Old Projects Exhibition - Mystic Dragon
I saw this design in an American magazine that had been imported, called The Stitchery Magazine. I think the magazine itself is defunct now. I picked up in 1997, whilst I was at university, and bought all the materials that summer. I started stitching, and then the year end exams came round at Easter and I stopped.
Over the next ten years I picked it up, mostly in summer when there was enough light, and did a bit until 2007 when I decided that by hook or by crook I was going to finish it. Out it came every lunch hour and evening until it was done.
Sewing on black aida was a challenge because I had problem spotting the holes. I'd hoped to stitch it on evenweave, but couldn't find any (This was in the days before internet shopping was easy and there was a plethora on online options to choose from. My local sewing store was doing well when it had linen of any colour in.)
The colours used are limited - just two or three shades of green, blue, yellow and pink, along with white & blending filament, and black for backstitch and they really pop on the black background.
The design was by Sharon Pope, and there is a companion piece, Mystic Dragon II. I'm debating whether or not to start.