Thursday, November 20, 2014

Almost Dressed

The Princely Dragon's clothes are almost complete. This is as far as I plan to take him for now.

Lots of background work needs to take place before I can start stitching everything in place.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dressing a Dragon

I'd like to say a great big thank you to Mary Corbet at Needle 'n Thread for sharing my blog with her readers this past weekend. 
What a surprise!
Thank you Mary!

The Dragon is growing. And he is musically talented. 

I'm not sure how I am going to dress him yet.

In fact, how does one dress a dragon?
P.S. Vote for your favorite in a comment below.

Monday, November 3, 2014

'Purly' Whites

I'd like to introduce the Princely Dragon. He is a good and kind dragon.

 Here is the original Princely Dragon (on the right), slightly larger scale. On the left you can see the form of the head taking shape.
The first thing I stitched was the inside of the mouth.
Then I started to cover the outside of the head and added eyes.

Eyebrows and 'purly' whites!

Beard and horns....and the final layer ready to be attached to the back of the head.

In front of his new castle.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remodeling The Facade

The new upper facade.
This is how all of the individual pieces look on a flat background. The top half of the casket front is not flat. A great deal of thought and planning has gone into how I can mount each piece to the wood casket when the time comes. There are still several edges to be finished on the actual embroidery as well as additional pieces to be stitched that will be pasted to the edges at the end.
The old upper facade. The original plan had been to embroider on top of the white window surrounds.

But I knew the white trim was never going to make me happy!

I am happy now.

Monday, September 29, 2014


The kids are excited as I am!

Start the music, Janet finished a project.

This is the embroidery designed by Jenny Adin-Christie. I took her class at the Bath Textile Summer School this past August.

I enjoyed the class and the project so much. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014


'The Eye of the Needle' is a beautiful show. No photos allowed, however most of the embroideries are beautifully presented and published in books.

But the Ashmolean also features a wonderful embroidery collection of its own in their Textile Gallery. Here are photos for you to enjoy.

My hand hovering nearby for scale!

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