Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cross Stitched Moss (Sort Of) Knows How to Party

Hello! It's been a while since I last did this, but I was screwing around this afternoon and took a couple of vaguely incriminating photos of my cross stitched standees. If you're faint of heart, don't worry, as these photos are far less intense than the frighting images taken earlier in the year of Leona from the King of Fighters games locked in a deadly battle with a balloon animal. If the characters depicted in The IT Crowd were real, however, these photos would certainly be passed around among the employees of Reynholm Industries.

As you may be able to tell from the photo above, the cross stitch standee that I made of Moss, from the aforementioned sitcom, The IT Crowd, totally has the cross stitched ladies all over him. Both of them are no doubt disappointed that, despite the fact that Pokemon's Lyra even has her hand on his arm, he's too busy thinking about how to optimize the code of a troublesomely slow to load web page to notice them, but that's the way it goes with fan art of fictional characters.

Before I got bored, put my toys away and gave Moss to my brother, I also managed to get this slick and saucy portrait of Moss with a faux 8-bit version of Kula from the later King of Fighters games, who also appeared in the photo above. Lyra was originally going to be in this image, too, but her standee has balance issues, so she was falling over a little too often to be in a second picture.

Anyway, there is a much clearer image of Moss (and the other two standees, for that matter) at my Deviant Art page, and if you want to stitch him for yourself, visit Chris, at his blog that I was chattering on about in my last post. I don't have much else to say other than this nonsense, so I hope that you enjoyed this post and are having a nice day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Post Contains a Pattern of a Mini-Poster of Athena From the King of Fighters Games

Hello! It's 11 o'clock on a Tuesday night, so it's as good a time as any for me to sit down at the computer desk in my kitchen and start typing away at a new blog post! Most of this is motivated by my desire to actually accomplish something today, though it could be argued that my making stuff out of Perler beads or jamming cross stitches that I'd already finished onto an adhesive piece of cardboard constitutes useful behavior. If you want to see the stuff I shoved onto the cardboard, it can be found by clicking on this magical colored text. If not, your loss by not looking at it will only be paralleled by my desperate disappointment. It seemed like as good an idea as any to finish the day off by putting something here, though, so here you go!

The Dork Stitch cross stitch pattern for today is, shockingly enough, from an SNK fighting game, and, even more alarmingly, features Athena Asamiya, a character which has certainly never shown up here before. (Actually, patterns of her have been featured in three other posts here at Dork Stitch, and before this post, she was tied with Mai Shiranui and Princess Zelda as this blog's most prominent character. If she weren't a fictional character, I would congratulate her on pulling ahead of the pack.) This pattern is a bit different from the others of her, however, in that rather than being a full body sprite, it's a poster of her taken from the background of an 8-bit bootleg of King of Fighters '96. Because the pattern comes from a sprite from an 8-bit game, it remained fairly simple even after being recolored, so I don't think she'll be that difficult to stitch. Plus, I think it would be fun to have a miniature poster of a fictional pop star taken from a fake version of game, though that logic might only be valid in my fevered brain. Since I don't have much more to say about this pattern, however, here is Athena!

I've run out of illogical run-on sentences to type about cross stitching, or anything else for that matter, so I am going to go play an outdated game about kicking people in the face until I fall asleep at the Playstation. I should be back and posting again soon, though, so all of you have the glittering prose that will be involved in such an event to look forward to. Until then, if you decide to use Athena, or any other pattern on this blog, for your future craft project, let me know, and I will write about your wondrous accomplishments right here at Dork Stitch!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Spiffy Links, French Film Needlepoint, and a Steam Detectives Cross Stitch Pattern!

Hello! It has been over a week since I last posted here, and before I get into anything else, I would like to address my last blog post, in which I was distressed over the fact that another blog was calling itself "Dork Stitch." Everything discussed in that post was settled by last Sunday (or maybe Saturday, I can't remember), and worked out well enough that I now have a new e-mail address at missy-tannenbaum (at) dorkstitch.com, which may be one of the finest things ever, leading me into the next part of this post!

Recently, there have been some really cool new cross stitch websites and blogs starting, one of which is the much previously mentioned blog sitting at the domain http://www.dorkstitch.com. The blog, Geeky Crafts, is run by Chris, or Shellfx of Deviant Art, and has several cool patterns, including one of Roy and Moss from The IT Crowd and a really cute iPod that looks quite fun to make! Within the community of stitchers with blogs here at Blogger that were previously in some way affiliated with Little Mojo's Anime Cross Stitch Patterns website (which I realize is a very specific group), a new patterns website has also sprung up, courtesy of Gatchagaz of, appropriately enough, Gatchastitch! Though her blog explains the brand new website better than I could, I can say that if you want Final Fantasy VII patterns and are not sure what's going on with my infatuation with the inferior pirated version of the game, her site is the absolute perfect place for you to visit!

