Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hand: Chinese Dragon wall hanging

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. We went out of town for Labor Day last weekend to visit an old friend of ours, and this past week was busy, busy, busy. This weekend has been blissfully uneventful...except for a yucky, achy ear infection that's been plaguing me since Friday. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but until then, it's been lots of Advil and crafting to distract me from the discomfort.

I've been having a lot of fun with Sublime Stitching patterns these days, and have either made progress or finished some long term-projects. The one I'm most proud of is this Chinese Dragon wall hanging I've been working on for a few months on and off:



I played with lots of different types of stitches and colors, and in the end, I'm really pleased with the embroidery.

Detail of the dragon:




Detail of one of the pagodas:


However, in the end, I didn't like how the lanterns looked above the dragon...soooo, I decided to do something a little different:



I cut off the lanterns, and made a hanging of just the dragon and the pagodas. I actually did this "no-sew," with my new best friend, Stitch Wichery, red scaled fabric, ribbon, and vintage buttons. I'm really happy with it, and now all I need is a dowel to hang it off of.

Next time, what I did with the little lanterns...

7 comments:

Katie Kutthroat said...

very cool.. i love the whole oriental theme. very nicely done!

Sherezada said...

Thank you! It was fun to do. :)

Jigsaw Youth said...

you seriously did a super amazing job...i really love this..and i liked how the lanterns looked!

frenzykat said...

great job!
looove the clouds, they really give the piece dimension..

Brook said...

Oh I totally love this! crazy lady I loved the lanterns! totally reminded me of San fran china town during the chinese new year parade ( which by the way is freaking the longest parade I've ever seen)

Sherezada said...

Thanks, all! I did end up playing with the lanterns in a different project, I just didn't like how they looked with the dragon, for some reason. Perspective, maybe?

Sherezada said...

Brook, I've never been to the Chinese New Year parade, though I've been here in the Bay Area forever. I keep meaning to go...then I remember I hate parades! It sounds like a good idea until you get there! ;)