Amanda Hird Arsenaultadded February 21, 2019

This pattern comes from my favorite (and most difficult) cross stitch pattern book: The Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection. “Rapunzel” is created on traditional Aida cloth and over 100 different colors of DMC floss. Half of the stitches are made with a blend of two different colors. That part was a bit frustrating and time consuming. This is a full-stitched picture...meaning there is no blank space in the entire picture (very typical of Wentzler’s patterns). I can’t tell you how long it took me to make this because I took month-long breaks while working on this. I hated all the backstitching that was required at the end of the project for detailing...but I hate backstitching anyways! My favorite part are masking the millions of “X”’s. The picture is of a medieval, robe-dress wearing woman with floor-length blonde hair. She is standing by a heavily draped window with a large stool underneath. On the stool is a flat pillow and a lira (like a ukulele). Outside the window are two doves and trees and mountains in the distance...the doves are VERY hard to see which is a fault of the pattern. Once done, I stretched it over an 8x10 sticky board to mount it. I found this great frame at the Christmas Tree Shop that has a distressed grey-blue outer trim and an inner trim made of burlap. I was going to Matte the cross stitch to add a cleaner boarder, but in the end the rough boarder and the un-matted picture just looked better. I was going to give this away (not sure to who), but I think I love this frame too much to give it to now I have to figure out where to put it!

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Theresa Wentzler

K LunaFebruary 21, 2019

The detailing is so intricate.

Amanda Hird ArsenaultFebruary 23, 2019

@Starsha.Storm That back stitching was ROUGH, but it does make it look very detailed. It just took forever.