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Topic: A Beaded Smaug Embroidery  (Read 6253 times)
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« on: August 23, 2012 04:27:18 PM »

I took part in the One Small Hobbit Thing Swap earlier this year. My partner, Murple listed Smaug as one of her favorite characters from the book, and "Never laugh at live dragons" as one of her favorite quotes. Smaug is one of my favorites too, so I thought I'd make a hoop with him as the subject.  Smiley



It is 7 inches across. I drew the dragon design, and did the lettering based off of some Tolkien-style fonts I found off the internet.



Here is a closeup of the head and fire. I used satin stitch, back stitch, and a chaotic kind of seed stitch.



I wanted to get the gem encrusted effect, so I beaded his belly (leaving the small weak spot allows him to be killed later Wink).



Lastly, here's a closeup of the quote. I loved being in the Hobbit swap, and having the chance to stitch a cool image like this. Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012 06:17:00 PM »

Absolutely Wonderment!! I just LOVE the beads. It adds so much texture and depth to this piece of work. Truly beautiful.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012 09:18:56 PM »

A stunning Smaug.  Exactly how I imagine him. The beads are just right and I love the quote.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012 10:36:35 PM »

This is beautiful! I love Tolkien too Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012 05:08:05 AM »

Well I am not a fan of the hobbit, but this hoop is amazing! I love all of the details you got into this. The curve of the fire, the perfect lettering, and the awesome belly Cheesy So cool.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012 06:42:06 AM »

This is sooo cool. I also love the use of the beads. Excellent.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2012 05:11:16 PM »

Thanks for all the great comments, guys! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2012 02:06:05 PM »

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2012 06:06:59 PM »

Thanks, LoriLou!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012 09:49:29 PM »

Having just finished my first cross stitch, I am in awe of this. I don't know how you do it. It's so time consuming and my hands hurt. This is truly beautiful.
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