One Last Wintry Thought…

12 Days Partridge

JE180© A Partridge in A Pear Tree

I know we are all looking forward to or enjoying the spring weather right now but here is a final wintry deign that might be nice to put into your WIP rotation for next Christmas. I have finally finished re-charting this gem, JE180 A partridge in A Pear Tree. I have it shown on Postitches Designs 28 count ‘daybreak’ Jobelan. This is up on the order chart packs page now… Enjoy!

New Chartpacks for April

April 2015 Chartpacks

8 New Chartpacks
© Joan A. Elliott

I’ve just finished preparing 8 new chart packs for April. It’s the time of year when the landscape transitions from snowy hills and icy sidewalks to a hint of spring with the tiniest small green sprouts peaking out from the garden floor. I’ve chosen a variety of my designs  that seemed just right for this very changeable time of year. Please note that the chart packs JE137 Behind the Garden Wall; JE159, For My Daughter; and JE179, Baseball, come with a key for hair and skin variations so that you can adapt them to your desired colors. The Family Tree design, JE101, comes with full alphabets for personalization and  some small motifs to fill any of the areas where you do not have names to fill in. Shipping will begin April 1st. I also wanted to mention that many of you have made requests for chart packs that you do not see in this release but rest assured, I will be including them shortly. I have three brand new designs in the works too so I’ll look forward to making those available too.

In the meantime, Enjoy! X Joan

Peacock Passion!

Peacocks

                                                                       Take Your Pick Peacocks
                                                                            © Joan A. Elliott

I am sitting here in Brooklyn with a blizzard raging outside thinking about jewel toned peacocks strutting proudly through an idyllic summer garden. Join me in a bit of daydreaming by stitching a pretty collection of colorful Peacock projects that are perfect for brightening a winter’s day. You will find this easy to stitch ensemble in the latest Issue # 200 of Cross Stitch Crazy, now available on your newsstand in the UK. If you have already stitched my Swirling Peacock or my Majestic Peacock these would be just right to add to your collection. Enjoy!

Some Early Holiday Fun

The Night Before Christmas © Joan A. Elliott

The Night Before Christmas
© Joan A. Elliott

If you are busy getting your Holiday stitching  started there are a few new designs I have out in the magazines just for the season. The Night Before Christmas, in issue 196 of Cross Stitch Crazy, brings the beloved tale of Santa’s  journey to life. As he soars above the rooftops, all is well at home where “not a creature was stirring” and the stockings were hung with care, waiting to be filled with Christmas treats for the children. Worked on 14 count Aida or 28 count even weave with a stitch count of 109w x 140h stitches, the finished design will measure 8w x 10h inches.

Holiday Victorian

2014 Victorian Lady
© Joan A. Elliott

In Issue 197 of Cross Stitch Crazy you’ll see the Festive Charm of my newest Victorian Lady ready for Christmas. We see her wrapping and gathering presents before her Christmas Eve guests arrive. Pretty beads embellish the sweep of her red skirts and her fur trimmed robe will keep her cozy and warm  on this special evening.

Desk Calendar

WOCS 2015 Desktop Calendar
© Joan A. Elliott

Finally, I was so pleased when Ruth asked me to work on the 2015 Calendar for the World of Cross Stitching. Rather than a Diary this year, the team at the magazine has come up with this delightful idea for a desk calendar. There is a chart and illustration for each month in a whimsical animal theme. The colors are all bright and cheery and I hope that each design will bring a smile to every day. The calendar format allows for easier handling of the charts making them quite nice to stitch from. Look for this as your free gift with issue 224, on sale December 4, 2014.

Six New Chartpacks

October 2014 chartpacks

© Joan A. Elliott

I’m happy to introduce  six new chart packs, including my brand new Canadian Beauty. All chart packs are $12 with the exception of the Victorian Christmas Library which is priced at $18. I will be loading these onto my Order Chartpacks page shortly. Fingers crossed, I expect these back from the printer on October 6th and will be able to ship once the packs are assembled. I am also shipping to my online outlets next week so you can order directly from these wonderful stores including Stitch It Central in Canada, Polstitches Designs in the UK, Casa Cenina in Italy, 123 Stitch here in the US.

I am away this week  for a much needed  break while the charts are being printed. I hope to come back with renewed creativity and more new ideas for designs.

X Joan

A New Christmas Chart Book from Cross Stitch Crazy

 

 

CSCRazy Christmas chart book

Designs © Joan A. Elliott
Photo © Immediate Media, Co.

I am excited to let you know that I have a new book of  charming little Christmas designs from Cross Stitch Crazy. Inside you will find loads of quick stitches for holiday gifts. Issue 195 goes on sale today in the UK! For more information or to subscribe go to Cross Stitch Crazy.

A Special Treat for You from DMC!

Stardust Fairy

Stardust Fairy © Joan A. Elliott
Photo © and courtesy of DMC

Throughout my many years of designing, being able to use all the delicious threads and fabrics that DMC and Charles Craft have to offer has not only given me the opportunity to meet and work with the wonderful people there but has helped make all these years of designing a pleasure. Our latest collaboration, the ‘Stardust Fairy’ was a joy to work on. I love the way the sparkling Stardust fabric helps set off the magical theme of the design and DMC’s glimmering metallic and luxurious satin threads add just the right touch. I am so pleased that DMC is offering this design as a special free download to everyone.

Go to the DMC site for more information:
http://www.dmc-usa.com/Inspiration/Projects/Cotton-Floss-Cross-Stitching/Stardust-Fairy.aspx

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