A note from the editor.
It's the start of fall and I couldn't be happier. Sure, I love summer, with its great weather and longer days, but the beginning of fall Is my favorite time of year. Not only does it cool off just enough to still enjoy the outdoors, but it's also time to start planning for Halloween!
I've said it before, and I'll say It again: Halloween is the perfect holiday for embroidered embellishments. Our brand new embroidery collection features tombstones, ghosts and skulls in a fun, not scary, way. Plus, you can find the adorable fabric we used for the wall hanging project on page 42 In a convenient kit. The wall hanging is an adorable addition to your front door for welcoming trick-or-treaters. Or you could use the same fabrics and designs to embellish readymade towels, a tablecloth or napkin set. The Cotton + Steel fabric has a luxurious hand and is easy to sew, not to mention super cute!
Another great addition to your home decor this Halloween is our Boo-tiful Burlap Pillow on page 32. Nothing says "fall" better than a plush corduroy and a touch of metallic thread! The design is free for a limited time, so be sure to download it today. And if you need tips and tricks for working with metallic thread (who doesn't), turn to page 16. A little advice is sure to help avoid thread tangles, stretching or breakage.
If you're not one to decorate for Halloween, perhaps a little harvest decor is more up your alley. Find the lovely wreath featured on the cover on page 22. The freestanding lace leaves are embroidered with coordinating organza and the wreath is finished with a burlap bow. This project makes a great gift, and it's easily changed to suit any house or door color simply by choosing organza and thread to match.
The technique spotlight in this issue is all about creating a shirt placket entirely In the hoop of your embroidery machine. We've made the daunting task of sewing a button placket so much easier by digitizing it and having the machine do (almost) all the work! Find the how-tos on page 26.
Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy the issue!