Monday, August 31, 2009

Zombie Girl Is Lucky She Got A Few Patterns Between Her and Today's Pattern

Hello! I would like to start this blog post with a helpful hint. If you have a Commodore 64 disc drive and someone jams it full of paper and arcade tickets and doesn't tell anyone about it before you put the disc drive in a basement for 10 years, it will stop working. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true!

Anyway, onto today's pattern! I got a lot of patterns set up to post here earlier today, 7 of them, I think, and I had planned on posting this afternoon. By the time I had all of the patterns .jpeg-ed up and ready to go, though, I had it in my head that I would rather chew my fingers off than deal with the patterns any longer. Luckily, however, a few hours of dealing with old computers and watching TV cleared that right up for me, meaning that this blog did not have to come to a somewhat horrifying end. Speaking of horror, today's cross stitch pattern comes from the classic survival horror series Resident Evil, with a lovely image of Claire Redfield shooting stuff and having awesome hair.

I'm really fond of this pattern, and I've made it before, too (which can be seen at http://missy-tannenbaum.deviantart.com/art/XStitch-FanArt-Claire-Redfield-133415992 ), but I have not really played much Resident Evil in my life. I have watched Resident Evil: Degeneration, which was incoherent and had animation that made all of the people look sort of creepy. I have also watched people play the games, and have, in fact, offered helpful advice to those playing it. One time my sister was playing 4, and she thought she didn't need a rocket launcher, despite my frequent protests in favor of the weapon on the grounds that it would probably "blow up real good", but when she finally did buy that rocket launcher, it killed stuff in a top-notch manner. In that way, I have been an aid to those who do play Resident Evil. I have also played Dino Crisis, which is similar to Resident Evil, but funnier, because for some reason, it makes me laugh every time a raptor bursts out a window at me. However, none of these things add up to my being an actual player of Resident Evil games, which makes my enthusiasm for this pattern sort of inexplicable.

The sprite used for this pattern is, however, from Capcom vs. SNK Cardfighters' Clash for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, but I couldn't possibly be enough of a dork to let my enthusiasm for an obscure virtual trading card game escalate to the point that I began stitching characters from games I didn't really play just because their cards were useful in that game. That would just be silly.

Anyway, thank you for your patronage of Dork Stitch, and I hope to be back soon with more of the patterns I prepared today! Also, remember that if you decide to stitch any of the cross stitch patterns posted here, I will gladly show off your work to the entire world that reads this blog.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Everyone, Look! They're So Pretty!

Hello! The "so pretty" in this post's title does not apply to the gold star that I suspect will pop up in this entry's thumbnail, but rather to some really spiffy cross stitching of this blog's patterns done by Kinoethermes of Deviant Art that is the focus of today's post! First of all, I have to start by saying that when e-mailing me about these patterns, Kinoethermes sent me .html for putting the images in my blog, which might be among the coolest things ever. I knew that such things existed, but it is truly mystical to see it in my inbox and ready to use.


For the first of the two completed pieces that Kinoethermes has stitched, I have chosen to use Brainy Smurf, which I could logically say was done because the pattern is older, therefore giving him seniority. Really, though, I'm just putting it first because it's Brainy Smurfing Smurf, and also because the "Papa Smurf always says..." embroidered at the bottom rings through my head in his nasally little Smurf voice when I see this.


Not to be outdone, however, is Kinoethermes stitched version of the recent pattern of Ponyo's sister. This is, as Brainy Smurf also is, neatly stitched onto really nice Aida cloth, and done with what seems to be impressive speed. I really love the half stitches used for the body, though, since it gives the project a really nifty and pretty texture.

If you're a fellow Deviant Art user, both of these stitchings can be found for commenting and faving at Kinoethermes' Deviant Art gallery, which was linked to at the start of the post. For her impressive work, however, I have decided to award her with the first ever Dork Stitch Gold Star, lovingly rendered in MS Paint in five minutes of painstaking labor, split only with the task of actually writing this blog. Huzzah, Kinoethermes!

Anyway, I am off for now, but check back soon for more patterns and more dazzling commentary on said patterns! Thank you for looking at the stitching displayed here, and have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Can't Somebody Else Tell He's A Robot?

\Hello! Thank you for putting up with my last post, fluffy as it was. I know that this is a patterns blog, but the other day, something seemed very appealing about posting photos of a cross stitched version of Link looking at stuff. Today, however, I have an actual pattern, depicting Mechazawa of Cromartie High. Cromartie High is probably not the most common anime to have cross stitch patterns from, considering how pretty all of the characters are. It is pretty funny, though, and the box set was 15 dollars at Best Buy, so I was watching it with my siblings, which led to this pattern. (I'd seen some of it before when Tech TV used to run anime, but they'd always play the episode with the subtitles for a different episode as the closed captioning, which was irritating.)

