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  • How soon will I get my order?
    We usually send your order the same day you purchase (Monday - Saturday). Providing the US postal service is running smoothly (non-holiday), it usually takes two to six days to get your order in the continental US, depending on how far away you live from Vermont. Please note: The USPS is sporadically running slower due to an increased volume of online shopping and worker shortages. Please understand we cannot hurry the postal system. We have no affiliation with it. Once your order leaves us, we have no control over its speed coming to you or what happens to it. We will provide you with a TRACKING number that we will send to the email address you give us when you place your order. We will even send you another email when your order reaches your mailbox.
  • What is the shipping rate?
    Our patterns are available in select shops throughout the world. However, we realize not everyone lives near these shops. We do our best to keep our shipping costs low and fair. Order price and weight factor into your shipping costs; the more you order, the more advantageous the ratio becomes for your shipping charge. It is a tiered flat-rate system. By doing our shipping this way, those who live further away from us (Vermont) do not get penalized with a higher shipping cost because of distance. We always send you a TRACKING NUMBER and an email when your order arrives.
  • What will I get when I order a pattern(s)?
    You will receive the following in a resealable crystal clear plastic bag: • a clear color cover photo • a full-size design sheet, clearly labeled • "Helpful Hints" to get you started • easy to follow, user-friendly instructions • a materials list • full-size template pieces sheets (in reverse for your fusible web or freezer paper), also clearly labeled
  • What are your wool kits like?
    All our wool kits include thoroughly washed, felted, and steamed best-quality wool. Some kits include our hand-dyed wool. Each wool piece is cut to the measurement specified in the Materials List. Once you get your wool kit, you can start tracing and stitching. We label each wool piece to leave out the guesswork. Patterns sold separately but often sold as a duo option for a bit of savings.
  • Do you sell your kits to other shops?
    Our kits are exclusive only to us. We take great pride in the quality of our kits. If you purchase a kit of one of our designs at another beloved shop, it is their kit and JTD has no affirmation to its caliber.
  • What is the quality of your hand-dyed and mill-dyed wool?
    The wool cuts we sell and use in our kits at Jerome Thomas Designs are of the BEST quality. Jerome loves hunting for and testing wool. All the wool we offer is already felted/fulled for you through our own process. Your wool will be ready to use when you receive it. Our hand-dyed felted/fullled wool is excellent for your rug hooking, wool appliqué, penny mats, and other fiber arts projects. Each piece of hand-dyed JTD wool is dyed in ¼ and ½ yard cuts. This allows batches to be as uniform as possible. That said, mottling, marbling, and depth of color will vary from batch to batch, but the tones will remain very close. Also, remember that different monitors/screens may show colors in images that are slightly different. Jerome Thomas Designs is fortunate to have partnered with an exceptional artist. Cyndy has been dying wool for over thirty years. In that time, she has given numerous classes and presented in countrywide shows. Cyndy is an accomplished rug hooker who has been featured in several national publications.
  • How do I select wool and how should I process it?
    Our wool sources are from New England, New York, and the Midwest. I am so lucky to live near Dorr Mill Woolen Store. When selecting wool, you want to look for 100% woven wool that feels light to the touch, NOT dense or too coarse. It would be best if you tried to stay away from a loose weave, plaids, or significant patterns. They tend to unravel and fray easily when stitching. The success in the wool for appliqué is how you felt it (full/wash it) at home. Toss your wool into your washing machine set to HOT water on the LONGEST cleaning/agitation setting. You want longevity of agitation, which will felt your wool to fluffiness. Then, throw your wool into your dryer with some dryer balls to continue the agitation of the felting process (an old pair of jeans also works). We have already felted your wool if you purchase a kit from Jerome Thomas Designs.
  • Is there a true brilliant white?
    No. Wool is a natural material; even the fleece of "white" sheep is not white. Our "Elusive Bright White" comes close to what you may seek. Wool is acidic in nature. Never bleach your wool––it will lead to disastrous results. White wool is very translucent. If you are using white wool as a backing, Jerome highly recommends using an interfacing on the back. Doing so allows another layer of white to brighten the wool to its full potential. Click the buttons below to learn about these two products we offer.
  • Which side of the wool is the "good" side?
    Both sides look the same on most wools. As a rule of thumb, Jerome always looks for the fluffiest side, where the wool weft doesn't show as much.
  • How do you make a sleeve for a rod hanger?
    We often receive inquiries about how to create a sleeve for a rod hanger. There are various methods to do this, but we would like to share how we make a sleeve for our designs and the hangers we use. Please click the button below to view our process. Ensure that you scale the size to fit the dimensions of your project.
  • Where does the inspiration for Jerome's designs come from?
