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.


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

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

  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).

  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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