Mechazawa is the character that ended up getting turned into a pattern because when I was looking through the characters, he seemed like the one best suited to a cross stitch pattern. Plus, I like the idea of a high school hoodlum being a robot that doesn't know he's a robot, so the character got extra points for that, too. In terms of stitching, though, I think this pattern would be really easy to do. The eyes are the only part with any major details, and even those are pretty minimal and easy to simplify in a pinch. You'd have to have an amazing tolerance for stitching massive amounts of gray thread to finish this, but I think it would work out well in the end. If any of you decide to make this, I think it would be pretty cool as a menacing piece to hang in your bathroom for the purpose of terrifying guests.

I must format some new patterns to post here, meaning that Mechazawa is all I have to offer for today, but I am hoping that my upcoming patterns are suitable for you, my dear readers. (How was that for overly sentimental prose?) I hope that won't take too long, though, and I'll be back to posting more stuff that is dorky and related to cross stitching soon!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Standee Photos and a New Patterns Site

Hello! I have some new patterns that can be posted soon, from Cromartie High, Disgaea, and some Game Boy ports of mediocre fighting games, but today seemed like a good day to do a general post here at Dork Stitch. Plus, I got a comment from Dawn the other night about the photos I'd taken of my cross stitch standees, which I'd forgotten about, and I want to post those, too, so everything seems to working out. Before I post the photos though, which there are a few of, I want to post a link to 1337xstitch , a new patterns site with an active forum that was opened earlier in the week by Deviant Art's kairi-chan16. It's just gotten started, but there are already a lot of cool patterns there, including some intensely detailed Kingdom Hearts stuff, and the fact that there's several contributors means that there ought to be a good variety of patterns. (I've submitted a few patterns that are too big for this blog, too, though my tendency to pick really odd subjects for said patterns doesn't really contribute much to the site's variety.) With this new website, Dawn's site, Anime Stitching, and a good deal of pattern blogs (a few of which are linked to on this blog's sidebar), I think the anime/video game cross stitching community is in very good condition right now! Now, of course, I'm ready to pollute it with photos of my cross stitched standees.


This image, as you can probably see, is of Link riding a mermaid (with the sprite taken from Athena, for NES) while a shady young woman (one of my own designs) watches from behind a box of casserole mix. No one knows why Link needs to ask the mermaid for a ride. Perhaps he misplaced his Zora suit and is in an embarrassing predicament. The poor boy is so quiet that we can never know what his problems are. It can, however, be said for certain that the young lady watching all of this go on is up to no good.


This image, taken by my sister (just like the rest of them) depicts a vicious firefight between the NES version of Zero Suit Samus and Metal Slug's Eri. If I had to pick one as having the upper hand, I'd say Eri has it in this image, seeing as her gun is shooting flames and she has a Goomba following her around. Those guys are vicious. Leona from King of Fighters is watching, though, and I know for a fact that she's cheering for Samus. Those SNK girls just can't get along for 10 minutes without someone making a none-too subtle attack.


This photo depicts Link standing and looking up at Leona, terrified of her massive size and evident pride in her appearance. It looks pretty straightforward at first glance, but if you take a closer look, the same mysterious girl is watching Link here as was looking on from the shadows as he rode the mermaid. I think she must be a private investigator of some sort, possibly hired by an evil genius to destroy Link.

The other photos here have stories behind them, but I'm not sure what was going on in this one. I know that Palutena from Kid Icarus (who was actually a Dork Stitch pattern!) and one of my many Athenas are giving some sort of speech, and every box of potato product in my family's kitchen provides the backdrop. The back of the Bloo that I got the pattern for from Dawn's blog is front and center, though, which may prove interesting to some, and it definitely displays the lack of expertise with which I stitch these things.

Anyway, I hope you all liked Dork Stitch "Let's Post With No Visible Substance Day," and will be back to posting patterns soon! It was fun to post these photos and I've made more standees since they were taken, though, so I might do this again at some point.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wooper Is Such A Happy Pokemon!

