Long and Short and Practice!

Dragon1 was the first needlepoint I ever completed. Dragon3 was my most recent accomplishement. Whatever happened to Dragon2?

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Dragon2 was a project I started in 2/07. It’s also the project that taught me not to stitch serially and rather to work on several pieces in parallel. Basically, I’ve been intimated by this piece since I bought it and figured out a fun stitch guide for it. And by fun, I mean awesome and requiring more skill/experience than I currently have.

Mostly, I’m intimidated by the scales, which the woman at my old LNS and I decided should be in a Long and Short stitch. Because they take up a large portion of the dragon itself, I’ve come to a standstill on this project. Enter Mary Corbet of NeedlenThread.com to the rescue! She has been publishing a tutorial on the Long and Short stitch, and boy is it helpful!

I started this piece last week, and though I’m still on Lesson 2 (of 9), I think that by the time I finish I’ll be able to tackle my Dragon once and for all!

Lesson 1 was collecting the necessary materials, transferring the design onto the canvas, and mounting the canvas. Check, check, and check!


In Lesson 2, we start with the upper left hand box, and straight long and short stitches. I believe Mary stitched this with 1 strand of floss, but I needed to use 2 to cover the area. I think this might be because I’m using a lower count canvas? Not sure, but it was definitely necessary in the vertical area.


The diagonal was a bit more difficult, harder to tell if my stitches were going slightly off from perfectly diagonal, but I think it won’t be noticeable with so many stitches and the varying stitch lengths. I am also not sure if it would have been better with only one strand stitched at a time. But, we’ll have to wait and see!

I’m excited to continue working on this project and learn how to do the long and short stitch, especially if it means I can finish my dragon!!!!

2 Responses to Long and Short and Practice!

  1. Cynthia says:

    Hi Micki,

    I forgot to add in the last comment…

    Congratulations on finishing the dragon!

    For some reason, your second and third dragon pictures at the top are now showing up on blogger. Just thought you might like to know. πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to seeing how you stitch you “Long and Short” project.

    Have you drawn your Heart in the Cabin yet? I’m hoping to pick up my canvas at the end of this week at my LNS. It’s going to take a while to draw this one. πŸ™‚

    Windy Meadow

  2. Micks says:

    Cynthia, I definitely drew my canvas already! I drew it the day I picked it up — I’m too impatient to wait. Actually, I’ve now drawn it twice because I was given the wrong size canvas the first time!

    I’ll post a picture of my canvas tomorrow when I have some natural light again…my camera and my apartment do not get along well in the dark.


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