In 2011, my local quilt guild ran a challenge based on food. I got bread. I thought bread was awfully pedestrian and asked if I could do some free associating. I was told yes and off I went.
Bread, I reasoned, is made from wheat. Wheat is a crop and there are these things called crop circles (I was thinking corn mazes), so I went home and googled crop circles. Boy was I blown away. They were awesome. I found a great serpent one and that got me thinking about my favorite lizards: dragons! I have yet to learn how to draw, so I asked around and a friend offered to draw me a crop circle inspired dragon.
This is what I had to work with. I figured out how to get it the size I wanted and set to work making it into a stencil. Because of the way it was designed, I figured I would adapt it some for fabric and embellish with beads. I didn’t realize what I was committing to when I started this project, which is why it took so long to complete.
So, the dragon is in the middle, surrounded by fields (made with the Bargello method, for those who know what that is). There are flowers at the edges because you find flowers at the boundaries. The binding is blue for the sky. The last touch is the glittering red spirals at the corners because what’s a dragon without a little magic?