Saturday, March 30, 2013

An Upcoming Blog Event

Hello! I was going to wait until April 1st to post about this, but then it occurred to me that if I did that, everyone might think that it was an April Fools' Day joke. Because of that, I'm doing a March 30th post to announce that, on April 1st, I'm going to do a slightly out-of-season Sprite Patterns April! I really don't have much reason to do so, but since I have 25 sprite patterns saved up in my "to post" folder and dozens more to chart, it seems like as good an idea as anything. If there are any characters you'd like to see sprite patterns of, let me know, as I'm sure to get to at least a few of them in 30 days. I have at least one new anime set to post throughout the month, too, alongside some sets that I'm finishing up, less organized odds and ends of patterns and stuff that I haven't actually made yet. For today, though, I'm leading up to the event by posting the last of the Magic Knight Rayearth patterns! I don't remember which of the girls is left, since I printed all three of them out a couple of weeks ago, so I'll see who it is when I go to upload my pattern.

Apparently, Fuu is the one that I hadn't posted yet, so there she is! She was my favorite of them when I was reading the comic, so I guess that I was probably saving her for last. This pattern is pretty green, too, so I suppose that makes it appropriate for spring. I don't have that much to say about it, though, so I hope that if you've been following the set, you enjoy stitching her!

I am done for today, but will be back on Monday for the start of Sprite Patterns April! Until then, have a nice weekend, a pleasant Easter (if you observe Easter- if you don't, I hope you have a pleasant Sunday despite the fact that less things than normal are open) and a good end to March!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Anime Characters Old and New(er) and an Obscure Fighting Game's Heroine

Hello! Though I should probably be more subtle about it, I'm basically doing a post tonight because I got a 3DS and want to share my friend code, for Swapnote and whatnot. I wish that I could think of a more exciting way to say it, but my friend code is 3883-5389-3206. If any of you guys also have a 3DS, feel free to add me!

With that done and over with, I do have three new sprite patterns for you guys tonight, since I've been working on them a lot lately. Past the Magic Knight Rayearth and Deadman Wonderland sets that I started last week, I've finished the sprites for another set and done quite a bit for a fourth, and past that, as always, I have plenty of patterns to pick from that aren't a part of these sets. Because of that, it's sort of difficult to choose what to post tonight. I think that for my first two patterns, though, I'll keep going with the sets I started last time!

The representative from the Magic Knight Rayearth set for tonight is Umi, since there were only two characters left and I chose one of them at random. I'm actually really happy with how this pattern came out, as her hair worked well and the blues look nice with her orange bow. It might be a pain to find all of the blues that this pattern will need, but it should work out well if you do find them.
Next up is tonight's entry in the Deadman Wonderland set, which, as I've mentioned before, I am pretty clueless about. I do know that Ganta is one of, or perhaps the only main character, though, so he gets to be posted next. This one went very badly in terms of getting the colors to work in KG Stitch, so as I tried to get everything to look right, I began to think that this set of patterns would end in me throwing my computer out of the window. I finally got it to work, though, and since finishing this chart, was able to do two more sprites for the set without any trouble at all. Hopefully, the last half of the set goes well, too!
I don't want to start posting from another of the full sets I'm working on until I at least have my last Magic Knight Rayearth pattern posted, so for my last cross stitch pattern of the evening, I'm posting a sprite of Kisarah Westfield, who I know from Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, though she's actually from everyone's favorite Neo Geo fighter, Aggressors of Dark Kombat. (I was going to make a joke about the obscurity of Aggressors of Dark Kombat, but since the real ridiculous phrase there was "everyone's favorite Neo Geo fighter," I won't bother.) I actually just made this pattern because I wanted it, and, in order to get more charts finished for this blog, I have made the rule for myself that, before I can print out a sprite for my own use, I have to put it on a postable chart, first. This will likely end in a lot of nonsense for you guys, but, since I never know what patterns someone will actually want, it seems fair to post them anyway. Anyway, without any further ado, here is the brightly colored Kisarah!
I am done here for now, but I'm going to see if I can make another sprite or two before bed tonight! I have enough stuff that I should be able to post again soon, so, until then, have a nice night and good luck with all of your stitching projects!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Some New Sprite Patterns, In Case You Want to Stitch Them

