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!