Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Bit of a Jump on Holiday Cross Stitch Patterns, With a Nintendo Theme

Hello! It's been almost a week since I posted here, so today, I'm throwing three patterns out onto the internet. I am pretty sure my head is full of invisible cotton balls, so I probably won't be at my chattiest about them, but I think that they're sort of self explanatory, so hopefully, that will all work out.

The last time I went to Borders, I dug through all of the UK cross stitching magazines they carry and noticed that most of them had issues stuffed with Christmas patterns. It isn't even Halloween yet, so it seemed a little early for Christmas. (Plus, I bought a pile of the Christmas themed issues last year and haven't really made anything from those yet, so it seemed reasonable to avoid adding to the problem.) I've seen lots of people online starting to make their Christmas gifts and decorations, though, so I've decided to jump on the holiday boat before it's either too late to make any Christmas patterns posted or everyone is so burnt out on the holidays that seeing an additional Christmas pattern makes them want to smack their head into their computer desk so hard that they get a concussion.

Since this is Dork Stitch, normal Christmas patterns wouldn't really fit in, but I've edited some sprites of characters from classic Nintendo games to fit the holiday theme. Today's victims are Samus, Princess Peach (who I labeled as Toadstool on the pattern, though there's no reason for it), and Princess Zelda. All three of the patterns are fairly small, meaning they're suitable for cards or coasters or stuff like that, but they cover a wide range of difficulty, with Samus being easy and pleasant to stitch and an attempt at Peach having so many color changes that deciding to stitch her may mean that you have a deep psychological need to prove something to the outside world. I'm fond of all three of the patterns and hope to make them all, but so you can decide for yourself, here they are.

If any of you reading this feel that making any of these patterns, or any from older posts, would be a good idea, then send me a photo of your finished project to have your work featured right here on this blog. It's really incredibly exciting, as I'm sure any of the crafters featured on here would tell you. Thank you for reading and have a good Halloween weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Procrastination Blogging- It's What All The Cool Kids Are Doing!

Hello! I haven't posted here since Monday afternoon, so today, I'm starting to post as I work on the pattern to be included here. As I type I am eating oatmeal, a fact which I'm sure amazes and astounds each and every one of you. What makes this even more insane is that it's maple and brown sugar flavored oatmeal. Crazy, right? You just pour this stuff out of a packet, add water, and then it mystically changes into breakfast, or a late evening snack, in this case. I just finished my oatmeal, though, so it's time for me to get back to transferring tonight's pattern onto Pattern Maker, which is tedious work. In fact, that's the reason why I'm blogging while I'm working on the pattern.

I'm about halfway done entering the pattern now! I will resist the urge to go watch my siblings play Game Cube for 20 or so minutes and get the stupid thing finished.

Okay, after a bit of trial and error, I've gotten my pattern off of graph paper and onto Pattern Maker, meaning that it is right here for you in the form of a stunning .jpeg file!




As you can probably see, this is a backstitched pattern of a paper crane. I drew and stitched this pattern a long time ago (from a crane I actually folded, explaining the crookedness of the head), but I've been folding piles and piles of cranes to make wall hangings as of late, so while I was hacking up an old magazine to use it for origami paper tonight, it seemed like I should put this pattern up here. Since there's no actual cross stitches involved, it's incredibly fast to stitch, meaning that it would make a nice afternoon or evening project if you needed a tiny piece of needlework to plaster on a card or something.

Anyway, I just had a cup of tea get finished in the microwave, so I'm going to stop blogging now before I have a chance to tell all of you how wonderful herbal tea is. I have another pattern on graph paper, too, of Trixie from Speed Racer, so I'm going to see how much of that I can get onto the computer before I feel like ripping my own hair out. I hope that all of you have a good weekend and will hopefully be back with more patterns sooner rather than next month!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Astro Boy Cross Stitch Patterns, Now In Black and White As Well As Color!

