Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Long Delayed Gold Star, Ponyo Style

Hello! I haven't posted here in ages, not since before my sister and one of her friends had their Tarantino party, which was nearly two weeks ago. I can say this for certain because it was halfway through Inglorious Basterds (please pardon my possible misspelling of a misspelling) that I first saw the finished project that this post is about. This finished project, which is done from the pattern of Ponyo's sister (from the Miyazaki movie released this summer), is a beadwork completed by M.Y.C. (who also has a blog that can be accessed by clicking on this fun colored text) with what is hands down the most elaborate presentation of any craft project, let alone one that used a pattern from this blog, that I've ever seen. To display this, I present M.Y.C.'s amazing Youtube video of Ponyo's glamorously beaded sister.

I've watched this video piles of times and'll probably watch it quite a few more, and not just because the pattern is from my blog, and not just because the project is really well done, either. (I've tried doing beading like this before and couldn't even make a successful bracelet, let alone a cartoon character.) My favorite thing about the video is that it ranks among the cutest things ever. I love the Ponyo theme being in the background, it's really cool to see the project take shape, and then there's the fact that the end of the video (before the extras, at least) features a stop motion swimming Ponyo's sister! It's really cool that M.Y.C. took the time to share her project, the process behind it, and the adorable video, and for that, she must be awarded Dork Stitch's highest honor- the gold star.

Because M.Y.C.'s project was impressively presented, I wanted to have a bit of an unorthodox gold star, so I ended up making a cross stitch pattern of another of Ponyo's sisters swimming in a sea of gold stars. It's a bit weird, but I hope it's okay! For beadwork, the gold stars can easily be left off of the background, since a couple of them are detached from the main figure, and for stitching purposes, this uses the exact same floss colors as the last Ponyo pattern posted here.

Anyway, I'm a little spacey tonight, so I should probably stop writing now, but thank you for taking the time to read this post! If you decide to make any of the patterns featured here, send in a photo or something of the sort and you could (well, probably will) find yourself the subject of your very own blog post! Also, since I'm not sure if I'll be posting again before the new year, I want to thank everyone reading for their support in 2009! Every single follower and comment and finished project and read post is massively appreciated. I wish all of you a good rest of the week and a happy new year!

(If you're still reading, I've also just had a new review posted at MyGamer.com for Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy. As long as I'm here, I might as well spam my internet presence!)

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Severely Old School Amy Rose Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! I wasn't really planning on posting today, but I had a pink peppermint latte, making me all caffeinated and energetic, so writing a blog seemed like a nice and non-destructive thing to do. The only downside of this is that I don't really have that much to say, though that might not be such a bad thing. I haven't been accomplishing that much in terms of cross stitching lately, though I'm getting close to finished with a pattern of Miku from Vocaloid that I co-designed with ACL on the 1337xstitch forums. My sister and one of her friends are having a watch-Tarantino-movies party tonight, so I'm going to sit in on it and see how many of them I can get through before passing out from too much allergy medicine, and I figured I could work on the project during that, though getting it done isn't too likely. Still, I think I can get pretty close to it, so I might have her done by the end of the weekend.

See? I told you I didn't have that much to say.

Anyway, with a new computer, I'm trying to rebuild my library of patterns so that when I'm stuck on what to make, I can turn it on and go through my folder to see what I've got. I really like old fashioned patterns, though, so I wanted to try and make something both nerdy and old looking. Because of this, I started running sprites through my pattern maker and turning them into silhouettes, which, at least in part, led to this pattern.

Since I've been playing a lot of the Sonic the Hedgehog RPG for DS lately, when I was thinking of characters to use in the silhouette patterns, Amy Rose seemed like a good choice. The spiky hair and big shoes make it easy to tell at least what game series she's from, and the hammer doesn't hurt in making her identifiable, either. Regardless of the character, though, this turned out the best of any of my attempts last night, so Amy Rose is the one getting posted. It's a little bigger than some of the patterns on here, but since it's only one color, she shouldn't take that long to stitch. Plus, if you get really sick of working on it, you can just leave the hearts off and call it finished. It would also be easy to experiment with different stitches or fabrics on a project like this, if that's the sort of thing you're looking for.

Anyway, that's about all I have to say for today, so I suppose I'll go bother another part of the internet now. Just like always, if you decide to stitch this, I would really like to see your finished project! Also, I'd like to wish M.Y.C. the best of luck with making Ponyo's sister- I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cross Stitch Patterns From Mediocre to Bad Game Boy Ports of Neo Geo Fighters

Hello! Though I'm posting here now with a characteristically specific title and patterns from 2D fighting games, making it appear as if everything is perfectly fine in the world of Dork Stitch, before posting too much, I have some pertinent information to post. Last Thursday night, not too long after my last post, my computer of 8 years unexpectedly had a blue screen of death that it never managed to recover from. Though this required my family to get a new computer (which has 3 times the power of the last one for a fourth of its price), most of our stuff was backed up, meaning that even though losing the computer was bad, it wasn't as much of a problem as it could have been. What I did lose, however, were my in-progress patterns for this blog, meaning that if you made any pattern requests that I was already unbelievably slow in posting, I'm going to have to be even slower about them. I also can't make anything really big for a while, since I lost my paint program (but not my pattern maker!) and am assembling patterns on Microsoft Works through extensive use of the Print Screen button. Still, I think that things should be pretty much the same as ever on here. To prove this, I'll get back to the regularly scheduled post!

Since I had to reconfigure Pattern Maker to all of the settings that I want, I decided to stick with a familiar subject matter- sprites from portable versions of Neo Geo fighting games. Usually, I use the Neo Geo Pocket Color versions, since they're just so gosh-darned adorable, but today, I decided to use some sprites from the Game Boy versions. Most of this is because I sat up last night playing the Game Boy version of Samurai Shodown, which is nearly unplayable due to clunky controls and interminable downtime between the rounds of a fight. The graphics in it are pretty nice, though, so it only made sense to take advantage of that aspect of the game for this cross stitch pattern of Nakoruru, the Samurai Shodown franchise's poster girl.

Since this sprite was originally in a Game Boy game, I did a lot of recoloring before making it a pattern, and sort of gave her a different hairstyle than she had in the game, too. The number of colors used means that though she should be fast and easy to stitch, she's slightly less fast and easy to stitch than some other patterns on this blog. Still, if you want to cross stitch Nakoruru, this should be much less time consuming than going for the arcade sprite.

Basically, the same things that I said about Nakoruru's pattern go for the pattern of Janne from World Heroes that I'll be posting after a few more lines of text. The version of World Heroes for Game Boy is much better than the Samurai Shodown one in terms of the game actually being fun, even though the graphics aren't as cute. I still wanted to make a pattern of Janne, though, since I have a lot of admiration for the fact that in World Heroes, you can pit Joan of Arc against Jack the Ripper in hand to hand combat. (Plus, despite the game's less than excellent reputation, I can play it well for no apparent reason, so I tend to give it more credit than it deserves.) With that in mind, I present to you my cross stitch pattern of Janne, which, if you're in a pinch, can probably be quickly modified to be Charlotte from the aforementioned Samurai Shodown.

