Cross Stitch Update – The WIP’s

persephonePersephone Mirabilia


Mother Moon Joan Elliott

1150329_10200392487364062_1269010048_n1093876_10200392384401488_314608686_oHolly – Nora Corbett

Fall 2014 015Queen of Freedom – Mirabilia

Fall 2014 012Letter L – Nora Corbett

Fall 2014 008 Who’s Got the Button – Country Cottage Designs

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Fall 2014 007 Santa’s Magic – Mirabilia Fall 2014 002



Stitched and Ditched

Circle of Friends – Mirabilia 28ct Ametrine Opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver. Started May 2010.

Japanese Maiden – The Gold Collection by Dimensions. Started January 2005.

Enchanting Geisha – The Gold Collection by Dimensions – She is currently out for the UFO RR on Yuku. You can see her progress here. These two will be truly stunning in matching frames on my wall. I really can’t wait! I didn’t post a picture because my wonderful RR stitchers have been doing all the work so they should be recognized! Started September 2010.

Mother Moon – Joan Elliott 32 ct. Opalescent Ocean Belfast Linen – This baby needs over a dozen spools of Kreinik. I may not be able to afford to finish her this year! lol Started August 2010.

Marilyn Monroe – Vervaco My birthday start for March 2008

Live, Learn, Love – Lizzie Kate 28ct. Lavendar Sparkle Opalescent Cashel linen. Started June 2010

Something Wicked La D Da 32 ct. French White linen – Started September 2010

Roberta’s Cats biscornu – 14ct cream Aida using Threadworx colors. Started May 2010.

Teresa Wentzler’s Needle Guardian on 28ct opalescent light blue Cashel. This was the first project where I made no substitutions for specialty threads. I was so lucky that my LNS had the Dinky Dyes silk in stock! This was my birthday start for March 2010.

Blessed Be – Enchanting Lair 16ct. Green Apple opalescent Aida by Silkweaver using my own colorways in DMC, Kreinik and Blending Filament (argh!).

She’s been tossed aside due to Filament Frustration. I started it about a year and a half ago so that isn’t so bad. I’ll get her finished by this Halloween. *fingers crossed* Started June 2009.

Each Dawn a New Day from The Gold Collection by Dimensions – So close! Needs a lot of confetti and back stitching! This was one of the kits I started somewhere around 2002 or 2003. Your guess is as good as mine.

Live, Learn, Love kit – I have no idea when I started this one!

Girl on Swing from Britain’s No.1 Cross Stitcher on 28ct. Jamaica Sunset opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver using my own colorway in DMC, Glisten Gloss, Kreinik, Mill Hill beads, DMC Metallics. Started April 2009.

Dragon’s Lullaby by Dragon Dreams on 32ct. Castle Sky Opalescent Belfast linen by Silkweaver using some Kreinik and Mill Hill bead substitutions from my stash. I started this one in April 2010.

Oldies Part I

While organizing some photo files I saw many projects that have never seen the light of my blog!

We can’t have that now can we?

Many of these were given away and even more were gifted without me photographing them.

These shots are a little blurry because I didn’t have a working camera until three years ago so most were taken with my cell phone.

I loved this one. It was my first attempt at finishing a small. I used lavender swiss dot ribbon and tried my hand at my own backstitch font. It is also the first time I strayed from the colors called for on a chart *sucks in air* The Nerve! 🙂 I wish I still had this pattern book but I loaned it and a Christmas one to my sister years ago and they disappeared. 😦

This was my second free hand attempt. I made it for my nephew when he graduated high school. The school colors were brown and gold (gag) and our mascot was The Skipper, hence the nautical symbols. Oh, and I can make fun of it because it is my alma mater as well.


I adored these Joan Elliott fairies and loved making them into trinkets…

and bookmarks. Delightful story about these two is that I did not realize there were beading needles. I made these both on the same weekend. I put the tiara beads on by starting a half stitch, removing the thread from the needle, putting the bead on the thread, re-threading the needle and completing the half stitch.

I googled “beading a cross stitch” that Monday morning. Monday night I bought my first beading needle. *rolls eyes*

After making these Disney patterns I began to intensely dislike large lakes of color. It is something I have never repeated.

Snow White was finished into a tote bag. It was my first attempt at mastering a sewing machine. I didn’t try a second attempt for two years.

I enjoyed making this one as a gift but ended up getting to keep it for myself. I thought it would be tasteless to give to someone who had lost their home 😦

This disaster was my very first finished cross stitch. My Mom has an apple theme in her kitchen so I picked up this kit. I took it with me on a 20+ hour trip to China and taught myself to stitch. I will tell you that it is not easy for an inexperienced stitcher to thread a needle is harsh turbulence!

That’s a start. I don’t want to make this thing any more picture intensive!!

We wants it. We needs it. Part II

and the stash hoarding desire is still going strong…

I was lucky enough to get a copy of Cross Stitch Collection with Joan Elliot’s Earth Goddess. I have been trying to decide what fabric to stitch it on and have come to the conclusion that I must have  the same fabric that the model is stitched on.

I did some research on the Polstitches site and found the most amazing shipping rates from the UK to the US! I can’t wait to place my order for the hand dyed Nature’s Grace fabric!

Now I (desperately) need want the Water Goddess! 🙂

Eventually I will get the Air and Fire Goddesses as well.

Me wants it!

From  Ms. Elliott’s blog Air Goddess Preview

by joanelliott

Air GoddessAir Goddess on ‘Sky High’ from Polstitches ©Joan A. Elliott

Here is a preview of my Air Goddess coming in Issue #191 of Cross Stitch Collection, on sale November 24th. This picture is a stitched simulation directly from my design file. The finished model in the magazine was stitched on 28HPI Zweigart Cashel linen, vintage sky blue, ref 3281/5139. I think she would also look fabulous on one ofPolstitches hand dyed Jobelans. Here you see her on ‘Sky High’. I’ll post the official magazine photo as soon as it comes in.