So my next interview is with Joysze and MANY of you know her already as the creator of IHSW. She has stitched a TW pattern, so she is being interviewed!
No need to introduce our lovely, one and only Joysze but I shall anyway......
1) Please, introduce yourself and be as windy as you like
I've always loved needlework. I remember being eight and learning all the different stitches in craft class. When I was twelve, I decided I wanted to try my hand at cross-stitching and my mom took me to a craft store and bought me a cross stitch book. I then found a design I liked, and we went again to buy me floss. Of course, I had no earthly idea what I was doing, and I think I used all six strands of the DMC to stitch that design. LOL!! It was a gift for my aunt and she still has it. When I came to the US for college, I picked up cross stitching again and never looked back.
2) When did you first pick up a needle and what was your very first cross stitch project?
|Joysze Peacock Tapestry|
Oh... look at #1. ROFL!! Maybe I should have introduced myself a different way... naaaaaah. LOL!!!
3) How many Teresa Wentzler patterns have you stitched?
Just one. Peacock Tapestry.
4)What made you decide to take on the Peacock Tapestry?
I saw it in Hobby Lobby and had to have it. This was back in the days of hand-charting, and OMG was it a nightmare. I still remember hubby (then BF) and me at Kinko's in the middle of the night blowing up the chart. It was a true nightmare to stitch from, and to this day, no matter what I've stitched, I still consider this my most difficult stitch.
5) For you, what was the most difficult part of stitching the Peacock Tapestry?
Make sure you get a computer generated chart! LOL! TW's patterns come with a huge amount of blended thread. Since I'm a cross country stitcher, I usually finish a color as much as I can. When this wasn't an option, I'd keep the blended thread as is, so that it'd be easier to pull out again the next time it was needed.
6) Any advice for those stitching or planning to stitch this pattern?
Have fun!!! TW's are amazing pieces of art. On a more general scale, stitching as a whole is a pleasure. And most importantly, finishes are a good thing. ;) LOL!!!
Isn't she wonderful? Of course she is! She has started a group SAL for Chatelaine patterns so if you find you love the patterns and want to do one, head on over to Random Ramblings and join up. If nothing else, you will find some beautiful stitching going on. I'm wondering if TW and Martina aren't twins on a parallel orbital plane OR maybe they are the same person existing in alternate universes and no matter which alternate universe they live in, they are COMPELLED to create beautiful patterns for us to stitch!!!
It's just a thought.......
Until tomorrow my lovely stitchers!