This is the third dragon hide in my series with my Grate Frend, Beatriz Acevedo. I am aiming for 25, but we’ll see how far I get.
This one is made from a bag of beads I got for three pounds in a sale in Hobbycraft. I have used about half of the acrylic jelly beads which I just thought looked like dragon scales.
I started by quilting the green silk, which is a sort of pale yellowy sage green not the silvery looking green in the photos. It absolutely refused to photograph in its true colours.
I did some bubble quilting, then stitched on the beads with two strands of black embroidery cotton, and then because something was missing, I filled in the gaps with big seed stitches. I started to put tiny seed beads in the gaps between the big scale beads, but they really didn’t add anything for once. Equally putting on more of the scaly beads didn’t seem to improve the piece. Here are the close-ups:
I love this piece because I really like work which is heavy with beads. This is dense and drapes beautifully.