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