Futurecast (a.k.a.Herald) by Teresa Wentzler

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Okay so here is the skinny on this cute little dragon. The design is called Futurecast (a.k.a. Herald) from one of my favorite designers Teresa Wentzler. If you like castles, fairies, mid evil stuff, then she is hands down the one to go to.

Now, the bad news. Her patterns are hard to find, believe me, I started collecting her ten years ago and eBay became the place to shop. I may or may not have have paid $50.00 for one of her patterns at one time or another.

Now, the good news. Wentzler is taking another look at her designs and converting them from hand drawn to computerized. She is also releasing some of the designs through Patterns Online. It’s a long process but according to her blog she is enjoying it. However, Futurecast is a freebie that can be found on her website.

You all know I buy most of my supplies through Embroidery Central. What you don’t know is they have a sense of humor and like to create some fun and challenging projects for their stitch group.  They decide to do an April Fool’s challenge with thread based on your birthday. There was three threads picked from DMC, metallic, and hand dyed. Further, the project had to be a certain size.

My mother bought my colors for me which were Ecru from DMC, PB34 from Rainbow Gallery, and Father’s Day from Weeks Dye Works. I thought what in the world was I going to with these then settled on this particular pattern. Of course, I changed the rest of the colors as well.

Dragon’s Main Color
A  159 DMC
B 161 DMC
C 311 DMC
D No number but it is a dark blue
BS 939 DMC

Secondary Color
1 826 DMC
2 825 DMC

Accent Color
+ ecru DMC
Z 738 DMC

Mettalics
Star Symbol PB34 Rainbow Gallery
Circle Symbol SK23 Rainbow Gallery

Mill Hill Beads
For the dragon 18830 size #8
For the border 03002

BS 550 for the crystal ball and border
BS 202HL #4 Krenik for the claws

Unfortunately, I started stitching him before the start date of the April Fool’s challenge so I kinda disqualified myself from the challenge with this pattern. I am still allowed in the challenge with a different pattern but I also need to get some stitching done for the silent auction at the Idaho Elks Summer Convention in Moscow, Idaho. I guess I will see what happens.

If you have any questions or concerns about stitching this little cutie, just send me a comment either here or you can find me on Facebook.  Happy stitching!

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Finish: Winter Into Spring designed by Cross N’ Patch

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Winter Into Spring designed by Cross N’ Patch

I started this Tuesday, April 7th, and  finished Friday, April 10th. It took me exactly four days to stitch this cute little hardanger heart. That is just down right depressing.  Apparently, I need to stitch bigger hardanger projects.

However, this little heart just had a rhythm to it that I didn’t want to put it down. I haven’t had a project be this smooth in a really long time. It really was easy to do, once, you get over the “Oh my God, I have to cut my fabric moment.”

There are several mistakes in this one too. The biggest one is that I cut one fabric thread too many on one kloster block. I only cut one end so I was able to hide it when I wrapped the bars. Problem solved and it is hidden.

If you’ve been too intimidated to try hardanger, don’t be.  Once you get the hang of it, the projects are a piece of cake.  It’s just like any other stitching you have done, start small, double check your pattern, double check your stitching, have lots of patience, and most important have fun.

Speaking of fun, me and a friend are going to start up a stitch group in Preston, Idaho. If you don’t know how, we are willing to teach. We can teach cross stitch, embroidery, and hardanger.  If anyone is interested, just leave me a comment below. Happy Stitching!