As the days get shorter and autumn is in the air, I’m sure everyone is already starting on their holiday stitching. With all the fun festivities and sometimes hectic preparations for Christmas it’s a comfort to remember the peace and beauty of that first Christmas night. The tender image of the loving Madonna with baby Jesus in her arms carries with it the true meaning of Christmas. I loved working on this simple yet elegant image. She is stitched on 28 count mottled blue Cashel Linen from Zweigart. A scattering of beads and gold threads add a touch of starlight to her robes. This design is previewed now in the current issue of Cross Stitch Collection and will be out in Issue 203 .