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.

Never Too Early…

JE295 © The Little Witching Hour

It’s never too early to get a jump start for the seasons to come. I am at last able to release this new design JE295 The Little Witching Hour. Riding through the skies with all of her seasonal friends, this little witch will delight you with Halloween Happiness. Stitched on Polstitches Designs ‘poseidon©’ 28 count Lugana she sparkles and glistens with Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads to add to the shimmer of the crescent moon. She will be available at Polstitches Designs, 123stitch, and all the usual online shops, and on my Order Chartpacks page.

A Taste of Spring!

JE303 Springtime Geisha
JE303 © Springtime Geisha $16

Here in the Northeast and in many parts of the US our thoughts are starting to turn to spring despite the chilly temperatures that linger on. The images of the sweet fragrant flowers we will see in a few of months always inspire me. One of the best displays in my neighborhood is at the Cherry Blossom Esplanade in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Each year they hold an enchanting festival, Sakura Matsuri. Stunning ladies dressed in colorful Kimono walk the grounds and perform dances and music on stage, traditional Japanese crafts are taught, wonderful food is available, and the cherry blossoms are everywhere. My Springtime Geisha was designed with all this beauty in mind.

Pictured on Polstitches Designs gorgeous hand dyed 28 count ‘fields of green©’ Lugana the geisha gathers clusters of cherry blossoms as they sway on the branches up above. Her billowing kimono catches the warming breeze and is delicately accented with brilliant Mill Hill beads and exquisite Kreinik metallic threads, making her a picture of gentle grace and a harbinger of the beautiful season ahead.

I wanted to share some photos of the festival too:

The Japanese Pond Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Dancers at Sakura Matsuri
A beautiful Geisha at the Botanic Garden

Never Too Late (or early :-))

JE302 Christmas Love

It’s January 2022! Is it ever too late or too early to start stitching on a Christmas Design? JE302 is my latest chartpack to help you celebrate all the love the Christmas Season brings our way. How lovely it will be to sit inside and stitch away as the snow falls outside the window. Pictured on Polstitches Designs 28 count ‘dawn chorus ©’ Lugana. it brings sweet images of a joyful snowy landscape at twilight when the glistening snow takes on the soft pale shades of the sky at sunset. Bits of sparkling gold threads from Kreinik add just the right amount of winter twinkle to the design. This would be a lovely project to start now and work on throughout the year, making it ready to display come Christmas time next year.

Happy New Year!

JE301 © Happy Everything

Happy New Year Everyone! I thought I’d start off 2022 with something fun and whimsical. After many requests I have re-charted Happy Everything and it is now available as a chartpack. This designs has always made me smile and I wanted to share some of the joy with you in this ever changing world we live in.

JE292 Celtic Reflections

In a more reflective mode, here is my latest maiden to welcome the New Year with a peaceful spirit and a calming serenity. This design, Celtic Reflections, was inspired by the soft ancient woodlands of the British Isles, where magical fairies and benevolent spirits dwell in hidden places. Sparkling Kreinik threads and brilliant Mill Hill beads enhance the beauty of this gentle lady as she stops by a small woodland pool filled with magic. Pictured on Polstitches Designs 28 count ‘raindrops©’ Lugana to complete the misty forest atmosphere.

Wishing you all a New Year filled with good health and much happiness.

XOX Joan

Christmas is Coming!

JE297 Little Christmas Fantasies $16
JE298 Little Christmas Critters $16
JE299 Little Christmas Blessings $16

Here we are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this week in the States and we all know what that means… Christmas will be here before we know it! To stitch up some holiday cheer here are three new chartpacks full of little cards, gift tags, ornament or gifts ready to go. JE297 Little Christmas Fantasies brings a touch of magic to your stitching. JE298 Little Christmas Critters are here to wish you Happy Holidays in bright festive colors. JE299 Little Christmas Blessings bring a peaceful, traditional look in classic shades of blue that reflect the serenity and peace of Christmas. A bit of sparkling Kreinik metallic thread adds some glistening highlights to all of the designs.

Give Thanks for All Things

JE296 © Give Thanks for All Things

I love Autumn! The crisp sunny days, changing leaves in brilliant hues and all the little forest critters preparing for the coming colder weather. It has always seemed the perfect time for reflection and gratitude for the things we hold close to our hearts.

This Sampler celebrates the gifts of family and friends, for the support, comfort, and love they give in times of need and the joy they bring into our lives, and for our precious earth and the bounty it provides. Whether it is Thanksgiving time here in the US or any other time of year, let’s give thanks for all things great and small.

A New Special Box!

News from Polstitches Designs, my official distributor in the UK… Our next Special Box! The designs are always a wonderful surprise, so stay tuned.

All details and ordering are at

Jo Critchley writes:

A Box of Flowers: It is hard to imagine anything more delightful than a box filled to the brim with colourful blooms as they are one of the areas I draw most of my inspiration from. I will be on the lookout for flowers to inspire the beautiful flower fabrics hues. Personally, for Joan, I can only hope for a new flower fairy! So many flowers pop to mind … Orchid, Daisies or even a collection of wildflowers. Exciting times and possibly one of the best box themes so far! Polstitches Special Boxes feature large commissioned designs by both Joan Elliott and Polstitches! and two 18″ X 27″ pieces of fabric in the count of your choice (28, 32, 14 and 16 cts available). The fabrics and the designs are not linked and will make wonderful additions to your stash. Boxes are £57 GBP (approx $79 USD) and payments will be acccepted till Dec 20th with the box approx dispatch Jan 4th. Please note no refunds or cancellations will be processed after Dec 20th. Numbers are limited. Polstitches Designs ships internationally.

**Please note any products purchased alongside this box with not be dispatched till the box is due for dispatch or they reach your allotted space in the dye queue. For all queries and orders for this special box please contact Polstitches Designs:

Something New!

I am so happy to make this new design available to everyone. JE290 ‘Moondance’ is my latest release ready for shipping. Pictured on Polstitches Designs lush and mysterious ‘witching hour©’ 28 count Lugana, this magical nymph glitters through the night sky, dancing on moonbeams, sailing amongst the stars. Resplendent with Kreinik threads and glistening Mill Hill beads, she brings a little midnight magic for your stitching pleasure. Please check with your favorite online shops or my Order Chartpacks page to order.

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