Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Totally Lack Ambition, But Here's A Pattern Anyway- It's From Pangya!

Hello! Even though May has been the busiest month here at Dork Stitch in ages, I still haven't posted anything for a few days, so I feel a little bit like I'm slacking off. It isn't as if I haven't been doing any cross stitching, which I'll go on about more in a later post, but I missed writing in this blog, so tonight, even though I have very little to say, I will be posting a pattern!

Anyway, tonight's pattern comes from Pangya, a game that, despite its being a rather straightforward golfing sim, is an all too common source of fascination for me. I haven't been on the online version too much lately, since I have to download a massive update and am somewhat intimidated by the hostile anti-non-English speaker environment that often pops up on the game's chat, but I've been spending a lot more time than I ought to on the Wii version, Super Swing Golf (Season 2, specifically). After over twenty hours of gameplay, I know that I should be getting bored with the game, since all you do is golf and buy clothes, but the fact that I can dress my character up like Officer Jenny from Pokemon and make her golf with a squeaky-hammer seems to make all the difference. Because of this, I decided that I needed to make some Pangya cross stitch patterns, and since this is my blog, all of you out there are about to fall victim to the first of them!






















Though the character featured in tonight's pattern, Lucia, isn't available in the Wii version of the game, she's still my favorite Pangya character because she's a golfing pop star with crayon colored hair and ridiculous outfits that obviously bears no similarity to Athena, from the King of Fighters games. Regardless of that, when I made this pattern, I decided to make it into a semi-8-bit sprite, similar to those used in bootlegged NES versions of fighting games, since, lazy as I am, it seemed a lot easier than trying to do a pattern of her 3D character model. Because the pattern is relatively simple, though, if you're the sort of person who'd rather clunk their head on a brick than play a shopping-heavy golf sim, the colors should be fairly easy to switch out in order to make this any sort of girl in a weird outfit with excessive hair that you want to stitch! It also makes for a very quick and nice needlepoint project, which I can attest to, since I stitched it in one night a couple of weeks ago.















Since this was done with craft thread, I couldn't use any of the DMC floss colors it was designed with, but it was pretty easy to replicated them. Plus, it was really cool to find a good use for the gradient thread. It makes her hair look really shiny. (If you want to see a full sized version of this, I have it on my Deviant Art page at this link!)

Anyway, typing away about Pangya has, for some reason that I simply can't figure out, made me want to actually play the game, so I'm heading off to try and make some more progress in the Wii version of the game. If you want to stitch Lucia or use the pattern for any other sort of craft, though, show me your finished project and I'll not only write about it here, with piles of links and photos, but I'll also have another half-decent excuse to go and play the game again. I'll be back to post again soon, but until then, I want to say congratulations to my brother, Will for graduating 8th grade, and to some girl that shows up at my house sometimes, Kelly, for graduating high school!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The View From The Battlefield

At this moment, I really ought to be writing a review for a DS game about ATV racing, but a frightening image from my kitchen table has recently come to my attention. It just so happens that last night, on a table scattered with knives and cooking spray and the crumpled remains of a package of baking chocolate, a battle ensued between one of my cross stitch standees, of Leona, from the King of Fighters games, and a balloon giraffe made by the older of my two brothers. The battle itself was not captured, which is most likely for the best, but I feel it is my duty to bring you this image, taken immediately before the brutal fight. There were no winners and no losers, but the scars of a fight between frivolous crafts remain in the mind for a lifetime.



(I think that I should actually get to writing that review now. I'll be back and posting again soon!)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Look! Today's Pattern Fits With Both the Fighting Game Fangirl Theme and Pretty Traditional Stitching

Hello! Right now, I should be hunting down box shots from Neo Geo Pocket games for an article for MyGamer.com, but I spent the earlier part of the afternoon taking screenshots from games, including a strange anime style strip mahjong game that taught me that I don't know how to play mahjong, and just finished doing a photo shoot of my own Neo Geo Pocket Color, which, to its credit, was well able to work the digital camera. Because of that, I am taking a short break from useful behavior to post a pattern of a character from a Neo Geo fighting game here on my blog! Since the character is from the company that produced the machine I'm supposed to be focused on, I'm not as off-topic as I could be, and if I manage to keep this post relatively brief, at least by Dork Stitch standards, I'll be back to work in no time!

