Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sprite Pattern Request Catch Up Day, Featuring FFVII and Pokemon

Hello! Before I type much more of this, I want to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, where I had the photo of the huge King of Fighters cross stitch thing. I really appreciate all of the spiffy and nice comments you guys left!

With those niceties out of the way, it's time to get down to business! For today's post, I wanted to get some of the sprite cross stitch patterns you guys had requested out and on the internet, just to keep myself from stalling too much! For those of you who have requested bigger patterns, I have not forgotten you, and since there's only 4 patterns here, or four sprites on three printouts, to save paper in the case of a shared set of colors on two of them, I am also not done with the sprite pattern requests I've gotten, though I haven't abandoned those, either. For now, however, I have sprite patterns featuring Loz and Yazoo from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and the famous Gary Oak and Ritchie from Pokemon. It isn't a particularly coherent set of patterns to put in one post, but I've got all of them done, so why not go for it? Without any further chatter (mostly because Blogger is freezing like wild today), here are your charts!

With all of those posted, I would normally move onto finished projects, but before I do that, I want to mention a couple of pattern makers doing really cool and elaborate charts for both Final Fantasy VII and Pokemon, if you're feeling more ambitious than tackling just these. In terms of Final Fantasy VII, I would strongly recommend, as I have before, checking out the blog and website of Gatchacaz, who has a set of incredibly cute Final Fantasy VII character patterns available for download with big heads and dot eyes and a lot of general cuddliness. She just added a cool one of Vincent, but I am strongly considering stitching Aerith, because, airheaded as I am, if one of the patterns in a set has fluffy hair and a pink dress, my mind is made up rather quickly. On the Pokemon side of things, if you are looking for any sort of sprite pattern, especially of the newer Pokemon, I would recommend visiting the really cool Deviant Art user Makibird-Stitching. I've printed up piles of her Pokemon charts, featuring both monsters and items, with easy-to-read printouts and well chosen sprites, and am really looking forward to stitching them! If you aren't a member of Deviant Art, the charts are still viewable and printable, with dozens to choose from, including several from non-Pokemon games.

Now that I've gone on and on about that, it is time to feature some stitching from readers, featuring Tama of Stitching Daze, who has been very prolific as of late! She stitched 6 of the sprite patterns I'd posted here, featuring Heero, Trowa, and Quatre from Gundam Wing, Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII, Sanzo from Saiyuki, and Ramona from Scott Pilgrim, and they all look really cool! I shrunk her photos down a bit and placed them in one image for convenience sake here, but all of them are viewable separately and in their full glory at her blog!
With all of that posted, I am done for today and a bit frustrated with Blogger, so I will be brief in my sendoff. I take requests, I like to see it if you stitch these charts, and I will post again soon! Have a lovely day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Fancy Sprite of Yuri Sakazaki Is Finally Cross Stitched!

Hello! Today is probably not going to be the most informative post that I've ever made at Dork Stitch, but I've finally finished the WIP of Yuri Sakazaki's official sprite from King of Fighters XIII that I was showing off here last month, so I decided to post a photo of the finished project, too. It took way longer than it should have to cross stitch, since I have a very poor attention span, but after several months and the added encouragement of mass stitching from Joysze, of Random Ramblings, and her International Stitch and Hermit Day, I've managed to stitch a sprite from an HD fighting game! In terms of size, she was 203 pixels high and stitched on 18-count Aida cloth, making her 11.25 inches tall, with 36 different colors of DMC embroidery floss, though some of them are difficult to see in the finished project. Still, it's probably the most elaborate thing I've made, and I, luckily, am pretty happy with it. In fact, my sister, who I think will be featured here herself rather soon, deemed it "crazy good" this morning. Of course, Yuri had no top half of her head at that point, so that may change everything. I will let you guys judge for yourself with this photo of the cross stitch, though!

That was sort of all I had for right now, so I'll be back here with a more normal post before too long! Until then, I hope that you guys have had a good weekend where you accomplished some sort of goal you thought might be nifty to meet!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cross Stitch Patterns For Pokemon and Lady Gaga, Plus a New FFVII Sprite Pattern- Obviously, Coherence Is Not My Priority

Hello! Today I have three cross stitch patterns to post, which sounds like a lot, but since I also have quite a few of them in reserve and a great deal of requests to tackle, I guess it isn't that excessive! The fact that none of these patterns were asked for at all may be the biggest argument against their existence, but I think they cover a fairly wide variety of interests as they include, as you may have guessed from the title, a new Pokemon chart, a tiny Lady Gaga, making her the third in my set of such patterns, and a new entry in the set of Final Fantasy VII sprite patterns. They may not go together too well, but I still hope you guys like at least some of what goes up today!