With all of that being said, I now intend to be a self-centered brat and use my blog specifically to show off stuff I've made, which I guess is fairly normal! If you read this blog more carefully than I probably would, if I were in your shoes, you may remember that, a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that for my sister's birthday, I was needlepointing part of the poster for The 400 Blows, since she's been really into French New Wave movies lately. Though I finished this two weeks ago, it is indeed done, so I'm putting an image of it into this blog post, mostly just because I can.
If you'd like to read the full description for this thread-tastic portrait of actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, or see a bigger version of the image, it's also posted at this link on my Deviant Art page! My sister currently has it pinned to our wall, though, and I'm hoping that the other birthday projects I'm stitching for family members turn out well, too!

Anyway, now that all of that is out of the way, it's time for today's Dork Stitch cross stitch pattern, which today features Ling Ling, the female lead from the late 90s anime Steam Detectives! If you used to be a visitor to Anime Cross Stitch Patterns, this may look familiar to you, as I had it hosted there, though this version has been cleaned up a bit from when I initially made it. Since it was the first pattern that I ever charted with Pattern Maker, it was slightly untidy, but all of the random stitches of strange colors in the middle of solid blocks have been eliminated, along with some slight changes having been made in the outline!

As you can see, instead of using an image generated by Pattern Maker, the pattern actually includes a photo of my finished version of the project, using the colors listed in the key and everything! Since the pattern isn't tiny, it does take a little longer than some of the other patterns here do to stitch, but the large color blocks mean that it still goes quickly. Plus, even though there are quite a few colors, they're simple enough that if you want to use another floss color for some area, it more than likely won't have a detrimental effect on your finished project!

I think that I've done quite enough typing for today, but if you do stitch Ling Ling, or any of the other stuff here, e-mail me a photo and I'll feature you right here on this blog! I have a ton of gold stars to make, and wouldn't mind making one for your work at all! Until my next post, though, I hope all of you have a nice week bereft of major trauma!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Post To Calmly Assure Myself Of Control

Hello! I am slightly agitated, as I will soon explain, so I wanted to come and post here because it sounded like a nice and relaxing thing to do. If I'd posted quickly, I would have gone on a crazy-person rant, as I am prone to do, so there will be a cross stitch pattern to reward your patience for coming here and seeing a tired person's typing. In fact, it is the fourth piece in the set of Scott Pilgrim monochrome portrait patterns, featuring Wallace Wells, so hopefully, you guys will like it! Still, I want to ramble a little before posting it, so please feel free to skim the following text, if you are so inclined.

Anyway, I have just been notified that another blog is called Dork Stitch, and that they even have this as their domain name. I know that I should not be frustrated, because the internet is a big place, and people have freedom, but I still sort of am. The blog began in May 2010, nearly a year after this one began, and since I checked to make sure no one else had this blog name before I went and used it, I thought it was common practice. I do not feel it is an option to change my blog's name, since it is in the web address and has been used in several features from kind websites, and even Nintendo Power, so I am not sure what I will do. The other blogger paid for the domain name, though, so that complicates things further. I do not think the other person did this on purpose, either, since they seem very nice and are in several of the same groups that I am on Deviant Art. Regardless of this, I sort of have the feeling that I would like to pound my face into the wall directly behind my computer, which I really ought to get rid of. A broken nose would be bad on its own, but if I caused such injury in such an idiotic manner, I am pretty sure that I'd regret it.

I am not sure if anyone would be more clear on this matter than I am, but if anyone has any advice, I would be very glad to listen! Thank you for any comments or things like that in advance!

So, now that I am done with that, it is time for today's cross stitch pattern! Much like Scott, Ramona, and Knives before him, Wallace is designed in only one color, meaning that he should be fairly quick and easy to stitch, which the character would probably make some sort of joke about. Before I talk too much about it, however, here is your fourth Dork Stitch Scott Pilgrim portrait pattern!


If you decide to stitch Wallace, or any of the other patterns here, for that matter, let me know, and I'll gladly feature your work right here! There's a lengthy features post coming up, and I would love for more people to be a part of it! Until my next post, however, which I'm sure will be fairly soon, I hope that all of you have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Today's Cross Stitch Pattern Is Mudkip

Hello! If you haven't gathered what today's post here at Dork Stitch is about from reading the title, it would be my guess that you haven't actually read the title! In case you're too stubborn to go back and do that at this point, however, today's post is all about Mudkip, since I have a spiffy cross stitch pattern of the delightful Pokemon to post here!