Hello! I have some patterns to post today, but not a lot of additional stuff to go on about, so I'm actually going to get decently close to the point right off the bat in this post, which is a little strange. Since there's an Astro Boy movie coming out this weekend, I thought that I would post some Astro Boy patterns. I don't really care if the movie ends up sucking, since I'll end up seeing it anyway. (My fondness for the Speed Racer movie also proved that I have a different definition of entertainment than many of my peers, although I can't see why anyone wouldn't like a movie where gangsters are threatening to throw Rain into a tank of piranhas in the back of a semi-truck, so this helps bolster my determination to see the film.) Plus, the movie is as good an excuse as any to post the patterns, which, by the end of the week, will have inevitably declined into Black Jack patterns, meaning that I'll successfully have been able to use mainstream pop culture as an excuse to post cross stitch patterns of a renegade surgeon who looks quite a bit like Dracula.

The Astro Boy cross stitch patterns themselves are not that fancy or anything. Both of them are taken from the same sprite from the NES Astro Boy game, which I then recolored on Pattern Maker so that it looked more like the cartoon. Both versions require 6 colors, which I think is a fairly low number, and though the one in color is probably more fun to stitch, I think that the 60s style black and white pattern would look really cool if it were to be stitched.


If any of you reading this think that cross stitching, needlepointing, beading, or whatever craft you do for Astro Boy would be a proper use of your time, I'd love to see how the finished project turns out and will post your undoubtedly beautiful work right here in this blog! I'm out of stuff to say for now, but I'll be back and posting later in the week with whatever patterns seem to be a good idea at the time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well, At Least It's A Post, Right?

Hello! When I set about preparing a blog post for today, I was sure that I had something specific to say, but between a general case of brain wobbliness and the news story about the boy who floated away in a balloon, I've totally forgotten what it was. Even without that, though, I haven't posted here since Monday, so it seemed like time for a new post! I haven't been doing much since the last posting here, other than folding a bunch of paper cranes (I have 90 of them pinned to my wall right now, 10 that I gave to my sister, and more that haven't yet been strung) and doing a giant embroidery project of a singing mermaid from a Mega Man game, which I think might be blackwork but am not totally sure about. Therefore, I don't really have an excuse for not putting up any patterns since then. Today, however, I have a lovely new pattern of one of the monsters that pops up in a lot of the NIS strategy RPGs in a style to match the Disgaea patterns previously posted here.


As those of you who have played any of the games in question may have noticed, today's pattern is of Succubus, who was chosen because she has the best hair of any of the monsters in the games. The sprite of her I chose is from La Pucelle Tactics because I was playing that game the day that I made this pattern, meaning that it has to be pretty old by now, since I quit the game over a month ago. Beyond that, however, the pattern is not that abnormal. I used Pattern Maker to take the sprite down to a five floss color scheme, meaning that she ought to be quick and easy to stitch and that she'd match the patterns of Flonne and Etna that have popped up here in the past. I originally designed this pattern to be a standee, but after a bit of thought, I realized that her wings made it difficult for her to work in that capacity, meaning that she hasn't been stitched yet. Still, I'd like to make her someday, and if any of the rest of you decide to use the pattern, I'd love to see your finished product!

I'm out of stuff to say for now, meaning that I'm going to abandon ship before I start talking about how the story mode on Pangya for Wii was designed to be played by robots built to excel at virtual golf. Still, I hope that all of you have a good weekend and will be back to post more Dork Stitch stuff soon!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's A Finished Cross Stitch of Konata! Quick, Guess Who Made It?

Hello! I don't know that I've posted twice in the same day to this blog since the day I've started it, but today is mysterious and full of wonder. Actually, that might be overstating things, but I did find the Wii version of Pangya (a golf MMO that I suck at yet play continually) for 10 dollars, which was maybe not mysterious and full of wonder but quite unexpected nonetheless. I do have an hour to kill between The Big Bang Theory and new anime, though, and putting a Hot Chip album on my iPod can't take that long, unless the computer really gets snippy with me. Therefore, it's time to post the latest in Max-the-rabbitything's long line of finished versions of this blog's Lucky Star patterns!


As this thumbnail makes evident, Max-the-rabbitything's latest choice of pattern was Konata, and I think it came out really well! She looks great on the black fabric, just like the others, only this one's hair looks more dramatic for some reason, and I still really like the way the border around her looks. Plus, the fact that changes were made to the original pattern is spiffy. The image has been mirrored, in a move that I have to admit would have made my head buzz while reading the symbols on the chart, and replacing the full-stitch trim on her collar with backstitching made it look quite a bit nicer, I think. In order to see a nifty full sized image of the piece, I direct you towards Max-the-rabbitything's Deviant Art posting of her. As all of you readers know, however, a new finished project means that the artist is to be awarded with a new gold star, with the newest one in Max-the-rabbitything's collection being an origami piece done during an episode of How I Met Your Mother. (The animal print is as classy as the origin story, isn't it?)


