Monday, November 28, 2011

Pokemon Monday 13: It's Absol, Lookin' Sassy!

Hello! Tonight I am posting a new Pokemon cross stitch chart, and, because the character was requested, it features Absol. I know that this is not an exciting way to start a post, but it is informative, so it seems like it could be much worse. After all, in this state of being stuck about what to say, I could just type and type for hours without actually saying anything, or start saying things that have nothing to do with this blog. Instead, however, I think I'll just move on to today's pattern!

As you may have guessed from reading the start of today's post and the title, today's Pokemon pattern is of Absol, which I have to admit is not a choice I would have made on my own. Once I started looking through screenshots and official artwork of the Pokemon, however, I decided that I liked it quite a bit more than I'd initially thought. In my head, I was picturing it from the trading card game, looking sort of evil with glowing red eyes, its face enveloped in shadow, and an attack that decimated my deck every time I tried to play against the girl who had it. After I got over that,  I was able to make a pattern that I was happy with, both because it makes Absol look like a Pokemon that is very frustrated with the idiocy of its peers and because I think that the way I cropped it makes it look cool. Here is the pattern, though, so you can judge it for yourself! Just remember, Absol is judging you, too.
Now that Absol is posted, I am going to leave for now and go work on filling in dates on a calendar, which should be just as exciting as it sounds. If I don't post again before then, however, Thursday is going to be the start of sprite patterns December, which I'm really looking forward to! Until then, I hope you had a nice day and are doing well with whatever crafty rubbish you might be working on.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Sonic the Hedgehog Pattern, Today Featuring Knuckles, and a Photo of a Needlepoint I Made

Hello! Before I do too much with today's post, I wanted to thank everyone for all of the nice comments I got on my last one! I don't have any sprite patterns of 19th century murderers today, which has to be a let down after that chart, but hopefully, today's cross stitch pattern of Knuckles, from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, will please some of you. I started working on this either Sunday or Monday night, I think, but the biggest delay in getting this finished and posted was just that I haven't been working on it. For the first part of the week, I worked a lot on a community newsletter, which I almost have done now, and after that came Thanksgiving. Today, which was the final stretch on this pattern, was especially bad, since I actually sat at the computer desk, painting my nails and eating cookies while I looked at the unfinished chart on the screen. Right now, however, this lovely pattern is finally done, so all of you can sit and cross stitch Knuckles to your hearts' content. I used a screenshot from Sonic Underground to make this, so it might look a little old-fashioned, but I think it's still fairly nifty.
With today's pattern posted, I should probably just quit and go work on stockpiling patterns for Sprite Patterns December, which starts next week! I have quite a bit done already, and plan to do requests all through the month, so I'm really looking forward to it. Before I leave, however, I want to show off a needlepoint project that I just finished for my 14-year old brother's birthday. Normally, I like stitching things that are cute or fluffy or things like that, but I have to say that I'm really proud of how this plastic canvas piece of Beavis and Butthead attacking people with a drill ended up looking. It was stitched from sprites from an SNES Beavis and Butthead game, simplified a little bit so that I could make it out of craft thread, and I think that it looks remarkably accurate. I did spiffy it up a bit by scanning it on some scrapbook paper, but really, not even the prettiest paper can detract from the look of this piece of needlework.
Now that I inflicted that on you guys, I think that it really is time to leave, though I'm hoping to be back and posting again soon. I hope that all of you had a good week and have nice weekends full of crafts ahead of you!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

IHSW November, A Lizzie Borden Sprite Pattern, and a Spiffy Piece of Reader Work

Hello! As you can tell by tonight's title, there are a lot of things that I'd like to cover in tonight's blog post. I'm pretty excited about all of it, though, so I'm going to start writing and hopefully get through it before I fall asleep at the keyboard!

