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Galaxy Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Copyright Laura Dickson, Enchanting Lair, 2008.

Galaxy Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Chart: This Enchanting Lair chart is printed on an 8-page, A3 folded, stapled booklet. The chart is printed quite large, over four pages with the symbols printed quite clear to see and easy to differentiate. Each chart section is printed inside a panel on each page, so there is no concern regarding staples or creases over the symbols.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, Backstitch and Longstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons, Kreinik blending filament metallics, Kreinik #4 very fine braid metallics and Needle Necessities cottons.  Stitched on Enchanting Lair 28ct “Galaxy” linen. The fabric I have looks very much like that in the photo.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love dragons and I love designs of outer space. Here Laura has blended the two, shaping a Galaxy into the serpentine figure of a dragon coupled with a few fantasy planets and stars.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I’m ashamed to say that this one has been a victim of the untidiness of my stash room over the various moves. It’s quite notorious actually. I’ve had the chart for many years, bought from Stitches and Spice when they were still in Sydney, and I acquired the fabric from Colours Down Under when in Perth a couple of years ago, but it was only when digging in my stash recently that I actually found both chart and fabric at the same time!  According to my records I do have the Needle Necessities or at least the ThreadworX replacement thread required for this chart but I suspect it will take a concerted effort to find that too!

Where can you buy it? This design it is still in print and can be easily ordered in for you by your LNS or ONS of choice. You can also buy the chart directly from Enchanting Lair for $9.00 CAD.

Discussion questions: A questions for dragon and non-dragon enthusiasts alike: do *you* like designs where dragons are inserted into non-traditional areas?  I mean, is this just another expression of the art form to you? Or is it an annoying usurption into areas where dragons do not belong? Remember there are no right or wrong answers. We all give the answer that is right for ourselves as we come at the question from our own experiences.

Project Status:
27 Apr 2012 – Off to find all the floss so I can start this project on 1 May 2012

 

Water Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Copyright Laura Dickson, Enchanting Lair, 2008.

Water Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Chart: This Enchanting Lair chart is printed on an 8-page, A3 folded, stapled booklet. The chart is printed quite large, over two pages with the symbols printed quite clear to see and easy to differentiate. Each chart section is printed inside a panel on each page, so there is no concern regarding staples or creases over the symbols.  There is a whole page of diagrams and instructions for stitching the border.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, Satin stitches and Rhodes stitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Crescent Colours cottons, Gloriana silks, Dinky Dyes silks, Glisten Gloss blending filament and Rainbow Gallery Petite Braid metallics.  Stitched on Enchanting Lair 28ct “Dragon Skies” linen.

Designer’s Notes: “Throughout our lives we have all heard about the Loch Ness, well where I grew up it was the Ogopogo, and this what I hope it would look like should we ever get a chance to meet.”

Why I was attracted to this design: I know I’m repeating myself, but it’s the simple truth. I love my mythological beasties. I love Enchanting Lair‘s use of colour and texture in these designs. I love how she uses the hand dyed fabrics as an element in the design process rather than ignoring the background as so many other designers do. The artwork is a gestalt of the pattern, the textures and the colours.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I’m still tracking down one elusive thread. Glissen Gloss Blending filament 705.  I bought the chart and fabric and some threads at my then-LNS in Perth a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for this thread at closing down sales but Glisson Gloss blending filament doesn’t seem to be a regularly stocked thread. It hasn’t risen high enough in my “must stitch” pile to specifically place an order for this thread and pay multiple times its amount in international postage.

Where can you buy it? This design it is still in print and can be easily ordered in for you by your LNS or ONS of choice. You can also purchase the chart directly from  Enchanting Lair for $9.00 CAD.

Discussion questions: For a project like this, that involves a number of hand dyed threads from a number of manufacturers, do you wait until you have completely kitted it up before you start?  Or do you just start on in and buy the threads you need as you go through the project? I’m interested in how other people approach this issue :)

Project Status:
30 Mar 2012 – Almost fully kitted