Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dragon my feet

On the dragon's feet. I figured out what I wanted to do for the pearl Padparadscha is holding, and it is finished, and I backstitched around his body while noodling about how to fill it in. I think I am going to use orange sequins held down with some really pretty orange seed beads. I am going to do a bit on a doodle cloth before I start on the actual piece. I debated doing his body in a sort of or nue variation, but couldn't figure out how to get a scaly effect. I have pictures of him as of this evening, but as I have yet to load them onto the computer they will be uploaded to the blog later.

Oh, and about the feet. I haven't yet decided whether to do them in the woven petals thing from stumpwork--they are often used for sepals on raspberries, and I just picked up an old British stitchery mag. that has a sunflower with them as petals--very pretty. Either that or I am going to do them in bullion knots. I am leaning toward the petals as I think they will look very dragonish.

THE Magpie


  1. Maybe you could do laid gold threads couched with fly stitches to outline the scales? I've no idea how it would work, but if you are going to try out a few ideas, you might be able to think of something!

  2. I don't know the proper terminology, but I've seen thick thread that was basically elastic wrapped in a long coil of tiny gold ribbon. When slightly stretched, it gives a "segmented" effect that - laid three or four in parallel - could work quite well on a leg or a wing.