Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Tiny Fighting Game Sprite Patterns to Cross Stitch and Tons of (or three) Photos of Stuff I Made

Hello! It's been a long time since I last posted here, and when I saw Blogger's new posting layout, I didn't like it very well and wanted to close the window and forget about blogging for a couple more days. It's clunky, even slower than the last one was on this computer, and looks big, empty, and boring. I like it much less than I like the timeline format on Facebook. I've been really busy lately, though, since I've had a lot of substitute teaching and have been working with a local nonprofit organization, and I think that tomorrow will be busy again, so I wanted to get something written here. I have a lot of new patterns and photos of some stuff I've made since my last post, too, so hopefully, it will be interesting.

Anyway, today I have some new fighting game sprite patterns to post! Not too long ago, Gatchacaz (of Gatchastitch, which will come up again later in this post) requested some patterns of Street Fighter characters through the Dork Stitch Facebook page. This was cool both because it meant that when I filled the request, I got to post a gratuitous link to this blog's Facebook page and because I really enjoy making the patterns for and cross stitching fighting game fan art. I got sort of excited about working on these patterns, but on Saturday night, I was playing PS2 fighters with my brother when it occurred to me that instead of just making some Street Fighter patterns, I could instead make one sprite pattern for each character from Capcom vs. SNK 2. That way, I not only got to make Street Fighter patterns, but also got to make even more King of Fighters ones, which readers of this blog probably know requires very little prompting, as well as ones from other games. Plus, for the first time, working on the cast of Capcom vs. SNK 2 means that, for the first time, I have found a pattern set that allows me to bridge the gap between "working on pattern requests from people" and "doing whatever I want because it's my blog." There are a few characters I am concerned about making well, but as a whole, I think that this'll be a fun project!

Since I've done a lot of fighting game rubbish here in the past, I do have a few characters featured in Capcom vs. SNK 2 acceptably made as sprite patterns. Kyo and Iori were posted last fall, and Chun-Li was posted during my first sprite patterns December, meaning that three are already done! Because of that, I've picked two of the six more that I have done now for this post. On the Capcom side of things, I picked Ryu and Ken, since being the main characters of Street Fighter seems like they should count for something in a project like this, and on the SNK side, I picked Mai Shiranui, because I was actually kind of surprised that I hadn't posted my pattern of her sooner. All of the charts are pretty typical sprite patterns, with simple designs and bright colors, but I think that they ought to be fun to stitch, so I hope that you guys like them, too!


Now that those are posted, it's time for some pointless photos of projects that I've worked on since the last time that I posted here! Since it's been a week and a half since then, this section is going to be quite a bit longer than usual, but I hope it is still interesting. The first  photo that I have for this section is of my finished cross stitch of the Pokemon Meloetta, which I finished early on Sunday! While I was finishing her up, I watched Captain America and Drive, so she has a more violent background than a lot of my cross stitch projects. Still, I like how she ended up looking and am hoping to find some sort of use for this project!
After that, I decided to test some new tie-dyed floss that I'd gotten at Hobby Lobby by watching reruns of sitcoms and cross stitching a dragon motif that I found in Sajou 290, at PatternMakerCharts.Blogspot.com. (It's a really cool blog with tons of antique patterns of all types, and I'd definitely recommend looking at their selection!) It's not my most exciting project ever, but I think that the floss looked cool with the pattern, which was quick and easy to stitch.
Once I'd tested the new floss, however, I got started on a bigger project with it, making the Monkees logo pattern that Gatchacaz designed and posted! I'm not very far on it yet, even though I worked on it through two movies (How Do You Know and Broadcast News, in case you are curious about these things), two episodes of the Vampire Diaries, and some of tonight's episode of American Idol. It's really fun to make, though, and as far as I can tell, my sister, who I am stitching it for, does not hate it. Please enjoy this photo of half of an O, an N, and a K in bright colors.
I am really sleepy now, so I think that I'd better quit posting and go to bed rather than try and type a lot more and fall asleep at the keyboard. I have a lot more Capcom vs. SNK patterns that I saved to post in the next couple of days, though, so I should be back with some new stuff soon! Thanks for reading this very long post, and have a nice evening!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

