One Stitch Ahead

Just Cross Stitch - - Frosty The Snowman -

It has been like Santa's work­shop at the of­fices of Just CrossStitch, as dozens of peo­ple have been pre­par­ing your spe­cial hol­i­day is­sue. Like Santa and his elves, we pre­pare for Christ­mas nearly year-round.

The week af­ter Christ­mas, we send out in­vi­ta­tions to de­sign­ers, ask­ing if they would like to par­tic­i­pate in the Just CrossStitch Christ­mas Or­na­ments mag­a­zine. As the RSVP “Yes!” mes­sages come in, the ex­cite­ment builds, know­ing that each or­na­ment will be a trea­sure for our read­ers.

As winter turns to spring, pack­ages be­gin to ap­pear in the mail­room, and every day seems like Christ­mas. Each or­na­ment is unique, re­flect­ing the style and per­son­al­ity of the de­signer.

Work be­gins in earnest in late spring. Each de­sign is ac­com­pa­nied by a chart and in­struc­tions, and many de­sign­ers also send recipes and sto­ries. Tech­ni­cal edi­tors and proof­read­ers put in long hours mak­ing sure that the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in the mag­a­zine con­veys ex­actly what the de­signer had in mind.

Pho­tog­ra­phers, photo stylists and graphic artists put their ex­per­tise and cre­ativ­ity to use in pre­sent­ing the or­na­ments on th­ese pages. Be­fore go­ing to print in mid­sum­mer, the pages are ex­am­ined by many pairs of eyes.

Each de­sign you see in the mag­a­zine gets ten­der, lov­ing care as it moves from stage to stage in the process. From the time I ( gen­tly!) tear open the de­sign­ers' pack­ages to the time the mag­a­zine pages are sent to the printer, the or­na­ments are con­sid­ered to be gifts to you, the reader, from the de­sign­ers who dreamed them up.

In ad­di­tion to those dreamy de­sign­ers, I would like to rec­og­nize all th­ese won­der­ful “elves” who make this is­sue pos­si­ble. You can look to the left of this let­ter to see their names.

Like Santa, who leaves gifts but doesn't get to see them opened, I hope that you will find joy and in­spi­ra­tion as you pe­ruse th­ese pages. And as a crossstitch­ing Santa would say, “Merry Christ­mas to all, and to all a good (stitch­ing!) night!”

Stay in stitches!

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and wor­shiped Him. And when they had opened their trea­sures, they pre­sented gifts to Him: gold, frank­in­cense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

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