Celebrate Spring!

I love this time of year with all the trees in bloom and the gardens coming to life. In celebration, I have four new chartpacks now available for shipping.

JE205 The Dragon & the Fairy, JE209 The Dancing Butterfly Fairy, and JE264 Girandola, all celebrate the gentle, easy breezes of the season. Each design is embellished with glistening Kreinik metallic threads and accented with the shimmer of Mill Hill beads. JE262 Springtime Delight Library is a fun collection of small motifs just perfect for quick to stitch gifts, cards and tokens of love.

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JE261 © Fairy of the Rain

I am so happy to announce my newest design release JE261 © Fairy of the Rain. This is the second in a series of four Aerial Fairies, sister to my last release, JE252 © Fairy of the Wind. She is highlighted with sparkling Kreinik threads in silver, grey and blue and shimmering Mill Hill beads that evoke tiny raindrops and glistening dew. Featured on Polstitches Designs ‘Storminess©’ hand dyed 28 count Lugana, she is a gentle vision of the early spring rain bringing grace and hope to the new season. Fairy of the Rain is now available from all of the online and brick and mortar stores that carry my designs. Enjoy!

Upcoming Meet and Greet in New Jersey!

Hi Metro New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut Stitchers. I am going to be doing a meet, greet, and stitch event at Needleworker’s Delight in Metuchen, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday November 17th and 18th. Come stop by. There will be a lovely little freebie chart of my Springtime Delights biscornu for all who sign up and I will also have a brand new design to bring along and introduce to all of you. You can go to their website for more info. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone! http://needleworkersdelight.com/Classes.html

A Little Christmas Sticthing

I’ve just finished up two Christmas chartpacks for some fun holiday stitching. My Jingle Bells Christmas Library has 35 motifs that can be used to make up some quick cards and gifts. Santas, snowmen, baubles, and elves galore to give to friends and family or to stitch up some new ornaments for your own tree. The collection is shown on Polstitches Designs “heirloom©” 28 count Lugana. Brilliant Kreinik metallic thread and delicate Mill Hill Petite Beads add a  cheerful touch of bling.

One of my fondest Christmas memories is going to see The Nutcracker Ballet here in New York. I can still hear Tchaikovsky’s enchanting suite playing and the Sugarplum Fairy gliding across the stage as if floating on air. My Nutcracker sampler features the main characters of the ballet from darling Clara to the Nutcracker Prince. Each character can also be made up separately as a lovely ornament when stitched either on the fabric of your choice or on 14 count plastic canvas. I’ve shown the sampler on Polstitches Designs 28 count “dusk©” Lugana with sparkling Kreinik threads and festive Mill Hill beads to add to the holiday spirit.

Back to Work

Just a quick hello to let you know that I am back to work. We had a wonderful time at the Polstitches Retreat in Cardiff, Wales and our trip to the Lake District. I can’t believe that I was actually able to visit “Mr. McGregor’s Garden” while touring the Beatrix Potter house. What fun! The scenery and beauty of the whole area is amazing and despite all the rainy days, Earl and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We look forward to returning soon.

 

I am so pleased that the new design, “Tiny Dancer”, was well loved by all the stitchers at the retreat and will be available worldwide in October. It was a joy to visit with  everyone. Thanks to all for attending and thanks to Jo Critchley for all the preparation and hard work.

So we have an exciting update to share that some of you are aware of from the recent retreat. Polstitches Designs is now a official distributor of Joan Elliott Designs. As such, Polstitches Designs has changed the website to offer color charts and b/w charts of all designs. This also means that if you want your local shop or favorite internet shop anywhere in the world to stock my designs you can now give them Polstitches Designs contact info and Jo will be able to ship to them directly. One of the reasons for this is that we want to support all retail shops even those little ones down the street to help to survive! With this new arrangement I will now have more time free for designing and will be releasing more never seen brand new designs on a regular bi-monthly basis. You will be able to view the next release around mid-November. Please spread the news as we are looking not only for local shops but online shops and shops in other countries where my designs are not currently available. Let’s share the love!

A Little Fun Christmas Stitching

New for Christmas

I know that we have just finished Halloween celebrations, but what better time to start on some new Christmas stitches! Both the Angel and Snowman ornaments are a quick and easy stitch done on plastic canvas, perforated paper, or Aida, all 14 count. If you prefer stitching on Aida or 28 count Evenweave, you can back your stitching with a heavy weight iron on interfacing and cut the shapes out. The interfacing will keep your fabric from fraying. Alternatively you can make up little individual pillow ornaments. Whichever way you decide to finish these bright, cheerful ornaments, just add a bit of string or ribbon at top and they will be ready to hang on your tree.

The Nativity scene reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Stitch it up as a framed picture or door hanger to bring the serenity and peace of the Christmas season to your home.

Bella Roma

JE232©

JE232© Bella Roma $14

With blizzard warnings in the northeastern US tomorrow, I invite you on a walk through springtime in beautiful Rome. JE232©Bella Roma is a brand new chartpack now up on my Order Chartpacks page and ready to ship. She will be available at all of your favorite online stores soon, so keep an eye out and turn your thoughts to warm breezes, fragrant flowers, and lots of beautiful stitching.

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