Anyway, as those of you who follow my Deviant Art page may know, I am working on an ongoing project that involves needlepointing a fairly large plastic canvas cutout of every character from Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, an SNK fighting game that pretty much throws a bunch of characters from other games together and makes them kick each other in the head. I'm slightly derailed on this project right now, since I have it in my head that it's a good idea to try and cross stitch an entire screenshot from a Neo Geo Pocket Color fighting game, which is an unfortunate consequence of yesterday afternoon's work on the stuff I should be doing now, but I still have a lot of patterns done for it, including one of Mai Shiranui, the company's standard-issue minimally dressed face-kicker. I've stitched her a lot of times before, and even though it's always fun, the thought of needlepointing her in the same outfit in one of the same poses for this project made me want to poke my eyes out with any of the needles I have at hand. Because of that, I wanted to do something different with the character and tried my best to make her look like a more traditional woman-posing-in-a-kimono cross stitch pattern. Though the final result isn't exactly right for the project at hand, since the demure pose doesn't really fit with the more active patterns used for the other characters, I was really happy with how the pattern came out and wanted to post it here.























Although this pattern is still pretty simple, since I got it from editing the crap out of one of Mai's in game sprites until it was all outlined and cartoony, I think that there's still enough detail on her kimono to make for a pretty finished project. At 85 stitches tall, it should be big enough to be fairly impressive, too, though the fact that it's also pretty narrow means that it won't take a huge amount of time to complete. Additionally, there shouldn't be any problems if you want to change the colors of this pattern, due to its simplicity. I decided to go with one of Mai's alternate color schemes for this, since I usually end up making her in the red outfit and thought the green was pretty, but if you still want to stitch her default look, I've also included that as an option on the floss key.

I ended up going on with this post quite a bit longer than I'd intended to, but if you decide to stitch Mai or any of the other patterns included here, including the other patterns of the character, send me a picture of your finished work and I'll gladly show it off to the rest of the blogging world! I have more patterns to post and even more planned, so it won't be too long until I'm back here, but until then, have a good week!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Big Diner Dash Cross Stitch Pattern, Because Casual Games Don't Deserve The Bad Reputation They're Sometimes Percieved As Having

Hello! The title of this journal is fairly wordy, so I'm not sure I have to expand on it too much. I just think that it's sort of bizarre that, despite the fact that they take plenty of skill to play, casual games are sometimes looked down upon by certain gaming audiences. It's not very logical, since the casual games that are popular didn't get there by sucking, and as stressful as it is to play a game where you have to kick someone's face in, the later levels in any Diner Dash game have the capability to give people heart attacks.

With that being said, today's cross stitch pattern is of Flo, from Diner Dash! When I posted my Art of Fighting pattern last week, I was sort of joking about doing a series of posts on video game girls who work in restaurants, since I wasn't sure anyone else wanted to see the Flo pattern, but after Dawn commented about it on the entry, I decided that it certainly wouldn't be the strangest thing I've done with this blog. I have one other video game restaurateur in mind right now- Jam, from Guilty Gear- and I'm sure I'll think of more as I go. If you guys can think of any of them, too, let me know! It might be fun, and since I'm only thinking of characters from time management games and 2D fighters, it would certainly help to round things out. For today, though, Flo is the pattern du jour, so please enjoy!























For this pattern, I used the image from the box art of Diner Dash: Flo on the Go, since I thought that it was cute, and because it was a little warm on the day when I made the pattern, I wanted something that looked a little summery, too. Using the in-game sprite for a pattern probably would have been more practical, and it certainly would have been smaller. I like making portrait-style patterns, though, and I think that the bold outline will look quite nice when it's stitched, even if it has the potential to be really time consuming, and the colors should be bright and well-varied enough to keep that part of it interesting, too! Plus, I like the lei and sunglasses with her standard waitress outfit, and I think that they ought to add some variety to the pattern.

