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A Note From the Editor

Spring! We've all made it through another winter, and the first bulbs of the season are breaking through, bringing a breath of bright green against a stark landscape. My family has always been a big advocate of spring cleaning, and as I go through those tasks, I also take a look at my stitching and stash. Are there products or projects that I haven't touched and probably never will? Would a stitcher friend be super-thrilled to be gifted a surprise box of goodies? Enter in a bit of spring stitch cleaning. The upside of cleaning out a bit of stash is making room for new projects and new things to stitch!

This issue will certainly help curb any lingering winter blues and will quickly refill your list of stitching projects that might have been shortened by holiday gift giving or spring cleaning. We continue with our yearlong series, including the second installment of our bird and birdhouse series, and our "A Year of Hardanger." Also presented are projects that celebrate spring's growth. From the wispy, ethereal Dandy Wishes on page 35, to the classic and elegant Teacup Herbs on page 11, you will find plenty of garden-appropriate designs to stitch. There is even a project to help you jazz up your indoor garden!

Elegant patterns and techniques also abound in this issue with a modern twist on traditional blackwork in Liz Almond's Viviana on page 7 and with Jeannette Douglas' Patterned Pretties "pyn" pillow set on page 49. I am also enamored by the amount of details designers can achieve in these tiny X's, and I am once again floored by the talent in our craft. If you love flowers and butterflies, take a look at Marie Barber's Spring Butterflies on page 30. For your Easter celebrations, look at Angela Atherton's Behold the Lamb on page 14. In this issue, we also introduce Theresa Curry and Brian Stugelmayer, the design duo behind Needle Bling Designs.

I hope your spring is full of blooms and beauty, and I hope your stitching list continues to grow. As always, I look forward to hearing from you and to hearing what kinds of designs you want to see in upcoming issues. Please take a minute to email me at to let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

Happy stitching!

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Christy Schmitz, editor

Originally from Mobile, Ala., Just CrossStitch editor Christy Schmitz holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Christy began stitching at the age of 5 when she was handed a piece of Aida cloth, a few colors of floss and the instruction to pretend she was coloring; with that, she was off with a needle in hand. Christy has been with Just CrossStitch since 2005 and now makes her home in northern Indiana where she spends her evenings stitching, cooking, renovating thrift store finds and taking her two beagle mixes for walks in the quiet, rural area.
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