Switching Seasons…

I know that a lot of stitchers are thinking of projects for Christmas so I now have two new designs out to get you started stitching for the holidays.

First in Cross Stitch Gold Issue 132, on news stands now, A Visit from Santa. I’ve pictured the design on Polstitches Designs beautiful hand dyed ‘snow cap’ 28 count Jobelan. His bag is filled with all sorts of Christmas goodies and the design sparkles with Kreinik metallic threads and Mill Hill seed beads, making him very festive indeed!


Just hitting the stands in the UK today is my latest Christmas Victorian Lady. She is out for a snowy stroll in her holiday frock and her lush warm furs and looking pretty as a picture. You will find her in Issue 222 of Cross Stitch Crazy. Stitched on the palest blue fabric, the shimmering beads in her dress and hat reflect the twinkle of snowflakes all around her.


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…


Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine

children by the Seaside

The 2016 summer issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine features my new “Children By the Seaside” design. Working on this brought back great a memories of the fun days my sister, brother, and I would spend out at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY. Stitch up some summer fun!

This issue goes on sale in shops on May 17. You can also subscribe by clicking here.

Enchanted Aurora at Stitch-It-Central

Aurora 2 © Joan A. Elliott

A Stitching Weekend!

For information and details click on the links below:

Stitch It Central or Facebook



Upcoming Cross Stitch Retreats!

This is going to be quite a year for attending cross stitch retreats! I have three to attend  in 2016. Get out the traveling bags everyone it’s time to finally meet in person.


I will start with first things first. Coming at the end of this May,  I will be making my second trip to Canada to attend the Stitch-It-Central weekend. When I attended two years ago it was a wonderful event thanks to all my Canadian friends and to Maria and Rui Santos, the owners of  Stitch-It-Central in Ingersoll , Ontario. This year we will meet on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. For the details of this retreat please click here

By the way, the shop is just across the street from where we will be gathering so you can stock up on supplies too. I will be doing a special design to celebrate our time together!


You all know how the fabrics from Polstitches Designs are so perfect for my designs… Well I am so very happy to tell you that we will be having a fabulous day of friendship and stitching in Cardiff, Wales on September 17, 2016! This will be the first chance I have to meet some of my UK stitching friends in years. Jo Critchley has chosen a lovely venue for us and we are pleased that Bothy Threads will also be joining in. All details are on  Polstitches website and you can just click here to link to it all. You will also see a link to the Facebook group that was started for the event where you will find info on hotels and ride sharing and also get to meet some of us that will be attending. I will be presenting a special new design in celebration of our gathering.

I am really looking forward to both of these events and I do hope you will be able to join us.


If you love the beach and you love stitching you may want to join in on Stitching At the Beach. The dates are  October 12th-16th, 2016 and it will be in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sounds like an ideal time to be there! All details for their event can be found here. I am planning on being a vendor at this retreat. Stay tuned…


All Caught Up…

Hi Everyone- I am glad to say that all orders are up to date now, both individual and wholesale. Phew!!!! I thought the backed up orders would never get finished but miracles do happen.

It feels good to have things at their normally hectic pace. Since wholesale orders have also been delivered you can now find The Angel of Cross Stitch at many of your favorite online stores including at 123 Stitch, at Polstitches Designs in the UK,  at Stitch It Central in Canada, at Casa Cenina in Italy,  and more.



Angel Floss List

I’ve just put up a new page with the floss and bead usage for the Angel of Cross Stitch design. Now you can check your stash and gather supplies. Stitch count and design size are included so please click here for all the necessaries.

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