Your Questions Answered Design round-up Fantastic dragons We’ve been on an epic adventure to find you this selection of magnificent mythical beasts to stitch BEGINNER FRIENDLY PRETTY PATTERNED AIDA FANTASY DRAGON DRAGON FAE his dragon design might be small in size, but it’s packed with mighty detail. Beginner stitchers will love that it’s made up of only whole stitches and backstitch with areas of solid colours so they’ll have it whipped up in no time. ‘Fantasy Dragon’ is available from Lakeside Needlecraft* as a PDF chart for £2.99 or a high-quality printed copy via the post for £3.99. There’s a matching needle minder for £4.25 too. The design fits nicely in a 4in display hoop. his blue-winged fairy astride a green dragon has been developed from the artwork of fantasy artist, Suzanne Gyseman. The printed fabric creates an evocative fiery sky for dramatic effect. Available from Arts and Designs*, this kit includes Zweigart 16-count colour printed aida, pre-sorted threads and silver metallic thread, sequins, needle, large B&W chart and instructions. Uses just whole stitch, backstitch and two French knots. T T Stitch count: £27.75 52 wide by 52 high, 9.5x9.5cm (3 x3 in) on 14-count aida 160 wide x 225 high, 24x35cm (9x14in) on 16-count aida Stitch count: £2.99 PDF/ £3.99 printed GREAT GIFT IDEA YOUR NEXT BIG PROJECT CHINESE ZODIAC DRAGON FIRE DRAGON he vibrant colour palette makes this design by Angel Kitten Art (Melanie Dyer) from GeckoRouge* a real showstopper. This is a large design and not for the faint-hearted, but the solid blocks of colours will make it an enjoyable stitch. Luckily, the 70 thread shades come pre-sorted in the kit, along with the chart, needle and instructions. Choose from 14-, 18- and 25-count fabric (25-count available with magic guides). T ragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture symbolising power, nobleness, luck and success. Nadezhda Kazarina of LoLaLottaShop* has created wonderful shading and shadows with blended threads in a range of purples and blues. The delicate backstitch in black and white adds detail to the wings, spine and tail. Pop this into a 9in hoop and gift to a lucky friend. Available as an instant PDF download. D 115 wide by 115 high, 21x21cm (8 x8 in) on 14-count aida Stitch count: From 210 wide x 296 high, 21x30cm (8 x11 in) on 25-count evenweave Stitch count: £51.89 £4.4 *For stockists see page 90 www.gathered.how/woxs The World of Cross Stitching 37
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