One Stitch Ahead
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