One Stitch Ahead

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It’s my fa­vorite time of year! The snow is teas­ing us with its pres­ence while au­tumn’s crisp evenings have been re­placed by win­ter’s icy nights. There’s just some­thing mag­i­cal about the frosty morn­ings as they re­flect the twin­kling lights of holiday decor. It’s like be­ing trans­ported to an­other world.

Win­ter’s cold evenings have our fam­ily curled up in front of a roar­ing fire­place, sip­ping warm spiced cider and talk­ing about holiday plans. My youngest daugh­ter still has the holiday stars in her eyes, and I can’t help but feel as ex­cited and en­chanted by the prom­ise of the sea­son as she does.

This is­sue is sure to bring loads of fes­tive de­lights to your stitch­ing bas­ket with pro­jects for all skill lev­els and styles. From sparkling metal­lic to rich hues of reds, blues and greens, the pro­jects will have you oohing and aahing with each turn of the page. From a whim­si­cal Snow­man Book­mark on page 43 to the exquisitely dec­o­rated Happy Christ­mas Buck on page 36, there are pro­jects to de­light you and ev­ery­one on your holiday list.

The sounds of holiday carols drift from the freshly decked halls at the Christ­mas Vic­to­rian House on page 38. Spend some time with Santa on his new ride in Sleigh Broke Down (page 7), a project that is full of color and re­sem­bles a paint­ing or a post­card. Dec­o­rate your home with a cou­ple of pil­low op­tions ( Win­ter’s Gar­den on page 32 and Christ­mas Trees on page 11). For those who cel­e­brate Hanukkah, the Star of David framed piece on page 44 is ideal for your Fes­ti­val of Lights feasts.

For quick holiday stitches, there are sev­eral or­na­ments to tempt your nee­dle. From a sim­ple manger to the glit­ter­ing, mag­i­cal world of snow globes, there are or­na­ments for ev­ery tree. The Stock­ing Full of Stitches on page 58 of­fers the chance to per­fect a myr­iad of spe­cialty stitches while Har­dan­ger fans will be thrilled with the Christ­mas Star Run­ner on page 14.

Take time to en­joy the sea­son’s mag­i­cal charm and cap­ture it with nee­dle and thread. Spend the short­ened days out­side in the brisk win­ter weather and, in the evenings, es­cape to your stitch­ing chair along­side fam­ily and friends to cre­ate keep­sakes and mem­o­ries that will last for­ever.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first­born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, be­cause there was no guest room avail­able for them. Luke 2:6-7

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