Anyway, I've typed enough here for now, and will be posting again soon with more bordering on incoherent rambling and more cross stitch patterns! It will cause excitement beyond that which humanity has been able to measure in the past, so I hope all of you are well prepared.

Cross Stitch Witch Motifs (It's The Worst Name for a Metal Band Ever!)

Hello! I feel like I'm a little behind on this blog, so I'm doing a short patterns post today in order to give myself more unnecessary time to get a gold star done for a finished project post I have to do. It'll be up tomorrow or even later tonight, so I don't know why I feel that I must return to the blog, but here I am, and today, I have a small Halloween cross stitch pattern to post!


Some of you may have seen these witches on my Deviant Art page, where I posted them as a set of sprites, but they were originally designed to be a cross stitch pattern, just like they are now. I wanted them to be quick and easy, so that they could get done before Halloween, if that's the sort of thing you're wanting to do, which is partially why I picked the NES sprite style. The other part of that rationale is that NES sprites are often cute, but that motivates so much of the stuff on this blog that I didn't think I'd immediately have to bring that up. However, I also wanted these to be very customizable, so that everyone who made one of the witches would have one that was totally unique. Therefore, instead of posting a floss list with this project, I did my best to make the colors as bright and basic as possible on every sprite so that switching them out for different colors would be incredibly easy. I think that these'll be able to suck up a bunch of the scraps of floss I have lying around so that they don't get stuck to my sweater sleeves anymore, and hope that they can do the same for you!

At any rate, if any of you guys decide to stitch any of the witches, I would love to see photos, especially since I am very fond of the idea of a tiny army of cross stitched witches infiltrating the entire globe. Other than that, however, I'll be back very soon with a finished project posting from one of this blog's repeat offenders and will be back again with more patterns after that. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Finished Project Photo Before The Pattern Is Posted? (Well, A Few Paragraphs Before That, Anyway.)

Hello, everyone! I am posting at a fairly early hour, but for some reason, I am really sleepy, so I apologize in advance for any wild incoherence.

A few months ago, I got bored one afternoon and decided that I was absolutely incensed by the idea that SNK had given up on their Neo Geo Pocket Color, just because of something as inconsequential as poor sales, meaning that none of the characters introduced to the King of Fighters series after the games in the series on the console would get to have the cute little chibi sprites that populated fighting games on the system. This led to my huddling over a keyboard and mouse for hours, making a custom sprite for Vanessa from the aforementioned King of Fighters games, partially because I think she's a nifty character and partially because her outfit is nicely non-elaborate, which seemed like a big plus for my first project of the sort. Once she was done, I threw the sprite up in my sprites on Deviant Art, not really expecting anything to come of it.

Last night, Vanessa's sprite, which I'd almost forgotten about due to a custom sprite I'd done of Cathy from Top Hunter, came up with Deviant Art's Crausse, who does really impressive work with Perler beads. His Nakoruru and Goddess are especially mind boggling- I can't even imagine putting all of those beads down on the pegboards without knocking them over or dropping them on the way to be ironed or something of the sort. (I suppose that these limitations of mine are why I've chosen do a craft that is difficult to destroy with mere clumsiness once the stitches are in the fabric.) This afternoon, he mentioned doing a Perler bead project of Vanessa, which was cool enough as it is, but when I logged on tonight, he had her posted!

A larger and less cropped image of Crausse's work is up and ready to be looked at here, on his deviant art page, where she can be full viewed and favorited to your heart's content. I was thrilled to see it, both so quickly and at such a large size. I know that for people who do Perler beads, it probably isn't exciting to see how big it is, but his USB plug is less than half the size of her hand! Plus, the colors are really bright and nifty looking, and the details came out really well. With all things considered, Crausse is more than deserving of a Dork Stitch gold star, with this one hailing from a world inspired by Sanrio and a lack of sleep!


With a perler bead version of Vanessa placed on peg-boards and ready to be ironed, I figured it was time that the sprite also got the cross stitch pattern treatment. Vanessa's sprite is a bit higher in color count than my normal NGPC sprite recolors, since she wasn't originally made with stitching in mind. There are, however, few enough colors that it should be quite easy to adapt her to other color schemes or substitute threads for the project.

