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A Note From the Editor

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”—John Steinbeck I happened across this quote as we were planning out this issue, and it seemed to me, the perfect way to summarize (or should I say, summer-ize) this collection of projects.

For those of you who love to celebrate the hot and sunny days of summer, we have the perfect pieces to stitch whether you’re traveling or enjoying a staycation. Choose from sunny florals, patriotic-inspired pieces or nautical delights to happily stitch away steamy summer days.

If summer isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve sweetened the project mix with designs to shift your thoughts to cold, frosty days with the 2020 Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornaments issue preview! A reader favorite, this collection showcases nine lovely ornaments—little gems that will jumpstart your holiday stitching and provide you with a small taste of the wonderful designs waiting for you in the annual Christmas ornament issue. Whether you stitch the designs to decorate your own tree or to give as gifts, we know you’ll find the perfect project.

Our sensational series continue in this issue with Flowers of the Month July & August, Butterflies & Bees Stitch Sampler, Part 4, and Christmas Shadowbox, Deck the Halls, Part 3. Whether you’re stitching along with one or all of these projects, we’d love to see your progress! Get social and share your photos, and be sure to tag the Just CrossStitch Facebook or Instagram page!

We’re excited to see what’s in your summer stitching bag.

Until next issue, friends,

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Tanya Fox, editor


Tanya Fox has served as editor of various Annie’s publications since 2006 and editorial director since 2016.

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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