Winter re-chart finished

Hi everyone,

The Winter Carousel Horse (from the Best of TW Christmas Collection) re-chart is finally finished, and is available at

As with the other 3 horses, it has been totally re-charted from scratch, so if you have earlier versions of the pattern, some symbols will be different.  I kept the 12 chart sections layout I used for the rest of the horses to make it as easy to read as possible.

I’m rather enjoying working on these holiday designs during this very warm weather. Helps to have some Christmas music playing, too! 😉

Thanks for your patience!  Companions is next.

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Angel of Frost… but it’s Spring?!

Hello everyone,

Wow.  It’s been forever since I’ve had anything of interest to post for you.

I’ve had a (very) full-time job for nearly two years, but that is now finished. It’s been nearly a year since my hand surgery, and that recovery is on-going. (The other hand is going to have to wait for awhile.)

So, while I take a breather and try to decide what comes next, I’m keeping busy with this and that. (I’m honestly horrified by how much I’ve had to let slide during that time!?)

There is good news: I received permission from Leisure Arts to release the designs from the Best of TW Christmas Collection via Patterns Online.  First up: Angel of Frost is now available.

Image of Angel of Frost cross stitch design by Teresa Wentzler

Angel of Frost

The chart has been expanded to 9 sections for ease in reading, and I tried to keep as many of the same symbols as the pattern which appears in the book. If you happen to find any errors in the chart or instructions, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Next up will be the Winter carousel horse… I think.

Thanks for stopping by!


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so sorry

(cross-posted from my art blog)

I’m sorry this space has been blank for so long; Life has a way of taking over and  ‘hanging on for the ride’ becomes daily reality.  So, not much besides the Essential happens… and that’s where I’ve been for a long while now.  But, that’s the way it goes, and I’m grateful for the lessons learned whilst hanging on!

Hopefully, I will be able to get back to some creative work within the next couple of months. I finally decided I’d had enough of the pain in my thumbs due to arthritis, and had reconstructive surgery on my dominant hand 2 weeks ago. It’s a slow recovery process (several more weeks in a cast and then therapy), but everything seems to be going well so far.  My plan is to have the same procedure on other hand yet this year.  We’ll see!

Anyway, I wanted to check in with those of you who follow this blog and thank you for your loyalty and patience. And to wish you all a wonderful rest of the season!

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Fantasy Triptych

The last of the designs released to me by Leisure Arts for release on Patterns Online is now available:  Fantasy Triptych

Fantasy Triptych

My next step is to request temporary digital rights from Leisure Arts for the designs in the discontinued Best of TW Christmas Collection book.  Wish me luck!

And in case anyone may still be considering acquiring any of the Appleton crewel wool I wrote about awhile ago, most of it is still available!  Please contact me directly if interested.

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Appleton wool update

In a previous post, I mentioned that I have quite a lot of Appleton crewel wool for sale.

Update: All of the uncut hanks have been sold.  All the rest is still available.

Please email me if interested, and I will send you a list.


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Brilliant Plumage

A fast post to let you know that Brilliant Plumage is now available at PatternsOnLine.  It’s actually a pair of designs featuring fanciful birds and foliage borders.  You may be interested to know that they are designed entirely in (gasp!) whole stitches with only minimal backstitching. 😉  Enjoy!

Brilliant Plumage

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Happy Spring!… and other things.

It’s that time of year again: Spring!  And not a moment too soon!  It’s also time for the semi-annual re-location back into my studio space for the warmer months.

As you know, I’m no longer designing or stitching… so I’m working on sorting through/cleaning out many years worth of designing/stitching stuff.  A rather sad task, but very necessary.

Because much of the designing material I have was generously given to me by various manufacturers over the years, I am donating those things to individuals and organizations nearby.  Of course, I’m keeping the many wonderful goodies gifted to me by stitching friends over the years…  Thank you all so very much: so many great memories have come to mind whilst going through what has accumulated over the last 30 or so years!!

Try as I might, I can find no justification for keeping my collection of Appleton wool tapestry (2 ply) yarn.  It was quite an investment, so I will have to try to sell it.

I didn’t realize just how much I have: 5 full 40 qt. tubs of the stuff.  It has been stored in plastic containers away from direct sunlight in a pest-free, smoke-free, pet-free environment: my studio. 🙂 I purchased the wool in hanks for designing and kitting purposes.  A hank is 25 grams – 8-to-9/ths of an ounce of wool: @180 yards.

While I do have some uncut hanks, most of them have been opened and cut into 3rds: those lengths are 18″-20″ long.  Most of what I have available is measured/weighed into full hanks. If I didn’t have enough of a color for a full hank, I labelled it “1/2” hank (at least .5 ounces)  Full hanks are $3.50, “1/2” hanks are $2.00, USD plus shipping.  Invoicing will be handled via PayPal.

I have 258 of the 421 shades… so there are lots of colors!  I’m working on compiling a listing, so if you are interested in acquiring any Appleton crewel yarn, please contact me via email:

Thanks everyone!  And Happy Spring!

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Peaceable Kingdom

Just a fast post to let you know that Peaceable Kingdom has been re-charted and is now available at

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For those of you who have been waiting for another re-chart release, Mermaid is now available via



The design is 16 pages.  I apologize for the size of the file, but I really wanted to make the over-one charts super-legible. Hopefully, I’ve corrected all of the errata from previous publications.  I’ve had to change some of the symbols, as has been necessary with many of my re-charted designs (especially one with this many symbols?!?!)

As always, please let me know if you find any errors.

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New Year Wishes

It’s been a long year: extraordinary in so many ways both wonderful and… well…not-so-much.  Mostly for me though, I’m just ready (as I always am), to bid this tired old year adieu! and to look forward to beginning the new year afresh.

That said, I have had to make a difficult decision for the new year.  Unfortunately, arthritis has advanced to the stage where I can’t hold onto a needle for more than a couple minutes at a time.  Since I have to stitch what I design or there’s no joy in it for me, I’ve had to face facts and give up on designs I had harbored hopes of finishing… including Illuminata, and the crewel designs I had started.  It’s simply beyond my ability now.  A tough pill to swallow: not just my physical limitation, but more distressing: the disappointment to loyal stitchers who’ve been patiently waiting for designs in process.  I’m so sorry.

I do plan to continue making re-charts of my older designs available through PatternsOnline  as long as Leisure Arts allows, and as long as my trusty old Mac laptop functions!   I will also make every effort keep the  TWDesignworks website in place for as long as patterns are available. This blog will also stay for now.

Please know that I am so very grateful to all of you who have supported my designing efforts over the last (Egad!?) 30 years.  It has been a truly amazing journey, such a joy and an honor to have had the opportunity to design for you!  “Thank you” seems wildly inadequate… but here goes anyway: Thank you!

My fondest wish is that this post finds you looking forward to 2017, no matter what challenges may be ahead!  May you find all you hope for and more!

Happy New Year!

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