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A Cross Stitch Christmas

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I had a long week of Christmas celebrations, starting on the 18th with preparations for dinner on the 19th, and continuing all the way through to Christmas Day. I was meant to go to a Boxing Day celebration, but I was just too tired. Being pregnant really takes it out of me. But, only 11 weeks to go.

What with all the Christmas celebrations, it’s been hard to find time to stitch. I’m hoping to get some done today. In the meantime, here’s a photo of me and my grandmama with the Rose Fairy I finally finished and framed for her.

Completed with Mama

My grandmama and me with the Rose Fairy I completed for her

Needless to say, my grandmama was very pleased with her present. I started this beautiful project last August, with plans to have her finished for my grandmama’s birthday in October. I severally overestimated my skills lol and tried for that Christmas instead, but still could not get her finished. The next goal was more realistic, have her ready for my grandmama’s birthday this year, but that was also an unreachable goal. I almost managed it, but not quite. I did get her finished before this Christmas, and it was so hard not to gift her early, but I wanted to save her for Christmas, and I did. My grandmama is so pleased with her present, and says that she’s going to hang it in a place of honour.

My current projects are both also Joan Elliott designs. I’ve been working on The Reader, also known as Castle Princess, which I’d love to hang in our bedroom/library, and Fairies in the Garden, which will hopefully be finished in time to hang in the nursery before our little baby girl arrives. But if not, I can always hang it later.

December 27

My current projects. Above, The Reader. Below, Fairies in the Garden.

While I have another three scroll frames, these are the two that I use. One of the frames was my great grandmother’s, and it’s all split and broken, but it means a lot to me knowing that we shared this craft in common. Another was made for me by my wonderful hubby, but it needs better material or even velcro to attach projects to. Denim just isn’t strong enough. And the third I bought at an op-shop and haven’t had an opportunity to use yet.

I think I’ll leave it here for now, hopefully I’ll be posting again soon with more stitchy updates. Please let me know what y’all are working on, I love to see other people’s stitching.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!


The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection, and The Reader

I thought I'd mix things up and work on something different for a change. This is another Joan Elliott design (she's my favourite designer, can you tell?) called The Reader.

This chart was featured in The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection, a truly wonderful bookazine by the creators of the now sadly discontinued Cross Stitch Collection magazine. This bookazine is out of print now, but if you're lucky you can pick up a copy on eBay. Here it is below.

As you can, The Reader is featured in the top left corner, she's one of three medieval lady designs. There are also four seasonal fairies, two elemental goddesses, the beautiful Green Goddess, a heap of beautiful Christmas angels and other designs. It is worth it if you can find a copy.

And now on to my progress of The Reader. Ta da!

As you can see, I'm all over the place with her. I love working with the sparkly metallic gold thread by DMC. I'm trying to decide if I'll keep her original blonde hair or change it to brunette, like my own.

I haven't done as much stitching as I'd like to lately, because (big announcement time!) I'm pregnant! And morning sickness is a lie that lasts all day and much of the night. Hubby and I are very happy and excited. Hopefully the nausea will soon fade away so I can get on with the things I want to do, like stitch and shop for baby goods! If anyone has any cute baby stitches you'd like to share with me, please do, I'm always looking for cute new things to stitch.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!


Hello and welcome to Cross Stitch Witch! I’ve started this blog as a way to share my love of cross stitching, and to hopefully connect with more stitchy people.

So, with no further ado, let’s start this blog off with a bang!

April 5th Projects

These are my current projects. I know, it’s a lot. They’re all designed by the wonderfully talented Joan Elliott. From the top, we have Rose Fairy (a gift for my grandmama, shh), The Reader, Ladybird Fairy, Art Deco Lady, Fairy Unicorn, Sweetpea Fairy, and, finally, Fairy Godmother. People often ask me how I can work on so many projects at once, and I tell them that I like to switch between projects.

Each project is different, though they all use the same basic stitches. Some use metallic threads like Kreinik and DMC Metallics, some have beads and/or French knots, and they all have different colours. I love watching as a picture forms from my stitches. Every project starts off the same way; a blank canvas, usually white in my case, then you add a tiny splash of colour. Then some more. Eventually, you begin to see the beginnings of a shape, a dress, a hand, a face, and you get a feeling of accomplishment. You have created something from nothing. I don’t if it’s just me, but it’s an amazing feeling to have.

At the moment I am focusing on Rose Fairy, as I really want to finish her and present her to my grandmama. Her favourite flowers are roses and frangipanies. Since Joan Elliott does not (yet, here’s hoping) have a frangipani flower fairy, it made sense to start Rose Fairy for my grandmama.


Happy Stitching!