One Stitch Ahead
I am so ready for summer! How about you? This past winter was extremely cold, and I'm more than happy for the return of warmer temperatures. My yard is bursting with buds, and my garden is readying itself for a harvest soon. The tomatoes are setting fruit and the lettuce is overtaking its bed. Summer's longer days mean more time outside and a chance to enjoy the warm afternoons and cool evenings.
All of this impending outdoor time is making me itch for a stitching project that I can enjoy by the lake or on my back patio with a cool glass of lemonade. This issue is full of projects that will have you adding a breath of summertime with every stitch. Summer blooms beckon in Daisy (page 46) and the Golden Flower Tote on page 20. Landscape fans will adore Ursula Michael's Tree of Life on page 10 and will be in awe of Sarah Richards' Summer Cottage Landscape on page 22.
If smalls are more your speed, Rose Cottage Needlebook by Italian designer Nicoletta Farrauto on page 52 will tempt your needle, while the final installment of the Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll appears on page 38. Stitchers can perfect their backstitch technique with a garden-inspired Herbs & Spices design on page 27, while those eager to expand their stitch repertoire will find the brilliantly colored Summertime (page 7) to be just the ticket.
We didn't forget summer's holidays, and we have projects perfect for Mom and Dad, Grandmother and Grandfather. A flowery Love Note for Mom appears on page 56 while Fisherman Dad appears on page 55. Summer's busy wedding season also calls for a wedding sampler, and Paradise Wedding Sampler (page 40) blends a knotwork border with vivid colors and an easily personalized sentiment.
So, friends, pour a tall glass of lemonade and sit back with your needle and thread. There's something for every stitching level and every stitching style in this issue. Take advantage of those longer sun-filled days and use the sun as your stitching lamp. There's no better way to spend the beginning of summer than with needle and thread. Until next issue, friends,
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.” Psalm 100:1