Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Holy Grail of Patterns

Does anyone else have what I would call the Holy Grail of Patterns? You know the ones I mean. They're the ones that are now out of print or limited editions and end up just plain hard to find. Maybe you passed up a chance to get it when it first came out. Now you decide that you really would like that pattern and it's nowhere to be found. Yeah, I know. That's how I ended up with an entire file cabinet full of patterns. I just couldn't pass them up because maybe someday I might want to stitch them. I think the quest is half the fun of of S.E.X. Several years ago I saw a floral picture on the back of a Jeanette Crews booklet and fell in love with the design. I waited and waited but it never came out. Finally I called the company and was told yes we own the license but no we have no idea when, if ever, it's coming out. So I kind of gave up on that pattern, even though every time I saw it, I coveted it. Then one day while casually flipping through the Stitchery catalog, I saw it. My Holy Grail. But I didn't want it in a kit form. I only wanted it as a chart. I noticed the designer's name was listed. I did a search for Fiona Judd and found her in Australia. She had a website and sold to the public. To make a long story short, the pattern ended up in my hot, little hands. Now I haven't stitched it yet but it's mine and I know that when I decide to, it will be waiting for me. But the strange thing was that as soon as I found it, I realized that I now had another pattern that I had to have. Dale Burdett did a series of Wannabe Bears. I bought all of the series but one. I had a chance to buy it at the other shop I worked at but for some reason, I passed on it. About a year ago I decided I had to have it. But it was out of print and very hard to find. I could find the other 3 no problem but not the one I wanted. So I gave up. Every once in a while, I'd check but had no luck. Then about a week ago, I checked and I found it. In New Zealand of all places. After a few emails back and forth, I have it here once again in my hot, little hands. Now I have both of my charts and I only had to get them from half way around the world. But I enjoyed the search and I will probably keep both sources in mind when looking for something.


GoldenAngelsWorks said...

I wanna do those bears too!!!!

Elaine said...

Congrats on finding your charts. I stitched one of those bears on a RR year ago, they are sooo cute!

stitchinfiend said...

Glad you were able to finally get your patterns.