With summer’s end we can all start to think of the lovely autumn days that lie ahead. It’s never too early to start on some new projects to celebrate the upcoming seasons. This month in the magazines I have four designs you may like to try your hand at. You’ll find links to all of these publishers on my Supplies and Resources page at right.
Photo ©Cross-Stitch & Needlework November 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott
In the November issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine you will find my Give Thanks table setting. There are three designs for stitching on beautiful Light Oatmeal Royal Classic pre-finished place mats, bread covers and napkins, all available from Charles Craft. In designing these easy to stitch pieces I’ve used a rich autumn palette to add a bright touch to your Thanksgiving table.
Image ©Cross Stitcher Issue 205 Design ©Joan A. Elliott
My Christmas Angel design is now out in Cross Stitcher (UK) from Future Publishing. I’ve used my favorite Kreinik gold threads and beautiful Mill Hill beads throughout which I hope lend an air of elegance to this heavenly figure. A few fractional stitches help to capture a graceful look in her face and hands but otherwise she is worked in full cross stitches.
Image ©The World of Cross Stitching Issue 143 Design ©Joan A. Elliott
For The World of Cross Stitching I’ve done a loving portrait of Santa and Mrs. Claus. I hope they will carry a message of love and the joy of family to your home this Christmas.
Image ©Cross Stitch Gold Issue 60 Design ©Joan A. Elliott
Here’s a fast and fun way for everyone to count down the days to Christmas. The whimsical Advent Calendar I’ve designed for Cross Stitch Gold is stitched on 14 count Aida with the numbers worked on 16 count Aida band. Assembly is fast and easy on this one and the tiny pockets are perfect for stuffing with little holiday sweets.
Image ©Crafts 'n Things October 2008 Design ©Joan A. Elliott
In the October issue of Crafts ‘n Things, from Amos Publishing, you’ll find my holiday kitchen set. Gentle doves and festive holly sprigs adorn the rich letters and spell out the beautiful words we all think of during the Christmas Season… Peace, Joy, Love. The jar wrappers are stitched on Charles Craft’s 14 count Vinyl Aida. Wouldn’t they make a lovely way to present a jar of homemade jam or spiced fruit and nuts. You could also wrap these around a box full of Christmas candy or cookies, string them together to form a wonderful swag for an entryway, or make them up into hand made cards. I’m sure you’ll come up with lots of other creative uses. They are easy to stitch and working on the pliable vinyl is a breeze. Charles Craft’s Banded Huck towels are just the ticket for a quick and easy handmade hostess gift to bring along on your holiday visits.
As far as other work goes. I’ve started on my machine embroidery book. What fun this one is! There is lots to learn and it certainly opens a world of creative possibilities! I’ve also sent in first sketches for two new cross stitch themes for Leisure Arts. I’ll keep you posted on developments. Some nice new designs for the magazines are now being stitch and will be out in next year’s issues. So, it’s still as busy as ever here.
We’ve been enjoying incredible weather here in the Northeast for the past week or two. I love the Fall with it’s radiant color and that certain something in the air. Oh yes, I have three more holiday pieces in the magazines coming next month. Until then, enjoy!
With fondest wishes-