Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 31: The Month Ends With Two More Naruto Patterns

Hello! Today is the final day of Sprite Patterns December here at Dork Stitch, so, along with all of the other blogs I've been reading this afternoon, I want to wish everyone reading a happy new year! Now that all of those holiday wishes are over with, it's time to get on with the standard stuff for today's blog post, which includes two new Naruto cross stitch patterns. I just used characters from the request list today, so there are really no surprises, but today's victimized characters are Gaara and Rock Lee! I think that both of them worked out well, though Rock Lee in particular is fairly backstitch heavy. I couldn't very well make him without the eyebrows, though, so it seemed like a decent tradeoff. Gaara's backstitch eyeliner is pretty cool, too, especially since that's not a design feature that I get to use all that often. If you'd like to see it for yourself, here are today's spiffy new patterns!

Now that those are posted, it's time to move on to some reader work, courtesy of Eyani Ryou of the cross stitching blog Stitchy Stitches. Earlier in the month, she'd asked after the Yu-Gi-Oh patterns that I ended up posting a few days later, and though she's been done with them for a while, she stitched Yugi and Kaiba for her card playing brother's Christmas card! Both of them look really cool, and, seeing as they got to be stitched on hand-dyed evenweave, they're also very classy. If you'd like to see a full sized version of Eyani's Yu-Gi-Oh stitching, along with photos of all of her other fancy and impressive cross stitched images, visit her blog, which I linked to above. For now, however, here is a thumbnail image of her spiffy versions of Yugi and Kaiba!
Before I quit blogging for today, I have another WIP image of my cross stitch of Noel from Blazblue, though it isn't too different from yesterday's. I thought that it might work out nicely to post a photo of how far I am on the project every time that I post here, which should go pretty well, considering that I won't be posting on a daily basis again for a while. For now, however, here is how my blob of blue cross stitches is shaping up!
With all of that posted, I'm done with this blog for today, and for the year, too! I'll be back in a couple of days with some sort of nifty new pattern, but until then, enjoy the start of 2012 and all of the crafts that you're working on in the final hours of 2011!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 30: 3 New Robotech Cross Stitch Patterns and Some Other Stuff

Hello! For today's post here at Dork Stitch, I decided to take a break from the current set of Naruto patterns, which I should have one or two more of tomorrow, and post a few more sprites in my set of Robotech patterns. I'd like to eventually have the entire cast of the Macross storyline charted and stitched for my set of cross stitch standees, so today's three patterns, featuring Max, Miriya, and the suspiciously 70s looking Lynn Kyle, the last of which I made because I was going to have to eventually if I wanted to finish the entire cast, aren't the end of the set, though I'm not sure how many more of these I'll actually post. It isn't exactly the most in-demand set of patterns I've ever worked on, but I think they're fun to make, so I hope that some of you guys like these, too!

My next order of business for today's post is to write about a very cool piece of reader work from the lovely Tiki of the cross stitching blog Tiki Stitches! She's been working on the patterns of the Big Bang Theory cast that were posted here earlier in the month, and, as of her last posting, had Sheldon and Penny finished and looking very nice! For the sake of this blog, I have a thumbnail image of her work that, coincidentally, looks like it would make a fantastic bookmark, though I'm not sure Penny would love being stuck on it with Sheldon, but if you visit Tiki's blog, linked above there's both of them in a bigger image to behold, a WIP of Leonard, and tons of detailed and pretty stitching that she's always posting about!
Since I just got done with all of the normal stuff to write about for today, I should probably quit, but instead, I have my first WIP photo of Noel, the sprite I was writing about yesterday, to post! I decided that if I add at least one length of floss to her every day, I'll make some sort of steady progress on the project, even if it is slow, so right now, the project is a blob of bright blue in the middle of a piece of fabric. It's a very lovely blue splotch, though, so here it is! Hopefully, by the time I post tomorrow, it'll be either slightly larger or more detailed.
I'm done posting here for today, but I'll be back tomorrow for the last day of Sprite Patterns December with a couple of new Naruto charts! That certainly won't be the end of my sprite patterns, though I'll be glad to get back to working on portrait patterns and stuff again, too, so I'll keep going with all of this rubbish into 2012. Until tomorrow, though, I hope you guys have a good evening and prepare for New Year's Eve with a minimum of stress!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 29: More Naruto and Yapping About My Own Stitching