Hello! I've been making cross stitch patterns this afternoon and figured that as long as I was making stuff, I might as well post some, too. Therefore, I decided to go with the less bizarre of the two things I finished, which is everyone's favorite Pokemon, Wooper! I used to have a Valentine's Day card that my sister gave me with a picture of Wooper on it that said "You're Fun!" in big letters, so when I was trying to decide what to make a pattern of, Wooper seemed like a good idea. Plus, it's a really cute Pokemon if you can get past the strange fact that it has no arms. Something about it reminds me of Cheese from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends today, though. It's probably the tiny dot eyes and huge smile, but I cannot be sure.

Anyway, here is the pattern of our good friend Wooper, and, like most of what's posted here, it isn't that fancy. It is a little odd in that the outline is blue and violet instead of black, but if you want, it should be plenty easy to change that to the more normal option. It's about 50 by 60 stitches, too, meaning that it's pretty huge for a Dork Stitch Pokemon pattern. (I have a Bellsprout that's over 100 stitches tall, but I haven't been able to get it down to a printable size yet.)

I'm out of things to say at the moment, so I'm going to leave before I start talking about candy and soda. I should have another post later in the week, and an anime one, no less, but until then, I hope all of you have at least a halfway decent week!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

No! Noooo!!!! It's A Zombie And Her Tennis Shoes Need Replaced!

Hello! Earlier this afternoon, I watched Day of the Dead with my sister, which happened not to be even close to making a very long list of my favorite movies of all time. It did, however, in conjunction with my Sanrio themed post last night, remind me of a pattern that I'd done a while ago, around the time that I was reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, of a small zombie girl. Since I wasn't sure what I should post next, I decided that this might be a good home for her. Plus, I don't have many of my original cross stitch patterns up, and even if she doesn't have direct source material, I feel that Zombie Girl is plenty dorky enough to make the cut for this blog!

As you can tell, it is a lot more backstitch heavy than the patterns that usually make it here, since the patterns I draw by hand tend to end up that way. It also has a good number of floss colors for its size, with seven of them being included. However, it is cartoonish enough that precision shouldn't really be an issue, unless you're a real stickler for your DMC toned rotting flesh, and when I stitched it, it was pretty easy, too. (The full stitched version is here, on my Deviant Art page, heart stamped Aida and all. http://missy-tannenbaum.deviantart.com/art/X-Stitch-Zombie-Lass-121807378 ) Anyway, if you guys decide to stitch Zombie Girl, or any of my other patterns, let me know and I'll tell the world all about what you've done! Either way, I'm working on more stuff to post here, which will hopefully be up soon! I just have to warn you that when the new cross stitch patterns are up, we'll all have a grand time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Look, Everyone! It's a Bunny! (Oh, yeah, and some links, too...)

Well, everyone, it's time for another post here at Dork Stitch, and let me tell you, it's a humdinger. The pattern for today isn't the most exciting thing ever, since the character isn't doing anything bizarre or violent, and it's not from an obscure video game or anime, either. What is being posted, however, is a cross stitch pattern of Usa*Hana, a charming bunny from Sanrio. I've wanted to do some Sanrio patterns for a really long time, but I couldn't decide what to do, since a designer named Tatie Grenouille has some excellent Hello Kitty and Keroppi patterns at her blog, which can be found here: http://tatiegrenouille.canalblog.com/ , and the Sanrio cross stitch page over at Geocities, which can be found here covers a wide variety of other characters. In the end, however, I decided to make one for Usa*Hana because when I went to the Mall of America with my family a few years ago, I got a colored pencil set that she was stamped all over and have remained fond of the character since.

This pattern is relatively simple, and the wide variety of colors used should make it easy to switch them if you don't have the floss called for, or if you just think the colors it's shown in are dumb or something. It was fun to make though, and I think that more obscure Sanrio characters need to get cross stitched! I've seen some really odd ones over the years, and a lot of them need their time in the spotlight.

Anyway, I'm almost out of cross stitch patterns to post here again, but I'm going to make more and hopefully keep posting at a steady rate! A lot of old Nintendo games have been being played at my house, so some of them might make it here, but I'm not quite sure what is coming up yet. I can, however, guarantee that most of what ends up here will indeed be worthy of the Dork Stitch name.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I Know It's Another Fighting Game Post, But I Promise It's Sort of Cute

Hello! I'm posting after midnight again, so I can't promise any coherence, but I wanted to start my post by saying thank you to everyone who comments on this blog and watches it or reads it. I can't respond to comments directly on here, which I think might be the biggest problem with Blogger, but I really appreciate all of the comments and everything. It's really cool to know that you guys have been reading and looking at what's been posted here.

