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A Note From the Editor

Summer greetings, stitching friends!

The season of sun-filled days is upon us! I hope that you are finding time to relax and enjoy all that summertime has to offer. Some of my favorite memories reflect on family vacations spent exploring the lovely coastal towns along Lake Michigan. Those were glorious times with some years having up to four generations present.

In this issue of Just CrossStitch, our designers have taken a moment to reminisce on summers past and to share designs inspired by some of their most-favored memories. From beach or lake themes to patterns featuring mouthwatering picnic food and colorful icy treats, I’m certain you’ll find something to add to your must-stitch list!

We’ve also included a section of patriotic designs for your stitching pleasure. Bursting with shades of red, white and blue, these projects are perfect to stitch and then display every July or perhaps even year-round. Check out Tracy Richards’ Grand Old Flag design on page 38. It is a fine example of how one pattern can look quite different based on the fabric and color palette selected.

To top off all the wonderful summertime finds in this August issue, we are pleased to present a Christmas Ornament Preview! Get a jump-start on your holiday stitching with eight amazing patterns! And just in time for your preholiday stitching, our Celebrating Needlework feature on page 52 finds expert Sunny Gifford offering step-by-step instructions for an ornament-finishing technique that will make your stitching shine.

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.

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