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A Note From the Editor

Dear Readers,

Can you believe it's already the holidays again? It's my favorite time of year -- a season of joy, hope and spending time with friends and family. My family definitely celebrates Christmas in a big way. We have a huge meal that includes every Southern delicacy under the sun. We give presents, sing Christmas carols by the piano and enjoy thousands of laughs while we make new memories. Even if your family celebrates another winter holiday, remember to take the time to enjoy friends and family and to reflect on the past year, making it a time for gratitude, hope and joy.

This issue is packed with amazing holiday and winter designs, and I am excited about each and every one of them! I am absolutely enamored with the Gnome & Critter Christmas project. The details on this project are breathtaking and look like a painting. For those of you who love stitching and quilting, we are happy to present our first-ever Miniature Tree Skirt. For those who love larger projects, there's the Elegant Christmas Tree, Santa's Sleigh Ride and Poinsettia Pillow. These will add a spark to your stitching. We didn't forget those stitchers who prefer something a bit smaller and quicker to stitch. Check out the adorable Festive Ornament Towels and Festive Greetings. Whether you are a beginning stitcher or a seasoned, experienced stitcher, there is no shortage of projects to grace your to-stitch list in this issue.

I am also excited to announce the inaugural issue of Annie's Christmas, a special holiday publication that features all of your favorite crafts. This 148-page magazine includes more than 90 holiday and winter projects in cross stitch, card making, crochet, knitting, sewing and quilting. If you're a crafter, you will love this issue. It retails for $9.99 and is available on newsstands and at Some of our favorite recipes and nostalgic stories are also included in the issue, and I know you'll love the beautiful photography and step-by-step instructions.

With the end of every year comes the planning for the next one, and we want to keep Just CrossStitch your favorite stitching magazine. As we look toward 2015, please email me at and let me know what you're looking for and ideas you want to see in cross stitch.

Happy holidays and 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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