One Stitch Ahead

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents -

Spring is upon us! I just love this sea­son! The grass is green­ing up af­ter its win­ter hia­tus, and for­merly bare branches are cov­ered with bloom­ing buds. The rain­bow of spring’s col­ors is un­end­ing, just like the prom­ises that come with spring’s re­newal ev­ery year. I watch the cal­en­dar with un­yield­ing ea­ger­ness, ex­cited to set my first plants in my front-yard flower beds.

Stitch­ing is a phe­nom­e­nal way to cap­ture spring’s glory, and this is­sue is full of projects that will bring spring in­doors where you can en­joy it all year long. Flow­er­filled projects Cel­e­brate Spring (page 34), Spring Wren Wreath (page 41) and Rose Gar­den (page 28) fea­ture gar­dens full of blooms, while Lee Fisher’s Dance in the Rain (page 25) fo­cuses on a sin­gle bloom­ing beauty. Fancy a spring pil­low? En­ter Black­work Easter Eggs by Lois Win­ston for DMC Corp. on page 7.

You can cel­e­brate Easter with sev­eral projects in this is­sue, in­clud­ing a quickto-stitch Mini Bun­nies de­sign pair on page 16. Want some­thing that’s a more chal­leng­ing un­der­tak­ing? Spring Hare on page 14 will spend a bit more time in your stitch­ing bas­ket, while Easter Egg Hunt on page 11 will keep your nee­dle busy un­til the last egg is dyed.

Sam­pler fans will be de­lighted with the re­pro­duc­tion of Su­san Ame­son’s 1825 sam­pler on page 52. Com­plete with a soft color pal­ette, four al­pha­bets and a myr­iad of mo­tifs, this sam­pler is a per­fect stitch for spring. Sam­pler-in­spired mo­tifs and col­ors com­bine for Mae­gan Jen­nett’s Bloom Where You Are Planted, which ap­pears on page 31.

So, grab that nee­dle and stitch up a few of these spring beau­ties while you watch a new sea­son spring to life with ex­plod­ing blooms and color. What bet­ter way to end a day of plant­ing than with nee­dle and thread?

Un­til next is­sue, friends,

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