A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year. To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.
Stroke of Midnight by Teresa Wentzler
Copyright Teresa Wentzler 1995, Distributed by Just Cross Stitch.
Chart: The chart and instructions are printed in a stapled A4/Letter booklet. The main chart covers 9 pages with a three row overlap between each page. There are a further three pages of one over one specific area charts and a last back stitch only chart. All symbols are computer generated and easy to see. I would still enlarge some sections to work on due to confetti stitching such as the ivy-covered vase in the bottom left corner.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, partial cross stitch, one over one sections, back stitch and beads.
Materials: DMC stranded cotton and Mill Hill beads. Stitched Zweigart Antique White 25ct Lugana.
Designer’s Notes: None.
Why I was attracted to this design: It was only a matter of time before one of these came up in the random selection. In the early to mid 1990s, Teresa Wentzler was my very first Cross Stitch Designer goddess. In among all the Anne Geddes wannabees and the cottage gardens I saw designs *I* wanted to stitch! Detailed, adult fantasy designs! TW was producing these designs far faster than my University allotment could let me buy them up let alone kit or stitch them all.
So why haven’t I stitched it? Have you heard my saga of The Castle? I should transcribe all 15 years of that saga to this blog. In a nutshell it involves three restarts, a marriage and divorce and nearly a dozen house moves. And no it is not finished. I haven’t had the heart to start another TW pattern while I’ve struggled with The Castle.
Looking at Stroke of Midnight all morning while preparing this blog post, I’ve decided YES I do still want to stitch this project. Looking through the design, it seems to be more straight-forward than a lot of her other designs. The most intricate parts seem to be the ivy-covered column in the bottom left corner, and the one-over one sections on the dress. Those are not large sections of the design. Also stitching this on the recommended 25ct Antique White Lugana, might make the project that much easier. I think, all in all, this project is still doable as long as I have patience.
Discussion questions: Have you stitched this one? Is my assessment of the project correct or were there other tricky bits? Is it in your stash to do? Does it still appeal to you (did it ever)? Why or why not?