Now that I have two patterns made on my new computer and posted, I'm going to go put frosting on a German chocolate cake, which promises to be quite delicious. If you decide to make any of these patterns, though, I'd really like to see your finished work and, with permission, of course, will post it here for all to see! Also, I'd like to thank Alexis for a comment on the last post- I'm glad you like the True Blood patterns and will do my best to make some nice patterns for Doctor Who and Torchwood (I know more about Doctor Who, but Gwen seems like she'd make a good sprite), though they'll probably be pretty similar to the patterns for True Blood, at least in terms of style.

Someday, I hope that Blogger will implement a tool to directly reply to comments. Until then, I hope all of you have a nice rest of the week!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another True Blood Cross Stitch Pattern, Since That's What the World Really Needs

Hello! Today is sort of a strange day, a great deal of which of which can be attributed to the poor weather, but because of the day's oddness, I've decided to make a blog post just to break things up a bit. Because of this, I don't really have too many exciting things to say. This afternoon I did borrow The Dark Spire for DS from my sister, just to see if I could immediately tell why it was 5 dollars. It wasn't that bad, especially not if you're into older games, and by older games, I mean stuff that would have run on an Apple II. I don't think that I'll play it much more, though, since I like my RPGs with bright, cheerful colors, at least a couple of cute animals, and a hope, if not a vague and distant one, that the game can actually be won.

With that out of the way, today's cross stitch pattern, as stated in the title, is another entry in my set of True Blood patterns, since the world was absolutely clamoring for those. This one is a little more specific than the last one was, though, since it depicts Bill playing the Wii, which only happened in one episode. (I tried my best to make it look like he was putting in a golf game, which I think went decently.) This is a minor part of the series, yes, but for me, the idea of a vampire sitting at home and playing Wii is very entertaining, meaning that it seemed natural to immortalize in this cross stitch pattern.

Like the pattern from earlier in the week, this one is also based on sprites from the Neo Geo Pocket Color version of the Last Blade, though this is pretty directly based on Kaede's sprite. Bill should be just as fast and easy to stitch (or needlepoint or perler bead) as Sookie and Arlene are because of this, even if the colors are a bit less bright.

If you decide to use this, or any other pattern on this blog, for any of your crafting needs, I would love to see the finished project and post your glorious work for all the world to see! Other than that, I really have nothing else to say, so I'll post something else here later.

Monday, December 7, 2009

True Blood Cross Stitch Patterns With Two Non-Cross Stitched Finished Examples!

Hello! I think it's been a week since I last posted here, meaning that it's more than time for me to post here again. My brain is a little fried today, though, so I'm not sure how coherent I'll be. Half of it is from sleep deprivation and half of it is from trying to plow through a Diner Dash knockoff at a remarkable speed for MyGamer.com, which has had the unfortunate effect of making it so that when I close my eyes I see the tiny people screaming because they don't have any cake. Because of that, I will probably be slightly briefer than normal, which probably isn't saying a lot.

Today's pattern, as you might have deducted from the title, is from True Blood, the extremely R-rated HBO original series (or the Charlene Harris novels they were based on), meaning that the patterns I made had no choice but to be extremely cute. I lined up all my printed patterns of Neo Geo Pocket Color sprites and got out some graph paper and pencils to make this patten, which ended up looking fairly similar to the sprites from the NGPC Last Blade game. I am not sure if True Blood for the Neo Geo Pocket Color would be a good game, and it would certainly have bad sales figures, especially in this day and age, but I'd buy it.

Though I plan on making more patterns of more True Blood characters, mostly because it makes me laugh, today's victims are Sookie and Arlene. I made Sookie first, since she's the main character, and then made Arlene because I had the template for the Merlotte's Bar and Grill waitress outfit done. I thought it would be cute to have them talking, so Arlene's showing off an engagement ring, which I'm going to try and dig up some glitter floss for, and Sookie is quite happy for her. These should be quick and easy to stitch, with exact color matches being totally unnecessary, and work well for other pixel based crafts, too.

I've already made the Sookie sprite, the weekend before Thanksgiving, and I needlepointed her because I wanted it to be done quickly and thought it would look nice if it were large. I posted her on my Deviant Art page, but since this is my blog, I'm going to put her up again, just because I want to.

On Deviant Art, another user, Blusugarbabyz, said she thought of Diner Dash when she saw this, which I can see quite easily. I don't think it would go well if Flo gave her customers synthetic blood, though.

After I posted this, I sort of forgot about it, but when I logged onto Deviant Art a few days ago, I saw that FatalJapan had done a perler bead version of her! I was excited about this and posted cheerful comments and ran around the house saying "SOOKIE" over and over, because that's pretty fun, but now the time has come to put his version of Sookie here on Dork Stitch.

I was quite impressed with this, especially since I'm too lazy to try and make anything like this from a photo rather than a chart. What's even cooler, though, is that I can only find a one pixel difference between this and the original chart I had on a ratty piece of graph paper. If you want to see the full sized version of this, it's on FatalJapan's aforementioned Deviant Art page right at this link. As all of you regular readers know, however, FatalJapan's actions in this situation have won him this blog's highest honor: the Dork Stitch gold star. (This one happens to be a bad case of "fun with digital screentones," but it's at least the proper color.)

Anyway, after that rambling and image heavy post, I think I'm going to go play Final Fantasy VIII until I pass out, seeing as I'm absolutely on top of everything new and shiny in popular culture. I'll be back soon with more patterns and more finished project photos, but until then, I hope all of you have a good week!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lots of Finished Cross Stitch Projects From Readers!

Hello! I haven't posted here for quite a while, but since the last time I wrote here, three readers have done stitchings that were, at the very least, based on patterns originally posted here! Since there are three of them, I'm going to get directly into posting them rather than do a lot of chattering, though, to be sure, I have plenty to say.

The first of the finished projects is by Topcho/ Pas'd Action (sorry, I'm not sure which screen name you'd prefer!), and it's of a pattern posted here quite a while ago of Marvin from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! The existence of Douglas Adams themed cross stitch is spiffy enough on its own, but this piece is really quite cool. Topcho stitched Marvin on 22 count fabric, with the stripes on the fabric also being hand-stitched, and then sewed him into a pincushion, which, after all, is just the poor robot's sort of luck to be used for a storage place for extremely pointy things. I strongly recommend checking out the original blog post on this project, which can be found here , both so you can see Marvin's lullaby backstitched on the back of the pincushion and read the entertaining commentary. Both halves of the project can also be seen on Deviant Art, with the front at this link and the back at this link.

This next project has considerably less literary roots than Marvin did, but that makes Dawn's stitching of Athena, from the King of Fighters games (among others) no less impressive. My first instinct in writing about this is to brag that now there's a Christmas tree with a King of Fighters character on it and it's partially my fault, but since the pattern seems to have been chosen for its cuteness, I'll hold off on a full paragraph on that subject. The Athena is really nicely stitched, especially considering that it was done on glittery Aida cloth, which is a total pain to work with, even though it seems that different people have different issues with it. I really like the gold star charm, too! It makes it look more Christmas-y, and is a good way of manipulating the pattern's pose to one's own purposes. If you want to check out a full sized version of this image, it can be found here, on Dawn's Deviant Art page!

