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A Note From the Editor

Dear Readers,

Happy 2015! It's hard to believe it's already time for another year with another set of resolutions, plans and possibilities. As always, we are planning for an exciting lineup of projects this year, including a couple of great series. The first series features a year of one of your most requested subjects -- birds and birdhouses -- from designer Donna Giampa. The second series is one that has been in the planning stages for a while now. We're calling it a Year of Hardanger, and it will feature six beautiful projects, with step-by-step instructions that will give you the confidence to tackle these intricate and detailed designs.

This issue is packed with even more from elegant winter designs to charming Valentine designs, from vintage kitchen patterns to accessories for you and your home, and I am excited about each and every one of them! I love Marie Barber's LOVE project on page 26. The Tile Coaster Set on page 50 has rocketed to the top of my stitching list since the colors are both trendy and classic, and I love having different ways to display my stitching. In this issue, we also introduce Carolyn Manning to the Just CrossStitch audience. Carolyn makes her debut in Just CrossStitch with two projects -- Tree Trio on page 23 and Friends at Heart on page 34.

If you are a fan of finishing, this issue has you covered from the mounted projects mentioned above to an elegant table mat, a tin topper, a pincushion and even a eyeglasses case. And if you prefer to frame, we've got you covered there too. Whether you are a beginning stitcher or a seasoned, experienced stitcher, there is no shortage of projects to grace your to-stitch list in this issue.

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start, and I am honored to bring you another year of great stitching projects. As we plan for the remainder of 2015, please take a minute to email me at Editor@Just-CrossStitch.com and let me know what kind of projects you're looking for in this new year. We want to keep Just CrossStitch your favorite stitching magazine, and we love to hear from our readers.

Happy stitching!

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Christy Schmitz, editor


Originally from Mobile, Ala., Just CrossStitch editor Christy Schmitz holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Christy began stitching at the age of 5 when she was handed a piece of Aida cloth, a few colors of floss and the instruction to pretend she was coloring; with that, she was off with a needle in hand. Christy has been with Just CrossStitch since 2005 and now makes her home in northern Indiana where she spends her evenings stitching, cooking, renovating thrift store finds and taking her two beagle mixes for walks in the quiet, rural area.
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