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Monday, 13 November 2017

Dances With Dragons

Happy Dancing here!  When I put Dragon of the Winter Moon away at the end of September I knew it wasn't far from a finish and I was right.  I returned to the project last week and in just four days I was Happy Dancing With a Dragon.

Here's a few photos:


Who lives in the castle? 


Gorgeous Caron Waterlilies in the wings: 

Sparkling Kreinik tail: 



stitched on 32 count Murano in Moondust by Crafty Kitten

I received this chart as a gift from Riona along with the threads and beads.  I started it on Day 26 of the DUCJC in 2015 but didn't really work on it again until November 2016.  The project was then added to my "17 in '17"and was the focus for Animalia August.  I loved stitching it so much I kept it as the focus for September and only stopped for Dark October.  Four more days in November and it's time to look for a frame!

I have the companion piece to this  - Dragon of the Summer Sky, also a gift from Riona, so I'd like to get them both stitched and hung together.

As I finished stitching on Sunday I decided to do a little framing.  This was a finish in 2015 and has been waiting for the right frame.  I found three in a charity shop for just 50p each.  This is Ghoulies and Ghosties by Just Nan:


This morning it was decision time - what to stitch next?  Another 17 in '17 piece or a design close to a finish?  This piece won the competition!  A gift from Vickie earlier this year I want to finish it so I can start another gifted Just Nan piece in 2018 as a SAL with Brenda.

Memories by Just Nan
stitched on 32 count Pink linen looking a little grey on here!

That is the final band you can see, it's a long thin piece.  I have some white Perle to add, some satin stitching and some beads.  I definitely see a finish over the next few days, by the end of the weekend at the latest.

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Finally, it's time to sign up for the Advent Calendar  Blog Hop!  For this hop, each participant is allocated a day in December to make their post on.  They will show something they have stitched on a Christmas theme and answer the topic question I set.  I then copy their photo onto my blog post in the style of an Advent Calendar.

So if you'd like to join in, please leave a comment or send me an email.  Let me know if there is a date you would particularly like or one you'd like to avoid.  I will be in touch towards the end of the month!  If you asked to take part before the previous post could you remind me.  I am not sure if someone mentioned it during the Hallowe'en Hop.  I'd rather have two comments from you than miss an email!

Here is a link to last year's so you can see how it works:


23 comments:

  1. Great finish! And another one soon! Good for you.

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  2. Wohoo you finished him. Beautiful!! The frame looks perfect on your other piece too. Memories is going to look amazing. Good luck getting it finished off.

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  3. Jo what a great post filled with great stitches. Your dragon stitch is awesome with such pretty threads. I love your use of threads with the added sparkle. The companion stitch will be lovely as well. You have been working hard like usual and getting so much done framing and all. Have a super week. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

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  4. Congrats on a great dragon finish!

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  5. Oh, he is glorious! Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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  6. Dragon of the Winter Moon is spectacular!!Congratulations on such a wonderful finish. You can count me in on the Advent Hop. The Halloween one was great fun. I actually got the words but forgot to send them to you!!

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  7. I was awaiting this finish - how cool! This dragon is just gorgeous and the detail I love most is the little castle. A great idea by the designer. I also love the variety of threads that you used. Everything is just perfect in this piece. Congratulations.

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  8. As always, I'm impressed with all that you get done! Beautiful stitching on the dragon and the fabric is such a great choice. Great find on the frames and perfect for that fun Halloween stitch!

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  9. Many congrats on a lovely finish. I know how much you love dragons , so the companion piece will be done in no time.

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  10. I love the close ups on this piece.

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  11. Oh the dragon is super Jo! Memories is so close now.:D

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  12. Wow! Look at you go!! A finish, a frame, and another finish on the way! I love your dragon, and can't wait to see your work on the companion piece! And yep, I signed up for the hop, so count me in!! I think I have a few of those Just Nans languishing in my to do pile....but first...(the dreaded butt first disease...)

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  13. That dragon is stunning! Well done on the framing too, that frame is perfect.

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  14. Wow!The dragon is gorgeous! Count me n for the Advent calendar!Thank you!AriadnefromGreece!

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  15. Congrats on a wonderful finish! It will be nice to have a matching pair....looking forward to seeing your next project grow!
    I'd love to join in on your Advent calendar blog hop :)

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  16. Yay! I really love the waterlilies wings. They really look perfect. Also good job catching the sparklies! They are often so hard to get to show up without taking 10 billion pictures to pick two.

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  17. I want to dance with your dragon too, I bet he has some mean moves! Great job finishing him, there is so much sparkly and beads, it's really beautiful. Will his companion make the cut for 2018?

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  18. The dragon is amazing! I love the tail! Congrats for the finish!
    You did a great framing work, perfect frame for such a cute design!

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  19. Woohoo! Congratulations on a great finish on the dragon!

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  20. Love the dragon, then you know about me and dragons by now. I would be pleased to participate in the Christmas advent again this year.

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  21. Your Winter Moon Dragon is beautiful - congrats on a well done finish! I like your framed piece, I need to work on framing, myself. It's nice to pay for something fancy, but I have a ton of pieces I'm sure I could frame. You thrifty and nice framers make me a little jealous :)

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  22. YAY!!! Winter Moon Dragon looks amazeballs. I love it all but the standout for me is his wings. They look incredible. Well done too on your framing, it's looks great with that design and fabric.
    xo Alicia

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  23. Fantastic finish on the dragon!

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