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Catgirl & Catboy by Jardin Privé

Copyright 2011 Maggi Co’S Village (Raquel Blasco). Adapted for cross stitch by Jardin Privé (Nathalie Cichon).

Catgirl & Catboy by Jardin Privé

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?

Status:
25 June 2012: Fabric recommendations?

 

 
01February2012

In Love by Jardin Privé

In Love by Jardin Privé

Copyright 2011 Maggi Co’S Village (Raquel Blasco). Adapted for cross stitch by Jardin privé (Nathalie Cichon).

Jardin Prive Raquel Blasco Maggi Co's Village

In Love by Jardin Prive

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 probably stitch the design without resorting to a working copy.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitching. This is one of those charts which uses whole crosses only and then uses the back stitch over the top of empty stitches or through the middle of whole crosses to smooth out the edges. This makes my skin crawl. I will be adding fractional stitches to smooth to the edge of the backstitching.

Materials: Stitched in DMC on 14 count White Aida. Jardin Privé recommends stitching on natural or mocha. As mentioned above I will be adding fractional stitches, so I will not be stitching this on Aida.  What do you think? Antique White or Wichelt Variegated Natural?

Designer’s Notes: Raquel Blasco is a Spanish artist of Valencia, she likes houses and I like her drawings. Of our meeting was born a collaboration, I adapt her drawings to the cross stitch and so we shall have quite a few her villages in our houses…

Why I was attracted to this design: Cats :)  Actually this is gorgeous artwork that is a bit of a departure for me. Can’t really analyse why this style of art appeals but it does, even without the cats :) There are others in the Maggi Co’s Village series I’ve added to my Lust List now :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? I’ve cheated today. Mum went to work without pulling a chart and this one arrived in this afternoon’s mail. It’s from the Violarium closing down sale last month. So it’s been languishing in my stash for about two hours now.

Where can you buy it? This chart is definitely in print. Many UK and US LNS and ONS are starting to stock the Spanish designer Jardin Privé, but you can buy the chart directly from her website. The immediate pdf download is 6 Euro or $7.87US or to have the paper chart posted to you, will be 9 Euro or $11.81US.

Discussion questions: This chart is the paper version bought from Violarium, but I now know I can buy the rest as pdf downloads.  I love pdf downloads. Immediate gratification. The ability to enlarge or reduce the size on the screen or the print out as you like. Print out whatever section you like, print the page breaks wherever you like. I love them.

What about you – do you like pdfs or are you a paper chart person all the way?

Status:

1 Feb 2012: Confused on fabric selection

2 Apr 2012: Decided I will do this on the Wichelt Variegated Natural. So this goes in the Partially kitted pile.