Unicorn by Teresa Wentzler

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit one of my favourite designers, Teresa Wentzler.

Teresa Wentzler - Unicorn

From the Designer?

Deep in the night forest, a wandering unicorn comes upon a cobblestone path winding through an overgrown courtyard. His attention is caught by music…someone singing?…. and, curious, he cautiously approaches an open window…

This is my only design adapted from a piece of my finished artwork: a pen and ink drawing. I wanted to work on the challenge posed by using color on black, since black is notorious for absorbing or “bleaching-out” colors used on it. I wanted to impart the drama of a night time scene, and, of course, to highlight the mysterious nature of this most elusive of creatures: the unicorn…

Why this chart?

Of all the Teresa Wentzler charts I saw and loved in the 1990s, this is the one design I have never seen stitched.  I love stitching on black and I love the bold colours.

However as this is a Teresa Wentzler design there are blended colours, many fractional stitches, frequent colour changes and back stitch; this is a chart for an intermediate to advanced stitcher.

Unicorn was first available in the mid 1990s as a tri-fold cardboard hand drawn chart.  It was then converted in 2000 into a typed chart as part of the Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection book.  Finally it is now available as a digital download from Patterns Online.

Note: to read files from Patterns Online, you need to download their Pattern Viewer. Even then, you cannot see the actual pattern on your screen, you need to print it out.  I simply print to PDF to create a file of the chart.

 Review

I have Unicorn in both the book and the Patterns Online chart in my stash. (I had the hand-drawn tri-fold chart for over a decade too).  Formatting aside, each option provides the same chart; your project will be the same regardless which source you stitch from.

Both the book and the Patterns Online chart contain the blended threads key/legend and a diagram and instructions for stitching the fractional stitches. Both have a one-row overlap between chart pages.

The Patterns Online chart has presented the chart in six large easy-to-read sections and provides a materials list; easier to pull the skeins needed. The back stitch is only provided in black outlines, but there are instructions for colour selection.

The book version of the chart is only in four sections, but it is still very easy to see. The back stitch lines are drawn in the four different colours so it is easy confirm colour section.

The Patterns Online website is outmoded, but they offer a superior chart; larger symbols, included floss list and it is cheaper than trying to find an out-of-print book.

 Materials Required

To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:

Unicorn TW

 

1 skein each – DMC 310, 311, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 336, 367, 368, 413, 414, 451, 452, 469, 470, 471, 500, 501, 502, 520, 522, 535, 552, 610, 611, 612, 645, 646, 791, 823, 838, 839, 840, 844, 890, 924, 930, 931, 934, 935, 936, 937, 938, 939, 3011, 3012, 3013, 3021, 3031, 3041, 3042, 3051, 3052, 3053, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3371

Zweigart - 25ct Lugana Black

 

Zweigart – 25 count Black Lugana (stitch count 176 x 141). This design is stitched over 2.

For 25ct Black evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
21″ x 18″  or  53x 45cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Unicorn using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $    7.00
Floss:  $  26.00
Fabric: $13.30

Total: $46.30   ($82.10 AUD or £54.60)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and recommends Purple Haze or Riders on the Storm. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for this fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks DMC and black lugana.

Sparklies recommends Ink or Pitch from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and black lugana.

Discussion

Would you stitch this design? Do you know someone who has? Leave a link to a photo of the stitched piece or work in progress in the comments below.

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

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Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer

Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. The first item up is the Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer. formerly known as the Mirabilia Viewer.

The Viewer allows you to pick a cross stitch design and shows you what it would look like on a variety of fabrics.

The Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer is a personal project managed, updated and maintained by Dana Oliver Smith for the use and pleasure of the stitching community. As Dana keeps the site updated with new designs and fabrics as they come out, the Viewer is justifiably limited to eight prolific designers and thirteen fabric dyers.

The Designers are:

The Dyers are:

However, if you have a favourite designer you would love to see in the Viewer you can always email Dana.

The design images are quite small and may not show the intricacies of the pattern, especially any metallic or beading embellishments.

Update March 2015: The Viewer has undergone an extensive rewrite and the design images are now much larger.  I love this new size and such a clean interface!

 

Please note: The fabric pictures are only a rough indication; colours and extent of mottling change with every different fabric and may show quite differently on your screen.

That said, spend a relaxing few hours playing around the Cross Stitch and Fabric viewer discovering which combinations you would like to see come alive under your needle.

Discussion

So this brings us the end of the first week of Reviews. How has it gone? Would you refer your friends to this site? Do you have a chart, stitchalong or designer you are just hoping I will review? Do you want your favourite shop or dyer listed here?

Unfortunately I’m not a mind reader,  nor do I play one on TV, so please please please comment below and let me know what you think.

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Was this read worth a cup of coffee?

 

Last updated: 3 March 2015 – to include updated links to Viewer and Chatelaine websites.