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A Note From the Editor

Hello stitching friends!

Autumn is coming to a close with a final burst of color in anticipation of the winter chill ahead. We, too, begin our preparation for the changing seasons. It is hard to believe, but another year will soon be behind us. This issue of Just CrossStitch might be just what you need to slow down the pace, enjoy some creative time, and reflect on the approaching holidays and all the joy that they bring.

We say farewell to autumn with a heartfelt design from Rhona Norrie. The Beauty of Change features blackworkstyle stitching in vibrant seasonal colors. The sentiment reminds us that change can reveal unexpected splendor.

We transition into Thanksgiving with projects that bring reminiscing thoughts of times spent with family and friends gathered íround the table. This is one of my favorite times of the year, and I humbly offer you my own design entitled Thankful. This one word says it all. I am deeply thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life. I hope that this piece, as well as other designs in this issue, brings to mind memories of the special times and people in your life.

Drumroll please... the time has come to reveal and congratulate the winners of the 2022 Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament Design Contest. You can find the six prize-winning ornaments beginning on page 28. We were very impressed with the designs, and we hope that they inspire you to stitch, create and enjoy the season!

Of course, a December issue isnít complete until itís abundantly filled with festive Christmas projects. Your home will be all decked out for the season with projects to stitch and display. Keeping in mind that cross-stitch enthusiasts love to share their work through thoughtful, handmade gifts, weíve included several quick-stitch projects that anyone would enjoy receiving.

Finally, as we close out 2022, we also wrap up this yearís stitchalong and series. We hope youíve enjoyed these amazing projects and we canít wait for you to see what we have in store for next year. Just CrossStitch will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023!

In gratitude,

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Barbie Laux, editor


Barbie Laux has served as editor of Just CrossStitch magazines since 2022.

She said, "I enjoy taking part in various creative outlets. Even as a child I gravitated towards artistic activities. Whether it's designing and stitching, home improvement projects or just about any DIY or crafting project in between, I'm up for the challenge. There's nothing more satisfying than learning something new and sharing the experience or knowledge with someone else. I think that is why my work with the Just CrossStitch team is so rewarding. I love to connect the readers with amazing designs that bring them joy and inspire them to create."

Barbie is a proud Indiana native, and she and her husband, Giles, have two daughters.








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