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Celestial Dragon

Release date: March, 2001 (Discontinued)

Stitch count: 180H x 232W
Model stitched on: 28 count antique white Monaco from Charles Craft®
Model size: 12.9" x 16.6"

Chart: computer generated
Leaflet: not available
Kit: not available

Design currently not available.

©Leisure Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 55595, Little Rock, AR 72215


Description: A dramatic design of a very colorful Chinese (wingless) dragon , whose type is known as "celestial". It is shown in a"twisted" posture within a "cloud" shaped border. The design is done in rich blues and greens, with accents of gold, metallic threads and beads. The traditional Chinese characters representing happiness, longevity, wisdom, and virtue finish off the four corners of the design.

Background Information: I've had many requests for a Chinese dragon over the years, and finally decided I should tackle the challenge. Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune. As the emblem of the Emperor, the legend of the Chinese dragon permeated the ancient Chinese civilization and helped shape the culture. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings. The Chinese dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. Unlike the the negative energies sometimes associated with "Western" dragons, most "Eastern" dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they were believed to control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas.


Stitching Comments: This design is fairly large, and therefore represents a significant investment in time and energy for the stitcher. While there are not really any special techniques involved except the over-one stitching for the characters, the lengthy color code, and the extensive use of metallic threads may make the design a bit more challenging than some. The design truly is striking: the photography just doesn't do it justice.

Specialty Stitches: couching

Important Tips: Charting Technique, Organizing Floss, Miscellaneous Tips

Celestial Dragon Floss List


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