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A Note From the Editor

Sitting out on the deck with my cross stitch and a glass of lemonade is the perfect end to a summer day. With sundown coming later, there is still some natural sunlight to shine down on my favorite pastime.

Our Just CrossStitch staff selected patterns perfect for celebrating the season, with Fourth of July patterns sprinkled in for some patriotic fun.

Preserve the summer sunshine to keep your mood sunny throughout the year with gold-toned Belfast and Shades of a Peacock Mandala. Both designs glow with summery hues.

Pets and wildlife populate several projects in this issue. Whether you favor dogs or cats, Sweet Dreams will speak to your soul, with a sleepy golden lab napping with two cuddly kittens. Our Woodland Sampler series begins in this issue, with bands of forest animals and words from the hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful. Bird lovers will find a bright cockatiel to stitch, and feline aficionados will fall for Carolyn Manning's Firecracker & Freedom.

More freedom-themed designs will help you celebrate Independence Day. Red, white and blue are prominent in Bergama Borders, Fourth of July Parade and this issue's installment of Needle Bling Designs' Double-Sided Fun block series.

An August issue of Just CrossStitch wouldn't be complete without the annual Christmas Ornament Preview. For holiday stitchers, we have 10 projects to tide you over until our 2017 Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornaments issue that will come out in early fall.

Take advantage of these long summer days to stretch your creative muscles. And as always ...

Stay in stitches!

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Lillian Anderson, editor


Lilly Anderson is editor of Just CrossStitch magazine and a needlework fanatic. Starting as a child with printed cloth embroidery, Lilly progressed to counted cross stitch and never looked back. Lilly has degrees in English, business and education, and is a former newspaper copy editor and journalism teacher. Her aim is to bring readers the best, freshest cross-stitch designs, vintage samplers and features about trends, history and personalities in the world of cross stitch.
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