This week I was attempting to tidy my sewing room when I noticed a small purple dragon lying on his back amongst the cottons and watching me.
"Wat’cha doin'?" he asked.
"Just packing some tools away" I replied.
He examined my heat gun and soldering iron with some disdain, "I could flame holes better than these things" he said, as he turned them on and waved them around.
I grabbed the tools away as the nap on some velvet started to smolder.
He darted under the table and started shuffling through boxes of material.
I heard him muttering about "what is she doing with all this stuff - more material here than a dragon could burn in a lifetime".
Just then he found the box with my miniature patchwork and as he grabbed a small hexagonal quilt, I heard him gasp “WANT! WANT!”
“You can’t have it” I said, “ it’s not finished”
“None of your stuff is finished - FINISH NOW!” he demanded as small flames spurted perilously close to a pile of organza.
“Put it down and get out” I said.
He glared at me, smoke pouring from his nostrils.
“Lisssen here” he hissed “I’se been reading that George Raymond Richard Martin”
(I was impressed that he knew the authors’ full name, but then dragons live for centuries, they have a lot of time to fill)
“ those dragons BURN villages – you want me to burn your village??” he looked threateningly at my miniature streetscape.
“Fine Fine” I yelled “I’ll FINISH the quilt for you”
I glimpsed him outside later, snoozing in the alyssum with his quilt firmly clenched under his chin.
I've changed the batteries in the smoke alarm just in case The Brat decides to come back.
MAKING THE BRAT:
This is my original pattern, the same used for Lacey (week 1). The dragon body was made in plain cotton, then painted with gesso and crumpled tissue paper was glued on the gesso to produce a crinkly skin. He was then painted in purple acrylic and brushed over with metallic Lumiere.
THE CHARACTER OF THE BRAT was loosely (and lovingly) based on a friend’s grandchild – she knows who she is! LOL (to date grandchild hasn't burnt any villages but give her time!)