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…



Victorian Lady- The Dance Card


Victorian Lady
© Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Future Publishing, Ltd.

The  second in the series of historical figures is now out in the latest  issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Issue 221.  Stitched on Polstitches beautiful ‘delicate roses’ 28 count Jobelan, this charming figure stands poised for the next dance at the ball, her list of suitors carefully written down on her dance card. The colors were chosen from the  amazing high fashion palettes of Victorian times. Her dress of elegant satins and lace are resplendent with shimmering Kreinik threads along the edges and Mill Hill pearls and sparkling beads, from her hair ornaments and beaded purse down to the delicate hem of her dress. You can almost hear the rustling of her skirts as she steps out to the dance floor. This is one of my favorite time periods and it was a delight to visit it once again as we travel together through time on our fashion journey.

New York Lady


New york Lady

New York Lady © Joan A. Elliott

Now in preview in Cross Stitch Gold is the latest in the  series of  city fashionistas, my New York Lady. Out for a stroll in the big city this chic lady carries her bags filled with the latest styles fresh from the most fashionable shops around town. In the background the skyscrapers of the busy city reach to the sky. You’ll find this chart next month in issue 84. Next stop Paris!

Water Goddess Preview

At last! I am so excited to be showing you the first design in my new series for Cross Stitch Collection: The Water Goddess from The Four Goddesses of the Elements. She’s stitched on beautiful Shimmering Seas 28HPI Jobelan from Polstitches… how appropriate! She will be in the March Issue, 181, on sale in the UK February 12th, a bit later elsewhere. The Project Floss and Embellishment List is posted to the right, Enjoy!


Water Goddess ©Joan A. Elliott photo © Cross Stitch Collection

All About Charts


copyright Joan A. Elliott

copyright Joan A. Elliott


 Thanks to all of you who have been writing me to request charts! Availability is specific to each individual design so please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to find out if I am able to release whatever you might be looking for. These are requests for  charts alone and do not include any supplies for stitching. If you are interested in my kits, which include all you need to complete your projects, you can contact Design Works Crafts , Imaginating , or go online to any of the online shops such as Herrschners,The Stitchery, Keepsake Needle Arts , abcStitch , 123Stitch , etc. Please note that none of the Seasonal Fairies or more recent magazine projects are in kit form as yet and these designs will be not  be available as charts until six months after they appear in the magazines. Also, the designs from Bewitching Cross Stitch are exclusive to the book for now.

On  a personal  note I know I have been promising to compile a list of available designs for you and I do still intend to do so. As many of you already know we have been dealing with an illness in my family which takes priority over all else. Time has been at a premium the past few months but I do hope to get to this as soon as I can. In the meantime, as I mentioned above, please email me at if you are looking for something specific.