I am not a huge cross-stitch fan, mostly because it takes so long and is not at all creative. Nonetheless, since I don’t own a TV, I need to do something to veg, and the end results are beautiful. Someday soon I hope to learn Japanese embroidery, which is (I think) a much lovelier and more exacting technique.
|This is The Castle, by Teresa Wentzler. I stitched it in college and only got around to framing it last year.|
|Another Teresa Wentzler design–Lily Maiden.|
|I jokingly refer to this piece as “my albatross”, as it’s been half-done for over a year now. This is Teresa Wentzler’s Peacock Tapestry, probably the most complex and difficult piece she’s created.
This piece is interesting because I decided to stitch the peacock in silk rather than the customary cotton embroidery floss. This meant matching several dozen colors and color blends–I spent six hours and $180 at Needle in a Haystack, trying to find exactly the right color matches. The result is subtle but definitely worthwhile–the bird’s colors seem to glow from the duller pear tree. (Silk is more translucent, slightly thicker, and glossier than cotton embroidery floss, producing a jewel-toned effect.) A closeup shows the difference more distinctly–the peacock is silk, the pear tree cotton.
I really hope I finish this someday…