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The Ice Dragon’s Kingdom by Dragon Dreams

Copyright Jennifer L. Aikman-Smith, Dragon Dreams, 1997.

The Ice Dragon's Kingdom by Dragon Dreams


Chart: This Dragon Dreams chart is print on the inside of a folded A3 grey/green cardboard sheet. The grey/green cardboard, chosen for its ability to confound photocopiers at that time, is hard on the eyes.  The chart is printed across the fold in the cardboard, so it is difficult to distinguish the symbols across the fold in some places.  The designer does not give permission to make a working copy. However there are large swathes of single colour; little confetti stitching so with some study or a good light, the chart is useable. See the Sleeping Dragon Sampler blog post for a detailed background and discussion of the grey/green charts.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch and beads.

Materials: Anchor stranded cotton, Anchor Marlitt metallics, Kreinik blending filament metallics, Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid metallics and Mill Hill Glass beads. Stitched on Green Mountain Hand Dyed Linens 28ct “Stormy Eyes” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: Welcome to the kingdom of the Ice Dragon, high atop the mountains and snow. Amid the clouds and wind rises the castle which she guards in all her shimmering glory. This is our largest dragon piece so far, and the most intricate as well. I had fun choosing the various fibers, threads and beads that would bring this magical piece to life, while keeping the tones cool and wintery feeling. This is lovingly dedicated to all those who sent me e-mails asking for a “harder dragon” to stitch … Enjoy! Perhaps if I look about and try to imagine an ice dragon in her kingdom next winter, I wont mine the cold quite so much.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love Jennifer’s Dragons!  I love her artwork. Her style is unmissable. I have so many of her designs in my stash!  Like Teresa Wentzler, Jennifer Aikman-Smith is an artist and stitcher who translates her own drawings and doodles to floss and fabric.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is another where I’ve been searching for years for the “holy grail” of perfect fabrics. I’ve had an eBay search running for about seven years in case this fabric ever pops up on eBay.

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:  Again, like Arameth, I think I need to give up on  the idea of ever finding the “Holy Grail” of the original fabric. For this one, I’m thinking of a hand-dyed fabric that is reminiscent of a snowstorm or a hailstorm. Something with Ice or Winter in the title. Any ideas?  The Dragon is the only item fully stitched, so the fabric colour bleeds into everything else in the picture.