Reaching out to my stitchers at "I cross stitch and I'm not ashamed of it" resulted in some pretty amazing stitchers coming forward and actually answering a few questions about themselves, cross stitching and their experience with their choice of TW Patterns.
May I please introduce to you Tina Starke!
1) Please, introduce yourself and be as windy as you like
2) When did you first pick up a needle and what was your very first cross stitch project?
3) How many Teresa Wentzler patterns have you stitched?
4) What made you decide to stitch Needle Guardian?
5) For you, what was the most difficult part of stitching the Needle Guardian?
6) Any advice for those stitching or planning to stitch this pattern?
7) Feel free to add anything else! (If you have a blog, by all means include that web address here please)
1). My name is Tina. I live in northern New Jersey with my husband of 25 years, 2 dogs, 4 cats and some fish in a not-McMansion home. In other words, I’m a real New Jersey housewife. I have one son who’s a junior in college, majoring in biochemistry. I work part-time at our local animal shelter so I am involved in animal rescue, punishment of animal abusers, and rehabilitating the image of pit bulls. I also love to cook and consider myself pretty experienced in the kitchen, with a wide range of culinary interests. I am also an orchid hobbyist; nothing like seeing exotic blooms during the cold days of January and February.
2) I got into doing needlepoint kits when I was a teenager. My mother was doing them so I joined in. We had quite a few floral cushions between us . Then I dabbled in crewel but didn't really like the thick yarns in crewel kits. I was still doing needlepoint when I moved to New Orleans for a job after graduate school. Some of my coworkers were doing this thing called cross stitch. One of them was attempting to design and stitch a Christmas stocking for her husband using assorted oil industry motifs like a drilling rig, salt dome, etc. I was intrigued by this notion of creating something on blank fabric. One day, while browsing in a big box craft store and finding no needlepoint kits that I liked, I decided to give cross stitch a try and bought a beginner’s kit of a pig on a farm. I finished it over the course of a weekend and I was hooked. Even after I noticed my crosses were going in different directions. That was in 1987.
|Needle Guardian by Tina Starke|
3) Although I've long admired Teresa’s designs, collected a number of patterns and kitted up one (Tapestry Cat), I've only completed a single design, the Needle Guardian.
4) Needle Guardian was actually commissioned by a friend (hence the name Lyne on it). I thought I’d have it stitched and finished in about 2 weeks. HA! It took at least a month to finish.
5) Needle Guardian had a LOT of quarter stitches. And a lot of spots with 1-2 stitches of a color. And of course being a TW, tweeded threads. So quarter stitches, confetti stitches, and tweeded threads to do those quarter stitches and confetti stitches slowed me down considerably.
6) Anyone thinking about doing Needle Guardian (or probably any TW pattern) should do it on evenweave or linen. To stitch this on Aida will probably drive you nuts!
My greatest thanks go out to Tina for participating and if you'd like to ask her more questions about her project she can be found on Facebook.
Until tomorrow my sweet, sweet stitchers!!