Anyway, if you decide to do some sort of craft with this pattern, let me know, and I'll write about it here! For now, however, I'm done posting, since I went to Iowa twice this weekend and, as a result, feel a little wobbly headed and sleepy. I have quite a reserve of patterns built up, so even if I don't have another post in the virtual restaurant girls series for a little bit, I will have a new post soon! Until then, have a good start to your week and be careful to stay out of truck stops if Lady Gaga is in the kitchen!

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Cross Stitch Pattern From the Art of Fighting Anime- Practical As Ever!

Hello! Last night, at a relatively late hour, I was chatting about the mid-90s OAV Art of Fighting, which I don't think is all that unusual for me, considering that it's based on an old SNK fighting game. Yes, it is a really bad anime, but it's also really entertaining, just like the stuff they used to put on Encore Action Channel at midnight on Fridays. It's dubbed by a lot of the same New York that are in Pokemon, a lot of stuff explodes for no good reason, and Robert, one of the main characters, is an unapologetic sleazebag who would actually leave his friends in better shape than they started the movie in if he were to fall off a cliff that magically appeared in the middle of the city, which actually wouldn't have surprised me, considering the place that logic has in the production. It probably also helps that it's only 45 minutes long and that it was late when I watched it, which helped to make it one of the funniest things that I'd seen in a long time. Because I was talking about this late at night, however, the whole thing ended in me making a cross stitch pattern of King, who is one of the Art of Fighting characters, as she appeared in the anime, at the very reasonable size of 70 by 70 stitches. In case anyone who is not me thinks that this was a fun idea, here is the pattern!

















Since this is a larger pattern than normally gets posted here, I can't say that I think King will be very fast to stitch, but at the very least, it shouldn't be too difficult! In order to preserve the charming "we had 400 dollars to animate this and spent most of it on doughnuts and beer" look of the anime she was taken from, the color count was kept down to eleven, and I think that I got it balanced well enough that although there's no mind-numbingly massive spaces to fill in with any given color, there's no spaces in which you have to switch floss colors an intense number of times, either. The important thing about this pattern, however, is that since King works in a restaurant, I can start a Dork Stitch series of patterns of video game girls who work in the food service industry, finally giving me the chance to post the 80 by 90 pattern I made of Flo from Diner Dash! (I'm not bluffing, either- I did in fact make that pattern, and I, for one, think it came out to be really cute.)

Anyway, if you decide to stitch King, or, more realistically, any of the other patterns found on this blog, let me know and I'll post your work right here for the whole world to see! I ought to be back and posting again soon with more fancy and illogical patterns, but, until then, I hope that you all have good weekends!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two People Who Had A More Ambitious Yesterday Than I Did

Yesterday, the whole of my accomplishments pretty much revolved around coming to this blog and complaining a lot about people eating cheeseburgers, doing some of a needlepoint of a character from Samurai Shodown, and waving my resume in the faces of the managers at the local Game Stop. However, within the same 24-hour block, Dawn, the author of Anime Stitching and webmaster of the patterns filled website of the same name, cross stitched the pattern of Princess Zelda featured in yesterday's post here at Dork Stitch! Aside from the time that Crausse did a perler bead version of a pattern before I'd even posted it, with the pattern of Vanessa from the King of Fighters games, I think that this is the fastest ever turnaround for a Dork Stitch pattern! Before I go on too much, however, here is the photo of Dawn's lovely Princess Zelda!

















The first thing that I noticed about stitching, probably because yellow Aida cloth drives me nuts to work with, is that this is stitched on yellow fabric and looks quite nice on it. While she stitched Princess Zelda, though, Dawn made a lot of really spiffy modifications to the pattern that I think add a lot. The gold floss and seed bead trim are probably the most instantly noticeable additions to the pattern, and they look really good. My favorite of her additions, however, is the backstitched gold trim alongside the gold panel at the front of her skirt. It's a small detail, but I think that being able to see the stitching on the dress adds a lot to it in terms of the overall appearance, and makes it more than just a cross stitched sprite. Besides all of that, however, this Zelda will look great next to the Triforce that she stitched from Gatchacaz's blog, viewable here. If you're on Deviant Art and want to comment on Dawn's work, or just see a full sized version of it, she originally posted it here: http://dawnmlc.deviantart.com/art/Princess-Zelda-163685551  For now, however, it's time to unveil the very small, but hopefully somewhat reminiscent of the Triforce gold star awarded for this stitching! (It came out looking a little fuzzy, but I hope that doesn't take away from it!)
















