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Happy spring! Spring has finally sprung, and I am inspired to stitch, plan my future stitching projects and tackle my unfinished-project basket. We're four months into the year, and I am still on track for tackling my stash each month and for working my way through my unfinished basket. I won't lie -- there are still projects filling that basket, but I am officially down three needlecraft projects. How are you coming on your New Year's resolutions?

One of my favorite holidays is coming up in a few short weeks. My family has always celebrated Easter with the same amount of gusto typically reserved for Halloween and birthdays. When I was a little girl, my mom always met my requests to dye eggs with excitement, and we tried everything from markers to wax and packaged dyes to more all-natural dyes. We cut out egg and cross shapes, and we made sugar diorama-eggs, which I still have all these years later. We celebrated with fun and excitement, and enjoyed the craft time while celebrating the Resurrection. These are plans I hope to re-create this year, but I'll be adding a few quick-to-stitch projects to my list as well.

In our ongoing journey to learn more specialty stitches and increase our confidence in working each of these, this newsletter will focus on the rice cross stitch. Another simple variation on the cross stitch, this stitch is one of my favorites for the optical illusion it creates when you stitch a bunch of them together. In this newsletter, we'll look at how to make the rice stitch and share a few helpful tips for the stitch. I've got my trusty turquoise doodle cloth (32-count Splash Belfast linen) from my stash, so let's get started.

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