For today’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit another of my favourite designers, Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams.
From the Designer
When Herrschners first asked me to design this piece for their 100th Anniversary Calendar project in 1999, I leapt at the chance to create a winter dragon for the January page. As I wrote for the designer’s thoughts page “Winter here in our part of Atlantic Canada arrives before Christmas and often lingers until the first few weeks of April. January is often a cold, dark month, which inspired me to come up with a magical, sparkling design that would make such an icy kingdom more bearable”. This is the sister piece to “Dragon of the Summer Sky” which was created as the counter point, since everything in life requires balance. Regardless of which dragon or which season you prefer … may imagination and wonder keep you company on Life’s journey.
Why this chart?
Although an older chart, Dragon of the Winter Moon is a timeless fantasy design. Add a hand dyed fabric for the background and you wouldn’t be able to tell when this was designed.
This is an intermediate or passionate beginner level chart. There no fractional stitches, but this design does use metallic floss, rayon floss, silk floss, back stitch and beads. Once you become familiar with these different floss types. the swathes of single colour makes this an easy design to stitch.
Dragon of the Winter Moon was first available in late 1998 as part of the Herrschners 100th Anniversary Calendar. It was then released as a stand alone chart on the green/grey cardstock in 2000. A few years later all Dragon Dreams charts were moved to black on white printing. A couple of years ago, Jennifer stopped designing cross stitch charts altogether and concentrated on her teaching and artistry. She now produces the occasional small free design and releases it through her Dragon Dreams facebook page.
You can tell from the green/grey cardstock that my copy is one of the first printings of this design. I highly recommend passing over the green/grey charts and obtaining a new black & white paper chart instead.
The older charts are printed double-sided on US-Ledger heavy grey/green cardstock, folded in half to US Letter size. The cardstock is stiff enough to stand on a display shelf and does not need a plastic bag as there are no separate pages to hold together.
The newer style of chart is printed in black on a white US Letter (9″ x 11″) with a glossy cardstock colour front cover. Formatting aside, each option provides the same chart; your project will be the same regardless which source you stitch from.
The chart symbols are more difficult to see on the grey/green cardstock. This was used at the time to deter illegal photocopying of the chart, as the black and white copiers could not discern between the printing and background. Unfortunately for stitchers, neither can our eyes under anything but a bright light.
The grey/green cardstock also has the chart printed across the fold. These symbols are not only more difficult to see, they will wear off with repeated use of the chart.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein – DMC 932 Antique Light Blue
1 skein – DMC 939 – Very Dark Navy Blue
1 skein – DMC 3753 Ultra Very Light Antique Blue
1 skein – DMC Satin S5200 – Snow White (Formerly known as DMC Rayon 35200 – Snow White)
1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 025 Grey
1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 032 Pearl
1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 060 Midnight
1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 102 Vatican Gold
1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 194 Pale Blue
1 skein – Caron Waterlilies 017 Blue Lavender
1 skein – Caron Waterlilies 038 Morning Mist
1 packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads – 00161 Crystal
1 packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads – 02017 Crystal Aqua
Zweigart – 28 count Colonial Blue Lugana (stitch count 190 x 90). This design can be stitched over 1 or over 2.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20″ x 13″ or 50x 32cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Dragon of the Winter Moon using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Floss: $ 33.00
Total: $55.00 ($82.10 AUD or £54.60)
Places to Buy
This chart can be ordered from Dragon Dreams via your nearest friendly Local Needlework Store or Online Needlework Store.
Colours Down Under has all the floss and beads in stock and would be happy to order in the chart. Jo offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks threads and beads and recommends Moonshadow or Riders on the Storm. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for this fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.
Country Designs is the official UK Distributor for Dragon Dreams designs. They can also kit up this project for you.
SewandSo stocks all floss and beads and some fabrics.
123Stitch stocks all floss and beads and a range of fabrics.
What is your favourite Dragon Dreams design?
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