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The Princess and the Dragon

Release dates: September, 2002 (book)
chartpack: February 2004

Stitch count: 146H x 165W
Model stitched on: 28-count antique white Lugana from Zweigart®
Model size: @ 10.5" x 11.75"

Chart: computer generated

Chartpack: not available
Kit: not available

Available via PatternsOnLine.com

Also available in "Cross Stitch Collection" magazine, issue: November 2002, No. 84, published by Future Publishing, U.K.

Also available in: "Cross Stitch Myth and Magic", published by David and Charles, U.K. ISBN# 0 7153 1221-9

©Teresa Wentzler, PO Box 176, Montoursville, PA 17754. All rights reserved.

Description: A beautiful princess, accompanied by her colorful pet dragon, picks an armful of wildflowers in a meadow near her castle home. A fanciful leafy vine border accented with bead flowers surrounds the fairy tale scene.

Background Information: I designed this piece especially for inclusion in the book "Cross Stitch Myth and Magic". The challenge for me was to do a dragon design and to limit the number of colors used while designing a full scene in a convincingly "naturalistic" manner.  Also, because the editors wanted a design with a "cheerful" and "sunlit" ambience, I chose (for me) brighter than normal colors. It's also an attempt to portray a dragon as a pet...and although he looks quite docile, if I was a brigand intent on causing harm, I wouldn't want to mess with the princess with this faithful watch- dragon around!!

Stitching Comments: For the stitcher who would like to stitch a dragon scene that isn't too large or too complicated, this one just might fit the bill. Colors have been somewhat limited as well, but there is still some floss blending. I intentionally used fewer fractional stitches and less backstitching than usual as well. The addition of a few beads in the border should add a bit of variety. Since the colors are bright and cheerful, this design would be very nice as a special gift for a child who loves dragons and fairy tales!

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