Last, but not least in today's barrage of reader projects is Max-the-rabbitything's Konata Christmas tree ornament! The ornament is stitched from a modified version of this blog's classic Konata pattern, where Max gave her a new outfit and some holly to hang off of her hair, which is a very cute touch and makes for a very creative installment of his Lucky Star stitchings. It was stitched on 28 count fabric, which boggles my mind, and the trim and text looks very nice, too! It's going to be on a community Christmas tree, so I hope she adds a unique touch to the ornaments placed upon it! Having a tree that all of the people in town can make ornaments for is a really neat idea, and I bet that it looks cool, too. The full image of this ornament can be viewed at Max-the-rabbitything's Deviant Art page, which can be accessed if you click on this mysteriously discolored text.

Because I was a little lazy today, all of these patterns have to share a gold star image, though each of them do have their own gold star! I think the top left one is Topcho's, the top right one is Dawn's, and the bottom one goes to Max-the-rabbitything. Regardless of position, though, that cow is really impressed by all of them. (I'm not sure why I picked a farm scene for today, but it seemed like a nice idea while I was drawing.)

Anyway, I'm off to do some other stuff for a while, some of which involves my actually stitching patterns from my own blog! It's SNK fighting game stuff, so it's considerably less Christmas-y than the stuff here today, but there's still quite a few days until the holiday. I'll be back to post some new content soon, but until then, I hope all of you have a nice week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Off-Topic Yabbering and a New Sanrio Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! Before getting online today, I fried a good deal of my brain by sitting around and playing Pop Cutie! Street Fashion Simulation for DS, which I'd say means I'm incredibly immature were it not for the fact that if I'd had that game when I was a kid, I would have gotten so frustrated that I would have thrown my DS out a window, meaning that putting so many hours into the game means I'm only very, not incredibly, immature. It's a cute game, and I take pride in knowing that the in-game city will soon look like Lisa Frank threw up on an article about party dresses in the 60s once my store becomes the dominant force in the game's fictional economy. However, it's also a little difficult, as a mistake early on seems to have doomed me to months of losing out to an AI controlled shop owner that had incredible luck in selling lilac sandals. This blog isn't for game reviews, though, so I'll stop chattering away on that topic and post today's pattern!

Today's pattern features the relatively obscure Sanrio mascot, Hangyodon, who is awesome because he's a cute fish monster with a cute octopus friend. (My understanding of the character's backstory may be inaccurate, but from my reading and looking at the image the pattern is based on, this is what I have gathered.) I picked this mascot for a pattern because he had big eyes that looked a bit wobbly and because of the bright color scheme, which should stop it from getting boring to stitch. The size seemed pretty balanced to me, too, so although it's not a tiny pattern, Hangyodon ought to be pretty fast to stitch!

Just like always, if you decide to stitch Hangyodon, or any other pattern here, and want to send in a picture, I'll post your finished work here with all of the proper accolades awarded alongside it! Also, I want to thank Kylie's Mom for her comment on Ponyo and wish her the best on stitching the pattern into a Christmas tree ornament! The custom ornaments sound like a really cool idea.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dawn Stitched A Dracky! (Hey, not all of the titles can be snarky.)

Hello! Tonight I'm posting with another finished project, this time from the prolific DawnMLC, who can be found on her anime patterns website, which I'm currently doing a lot of downloading from, her anime patterns blog, which can also be found as a sidebar link on this blog, and her Deviant Art page, which has lots of nifty finished stitching. As you can tell, I have no idea where on the internet this Dawn person can be found. Despite this, she has stitched a Dracky that I posted a pattern of here at Dork Stitch a while back, and it is quite nifty!

Instead of using traditional cross stitches for this project, (which can be seen in its full glory here, at Dawn's DevArt page) Dawn did it entirely in half stitches on 22 count fabric, which, despite its tendency to boil eyeballs to the core, is really very nice, then backstitched around the entire piece, making it look nice and cartoony. What really has to be pointed out, however, is that the eyes and teeth were doing using glow in the dark floss, making Dracky the third project featured here to have glowy bits, following Anna Angell's Rorschach last week and my Aeris from over a month ago, though I'm not sure that my own counts. With this Dracky, though, I must award Dawn with the latest Dork Stitch gold star.

This star, though it isn't gold, represents a slime trying its best to protect itself against a dracky. Sadly, the slime doesn't realize that the dracky is made of fabric, or, for that matter, that it's made of a really smushed up tree. Still, the poor things are so used to being dots on a computer screen that they can't really be blamed.

Anyway, it is about time for me to quit posting here, but the next week shall bring more fun patterns and perhaps more finished projects! Also, I want to thank Elisabeth from Germany for commenting and wish her the best of luck stitching Ken! It's one of my favorite patterns I've posted here, so I hope you enjoy making it.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Look, It's Glow-In-The-Dark Rorschach! Neat-o!

Hello! It's time for the second post of the day, which features a really nifty piece of cross stitching done by Anna Angell. Back in June, I posted a couple of Watchmen patterns, with one of them being of the smiley face/logo and one of them being a black and white pattern of Rorschach. I actually hadn't thought about them for a while, but today in Sunday School, I'd gotten done with sewing eyeballs on a puppet (which is part of a longer, but less relevant to the blog story) and decided to use the church's Wi-Fi to check my internet messages when I saw this finished project in my comments, which was both surprising and pretty cool.

There are lots of awesome things about this, with the most evident one being that the finished cross stitch of Rorschach is set up next to a figurine of the Comedian, which is a really nice touch for the overall image. There were two things that Anna Angell said in the comment that were really cool, though, with the first being that Rorschach was stitched in two days. The pattern may only have one color, but seeing as it's 75x70 stitches, that's a pretty impressive speed to go at! What makes the whole thing even better, though, is that it's stitched in glow in the dark floss. It may be slightly terrifying, but I love the fact that it can be all creepy and glowy and Watchmen-y all at the same time. For all of these things, a new Dork Stitch gold star must be presented, though I have to admit that this one is a direct result of having too much fun with Paint Shop Pro's art effects menu.

Anyway, I can't reply directly to comments on Blogger (since everything has to have at least one screwed up feature), so I hope that Anna Angell sees this post. Thanks very much for sending the photo, and I'll start working on matching patterns for Nite Owl and the Comedian! I'll try to make them around the same size, too, so that the set works well together.

Thanks for reading today's posts, and I'll be back soon with more patterns, photos of people's work, and whatever else seems worth posting here!

It's A Lucky Star Extravaganza!!!

Hello! Today is a two post day here on Dork Stitch, so I'm afraid neither post will be too lengthy, but the first of these posts is dedicated entirely to Lucky Star, with stitched work from one of the blog's readers and a new pattern! As regular readers of this blog may know, Deviant Art's Max-the-rabbitything has been stitching all of the Lucky Star girls from patterns posted here. The other day, however, he posted the final piece to his long and arduous quest- a lovely cross stitch of Miyuki!

I think this piece came out to be really nice, since the pinks and reds look great on the black fabric, and as always, the border is perfectly matched to the piece! If you want to see the full sized image and, check it out here, at Max-the-rabbitything's Deviant Art page. For stitching all four of the Lucky Star girls with impressive speed, accuracy, and having even taken the time to flip the image on Konata's pattern, Max-the-rabbitything is awarded with Dork Stitch's most specific gold star yet- a tiny star in the middle of Konata's massive eyeball. It may not be the biggest in terms of a star size to image size ratio, but I have to say that, not only did it take longer than the others to draw, but it also seemed like Lucky Star had to be rewarded with more Lucky Star.

