A Note From the Editor
It's no secret that I love the winter holidays. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I look forward to decorating for the season earlier every year. Even if Christmas is not part of your celebration, the season is a time for family and friends, a time for reflecting on the past year, a time for decorating and a time for gratitude, hope and joy.
This issue is jam-packed with holiday and winter designs, and I have added several of them to my stitching basket. I am smitten with the Snowman Quartet by Carol Emmer on page 14; stitch one, two, three or all four of these charming, primitive-inspired snowmen for a fabulous winter display. Alessandra Beretta's Christmas Ornament on page 32 is a stunning design stitched with a single color of floss. We conclude two year-long series in this issue, and I know both of these showstopping design series are showcased in countless stitchers' homes. There is no shortage of bright, bold colors in the Festival of Lights design on page 43 or the Nativity design on page 9. And stitchers can conquer any fear of over-one stitching with a choice of three projects in this issue.
With the end of this year and the beginning of next year also come new and exciting changes for Just CrossStitch. Starting with the February 2014 issue, we will be bigger and better than ever! More pages, more designs, a new website and ever-changing surveys to find out which projects you want to see next -- these are just a few of the things our staff is working on for you, our readers. I hope you enjoy the growth of your favorite cross-stitch magazine, and please let me know what you're looking for as we grow Just CrossStitch. Email me at Editor@Just-CrossStitch.com and tell me what your favorite subjects are and what you'd like to see from Just CrossStitch in 2014 -- I look forward to hearing from you!
Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy holidays
and happy stitching!
Christy Schmitz, editor