• Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Earthen by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 11” x 13” (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 154 x 178

  • Stitched 2 over 2


  • DMC

  • Kreinik very fine braid #4

About the design:

This design was actually inspired by the incredible shapes of our local oak trees. The area of the Great Plains where I live can support some trees near streams but it is still a harsh, dry environment for trees. So, the tough old oaks in the area take on some very interesting growth forms. Though the inspiration came from oaks, the tree I modeled this dragon on is actually the weeping willow. These ornamental trees are apparently hybrids between two species of willow, the Peking willow (Salix babylonica) and white willow (Salix alba). Weeping willows are most often found near water where people have planted them.

This design is also a tribute to my favorite authors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and the clan of fascinating characters in their books whose symbol is a tree and dragon. The clan also has a most interesting member in the form of an enormous sentient tree.

Released in 2009