Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dragons!

Before making "Gift Ornament Ten" I tested out the Flying Minor Norwegian Dragons by Anne Bruvold. To get the feel of the pattern, I used size 10 Opera thread. Yes, that's what that large colorful dragon is made of -- cream-colored Opera. At least it was cream-colored before I let my sister play with it. She was tie-dying and trying out all her "new" colors. They turned out well on the thread -- looks like "dark rainbows" to me, especially the purple. I made the dragon without her knowing (which meant tatting after midnight) and gave it to her for Christmas.
When making the small dragon, I found out using one strand of Signature machine embroidery thread was not the best choice. The polyester thread stretches a bit when closing rings. When I went to make the "Yorkie dimple" for its nose -- I pulled the wrong thread! then I couldn't get the ring to close right. Poor little nose -- the little dragon looks like it ran into a mountainside!
This is a great pattern and my sister was very pleased with her dark rainbow dragon and it's minature friend (with threads attached for sewing onto her denim jacket collar).


8 comments:

~Mama Skates~ said...

ok, i'm not quite sure how i fell onto ur blog - but it grabbed my eye & now i'm in awe! i've seen this kind of artwork - but never knew what it was or that it was such a large community (i see by ur blogroll!) the other thing that really caught my eye with ur blog was this dragon - my son is autistic & LOVES anything dragons! i know u made this, but would u happen 2 know where one could b purchased - do u sell ur work? it's gorgeous!!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

To me, that's the perfect color for a dragon! It's dark and mysterious!

Tattycat said...

Your dragons are beautiful. I love this pattern. Makes me want to tat more dragons. Your friend will love them.

yarnplayer said...

Beautiful dragons! Those are great "dragon-y" colors.

Gina said...

Very Kewl! I do love this dragon - wish I could think of more uses for it.

Wendy said...

Hi...came over from Mama Skates blog. I have never heard of this craft. It's fabulous and you are quite talented. Can't wait to hop on to your blog roll and check out some more.

Anonymous said...

I am new to your blog and I am thrilled to see your work, it is beautiful. I also tat. You mentioned that the threads are tye-dyed by your sister. Does she sell them? I really think the dragon is stunning in that thread.
Have a great day.
Donnelly
bananabradysmom@yahoo.com

Marty said...

My sister does not sell the thread she dyed. She gave it all to me. So far, she has just dyed this one ball of Opera size 10 (MUCH larger than I'm used to working with). If you want hand-dyed-thread you should check the Etsy stores (www.etsy.com) for Yarnplayer and LadyShuttlemaker (among others).