Admittedly, the popular "i herd you liek mudkipz" meme is what drew the attention of many to this unsuspecting Pokemon, and for good reason. The story is bizarre and rather inappropriate, and, to top it all off, misspelling things is funny. My favorite Mudkip story, however, is the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon manga that one of my brothers has. It's for kids, so there's nothing quite like the popular meme contained in it, but it outdoes that with extreme cuteness. The Mudkip in it, which is the best friend of the main character, who I don't remember anything about, is really dumb, but really enthusiastic, and though the jokes about it being unable to recall basic math facts or thinking that training involves playing with toys really should get old, especially considering that I'm 23, not 5, they never really seemed to do so. Plus, in it, the Mudkip rides a rocking horse that looks like a Ponyta while yelling, "Yay!" in what I think is the single cutest frame I've ever seen in a manga, which doesn't really hurt matters.

As I've been typing this, I've realized that I can't remember any plot points or characters in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon manga other than the Mudkip, which leads me to believe that it either wasn't very good or that I wasn't reading very carefully, or that maybe a combination of both is involved. Before I start typing away about other forgettable comics, however, here is today's lovely Mudkip cross stitch pattern!

For those of you reading this who were frequent visitors to Little Mojo's Anime Cross Stitch Patterns, this Mudkip probably looks familiar, since I'd submitted it to the site and it spent quite a bit of time on her hosted patterns page. Since that site is no more, however, this rather large pattern deserved a new home, leading to this Mudkip themed post! Although it is a rather large chart, compared to a lot of stuff that I have here, I think that the only issue with actually stitching this pattern would be getting sick of bright blue floss. The design, having been taken from a screenshot from the Pokemon anime, is rather simple, and the colors are basic enough that trading the suggested ones for floss or other supplies from your personal stash should not prove difficult at all. Plus, since it's a Mudkip, stitching it should be automatically delightful, so it does have that going for it.

I think that I've typed quite enough about Mudkip for the night, so I'm off to my next internet time waster! If you're desperately wishing to read a review of a Wii port of some old Sega arcade games, though, check out my review of Gunblade NY and L.A. Machineguns: Arcade Hits Pack over at My Gamer! Until my next post, have a nice week and good luck with any of your crafting related endeavors!

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Cross Stitch Pattern That Harkens Back to the Old Days of Dork Stitch

Hello, everyone! I haven't posted here for a while, so tonight, I dug through my patterns folder in order to find something passable, as well as not Scott Pilgrim related, since I need to spread that out a bit better, to post here tonight. Since I'm a little bit sleepy and have slightly worn out eyes after doing 1200 stitches on an attempt to recreate part of a poster for The 400 Blows in needlepoint for my sister's birthday (which I might post the pattern for at a later date), I will not go on about it for too long. Still, here is today's pattern, featuring, as many patterns here in the past have, a lovely cast member of Lucky Star! Today's victim is Kagami, who's only had one pattern here in the past, making her long due for another. (Oddly enough, I think the other is Konata, though I had a second pattern of her online when Little Mojo's site was still around. I'll have to see if I can find that!) Since she's cosplaying very convincingly as Miku Hatsune (the popular Vocaloid who, despite the fact that I can't stand to listen to her songs for more than ten seconds, I very much enjoy doing fan art of) she might, at first, seem a little unrecognizable. Upon closer examination, however, her very identifiable, "Oh my God, I can't believe I'm wearing this stupid outfit!" expression can be clearly discerned.





















In terms of the pattern itself, Kagami is very easy to stitch, both in terms of speed and switching colors from the key for stuff you actually have. I made this back in April, and it took me a whopping two days to needlepoint it (the results of which can be seen here), and though cross stitching her would doubtlessly take a little longer, it should still be a relatively fast project. Plus, if you hate Lucky Star and are a big Vocaloid fan, you can just stitch the hair color instead of the sweat drop and say it was Miku all along!

I applaud you if you made it through this mass of mostly incoherent text! If after all of that, you decide that you want to stitch this pattern, let me know, and I shall blog about your accomplishments right here! I should be back to post again soon, since I just unearthed a massive amount of patterns formerly posted at Little Mojo's site in the "sent items" box of my e-mail, as well as some previously unseen and brand new patterns of all sizes! Until then, however, I hope that all of you had a nice Monday and continue on to have a good week!