A Note From the Editor
As a longtime fan of Just CrossStitch, I am overjoyed as your new editor to be bringing you exciting contemporary and vintage designs. Just as spring is a season of rebirth, this issue is a cross-stitch reawakening.
Our offerings in this issue include spring and Easter designs. From a chalk-art-inspired bunny to a square of geometric elegance, this issue will inspire new and accomplished stitchers to take a fresh look at the season.
A fanciful fairy queen from the imagination of Nora Corbett, our featured designer, dances out of its frame. You can read about what inspires Nora to create a world of fairies, mermaids and queens in an article by Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett.
Although I like whimsy as much as anyone, my love of cross stitch is grounded in the rich history of the art. I am proud to present a pattern for a 1927 sampler stitched in red. Continuing the monochromatic sampler theme, you will also find a contemporary bird sampler.
In our February issue we introduced a Hardanger series that continues in this issue with Band 2. Hardanger is a type of stitchery that includes snipping the fabric and working through to create a lacy effect. In this six-part series we will present instructions for one band of a sampler in each issue; by year's end, you will have a piece of art that will impress your friends. In addition to each month's band, we will give you a bonus project that will provide you an opportunity for more Hardanger practice. This month the bonus project is an intricate candle trivet.
We are also adding an all-time favorite of mine: a Christmas project. In each issue, you will find The Christmas Stitch, a fun project you can do to get a head start on your holiday decor. It's also a nice way to keep your Christmas spirit all year.
I hope you love this issue as much as I do. Editing this magazine is like working in a doughnut shop; I'm constantly tempted with sweet offerings that I'm happy to share with my friends, you, the readers of Just CrossStitch.
Stay in stitches!
Lillian Anderson, editor