Catgirl & Catboy by Jardin Privé
Copyright 2011 Maggi Co’S Village (Raquel Blasco). Adapted for cross stitch by Jardin Privé (Nathalie Cichon).
Chart: This Jardin Privé chart is print on an A4/Letter sheet of paper. The symbols are clear, easy to read and easy to use. I could easily stitch the design without resorting to a working copy.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitching.
Materials: Stitched in DMC on 28ct or 32ct White linen. There are no quarter stitches so this design could be stitches on Aida or canvas.
Designer’s Notes: Idea – Sew a mini-button or charm hanging from the collar of the Catgirl.
Why I was attracted to this design: I love the retro artistic design to the cat’s bodies. And the expressions on each cat’s face. Raquel Blasco is a very talented and individual artist and I think Jardin Privé has really captured the essence of these pieces.
So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a quite recent acquisition into the stash. After my last Maggie Co’s Village design post, I discovered that Raquel Blasco and Jardin Privé had parted ways rather suddenly. Raquel terminated the partnership and has started designing her own cross stitch charts based on her work. This is wonderful news and I wish more designers would consider our art form, however it does leave these collaborative designs in limbo as Jardin Privé no longer has the licence to sell them.
Where can you buy it? This chart is now out of print and I don’t see how it will ever be in print again. I strongly recommend you contact a LNS in your local area. Jardin Privé was becoming quite popular in US stores at the time that this partnership was dissolved so there may be some stock of this and other Maggie Co’s Village / Jardin Privé collaborative designs. Otherwise try eBay. I know there are still few I’m still looking for.
Discussion questions: This design is black (DMC 310) on white linen. While I like the simplicity of black on white I’m wondering if that is the way to go with this design, or if I should change to an off-white or hand-dyed fabric? Otherwise, if we stick to the classic black & white, should I go for a Jobelan or a Lugana; a thicker fabric?
25 June 2012: Fabric recommendations?