One Stitch Ahead

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Wel­come to 2019! Can you be­lieve it’s a new year al­ready and that we’re al­most fin­ished with another decade of the 21st cen­tury?

The com­ing of a new year is al­ways ex­cit­ing to me. It’s the start of some­thing new, some­thing fresh, and there is no end to the pos­si­bil­i­ties that await us all. Af­ter the hol­i­day decor is all put away and my house is cleaned and or­ga­nized, it’s beg­ging for new stitch­ing decor, and I am ex­cited to see what this year brings to my stitch­ing bag.

This is­sue is sure to start our year off with a stitch­ing bang. We’re em­bark­ing on a year­long stitch­ing jour­ney with Ju­lia Lu­cas’ Flo­ral Band Sam­pler (page 5) which blends bands of spe­cialty stitches with a col­or­ful rain­bow of var­ie­gated flosses. A Stitcher’s Com­pan­ion on page 20 also be­gins in this is­sue and will yield a trea­sured set of ac­ces­sories for your stitch­ing bas­ket.

If you love flow­ers and yearn for spring’s bright hues like I do, this is­sue is sure to fill your heart and project list with blooms of all col­ors and sizes. From the sunny Ro­man­tic Flo­ral Ta­ble Mat on page 56 to the col­or­ful Spring Flow­ers on page 47, flow­ers abound.

For those stitch­ers who want to in­crease their spe­cialty stitches, this is­sue of­fers a mul­ti­tude of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand that reper­toire. Spring in an English Gar­den on page 16 boasts a plethora of spe­cialty stitches, in­clud­ing cash­mere and chain stitches, while Roses in Love on page 38 show­cases two trios of bul­lion knot roses. Har­dan­ger fans will be thrilled to see a fresh de­sign from Roz Wat­nemo, El­e­gance in Har­dan­ger on page 10, which can be cus­tom­ized to any size. Show your love for Valen­tine’s Day with the Celtic Heart Sam­pler & Card on page 34, which is a fun take on black­work, and the Hearts Sam­pler on page 26, which is worked in an ar­ray of Rhodes stitches. I hope you en­joy comb­ing through the pages of this is­sue and ev­ery is­sue of

Just CrossStitch as much as our team en­joys putting them to­gether. Thank you for em­bark­ing on the year 2019 with us. Start this year off right with nee­dle and thread in hand, and fill your days with the cre­ation of mem­o­ries and keep­sakes that will be cher­ished for­ever.

Un­til next is­sue, friends.

Let the sea roar, and all its full­ness; Let the field re­joice, and all that is in it. 1 Chron­i­cles 16:32

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