Hello! Today I sat down to work on another group of patterns for the Naruto set, and though I originally intended to sit and work on ones that people had requested, it seemed to me that, before I got too far, I should probably make the three main characters. I am not sure if anyone wants to make them, and to be fair, it isn't like anyone requested characters like "the one guy in the sweater who pops up in the background of the fourth episode of the fifth story arc and says hi to that one chick," and before anyone points it out to me, I do realize that the person who I just described probably isn't actually a character. For the sake of this set of patterns, however, it seemed like it might be a nice idea to have the titular character and the rest of his team available for anyone that wants to stitch them. The patterns for Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are the simplest in the set so far, since there's no backstitching on any of the sprites, but I think that they still look fairly detailed and are recognizable as the characters that they're supposed to be. Here are all three of them, for your cross stitching or perler beading pleasure. (Don't worry, I'll be back to requests in the next set of these.)

With those three patterns posted, I feel like I should have something else exciting to type about here, but instead, I'm going to post about stuff that I just finished and am working on, because that seems like the thing to do. The other day, I completed another one of Gatchacaz's Pokedex 3D AR markers, which can be found on her lovely stitching blog, but this one is much fancier than the last two were. I used a pattern from a needlepoint book for each stitch, to blow it up to four times the size of the previous ones, and stitched it in craft thread to guarantee that enough of the fabric would get covered for the 3DS to read it. Since the thread was a bit heavy, the fabric got a little warped, but luckily, the machine still recognized it, giving me an AR card for Oshawott! Here's the photo from the game (taken with a floss bobbin in frame, to give an idea of the size) and a scan of my finished stitching by itself in case you're curious, awkwardly edited together in Paint.NET.
Now that I have that done, I'm planning to start a rather large project tonight, which is the other thing I wanted to write about! As some of you may have seen in my IHSW photos, I really like cross stitching sprites from fighting games, but I wanted to try and make something that was really unnecessarily elaborate, since it seemed like it could be fun. After a bit of deliberation, I decided to work on a sprite of Noel Vermillion from Blazblue, which has a few over 30 colors and will measure 22 inches tall when complete. It's more ambitious than any of the ones I've made before, so I might post WIP photos on here in order to keep on track with it, but I think it'll be cool! Here's the sprite that I'm using for the pattern, as a frame of reference for what's going on when I post a photo of the stitched corner of her skirt in a few days.
Now that I've done all of that typing, I'm done for today, but will be back tomorrow with more patterns and more chatter, which should be fun! Have a nice evening and good luck stitching!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 28: Two More Naruto Charts

Hello, everyone! Tonight I'm watching a ton of sitcoms, so I'm not sure how coherent or well done today's post is going to end up being, but I do have two more Naruto cross stitch patterns to post. Working on this set has been fun so far, since I've got a list of requests (that's still open for people to add to, if there are any characters that you'd like to see) that I can work through and feel like I'm actually making progress on something. Plus, everyone has neat outfits and I get to add a lot of backstitching, which is also sort of spiffy, since it makes things look fancy and needlessly elaborate.

Anyway, before I got to work on the patterns for tonight, I had a list of seven requested characters, which seemed like quite a few to pick between. Because of that, I decided to be a wuss about the whole thing and just finish up Kamryn and NinjaWarriorTenten's requests from the other day with patterns of Shikamaru and Tenten. Both of them were nice to work on, though I have to admit that it was the most fun to see how poofy and round I could make Tenten's hair look.Either way, though, here are the two new patterns for today!

I was going to post a little more tonight, but my computer's functionality is starting to give out on me, with hour glasses popping up when I try to draw pixels and freezing browser windows, so I think that it's time to go for now. I'm going to post again tomorrow, though, and hopefully get through a few more of the Naruto requests! Have a nice Wednesday night and good luck with your stitching projects!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 27: Tiny Naruto Cross Stitch Patterns, All of Supporting Cast Members