Of course, even though I was sincere about all of that, I'm about to go completely against the whole idea of reader appreciation by posting more King of Fighters patterns. This set, however, instead of being all aggressive and scantily clad, features the game's most gosh-darned cute combatant, Athena. I could say a lot about the character, but it's late and I'm losing my grasp of how sentences work, so I just have to say that there's always something awesome about making the tiny schoolgirl with brightly colored hair use cute and sparkly magical powers to beat up a big burfy guy. Keeping that in mind, I will post my ever-so-lovely patterns of Athena.

This first pattern is a little more elaborate than some of the stuff here, but the sprite was cute, and it seemed like it could have a purpose beyond that of fans of fighting games stitching it. After all, rampant consumerism is always popular, especially if it's a tiny anime girl indulging in it. Still, when I was recoloring this sprite, I tried to keep the outfits that Athena has consistent with some of her in-game color schemes. The blue color scheme is in most King of Fighters games, and the pink schoolgirl outfit is one of the alternate colors that she has in XI. (I know that this sprite was made before XI came out, but I've been playing it a lot lately, so it seemed like a good choice.)


This second pattern of Athena is not as fancy as the first, but as such, it's also easier to stitch, so it has its advantages. I used the blue color scheme for this one because I like it better than the red one, but if you'd rather stitch Athena in her red outfit, it should be very easy to simply switch out the blue floss for red.

Anyway, I would like to thank you all for putting up with another character specific fighting game post, as I am quitting this whole writing business for the evening while I'm still ahead. If any of you decide to stitch any of the projects on this blog, I'd love to see them and show your accomplishments to the world! I hope all of you have a good week and I'll hopefully be posting more within it with more of the patterns made in the brutal cute rampage that I went on last week.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's Ponyo Day!

Hello! I wasn't sure if I was going to post today, so I might not go on for too long, but I just wrote a news story on a yoga game for mygamer.com, so I figured that as long as I was already going, I might as well post a blog before I forgot about it. Yesterday, in my case, was a very good day, since I went with my family to go eat Japanese food, see Ponyo, and get overpriced fancy coffee at Starbucks, which combines several of my favorite things. I really liked Ponyo, since it was a cute and happy movie, and I felt lucky to see it in a theater. Because I enjoyed the movie so, then, I decided to make a cross stitch pattern for it. It's not a very fancy one, since I did it between 10:30 and midnight last night, but it's of one of Ponyo's sisters, who seem to be the common really cute thing that there's hundreds of on screen at once in a Miyazaki movie, like the soot sprites in Spirited Away or the wobbly headed things that I forget the name of in Princess Mononoke. I'm needlepointing it right now, which should go pretty quickly, but I hope to make a more elaborate pattern from the movie, too, maybe of Ponyo herself. Here is the pattern, though, and I hope that you guys like it!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Look, Everyone, It's A Dancin' Pig!

Hello! I haven't blogged for a few days, and I have to say that if Pangya, an online golf game I play, hadn't been doing maintenance tonight, I probably would have waited until tommorrow to post. As it is, however, I have an hour until the 11pm rerun of The Young and the Restless, so posting cross stitch seemed like a decent thing to do.

Today's free cross stitch pattern is a little more obscure than usual, even considering that I regularly post sets of patterns for King of Fighters characters, but I'm hoping that the cuteness of it can transcend that it's a character from an anime that was on ABC Family's weekend morning block. The anime that it's from is Tokyo Pig, which is one of the awesome-est anime that was on TV in the US. It was about a grade school boy who was friends with a magical pig that made whatever he drew in his journal come to life. This often led to monsters and explosions and wanton violence, sometimes involving meteorologists kidnapped by demons or the parents of the child plotting to eat him. It was also directed by Shinichi Wantanabe, who did Excel Saga, meaning that one of the kid's classmates was Nabeshin from the aforementioned and much more R-rated cartoon, and that may have also contributed to the show being so loopy. At any rate, I think that Tokyo Pig was wildly underappreciated and should have been watched by more than 4 people.

Anyway, after my, "Oh my God, people! Why must you not like the same anime as me?!" rant, I will actually post the pattern. This is Sunny, the pig of the show's title, doing his magical pig dance that was in each episode. Since the show seemed to have sort of a low animation budget, the pattern is pretty simple and uses a few pink DMC flosses that should be easy to switch around or substitute if it becomes neccessary. It would also be good to needlepoint, I think, which I might try doing on some 7 count canvas.

If any of you decide to make Sunny Pig, send me a picture and I will tout your work as a landmark in human achievement. If not, I'll be posting more patterns soon, including bunnies, more Lucky Star stuff, and, of course, more crap from SNK fighting games. Until then, I hope that all of you are doing well and using the proper precautionary magic to keep all of your needles from becoming sentient and attacking the feet of those that you live with and care for!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oh, No, It's Marth!