IHSW March- Some Pokemon Stitching, But Not All That Much

Hello! Earlier today, I did another post, featuring four new sprite patterns, and that should be directly under this. In this post, however, I have my final cross stitch WIP photo for International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, run by Joysze of Random Ramblings! As always, I did sort of a poor job of hermitting, since on Saturday, I went out to go shopping and see 21 Jump Street (which was quite funny) with my family. On Friday, however, when I did, for the most part, stay at home, I spent a lot more time staring at the wall and taking advantage of the fact that my copies of Marvel vs. Capcom and Soul Calibur for Dreamcast suddenly worked again than I did stitching. With the help of a lot of good old fashioned TV watchin', however, including another episode of Vampire Diaries on Netflix and a faulty DVD of a Lupin the III movie, I did get quite a bit of cross stitching done. I worked on the pattern of Meloetta from Pokemon that I posted on Friday and, during the weekend, almost got her outline done! I think that if I'd managed to finish watching Green Lantern tonight and keep stitching through it, I could have gotten done, finishing up her back and some of her hair, but it's nothing I can't finish up tomorrow night. I got her eyes and jewel filled in, too, with some bright blue DMC satin floss! It was sort of a pain to stitch with, and it doesn't show up in my bad photos, but in the end, I think it'll look cool. Either way, though, here are my three photos from this weekend, showing what I got stitched on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
I've read a lot of really neat IHSW wrap-up posts already, and am hoping to read quite a bit more of them tomorrow. Until then, I hope that all of you are doing well with whatever crafts or projects you're working on and having a nice end to your weekends!

Small Sprite Patterns of The IT Crowd Cast

Hello! This is not my IHSW finishing post, which I'm going to do later tonight. I know that it's probably a bad idea to post twice in one day, but I'm not really doing much else, so it doesn't seem too awful. Anyway, it probably tells you just how dedicated to stitching I've been this weekend that, this afternoon, I finished washing the dishes and sat down on the living room floor to draw out a new set of sprite patterns. It took quite a while to do, and it was actually much less efficient than doing the patterns digitally, like I usually do, would have been, though it didn't make the process any easier or more difficult. What I ended up with when I was finished filling in squares on my graph paper, however, was four brand new sprite patterns featuring some cast members of The IT Crowd! These cross stitch patterns were requested months ago, so I know that it's very slow to just be making and posting them today, but my siblings were watching the show, so it was a good reminder, and the fact that these are here now is proof that I do get requests done eventually! Regardless of all of that, however, here are today's patterns, featuring Moss, Roy, Douglas, and Jen all in simplified versions of outfits they wore on the show.



I think that these turned out to be nice enough patterns and will probably stitch them myself, mostly because I think it'll be fun to have a bunch of sitcom characters for my collection of stitched sprite standees. Moss and Roy both have a little bit of backstitching, but not enough that they'd look bad as perler projects, and Jen and Douglas are completely free of it. As an additional note, if you want to stitch the sprites from the opening credits of The IT Crowd rather than these Phantasy Star II versions of the characters, Chris at Other Dork Stitch has them posted on his blog!

Since I'm going to be posting here again later tonight, I'm done here for now and off to do a little more cross stitching before the weekend ends! Still, I hope you guys have had a good weekend so far! I've seen so many cool posts about International Hermit and Stitch Weekend already, and I know there's going to be a lot more of them tomorrow, so I feel sort of motivated to make noticeable progress on my current project while I watch TV tonight!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A New Pokemon Pattern

Hello! I've felt a little out of it for the past couple of days, so I don't know how long this post will go on in terms of typing. This weekend, however, is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, as hosted by Joysze at Random Ramblings. I've wanted to cross stitch Meloetta, a Pokemon that Americans are not supposed to know about yet, despite the fact that the internet can bring badly scanned magazine articles from any country to people the world over, for quite a while, though, so I decided that she could be my weekend project. The pattern I made is detailed enough, but with a relatively low color count, and her bright green hair is quite appropriate for the St. Patrick's Day weekend, though I don't really care much about that. As long as I'd made Melotta's pattern, however, I figured that I might as well post it, in case any of the rest of you would like to cross stitch her, too! Here is the pattern.
On Sunday night, I'll do a post about how far I've gotten on this project, but, until then, I'm done blogging for now. I hope that you guys have nice weekends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I Finished Cross Stitching Holo and Worked Less Enthusiastically on Some Other Stuff, Too!

Hello! Before I get started with this post, I would like to say that I do not have any new patterns for today. I did get a lot of cool new requests for sprite patterns, so I wrote them down in my tiny Chococat notebook and am planning to make a few of them for a post in the next couple of days. For tonight, however, I just have a standard "Oooh, look at what I made!" post, so hopefully it doesn't end up being boring!

