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After days or weeks of snow, indoor hobbies are a great escape. The first snowfall is pretty, but after awhile winter seems bleak. Despite what you hear about every snowflake being different, snow is just, well, snow. But crafty interpretations of snow are endless.

This issue's Free Pattern is a good example. You can stitch Winter Silhouettes on small-count fabric and make coasters or use larger-count fabric to make a pillow. Another possibility is to stitch it on a sweater or sweatshirt using waste canvas. (See the Cross-Stitching on Garments article in this update.) The fallback option, framing, is always a consideration.

Cabin fever looms large in the Midwest in midwinter. That's when my creative juices get flowing. Lately, I've been thinking of ways to combine cross stitch with other craft projects, such as knit, crochet, jewelry, paper-craft and quilt-making.

One craft-combo inspiration came when I saw the colors in the Feathered Friends design in this month's issue of Just CrossStitch. The green tones reminded me of a knitted sweater of mine that hadn't been worn in a while. I decided that cross stitching one of the owls on the green sweater would be a great craft-combo project.

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Brighten up an old sweater with one of the owls from Feathered Friends in this month's Just CrossStitch.

Another "ah-ha! moment" came when I saw my cat, Ted, sniffing around my leftover cross-stitch fabric. Cat toy! I had made catnip mouse toys with old socks, so why not try it with cross-stitch leftovers? After several tries, I came up with a cat toy you can make with scraps of fabric that have been left over from other craft projects.

With more winter on the way, I'm hoping for more inspiration for combining cross stitch with other craft projects. I would love to know what inspires you and how you combine your crafts. Send me your ideas via the Reader Feedback.

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