The Upcoming Birmingham Retreat

Hi Everyone-

It’s been a while since I last posted. I am busy getting ready for the Cross Stitch Club stitching retreat in Birmingham, UK (July 15 & 16). It promises to be lots of fun and the wonderful Fae Kuhn has done her usual magic in organizing everything.

I am looking forward to meeting again with old friends and making many new ones too. I’ll be traveling across the pond with my friend and fellow designer, Ursula Michael and joining us there will be the very talented UK designers, Jo Critchley, Michael Powell, and Faye Whittaker, so there will be a wonderful display of our many different styles.

The studio will be closed this week and next so I can get organized for the trip. Any orders placed while I am away will be filled when I return to my desk around the 21st of July.

Oh yes, I will be introducing a new design at the retreat too. It will be up on my blog and available to order when I get back to work. I am also hoping to have some other new chartpacks for you too. Lots of people have been asking for a peek at the new design. It is called The Time Traveler.

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JE234 © The Time Traveler Preview

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June Notes

As we look forward to  the  warmer weather our thoughts turn to  the pleasant times we can now spend outside. What a delight it would be to stroll down a quiet country lane with some friends. Now out in the latest issue of the World of Cross Stitching (#166), my country girl and her gaggle of geese seem just right to lead the way.

Country Girl

Girl with Geese copyright Joan A. Elliott

Also with this issue you will receive a booklet  containing a selection of  35 designs gathered from all of my books. They come to you with compliments of David and Charles, The World of Cross Stitching, and myself!

WOCX Chart Book

©Photo courtesy of Origin Publishing, Ltd.

In Cross Stitch Gold issue 76 you will see my Tree of Life. As many of you know, I love nature, watching birds, and seeing deer, fox, and raccoons (not to mention a bear feasting on a fallen limb of ripening apples and  a moose eating my azaleas!) when we spend time in Vermont. The tree of life encompasses all those experiences and more. These days, I think it’s especially important  to recognize the dignity of all living creatures and celebrate their existence.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life © Joan A. Elliott

Cross Stitch Collection issue #185 has my Swirling Peacock design. Inspired by the beautiful movement of the designs from the Art Nouveau era, this jeweled creature  takes us on a delightful flight of fancy.

Peacock

Swirling Peacock © Joan A. Elliott

Coming next week…

I will be releasing the chartpack of  the Unicorn & Maiden towards the end of next week. Shipping will start on June 26th.

Unicorn & Maiden

Unicorn & Maiden ©Joan A. Elliott JE015

I love this time of year when I scramble to find time to putter in the garden. All the veggies are finally planted and foxglove, poppies, and iris are in bloom. What a delight to see the world burst into the lavish colors of early summer!

Here’s a pick from last week’s visit to Vermont. I am convinced there must be fairies in there somewhere. Perhaps hiding in all the weeds!

My Garden

June Delight © Joan A. Elliott

To all of my friends ‘downunder’ and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere that are now in  the winter season, I send you warm thoughts and hope all this talk of gardening will ward off some of the winter chill.