Court Jester


  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Icon by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 13” x 16” (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 177 x 226

  • Stitched 2 over 2


  • All Vikki Clayton silks

  • DMC alternates are provided

About the design:

I came up with this sea dragon at the same time as ‘Her Royal Majesty’ and because he came out rather more gaudy than expected and with the air of an acrobat, he became ‘Court Jester’.

This fellow, like the other sea dragons so far, has a tail in a familiar shark-like shape that is called heterocercal. It’s a shape that provides sharks with lift while swimming. Sharks have few internal mechanisms that give them buoyancy in the water and so must swim all the time to keep from sinking to the ocean’s bottom. I suspect that having a tail providing extra lift is rather handy for deep ocean sea dragons too.

Released in 2010