One Stitch Ahead

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents -

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

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