July 23, 2014

Fruit Bellpull Progress

Summer is flying by so quickly.  My break from my job is almost over, in fact. I can't believe it.

With that being said, after a very long break of perhaps seven years, I stitched some on Teresa Wentzler's Fruit Bellpull.  I had seen this stitched in person at a local stitch group, and it was awe inspiring, to say the very least. The colors are exceptional-- so many blends and gradations of color.  At the time I saw it, the pattern was out of print and difficult to locate.  I finally found one on the Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board and I happily purchased it.  It actually was shipped to me from another country, so it is thus one of my most treasured patterns.  Teresa Wentzler's work is amazing.

 I pulled out my threadbox for this piece, and also my box of envelopes where I have some blends in small envelopes.



 Here is a photo of the color key, just to give an idea of the amount of colors in this piece.


When I started on the piece it was very difficult to find my place. On top of that, I had highlighted my working copy as to where I'd stitched, but I didn't highlight it accurately way back when. It was rather challenging in every way possible to know where to go. I have heard people say the grapes are the hardest part, and that is of course where I left off seven years ago.  These photos show a bit of the piece, and a bit of progress:






A few more views, and a view of the peaches which include the backstitching:




Some of my stitching doesn't look up to par to me, but it will do!

I have moved on to my next WIP which is Oberlin Samplers Minnesota Sampler . After a short while on that one, I will go back to this beautiful pattern.

Thanks for stopping by today.

4 comments:

  1. Your bellpull is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more progress on it.

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  2. It's going to be so beautiful! My first pattern (still unfinished) ever was a TW pattern! She's an amazing designer

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  3. I am also working on the TW Fruit Bell Pull design! I confess that I have completely started over three separate times. I keep losing my place! I've tried all the tricks I can think of (including making grid lines on my fabric with sewing thread to mimic those on the pattern), and I still keep losing my place. It is exceptionally beautiful...that's what keeps me going (sporadically).

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  4. Thanks for your comments! Donetta, I know what you mean about losing one's place. :) This one is certainly a challenge, but so worth it.

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