All of this stitched work and gold star giving is fine indeed, but in this post title, I promised an extravaganza, and since I'm not going to achieve that simply by using the word "star" a billion times in one blog post, I have a new Lucky Star pattern of Tsukasa to post!

Appropriately enough, Tsukasa is shown in this pattern to be a little confused, which doesn't really show off her gigantic crayon colored eyeballs, but is cute nonetheless. As with the other Lucky Star patterns, it's fairly small and should be pretty easy to stitch, so if you're looking for a moderately sized project, she may be what you're searching for!

Well, I'm done with Lucky Star for now, so I'm going to close off this post and change gears completely for another reader's impressive finished stitching! Thanks for reading, and, just like I always go on about, if you decide to stitch Tsukasa or any other pattern posted here, send me a link to your image and I'll write a rambling blog post about your stitching, too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inane Small Talk Stitching

Hello! I have a stitching pattern to post tonight, but it features no characters from anime, video games, or other cartoons, so, at first glance, it may not appear to fit under the Dork Stitch banner. If you look closely, however, you may notice that its simple message represents many a dork. After all, inane small talk is prevalent among all sectors of humanity, be they rich or poor, the most popular girl in school or the guy who built himself a scale model of an X-Wing out of flattened soda cans. I'm sure that the words printed in this pattern have been echoed by dorks across the land and through the ages. I myself have spoken them on many an occasion. Without further ado, then, here is a pattern with which all can relate.

As you can see, since this is an entirely backstitched pattern, which was made using the handy fonts on HobbyWare Pattern Maker, it could be made with incredible speed, making it just hours away from having a totally perplexing spot on your wall, or maybe even a confusing gift to a slightly estranged friend. It should be fairly easy, and if nothing else, it's quite literally a conversation starter, or, if you need out, a conversation finisher.

With that lovely piece of work out of the way, I feel it necessary to use at least some of this blog posting to spam one of the other corners of the internet I've infiltrated. Lately, I've been writing for a site called MyGamer, which is pretty interesting to do. I've done news and recaps of info from E3 and the Tokyo Game Show, but, in my opinion, the crown jewel of what I've written for them is a review for a Wii game called Pacific Liberator. It's a game about helicopters making things explode, which is not quite what I usually play, but writing the review was a great deal of fun (as it is with all the stuff I've had to play, for some reason) and I'm glad I got to do it.

After being so shameless in linking to yet more of my own work, I think it's about time I'd better put an end to this. I'll be back and posting more patterns soon, since I have a bunch of stuff ready to be formatted, including, like always, a disproportionate amount of patterns from old SNK games to stuff people actually want to stitch! I'm also working on stitching the pieces for a Mario chess set, so I might post a couple of WIP pics here. As always, if you stitch any of the patterns found on this blog, feel free to e-mail me with pictures of your finished work! I'd love to show everyone here what you've done and you'll be rewarded with a prestigious Dork Stitch Gold Star. Either way, I'm getting off for now and hope that you all have a good week!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Bit of a Jump on Holiday Cross Stitch Patterns, With a Nintendo Theme

Hello! It's been almost a week since I posted here, so today, I'm throwing three patterns out onto the internet. I am pretty sure my head is full of invisible cotton balls, so I probably won't be at my chattiest about them, but I think that they're sort of self explanatory, so hopefully, that will all work out.

The last time I went to Borders, I dug through all of the UK cross stitching magazines they carry and noticed that most of them had issues stuffed with Christmas patterns. It isn't even Halloween yet, so it seemed a little early for Christmas. (Plus, I bought a pile of the Christmas themed issues last year and haven't really made anything from those yet, so it seemed reasonable to avoid adding to the problem.) I've seen lots of people online starting to make their Christmas gifts and decorations, though, so I've decided to jump on the holiday boat before it's either too late to make any Christmas patterns posted or everyone is so burnt out on the holidays that seeing an additional Christmas pattern makes them want to smack their head into their computer desk so hard that they get a concussion.

Since this is Dork Stitch, normal Christmas patterns wouldn't really fit in, but I've edited some sprites of characters from classic Nintendo games to fit the holiday theme. Today's victims are Samus, Princess Peach (who I labeled as Toadstool on the pattern, though there's no reason for it), and Princess Zelda. All three of the patterns are fairly small, meaning they're suitable for cards or coasters or stuff like that, but they cover a wide range of difficulty, with Samus being easy and pleasant to stitch and an attempt at Peach having so many color changes that deciding to stitch her may mean that you have a deep psychological need to prove something to the outside world. I'm fond of all three of the patterns and hope to make them all, but so you can decide for yourself, here they are.

If any of you reading this feel that making any of these patterns, or any from older posts, would be a good idea, then send me a photo of your finished project to have your work featured right here on this blog. It's really incredibly exciting, as I'm sure any of the crafters featured on here would tell you. Thank you for reading and have a good Halloween weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Procrastination Blogging- It's What All The Cool Kids Are Doing!

Hello! I haven't posted here since Monday afternoon, so today, I'm starting to post as I work on the pattern to be included here. As I type I am eating oatmeal, a fact which I'm sure amazes and astounds each and every one of you. What makes this even more insane is that it's maple and brown sugar flavored oatmeal. Crazy, right? You just pour this stuff out of a packet, add water, and then it mystically changes into breakfast, or a late evening snack, in this case. I just finished my oatmeal, though, so it's time for me to get back to transferring tonight's pattern onto Pattern Maker, which is tedious work. In fact, that's the reason why I'm blogging while I'm working on the pattern.

I'm about halfway done entering the pattern now! I will resist the urge to go watch my siblings play Game Cube for 20 or so minutes and get the stupid thing finished.

Okay, after a bit of trial and error, I've gotten my pattern off of graph paper and onto Pattern Maker, meaning that it is right here for you in the form of a stunning .jpeg file!

As you can probably see, this is a backstitched pattern of a paper crane. I drew and stitched this pattern a long time ago (from a crane I actually folded, explaining the crookedness of the head), but I've been folding piles and piles of cranes to make wall hangings as of late, so while I was hacking up an old magazine to use it for origami paper tonight, it seemed like I should put this pattern up here. Since there's no actual cross stitches involved, it's incredibly fast to stitch, meaning that it would make a nice afternoon or evening project if you needed a tiny piece of needlework to plaster on a card or something.

Anyway, I just had a cup of tea get finished in the microwave, so I'm going to stop blogging now before I have a chance to tell all of you how wonderful herbal tea is. I have another pattern on graph paper, too, of Trixie from Speed Racer, so I'm going to see how much of that I can get onto the computer before I feel like ripping my own hair out. I hope that all of you have a good weekend and will hopefully be back with more patterns sooner rather than next month!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Astro Boy Cross Stitch Patterns, Now In Black and White As Well As Color!

