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What's Hot in Cross Stitch?
|Our central air went on the fritz, so John and I bought a new energy-efficient unit.|
Hot hot hot. Thank goodness for air conditioning! How else could a person manage to sit and cross stitch during the summer? I suppose if there were a summer breeze I could cross-stitch under an umbrella outdoors, but for me, there's no better place to stitch than on the couch with the air conditioner going full blast.
I have become a wimp when it comes to weather. I grew up in the Carolinas, and it was nothing to play outside with temperatures hovering near 100. Now I live in Indiana, and if the TV weatherperson predicts an 80-degree day, I run for the thermostat to cool down the house.
I lived at the beach for a short while in high school. As the seasons changed and I experienced cold winds off the sea, my romantic notions of beach living dissipated a bit. But any season of the year, my mother and I loved walking on the beach collecting seashells.
Years later when I moved inland and my parents stayed near the shore, I began cross stitching beach-themed designs to send to my mother. Looking through past issues of Just CrossStitch, I found a pretty design, By the Shore, which we are offering as a free pattern.
In the current issue of Just CrossStitch, we have other beach-inspired designs that I have put on my summer to-do list. AnnaLee Waite's Sail Into Summer is lovely in its simplicity and makes a beautiful beach bag. Framing is always an option if you prefer.
Laure Fontaine's adorable design, Building Sand Castles, brings back memories of my sister and me playing in the sand.
We also present three breathtaking designs by Marie Barber, who is the subject of our Designer Profile. I learned quite a bit about Marie, who was born in Sweden and began her career as a graphic designer. You can read about what inspires her, her family, her business and more in the August issue of Just CrossStitch.
On these hot days, I sometimes daydream about Christmastime. One of my favorite parts of the season is the annual Annie's Needle Arts Festival: Christmas in Williamsburg. Learn about this fun and informative event in the Needle Arts Festival section of this update.
Do you shy away from designs that recommend high-count fabric with eyeball-challenging small stitches? If you don't know how to adjust the design for different stitch-count fabrics, see the Tutorial, Sizing Things Up.