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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 ….

 

Handbasket by JAR Designs

Copyright JAR Designs, 2007.

JAR Designs

Handbasket by JAR Designs

Chart: This JAR Designs is a small chart so it fits comfortably with clear easy to see symbols on one A4/Letter page. The chart comes with the thread and charms included.  You just need to add the fabric and needle :)

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitch.

Materials: JAR Designs hand-dyed cotton and metallic charms. Stitched on JAR Designs 28ct “Desert Storm” Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: The term “Going to Hell in a handbasket” dates back to at least 1941, but its origins, albeit scarce in documentation, date back even further to 1913 with the term “to heaven in a handbasket” or “to heaven in a wheelbarrow”. Even more abstract references date back to 1714 with a text reading, “Govr said he would give his head in a Handbasket as soon as he would pass it.” This seems to suggest that the term in one form or another has been around for quite some time.

Why I was attracted to this design: For years I have used the phrase “Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?” especially in meetings at work regarding restructuring.  I seem to be employed just as each organisation was about to go through a restructure :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is another case where I wanted to get *the* fabric called for in the chart. Unfortunately JAR Designs seemed to have stopped making this fabric a year or so after the chart came out.  I’ve been looking for the fabric for at least three years without success.

Until now!  I’ve discovered that Needleworkers Delight, the company that bought out Silkweavers, also carry the full range of JAR Designs fabrics range.  So I enquired after “Desert Storm”.  They emailed me today to say that they can get “Desert Storm” specially dyed for me, what size, fabric and count did I need?

So if you want “Desert Storm” from JAR Designs or any of their other fabrics that you’ve found hard to get, I strongly recommend you contact Needleworkers Delight.

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.  I will be stitching this up as soon as the fabric  arrives!  It is a quick stitch and the chart does come with enough floss for this chart to be stitched more than once.  You will need to source your own charms though – sorry.

Discussion questions: Have you ever stitched on JAR Designs fabrics.  Will this be worth the wait?

Status:

7 Jan 2012: Awaiting fabric

20 Feb 2012: Fabric arrived. I can start stitching as soon as my mojo kicks in!