While I'm still talking about stars, though this has nothing to do with cross stitching at all, a few weeks ago, Subtleknees on Deviant Art posted a journal asking for origami star folding paper requests, and I requested a set of paper to match an older one she'd made in hot pink, only in blue, so that I could have a nice and sort of rainbow-y set of stars to toss into the giant candy jar that I have it in my head that I can fill. I'd sort of forgotten about it, but last night, I logged into DevArt and there were two different blue versions of the star paper in my message box! I'm only going to give a tiny thumbnail image here, since her page is full of really nifty star paper for the downloading and well worth visiting, but since it seems weird to talk and talk about an image without actually showing any of it, I have to show something. Therefore, I hope that you enjoy this detail of the design featured on the aforementioned star paper, the full version of which can be found here, or here, for the darker blue version. Both of them are really spiffy and I look forward to folding them.
















I don't have any other stuff to post here today, so I am done for now. I do, however, have a nice reserve of cross stitch patterns built up and ready to post, so I'll be back soon with some spiffy new content for all of you! Until then, thank you for reading and following (if you do happen to follow) this blog!

Monday, May 10, 2010

An Over-Long Rant, Plus A Really Small Princess Zelda Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! As you may have gathered from the title of this blog post, today's pattern is a companion piece to the patten featured in last week's posting, "A Really Big Princess Zelda Cross Stitch Pattern." I probably should have posted it sooner, since it's not like I lacked the time to copy and paste the pattern and its description into a .jpeg file, but I'd rather use the fact that I went to see movies and local bands as an excuse and say that it was totally impossible for me to post the pattern when I was spending two to three hours watching things on certain days, since everyone knows how absolutely exhausting it is to pay attention to stuff that's happening right in front of you. It's not a valid excuse, of course, but I think I put it quite nicely, so I'm going to half pretend that it works out.

At this point, the best thing to do would probably be to post the Zelda pattern and let everyone, including myself, get on with their lives, but instead, I'm going to rant about stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the pattern! Last Thursday night, my sister and I went to see the midnight show of Iron Man 2, which was quite the experience. Though after seeing it, I'm not sure that I have very strong feelings toward the movie one way or another, both of us were impressed by Sam Rockwell's character, Justin Hammer, and though I'm not sure I can possibly be as enthusiastic about the subject as my sister is, cross stitch patterns of him will be on this blog in the very near future. What really stood out to me about the experience, however, is the fact that the guy sitting next to me brought in a big bag of Wendy's cheeseburgers and ate them all. It was irritating and weird and sort of gross, and I hope I never have to sit next to someone with a personal burger buffet at a movie again.I would have been able to disregard the wild laughter every time someone got punched, or people going, "OHHHHH!" at the screen when something bad happened, but it is difficult to ignore it when someone manages to sneak a bag of cheeseburgers into a movie theater and eats them all right next to you. They weren't even small cheeseburgers, and I am pretty sure it went so far that one of them was the bacon monstrosity that they have photos of in the restaurant window.
I wouldn't be so frustrated with the burger guy, but on Saturday night, I went with my sister and a friend of hers to see a couple of local bands (Eden and Less Than A Penny, both of which were quite entertaining), and even in a bar that, at least in its last incarnation, had food, everyone in attendance had the sense to not stand there and eat a bunch of burgers while the bands were on. People in the mosh pit sort of area rolled around on the floor and hit each other, but each and every one of them had the good sense not to drag a bunch of cheeseburgers over to the floor and jam them in their faces, one after another, as they wobbled their heads to the music. Part of that might have been because if you get hit in the stomach while moshing after eating a bunch of  burgers, you'd probably throw up on someone, but since you may be just likely to get hit in stomach if you take a bunch of burgers into a midnight showing of Iron Man 2, I still think that this is at least sort of a rational comparison.

Okay, I'm done now.

