The background is a patchwork of batiks, the dragon is Moda Cross weave. I added dense matchstick quilting to suggest dragon scales.
I do like the stencil-look, but there wasn't much contrast between the dragon and the background.
I decided to add some thread work around the dragon in black. This added contrast, and emphasized the dragon more.
Much better. Although I can tell you I will revisit the dragon in a different approach again.
The black thread work helps the contrast.