Monday, October 10

Egyptian Sampler by Teresa Wentzler!

Egyptian Sampler is finished!

I would have posted this yesterday, but we had no power thanks to Matthew, so I had to just console myself with taking pictures.   I did them with indirect sunlight, my preferred light, that I think gives the truest colors with my camera phone (and I'm entirely too lazy to bother with a real camera).

I used 28 ct Vintage linen by Wichelt - I don't think it's sold any more, I started using it when I started doing the Dimples Designs bugs and that's what Terry kitten them up with.  Maybe because of the age or the dying or whatever, it has shrunk down just slightly, and I can fit it in a standard frame - it was supposed to be just over 14x11, but it's now 13+ x 10+.  huzzah!

I stitched from the kit (except for said fabric).   I also have the leaflet and the only difference I see is that the leaflet calls for black beads in the eyes of the falcons, Horus, and Nekhbet and the kit calls for french knots.   To be honest, after looking at some pieces online, I think I like the french knots a lot better.

I added all most of the unused threads from the kit to the ort jar.   I am going to use the 3045 from the kit while working on Fantasy Sampler, because there was a skein's worth left over.

And here, have some close ups :)

These are the two falcons, I really love the way they look

The two motifs are my favorite part of the whole designs.  I love how sharp the lilies look and the papyri are even better than the border ones, imo.

Lily Panel
Papyrus Panel

The scarab - I debated making him sparkly, but there are no other sparkly bits (other than the rays)

Scarab /squee
Center panel gets easier once you find your groove with counting out the background.

Center Panel with Horus, Osiris, and Isis

Nekhbet - the missing bead (behind the beak) drives me a little batty, but there's not much to be done about that.


What the corner/borders look like up close.   All of that stitching in the color blocks was the most tedious part of the design.

Border & corner - I flove the colors

And there you go.  I've already got Fantasy Sampler in the Qsnaps, so I can't wait to see how far I get with that one this month :)


  1. Huge congratulations on finishing this stunning piece! I love the close-up photos especially the falcons. Just beautiful work.

    1. Thank you, Justine - you, with your Solo September were a huge inspiration/force in getting this one done! :)

  2. It's stunning. I'm sure your happy it's done. Congrats on this finish!!!

    1. Thank you so very much! <3

  3. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love how the colours are so much brighter than on many of Teresa's designs, but still so delicate and with such a nice shading too. Great job finishing this!

    1. I do love that the colors are so much different from many of her pieces. I'm so excited to get to framing this one, too :)

  4. Beautiful work! I have this pattern in my stash and would love to stitch it one day.

    1. Thank you!
      I do recommend it, as much as I fussed about it, it's definitely one of her "easier" large pieces, IMO.

  5. Freakin' gorgeous. I'm jealous.... Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to start either Storyteller (speaks to the librarian, yaknow) or Fortunate Traveller! I think those are the only TWs I have anymore, other than some of her magazine smalls and such.

  6. Wow!!! Fantastic finish. I'm so glad you managed it, and love how well it turned out.

  7. Congratulations on your Happy Dance (Dance Like an Egyptian?) for this epic piece. I love all the close up photos and the over one skin is amazing.

  8. Yay congrats! It looks so gorgeous!


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