In 2007 (wow, was it really 5 years ago!) I became interested in the free form aspects of creating cord and sewing them into shapes.
At the time I was toying with the idea of series of barnacle shapes shown HERE. I'm laughing at myself reading back on my plan to make it a long term project - it's that alright!
As it was pointed out by The Brat, I have quite a few of these unfinished objects (UFO's) floating around my sewing room.
Opening the box this week, one of the woven pieces jumped out at me and shouted "Dragon!!"
So, with a dragon in mind, I continued free forming it.
First I had to make more cord.
I used thick rug wool, twisted then zig-zagged on the sewing machine until I had a pile like this:
I also covered a piece of aluminium sculpting wire the same way, running a zig-zag over wire is not for the faint hearted but I managed not to break anything.
This covered wire was later sewn under the body to retain the curve shape. I also put a piece across the rear legs.
I inserted a flat glass marble in the head which just shows through the eye sockets.
In retrospect, if I had made this from scratch with a dragon in mind, the head and eyes would have been larger, but this section was already in the old piece of work.
Her name is Cordelia - Cordy for short - what else would you name a dragon made from cord?
At this point I could become very literary and make references to Cordelia mentioned in the Holinshed Chronicles as the daughter of the legendary English King Leir and the influence the chronicles had on Shakespeare's Cordelia in his work "King Lear"
but I'll be honest and tell you the first Cordy who sprang to mind was from Buffy.
Cordy was very hard to photograph, in these next two photos she is side on with her head on the right, looking over her shoulder.
middle and back foot