A Little Spooky Fun…


JE277 All Hallow’s Eve Sampler $16

With summer heat upon us, it was a good couple of days to stay in and think cool. A little spooky magic came to mind this week while I was at my drawing table. Witches and ghosts, goblins and black cats, hooty owls and watchful ravens all join in for a night of spirited fun. My All Hallow’s Eve Sampler uses just two colors of DMC floss. Stitched on Polstitches Designs ‘taboo©’ 28 count Lugana to set the mood for a perfect trick or treat celebration.

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.

Thinking of Autumn

October Cross Stitcher

Trick or Treat ©Joan A. Elliott photo courtesy of The Cross Stitcher

With it being above 90º here in New York this past week it’s hard to believe, but before we know it, Autumn will be here filled with bountiful harvests, cooler temperatures, and a Happy Halloween on it’s way. I’m delighted that The Cross Stitcher has chosen my Halloween Treat Bag for  the cover of the October issue. This playful witch and company are stitched on 14 count Grasshopper Bright Ideas Aida from Charles Craft and Kreinik’s beautiful new holographic threads add an extra special touch of magic. Instructions for making up the easy to sew quilted bag are included. Look for it on the newsstands or you can order directly from Amos Advantage.