Blended Leg

Just a general needlework and cross stitch blog

Monday, April 30, 2001

First week scan

I scanned my first week's progress.

I'm not sure how the colors turned out.

I've had some odd luck scanning needlework.


Week of frustrations

AHA! Eureka, I finally found some solid colors amongst all the blended ones. I was starting to despair of stitching normal single color floss, when I started working on the gold of Romeo's cloak.

ARGH! Only my first day stitching and I discover a mistake. I hate frogging my errors, especially after I restitch the "correction".

Stitching continues on R&J. I've expanded outwards to include part of the bushes and Juliet's dress.


Tweedledee and Tweedledum

I finally started stitching. My first attempts at blended threads were boringly in the center with Romeo's cloak lining. Teresa Wentzler is notorious for using this technique to combine two strands of different colors to create a new one. Unlike variegated threads, you don't have to carefully plan your "tweeding" so the variations line up the right way. Of course there are disadvantages to blends. Besides the hassle of rethreading each time with a new blend, I can't use my usual loop start for the blends, but I can for the rest of the pattern, which accounts for about half the colors.


Getting started

I have done cross-stitch for a number of years, but I have always been intimidated by Teresa Wentzler's fantasy designs with their partial stitches and blended threads. Her designs regularly take several pages just to cover the color chart alone, never mind the detail involved in the actual patterns. Then Teresa Wentzler released her "Romeo and Juliet" kit and I fell in love with the colors and design. I reasoned as how I did want to try a larger project and "Romeo and Juliet" was relatively small for her pieces. So I wound up ordering the kit from Fantasy Crafts. I also received her "Stretch" freebie included with my order, so I have more TW to contemplate.

The kit arrived on Thursday. Fortunately I had been reading the Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board, so I knew where to locate the color key on the back of the French instructions. Key in hand, I spent part of the night sorting the colors, only to run out of bobbins.

This necessitated a trip to Nimble Needles, a small needlework store in the Crystal City Underground. I use the shop primarily because it's near the Metro, useful for restocking simple supplies on the way home from work. I found my bobbins and some Floss Away bags for the rest of the floss.

With the floss neatly organized, for now, I turned my attention to the light blue Monaco fabric, basting the edges to prevent fraying. My fabric always frays. Even when I work with pre-finished bookmarks, I have this problem.


Blended Leg: A "Romeo & Juliet" Project Diary

Welcome. This page chronicles my stitching progress on Teresa Wentzler's "Romeo and Juliet" cross-stitch kit with occasional links, pictures and always pithy commentary. To see the finished project, please see the official Teresa Wentzler Designworks website.