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A Note From the Editor

Frazzled? Hurried? Pressured? Is that how you feel during the hectic last months of the year? Thank goodness for cross stitch! That's the one preholiday activity that is a respite from the foot-long to-do list.

Of course, cross stitch is more than therapy. It's creativity at your fingertips. It's fun down to your toes. It's a whole-body mindful awareness of what is beautiful and timeless in this world.

OK, that might sound a little over the top, especially if gift-making is simply your way of circumventing the crowds at the mall. No matter what drives you to cross stitch, this issue presents plenty of holiday-themed options.

For some cross stitchers, Thanksgiving is an invisible holiday between Halloween and Christmas. We're not letting that happen! From fox "pilgrims" to pincushions to a Thanksgiving message in a frame, we have designs for people who find more than turkey to love on the fourth Thursday of November.

Vintage and modern, simple and complex, monotone and vibrant, beginner and advanced -- these adjectives can all be used to describe our Christmas offerings. Quick and easy can even be used to describe some of our designs.

If "quick" appeals to you, we have swift gift ideas in our Favorite Finds Product Reviews. You can find presents for your stitching friends, or you can whip up a quick gift to inspire your stitch-phobic pals to join our cross-stitch community.

Among our favorite members of that community is Frony Ritter, the subject of our first-ever Designer Q&A. She sums up my philosophy of cross-stitching's purpose, saying, "When people stitch my designs, I want them to feel peaceful and happy." What more can you ask for in this holiday season?

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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