Last night, I finally finished my cross stitch of Holo, from Spice and Wolf (which I've never actually watched, though I do read the books), so I wanted to write a post here to show it off. I would have done it last night, when I actually finished the project, but I felt sort of lazy, so I ended up sitting around playing Mario Picross and watching Casshern: Sins instead. It isn't a very big project, but I think it came out all right, and I really like how the oranges in her hair look on the gray fabric. I'd been wanting to stitch this pattern for a long time, too, so now it's actually done! Since she's finished now, I took the time to do a nice scan of the project, so here she is, now without all the blurriness of the photos I had before!
Since I finished her last night, I had plenty of time to get another project started after I was done with subbing for today, which I would rather not spend a lot of time typing about here. Stitching Holo was fun, and I've made a ton of midsized portrait patterns, so I decided to pick another one of those to make, going with one of my patterns of Tsukasa from Lucky Star. The pattern is a little smaller than my last one, so I'm hoping that it doesn't take too long, even if I do get distracted and stitch five other things before she's finished. Here, however, is a tiny photo of my small start on Tsukasa!
I think that, if I'd actually been able to focus, I could have gotten quite a bit of her stitched tonight. About halfway through American Idol, however, I started to feel like, if I had to cross stitch any more, I'd throw my project out the front door and wait for a wild animal to rip it to shreds. That seemed like a poor attitude to be stitching with, so rather than continue with that, I cut paper strips for the rest of American Idol and then, during an episode of Vampire Diaries on Netflix, folded a bunch of paper stars. I use them to fill jars and make earrings and stuff like that, and star folding is a great way to kill time while riding in a car or watching TV. I got a nice pile of them folded tonight, though, so here is what they look like! (I've been scolded before for never posting any photos of my folded stuff on here, so that's part of the reason for this.)
With that, I'm pretty much out of photos to post, so I suppose that I'm done with this for now! I'll be back soon with some actual patterns, though, hopefully from the list of requests I've gotten. I have a Pokemon pattern that I want to make, too, mostly for my own use, but I don't imagine I'll hear too many complaints about that. At the end of the weekend, I'll be making my IHSW post for this month, too, so hopefully, I'll actually get something done! Have a good night, and good luck with your craft projects!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Two Sprite Patterns For Some Dragon Ball Z Cross Stitching Fun

Hello! Last week, through the Dork Stitch Facebook page, I got a request for some sprite patterns of Dragon Ball Z characters. Though I should probably find a way to say more about the whole thing, it sounded like making the cross stitch patterns would be fun, so I decided start working on them. (Plus, working on a set of sprite patterns for characters so muscle-y and frilly clothing free practically guarantees that a lot of other sprite requests are going to get filled between chunks of these.) I was tempted to go to Google, type in Dragon Ball Z, find two one-episode only entrants in tournaments, and make patterns of them to start the new set, but instead, I ended up just making patterns of Goku and Vegeta, since that seemed like it would work a bit better. I know that a lot of people really like the show and the manga, though, so if there are any characters that you guys would like to see done in the near future, just list them in the comments and I'll do my best to make a decent pattern of them. For today, however, here are the first two Dragon Ball Z sprite patterns, featuring Goku and Vegeta.
Patterns-wise, that's all I've got for you today, but I do have yet another WIP photo of Holo, from Spice and Wolf, to show off. I don't have all that much more done than I did on Sunday night, since yesterday was really busy, and yesterday, I realized that I forgot a row, making her head one stitch two short. She's almost finished, though, and in terms of her appearance, the skipped row doesn't seem to make much of a difference, especially since I designed the pattern and know that I am not really screwing up any sort of marvelously detailed needlework by making the error. Here is another blurry photo of my progress, probably marking the last one I'll post before the project is finished! After her, I'll have to pick another one of my midsized portrait patterns to stitch, but I do have one of them in mind.
I'm done posting for today now, though I should be back pretty soon with more patterns and photos and all of that. As I said before, if you have any requests for Dragon Ball Z sprite patterns, let me know who you'd like to see before things get out of hand! Until the next post, however, I hope that you guys are doing pretty well and making good progress with all of your stitching projects!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Old Looking Sprites to Cross Stitch of an XBox 360 Fighting Game Character, Featuring Crimson Viper

Hello! Before I get going with this post, I want to write a bit about a dream I had last night. A lot of it was pretty nightmarish, due to some unspecified emergency that everyone seemed to think was about to doom us all, but at one point in it, one of my brothers walked up on stage in the high school gym, stood behind a microphone, and gave this review of The Orange Box, which my family has for our XBox. "The Orange Box has been orange-ing up my XBox for years. It has several surfaces, and the numbers are great."
After that, most of the dream was people wondering what the end of days would look like, but when I told everyone about it this morning, that part stood out as being particularly good, so I just wanted to share it with you guys. It was certainly less disturbing than the rest of the dream, but not really any less confusing, so I guess that it sort of fit.

