Friday, July 3, 2015

Dork Stitch's Seventh Annual Heal Slime Day, With My Blog's House Banner

Hello! I have had this blog for over six years, which is cool, even though I am not doing well at keeping up with it this year. I've still been making patterns, but just haven't posted them, which somehow seems worse than not doing anything at all. I've been pretty excited for today's post, though, because it's always fun to try to make a new pattern for Heal Slime day!

In the fall, I'm going to be taking a graduate level history class on Game of Thrones, so I've been trying to read and watch the entire series over the summer. Because of that, this year, it made sense to take out a pencil and graph paper and try to draw Dork Stitch's house banner- a Heal Slime floating against a field of lilac. It may not be practical in battle, but it is cute and cheerful, which is what actually matters.

I've been stitching this on plastic canvas, and so far it's going pretty well, so I can say with certainty that it's quick and easy to stitch. I'm considering somehow putting it on a bunch of my school supplies for next year and being like, "It's my house banner, of course it's on all of my notebooks," so I may even be able to fairly judge what it is like to stitch this multiple times. It's simple, with no half stitches and only a few colors, and it's not very big, either, so if any of you have even the remotest interest in stitching it, I hope you enjoy it!

For today, this is it, but I hope to do better with actually posting here in the near future! Like I said, I have a lot of stuff to post, particularly where brightly colored anime characters are concerned, and I have some projects of my own to show off, too, including a charming Walking Dead sampler that I designed, one that would look right at home in any kitchen. Until my next post, good luck with all of your craft projects and all of your other stuff, too!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Okay, Cross Stitch Pattern Making Is Once Again Fun

I have been feeling kind of blah about this blog lately, but today, I went to Anime News Network and saw that Sanrio had designed one Hello Kitty to look like each character from Love Live School Idol Project, and then I suddenly wanted to make every cross stitch pattern ever. I got started on that set this afternoon, and will probably start posting patterns from it later this week, because they're cute and fluffy and in bright colors, and I want all nine of them to be on my wall. After working on those for way too long, I went to turn on my TV and HBO Go wasn't working, so I came back to my computer and started working on sprite patterns again, which was also fun. When I went to actually chart things, it got a bit iffy, because I forgot what sizes I copy and pasted all of the pattern elements at, which is why when you look at tonight's pattern, you may feel like the preview image is a little too small. It's a cool pattern, though, so I'm sure you can deal with it.

Tonight's post is for a sprite pattern of Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. (If you are surprised by this, I think it might be the first time you have been to this blog.) I made it because this blog needs more cross stitch patterns of people with robot arms who drive semi trucks from hell, but am pretty happy with how the pattern came out. The outfit I gave her in the pattern is a composite of a couple different ones, because I wanted to stitch her on black fabric, but I think the point comes across well enough. I'm probably going to use silver floss for the arm and belt buckles, too, but it's totally up to you if you want to suffer through metallic floss or not. Anyway, here is the pattern!

I'm going to go stitch this now, while listening to my sister's lovely radio show, and then I am going to watch Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, as the internet has stopped failing me. Soon, I'll be back to post some really frilly-girly nonsense, but until then, good luck with your crafts!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Fancy Avengers Sprite Pattern That Was Difficult to Make

Hello! I have not been blogging much lately, mostly because I did not really want to and felt like my head was going to explode. My Spring 2015 semester of pursuing an MA in History sucked, partially because my classes were stressful (though I was getting straight As, which is cool!), partially because I had a very strange roommate situation, and, in the last chunk, partially because I was panicking over work stuff. All of that went by, and I intended to get back to blogging nicely, but last week, I broke a futon, thought I was going to lose my summer work for a very stressful day, and stabbed myself in the hand with a kitchen knife because I was trying to make a nice sandwich and had an unfortunate coughing fit while doing so. These things were also not conducive to blogging.

Things have gotten way better! I got a new, not campus-owned apartment with people I get along with, have a tuition waiver job next year and work for the summer, and, of my three classes next semester, have one on American feminist histories and another on using real historical methods to study Game of Thrones. From here, I should be able to blog a lot more.

Though I am blogging right now, I can tell you now that if you have requested something from me, I probably have not made it. My current desktop patterns to chart and post are, in terms of sprite patterns, some more stuff from Avengers: Age of Ultron and the equally popular Project Justice, a Dreamcast fighting game. Inexplicably, I also made a very nice portait pattern of Plucky Duck from Tiny Toons while I was throwing a mental snit fit about the internet's lack of Tiny Toons patterns. (I loved that show when I was a kid, so I felt it was necessary.) I also have a Walking Dead sampler I'm working on, because every well put together room needs a shout-out to Terminus, but I want to stitch that before I post it. There's also a lot of half finished stuff.

Anyway, I did not really want to post tonight, but I got sick of watching TV and wanted to accomplish something, so here I am! Tonight, I'm back to my Avengers rubbish, because I like making sprite patterns of characters from Marvel movies, with this super-impressive pattern of Falcon, who first showed up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's probably the best in the new round, so I'm wasting my grand finale here, but I don't care. Designing the wings and, suprisingly, the sunglasses for this pattern sucked, so I'm showing it off! Plus, I posted Bucky last, so I'm sticking with a theme, I guess. Here is the pattern!

