Back to the beginning

May 7, 2009

Well, today is my one month blog-iversary!

I decided for this post I should go back to the beginning and share my first dragon. If I remember correctly, this was a birthday present from my parents, and the first needlepoint I ever completed. I have had a fascination for dragons for as long as I can remember (definitely influenced by my brother’s love of dragons as well), so when I found this piece I knew I had to do it.

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I remember being scared to start, so I picked a small area to work first – the rocks. Then, I worked on the dragon. The last part I did was the sky, which I was so motivated to finish that I completed it in 2 days.

A few years later when I wanted to do another dragon, I remembered that the artist had quite a few that I chose from when I picked up this piece. However, after what we thought was exhaustive searching, my mom and I gave up trying to find this artist and I chose this to be my next dragon quest. I’m still working on that piece, as well as this dragon.

Today, I FINALLY found the artist that created my first dragon. Liz Dillon is the artist I can think for my renewed interest in needlepoint back in high school. Although I remember many dragons to choose from years ago, she still displays my dragon and one other on her website. Additionally, the other dragon, Nightime Dragon Pillow is available on ebay! Although I’m tempted to buy this, I’m going to pass it up this time.

My dragon is prominently displayed above my computer, and is the first thing you see when you walk into my apartment!

Here’s to many more months blogging and many more dragons

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Whoops!

May 5, 2009

So, I have “bad blogger” confessions to make…

My fabulous Mother’s Day went sadly undocumented, as I dutifully carried my camera around with us all day and forgot to take any pictures. Whoops! For those who are curious, Mom and I went furniture shopping, book shopping, ate a fantastic brunch (I had grilled trout with mixed veggies), made glass plates (pics to come when it’s finished), and topped it off with frozen yogurt. We had so much fun that I needed a nap when it was all over!

Today, I finished up the light blue scales of my dragon tail…and I would love to share it with you and get some opinions about my next few stitch decisions…but I left my camera at work. Double whoops!

Hopefully I’ll remember my camera tomorrow 🙂


Dragon Tales

May 2, 2009

Here is an update on the scales of the dragon. I spent most of the afternoon today stitching the scales (and watching baseball).

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Still not sure what I’m going to do with the tip of the tail…or the dark blue part…

Busy day tomorrow (early Mother’s Day with my mom), so I probably won’t have a chance to stitch…but I will post about our exciting craft adventure!


Why of course you’re a girl dragon

May 2, 2009

So once again I’ve been so intimidated by the scales of my dragon that I started another piece…but just to make this confusing, the other piece I started was a different dragon (my third, if anyone is curious…I’ll post about my first dragon sometime soon).

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I picked this up on a trip to visit my brother — and of course when I’m in any new location I have to check out the local needlepoint shops. I saw this 3-piece dragon and was very intruiged by the framing possibilities. The store had a similar piece (though, not a dragon but the loch-ness monster) made into 3 standing pillows that could be displaed on a bar or window sill. I really like this idea, but I’ve also been playing around with the thought of framing all 3 in one large frame, with a mountain drawn into the matte to make it look like the dragon is snaking in and out of a mountain range. Which do you think would be best?

Before started, I realized that I would need to mount the piece on stretcher bars. Now that I live alone, though, I need some help getting the canvas taut on the frame. So I went to Michaels and bought this staple gun for $10.

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COOLEST. PURCHASE. EVER.

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Now with my canvas affixed to the bars, I was ready to start stitching…but needed a plan. I wracked my brain for ideas for the body, and decided I wanted a pattern that had triangles of some sort in it to mimick scales. Instead of reinventing the wheel like I usually do, I broke out a needlepoint stitch book that I picked up about a year ago. The book is called “A New Look at Needlepoint,” which makes me laugh because it was published in 1972. I found it at a used book sale for $1. It has a lot of simple stitch diagrams that are probably available for free on the internet now, but it’s nice to have one place to go to look for inspiration. I chose the pattern called “Rickrack” It’s basically 4 overlapping zigzags, which are readily apparently when stitched in different colors. I’m excited to see what type of pattern will emerge when I stitch it all in the same color. So far, I’ve started with the main zigzag, and have only filled in one diamond with the minor lines, so I can’t tell quite yet.

I also stitched a vine stitch on the boarders. I loved the clean, curved line that this stitch produces, and it has quickly become a favorite of mine.

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