20May2012
22:13

Arrival of Winter by Dracolair Creations 

Arrival of Winter by Dracolair Creations

Copyright Sarah Wu, Dracolair Creations, 2008.

Arrival of Winter by Dracolair Creations

Chart: This Dracolair Creations chart is printed over a six yellow double-sided Letter/A4 cardboard sheets. The design is printed twice on each sheet, once with the cross and fractional stitches only, the other highlighting the backstitch.  The design contains a lot of fractional stitches. Usually the smaller symbols for fractional symbols are difficult to see on coloured sheets, but these symbols are quite clear and easy to see on the yellow!

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, fractional stitches, backstitch, tent stitch, Algerian eyelets, Half eyelets and beads.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik #4 Very fine Braid, Mill Hill Magnifica Glass Beads, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid and Weeks Dye Works cottons. Stitched on Silkweavers 32ct “Reflections Morning Mist” Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: Again my love of Dragons and all mythological beasties :) There’s probably a touch of my admiration for Arctic creatures in this one too. Like many Dracolair designs I am totally smitten with the border treatment! Look at the closeup pictures of the stitching on the Dracolair page to see what I mean.

I remember I bought this chart when it first came out, even though there was a discussion that the dragon looks like it has three wings!

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I picked up the fabric for this at the Silkweavers New Year’s Sale. I picked up the Rainbow Gallery, Gentle Arts and some of the Weeks Dye Works threads at various recent sales.  Just need the beads and the last of the Weeks Dye Works threads and I’m ready to start stitching! Hmmm maybe I should stitch this while watching Game of Thrones … Winter …. Dragons …. It was a thought ….

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. Or you could order direct from Dracolair. You should pay around $15.00 (US).

Discussion questions: How many wings do you see?  Two wings and back fin?  Three wings? Two wings with a bit of an optical illusion?

Project Status:
20 May 2012: Almost fully kitted