This time of year the weather is so fickle in many parts of the country. On one day it’s snowing, on another it’s gloomy and raining, and on another it’s 80°. You never know what spring has in store each day. Should you wait to sow the garden for fear of the last frost? Should you bring your umbrella just in case? Should you pack up the sweaters and boots? Take it from me–it’s better to view the spring flux as an exciting anticipation of things to come rather than a frustrating waiting game. After all, there’s no sense in complaining when the sun will come out tomorrow (insert Annie music here).
This issue has something for everyone in any climate. There’s an Easter hat and basket suitable for a church gathering or day at the park. There’s an organza shawl that’s perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch. And there’s a lesson on umbrella embroidery for when you’re feeling adventurous! For those of you who celebrate Jewish holidays, there’s a Passover project that’s easy enough to make with the kids. And of course there are St. Patrick’s Day coasters to protect your table from all the green beer you’ll be serving that day!
April 22 is Earth Day, and although “going green” is on everyone’s minds all year long, we’re celebrating the day with “Budget Friendly” on page 24. The grocery tote not only helps save the environment from plastic bags, it also helps raise money for a good cause.
Speaking of saving the environment: Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those embroidery stitchouts or leftover scraps of stabilizer? We tell you how to conserve your supplies and stretch your dollar in “Basic Training” on page 12.
Whatever spring has in store for you, I know you’ll find the motivation to rev up your embroidery machine and make something fabulous from the pages of this issue. Send photos of your projects to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about the experience. Your story could appear in a future issue!
Until next time,
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