Anyway, for today's post, I have two brand new cross stitch patterns of Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV and some subsequent fighting games. I realize that this may be of limited appeal, but I can't go too long without doing a post like this, so it should tide me over for the next couple of weeks. A lot of you who read this may have noticed that, as far as fighting games go, I tend to play a lot more games from SNK than Capcom, which is mostly because I'm a snotty fangirl. That doesn't mean that I have anything at all against Capcom's games, however, and though I haven't played it for a while, I thought that Street Fighter IV was a pretty spiffy game and usually ended up playing as Crimson Viper. Because the graphics in Street Fighter IV are that weird polygonal semi-3D stuff with black lines all over the place and people that get weird and bulgy-eyed when they get hit, though, it's more difficult to just go, "Oh, I think that I ought to cross stitch this character!" than it is with a lot of other games. I didn't really intend to let that stop me, though, so I decided to make a fake 8-bit version of her, like she might look in one of the pirated NES versions of the older Street Fighter games. I've done this with King of Fighters characters before, and though it was fun, I didn't feel like I got things to look quite right. With this pattern, though, I thought that the character worked really well with the less detailed style, even after I'd switched the sprite I made to the slightly off NES colors. I ended up putting it on a grid that divided it into 8x8 squares as I worked, so I could do a color switch and give her a bright yellow belt buckle at the cost of some of her hair being the wrong color, which I've seen a few times in the bootlegged game sprites, and even though her outfit is supposed to be black, I used a dark blue for this sprite, since it looked cooler. I might try this again with some more fighting game characters, but for now, here's my stitched version of the faux NES Crimson Viper sprite.
Now, in case you're looking at that and going, "Wow! I can't wait to make this incredibly specific and completely unnecessary cross stitch project for myself! I've sat up at night just praying that someone would look at the sprites from a bootleg NES game and say to themselves that they needed to make a cross stitch pattern of something very similar to them, but of a different character," you're in luck! Here is the pattern for the project pictured above.
In the more likely event that you like the character and wouldn't mind stitching or perler beading her, but don't really want to put that much time into it, however, here is a sprite pattern of Crimson Viper in this blog's standard format! As far as my collection goes, she should look super cool between the cast of Robotech and the two leads from The Artist, so I hope that some of you like this chart, too.
After all of that rubbish, I should probably just quit typing and go to bed, but I have a blurry and crooked WIP photo of my cross stitch of Holo from Spice and Wolf to post before I go! I didn't work on this for a long time, but she's been my project of choice for the last few days and is almost done. The middle color in her hair got finished today, which was the most tedious part of it, so I think I should be able to finish it in the next couple of days. Right now, however, it looks sort of weird.
Now that I have that posted, I really am done for tonight, though I'm hoping to be back with another post in the next couple of days. I got a request for some sprite patterns from an anime that's been very popular for a long time that I'd like to start working on, so that should be fun, and I'd like to do a new features post soon, too, which should be quite cool. Until then, however, I hope all of you are doing well and starting off your weeks nicely!

Monday, March 5, 2012

This Post May Contain a Cross Stitch Pattern of Coco From Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

Hello! Tonight, my post here is not going to be very long, seeing as I subbed for a P.E. class stuck in a study hall today and ended up having my brain totally fried. Considering the general lack of success I had in sending out coherent e-mails four hours ago, it could be argued that, by this point, I shouldn't even be allowed near a computer keyboard, let alone permitted to blog. I've got a new pattern that I'm pretty excited about to post, though, so I think I can stay coherent at least until I've shared that!

A few days ago, I was trying to think of a fun character to make a portrait pattern of before making the next one in the Clannad set (which will be Ryou, by the way), and, since making a pattern of Hot Dog Princess was fun, I decided that I'd use another American cartoon character as the subject. Since that didn't narrow things down much at all, it took a bit longer to actually pick a character. After a lucky weather report, however, my sister started in on the "It's hot in To-Peeeek-Aaaaaa" bit from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, I decided that I'd make a character from that. Coco seemed like she'd be the most fun to cross stitch, so she ended up being my choice. (I'd stitched Bloo before, from a pattern by Dawn, posted at her blog, Anime Stitching.) Plus, bird/tree/airplane creatures are very amusing, so that worked in her favor, too.

Coco's pattern looks quite a bit larger than a lot of the ones I've posted here, at 95 stitches tall, but since she's not a perfect rectangle in terms of shape, she shouldn't be an incredibly time consuming project. There are a lot of color changes involved, meaning that stitching her won't require a great deal of single color chunks, and I like that all of the colors in it are bright and relatively easy to match, even if you don't have the floss colors listed. I'm pretty excited about stitching this, so if you guys want to cross stitch or perler bead Coco, too, here is the pattern!
Now that today's pattern is posted, it's time to show off what I've been working on lately, which, actually, is not that much. I have gotten four more of my sprite patterns stitched since my last post, though, so here is a picture of them. From left to right, the characters included in this image are Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena), Tamaki (Ouran Host Club), Light (Death Note), and Ash (Pokemon). While I don't necessarily think these characters would get along, since one member of the group would probably end up making sure that the other three were no longer a problem for him, they were all fun to stitch, and I think they'll make nice additions to my collection of cross stitch standees.
Now that all of that is finished, I'm done here for today, though I'm hoping to have a new post and new patterns for you guys sometime later this week! Until then, I hope all of you have gotten your weeks off to a good start and are doing well with all of your craft projects.