Anyway, today's cross stitch pattern here at Dork Stitch is one that I designed as part of an effort to make something Nintendo related, but still have it be sort of different, so even though it's a pattern of Princess Zelda, it's an original sprite, and since it was designed to be cross stitched, it's a pretty fast and easy to stitch project. The pattern itself started as a sprite of Samus, from the NES Metroid game, and when I started making it, I kind of wanted to end up with a pattern of Princess Peach. As I worked on the dress more and more, though, I started to realize that it looked more like Zelda, and, after my attempts to design a crown went really badly, I ended up disregarding the plan to make Peach altogether and just went with a Zelda pattern. I tried to make the color scheme match the way she looks in Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but if you prefer a different sort of Zelda, I left out shading, so the colors should be easy to change. Without any further ado, here is the pattern!




















I actually think the preview image on this pattern is pretty good, but since I've actually stitched this pattern before, I'm not going to turn down the chance to show off my finished work here! If you want to see a larger image of it, it's in my Deviant Art gallery at http://missy-tannenbaum.deviantart.com, but there's really not much more to it than this.
















I feel like I've done enough damage for now, so I'm going to leave this blog for the moment and come post something else within the next few days, hopefully without so much cheeseburger fueled rage! Until then, though, have a nice week and the best of luck with allergies and all of that sort of stuff!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Really Big Princess Zelda Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! I wasn't sure if I was going to post anything here today or not, but this morning, I was working a lot on a pattern of Princess Toadstool from a 1990 cross stitch flier. I am happy with my work on it so far, and am actually pretty close to being done, but for some reason, I really, really hate working on it. The pattern itself is large and unwieldy, the color key is incomplete and often wrong, meaning that I keep having to write in colors that I thought might end up working well for unlisted symbols, and on the actual chart, the same symbol is often used twice, with one use being in black and one being in dark pink, making it really difficult to read. (By the way, if any of you have this flier, titled "Super Star Mario and Princess Toadstool," printed by Plaid Enterprises, I have a full color key done for the Toadstool pattern that's looking fairly nice, if you're running into trouble stitching her.) Because of this, I have determined that although I'm going to finish her eventually, I'm not going to finish her tonight, so I want to make a pattern of some girl from an SNK fighting game to stitch onto plastic canvas and use up the rest of the day on. However, since I haven't yet chosen which character will be my victim, I'm posting on my blog while I make up my mind. Now that I've given an unreasonably complicated answer to a question no one was really asking, it's time to actually post today's pattern!

For today's cross stitch pattern here on Dork Stitch, I decided to post one of my favorite patterns that I've stitched recently, which is a monochrome picture of Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda games. Since it's only in one color, it's not the most exciting thing in the world to stitch, especially since she clocks in at 93 by 135 stitches. However, I didn't really get bored working on it, and it was fun to see the image take shape as I picked the project up and worked on it from time to time. Also, because this pattern is in the Wind Waker style and is, therefore, cute, it may have been much easier to continually work on than a non-cute monochrome pattern of a similar size and stitch count would have been. Before I go on too much about it, however, here is the actual pattern of the lovely Princess Zelda!





















Since I've not only written a paragraph about this pattern, but have also typed quite a bit on the pattern itself, I think my best option at this point would just be to shut up about Princess Zelda and get on with my life. Before I do that, however, I do want to show off and post my finished version of this pattern in all of its dark violet glory! If you're interested in seeing the full version of this, I have it here, in my Deviant Art gallery, but here is a charming thumbnail in a perfectly visible resolution!
















I think that I'm officially done posting for today, but, since I haven't said this for a while, if you stitch or otherwise craft this lovely Princess Zelda or any of the other patterns featured in this blog, let me know and I'll post about your dedication and crafting skills! Tonight, I'm going to go to a midnight showing of Iron Man 2, so I'm not sure if I'll post tomorrow, and if I do, you should all be warned that my writing will probably not be at its sharpest. I hope to post again very soon, though, and have a massive pile of patterns ready to go for when I do! Until then, I hope that all of you have a good weekend and will type at you again later!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Belated Gold Star For Kttycat

