One Stitch Ahead

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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.

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