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« on: October 18, 2018 12:21:45 PM »

This was my entry in the embroidery section of our needlecraft guild competition this year.


She is embroidered mostly in House of Embroidery perle threads on green polyester taffeta backed with plain cotton for strength.  The front gusset and the underside of the wings are in yellow taffeta. I used metallic threads on the head and stomach and the wings.


I drew the pieces on the fabric and stitched round them on the seam line with my sewing machine. I also used a lot of Fray Check as I was afraid the taffeta might fray when I tried to stuff it. Then I put them in a hoop to embroider them.
I was a bit stuck for a stitch to fill in the tail and would like to record a debt of inspiration to Mary Corbet of NeedlenThread whose stitch play articles inspired me to mess about with a needle and thread and discover an easy filling stitch that I don't know the name of but I'm calling Dragon Scale Running stitch for now until I find out what it is really called.
I liked it plain and also twisted so the tail was just plain but on the head gusset I used the twisted  stitch with gold DMC


The legs are button jointed at the hips. I was originally planning on her having 4 legs but it just didn't look right so she has two. My son informs me that that makes her a wyvern rather than a dragon.

She won second prize.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2018 12:47:59 PM »

Second place?!?  I demand a recount!
This is exquisite and I can't lift my jaw off the floor!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2018 04:00:29 PM »

Wow - amazing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2018 04:24:21 PM »

This is AMAZEBALLS!  The embroidery and construction is stellar!

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2018 02:02:01 AM »

Thank you very much. There were some amazing entries in this class I was very happy with second place  Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018 10:32:12 AM »

WOW! I am blown away!
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018 10:56:01 AM »

Absolutely incredible. I am flabbergasted at the amount of precision stitching you've done here. Everything is perfection.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2018 07:40:28 PM »

Beautiful little dragon! Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2018 10:54:43 AM »

Many thanks everyone. I did have fun making her
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2018 11:10:07 AM »

Wow- that is gorgeous!  If that got second place, then what the heck got first???  It is awesome!
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2018 05:54:56 PM »

This is absolutely phenomenal.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2018 01:25:16 PM »

Wow, seriously awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2018 07:48:23 PM »

What a lovely Dragon!

I'm working on a 2D dragon, and am going to learn that scale stitch!  Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2018 10:21:50 AM »

Thank you. I'll try and put up a tutorial on the stitch I used for the scales so you can see the details of it.
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2018 02:40:02 AM »

I've made a tutorial on the running stitch I used to create the scales on the tail and head.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456366.0
I hope it is comprehensible  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2018 05:21:29 AM »

She's beautiful!
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2018 02:01:15 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2018 07:28:51 AM »

Thank you very much.
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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2018 02:12:30 PM »

This is probably one of the most gorgeous crafts I've ever seen.
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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2018 11:48:57 PM »

Thank you
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