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A Note From the Editor

We know that you have been eagerly awaiting the release of this year's annual Christmas Ornaments special issue! So, without further ado, the Just CrossStitch team is excited to present the 2023 edition! We hope your hands are ready for the extra stitching ahead once you've added all these new favorites to your project list.

More than 70 designers from all over the world have delivered their cross-stitch gifts to you in this beautiful collector's issue. We've included a personal photo and branding information from the designers, as it is exciting to visualize the creative spirit behind each design. Also, you can utilize the websites and shop information provided to find even more great patterns from the designers you love!

To help you navigate through the amazing assortment of ornaments, the collection has been organized into nine holiday-themed chapters: Bling in the Season; Child at Heart; Deck the Halls; Ho, Ho, Ho; Homespun Holiday; Merry & Bright; Snow Much Fun; Tidings of Joy; and Winter Wonderland. From Santa and snowmen to angels and nativities, we're sure you will find projects that will inspire you to stitch.

In celebration of Just CrossStitch magazine's 40th anniversary, we've included a surprise bonus chapter of retrospect ornaments, Christmas Remembered. Maybe you'll recall these gems from their original appearances, or perhaps you'll be seeing them for the first time here. Whatever the case may be, enjoy these easy-to-stitch ornament favorites!

From the entire Just CrossStitch team, we wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with happy times and festive stitching.

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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.