Hello! It's only been a year since I graduated from college, but I think that my brain has rotted considerably since that point. This is perhaps best evidenced by a post at Kttycat Cross Stitch Blog written on April 26th. (The full text of this post is here: http://kttycatcrossstitchblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/smurf-tiger.html ) I read this post when it was first up, but it must have been a day where something goes out of my brain as soon as I read it, since, despite a mention of my user name, this blog's title, and a description of what the blog is about, not to mention the fact that finished versions of the pattern have been posted here more than once, I saw the Brainy Smurf cross stitch and thought, "Oh, that's cute! I wonder if there are patterns like that for the other Smurfs!" and then went back to doing grammar corrections on an article about the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Today, when I was looking at the post about the big giveaway (ooh, the highlighted text is just like a page with built in advertising there, isn't it?) on Kttycat's blog, however, something clicked about it in my head, leading me back down the page to the post to see that the Brainy Smurf had, in fact, been stitched from the pattern posted here at the very start of this blog's existence. I apologize for not noticing this sooner, but here is the lovely stitched Brainy Smurf for all to see!













As you can see, Kttycat's Brainy Smurf is really well stitched, with some spiffy extra touches! The name being embroidered on the side looks really nice, like a trading card or a stationery design, and I like the border, too. Sometimes, it can seem a little weird to just have an image like this floating around on fabric, but I think that Kttycat's additions to the pattern work well for the composition of the image and make it look quite tidy. Naturally, this is work well deserving of a Dork Stitch gold star!













I'm not sure why I chose to use a cat's collar for Kttycat's gold star, since there's certainly no connections to her user name there, but oh well! On a personal note to Kttycat, I hope you like it, and thanks very much for commenting on my post yesterday, too!

Anyway, I think I'm done posting for now, but will hopefully be back with a less apologetic and more coherent post soon! Thank you for reading, and remember, if you stitch or otherwise craft any of the patterns on this blog, let me know, and you could very well end up featured here, too, provided I understand the English language that day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's A Top Hunter Cross Stitch Pattern, and Since Someone Has To Be Excited About It, I Am!

Hello! I haven't posted here for a few days, and I'm afraid that this won't be the most exciting of all of the blog posts in the world, but I'm pretty happy about it, because today, I'm actually posting a pattern from the under-appreciated SNK punchin' stuff platformer Top Hunter! Keep in mind, this is not the grand Top Hunter patterns day that I have been promising since the start of this blog, as that post will be much more ridiculous than this one is. Still, I drew and stitched this pattern of the game's player 2 character, Cathy, a few months ago and am happy to be sharing the pattern now!






















Since this pattern isn't based on an in-game sprite, it's sort of different from the majority of patterns posted here in that it takes quite a bit of backstitching to complete. Though that means that this version of Cathy isn't as easy to transfer to other crafts as a lot of the other stuff on here is, I still think it makes for a nice needlework project. I did my best to make the colors pretty generic, so that sticking to the DMC floss key isn't necessary, and when I stitched it, even with the backstitching, it only took a couple of days to complete. I am not sure how many other people are as enamored with Top Hunter as I am, but if you are, and you don't have any sort of violent preference for Roddy (the player one character) over Cathy, and you also like cross stitching and things like that, then I think that this pattern will work nicely for you! In a last ditch effort to convince you of this pattern's superior quality, I will include an image of the stitched model I completed quite a while ago, half to show off that I made it and half because the preview image generated by Pattern Maker did not end up being as nice as I'd like it to look. It's on 18-count Aida to help make the backstitch look like a cartoon-y outline, but I don't think it would come out much differently on a larger fabric count.















Well, now that I've done everything in my power to try and convince you that stitching a character from an old arcade game that not that many people play is worth your while, I shall go for now. I hope to post again soon, though, since I have tons of new patterns to put up here! As always, there are piles of King of Fighters characters to kick around (or punch, if you'd rather), as well as some patterns from Lucky Star, Disgaea, and The Legend of Zelda, alongside a few patterns based on custom 8-bit style sprites I did for Pangya and Final Fantasy X, among several other things. (In case you're wondering, as I look over that list of patterns I have ready to go from things people actually care about, I would still defend my choice to post Cathy today, though it would probably be by going, "Because this is MY blog!" and sticking my tongue out at you.) Until then, I hope that all of you are having a nice week and will talk to you later!