Hello! I have some patterns to post today, but not a lot of additional stuff to go on about, so I'm actually going to get decently close to the point right off the bat in this post, which is a little strange. Since there's an Astro Boy movie coming out this weekend, I thought that I would post some Astro Boy patterns. I don't really care if the movie ends up sucking, since I'll end up seeing it anyway. (My fondness for the Speed Racer movie also proved that I have a different definition of entertainment than many of my peers, although I can't see why anyone wouldn't like a movie where gangsters are threatening to throw Rain into a tank of piranhas in the back of a semi-truck, so this helps bolster my determination to see the film.) Plus, the movie is as good an excuse as any to post the patterns, which, by the end of the week, will have inevitably declined into Black Jack patterns, meaning that I'll successfully have been able to use mainstream pop culture as an excuse to post cross stitch patterns of a renegade surgeon who looks quite a bit like Dracula.

The Astro Boy cross stitch patterns themselves are not that fancy or anything. Both of them are taken from the same sprite from the NES Astro Boy game, which I then recolored on Pattern Maker so that it looked more like the cartoon. Both versions require 6 colors, which I think is a fairly low number, and though the one in color is probably more fun to stitch, I think that the 60s style black and white pattern would look really cool if it were to be stitched.

If any of you reading this think that cross stitching, needlepointing, beading, or whatever craft you do for Astro Boy would be a proper use of your time, I'd love to see how the finished project turns out and will post your undoubtedly beautiful work right here in this blog! I'm out of stuff to say for now, but I'll be back and posting later in the week with whatever patterns seem to be a good idea at the time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Well, At Least It's A Post, Right?

Hello! When I set about preparing a blog post for today, I was sure that I had something specific to say, but between a general case of brain wobbliness and the news story about the boy who floated away in a balloon, I've totally forgotten what it was. Even without that, though, I haven't posted here since Monday, so it seemed like time for a new post! I haven't been doing much since the last posting here, other than folding a bunch of paper cranes (I have 90 of them pinned to my wall right now, 10 that I gave to my sister, and more that haven't yet been strung) and doing a giant embroidery project of a singing mermaid from a Mega Man game, which I think might be blackwork but am not totally sure about. Therefore, I don't really have an excuse for not putting up any patterns since then. Today, however, I have a lovely new pattern of one of the monsters that pops up in a lot of the NIS strategy RPGs in a style to match the Disgaea patterns previously posted here.

As those of you who have played any of the games in question may have noticed, today's pattern is of Succubus, who was chosen because she has the best hair of any of the monsters in the games. The sprite of her I chose is from La Pucelle Tactics because I was playing that game the day that I made this pattern, meaning that it has to be pretty old by now, since I quit the game over a month ago. Beyond that, however, the pattern is not that abnormal. I used Pattern Maker to take the sprite down to a five floss color scheme, meaning that she ought to be quick and easy to stitch and that she'd match the patterns of Flonne and Etna that have popped up here in the past. I originally designed this pattern to be a standee, but after a bit of thought, I realized that her wings made it difficult for her to work in that capacity, meaning that she hasn't been stitched yet. Still, I'd like to make her someday, and if any of the rest of you decide to use the pattern, I'd love to see your finished product!

I'm out of stuff to say for now, meaning that I'm going to abandon ship before I start talking about how the story mode on Pangya for Wii was designed to be played by robots built to excel at virtual golf. Still, I hope that all of you have a good weekend and will be back to post more Dork Stitch stuff soon!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's A Finished Cross Stitch of Konata! Quick, Guess Who Made It?

Hello! I don't know that I've posted twice in the same day to this blog since the day I've started it, but today is mysterious and full of wonder. Actually, that might be overstating things, but I did find the Wii version of Pangya (a golf MMO that I suck at yet play continually) for 10 dollars, which was maybe not mysterious and full of wonder but quite unexpected nonetheless. I do have an hour to kill between The Big Bang Theory and new anime, though, and putting a Hot Chip album on my iPod can't take that long, unless the computer really gets snippy with me. Therefore, it's time to post the latest in Max-the-rabbitything's long line of finished versions of this blog's Lucky Star patterns!

As this thumbnail makes evident, Max-the-rabbitything's latest choice of pattern was Konata, and I think it came out really well! She looks great on the black fabric, just like the others, only this one's hair looks more dramatic for some reason, and I still really like the way the border around her looks. Plus, the fact that changes were made to the original pattern is spiffy. The image has been mirrored, in a move that I have to admit would have made my head buzz while reading the symbols on the chart, and replacing the full-stitch trim on her collar with backstitching made it look quite a bit nicer, I think. In order to see a nifty full sized image of the piece, I direct you towards Max-the-rabbitything's Deviant Art posting of her. As all of you readers know, however, a new finished project means that the artist is to be awarded with a new gold star, with the newest one in Max-the-rabbitything's collection being an origami piece done during an episode of How I Met Your Mother. (The animal print is as classy as the origin story, isn't it?)

Anyway, I've typed enough here for now, and will be posting again soon with more bordering on incoherent rambling and more cross stitch patterns! It will cause excitement beyond that which humanity has been able to measure in the past, so I hope all of you are well prepared.

Cross Stitch Witch Motifs (It's The Worst Name for a Metal Band Ever!)

Hello! I feel like I'm a little behind on this blog, so I'm doing a short patterns post today in order to give myself more unnecessary time to get a gold star done for a finished project post I have to do. It'll be up tomorrow or even later tonight, so I don't know why I feel that I must return to the blog, but here I am, and today, I have a small Halloween cross stitch pattern to post!

Some of you may have seen these witches on my Deviant Art page, where I posted them as a set of sprites, but they were originally designed to be a cross stitch pattern, just like they are now. I wanted them to be quick and easy, so that they could get done before Halloween, if that's the sort of thing you're wanting to do, which is partially why I picked the NES sprite style. The other part of that rationale is that NES sprites are often cute, but that motivates so much of the stuff on this blog that I didn't think I'd immediately have to bring that up. However, I also wanted these to be very customizable, so that everyone who made one of the witches would have one that was totally unique. Therefore, instead of posting a floss list with this project, I did my best to make the colors as bright and basic as possible on every sprite so that switching them out for different colors would be incredibly easy. I think that these'll be able to suck up a bunch of the scraps of floss I have lying around so that they don't get stuck to my sweater sleeves anymore, and hope that they can do the same for you!

At any rate, if any of you guys decide to stitch any of the witches, I would love to see photos, especially since I am very fond of the idea of a tiny army of cross stitched witches infiltrating the entire globe. Other than that, however, I'll be back very soon with a finished project posting from one of this blog's repeat offenders and will be back again with more patterns after that. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Finished Project Photo Before The Pattern Is Posted? (Well, A Few Paragraphs Before That, Anyway.)

Hello, everyone! I am posting at a fairly early hour, but for some reason, I am really sleepy, so I apologize in advance for any wild incoherence.

A few months ago, I got bored one afternoon and decided that I was absolutely incensed by the idea that SNK had given up on their Neo Geo Pocket Color, just because of something as inconsequential as poor sales, meaning that none of the characters introduced to the King of Fighters series after the games in the series on the console would get to have the cute little chibi sprites that populated fighting games on the system. This led to my huddling over a keyboard and mouse for hours, making a custom sprite for Vanessa from the aforementioned King of Fighters games, partially because I think she's a nifty character and partially because her outfit is nicely non-elaborate, which seemed like a big plus for my first project of the sort. Once she was done, I threw the sprite up in my sprites on Deviant Art, not really expecting anything to come of it.

