Dragons: A Field Guide. A Stitchalong by Climbing Goat Designs. Stitched image of pattern sections released so far, featuring Wyvern, Welsh Dragon, Japanese Dragon, Hydra and Quetzalcoatl, and a detailed border.
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Close up picture of the first dragon - a Wyvern. Text reads: "Build up a field guide to dragons across three continents. The first installment is this magnificent Wyvern. You will receive a new colourful dragon pattern every month for nine months, creating an heirloom picture to frame and enjoy."
Second installment: Welsh Dragon
Third installment: Japanese Dragon
Fourth installment: Hydra
Fifth installment: Quetzalcoatl
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Text reads: "Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The first installment also includes the border  for the whole piece. This features dragon flames and panels for each of the four ancient elements."
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Images of pages of first pattern booklet. Detailed PDF booklets emailed out for each stitchalong section.
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Text reads: "Each pattern booklet contains: Image of the piece so far; Full pattern on one page, for screen use; Full pattern over eight pages, for printing; Close up single page pattern of the dragon stitched in that section; Information on the dragon you are stitching, so you know what to look for when out dragon spotting. Each booklet comes in two versions - colour and black & white."
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Text reads: "The introductory booklet contains: All the information you need to prepare for the project; List of thread colours and pattern size; A written introduction to the world of dragons."
Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong. Text reads: "Pattern release schedule: Part 1 10th January 2023; Part 2 10th February 2024; Part 3 10th March 2024; Part 4 10th April 2024; Part 5 10th May 2024; Part 6 10th June 2024; Part 7 10th July 2024; Part 8 10th August 2024; Part 9 10th September 2024. People join throughout the SAL - it's never too late! If you join during the year you will be emailed the booklets released so far.

Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong

Regular price £20.00 £0.00 Unit price per

This listing is to purchase the Dragons: A Field Guide Stitchalong! Every month a new section of the pattern will be revealed, building up a rich and beautiful guide to some of the dragons you are most likely to meet. This field guide will help you identify dragons in the wild, as well as being a wonderful piece to stitch during the Year of the Dragon.

When you purchase the stitchalong you will receive a link to download the introductory PDF booklet and the patterns released so far. Note that the download link will be sent to the email address given in your order, not to the email address you've typed in the request box, if the two are different. There will also be a link to download the files directly from the completed order page. The files are sent as PDFs in one zip file. Please unzip the file (right click > extract all) after downloading, and then you can open each PDF within the file.

You will then receive the other sections by email on the following dates:

Part 6: 10th June 2024
Part 7: 10th July 2024
Part 8: 10th August 2024
Part 9: 10th September 2024

Each section is emailed out at 9am UK time. The emails will be sent to the email address you've typed in the request box.

***You will receive the patterns by digital download and email, and not by physical mail. No physical products are included in this purchase.***

If you’re not already in the busy and friendly Climbing Goat Designs stitchers Facebook group, please come and join us there if you’d like to chat and share your progress. To share on Instagram the stitchalong hashtag is #DragonSAL

The stitched area of the finished piece is: 203 stitches wide x 269 stitches high

On 14 count fabric this is approximately 14.5 x 19.2 inches or 36.8 x 48.8 cm
On 16 count fabric this is approximately 12.7 x 16.8 inches or 32.2 x 42.7 cm
On 18 count fabric this is approximately 11.3 x 14.9 inches or 28.7 x 37.9 cm

Other count fabrics can be used - just adjust the sizing accordingly.

These dimensions do not include the border of fabric you will need to leave around the design. I recommend you leave a further 2-3 inches all the way round (which means that you need to add 4-6 inches to your size measurements).

The pattern was model stitched on ‘Dragon’s Breath’ hand dyed fabric. This beautiful fabric was created especially for this stitchalong by Nichole Young of Afterglow Workshop in the United States. You can buy the fabric at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AfterglowWorkshop - it is available in 14, 16 and 18 count versions, all at sizes suitable for this stitchalong. The model was stitched on the 16 count version.

Alternatively you can use any fabric colour you like best - blue, green, grey, white or many other colours would all be great. The colours used in the stitchalong are mainly quite bright, so as long as your fabric isn’t so bright that any of the colours don’t show up against it, it should work with most fabrics other than very dark ones. You can always check by doing a ‘floss toss’ of lying the threads out on the fabric and making sure none of them blend in too much.

42 thread colours are used in the design. You will need 2 skeins of DMC 310 (Black), and 1 skein or less of all the other colours. The pattern uses full cross stitches, fractional cross stitches (in relatively small numbers compared to the number of full cross stitches), a small amount of backstitch and three French knots.

On each section release date you will receive two extensive pattern booklets, one with colour patterns and one with black & white patterns. The pattern booklets include split page and single page patterns, and an enlarged pattern of that month's dragon.

Skill level: Suitable for those with experience of cross stitch.

Pattern is model stitched by Angie Sanders.

Patterns are for personal use only.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews

Super excited for this SAL. I started this a bit late and I'm currently getting my thread and fabric together and look forward to stitching this up! Plus the Facebook page is so helpful and a great resource.

Samantha H.
Dragon love

I’m looking forward to this project; the only thing wrong with the whole “package” is the number of repeated pages that I ended up printing more than once before realizing I already had them from the previous ones (printer ink is frightfully expensive!).


Looks as if the variety will be fun! The info included about each “breed” of dragon is clever.

Haven’t even started stitching

You’re asking for a review really quickly. I’m waiting on my fabric and still need to get prepared and ready before I have a chance to stitch a long. Plus I’m behind. Also need to get threads. I can’t give you a review yet, but I am. My suggestion would be to give people more time, like a month, 3 months or even 6 months later. Especially for longer stitch a longs

Sam Finch
Dragon stitch along

The first part of the pattern is great, very easy to follow. Can't wait to see how it grows over the year!