Smaug, completed January 2014 after roughly 600 hours. Image and design © Liz Heffner.
The intent was to capture some of the style and essence of Medieval manuscript illustration.
Stitch techniques: couched goldwork, split stitch, French knots, bead appliqué.
Materials: Japanese gold, gilt and silver passing threads, gilt spangles, gold metallic yarn, 100% silk (soie de Paris) and Swarovski 'pearls' on cotton broadcloth stabilised with canvas.
The inscription reads:
The dragon smote the mountainside in anger but did not find Bilbo and the dwarves.