in the number on the order form on the Order Chartpacks Page on this site.

Celebrate Spring!

I love this time of year with all the trees in bloom and the gardens coming to life. In celebration, I have four new chartpacks now available for shipping.

JE205 The Dragon & the Fairy, JE209 The Dancing Butterfly Fairy, and JE264 Girandola, all celebrate the gentle, easy breezes of the season. Each design is embellished with glistening Kreinik metallic threads and accented with the shimmer of Mill Hill beads. JE262 Springtime Delight Library is a fun collection of small motifs just perfect for quick to stitch gifts, cards and tokens of love.

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!

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…


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

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