Here be Dragons by Dragon Dreams 

Here be Dragons by Dragon Dreams

Copyright Jennifer L. Aikman-Smith, Dragon Dreams, 2003.

Here be Dragons by Dragon Dreams

Chart: This Dragon Dreams chart pack is printed over five Letter/A4 pages. Each chart fills a single page with the instructions and floss key printed on a third page. The charts are printed nice and large so the symbols are easy to see and easy to differentiate.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid metallic. Stitched on Zweigart 25ct “Light Taupe” Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: Though it never actually appears on any of the early maps, the expression “Here Be Dragons” was often used when describing unknown areas or uncharted wilds. The raw courage that it must have taken to “boldly go where no one had gone before” is something that I have always admired. I think that when we go forth despite the monsters that may lurk beyond, we keep that spirit of exploration and discovery alive even in this modern day and age … may our dreams someday take us to the stars! “Here be Dragons” was first taught at the Creative Sewing and Needlework festival in the fall of 2002, but the “Compass Rose Dragon” was added for this release as a bonus to double your dragon pleasure. Enjoy!!

Although these pieces were model stitched on evenweave, they can also be stitched on Aida. The Compass Rose Dragon can also be stitched on larger count fabrics to make a pillow, afghan, decorate a tote bag, etc. The only limit is your imagination … so let it run wild!

Why I was attracted to this design: I love old historical maps and I love fantasy maps that do indeed say “Here Be Dragons” so a design of the Would Map being encircled by Dragons was a “must have” for me!  I love the Compass Rose Dragon too – the dragon has Jenifer’s signature look to him :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? Again I think this one was a victim of the “must have the exact fabric recommended by the designer” syndrome that I was laboring under for so long. I don’t think I had any 25ct in my stash until this year, so that’s a decade this chart has been in my stash. I could easily have substituted any 28ct fabric.

Where can you buy it? This design is Out of Print at present. Some of Dragon Dreams designs are being sold through Hoffmans and some through Patterns Online but not this one.  So you could try eBay or you could contact Jennifer via her website and ask if she would make this one available again?

Discussion questions: Do you like maps? What is your favourite map – real or fictional?