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A Note From the Editor

I once asked a friend, "What's your New Year's resolution?" Her smug reply was, "I don't make them. When I discover something I want to change, I don't wait for New Year's."

At first I was taken aback because I am one of those people who resolves to get back on my diet and organize my closet on Jan. 1.

But her comment has guided me through the years to make changes as needed rather than waiting for the new year.

In that vein, we have been listening to readers and making small changes to Just CrossStitch over the last year -- some that readers might notice and some behind the scenes that aren't apparent.

The can't-help-but-notice change in this first issue of 2017 is the presence of color charts. Readers overwhelmingly have told us they prefer color to all black-and-white patterns. For those who prefer black-and-white charts, we are making noncolor charts available at

Other changes we initiated in past issues are continuing in this edition. Readers told us they wanted information about designers, so we introduced a Designer Q&A. This month we feature Liz Almond who has created a stunning design, Diamond Ice, using the technique of pattern darning. Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett wrote a fascinating feature story about this technique.

Another feature we added in 2016 that we are continuing this year is The Sampler Sleuth. Many readers told us they enjoy historical articles, and The Sampler Sleuth fits the bill.

Also, we have received many requests for reproduction samplers. This year we will be serializing reproduction samplers over several issues of the magazine. The charts are presented in a way that you can stitch part of the chart and display it as its own design, or you can stitch each part on the same linen and have a showstopping sampler by the end of the series.

If I were pressed to make a New Year's resolution, it would be this: Create the best cross-stitch magazine possible, maintaining those parts that have made readers happy for decades while keeping a lookout for changes to make the magazine even better.

We hope you enjoy this first issue of 2017.

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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