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A Note From the Editor

Hello, stitching friends!

I hope this issue of Just CrossStitch finds you in good health and high spirits as we approach the holiday season. As the year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the joys of the season and the warmth it brings to our hearts.

Recently, my family enjoyed an evening of reminiscing as we watched old home movies that had been captured over the years. We watched footage from our parents' wedding in 1955 through Dad's last Thanksgiving in 2000, where he gave the blessing and reminded us of life's most important things. Many Christmases were celebrated on those reels. One of my favorites was the year I received a Big Wheel ride-on toy and spent the whole day peddling though the house. I treasure those times and am grateful in recollection.

I hope that you, too, have special memories from time spent with family and friends. Many of the designs in this issue were inspired by such activities and occasions. We've packed these pages with festive projects, perfect for your holiday decorating and gift-giving needs. From a Thanksgiving sampler to a Christmas rolling pin cover, you'll find so many wonderful things to stitch. If you're looking for something other than holiday projects, check out the Welcome Winter chapter for some frosty and fun cold-weather-themed designs.

As we approach the conclusion of another year, may cross stitching continue to bring you tranquility, creativity and a deep sense of fulfillment. The Just CrossStitch team would like to wish you peace, joy, good health and happiness during the holidays and beyond. We thank you for your part in helping make these 40 years of publication successful, and we look forward to serving the stitching community for many more to come!

Until next time,

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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.