    Jerome grew up in Vermont's country mountains and farmlands, surrounded by nature and its beautiful vistas. He taught primary school for 32 years in his home town where Jerome still resides. His lifelong immersion of the natural world has stitched its way into Jerome's design aesthetic. Being a veteran teacher, his creations also possess a storybook quality, bringing you into the simple tales his designs tell. He loves creating and sharing with others, whether through his watercolor paintings, stained glass creations, ornamental gardens, sketches, or wool appliqué designs.
  • Do you have notions?
    We have an extensive NOTIONS department. We never sell anything we have not tested or used at Jerome Thomas Designs. Let us know if there is something you would like but do not see.
  • Where has Jerome Thomas Designs been published?
    Jerome's designs have been featured in and graced the covers of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine, and Wool Works magazine.
  • Blanket Stitch vs. Whip Stitch?
    It ultimately boils down to personal preference. Both stitches, the Blanket Stitch and the Whip Stitch are acceptable. However, Jerome favors the Blanket Stitch over the Whip Stitch when attaching his pieces to a project. Although the Whip Stitch is quicker, the Blanket Stitch securely wraps around the perimeter of each piece, reducing fraying. As a result, every piece looks well-framed and neat. Depending on the wool, the Whip Stitch may slice through the edges and cause the wool to split and fray. As wool is expensive, Jerome advises that if you invest your time and money in creating something, it's better to use the Blanket Stitch rather than the Whip Stitch, as it ensures that your time and money are well-spent.
  • What resource does JTD recommend to learn stitches?
    Practice makes improvement. JTD has a simple stitcher's guide in the NOTIONS department that shows several basic stitches (see below). YouTube and the internet also have many videos on learning stitches. Here is one Jerome used when he was learning. Click HERE for Mary Corbet's free video clip tutorials.
  • Are patterns available in PDF format?
    We do not sell in PDF format for three reasons: First, we love the shops and shop owners we sell to. We want to honor our partnership with them, so we will not sell our patterns for less than what they offer in their stores. Second, our patterns are on large sheets of paper that most standard home printers cannot print. We use large sheets of paper, so there is less gluing and piecing of sheets on your end, thus making the process as user-friendly as possible. Third, sadly, folks have circulated our PDF patterns to friends via email. This unfortunate practice undercuts the quilt shops we love and our online store.
  • Do you ship outside the United States?
    We do ship internationally. Our website does not automatically configure international shipping charges, so you must fill out a quick and simple FORM telling us SPECIFICALLY what you want. We will weigh your order and get back to you on the shipping rate and send you an email invoice to pay. We never add an extra shipping or handling costs. Click HERE for the International Order Form or click the "International Orders" button found at the TOP of every page.
  • Do you accept returns?
    Jerome Thomas Designs prides ourselves on the quality of our products. If you are not satisfied with an item, please reach out and let us know. We accept returns. Once we receive the returned product, we will inspect the item. If the returned product passes inspection, we will fully refund the item.
  • What floss/thread should I use?    What needle is best?
    Which thread/floss should one use? Use whatever thread or floss that suits your aesthetic. Jerome stitches his pieces down with TWO floss strands in SIX strands (DMC). He likes the look, unlimited colors/hues, easy availability, and the cost. His embellishment stitches are floss or a size 8 or 12 (Valdani) thread. Jerome likes wool thread, but its price, lack of availability, and limited color ranges make it a challenge. Jerome has two Valdani signature collections. These collections (solids and variegated) contain the color palette of threads for the wools he often uses in his designs. See the pictures below. What needle is best? Well, like thread/floss, that is up to the stitcher. Jerome uses Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage line. They are sharp, have an elongated eye, and work best for his hand. He recommends sizes 7 - 11. Jerome generally uses size 8. We also sell Jeana's Needle Sampler, so you can try which works best for you. We sell them all HERE in our NOTIONS shop. These are my preferences. You may find yours are different. That is okay. That is the wonderfulness of the art form. Experiment. Have fun!
  • Why do you sometimes layer your wool pieces?
    There are TWO reasons for this. 1. One of Jerome's pet peeves when placing a piece of wool partially over another piece is seeing the edge outline of the bottom piece showing through the top piece. Why not add extra wool to the under piece to eliminate the edge line? It is an artistic preference. 2. This layering treatment also gives a more three-dimensional effect.
  • Is Jerome Thomas Designs a brick and mortor store I can visit?
    The Jerome Thomas Designs studio is an online business. We are not open to the public?
  • Do you sell wholesale to shop owners?
    Yes, Jerome Thomas' patterns are found throughout the world. We welcome wholesale pattern orders, providing you have a resale ID number. We love doing business with shop owners. Let us know how we can help. Click HERE to start the process.
  • What are the finished dimensions of each pattern/design.
    The dimensions are stated on the description of each design on our website.
  • What if I have a question not stated here?
    We welcome any and all questions so that you will be happy and confident with your purchase. Please EMAIL us and we will get back to you shortly.

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