Anyway, I feel that today's post has been exciting enough for one night, as it features both Dork Stitch's first bead sprite as well as the blog's first preemptive gold star. Plus, as all of you know, I'm always more than happy for an excuse to post a King of Fighters pattern, so that was nice as well. Right now, I am falling asleep at my keyboard, so before I go, I would like to say, as always, that if of you decide to use any of these patterns for any sort of craft project, I would love to see your work and will let all of the blog's readers know about what you've done! I hope that all of you have a very good weekend and will be back to post more to this blog posthaste!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Something of a Hotel Mario Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! This afternoon, I realized that I had more patterns than I thought I did to post here, meaning that every time I look at this blog, I no longer have to panic to think of something interesting to make a cross stitch pattern of. This, of course, made it easier for me to think of something new to post, meaning that I have a brand new pattern to shove up here in addition to a slightly odd reserve of patterns. Today's cross stitch pattern was inspired (if that's what you want to call it) by Hotel Mario, a game that I am only familiar with because of a Youtube video that I've watched at least a dozen times, due to its strange existence in a world that exists beyond human logic. (I have no idea how prevalent this video is in terms of Youtube lunacy, so it can be watched if you click on these shiny rainbow letters, as it explains the soon to come pattern as well as anything can.) I haven't played Hotel Mario and probably never will, because playing it would require owning a Philips CD-i, and I think that if I did own one, I'd be too busy wondering what bizarre path my life had taken to play a game where Mario opens doors, and I do say that as someone who regularly plays her Neo Geo Pocket Color.

Anyway, I will stop babbling about obsolete video game systems and actually post the Hotel Mario pattern, which I'm sure you've all been waiting for.


I don't think that this pattern would be especially difficult or amazingly easy, so I don't have much to say about it, other than that a removal of the toaster text makes it an acceptable and normal pattern of Mario. When making it, however, I did find a very nice sprite of Mario from the SNES classic Mario: Fun With Numbers, meaning that I didn't have to use any of the weird and wobbly lined drawings of Mario from Hotel Mario itself. In my opinion, this also adds an extra layer of quality to a pattern based on one of the finest games in the history of the Mario franchise.

I think that I've done all the damage I can today, so I'm off to do other crud on the internet before logging off and working on a 100 by 100 stitch portrait of an 80s version of SNK's Athena, who is in way too many games, which was probably not the wisest idea for a project I've ever undertaken. Soon, however, I will be back here and posting more patterns, including some considerably smaller ones of Athena, one of Sanrio's less popular mascots, and a Tsubasa pattern that used to be on Little Mojo's site. Until then, however, I have to repeat myself by saying that if you stitch any of the patterns from here, please feel free to send in a picture of your finished work, as I'd love to do a post about it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Max-the-rabbitything Scores Another Gold Star!

Hello, everyone! Though I plan to post a new pattern soon, today's post here at Dork Stitch is dedicated to the work of Deviant Art's Max-the-rabbitything, who has completed another of the Lucky Star patterns previously posted here! This time, the character in question is Tsukasa, who has been stitched with more satin floss than I can imagine using in one project without ripping my hair out, leading me to think that Max-the-rabbitything deserves extra kudos for the pattern's completion. Even disregarding the shiny parts of the project, however, which is difficult for me to do, Tsukasa looks very nice on her black Aida cloth and ought to look nice next to his previously completed Kagami!

In order to view a higher-resolution image of this stitching or, if you are a fellow deviant art member, comment and favorite on the work, visit Tsukasa's permanent home at http://max-the-rabbitything.deviantart.com/art/Tsukasa-Cross-Stitch-138965902

As readers of this blog know, a new finished work means a new gold star for its stitcher, so without further ado, here is the third official Dork Stitch Gold Star, awarded to Max-the-rabbitything for his outstanding work. This one is a bit over the top, maybe, but it's really cloudy and boring looking outside today, so it seemed like something exciting was in order. Paint Shop Pro sunburst effect GO!


Anyway, that's all I've got for today, but I'll be back soon with more patterns and finished projects and all of the stuff Dork Stitch has become marginally known for. I hope that all of you have good weekends and would like to wish Will an early happy birthday!