Hello! I don't have much fancy to post or write about today, other than the patterns that I've just finished, but I'm pretty sure that it'll be enough! Over the past couple of hours, I was able to start on this blog's new set of Naruto sprite patterns, featuring three of the characters that you guys requested! At first, I thought that not watching the show nearly as often as someone who really likes it does would be a major handicap in designing these patterns, but, luckily enough, one of my brothers very much enjoys Naruto, so I was able to use him as a consultant. Most of my questions to him were simple, like seeing if he could tell who the patterns were of, but I also got quite a bit of useful information about Itachi's headband from him, which I don't think I would have ever thought about on my own. Other than that, I think the biggest thing to say about these patterns is that they're rather heavy on backstitching, since Naruto has a lot more detail in terms of clothing than I'd realized before working on these. I think that they'll still look nice without that, if you prefer to do perler beads, but for cross stitching, they're a little fancier than the standard sprite patterns. Instead of posting another paragraph or two about these patterns, though, here are the first three cross stitch patterns in the Naruto set, featuring Itachi, Iruka, and Neji! If you had other requests, don't worry, since I plan to post more tomorrow, and if there are any other characters you'd like to see, let me know and I'll try my best to make a nice pattern of them!

Now that those patterns are posted, I think that I'm done for today, though I'll be back tomorrow with more tiny patterns of anime and video game characters and possibly some other nifty things to write about. There are only a few days left in sprite patterns December, so I'm hoping my computer doesn't explode or anything before the end of it!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 26: A Very Brief Pokemon Monday and a Photo of a Spiffy Finish

Hello! I feel a little out of steam in regards to today's blog post, which is probably because I was dumb enough to stay up until 1:30 last night, playing King of Fighters XIII, so I only have one sprite pattern for today. Like I said last night, though, I plan to start a set of Naruto sprite patterns, and since I got tons of requests for characters, it should be fun to work on! I won't be able to do all of them on the first day, and in the interest of getting a good sized set done, I'll probably end up working on it past December. All of that is a bit immaterial today, though, since this is a Pokemon Monday! I've been doing a lot of stuff from the older anime episodes this month, since that tends to be what I like best, but today, I wanted to do something related to the newer games. Because of that, I sat around and looked at all of the characters, trying to figure out which one to make, but ended up picking Elesa, since she was brightly colored and had those weird Chobits/Vocaloid ear things that seemed like they'd make her easily recognizable. I'm not sure how successful that was, though it's certainly good enough for my stitching purposes, but here is Elesa's sprite pattern, so you can decide for yourself!
Now that I've gotten that posted, it's time to write about some extremely cute keychains that were stitched by Kamryn, who some of you may remember from all of the Clannad patterns she's made! Earlier in the month, I did two sprite patterns of characters from Nichijou at her request, and she stitched them quickly and as niftily as ever. Both Mio and Professor look really nice in keychain form, and I'm impressed by just how close she cut the plastic to her actual stitching! If I tried that, I'd end up mildly depressed and holding a cross stitch of some character from an SNK fighter with her head dangling by a thread. I've also been told that these were backed by felt, which is cool, too. Anyway, here is the photo of Kamryn's work!
I think that I'm done with all of this rubbish for today, but I'll be back tomorrow with more sprite patterns and more massive blocks of text! There's only a few days of sprite patterns December left, so I'm hoping they keep going well!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 25: A Lovely Christmas Pattern Dump

Hello! I'm not going to post much text tonight, since I'm running out of time before midnight and am a bit sleepy from it being Christmas and all, but I do have four new sprite patterns for you guys, all from different anime and games! Before I post them, however, I just want to say that though tomorrow is a Pokemon Monday, I got a request from NinjaWarriorTenten for some Naruto patterns and will be starting that set on Tuesday! Neji and Tenten have already been asked for, and I'll definitely be doing the three main characters, but if you have any favorite characters you'd like to see as cross stitch sprite patterns, let me know!

With that said, I'm going to go ahead and post the four charts for tonight, which feature Fuu from Samurai Champloo, Flonne from Disgaea, Lucia from Pangya, and Whip from the King of Fighters games. I've made Flonne and Lucia already, so I know that those two patterns stitch up nicely, and I can't imagine that Fuu and Whip would be mysteriously disastrous. I hope that you guys like these patterns!