Last night, Vanessa's sprite, which I'd almost forgotten about due to a custom sprite I'd done of Cathy from Top Hunter, came up with Deviant Art's Crausse, who does really impressive work with Perler beads. His Nakoruru and Goddess are especially mind boggling- I can't even imagine putting all of those beads down on the pegboards without knocking them over or dropping them on the way to be ironed or something of the sort. (I suppose that these limitations of mine are why I've chosen do a craft that is difficult to destroy with mere clumsiness once the stitches are in the fabric.) This afternoon, he mentioned doing a Perler bead project of Vanessa, which was cool enough as it is, but when I logged on tonight, he had her posted!

A larger and less cropped image of Crausse's work is up and ready to be looked at here, on his deviant art page, where she can be full viewed and favorited to your heart's content. I was thrilled to see it, both so quickly and at such a large size. I know that for people who do Perler beads, it probably isn't exciting to see how big it is, but his USB plug is less than half the size of her hand! Plus, the colors are really bright and nifty looking, and the details came out really well. With all things considered, Crausse is more than deserving of a Dork Stitch gold star, with this one hailing from a world inspired by Sanrio and a lack of sleep!

With a perler bead version of Vanessa placed on peg-boards and ready to be ironed, I figured it was time that the sprite also got the cross stitch pattern treatment. Vanessa's sprite is a bit higher in color count than my normal NGPC sprite recolors, since she wasn't originally made with stitching in mind. There are, however, few enough colors that it should be quite easy to adapt her to other color schemes or substitute threads for the project.

Anyway, I feel that today's post has been exciting enough for one night, as it features both Dork Stitch's first bead sprite as well as the blog's first preemptive gold star. Plus, as all of you know, I'm always more than happy for an excuse to post a King of Fighters pattern, so that was nice as well. Right now, I am falling asleep at my keyboard, so before I go, I would like to say, as always, that if of you decide to use any of these patterns for any sort of craft project, I would love to see your work and will let all of the blog's readers know about what you've done! I hope that all of you have a very good weekend and will be back to post more to this blog posthaste!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Something of a Hotel Mario Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! This afternoon, I realized that I had more patterns than I thought I did to post here, meaning that every time I look at this blog, I no longer have to panic to think of something interesting to make a cross stitch pattern of. This, of course, made it easier for me to think of something new to post, meaning that I have a brand new pattern to shove up here in addition to a slightly odd reserve of patterns. Today's cross stitch pattern was inspired (if that's what you want to call it) by Hotel Mario, a game that I am only familiar with because of a Youtube video that I've watched at least a dozen times, due to its strange existence in a world that exists beyond human logic. (I have no idea how prevalent this video is in terms of Youtube lunacy, so it can be watched if you click on these shiny rainbow letters, as it explains the soon to come pattern as well as anything can.) I haven't played Hotel Mario and probably never will, because playing it would require owning a Philips CD-i, and I think that if I did own one, I'd be too busy wondering what bizarre path my life had taken to play a game where Mario opens doors, and I do say that as someone who regularly plays her Neo Geo Pocket Color.

Anyway, I will stop babbling about obsolete video game systems and actually post the Hotel Mario pattern, which I'm sure you've all been waiting for.

I don't think that this pattern would be especially difficult or amazingly easy, so I don't have much to say about it, other than that a removal of the toaster text makes it an acceptable and normal pattern of Mario. When making it, however, I did find a very nice sprite of Mario from the SNES classic Mario: Fun With Numbers, meaning that I didn't have to use any of the weird and wobbly lined drawings of Mario from Hotel Mario itself. In my opinion, this also adds an extra layer of quality to a pattern based on one of the finest games in the history of the Mario franchise.

I think that I've done all the damage I can today, so I'm off to do other crud on the internet before logging off and working on a 100 by 100 stitch portrait of an 80s version of SNK's Athena, who is in way too many games, which was probably not the wisest idea for a project I've ever undertaken. Soon, however, I will be back here and posting more patterns, including some considerably smaller ones of Athena, one of Sanrio's less popular mascots, and a Tsubasa pattern that used to be on Little Mojo's site. Until then, however, I have to repeat myself by saying that if you stitch any of the patterns from here, please feel free to send in a picture of your finished work, as I'd love to do a post about it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Max-the-rabbitything Scores Another Gold Star!

Hello, everyone! Though I plan to post a new pattern soon, today's post here at Dork Stitch is dedicated to the work of Deviant Art's Max-the-rabbitything, who has completed another of the Lucky Star patterns previously posted here! This time, the character in question is Tsukasa, who has been stitched with more satin floss than I can imagine using in one project without ripping my hair out, leading me to think that Max-the-rabbitything deserves extra kudos for the pattern's completion. Even disregarding the shiny parts of the project, however, which is difficult for me to do, Tsukasa looks very nice on her black Aida cloth and ought to look nice next to his previously completed Kagami!

In order to view a higher-resolution image of this stitching or, if you are a fellow deviant art member, comment and favorite on the work, visit Tsukasa's permanent home at http://max-the-rabbitything.deviantart.com/art/Tsukasa-Cross-Stitch-138965902

As readers of this blog know, a new finished work means a new gold star for its stitcher, so without further ado, here is the third official Dork Stitch Gold Star, awarded to Max-the-rabbitything for his outstanding work. This one is a bit over the top, maybe, but it's really cloudy and boring looking outside today, so it seemed like something exciting was in order. Paint Shop Pro sunburst effect GO!

Anyway, that's all I've got for today, but I'll be back soon with more patterns and finished projects and all of the stuff Dork Stitch has become marginally known for. I hope that all of you have good weekends and would like to wish Will an early happy birthday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Dork Stitch's Biggest Pattern, Followed By A Stitching That I Did Of One Of the Patterns I Posted Last Time

Hello! I haven't actually done any cross stitching at all in the last day and a half, and, as such, I thought I should make a pattern or something to compensate for my lack of actually doing anything. That led to my digging through the image filled folders on my desktop until I found something that seemed somewhat appropriate, which ended in my making a really big sprite pattern from the canceled Cartoon Network series, Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi Show. Since I've seen Puffy Amiyumi in concert twice, bought all the merchandising for the cartoon that I could, including DVDs and games, and have an imported VCD of the band running around America and possibly kidnapping a baby, though I can't be certain that's what actually happens in that video, it seemed strange to me that I hadn't yet made a ridiculously large and somewhat difficult pattern starring the cartoon versions of Puffy.

Anyway, this is the pattern I was talking about above, at just 80 stitches tall and 93 wide. It's only 14 colors, which could be a lot worse, but still, I don't imagine that a lot of people will be making this that aren't fans of Puffy, unless they're really fond of someone that is a fan of Puffy and wouldn't be creeped out by having a giant picture of cartoon versions of the girls that don't actually look anything like them jumping into the air hoisted upon them. Still, I guess it's no less reasonable than the abundance of patterns from SNK fighting games that I put up here.

