09May2012
12:44

Night by Teresa Wentzler 

Night by Teresa Wentzler

Copyright Teresa Wentzler, Just Cross Stitch, 1992.

Night 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 leaving these old handwritten charts and obtaining a newer, computer-drawn chart!

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches and backstitch, eyelet stitch and diagonal satin stitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Anne Powell 29ct “Natural” linen.

Designer’s Notes: She is the personification of a summer’s night: subdued, cloaked and mysterious, and the moon lights her way as she strolls through lush greenery. She is surrounded by a dramatic border of deep blues and fanciful foliage accented with beads and specialty stitches. There is a companion “Day” chart.

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 amidst all of the simplistic, blocky cottages that could be stitched in a weekend, shone these intricate designs shaded colours, fantasy themes and requiring months of patience and dedication.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I started stitching one Teresa Wentzler design, in 2003 or 2004.  I’m on my third restart of the Castle now. As Kay recently commented, I’m not so much stuck on that design, as cemented! The long-running saga of that design has coloured my relationship with Teresa Wentzler charts :)  I should just start a new design!

Where can you buy it? Teresa has closed TWDesignworks, but has made many of her charts available as pdf downloads through Patterns Online.  Night sells for $6.49 (US).

Discussion questions: Day and Night were first released as charts in 1992 and have been rereleased in various forms (charts, books and now the online pdf) ever since. Have you stitched either of these?  Many designers have created their own symbology for Day and Night, do you know a version you prefer?  If so, please mention them in the comments.

Status:
9 May 2012: Need to get out of my fear factor, select a fabric and start!