Monday, August 23, 2010

Fun With Webmaster Tools Leads to a New Pattern!

Hello! Because I am shallow and curious about this blog's place on the internet, I often check my mystical Google webmaster tools, just to see where it is popping up from behind corners and scaring people on search engines. I hadn't done this for a couple of weeks, though, so I was a little surprised to see that, after quite a long time on the top, Knives Chau, of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, had dethroned Amy Rose, of Sonic the Hedgehog, as the character that my blog pops up on the most searches for. I always thought the Amy Rose thing was a little weird, since my pattern for her was not that good, but in order to celebrate the fact that Knives is this blog's new ambassador to search engines, I have a new pattern of her to post!

As you can likely see, this pattern is much smaller than the previous one of the character I had posted, so this version of Knives can be stitched in just a few hours. When I designed this pattern, I was able to both draw it out and stitch it within the same night, which should tell you how time consuming and difficult it is to complete. (My finished project is the example on the pattern itself, but can also be viewed here!) Plus, she has a totally different haircut than she did in the last Dork Stitch pattern of her, so this obviously suffers no redundancy whatsoever. In regards to the pattern itself, however, I drew it out when I was stitching a lot of sprites from Game Boy ports of fighting games, so I'd originally intended for it to look like the graphics from one of those games. Because all of those seem to have such prominent outlines, however, I was having a lot of trouble getting all of the detail into the size of pattern that I wanted, so I scribbled out what I was working on and started over, leaving the pattern as more of a 100 year old European DMC pattern version of Knives Chau than a Game Boy King of Fighters game version of her. I'm not sure that actually matters to anyone, but I wanted to type it out, so there's some really boring information for you!

It was sort of fun to design the pattern like this, though, so I'll probably make more of the Scott Pilgrim characters in this style. If there are any of them you'd like to see in particular, though, let me know and I'll see if I can make a halfway recognizable motif-type pattern of them! (As an English major, I realize this belongs in the previous paragraph, but I actually wanted people to read this, so I made it a new paragraph and red. People have started to type tl;dr at the top of their replies to my notes on Deviant Art, so I need to do something.)

At any rate, if you choose to cross stitch or bead or do any sort of craft with this lovely pattern of Knives, let me know, and your work could be featured on this very blog! Aside from that, though, I found an entire folder of patterns I've forgotten to post in the past, so it ought to be a bit busier here for a little bit! Also, thank you to Crafty Crafty for doing an article on my last set of Scott Pilgrim cross stitch patterns! I never object to my patterns or stitching being referred to as ass-kicking, so it is very much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tiny Cross Stitch Patterns From an 8-Bit Resident Evil? You Must Know What Blog You're Reading!

Hello! Today I keep trying to type out blog posts, but they keep coming out to be incoherent and boring, so I am going to try again, only in a more to-the-point fashion.

Today's Dork Stitch pattern comes from an 8-bit Chinese pirated version of Resident Evil/Biohazard, using the title of the latter. As far as I can tell, playing it makes very little sense, but not speaking the language that a game is written in tends to do that to me. It's just terrible when that happens, isn't it? Just like always, however, I'm really fond of the 8-bit adaptation of the PS1 era graphics, which led to today's cross stitch pattern of a semi 8-bit Jill Valentine!

The first thing that I have to say about this pattern is that though it was based on Jill's in-game sprite, it actually does not look that close to the sprite in the game. If you want to see what it actually looks like, this blog has some gameplay video, but if you don't want to watch it, I can tell you that in the game, she's a human shaped navy blue blob in a police uniform with shoulders that magically grow when she goes to shoot something. Taking a few pixels off of the shoulder pads and recoloring the sprites did a lot for them, though, leading to the pattern posted for your enjoyment! Each motif of Capcom's virtual zombie killing police officer should be very fast and easy to stitch, or use for any craft of your choice, and although my fondness for pastels shows in this pattern, the colors should be easy to switch to your satisfaction, too!

If you decide that 8-bit Jill ought to be subject to your crafting whims, let me know! I'd love to see the finished project, and it will more than likely be featured on this very blog! Other than that, though, I'm going to go do something idiotic in the name of gaming for a while, so I will post again soon, when I think of something else interesting to put here!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Disjointed Post Ending in a Spice and Wolf Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! Last night I had a very strange dream that my family got a Slime, like in Dragon Quest, as a pet, and all it wanted to do was go to the fair. By the time we got it, though, the county fair was over, and we felt so bad for the poor thing that we promised to take it to the state fair. It got very frustrated and informed us that the state fair was a big joke, though, after which it decided to learn how to fly. While all of that was going on, though, my sister and I found a pile of novels written in the 50s that mirrored the plot of the Scott Pilgrim comics, pop culture references and all. We were very suspicious, especially since the wood carving illustrations matched the character designs in the comics, and a little disappointed that even though we'd read the books in grade school, we didn't recognize the similarities at all. Since the author was named Brian Day O'Malley, though, we decided the whole comic series had been an homage and let something go. I think a good part of this dream took place on the roof of a castle, too, but can't remember it clearly enough to be sure.

Anyway, since most of my dreams are about getting up and eating breakfast as I watch the news, I just thought I'd share that bit of excitement with you guys.

Another bit of chattering that I want to do before posting the cross stitch pattern all of you guys are here for is in regards to a massive pile of writing that I've done for the illustrious in the past week! Though two of these pieces are the standard reviews in which I beat my head into a wall and wonder how certain games got released (in regards to Wipeout: The Game for Wii and Monkey Madness: Island Escape for DS), one of them is a full essay on the seedy underside of the delightful online game Tinier Me, found at this link! If you're a member of, I'm fairly certain that you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, but if not, you should ready it anyway because I asked you to real pretty and such.

I am now done recounting my dreams and spewing spam, so it is time for the Spice and Wolf cross stitch pattern promised in this post's title! I've been reading the novels that Spice and Wolf is based on, by Isuna Hasekura, and really enjoy them, so regardless of the fact that I've never read the manga or seen the anime, I wanted to do a cross stitch pattern for Holo, the female lead. I considered making a pattern of her where she was pretty and smiling, like she belonged on a book cover or a DVD case, but it didn't really seem fitting, so instead, I made this.

If you're tired of anime cross stitch patterns where the featured character looks like she doesn't mind being embroidered on fabric and shoved on your wall, then this is the pattern for you! It might take a little bit to stitch, since it's about 70 stitches tall, and since the color scheme is pretty precise, I would recommend looking for the listed floss colors, though I'm sure they're still not that hard to fake. Still, I think that Holo should be fun to stitch, especially since she looks really annoyed  and her hair is nifty.

I'm out of things to say for now, so I'm going to quit typing rather soon. If you decide to stitch Holo, though, let me know! I'd love to see how she turns out. Anyway, I hope that all of you have a good week, and will post here again rather soon.