Hello! I haven't posted much this week, and I don't really have much of an excuse for it. I haven't been that busy, I have a few patterns ready to go, and it hasn't been so hot that I can pull out the, "Oh, my, the heat is just making my dear little fingers feel too heavy to type!" excuse. Today, however, I got over 30 plastic canvas books for less than a dollar at a yard sale, saw G.I. Joe and The Hudsucker Proxy, ate a tuna sandwich, and even spent a few minutes playing an SNK fighting game, so I'm all hopped up and ready to post some patterns!

The pattern for today is of a video game character I could spend hours and hours talking crap about, as anyone in my family or the anime club that I was in could attest to. Some of my favorite personal attacks on the character include saying he's the most stylish of all the girls in the Smash Bros. games, or drawing a fanart of him criticizing the fashion sense of Disgaea's Etna, which prompts her to threaten to cut him. If you read the bold title written above this entry in a large font, you'd know that this character is Marth, who I really have no reason to say bad things about, seeing as he's a good character in Smash Bros. and that I don't dislike Fire Emblem games. I think I should just blame Captain Falcon and call it a day.


This pattern is a recolored sprite from Fire Emblem: Gaiden from the NES, with the NES part explaining the relatively small size and my odd need to make it look like the Marth of today explaining why a pattern of this size has ten colors. Posting this, however, makes me wonder why I haven't actually stitched this yet, especially since my set of cross stitch standees needs more guys in capes, and I hope that some of you like the pattern enough to make it, too.

I have a few patterns almost ready to post here in the next week or so, but I went on a bit of a cute binge, so be forewarned of that. I've also been thinking about posting some photos of my cross stitch standees here, since my collection hit 28 tonight, but it hopefully won't be too spammy when I do. Anyway, I'm about to put a new CD on my iPod and pass out on my computer desk, but I hope you all have weeks wrought with excitement of the kind that doesn't involve harm or explosions.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fatal Fury Is Only Made Deadlier With Needles

Hello! I've been online for a while now, and just finished doing some job seeking stuff, so I decided that the only way to top off that excitement was to grace the world of blogging with another lovely cross stitching pattern! Actually, lovely might not be the word for today's pattern, seeing as it could be considered a strange word to describe the cast of the first Fatal Fury, or any early 90s fighting game, but it might provide some amusement to the lot of you.

This pattern depicts Fatal Fury's Joe, Terry, and Andy (from left to right) using sprites from Neo Geo Pocket games. I recolored them all, since the colors on the original sprites were really limited, but tried to keep the color count low enough that it wouldn't be frustrating for people using craft thread or Perler beads, or those who don't like switching colors a lot while stitching. I also tried to select poses that made it look like they were ready to punch you, the kind stitcher, in the face, though I'm afraid that Andy looks mildly irritated rather than ready to toss the crime lord that killed his father out of a window. My attempts to recreate the original game's character selection screen in chibi format didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped, but having all three of the fighters accounted for is really more than I'd expected of myself at the time of making this.

If you guys decide to make this, feel free to send me a link or photo, since I'd love to see it. Otherwise, I'll be posting again before too long with more fun and dorkariffic cross stitch patterns!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Think That The Whole Sudden Kim Possible Pattern Makes Perfect Sense!

Hello! I am sort of out of it tonight, despite the fact that it's only midnight and I'm not coming off of any rounds of fighting games, so I apologize in advance if this posting makes no sense. When I've been making patterns lately, though, I've felt like Dork Stitch is not quite living up to its promise of delivering cross stitch patterns for a variety of dorkdoms. I think the video games thing is pretty well covered, if you're into SNK or Nintendo, and there's some anime stuff, too. What hasn't yet been tackled, however, is US animation, which I don't mean to discriminate against at all. Therefore, tonight I am posting a pattern of Kim Possible, from her self titled Disney Channel show.

Since I haven't done many non-anime/video game patterns before, I feel like this might be a bit off, but I liked making it. It was interesting to do the big blocks of color, which I think will be easy to stitch, and I like the different outline colors, too. I have some blue fabric that this might look nice on, so I'm thinking of stitching it soon, and if you guys want to as well, I'd love to see it!

I feel very incoherent, so I think I will go before I start extolling the virtues of Smarties, especially if half the roll is eaten at once. Next time, however, I will post some of the patterns I keep promising at the end of these posts. I hope all of you have a good week, too!