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Two Dragons in the Clouds . . . appears before you as the expression of her dedication to dragon folklore and the finest in dollmaking artistry.

The dragon is 12 inches high, 28 inches long from head to tail with bead eyes, fiber mane and sand-filled tail using the old pioneer trick of button joints to allow the wings and legs to be posed.
Dragon face
Fabric Sculpture
Dragon Pattern

You can create your own Dragon to be your keepsake mascot and household guardian with the original pattern designed by Melinda Small Paterson
Dragon head
You don't need to be an expert! The pattern contains clear, precise instructions and generous illustrations that fill 9 pages. In about 20 hours of adventure, you will have your own, unique Dragon! All you need are intermediate skills and a basic sewing machine.
Dragon close-up The pattern lists the common tools and materials needed, such as pipe cleaners, waxed thread, and poly-fill stuffing. You'll have fun selecting the bright fabrics with prints that suggest scales, feathers, clouds or waves, and colorful fiber for the mane (yarn, silk thread, etc.) and flashy beads for eyes. Included in this package is a section on Dragon Lore from literature and tradition. In stories worldwide, Dragons control the weather and represent the mysteries of nature.
Melinda's Original
Dragon Pattern


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Here's what people who have completed the project are saying:
Redhead Dragon "About that dragon pattern...Intermediate skills required? NO WAY!!! My 16 year old daughter had absolutely no sewing experience, but I showed her how to thread the machine and use the presser foot, and she was on her way. Last night she finished her dragon, and it is absolutely wonderful!!! She is so proud of herself, and I am so impressed with both her workmanship and stick-to-it-ness (it IS a time consuming adventure, this dragon birthing!), and with the pattern itself. The directions are just wonderful. She did the whole thing herself, and it went together without a glitch. Thank you for an absolutely wonderful product - the pattern is worth every penny."
(B. Sherwood, Virginia)
"I finished it last week and just had to write you to tell you thank you! It was time consuming, as most things of value are, but I am so thrilled with the way it turned out. When I first read the instructions my first thought was--no way--but once I got underway I found them very precise and well laid out. I had no problems at all."
(J.R., Canada)
Gold Dragon
Purple Dragon
"The instructions were superb--once I remembered my grandmother's admonition about instructions: 'they are to be followed; not read.' They were perfectly put together for this kind of project. Do this first! and then... Many times I would have a couple of pieces in hand saying "this just can't be" and then WHOA!, there it was."
(P.F., Clatskanie, Oregon)

Melinda's Fabric Dragon project is unique among cloth sculpture patterns because it has detailed instructions and hand drawn illustrations to go with the pattern. Generous illustrations show the way through a logical series of parts to be developed one at a time and then assembled into a finished figure. Teaching craft workshops has taught Melinda how to anticipate questions, put first things first, and speckle the process with humorous and encouraging words. Her patterns reflect these traits.

Details included in the pattern:

Tools You Will Need -- a basic sewing machine (no fancy stitches are necessary), scissors, needles & thread, pen or colored pencil, small pliers, funnel and spoon from the kitchen, 3" long needle for joints, stuffing tool (chopstick), and optional bow-turner tools (if you've never used these, there's a description included in the pattern of what to get).

Supplies You Will Need -- buttons, pipe cleaners, pearl bead, eye beads, fiber for mane, poly-fill stuffing, waxed thread, coat hanger, sand (includes explanation of sizes, quantities, and sources), and any other items, such as trinkets or puffy paint, that tickle you fancy.

Fabric Selection Tips to help you choose wonderful prints and textures in 5 coordinating colors, advice on suitable fabrics and stabilizing lighter weights.

Cutting Out The Pattern is easy with each paper pattern piece covered with notations about seam allowance, fabric grain and other details, labeled with dots and letters. (Only the outlines of the main pattern pieces are shown on this page.)

Layout Suggestions to help on getting the most out of the designs and textures of your fabric pieces.

Sewing Machine Tips to help you manage the seams on small pieces with curves or corners, use of double stitching and fray check.
Green Dragon
Blue Dragon
Pattern example
Majestic Dragon Fantastic Dragon
Melinda's Original
Dragon Pattern


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Interested in learning more about Dragon Lore?
Want to purchase a completed Dragon?
If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own sculpture, finished Dragons are also available in a wide variety of sizes, colors and materials. These Dragons are from a
LIMITED SERIES OF 100, signed and created by the designer from her original pattern. Each comes with a booklet containing a Certificate of Authenticity, care and feeding suggestions and more Dragon Lore. The prices of these completed Dragons start at $498.00 each. Contact Melinda by e-mail about the availability of completed dragons.