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Draco, The Dragon


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I've always loved the 12th century bestiaries. In particular, the animals that we think of as fantastical are dear to my heart. The dragon, of course. The medieval bestiary was a living document. Each hand-written and illustrated copy reflected new information or scholarship added since the last was copied. The origin is perhaps Greek, but was soon translated into Latin and modified with every writing. The medieval bestiaries that survive from the 7th through the 12th centuries include commentary teaching Medieval Christian morality through the text and pictures, as well as the scientific knowledge of the day. Draco, Latin for dragon, has a vicious reputation in the bestiaries. It likes the hot regions of the world, and is found in its natural state in Ethiopia and India. It kills with a blow from its tail and not even the elephant is safe from its attack. Generally, medieval bestiaries equate the dragon morally with the devil because of the way it supposedly tricks its prey into its lair before killing it. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cross stitch Fractional Cross Stitches Backstitching SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 100 stitches wide by 70 stitches high 7 by 5 inches if stitched at 14 count

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  • Linen or evenweave fabric - 15 X 13 inches
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Hoop if desired

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Hi, I’m Romilly (or Romalie, if you want a more phonetic spelling -By the way, it’s a short ‘o’ as in hop, not a long ‘o’ as in Rome.)! I design needlework patterns and create art in my cat-infested studio in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. In my not-so-copious free time I also perform and teach raqs sharqi (bellydance). I love email and connecting with other people on this journey! Care to join me? The trip is always more fun with friends…