Since it came first in the title, I guess that I'll start off tonight by writing about my participation in this month's International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, hosted by the lovely Joysze of Random Ramblings! Since I didn't actually do too much, it shouldn't take too long. I did get a lot done on Friday night, since I stayed up watching Torchwood and It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia instead of playing Chrono Cross in order to get to my stitching goal for the night. This may not have been my best plan ever, since I ended up sitting around sleepily staring at the TV more than I ended up cross stitching, but it was more progress than I made Saturday and Sunday. Because of that, the photo I have to show off is a cryptic and crooked WIP image of the start of a sampler that I found in the mysteriously titled Cross Stitch Patterns by Misako Murayama. When the project is finished, I think that it'll be really cute, but for now, the portion that I have stitched just looks sort of weird and confusing. It's not very big, though, so I should have a finished project photo soon!
While I'm on the subject of Misako Murayama's samplers, I did finish a different one of them a couple of weeks ago, from her book Ondori Cross Stitch Patterns 2. It was really fun to make, and even though it looks very cute and pleasant, I feel like there's something just a bit weird about the selection of items she chose to put into the image. I was really pleased with the finished product, though, and am not sure why I didn't write about it sooner! Now is as good a time as any to write about it, though, so here is the cross stitched sampler that I did earlier in the month.
With all of the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend stuff over and done with, it's time to move onto the next section of this post, which includes tonight's new pattern! Though I always love making new sprite patterns to post here, the idea for tonight's came from Tama (the writer of Stitching Daze), who left a comment on last night's post asking after a pattern of Lizzie Borden. It sounded like a really spiffy idea, so tonight when I got online, I did a little research about Lizzie Borden and came up with a pattern that I was really happy with. The blue dress covered in blood stains and the hair tied back in a bun may make her look a bit like a fairy tale princess gone quite wrong, but as far as I'm concerned, that's the best part about it. I'm also pretty pleased with how politely she's holding her axe, though that's a fairly minor detail. If you'd like to find out any real information about Lizzie Borden, I found out a lot from http://lizziebordenwarpsandwefts.com/, but for the sake of this blog, I hope that you enjoy this cartoonish and likely historically inaccurate sprite pattern depiction of her.
Tonight's final order of business is to feature some reader work, which comes to us today from Deviant Art's Emilywip! Rather than using one of this blog's patterns for a traditional craft, she used one of the Ouran Host Club sprite patterns in a really cute Deviant Art icon! Though the subject of the image is clearly the frustrated Mori that pops into frame, a digital depiction of Honey's sprite pattern can be seen standing in the background. Her faux-crayon backdrop is also really nice, adding an extra layer of cuteness to the whole thing. If you'd like to leave a direct comment on Emily's icon, it can be found on Deviant Art at this link. However, it can be seen in all of its (hopefully) animated glory directly following this text block!
With all of that text and all of those images posted, I think that I'm done with this blog for tonight. I'll be back tomorrow with a brand new Pokemon Monday, though, hopefully featuring an Absol, as requested by Chen-Wang Tan Biyu. Until then, I hope all of you sleep well and start your Mondays without too much trouble!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cross Stitch Sprite Patterns of 1850s Fashion, Which I Know You Guys Were Dying For

Hello! This is another International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, hosted by Joysze at Random Ramblings, but seeing as I have been leaving the house and not actually stitching too much, my results are probably not going to end up being that impressive. For today, however, I have a couple of new sprite patterns done and ready to post, so that should count for something! Instead of using anime or video game characters as the ideas behind the two new cross stitch patterns for today, though, I decided to try and make some sprite patterns based on dresses from the 19th century. I still used the sprites from Phantasy Star II as the base for these patterns, meaning that they should fit into any set of these that you may have already stitched, but I'd been wanting to try making some of these based on real outfits and stuff like that for a while now, which was really fun. It was difficult to get all of the details into the dresses that I'd wanted to, but I think that, in the end, I ended up with a decent representation of what they should look like. Plus, since they're still sprite patterns, it was fun to choose ridiculous and historically inaccurate hair colors for both of the girls pictured. Before I talk too much longer about these patterns, however, I might as well just post them!

I really enjoyed making both of these patterns, so I might try doing some more sprite patterns like this in the future. For now, however, I'm going to stop monopolizing the computer and go do something else for a while! If you'd like to stitch these or use these for any sort of craft project, I would really like to see and write about your nifty finished work, and if you have any pattern requests, let me know and I'll do my best to make something nice according to what you asked. Until then, I hope all of you are having nice weekends and doing well with your stitching!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pokemon Monday #12: Giving My Own Drawings A Shot

Hello! Today, I don't plan on my post for Pokemon Monday being terribly long, since I don't feel like I have all that much to say, but I am excited about posting today's pattern! Even though it is of a Pokemon trainer, in keeping with today's theme, it's based on one of my own drawings rather than official art or images for the anime, meaning that it probably doesn't look as slick and tidy as usual. As far as posting a different style of pattern goes, however, I think that it should be sort of fun to stitch. The outlines are much heavier than usual, meaning that the finished product will have a different look, and the simple colors mean that it shouldn't be much trouble to stitch at all. I know that having been the one to make this pattern, I am biased towards it, but, at the very least, I hope you guys aren't annoyed by it! Here is today's pattern, featuring N looking dramatic and maybe not quite as anime as usual.

