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A Note From the Editor

Dear Readers,

May and June are in full bloom, and fun cross-stitch projects are sprouting all over this issue. Elegant, traditional, whimsical -- they're all represented in this group of designs. You'll find gifts for Mother's Day, Father's Day, newlyweds and new parents. You'll also find projects you won't want to part with, so keep some for yourself!

For Mother's Day, the monogrammed box is so pretty that you can skip the gift wrap. For Father's Day, we have a set of black-on-cream coasters with chess-game designs, which will make a nice addition to a "man cave" or office.

Create a traditional-looking wedding sampler and personalize it with the wedding date and newlyweds' names. For a baby shower, why not stitch a picture or two based on nursery rhymes?

With winter becoming a cold, distant memory, it's time to hit the farmers markets in search of fresh produce. Carry your cross-stitch-embellished tote when you shop for local tomatoes, green beans and more.

Strawberries are also in season, so why not make a Christmas ornament with this luscious fruit in mind? The Christmas Stitch, a regular feature, will help you get a head start on creating holiday decor. If you missed our previous Christmas Stitches, you can go to and click on Buy Back Issues in the left-hand column for past magazines. In previous issues you will also find earlier installments of two projects featured in this issue: the Hardanger Sampler and Seasons of Chalk Art.

Our staff fell in love with Rose Ella's Pincushion & Needlebook. The oohs and ahhs were audible in adjacent offices when we revealed this exquisite set of cross-stitch accessories.

We also love the floral pieces: a poppy with a bright yellow center, a bookmark and a pillow. We have swans, as well, floating on a pond in a summer landscape.

Flowers also appear in the Tree of Knowledge in a sampler showing Adam and Eve in their garden. This is a reproduction of an antique sampler that was stitched on perforated paper. Read Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett's fascinating feature story about the use of this medium in the 1800s.

Enjoy these projects, and as always, 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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