Just Cross Stitch Magazine - the First 15 Years - This collection of the early years of this very well
known and loved needlework magazine is a very rare opportunity to own a piece of the history of cross stitch in the United States. As most needlewomen know, in the late 1970's Ginny Thompson began to bring the
popularity of cross stitch back to the US. In mid 1983, Symbol of Excellence Publishers published the first
issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine, a magazine we still know and love today. The editors of that first issue
were Phyllis Hoffman, Juanita Martinez, Barbara Cockerham and Janice Ritter. The cover photo on that first issue featured "Passenger Pigeons" by Ginny Thompson which you see pictured above.
This is an almost complete set of the first 15 years of this wonderful magazine. It begins with Volume1,
Number 1 May/June 1983 and it runs all the way through December 1997 with the exception of 3 issues. The collection is missing May/June 1993, September/October 1993 and January/February 1997. There are also 3
issues from 1998 and 1999 for a total of 88 issues of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. Copies of issues from the first three or four years are literally impossible to find. So this is a rare opportunity.
There are literally hundreds of charts designed by a "who's who" of designers within the world of cross stitch.
The other two issues pictured above feature cover designs by the Scarlet Letter and Sharon Cohen. But that
is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the others include designs by Merrily Beams, Darlene O'Steen, Alma
Lynne, Teresa Wentzler, Dawn Bradford, Mary Beale, and Shepard's Bush just to name a few. The shipping
weight of the magazines is 50 lbs. The shipping cost should be in the range of $55 to $70 depending on the distance from my middle Illinois location.