Catgirl & Catboy by Jardin Privé 

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?

25 June 2012: Fabric recommendations?



  1. 26 June 2012 @ 01:59 · Reply

    I would stick with the black and white or even a slightly off white. I personally like the thicker fabrics with open designs. I am a bit anal about threads showing through. I know there is supposed to be a ‘proper’ way to do cross stitch and back stitch, but to me, threads peeking out all over around the edge of the design looks far sloppier than using a magnifying glass to see if the nap of the thread all runs the same way.

    • 26 June 2012 @ 16:11 · Reply

      I’ve devolved into one of those “sloppy” stitchers who tend to use backstitch instead of proper blackwork these days for these kids of designs, so yes a thick fabric is a must :)

  2. 26 June 2012 @ 08:34 · Reply

    What about a really fun variegated like Gloriana Miami Deco or Ada’s Rainbow or War Paint or Bradley’s Balloons by Threadworx or Mardi Gras or Tropical Rainstrom by Carries? These guys actually scream fun colors at me to go with their shapes.. either way, I think I’d go with a Jobelan or Lugana

    • 26 June 2012 @ 16:09 · Reply

      Hmmm you may be onto something here Paula! The two housemates here both love bright shades of blue, I can see stitching this design in either 995 or 996 the electric blues! and it would hang perfectly in the loungeroom, then when I move house again, it will be a lovely reminder of this time :)

      Good thinking 99!

      • 27 June 2012 @ 13:39 · Reply
         Connie W:

        Ooh! I vote for the bright blues! I’ve not stitched on Lugana, but I love Jobelan.

  3. 26 June 2012 @ 17:32 · Reply
     Denise Aboushoushah:

    I like the black for the cats as we had a black cat called Pandora but maybe on a hand dyed fabric

  4. 26 June 2012 @ 18:57 · Reply

    I like the black and white. Especially for the one on the right. Though, I can see the one on the left being some crazy super bright colour. Either way I would go with a nicely thick fabric.

  5. 28 June 2012 @ 06:59 · Reply

    I really like this pattern. I think either black or the blues would be really nice. Sorry, I don’t have an opinion on the fabric, other than to say that I do really like Lugana.


  6. 3 July 2012 @ 17:48 · Reply

    I’ve started stitching these. Ended up using DMC 995 (electric blue) on 25ct White Lugana as 25ct is all the LNS here has in Lugana or Jobelan.

    I’m tempted to stitched these a second time later in a smaller count or in a one-over-one, in black, perhaps on an old gold hand dyed fabric …

    Here’s the album for the blue on white version for the lounge room:

  7. 1 February 2015 @ 03:03 · Reply

    Is this design available to use or do you need to purchase it?

  8. 11 December 2016 @ 08:00 · Reply

    Adorable design. Why not post a photo of your finished blue cats. Love this fun drsign and those cute expressions. Never seen this in the US.


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