Some Exciting News from Stitch-It -Central

I am so excited to share some news from Stitch-It-Central in Canada. Maria and Rui are opening a second shop and will now also be in London, Ontario, Canada. At the new location, 1161 Hamilton Road E, London, ON, N5W 1B1, Telephone: (519) 601-5901, you can expect the same incredible service and choice of products that you find in their Ingersoll location.

Opening day will be this Friday, June 15th. To help with the celebration I have designed a new piece titled “The Embroideress”. She is pictured on ‘Goddess’, one of many Paigey-Lane’s beautiful fabrics you will find at Stitch It Central.

The Embroideress is a sister to my three other designs from a while back, The Musician, The Reader, and The Gardener. She will be available exclusively through Stitch-It-Central through July. Afterwards, she will be available at all of the usual stitchy haunts where you find my chartpacks.

JE248 © The Embroideress



May News

Hi Everyone!

Spring is a season for love, love, LOVE! There are two new designs for you coming in next month’s magazines that honor and celebrate all happy couples out there. For the UK Cross Stitcher issue 214, I’ve created a sweet band sampler that can be used for anniversaries, weddings or just to celebrate  the  love of two people  that are meant for each other. I used an Assisi technique in much of this design, using the background fabric as ‘fill’. Pretty pearl beads add an extra elegant touch. This sampler  uses a limited palette and stitches up quickly.


Eternity Sampler © Joan A. Elliott

Eternity Sampler © Joan A. Elliott


The May flowers are everywhere and despite a lot of rainy weather here in the Northeast, it’s wonderful to see the lilacs, wisteria, tulips and irises starting to bloom. Such lovely images fill my mind these days. The soft pastel colors and heady scents of the season are beautiful inspiration. In Cross Stitch Collection’s June issue (171) you’ll find a new wedding sampler design created with the soft shades and romance of Spring in mind. I’ve pictured this piece on Polstitches ‘Dawn Chorus’ 28 count hand dyed Jobelan but it would also work well on white or antique white linen.

Wedding Sampler © Joan A. Elliott

Wedding Sampler © Joan A. Elliott

 I will be posting a set of skin and hair color variations on my Chart Notes & Correction page so you can customize it for the special couple in your life.

More to come soon.

Back Home Again


I’ve just returned home from Vermont and I have lots to show you now that I am back to my high speed connection. It was a wonderful summer filled with peace and quiet, many visits from family and friends and delicious bounty from our garden. I picked the last of the blueberries before I left so I can still squeeze out a batch of morning muffins. Of course we also brought home a countless number of cucumbers and zucchini so there will be lots of cucumber and yogurt salad, curried zucchini soup and zucchini bread to be made. Our land is blessed with a number of very old apple trees that we have been restoring and pruning back slowly and, as promised, they have produced a huge crop of apples this year. Although they are gnarly and spotted and we share most of them with the wildlife, I made a nice apple pie to serve to our guests over the weekend. Next year I hope to be able to identify just what type they are. I suspect there may be some antique varieties in the bunch since the  original farm was started nearly 200 years ago. This beautiful earth has so much to offer!

So, now back to  the city. It’s a quiet day here in Brooklyn and perfect for catching up telling you all about what I’ve been working on these past two months.

I’m delighted to be a contributor to a new Christmas book from David & Charles titled A Cross Stitcher’s Countdown to Christmas. I’ve joined seven other designers to create 25 chapters filled with Christmas cross stitch ideas. My designs include a Nativity picture, an heirloom Advent Calendar, and a cheerful Santa post bag to store all your holiday greetings. In fact, you will find the Advent calendar featured in the latest issue (#204) of the UK CrossStitcher magazine.

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas ©David & Charles, Ltd

   Countdown To Christmas is ©David & Charles, Ltd 2008 


photo ©CrossStitcher

photo ©CrossStitcher


Keeping with the Christmas theme, look for the new ad from Charles Craft featuring my Nutcracker Suite designs. You can purchase a copy of the chart from Charles Craft. Please see the link  to Charles Craft on my Supplies and Resources page.

©Joan A. Elliott ©Charles Craft, Inc

©Joan A. Elliott ©Charles Craft, Inc


On the cover of Cross Stitch Collection (Issue 161) this month you will find a new geisha figure I’ve designed. Summer flowers in pretty pastel colors are the theme in this issue and I was happy to contribute along with all the other talented designers you’ll see inside.

Geisha design ©Joan A. Elliott

Geisha design ©Joan A. Elliott

                                      cover ©Cross Stitch Collection

And now for another new adventure… I had great fun working on some rubber stamp designs over the summer for a Norwegian company named ladybugandfriends. The folks there are a such delight to work with and I am excited to be a part of this growing enterprise as they expand into the international market. So far I have designed stamps for both Christmas and Autumn with more themes in the works. Please go to my Supplies and Resources page to link to their website and see their beautiful collections of stamps and papers.

©Joan A. Elliott © ladybugandfriends

©Joan A. Elliott © ladybugandfriends


ladyybugandfriends Autumn Stamps ©Joan A. Elliott ©ladybugandfriends

©Joan A. Elliott ©ladybugandfriends

 So, it was a busy summer. In the next update I’ll be showing you many of the upcoming Christmas designs  from the magazines.

Until then, all the best to everyone!


Spring Update

Hi Everyone! 

 I am pleased to tell you that all the stitched models, manuscript, illustrations, and photo props for the newest book are now safely in the hands of the publisher in the UK. As soon as I get the OK from them I will be able to let you know what  to expect  from this one, including the title. Publication is set for the end of this year. So for now it’s on to new ideas.

There are some new designs out in the magazines too. For UK’s Cross Stitch Collection (Issue 157) I’ve granted them  exclusive permission to print the chart for my ‘Sea Goddess’ from A Woman’s World in Cross Stitch.

Sea Goddess

The cover of issue 200 of the UK’s Cross Stitcher features my new Geisha design,’Oriental Elegance’. I’ve stitched this on a pretty pink Aida to add  a beautiful  springtime  feel to the design.

Oriental Elegance

I loved working on this Puppet Theater design for Cross Stitch Gold (Issue 57). It’s bright cheerful colors bring back wonderful childhood memories!

Puppet Theater

…and for everyone that loves their own special kitty, I have an easy to stitch wall hanging  in  The World of Cross Stitching (Issue 137)

Playful Cats

In the July issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine you’ll find a bright and happy teen angel tote (courtesy of Charles Craft) and accessories, perfect for your special princess.

Teen Angel Ensemble


Finally, David & Charles will release a new collaborative Christmas book in early June. The title is  Cross Stitcher’s Countdown to Christmas and I have contributed three chapters including an heirloom Advent Calendar, a Santa Post Bag, and some  sweet little Stocking Ornaments. You can find it  at, and

More things are in the works, so keep in touch  for more news soon.

With fondest wishes-