One Stitch Ahead
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Here in the
Just CrossStitch offices, it’s Christmas year-round, and I love it. We truly hold dear to Charles Dickens’ A
Christmas Carol quote, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Every year, we send out invitations to designers for the annual JCS Christmas Ornaments issue, and we wait eagerly for their “yes” responses. But that’s just part of the excitement. As the ornaments begin to arrive in late spring, it’s like Christmas morning every day. The entire office staff gathers around amidst choruses of oohs and aahs; it’s pure magic.
In this year’s issue, there’s something for everyone. From trees to Santas and snowmen to cardinals, there’s a motif for any stitcher’s desire. From traditional cross stitch to specialty stitches and Hardanger, there’s a design for every skill level too. And if you’re new to cross stitch, easy-to-follow instructions, charts and diagrams make every design something everyone can do. Whether your tree is filled with ornaments featuring angels or single-color ornaments, there’s plenty to add to your collection with this year’s
Christmas Ornaments issue. As much excitement and anticipation as this brings, it’s a fraction of the honor we feel at being able to bring these delightful designs to you. It is our hope that you feel as much joy and excitement as possible as you look through the pages of these dreamy creations from your favorite designers. Our industry has been blessed with some amazingly talented creators, and we are honored to help bring their designs to you. Be sure to read through some of the designers’ favorite holiday memories and try some of the scrumptious recipes they’ve shared.
My hope is that your “To Stitch” list is long and marvelous, and that you feel the spirit of the season with each stitch. So, throw on some holiday tunes, bake some yummy cookies, and grab your needle and thread. I wish you festive and joyous stitching, my friends, and an even happier holiday season!
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