Editor's Letter

Ellen March
Editor's Letter

Happy Harvest!

You may be done gathering the last of your garden’s bounty, but I’m always trying to prolong the inevitable end of the growing season, especially when tomatoes are concerned. This year I’ve had a few tomato plants sprout late into the summer, and new small green tomatoes are emerging right before (what I can only expect will be) a great freeze in October. I’ll wait until the last moment and pick everything, leaving only traces of carrots and beets underground in the hopes that they’ll survive another week or so.

   No matter how much I’ll miss my garden when the air turns cool and crisp, I welcome fall and all its glory. It’s truly my favorite season, as it signals the start of many holidays to come at the end of the year. First up is Labor Day, which gives us a glorious three-day weekend to spend soaking up the last of the sun. Then Rosh Hashanna, or the Jewish New Year, comes at the end of the month. Soon after is Columbus Day, which (if you’re lucky) provides another three-day weekend. And I couldn’t leave out Halloween!

   Halloween is on the top of our list of fun holidays that lend themselves to endless embroidery ideas. And with so many adorable Halloween-themed designs to choose from, it’ll be difficult for you to make just one project. That’s why we’re bringing you several in this issue. Try your hand at the pumpkin silverware pockets on page 32. After using them for a festive dinner party, guests can take the pockets home and fill them with goodies. Or make the treat bags on page 34 for the kiddos in your life to take trick-or-treating. Both projects are budget-friendly and take almost no time to complete. If you have an entire Halloween design collection to play with, the “Eat, Drink & Be Scary” or “Stitched Greetings” projects might be just what you’re looking for to celebrate the season. There’s so much more in this issue that will help you welcome fall while expanding your embroidery skill set. Please enjoy!

Until next time,

 

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