About the design:
This design is the result of a challenge posed by my friend Beth, who one day declared that I needed to do a chess set. Trying to come up with something that had enough detail, but wasn’t too big was tough, but I’m pleased with the result, even if I did have to stitch it in 18 count. In keeping with my fantasy proclivities, I used dragons for the king and queen, firebirds (or phoenixes) for the bishops, unicorns for the knights, labyrinths for the castles, and kitsune (or werewolves) for the pawns.
The arrangement of the pieces in the larger model shows one of the many variations of a strategy called “The Queen’s Gambit”. You may, of course, stitch the pieces to illustrate your own favorite moves.