I have four more Avengers patterns left to post, but don't really know when I'll be posting them. I'm sleepy now, though, so it won't be tonight! Thanks for reading, and have a good week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

You Win, Here Is Bucky.

Hello! I made a bunch of new patterns today after having seen Age of Ultron, which I will start posting tomorrow. For today, however, I am posting a sprite pattern of the character most requested here by a longshot, Bucky Barnes, in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier outfit. I am not really sure why Bucky is so popular, but I made the pattern anyway, so here you go! I hope that all of you who wanted this pattern are pleased.

I am done for today, but, like I said, I'll be back again tomorrow with some new Avengers patterns! Until then, good luck with your crafts and stuff!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Promoting a Class Project, Future Patterns, and My WIP Kit

Hello! Tonight I am writing here mostly because I am babysitting a class Twitter project and I want to make sure a couple more things work before I go and watch TV.

For the project, one of my grad history classes, on history and digital media, is live tweeting the assassination and funeral of US President Abraham Lincoln, for its 150th anniversary, on the account @AbesLastRide! I'm making sure that the tweets go out for the next week, which is way less stressful than I expected. (HootSuite's scheduling is saving me from getting up at 6:20 tomorrow morning, and I am grateful for that.) If any of you are interested in the project, though, you should follow it! Our class has been working on it all semester, occasionally as I sat in the back of the room wishing that Twitter had never been invented, so it's cool that it's finally underway.

With this blog, I'm about to start posting a lot of new sprite patterns, almost all of which have been requested. I am not sure what nonsense I will start doing when it comes down to it, but I've been working on a new requested set of Cardcaptor Sakura patterns, the rest of the Love Live School Idol patterns, and one that was requested quite a while back of the main character from Kill la Kill. (I don't watch the show and can't remember how her name is spelled, except that I suspect it is a different spelling of Ryoko than is used on Tenchi Muyo.)

For tonight, however, most of what I have is WIP photos of the cross stitch kit I was writing about a couple of weeks back. I've taken a picture every time I finish a color, so these are not very exciting, but here they are! I have five colors done, and it is gradually looking less and less weird.
Well, with that done, I was going to post some more, but computers are gradually losing all meaning for me. I am going offline now, but hope to be back and posting again soon! Until then, have a lovely day and good luck with whatever you are doing!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Showing Off a New Project, With Questions for Other Stitchers!

Hello! Today, I do not have a new pattern for you guys, though I am working pretty steadily on the Love Live! School Idol Project set of sprite patterns. They're coming out to be really cute, and since they just released some of the artwork for the new series, complete with new characters, I might end up making them, too. School has been busy and weird, so I will probably keep posting them slowly, but they shall eventually appear.

For today, I am posting to show off a new cross stitch kit that I got in the mail yesterday. I'd been looking at this on Amazon for a while, and, despite the fact that it was inexpensive, not ordering it. I had a really bad day earlier this week, though, complete with kitchen fires and the (completely, totally, non-threatening, but still annoying) promise of medical tests, so my mom sent me an early birthday gift in the form of some Amazon money. That seemed like a very good excuse to buy this cross stitch kit!

As you can tell, in my quest to do only serious and classy crafts, I bought a kit of an anime-style kimono girl, meaning this kit will be totally different from everything else I've ever made. I thought the design was really cute, but I also wanted it because it was a kit with 11-count Aida cloth, which is always fun to use.

What I am less sure about as I start this kit is the fact that it has pre-printed fabric. (The fabric itself is in the upper left corner of my photo set above.) It comes with a pattern, too, but the printing is clear and high quality enough, despite the weird colors, that I don't know if I'll need it. It makes it look even more fun and easy. I have not really done a project on printed Aida cloth before, though, so I'm not sure what to do in the end.

Have any of you stitched a pre-printed kit before? The thread is high quality, so I'm not worried about color bleeding from the thread, but when I wash the gridlines and stuff out, will that mess up what I've already stitched? I know it is a dumb question, but I am having trouble finding an answer, as many shopping sites as come up when I type in "pre-stamped cross stitch finishing help."

Regardless of how this needs to be finished, I'm going to start working on her later and, hopefully, post updates as I go! I don't think she'll take too long to stitch, but it should be fun and come out well. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some good photos of it, too!

I am done posting for today, but I hope to post again soon, whether it's about this or patterns! I just got done with a really big chunk of schoolwork, so I feel a lot less stressed than I did when I got up this morning. Anyway, I hope all of you have a good day, and good luck with all of your own craft projects!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A New Set of Patterns of Anime Pop Stars, So You Don't Forget What Blog This Is

Hello! I have not been blogging that much lately, though I am working on patterns. Tonight, though, I decided to change that by starting a new set of Love Live! School Idol Project sprite patterns. (This round of anime idol singers is acceptable because they were requested.) However, I am kind of sleepy, so I only got one character done. I mean, I made the pattern of Honoka, and since she's the main character, that could be a lot worse. I'm half done with Umi, too, so there will likely be another one very soon to make up for my slacking tonight. For now, though, enjoy this pattern! If you don't like it, that's too bad, because eight more that match her are coming!

