Carousel Horse Fall by Teresa Wentzler 

Carousel Horse Fall by Teresa Wentzler

Copyright Teresa Wentzler, Just Cross Stitch, 1989.

Carousel Horse Fall by Teresa Wentzler

Chart: This Teresa Wentzler chart is printed on a folded A2 cardboard sheet. The pattern covers the inside four panels and two of the outer panels, so six pages in all.  The symbols are of a reasonable size so easy to see, but they are hand-drawn. As this is a Teresa Wentzler design, there is also a large quantity of fractional stitches, backstitching and confetti stitching. Finally, on the inside of the A2 sheet, the horizontal and vertical creases do run straight through the chart so the symbols will rub off.  For all of these reasons I do strongly advocate stitching from a working copy and taking care and patience for this beautiful chart.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton and Kreinik blending filament. Stitched on Anne Powell 29ct “Cream” linen.

Designer’s Notes: None. This is part of a four-horse seasonal series.

Why I was attracted to this design: In the early to mid 1990s, Teresa Wentzler was my very first Cross Stitch Designer goddess. I collected * everything* she designed and released! In amongst all the country cottages and saccharine sweetness this designer created complex beautiful works of art.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Who was I kidding?  I am not a horsey person. I’ve never been enamoured of the noble steed; they just don’t do anything for me I’m afraid.  You will find precious few if any horse-specific designs in my stash. I think I have enough complex designs and enough Teresa Wentzler designs that embody themes and motifs that I truly love, that I don’t need to be keeping these.

In fact I have already been giving these charts away. I gave at least one or two of the other seasonal horses away earlier this year. So if anyone wants this chart, just let me know below.

Where can you buy it? Teresa has retired from designing and although many of her patterns are available at Patterns Online, these seasonal horses are not.  I recommend you try eBay or comment below.

Discussion questions:  Do horse designs appeal to you?  Most girls are supposed to like horses the way most girls are supposed to play with dolls and like the colour pink.  I’m curious how if this really holds true.  Do you like horse designs in cross stitch and if so, do you like this one?  Why or why not?  Remember, there are no right or wrong answers, just discussions as we all have difference experiences :)

19 Mar 2012: Free to good home


  1. 20 March 2012 @ 02:15 · Reply

    Isn’t horsemanship considered a men’s pursuit? I’m surprised that it’s not, there’s nothing girly about riding… I like some designs with horses but not as a rule.

  2. 20 March 2012 @ 10:09 · Reply
     Connie W:

    I grew up on a farm – no horses, though – and I’ve always been more than a bit afraid of the creatures. Horse designs hold no appeal for me. I’m not a big fan of pink, either! But I loved my dolls and still treasure my favorite one.

  3. 21 March 2012 @ 10:03 · Reply
     Sheila A.:

    Playing devil’s advocate, I do love horses and in fact, have three at home (I live out in the country). Kustom Krafts has gorgeous cross stitch ones available, as does HAED. I’m not a big fan of the carousel horse designs,though.

  4. 24 March 2012 @ 11:26 · Reply
     Paula H:

    You’re way ahead of me, Mel! I’m working on organizing my stash and getting it moved into its new home, and as I was going through charts the other night, it became clear that there are a couple of dsigners that I collected religiously when I first began stitching again after college. Like you, it was mostly because they weren’t the overly sweet cutesy stuff. One of these designers was TW, the other was actually MLI. I still would love to stitch most of my TW’s, not so many of the MLI things because of my feelings about some of the things that were said and done later… I’m still not quite ready to cull them out of my stash, tho… So kudos to you for being realistic and giving some of these another home!

    • 25 March 2012 @ 00:06 · Reply

      What is the story with MLI, if you don’t mind sharing? Sorry to be so off-topic.

      • 25 March 2012 @ 09:08 · Reply
         Paula H:

        I just got really really turned off by some overzealous efforts to protect her copyright and by some of the discussions in her Yahoo group when it first started. I don’t blame anyone for protecting their copyright, don’t get me wrong, but there were a couple of instances where she went straight to killer mode when starting with a simple request would have sufficed. And her views on color changes and material packs for her designs were too much for me. Just a personal thing with me… I find it difficult to work on her designs because of those impressions is all…

  5. 26 March 2012 @ 06:56 · Reply

    As Mel knows, I’m one of the people who HAVE stitched one of her horses (two in fact). Both are on the walls of Godchildren. Fall is in stasis on a frame (around 70% done) languishing in the shadow of more interesting projects.

  6. 8 August 2013 @ 03:15 · Reply
     Elizabeth Kelley:

    I have been looking for these patterns for years. I did the “summer” one (purchased as a complete kit, not just a pattern) and want to do all four. Wish I could get my hands on the full set of patterns.

    • 8 August 2013 @ 03:18 · Reply
       Elizabeth Kelley:

      I would love this chart, if it is still available, and any other of the seasonal carousel horse charts you might still have. I want to do all four and put them in a sequence going up my staircase. (When I was young, we have four needlepoints that my grandmother had made of four different scenes in four different seasons, and these remind me of her. Thanks.

  7. 9 April 2014 @ 11:31 · Reply

    Teresa is slowly releasing many of her old patterns. Summer, Spring and Autumn carousel horses are now available at PatternsOnline.com now, although Winter isn’t yet. Her prices are very reasonable as well – around $7.00.


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