One Stitch Ahead

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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

Happy stitch­ing,

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