With today's pattern posted, I'm done for now, though I do have some photos of stitching that I've recently finished for a future post, as well as piles of nifty new patterns for all of you! I've just started the pattern I posted today, so I'm hoping to work on that quite a bit this week, but I hope that all of you have good luck with any crafts you've recently started, too.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Four Chrono Cross Sprite Patterns, Ready For Stitching!

Hello! I don't think that today is really going to be a remarkable or mind-blowing post here at Dork Stitch, but today Chrono Cross went up for sale in the US PSN store, and that seemed like a good excuse to post some of my sprite patterns of the game's characters that I've been working on! A few weeks ago, I got it into my head that, since the characters were cool looking and very detailed, it would be good practice to try and make the entire cast of Chrono Cross as cross stitch sprite patterns. So far, I only have 11 of the characters done, but it's been fun so far, and, since I've made a lot of the monster and animal sorts of party members, I think that I have learned quite a bit about how much can be done with the sorts of sprite patterns I've been continually inflicting on you guys. For the sake of today's post and getting this set of patterns off to a strong start, however, I'm just going to post the patterns for four of the more important characters.

As some of you may have already guessed, either from having played/watched someone else play Chrono Cross or from scrolling down and looking at the patterns I included in this post before actually reading it, today's patterns are for Serge, Kid, Lynx, and Harle. All four of these patterns are more detailed than most of the sprite patterns that I normally post, either by a little or a lot, but because of that, I'm pretty happy that none of them came out looking like incoherent blobs of pixels. I think that Harle is probably my favorite of the four, at least in terms of the patterns, because her outfit was a complete pain to make, yet came out looking fairly recognizable. I certainly don't hate any of these, though, so I hope that you guys have favorites as well!
With those four cross stitch charts posted and ready for all of your Chrono Cross stitching needs (don't you love how convenient the game's title is for craft-based sentences?), I think that I'm done here for tonight, though I'm hoping to be back later this week with new cross stitch patterns, likely based on requests. Until then, I hope that all of you have a nice night and a good Wednesday, too!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pokemon Monday #11: It's Flaffy and Some Finished Stitching!

Hello! Today's edition of Pokemon Monday here at Dork Stitch is not late because I was working, or busy, or anything of the sort, but rather because I was so unfocused that I couldn't get myself to sit still and make a pattern. This afternoon, I was making stop motion animations on my DS and playing games, and tonight, I was printing out some of Gatchacaz's blackwork Pokemon patterns (which are really, really cool if you're looking for a unique way to stitch your Pokemon- they can be found here)  and looking through the free Kindle books on Amazon rather than trying my best to make a good pattern. After a while, however, I got myself to pay attention to one window on my desktop for long enough to make a cross stitch pattern of the charming Pokemon Flaffy! I wish I could say that there was some special significance to my choosing Flaffy for the pattern, but instead, I just thought it was cute when I was looking through screenshots from the anime. Hopefully, you guys like Flaffy, too! Here is today's pattern.
Though my attention span is not at its best tonight, I do have one more thing to post with Flaffy ready for you guys to stitch, and that's a beautiful piece of finished cross stitching from Shio, over at the blog Nene Miow! As some of you may remember, she did a really spiffy stitching of this blog's monochrome pattern of Princess Zelda in the past, and now she's stitched Link to match! To my knowledge, the pattern hadn't been stitched before, but if Shio's work is any indication, it makes for a really lovely finished project, which certainly isn't hurt by her choice of floss color or incredibly tidy stitches. A small image of her work is right below this text, but if you visit her blog, there's a really cute photo of the stitchings of Link and Zelda together that I definitely recommend taking a look at!
With both Flaffy and Shio's Link posted, I'm done blogging for the night, though I hope to be back with more patterns and cool photos soon! Until then, I hope all of you have started your weeks well and are doing nicely with all of your craft projects.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Start of a New Set of Sonic the Hedgehog Patterns, Featuring Tails

