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Dragon Ride – Teresa Wentzler

Posted in Hobby with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by urbannight

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Here we have some of my stitching supplies. This is considered an advanced pattern because of all the blending of two different colors of fiber and because of all the partial stitching. Lots and lots of 1/4 stitches.

The truth is, this is going quickly. Its not at all hard. The 1/4 stitches are really easy to follow and in very logical spots. I have done Wentzler patterns before and don’t see what people complain about.

Although, there is a rumored story that someone interviewing her asked if she ever stitched her own patterns to which she replied, “No way, they are to difficult”. I don’t know how true it is, but it is very amusing.

Seen here is the pattern and my dressmaker’s pencil, my sizzors and fob. Two colors I’m using right now and blending, and at the top you can see the bottom of my ort jar.

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And here you see where I’m at. I’ve only been working on it a month or two. I can’t rembember the date I started it.

What I did when I forgot my book.

Posted in Books, Food, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by urbannight

Futurecast by Teresa Wentzler

I NEED my mental break at lunch.  I prefer to read a book.  It takes me away from the office and into another world.  This is why I prefer to read Science Fiction or Fantasy novels as well.  But I forgot my book yesterday and instead grabbed the book I had jus finished.    I also forgot my breakfast and lunch in the fridge.  At least I didn’t leave it on the counter.

But I still needed to do SOMETHING at lunch.  I hate being bored during that time.  Being bored on company time is bad enough.  Being bored on my own time is somehow worse.

It’s a good thing I had two stitching projects with me.  The down side is that I normally do something while stitching.  Watch t.v. or a dvd or chat with people.  Not an option in my cube.  (I hate the lunch room.)  So it was still a little tedious.

I worked on this little dragon.  Maybe I’ll finish it soon and can post a picture of it completed. 

I also need to update my Tardis Project.  I have two items finished.  In the stitching world there is something we call finished but not finished.  The stitching is done but it hasn’t been turned into anything yet.  I also made a good bit of progress on my Elegant Pumpkins.  I’m still having trouble tracking down two of the colors.  Once I get those photographed, I’ll be posting that update. 

But in the meantime, here is a sample of the little dragon.  The pattern is called Futurecast and it is by Teresa Wentzler.  A lot of people hate Wentzler patterns because they tend to be ‘advanced’.  They make massive use of blending two different colors and they use tons of partial cross stitches. 

This is a free pattern on her website.  It is designed so the stitcher can easily alter the color scheme to whatever he or she wants.  I’m not blending two colors for every symbol.  I’m just using one.  So there is a little less subtlety.  I may do so if I stitch it again.  It’s not too big and the ease of swapping colors makes it a great pattern for stitching gifts.  It is a good introduction on how to change colors on patterns and the partial stitches are kept to a minimum so it is also a good introduction to Teresa Wentzler patterns in general.