One Stitch Ahead
Summer’s heat has melted away and has been replaced by the bright days and cool, crisp nights of autumn. I find myself wanting to light a fire and curl up with a cup of hot, spiced cider. Weekends swimming at the lake are replaced by weekends spent riding on a boat while wrapped in blankets. The first few days of autumn seem like summer is trying to hold on, but as October looms on the horizon, we know it’s finally here. And once I flip that calendar to October, my mind immediately shifts to fall stitching and Halloween treats. My front porch suddenly finds itself decorated with gourds and mums. How do you shift into autumn?
I know you’ll be just itching to fill your stitching basket with the designs in this October issue. Hues of rich reds, oranges and yellows blend seamlessly with vibrant greens and earthy browns in projects from all design styles. The fleeting blooms and foliage of autumn take center stage in Virginia Creeper on page 20 and Autumn’s Garden on page 22. Charm prevails in Autumn Bird Hoop on page 30 and Listen! Wall Hanging on page 12. Sampler students will enjoy the Alison Bathgate Watson 1856 Sampler, originally stitched in Selkirkshire, Scotland, and filled with alphabets, borders and vibrant colors.
Stitchers who delight in smalls have a plethora of options in this issue as well. From Hayride Happenings on page 51 to Pumpkin Pincushion on page 58, every pin will have a home. Don’t worry, needles haven’t been forgotten; they’ll find a new autumnal home with the Pumpkin Needlebook on page 56. And for tricks and treats, be sure to check out the annual Halloween Ornament Spooktacular for six adorable Halloween ornaments.
As the days get shorter and the leaves change their hues from green to rust before fluttering to the ground, remember to set aside time every day (or every other day) with needle and thread in hand. Whether it’s stitching a Halloween treat or fall decor, enjoy every stitch. Sit back and carve your pumpkins this year with needle and thread to create keepsakes that will last forever.
Until next issue, friends.