One Stitch Ahead

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As the bright, hot days of early Septem­ber fade away, end­ing in a dark, cool Hal­loween night, cross stitch­ers will find a va­ri­ety of de­signs in this is­sue of Just

CrossStitch. Di­verse de­sign styles come in au­tumn col­ors, such as hot yel­low and or­ange, warm brown and neu­tral Hal­loween black.

Shades of Au­tumn uses in­tri­cate pat­terns and vari­a­tion in stitch den­sity to cre­ate har­mo­nious bands of yel­low, or­ange and rust. A sim­pler de­sign that packs a golden punch is the Au­tumn Flowers box. Dainty stitches in earthy hues dec­o­rate place mat and flat­ware pock­ets adorned with sprigs and berries.

Add mod­ern decor with Mo­saic Tiles, which looks like a pretty kitchen back­splash with a trendy teal-and-or­ange color scheme. A wreath of au­tumn leaves sur­rounds the words “Au­tumn Is Bliss” and could be framed with an em­broi­dery hoop for a trendy look or made into a pil­low as shown on page 52.

A no­tice­ably non-mod­ern de­sign is the 1814 Anne Woodall Sam­pler. This reproduction, by Deb­o­rah Fasano, of the an­tique sam­pler in­cludes an al­pha­bet, a pi­ous verse and adorable child­like mo­tifs. You will find dogs, rab­bits, deer, birds, crowns, hearts and more. Deb­o­rah has writ­ten a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle about the mo­tifs in her Sam­pler Sleuth fea­ture story.

Our Oc­to­ber is­sue wouldn't be com­plete with­out the Hal­loween Spook­tac­u­lar. This as­sort­ment of projects is truly spec­tac­u­lar, in­clud­ing or­na­ments as well as larger pieces. We have a small dec­o­ra­tive pil­low with a trio of black cats in masks, a framed Ghostly For­est scene, and a friendly witch with her fe­line side­kick, Twitch. A project that would be fun with a young helper is a were­wolf with move­able legs.

Whether it's a bright Septem­ber day or a dark Oc­to­ber evening, carve out time each day to spend with nee­dle and thread. Let the oth­ers carve out the pump­kin, while you re­lax, re­fresh and cre­ate!

Stay in stitches!

Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleas­ant for the eyes to be­hold the sun; but if a man lives many years and re­joices in them all, yet let him re­mem­ber the days of dark­ness, for they will be many. Ec­cle­si­astes 11:7 and 8

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