One Stitch Ahead

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It’s fi­nally sum­mer! The days are sunny and warm, the evenings are full of fire­flies and evening strolls, and the week­ends are full of trips to the lake with my fam­ily. I just can’t get enough of th­ese spe­cial times. The gar­den I started months ago is full of lus­cious green­ery and grow­ing fruits and veg­gies. Now it’s just a wait­ing game for that first de­li­cious bite of toma­toes, squash and other tasty sum­mer treats. What about you? Is your gar­den burst­ing with crisp fla­vors? How do you spend your sum­mer week­ends? What­ever your plea­sure, I hope you’re en­joy­ing the long days and star-filled nights.

My fa­vorite as­pects of sum­mer are its long days and sun-filled week­ends. Th­ese pro­vide ex­tra chances for me to stitch. Whether I’m sit­ting un­der a shade tree by the lake or in a comfy chair in my back­yard, my stitch­ing bas­ket is never far away. I’m al­ways on the look­out for my next “must-stitch” piece, and this is­sue is full of projects des­tined for that list. The del­i­cate blooms of sum­mer are her­alded in The Blue Flow­ers Sam­pler on page 10, while the daz­zling col­ors and style of Par­tridge & Pomegranates on page 7 are equally stun­ning. Bird lovers will be thrilled to see Ex­otic Birds & Flow­ers on page 20 with its trio of feathered friends.

A high­light of this is­sue is the Christ­mas Or­na­ment Pre­view, which starts on page 34. With nine daz­zling or­na­ments to in­spire your hol­i­day stitch­ing, this sec­tion of the mag­a­zine is def­i­nitely one to ear­mark and get you started on your Christ­mas stitch­ing. Sam­pler fans will delight in the rain­bow-hued Mar­garet Mof­fat 1896 Sam­pler on page 47, com­plete with its bor­ders, al­pha­bet and flow­ers.

Sum­mer’s pa­tri­otic hol­i­days also get a stitch­ing nod with mul­ti­ple projects that will have you cheer­ing for the red, white and blue. From the Ma­jes­tic Ea­gle & Flags on page 50 to the bright Happy 4th of July bol­ster pil­low on page 53, there are projects of all sizes to help you cel­e­brate Amer­ica’s birth and in­de­pen­dence.

As you make plans for bar­be­cues, fire­works and week­ends of sit­ting in the sun and stitch­ing, re­mem­ber to en­joy your hand­i­work. Sit back with your nee­dle and thread, and watch your work spring to life with each tiny X. Whether you’re a new stitcher or a sea­soned vet­eran stitcher, there is some­thing for your stitch­ing bas­ket in this is­sue.

Un­til next is­sue, friends.

“And let us not be weary in well do­ing: for in due sea­son we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gala­tians 6:9 FIND US @ www.face­book.com/JustCrossStitchMagazine

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