I should probably just leave now and go about my evening, but before I do, I have to show all of you something really spiffy that can be done with the help of a 3DS and the lovely blogger Gatchacaz! Over the past few months, she's posted some cross stitch patterns of the AR markers for Pokedex 3D, which can be found on her blog that I just linked to, so when my family got a 3DS for Christmas, one of the first things that I did was download Pokedex 3D and set to stitching them! One of them was for a Pokemon that wasn't in our Pokedex yet, so it didn't show up properly, but I did get a really cool photo of a Snivy with it, which I will now proceed to post! It's very nifty when technology and crafts combine to create fun time wasters, so I plan to stitch many more of these! (This was stitched on 14-count ivory Aida cloth with dark colors of generic embroidery floss.)
After that, I think that it's probably time for me to go, but I hope that all of you had an excellent day and are looking forward to the last week of 2011! Merry last-twenty-minutes-of-Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 24: More Sailor Moon and Ghost in the Shell

Hello! Last year on Christmas Eve and Christmas, I messed up a bit by trying to write my Christmas post on Christmas Eve and ended up accidentally posting twice in one day and, because of that, missing a day of Sprite Patterns December! This year, in order to avoid that, I'm just going to do a very brief post on both days. It's probably a bit of a ripoff, since the patterns won't really be parts of sets and I'm waiting until Monday to post photos of finished work again. Hopefully, though, these patterns will strike someone as spiffy, which is why I'm posting them in the first place!

Today's patterns are both ones that I made this summer, with one of them featuring the human form of Luna, from Sailor Moon, from the movie about the moon goddess and all of that, and the other featuring Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell. The characters have very little in common, aside from their hair color, but I wanted to find one really frilly character and then a no-nonsense one, which I think worked out well. I think that they'll both be fun to stitch, though, so here are the patterns!

With those posted, I'm leaving this blog for now, but I'll be back with a couple more sprite patterns tomorrow, though I couldn't at all say who or what they'll feature. Merry Christmas, and have a very nice holiday evening!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 23: Chrono Cross Patterns, Set 3

Hello! Today I've been typing words with the letters in the wrong order and forgetting to switch from Pattern Maker to Word Pad when I want to transcribe the keys for my patterns, so I think that, for today, I am going to save everyone a lot of trouble and keep this post short. I have, however, done three new Chrono Cross sprite patterns, after yesterday's relative success, so I hope they prove to be sort of cool! I'm already getting a bit stuck as to what order I should post them in, but today, it seemed logical to start on the two branches you can pick when the game asks you if you'd like to save Kid after she gets poison-knifed in the guts or not. Today's cross stitch patterns are of the party members you get if you say that you will try to help her, so you guys have to deal with Razzly, Mel, and Korcha. I thought that Korcha would end up looking really rubbish when I started, and while it's not my favorite pattern in the set so far, I think that I at least avoided that. I think that Mel ended up looking really cute, though, and am considering running off to stitch her when I'm done posting here. If you'd like to judge for yourselves, however, here are today's patterns!

With the patterns posted and ready to stitch, I now have some perler bead work to show off from reader and crafter OtakuLuka, who can be found at her homepage on Deviant Art! If you remember my feature about her from earlier in the month, you'll recall that she made some lovely perler bead versions of several of the sprite patterns from this blog, with Death Note and Ouran Host Club being her subjects of choice. Last week, however, she continued her set of Ouran Host Club perlers with lovely renditions of Tamaki and Renge! For this blog, I have some small photos of her work, but if you'd like to see some larger photos and her other spiffy perler pieces, visit her homepage that I linked to above!

I'm out of stuff to write about for now, so I guess that means that today's blog post is over! I'm not sure what I'll be writing about tomorrow, but I will be posting something or other then, which I look forward to. Until then, have a nice Friday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 22: Five New Chrono Cross Patterns

Hello! Today, I have a lot of new sprite style cross stitch patterns to post, but since all of them are of party members from Chrono Cross, continuing a set that I started last month, I'm not actually sure if any of you care. After the patterns, however, I have a photo of myself ripping a Christmas present out of a dinosaur statue's mouth, so if you're interested in that piece of photography, taken with a cell phone by my sister, feel free to skip over all of the Chrono Cross stuff and read about that nonsense. For now, however, it's time to deal with the patterns!

The last time that I posted Chrono Cross cross stitch patterns, I had ones of Serge, Kid, Harle, and Lynx, which seemed like a nice place to start, but, from there, I decided that it might be best to try and post the party members in a semi-chronological order. That means that, for today, I have Leena, Poshul, Guile, Pierre, and Nikki, since all of them show up pretty early in the game. All five of the sprites were pretty fun to make, though Pierre did prove to be quite a bit of trouble, and I was thrilled that I got the Poshul pattern to come out looking like anything. I've done quite a few of the monster-type characters already, since I was worried they'd be more difficult than the rest, but for some reason, I had it in my head that making one of Poshul would be nearly impossible. I might have made it look a little more Pokemon-esque than necessary, but for me, that's hardly a problem, and I don't imagine it would be for anyone else reading this, either.