Before I leave my blog for the day, I wanted to post a finished version of the 8-bit version of Aeris from the NES Final Fantasy VII that I posted the pattern of the last time I was here. I'm not going to give myself a gold star, since all of the chocolate covered espresso beans that I've eaten since finishing this seems reward enough. I just wanted to post her as an example of what happens when you print a pattern, sit down to make it, finish it, and then get really bored upon finishing it, leading to trim and labels and such. (This can also be seen on my deviant art page, at http://missy-tannenbaum.deviantart.com/art/XStitch-Fanart-8Bit-Aeris-138498045)

Anyway, I am out of stuff to post for now, but I have more patterns to post in the future and would love to post any finished versions of the patterns here that you, my lovely readers do! Until then, have a good week and don't poke yourself in the thumb with a needle until you cry or anything!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cross Stitch Patterns of 3 Portraits From 8-Bit FFVII- This Blog Does Nothing If Not Live Up To Its Name

Hello! I just finished drafting some coverage of the Tokyo Game Show for mygamer.com, so I suspect that I may be even less coherent than usual after spending an hour taking notes on what XBox 360 games are going to be coming out. (If I understand correctly, gamers will be shooting a lot of stuff on the system in the coming year- even the RPG and Snoopy games I was looking at are firearm intensive.) On a far more low-fi note, however, I got the NES version of Final Fantasy VII running yesterday, with a very nifty English patch, and have been playing it and taking copious amounts of distortion-free screenshots in order to make piles of weird cross stitch patterns for this very blog! I'm actually enjoying the game fairly well right now, since it seems to be a straightforward RPG light on lengthy cut scenes (unlike the real version for Playstation, where the cutscenes did me in less than 10 hours in) and heavy on leveling crap up. It is a very strange gameplay experience, since I've watched the original being played, have a working knowledge of the story and characters (due to fan art and a college roommate who loved Advent Children), and have also played RPGs before, all of which sets off a slight awareness that something is slightly off about the whole thing. All it takes to get me back into my strange fascination with the game, however, is having some guy in a field tell me that he's sick of living in horrible polluted slums while standing in a field of bright green grass spotted with sunny orange flowers.

Anyway, today I've got cross stitch patterns of the dialogue box character portraits for Aeris, Tifa, and Cloud to post today. There are some bits of recoloring done on them, like adding color to eyes and clothes to make them resemble their high-falutin' PS1 cousins, as well as adding some pleasant pastel backgrounds, because I'm shallow and it seemed like that might be pretty. All of the patterns are pretty small, though, at 32x32 stitches, and the color count is pretty low, too, meaning that they are not intensive projects to stitch. I'm probably going to stitch one of them tonight, since I got some glow in the dark floss at Micheal's and am thinking it might work well as a background color.

Just like always, if you stitch any of these, I'd love to see the finished project and will make a special post about what a service your stitching is to all of humanity! With that said, the computer monitor is starting to burn a hole into my soul, so I am off to do something else. I hope you all have good weekends!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cross Stitch Patterns From Bootleg NES Ports of Games With The Intials FF

Hello! As many of you may have noticed, I have a very specific goal with tonight's blog post. Like it says in the title, I have 2 cross stitch patterns based on sprites from bootlegged NES ports of games that have the initials FF. The first pattern in this theme that I'm going to post, and probably the more interesting of the two for most of you, is from a Chinese 8-bit version of Final Fantasy VII. The reason that this pattern exists is that the other night, a fan in my house had a motor go bad, which made the house smell like it was burning and kept my mom and I awake later than is necessary. Even though I stay up late often, the combination of being concerned about exploding fans and it being 1 in the morning led my brain to travel down some strange paths, which eventually led to me spending hours reading about bootlegged games for the NES, which eventually got narrowed down to weird Chinese RPGs for the NES. Though I found tiny tidbits of information on these RPGs on lots of websites, http://cinnamonpirate.com had really impressive amounts of information on a lot of them. Reading about the games on the blog is the best way to learn about them, but I have to say that I'm really impressed by the fact that a company took the time to make a crappy version of Chrono Trigger to play on the NES and that I don't think my life will be complete without playing the NES Titanic RPG. I mean, there are submarines on the Titanic! It sounds awesome, even if the game does suck, and I think that I've played enough Battle Arena Toshinden to put up with rubbish gameplay for the sake of being able to play NES Titanic. The 8-bit version of Final Fantasy VII had the best graphics and the most interesting background (http://cinnamonpirate.com/2008/02/from-polygons-to-pixels-final-fantasy-vii/#more-507), though, so that's what's getting the Dork Stitch pattern treatment.

This is my pattern of 8-bit Tifa, taken from the sprite in the NES FFVII, which I then recolored. It doesn't really match what she looks like in the Squaresoft versions, but I am not really the world's biggest fan of Final Fantasy VII, so I thought it would be fun to keep some of the odd features of the NES sprite intact, like the blue shorts and boots or the gold trim on top of the aforementioned boots. She should be a quick and easy stitch, and because of the low color count, it should be easy to use scrap thread or modify her to your liking! Since I really like the idea of 8-bit FFVII, think the graphics are cute, and have downloaded the ROM (although it's entirely in Chinese), I should have more patterns from it soon, hopefully including some based on sprites of such beloved characters as "Cloud," "Aerith," "Guy in House," and "That One Girl That Gives You Helpful Advice About How To Go About Whatever It Is That You're Doing Because You're In An RPG And It's Important To Listen To All The Stuff People Tell You If You Want To Finish The Game Successfully."

Of course, the whole time I'll being making these, I'll be playing a Dragon Quest game my mom lent me while a real copy of PS1 Final Fantasy VII sits on a shelf, since I've never gotten past the part where Cloud has a flashback to the time he sat on a hill and talked about life. Other than X-2, my poor attention span has not been conducive to me playing Final Fantasy games.

My second pattern for tonight, however, comes from something that my bad attention span is more than able to handle- a game where people kick each other in the face until one of them falls over twice, at which point you move on to kick someone else in the face. The head-kicker in question tonight is an unauthorized NES port of Fatal Fury, which is not very good, but infinitely more playable than NES King of Fighters '99. There's next to no information about it, though I'm going to dig for more, so I don't have much to say about where the game came from. It does, however, have fairly nice graphics, like the other bootlegged NES fighting games I've seen, which led to this pattern of an 8-bit Mai Shiranui.

The last time that I posted a pattern of Mai from an 8-bit version of an SNK fighter, I left the sprites as they were in the game, since the color schemes were nice and went together quite well. I probably could have done that with this one, too, but when I got the sprite from the game, I was really bored and think her outfits in Fatal Fury are in nifty colors, so I spent at least half an hour recoloring it. This means that it takes a few more colors than most of my fighting game patterns, but it should still be fairly easy to switch them out for their generic equivalents or change the color scheme entirely.

