Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Alphabet Club Catch up post : Letter J

Hello Friends,
I'm back with another TAC catch up post. This time its letter J..

J is for Jungle .The word Jungle in English has been derived via Hindi (जंगल) from Sanskrit jāṅgala rough and arid. The word जंगल in Hindi has the same pronunciation and meaning as the English word. Isn't that interesting?

J is for Juggernaut.juggernaut (UK Listeni/ˈʌɡərnɔːt/US /-nɒt-nɔːt/jug-ər-not[1]), in current English usage, is a literal or metaphorical force regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable. This usage originated in the mid-nineteenth century[2] as an allegorical reference to the Hindu temple cars of Jagannath Temple in Puri, which apocryphally were reputed to crush devotees under their wheels.

J is for Jalebi (जलेबी) is a sweet popular especially in India. It is made by deep-frying maida flour (Plain flour or All-purpose flourbatter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are particularly popular in the Indian subcontinent during Diwali.

Until two years back, I thought that Jalebi is an Indian sweet. One day I spotted almost similar looking sweet in Kuwait and did a google search, only to find out that it is actually from the Middle East though different variations of the sweet were found across different Asian regions. Originally called zalabiya (Arabic)or the zalibiya (Persian), the dish was brought to India by Persian invaders.

I sometimes wonder how many of my blogger friends are foodies like me. Do you like trying new cuisines. Do you look for new food options when you go out for eating?

Inspired by fellow TACers Jo and Brigitte , I'm going to talk about some cross stitch designers with name starting with alphabet J.

Being a relatively new cross stitcher with a liking for a limited themes , I don't have many patterns on my wishlist. However , this pattern by Jan Houtman caught my eye the very first time I saw a WIP of this on facebook.

Patchwork Sampler by Jan Houtman
Another one I like by this designer is 
Buds of Life by Jan Houtman.
Now, I'm not a fan of Quakers so I guess its the colors which attract me to these patterns.

I was surprised to find how many patterns from "J" designers I have stitched in last 2.5 years.
Designer: Jane Prutton
Designer: Joan Elliott
Designer :Jamie Chalmers (Mr.XStitch)
Designer: Joanne Sanderson
That's all for letter J, hopefully I will be back soon for next letter.


  1. Great post! I love finding out where words in the English language come from. We seem to have picked up some from all the other languages.

    I love to try new foods. What's the point of travelling if you don't? I haven't like everything I've tried, but the good tastes sure outweigh the bad.

    1. Isn't it interesting to know the origin of different words we use in our daily life.
      Great to know that you enjoy travelling and experimenting with food like me.We now have more common interests in addition to cross stitch.Food is one of the most important items on my check list where ever I travel.

  2. I'm hopeless at remembering designers for my projects - especially if it comes out of a magazine. It's really interesting reading about the word and cultural origins.

    1. With the number of projects we cross stitchers finish in a year ,it is easy to forget the designer name.I agree specially if the pattern is out of a magazine. We may remember the name of magazine but we don't give much attention to designer.
      That's why I write the name of the designer in my journal every time I stitch a design and my OCD drives me crazy when the designer isn't specified for the free cover kits , which happens often.

  3. I love trying new foods and watching cooking shows so I really enjoy when you share pictures of what you are eating :) And I love the addition of the cross stitches you have made to the Alphabet Club!

  4. Those Quakers look like a challenge! Go on, I dare you ;-) Beautiful stitching especially the birthday card at the end. I've never heard of the designer but will look out for her designs.

    1. Ha ha it will be years before I gather the strength the courage to stitch them.
      I love the card too, Joanne's pattern didn't loose any detail even though its a small design.
      I searched for her designs on internet, looks like she isn't designing anymore.
      Her blog has not been updated since long and the website doesn't work :(
      You can find books written by her on amazon/ebay though.

  5. Very interesting to read about your J words. And i particularly love to see sweet treats from other countries. There seem to be people with a sweet tooth everywhere, lol.
    Great designers with J.

    1. I am a big sweet tooth which I get from my father. My friends used to call me "Ant" as it is believed in India that ants are attracted to sugar.Though I like spicy food also, however whenever I want to write a food with an alphabet I end up choosing something sweet

  6. Lovely J post and very interesting

  7. Great post and interesting info. Also great stitching! I'm not a Quaker fan either, but those are pretty.

  8. That was an interesting post! You did quite a lot of J designer stitching. Love the last one :)

  9. I as well like a lot the last card with soft red colors and abeautiful flower...Thank You for visiting my blog :)

  10. I as well like a lot the last card with soft red colors and abeautiful flower...Thank You for visiting my blog :)

  11. What an interesting "J" post--it is fun to read about foods from different countries :)

  12. Great catch-up post. I am fascinated by the origin of words, the English borrowed many Indian words in our colonial days.
    I am definitely not a foodie, I like the English version of Chinese food but other than that I could quite happily eat the same foods every day.
    I do love that Jan Houtman Quakers, the colours are stunning.

  13. This is such an interesting J post, thank you. I, like Jo, love the origin of English words as we have "borrowed" so very many of them from other culturals. However, unlike dear Jo, I am a foodie and love trying new foods although sometimes they don't like me - lol! It's funny, this is the second time this week that I have seen Jalebi - they were important in the film, Lion, which saw this week and reviewed on my blog.

  14. P.S. Love the Quakers as well - stunning colours and your J stitching is great, too.

  15. I too find it interesting to read definitions of words. A lot of the time I think I know a definition but when I investigate the meaning can be quite different.
    I love to read about foods from other cultures and try to be adventurous with other types of food.
    Lovely to see your J stitching (especially the beautiful birthday card) and I confess until finding Jo's blog there used to be very few designers I would know by name, mainly from seeing them in x stitch !
    Great post, look forward to seeing more!
    Barbara x


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