As far as actually stitching these goes, all five of these charts have a few more colors than most of my sprite patterns, but I think that's part of why they're cool. The character designs in Chrono Cross are really detailed and ornate, and even if I do lose some of the details in making them such a small size, it's still fun to find out what I can and can't get to work, and, at least so far, I haven't totally screwed one of them up. I've stitched the one of Leena, too, and the higher color count didn't make it any more difficult or time consuming to stitch. With that in mind, here are today's Chrono Cross craft makin' patterns, for your stitching or beading pleasure!

Now that today's patterns are posted, here is, as I promised earlier, a photograph of me fighting a plastic dinosaur for a Christmas present. I am not sure why there is a statue of a dinosaur in the middle of the mall, though I think it used to be in a mini golf course that closed a couple of years ago. However, I can't argue with the fact that they threw a Santa hat onto it and filled its mouth with wrapped gifts, since it makes the whole thing perfect for bizarre photo opportunities. It seems a little frivolous to post this, but since it just seems wasteful to get someone to take a photo of you fighting a dinosaur and then not do anything with it, here it is!
With that out of the way, I think that I'm done blogging for now, though I'll be back for more posting tomorrow with some sort of cross stitch pattern to match the rest from the month. Until then, I hope that you're doing well both in terms of the holidays and whatever crafts you've been working on lately!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 21: Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure

Hello! I realize that today, by posting three sprite style cross stitch patterns of characters from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, a late 90s giant robot/romantic comedy anime I'm getting a little bit too obscure, but I'm sort of curious to see if it's a show that anyone else remembers. It was one of the first series that I watched on DVD rather than television, when I was in 8th grade, and I always thought that it was really funny and entertaining. When I got to college anime clubs, though, no one else that I met had seen it! Since it had ended up being on Tech TV at some point, I thought that someone would have it taped off of TV with commercials (like my old tape of episodes of Lupin III from Adult Swim), but not even that was the case. In the end, I got to show the first volume of it to anime club my senior year, where it was at least met with a much better response than the week that one of the other members showed the Highlander anime. A couple of other people even borrowed my DVDs and ran through the series that way. Now that I have a bigger area to ask about it, though, I thought that I would ask if any of you guys had seen Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, whether you've seen the whole thing multiple times like I have or shut it off halfway through the first episode. Either way, you're stuck with cross stitch patterns of three of the girls from it, with both of the Mitsukis and D being my choices, so here they are!
After all of that nonsense, I think that I'm done for today, but I will be back at some point tomorrow with new sprite patterns of characters from something that I imagine you guys care about a bit more than this! If you have any requests, let me know and I'll see what I can do, and if you finish stitching any of the patterns from this blog, I'd love to see and write about your finished work!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 20: Cross Stitch Patterns of Robotech Characters

Hello! I'm not sure how long it's really been since I've done a blog post in the afternoon, but it seems like it's been quite a few days. I can't really think of any reason why posting now would be better than at night, other than the fact that I feel more awake and am not hurrying to get finished before midnight. It does seem like this is quite a bit nicer, though, so maybe I should have actually done a big and nifty set of patterns for today.

As it is, I'm pretty happy with today's three new sprite patterns, though I'm not sure that anyone else will care! Over the weekend, I finished watching the first part of Robotech, the Macross episodes, and though I could go on and on typing meaningless things about the show, easily filling pages worth of blog text, I decided that I wanted to make a set of cross stitch standees to match the characters, which meant that I needed to make some patterns. I'd already made a couple of patterns of the pilots, and had even stitched one of them, which is a better start than I usually have, so I worked on a few more of them until Paint.NET decided to get uncooperative and start freezing my computer. After all of that, I ended up with three completed patterns to post here today, featuring Rick, Lisa, and Minmei. (I do realize that some of these characters had different names in Japan, but as with Sailor Moon, I watched the show dubbed, so their English names are getting used whether you like it or not.) I plan to get all of these stitched pretty soon, which makes the fact that I've already gotten one done useful, so I hope that some of you guys like them, too!