Anyway, I have been working on this post for about an hour and am pretty sure that it remains gibberish, so I think I am going to go for now. As always, if you stitch any pattern I've posted here, I would love to see how it turns out and will post photos of your glorious work right here! Also, although I couldn't think of any logical place to put this in the paragraphs following the Tifa pattern, some really detailed and well made cross stitch fanart of Final Fantasy from someone who really loves the game has been done by Gatchacaz, the proprietor of Gatchastitch, at her Deviant Art page. I wanted to mention it sooner, but I'm sleepy and am failing at paragraph construction, so the links had to come at the end of the post. However, I should be back and posting again soon, with more coherence and new cross stitch patterns!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ah, Crud, I Have To Make Some New Patterns Now

Hello! It's been a few days since my last post, and I really have no reason for not posting since then. The last few days have, in my defense, been a strenuous swirl of birthdays, high school football games, cross stitching, watching the Emmys and seeing movies. As a side note to that, The Informant! was a spiffy movie and one that I feel my siblings and I shall quote for many days to come. Other than all of that madness, however, I have been relatively non-busy, making me feel like I ought to come here and post my last reserve pattern, featuring Mikuru from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

This is a pretty big pattern for this blog, which is mostly due to the fact that it is yet another former resident of Little Mojo's Anime Cross Stitch Patterns. Unlike some of the other patterns that were there, it gets to be posted here because it was just small enough to fit on one of my pattern templates, and also because this pattern has some of the best hair I've gone in and click-by-click removed the color fragmentation on. Miyuki is not my favorite character on Haruhi, mostly because I feel like she needs to, and quite easily could, punch Haruhi in the nose so hard that she could smell the back of her own head. Really, no one should ever put up with being forced into fetish clothing in front of big crowds, especially if it's going to make them whimper and have those weird anime wobbly sad eyes. Still, when it came to making a cross stitch pattern of one of the three main Haruhi girls, Miyuki was the only one with long, flow-y hair, and being as I was in the mood to stitch something like that, that's what I ended up making. There was some reason why I picked the maid outfit for the pattern, too, but I don't remember what that is anymore. I think it's because it was frilly, but it's been over a year since I made it, so that's all wild extrapolation.

Anyway, I am not sure what is to come on Dork Stitch, other than that it will, at least in my opinion, be awesome, but if you decide to stitch anything posted here, let me know and I will treat your accomplishments like the invention of the wheel for at least a couple of paragraphs. I do, however, want to thank Joke Only for the Live Journal plug, as I am much obliged.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The 50th Post- Cross Stitch Patterns Included!

Hello, everyone! Today is a fairly uneventful day for me, other than the fact that my losing battles in Disgaea is being caused by more and more creative forms of slaughter on the part of the game, but it is worth noting that this is the 50th post here at Dork Stitch! When I started, I thought that I'd post three times, get bored, and forget all about it, but I'm really glad that's not the case. I don't really have anything ridiculous to mark the occasion, but in a sorry attempt at celebration, I'm going to post three mismatched patterns rather than stretching the three of them over three posts, as I normally would.

This first cross stitch pattern is of Sanrio's Little Twin Stars, who I think are some of the company's finest mascots. I hadn't really thought of making them into a pattern before, but a couple of posts back, JokeOnly commented asking if I had any patterns of them and it all of a sudden seemed like a massive gap in my set of patterns. Therefore, I sat down this afternoon and made the pattern so that it could be included in post 50! I tried to make the colors as bright as possible, to match the original image, but if you prefer a pastel look, the colors are separated enough that it should be really easy to calm things down a bit. My favorite thing about the pattern is the expressions on the characters, though, since Lala is obviously really pleased about something, whereas Kiki is at a total loss in the face of her enthusiasm. It seems like it would be fun to add a caption to, but I don't have one off of the top of my head.

The second pattern, as can be seen above, is a really small pattern of Sailor Moon. It's not entirely thrilling, unless you have a low threshold for excitement when it comes to seeing pixelated anime girls walk, but it should make a nice and fast project to stitch. I recolored the sprite from a Game Boy game and have stitched a Sailor Venus that was really similar to this in the past. I thought that for the purposes of this blog, however, it would be best to start with Sailor Moon rather than one of the members of the supporting cast, so if you guys like this pattern, I'd be glad to finish the team and post them here.

For the final cross stitch pattern of the 50th post, here's Puchiko from Digi Charat. This pattern is actually about a year old, since I made this for my sister's birthday last year and her next birthday is tomorrow. Still, I haven't posted it anywhere before, and Digi Charat is fairly spiffy. The anime of it I've seen aren't my favorites, since they never get quite as maniacal or weird as the manga does, but the manga is usually really funny. Plus, Puchiko is a chibi-ish anime girl in a who aspires to own real estate, and I know that's what everyone in the world looks for when choosing a pattern to stitch.

I'm out of patterns, but thank you for sticking with my blog for so many posts and reading this one! I hope to keep Dork Stitch going for quite a while longer with lots of new patterns, alongside all of the other stuff I put here, and having an active audience for that sort of thing is really cool and very much appreciated.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Patterns Post That Turns Into a Really Specific Fighting Game Rant

Hello! It's been a while since I last inflicted this upon you, but today seemed like a day to post some new King of Fighters cross stitch patterns. Today's character is Shermie, since I know all fans of the series are just absolutely infatuated with her, and, like it usually goes for fighting game characters on here, I have two patterns for her in different color schemes. Since there's the standard version of the character and then the EX/Orochi/insert-ultra-nerdy-and-incredibly-specific-term of her, it was easy to pick the two color schemes. I used to really dislike the character, though.
First of all, her name is Shermie, which really doesn't register with me as a proper name for a girl in a fighting game, unless you're talking about a fighting game where you can play as an elf that really wants to be a dentist. I'm still not quite over that one, especially since it sounds weird when listing your team in a 2 player match and going, "Hey, who are you going to play as? I think I'm going to use Mai, Leona, and Shermie." The whole idea that a bunch of people that can shoot fire and lightining out of their hands are getting together to punch each others' heads is ridiculous in the first place, but when one of them is a stylish and popular teenaged girl named Shermie, that seems, for God know what reason, to push things slightly over the edge for me.
It also used to bug me that her bangs totally obscured her eyeballs, since that would logically make it very difficult to fight. Mostly, I don't notice that at this point, other than when I saw a model with the same haircut on Project Runway last week and thought, "Dear God, the Shermie hair is real! How can she walk down a runway with all of that hair in her eyes? Isn't she worried she's going to fall? Didn't the designer think enough about the model's safety to comb her hair out of her face?" Of course, Shermie is protected from hairstyle related injury from the "it's a cartoon" rule, so in video game world, it seems to work out just fine for her.
I don't have much against the character after having played some of the games she prominently features in, since it turns out that she's an evil member of a rock band that slaps people in the face and chats on her cell phone as a taunt. My sister also made me a really cute purse with a transfer of her fighting Athena on it, which makes everything better. With all that complaining out of the way, though, I'd better actually post the patterns!

Like all of the other King of Fighters stuff I've posted here, I recolored the sprites on Paint Shop Pro and hope that I've done so in a manner that will make them quick and easy to stitch as well as modify to different color schemes. I picked the cell phone pose because it amused me to no end, and the other pose was chosen because it was a fairly standard one that seemed as appropriate for the character as anything. I think I'm going to make the Orochi Shermie after I finish off the Pokemon trainer that I was working on earlier today, but that really has no bearing on the rest of the post.
Anyway, I'm pretty much out of stuff to say at this point, so I'm off for now with more patterns soon to come! I hope that all of you are having a decent week and that, if you made it through this whole post, your brain cells stop wobbling from the nonsense before too long!