Hello! I've been sort of busy lately, so I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to. I have been making a ton of sprite patterns lately, 19 alone of which are of Cardcaptor Sakura. (The person who brought that up in the comments section of my last post shall live to regret it.) My desktop is cluttered with random characters, including odds and ends of sets that I haven't finished charting and very nearly the entire cast of Deadman Wonderland, which I did as a request when I had a bad head cold and then promptly forgot who they all were. Only 6 finished patterns are in my "Still to Post" folder, but since that number is about go significantly higher, I thought that I might post a few of them today.
I know that I warned of this pattern's existence in my last post, so you guys shouldn't be terribly shocked that it exists, but here is my sprite pattern of Corrector Yui. I think that it came out genuinely well, and since it's frilly and pink, I'm probably going to stitch Yui pretty soon. Corrector Yui wasn't popular at all here in the United States, though, so I figure she'll be better recieved by readers in other countries than in my own. I find tons of Spanish fan sites whenever I look up reference art from the show, so it must have been well liked somewhere.
While I'm all excited about magical girl patterns, it seems reasonable to post the first sprite in the Magic Knight Rayearth set, featuring Hikaru. I've actually finished patterns for all three of the girls, and this is my least favorite by quite a longshot. She always seems like the main character, though, so I figured that I'd post her first.
My last pattern for today is the first (and, again, my least favorite) in the Deadman Wonderland set that someone requested from me last summer, after which I promptly finished in while my head was in a fog of cold medicine, and then, for several months, that I looked at and thought, "These patterns are very detailed! I wonder who they were for?" This pattern, of Shiro, was a total pain to make. I do not know how the animators got across the whole, "Oh, no, she's not undressed! She's wearing a slightly not-skin colored body suit with red twirly crap!" thing without completely failing at it, but as far as making a cross stitch pattern of her goes, it was irritating. I didn't watch the anime past the first episode, since, to be nice, it was a bit much for me, so there may have been some big explanation of this outfit that I missed, making it fundamentally more difficult to turn into a sprite. As it was, though, I kept waffling back and forth between the light melon-y color that I used and a really pale color, trying to decide which looked less weird. I settled on the melon-y color, even though it's less accurate, because the lighter one blended in with her hair too much and made it look like she'd be really boring to stitch. I think that the rest of these patterns came out pretty well, so I'm not too worried about some inaccuracy here, but I'm not too eager to repeat the experience of making this pattern.

Since my last post, I've done some mindless kit stitching, so I need to take photos of that stuff so that I can show it off here. I have nothing else that I want to post here right now, though, so I am done with this blog for today. I'll post again soon, but until then, have a nice day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Super Girly Robotech Tote Bag, Plus the Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! As I write this post, I realize that I have gotten a lot of requests for patterns from people, ranging from characters from the Legend of Zelda to those from British radio sitcoms that are unavailable to American listeners. No one ever came here and requested a monochrome pattern of one of the characters from the last third of Robotech, and I'm pretty sure that, had I kept this blog open for years more, this still would not have happened. However, I got it into my head that Rook, who is, in fact, a character from the last third of Robotech (or, according to the magic of Google, Genesis Climber Mospeda, which is an anime title that sounds like words, as well as some non-words, drawn out of a hat and thrown together), would look super-cool and distinctly 80s anime on a tote bag, so that very pattern is what I have for you guys today. Now that I've been rude to both pattern requesters and fans of any show that Robotech absorbed into itself, it's time to move on with today's post!

First of all, I'm posting a photo of the tote bag I cross stitched this onto, using 10-count waste fabric and some cheap generic floss. It took three days to get Rook onto this 13-inch tall bag, including the part where I sat for three hours and pulled out the waste fabric with tweezers. Luckily, the fabric was pretty flimsy, or else it would have taken longer. It also would have taken longer to do this if I'd been more careful with my stitching, but, as it is, the bottom half of this is riddled with mistakes. I can't find them myself unless I match the bag up next to my chart, so it doesn't seem like a big deal, but as far as my replicating a simple pattern goes, this was not my finest effort. Still, I'm happy with how the tote bag came out! I'd be carrying it already, but it's in fairly light colors and the weather is continually messy. Once I feel confident that I can carry it outside without inadvertantly ruining the whole thing, though, I'll be using this as my purse.

If you'd like to try and replicate this experiment for yourself, or just like the image, here is the pattern of Rook that I made for the tote bag project. Like I said, it only took a few days to stitch onto waste fabric and a tote bag, so with normal Aida cloth, this project would go incredibly quickly. Plus, it apparently has plenty of room for error, so my guess is that you could stitch it half-asleep, make 20 mistakes, and still have a nice finished product. 

Now that I'm done typing this post and convincing Blogger to get it to look at least a little bit like I wanted it to, I am done for today. I should be back soon, though, with more photos of rubbish I've been stitching and some patterns that people may actually want! I'm doing a lot of magical girl sprite patterns lately, so if any of you guys have favorite magical girls, let me know! I'll see if I can make decent patterns of them to post here between all of the chunks of nonsense I have deemed to be cool. (Trust me, though, my Corrector Yui sprite looks really nifty.)