Hello! I mentioned this in Tuesday night's post, but earlier this week, I got a request from an anonymous commenter (though I'm fairly certain it was one I've heard from before) for some Sonic the Hedgehog themed cross stitch patterns, since this year is the character's twentieth birthday. Since I certainly don't mind making cross stitch charts of cute video game animals/monsters, as is evidenced by the recent stream of Pokemon Mondays, it didn't take me long to decide that making a set of Sonic the Hedgehog patterns would be a fun project to undertake. However, I have to warn you guys that, unlike my work on the Clannad set, where I have a very small amount of knowledge about the source material and pretty much ask you guys who I should make next, I do know some stuff about Sonic the Hedgehog, which means that occasionally, as I work on this, a very odd character might pop up for no apparent reason. If there are characters that you guys would like to see, let me know and I will still do my best to make a cool pattern of them, whether they're from the games or comics or one of the TV shows. However, if there is a lull in requests, I'm going to start making all of the characters that I want to stitch, and since I've got a few Sonic Underground DVDs in my living room, this may or may not work out well for everyone.

Anyway, in order to get this set of patterns going, I spent this afternoon making a fairly ordinary portrait pattern of Tails the Fox! Since there's already a lot of cross stitching out there based on in-game sprites and artwork, I decided that for these patterns, I'd try wherever I could to use cartoons and comics as the source material, which, at least in this case, was pretty fun. I think that I was able to make a nice enough pattern using some screenshots from Sonic X, and since it's not the most remarkably detailed anime in the world, I was able to keep all details visible while keeping the pattern to just 74 by 62 stitches. Because of that, Tails shouldn't be too bad to stitch, but he should still make for a nice finish, with bright colors and plenty of shading to keep things from getting boring.
With Tails posted, I don't really have anything else to post for today, though I am hoping to get at least one post done this weekend! I'm making quite a few patterns in preparation for another Sprite Patterns December, which should be fun, and since I just got this set going, I'd love to know what Sonic characters you guys would like to see patterns for! Until then, however, I'm off to enjoy the rest of my cold, windy, and rainy day and hope that you guys are able to do the same!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three Death Note Sprite Patterns, Starting Off a New Set

Hello! Almost a month ago, Kristine, over on the Dork Stitch Facebook page, requested some sprite patterns of Death Note characters. Seeing as I enjoyed Death Note, and had actually made an unposted sprite pattern for Misa last December, it should have taken me a couple of hours to start working on this pattern set and get a few of them posted. This afternoon, however, I got a comment from an anonymous reader asking about Sonic the Hedgehog patterns (which I plan to start working on tomorrow afternoon), thought about cross stitching Tails, and then thought, "Oh, hey! I should make those Death Note cross stitch patterns! That would be fun." I wish I could say that there was some sort of connection between the two subjects, such as Light's hair being the same color as Tails or something like that, but as far as I can tell, there was not whatsoever. Still, I have three Death Note sprite patterns for you guys today, so I hope you guys like them!

The first thing that I did when I started working on these tonight was to revamp Misa's sprite, since, in the year since I've been making these sprite patterns, I seem to have gotten a bit better at making them look like the characters they represent. After that, it took a great deal of concentration for me not to sit around and make three or four different sprites for her in different outfits, as the casts of Final Fantasy games often fall victim to, but I also ended up getting sprites done for Light and L. The sprite for L was far more difficult, since it was harder than I'd anticipated to pixel out such elaborate hair, but I'm pretty happy with how his shirt came out, and not as disappointed as I'd expected to be in the hair, either. Though 939 is listed for the majority of it, I think that it would look nice if all of his hair was stitched in black, too. I just did it the way that it's charted because that's how I eventually plan to stitch it. Light's pattern was less challenging, since the set of Ouran Host Club patterns taught me quite a bit about how to effectively draw boys' school uniforms on a small scale, but it was still quite fun to make. His hair is very tidy, which I have no reason to complain about, and I thought giving him an apple would be a nice touch, too. Regardless of all of that unnecessary behind-the-scenes chatter, however, here are three Death Note sprite patterns, ready to cross stitch or perler bead or whatever you'd like!
With those three patterns posted, I think that I'm done for tonight, though I plan to have a few more Death Note characters (and a few alternate outfits) all patterned up in the near future! Until then, however, I plan to keep working on requests, doing other patterns that none of you asked for or wanted, and blogging about all of the lovely crafts you guys make from the patterns that end up posted here! I'm headed off to bed now, but I hope that your weeks have gone well so far and keep going as nicely as possible.