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 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

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 Design for the New Year

JE287 A Year of Silhouettes Chartpack

                                    JE287 A Year of Silhouettes $16

My newest design JE287 A Year of Silhouettes is ready to ship! Now we can celebrate with these charming vignettes designed for each month of the year. Stitch the entire sampler or pick and choose your favorite month and stitch up little gifts or cards for those special occasions throughout the year. The Stitch Count is 178w X 306h. When completed, A Year of Silhouettes measures 13w X 22h inches (33w X 56h cm) on 14 count Aida or 28 count Evenweave. Stitch Count is 178w X 306h. Stitched all in one color, this design requires 14 skeins of DMC black 6 strand embroidery floss. I have pictured this on Polstitches Designs 28 count ‘tudor rose©’ Linen There is a little silhouette to celebrate each of the 12 months : January’s twilight ice skaters, February’s Valentine’s love birds, a windy day of kite flying in March, a few April showers with a pair of Easter bunnies safely tucked beneath an umbrella, a garden filled with sweet May flowers, a nimble little June rose bud fairy, sailing along the coast in July, a day on the beach building sand castles in August, in September it’s back to school, a spooky October Halloween, a bountiful November harvest basket, and fun in the snow for December.

A Christmas Eve Sampler

A brand new sampler to bring joy to the coming holiday season! Starry nighttime skies, snowy pines, presents galore, and before you know it Santa will be racing across the night sky in his sleigh filled with gifts. Stitched in black on the fabric of your choice with sparkly highlights in Kreinik thread. You will also find one surprise stitch of red DMC floss for Rudolph’s nose. I have this pictured on Polstitches Designs 28 count ‘daybreak©’ Lugana. Join in the spirit and celebrate some holiday cheer.

By Request…

Holy Nativity

JE274 © Holy Nativity Collection $16

I’ve had a lot of interest in the possibility of a chartpack for a Holy Nativity Collection after everyone saw Debbie Heir’s beautiful ornament finishes in our Facebook group. The chartpack, JE274 Holy Nativity Collection, will be available on my Order Chartpacks page and also at 123stitch and Polstitches Designs. Thank you Debbie for allowing me to share your festive photo!

Holy Nativity Ornaments

Ornaments stitched by Debbie Hier

New for February…

Harvest Angel

JE272 © Harvest Angel $16

Dressed in the colors of the fall gatherings, the Harvest Angel shares her bounty of nature’s generous gifts. This gentle spirit is embellished with twinkling Kreinik threads and brilliant Mill Hill Beads. Pictured on Polstitches Designs ‘forrest queen’ 28 count Lugana, she is a lovely project to stitch this month or later on during the autumn season.

Around The World

JE273 © Around the World $16

Tomorrow is February 1st and this is the month for Valentines and Love.  “Around the World” is a design to bring us together. I created this thinking of an ideal world where we can all join hands, understand, and care for one another as equals. This design uses all whole stitches and backstitch in DMC floss. No fancy beads or metallic threads on this one. Just a simple message of love and harmony.

Stitched “Fairy of the Rainbow”

JE267 © Fairy of the Rainbow

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Thank you Willy J Maes for the beautiful stitching of my Fairy of the Rainbow (JE267). Willy is the most amazing stitcher and I am always thrilled to watch my designs come to life in her incredibly talented hands. Thanks to Jo Critchley of Polstitches Designs for her beautiful hand dyed fabric (Raindrops© 32ct murano/lugana), to Doug Kreinik and Dena Ramsey Lenham at Kreinik for their exquisite metallic threads, and to Amy Wichelt and the folks at Mill Hill for their delicate sparkling beads.

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