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




Off to the UK

Sorry to be so silent over the summer. I am off to the UK this week and when I come back I will be posting my newest release “Fairy of the Rainbow” along with a couple of others you may like. As this latest fairy will be premiering at the Polstitches retreat in Cardiff, Wales next weekend, Jo Critchley is now taking pre-orders for “Fairy of the Rainbow” through Polstitches Designs. While I am away, I will also be away from email and will answer any inquiries when I am back in the studio. I will be checking into Facebook when I can.

Fairy of the Clouds

JE263 © Fairy of the Clouds

My newest fairy was inspired by the ethereal colors in the skies as clouds begin to clear after a gentle summer shower. Tinted in the softest golds, pinks, and mauves we are instantly transported to a most magical place. Glistening Mill Hill beads and twinkling Kreinik threads catch the enchanting light that filters through the heavens.

Stitch Count: 168w X 223h
Stitched on Polstitches Designs 28 count “daybreak©” Lugana.

Indian Brave

Now that folks are beginning to receive copies of Cross Stitch Gold issue 75, you will also see a preview of the Indian Brave  coming in the next issue, number 76. Yes, the Indian Maiden does have a partner! Stitched on the same beautiful ‘Earth’ hand dyed Jobelan from Polstitches he is also embellished with lovely metallics and beads. Please note that in the magazine Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads were used on both designs. If you would like to add an extra touch of elegance, I suggest trying Mill Hill Magnifica Beads for two of the colors. Stay with 02038, but for 02022 use 10028, and for 02088 use 10079. These  beads have an extra sparkle and a jewel-like delicacy that is perfect for these two  designs.

Native American brave © Joan A. Elliott

Native American Brave © Joan A. Elliott