Since I just went and posted all of that nonsense, I'm done for today, though, as it has been for the last several posts, I'll be back tomorrow with more blog posting and more nifty sprite patterns! I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to make for tomorrow, unless I get an urgent request, which is always fun, too, so I'm hoping it works out well. Until then, though, have a nice day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 19: Minor Pokemon Characters, Yet Again

Hello! I am not sure why, but tonight, I am having a lot of trouble paying attention to the same thing for more than three minutes at a time, so this might not be the longest post I've ever written. Today is another day of Sprite Patterns December, though, and, since it's Monday, I have two new Pokemon cross stitch patterns for you guys! Making the different Pokemon trainer sprites every week is a lot of fun, especially because I'm starting to get into some really odd characters, due to the amount of them I've made already. For tonight, I have a pattern of Lorelei, from the Elite Four in Red, Blue, and Yellow, and Delia, who is Ash's mother. Both of these characters seemed like reasonable choices to me, and I think that the cross stitch patterns ended up looking more than nice enough for posting. I'm coming dangerously close to another round of distractions, though, so I am just going to post the two of them before I type any more!

Before I stop posting for tonight, I have some very nice reader work to write about, courtesy of Reaper at her blog, The Stitching Reaper! The other day, she posted a photo of three new sprite patterns that she'd stitched, featuring Sailor Mini Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Sailor Pluto. All of them look as colorful and nicely stitched as all of her stitching does, but the important thing about these three is that,with them, she finished stitching all of the Sailor Scouts! There's a photo of the full set over on her blog, which I linked to above, and she says that she's going to cut them out and use them as tree ornaments, which sounds amazing! If you'd like to see Reaper's full set of scouts and extend your congratulations, please stop by her blog. For now, however, enjoy this picture of her final three Sailor Scouts!
With that, my posting for today is done, but I'll be back tomorrow with some new patterns that I'm hoping end up looking nice. I don't know what they'll be yet, but I do know that I'd prefer they not suck. Until then, I hope that you guys had good Mondays and got your week off to a nice start!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sprite Patterns December Day 18: Two Christmas Patterns and IHSW

Hello! Since International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, as hosted by Joysze of Random Ramblings, is going to end in about an hour in my time zone, I'm going to write about the non-cross stitching that I did in the second half of this post, which should be very exciting and productive for everyone involved. For the start of today's blogging, though, I have two sprite patterns of Christmas type girls, since it's sort of fun to design holiday patterns every year. They're not fan art, which makes them spiffy and different to work on, and I get to work with all sorts of frilliness and red and green, which is also cool. Plus, since today is exactly a week before Christmas, it seemed like today would be a good day to post them! If you'd like to see last year's Christmas patterns, they can be found right here, but for now, here are two brand new patterns in the set!

Now that those sprite patterns are posted, I can move onto talking about the crafts that I did this weekend that were totally unrelated to cross stitching. I feel like this is, in some fundamental way, cheating the whole idea of International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, but since I did technically use a needle and thread to do this, I guess that it was stitching. Rather than cross stitch, however, I spent the weekend making bracelets to give away as gifts at a holiday event at the Pokemon League I run tomorrow night. If you want more information about what I actually did to make these, I wrote about it a bit in my post for last night, and if you want to make your own, there are tons of helpful and easy to follow tutorials, along with all of the patterns I used, at Basically, though, what I did was use some elastic thread to (sort of) peyote stitch together pony beads and make a clunky, gaudy, and very cool piece of jewelry called a kandi cuff. They're really fun to make, and I think that they're neat to wear, too, so I'm hoping that some of the kids at Pokemon League like them, too. Since last night, I finished two more of these, featuring a Charmander's face (the orange one), and a Gengar's face (the purple one), bringing me up to a total of four. The first two are depicted in my last post, but in case you're curious, here's a photo of the two new bracelets!
I also folded 24 origami lucky stars and a very small crane, but didn't take photos of those, since they seemed to count even less than these did.

With all of that posted and written about, I'm done for tonight, though I'll be back with a new post tomorrow for both Sprite Patterns December and Pokemon Monday, which was fun for the last two weeks, and a couple of sets of nifty reader work to feature over the next couple of days! Until then, I look forward to reading everyone who actually followed the rules's IHSW posts and hope that everyone's weekends went well!