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A Note From the Editor

Hello stitching friends!

This issue of Just CrossStitch brings all the best of summer gardening to your stitching baskets with projects and motifs that represent blooms, berries, bugs and more, inspired by flower boxes and vegetable patches.

Rhona Norrie’s Bloom Where You Are Planted design is a colorful floral reminder to make the most of every day, right where you are. Despite occasional thistles and thorns, each day presents nuggets of joy and growth that are ours for the picking, if we choose to see them.

Berry Pincushion from the Praiseworthy Stitches team is an editor favorite from the issue. Dainty blossoms and tiny butterflies adorn this design that’s sure to be a useful as well as beautiful summer stitching project.

Gunay Uyan’s Visitors to My Garden design highlights some essential garden guests including a bee, a ladybug and the praying mantis, which are intriguing to observe and study in order to learn about the benefits that they bring to my garden. Now, spiders on the other hand … well, let’s just say I’m still learning to appreciate them!

This issue is rounded out with projects that celebrate home and family, and an interesting article in the Sampler Sleuth “Stitching Around the World” series that shares facts about Scottish samplers. We’re sure you’ll agree there’s plenty to keep you stitching happily through the weeks ahead.

Until next time,

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Tanya Fox, editor

Tanya Fox has served as editor of various Annie's publications since 2006.

She said, "I have enjoyed stitching and creating art of all kinds since very early in life. My earliest creative memory is of sewing doll clothes with my mom and grandmother. I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my great grandmother in my early teens starting with simple stamped designs and progressing to projects on stitched on Aida and linen. I truly love that whether I'm working with fabric and floss, yarn or paper, there's always something new to learn. Part of what makes stitching so enjoyable is sharing what I know and learning from others."

Tanya is a native of Indiana, and she and her husband, Jim, have six children.

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