Also, this is a question specifically for Hani- is this the outfit set you asked for? I left the reference picture I printed on my desk at school, so though this looks right, I may have picked the wrong one from the comfort of this couch.

With my own stitching, I don't have a photo tonight, but I will very soon! On Sunday, I found a giant piece of Aida cloth with a stack of Baccano cross stitch patterns in it, made on the software that I had two computers back. I was obviously ready to do some intense fan art based on an anime where someone gets punched in the face until it kills them, but for some reason, forgot all about it. I'm starting that, though, and am making good progress! I'll show that off with my next patterns of Love Live! School Idol characters, because the two shows match so very well.

I'm done posting for tonight, but am going to force myself to post more patterns in this set very soon! Until then, have a good week and best of luck with your crafts!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Look, I'm Still Alive, Yay

Hello! I have not been posting here as much as I should lately, so I'm posting today. Things have been really busy lately! I started a new semester last month, which is enough, usually, but on top of that, I spent a few weeks in charge of one of my school's student life building offices at the same time. I've been done with that for a while, but it was still a lot of stuff.

This morning, I am making a gigantic amount of applesauce for a potluck tomorrow morning and posting to this blog. My pattern for today, which is another portrait pattern of a bad guy from Sailor Moon, is one that I've had on reserve for a while because I am still pretty lazy. I'm working on some Love Live School Idol Project patterns right now, as I am a sophisticate who likes action packed anime filled with conspiracy and intrigue (and they were requested, which makes it even better!), but it will be a few more days before those start popping up. For now, though, enjoy this pattern of Ves Ves from Sailor Moon, because I'm so set on making minor characters that I couldn't even be bothered to do a pattern of Queen Beryl like a normal person who decided to undertake this project would have done. She looks quite evil, so I think that people should stitch her and place her in their doorways to admonish all who enter in a sassy fashion.

Okay, I am done for today, but I should be back with more patterns eventually. Have a good weekend, and enjoy your crafts!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Vague Participation in the January 2015 IHSW

Hello! Today is the last day for participation in the first International Hermit and Stitch Weekend of 2015, as hosted by Joysze of Random Ramblings! This is a really cool event where you can look at all the nifty things that a bunch of bloggers cross stitched this weekend. A lot of people have done beautiful and impressive things. I did this.

In case you guys aren't skilled at identifying what a project is by part of the hair and a couple of arm lines, this is stitched from the pattern of Mami from Madoka Magica that I posted yesterday. I started this on Friday, and proceeded to not work on it very hard for a few minutes at a time for the rest of the weekend. I did, however, read a lot, watch some nifty TV stuff, get an awesome Lego cat built, and panic about this week effectively this weekend, though, so it wasn't worthless!

I'm done for tonight, now that that stunning photo is posted, but will be back with another post soon! Until then, good luck stitching faster than I do!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Madoka Magica Stuff, Plus A Zero Suit Samus Sprite Pattern Correction

Hello! Tonight, I'm listening to my sister's radio show, drinking hot tea, and posting to this blog, because Sunday night is party time! I'm going to be skirting around spoilers for an anime that's a few years old tonight, so enjoy it!

Pretty soon, it is going to be time for the Academy Award nominee sprite patterns, and a possible set of Lego Movie sprite patterns done out of spite for it not getting nominated for Best Animated Picture. There are a few nominees that I am concerned about my ability to make look distinctive, but there are some others that I know will turn out pretty well. Those should start going up sometime towards the end of the week, though!

For tonight, I have a portrait pattern of Mami from Madoka Magica because I made this and would like to post it. I should probably be doing requested patterns, but instead, I am making patterns of anime characters that match the color scheme I would like to use. It's not that I don't like Mami, but I wanted to find a character that would look nice on light brown fabric, and she seemed like a good choice. Plus, I like her twirly hair and flower pin, so that was a big part of this, too.

This is pretty small for a portrait pattern, because I wanted her to fit an embroidery hoop that I have in my craft box. She has cute doodle-type eyes, though, so I like it. (In case you couldn't tell, this is one of my current projects.) Because of that, it's low intensity and easy to stitch. I hope you guys like this pattern!

With Mami posted, I would like to address a comment made yesterday, by reader Kathryn! As it turns out, I wasn't paying attention during Sprite Patterns December (woah, shocking!), and posted the wrong color key for Zero Suit Samus's pattern! Below is the proper color key, and the original post will be edited to include a link to this post. I think there is probably an easier way to do this, but I am not feeling so logical tonight, so this is what's going on.
This is it for tonight, but I'm participating in an IHSW held by Joysze of Random Ramblings this lovely three-day weekend, so tomorrow night, I should have some sort of photo of how little I have accomplished this weekend! It'll be great. Until then, though, have a nice night and good luck with your own crafts!