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I Think by JAR Designs

Copyright Pamela Gardner, JAR Designs, 2005.

I Think by JAR Designs

Chart: This small JAR Designs chart is printed over two A4/Letter sheets with a three-row overlap on each page to assist with placement. As there is only one colour used for cross stitch, there are no concerns with needing to differentiate between the symbols. The chart is printed large with each of the symbols and backstitch lines easy to see. The backstitch lines and Smyrna Stitches are printed nice and dark. Permission is given for a working copy to be made if you feel the need.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and Smyrna stitch.

Materials: JAR Designs hand-dyed cotton. Stitched on Brussels 26ct “White” linen. The chart and floss were bought as a kit.

Designer’s Notes: None. I think Therefore I’m single.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the sentiment! They say love is blind and just recently a study was released that proves you don’t make as rational decisions when you are in love. Well I have personal history of that!  This one just sums up my attitude to all those relatives who think I am incomplete without a partner.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Actually I have. I stitched this for a friend for Christmas a little while ago. This is the second kit I bought to stitch up for myself. Having stitched it once I guess I wasn’t that much in a hurry to stitch it immediately a second time. I do like it though so I should stitch it soon!

Where can you buy it? With JAR Designs now seemingly out of business, this chart is pretty much out of print.  It can bought at the rare ONS or LNS or check eBay.  Alternatively, let me know in the comments and I will pass on my copy to one of you as soon as I finish stitching it.  The good news is that Needleworkers Delight sells a full range of JAR Designs fabrics and floss!

Discussion questions: Does the Capital T on Therefore annoy you on this design?  Are you bugged if the punctuation and grammar is incorrect on a design?  Fabric – should I stitch this on white or try a different colour this time?

Project Status:
18 June 2012: Fabric queries yet again ….


Dutch Antique Map by Thea Gouverneur

Copyright Thea Gouverneur, copyright date unknown.

Landkaart Nederland by Thea Gouverneur

Chart: This Thea Gouverneur kit is a huge undertaking with over thirty double-foolscap/A3 sized pages of hand-drawn chart. There are no overlap rows between the pages but there is a single page black & white photo of the cover picture with the page chart sections overlayed to show placement. The instructions are written in Dutch, so thank goodness for online translators :)

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch only and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons. Stitched on 28ct “Cream” linen. This Thea Gouverneur kit comprises three cards of sorted and labelled threads, three hanks of further unsorted threads, and one large hank of dark green thread as well as a huge 2 foot x 3 foot piece of cream linen  The design size is 46″ x 52″ (or 115 x 130cm) This project is a monster!

Designer’s Notes: (translated via Google Translate) Map Blaeu. Maps of the past are much nicer than those nowadays. They are more than a business survey of villages, towns and rivers. Usually they are beautifully illustrated with images or weapons or anything the region has faced. The Family Blaeu from Amsterdam is considered the most famous map makers reflecting the 17th century. Three generations Blaeu worked on a legacy we can be proud. Fortunately, some of these gems preserved in The Rotterdam Maritime Museum has engravings of Blaeu cartography always on display.

Why I was attracted to this design: What is any stash without a Thea Gouverneur kit  or two in it :) This kit feeds directly into my love of old maps. I have love ancient maps since I was a small girl. I guess because the past is as “unvisitable” as any fantasy land.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I bought this kit, at my Australian LNS for many dollars back in 1993 when I started stitching. I put it on lay-by (lay-away and paid it off for months) with the paycheck from my first job. I had just learned how to cross stitch and this was my first expensive purchase. This kit, translated into Australian dollars, bought retail, cost me hundreds! I wanted to do it right. I wanted to do it justice. I thought that maybe I should finish a few more smaller projects projects first.

Where can you buy it? This kit is still in print and can be ordered by your LNS or ONS for  €172.65 (Euro).

Discussion questions: Have you spent hundreds of dollars on a kit, and if so, have you stitched it yet?

Project Status:
27 May 2012 – Been ready to start for a long long time.