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She self-publishes her current work through her Montoursville, Pennsylvania-based TW Designworks business (launched in late 1998), however many of her earlier cross-stitch designs are available through Leisure Arts, Inc. Additionally, the Janlynn Corporation has manufactured her designs in kit form for several years. In July 2005, Teresa announced to her fans that she'd be taking a leave of absence from cross stitch design to focus more on artwork with the first fruits of this new focus being a selection of art prints of pen and ink fantasy designs, also sold through TW Designworks. In early October 2007, Teresa announced that her temporary leave of absence was ending, having found a local on-demand publisher to work with.
Teresa excelled in art and music during her days attending Hughesville High School and was particularly impacted by her participation in the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts program during the summer year between her Junior and Senior years. She also was involved with her high school band playing the tenor saxophone and bassoon.
During her studies at a local community college, Teresa began to design for counted cross stitch. Her first two designs (Rocking Horse designs "Trotter" and "Chestnut") were stitched as gifts for best friends. Encouraged by positive reactions, she submitted the photos to a design scouting firm and quickly received a call from Just CrossStitch magazine launching her designing career.
She has since experimented with numerous techniques in her work. Her cross-stitch designs are noted to be among the most detailed and challenging available, incorporating numerous blended threads, fractional stitches, and specialty stitches. Her "hallmark" designs are large in size with ornate borders. She's also designed several pieces for wool-cross, or "Victorian Cross Stitch", which utilize wool and canvas.
Teresa Wentzler (or 'TW' as she is commonly referred to) has developed a large international fan base many of whom participate on a large discussion board (approximately 4000 registered users) linked from her site which has been highly active since the mid-1990s.
- "Teresa Wentzler interview in full". CrossStitcher. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2010.