The first pattern that I'm putting up in this post is probably my favorite, featuring the spiffy new Pokemon Oshawott! From the drawings of the starters for Pokemon Black/White that had been floating around the internet since Nintendo announced the new monsters, featuring a somewhat depressed looking Oshawott, I thought that the Pokemon was cute enough, but didn't really care enough to hop to my image editing programs and start making patterns for it. On Saturday morning, however, Cartoon Network showed the first two episodes of the new season of Pokemon, which cemented Oshawott as one of the cutest cartoon characters I'd seen in a long time. It's cuddly, subject to wild mood swings, and capable of knocking hot air balloons out of the sky with a tiny seashell boomerang, so that seemed like enough to earn it a pattern here at Dork Stitch! Rather than going with a sprite pattern, I decided to use a screenshot from the anime as the basis for this pattern, cutting the amount of colors to give it a bold and cheerful look. The purple in the background is totally unnecessary, especially if you have some colored Aida cloth to stitch it on, but I thought it was cool looking, and it should be good if you want to use this as a Perler bead pattern, too!

For the next pattern of the day, I'm going to put up a very small pattern of Lady Gaga in her now famous meat dress, which I made after the Grammys on Sunday night. Like I said before, it's the third pattern of her to be posted on Dork Stitch, after the hair-bow-made-of-hair version and the big-poofy-dress version, but I feel that there's a certain delight to be found in cross stitching a dress made of raw meat, so this seemed like it would be fun to post, too! I actually made this already, since I didn't have enough focus for a bigger project yesterday, and my colors are a tiny bit off from what's listed, showing just how much the key matters. (The listed colors will look fine, too, but the skein I had of one of them had turned into a massive knot, and I was too lazy to fix it.) If you want to use this for something other than stitching, the backstitch is also pretty optional. I just used it to separate the cuts of meat, though making the colors slightly more distinct would have the same effect. Here is the pattern, followed by my ever-so-lovely stitched example of the piece!
With both of those up, it's time for my last pattern of the day, which is a new entry in the ongoing set of Final Fantasy VII sprite patterns, albeit one no one requested, featuring Genesis. Mostly, I made this one for myself, since I have nothing but appreciation for a video game bad guy that flies around, has an army of clones, and wanders around reciting poetry when it isn't really all that appropriate, but still isn't too proud to trip the hero when he's walking out of someone's front door! Since I've posted so many patterns in this style, I don't have too much more to say about it, but I am looking forward to stitching this rather soon.
While we're on the topic of Final Fantasy VII, Topcho, who has been featured here several times, and for good reason, stitched a spiffy version of the Cloud pattern that was posted here not that long ago! I'm not sure why this is the case, but she made his hair look really spiffy, and I do think the dark yellow and grays are especially nice on her pink fabric. If you'd like to see a larger version of her work, check out her blog, bla. bla? bla! (the order of punctuation there always gets me mixed up!), but here is a thumbnail image of Topcho's Cloud!

With all of that posted for today, I suppose that I'm finished, though I will post something else here pretty soon! I'd still love to see your finished versions of these patterns, regardless of your craft of choice, and will do my best to make you a pattern if you've got any requests. Other than that, though, I hope all of you are having a good week and not accidentally stabbing yourself in the finger with your stitching needles!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Video Game Themed Cross Stitch Goes Old School, If Victorian Samplers Are, In Fact, Old School

Hello! I realize that I have a long list of Final Fantasy related requests that I entirely plan to fill,  but for today, the cross stitch pattern here at Dork Stitch is the product of my spending an entire afternoon doing something that, in hindsight, was not all that useful. Sometimes, when I see it at a grocery store or something, I will get an issue of Cross Stitcher magazine, which is, unfortunately, on its final issue, since they usually have some really cool looking reproductions of 19th century samplers or new charts in the same style that are fun to stitch, especially if you have very little respect for the suggested colors. When I looked at the very nifty sampler they printed in this issue, however, I thought that it must be possible to make something in a similar style with a gaming theme!

Once I'd come to that conclusion, I sat down and started digging through sprites and fonts and all sorts of things to see if I could make a cool sampler before I settled on using a sprite of Mai Shiranui, from Fatal Fury and King of Fighters, and the alphabet from Super Mario World. Mai ended up being the subject not just because she's in SNK fighting games, but because for doing the silhouette style pattern, which I've seen in a lot of older patterns (especially in books of Anne Orr's charts, made in the early 1900s) it seemed like it would be fun to use the least proper character possible, which is why she edged out Street Fighter's Chun-Li to be the guardian of the alphabet. Plus, the fan and trim on her semi-outfit looked cool in this style, so that helped, too. I don't have as much to say about the Super Mario World alphabet, but by God, it's on the chart, so obviously, I didn't hate it. I think I've explained the pattern quite enough, though, so without any further ado, here is today's cross stitch pattern, split into a color key and a chart for easier printing!

With today's delightfully old fashioned pattern posted, it's time to move on to the display of a finished project, this time  featuring the lovely work of bla. bla? bla!'s Topcho! If you'll remember, on Tuesday afternoon, I posted a couple of Final Fantasy VII themed charts, but by Tuesday night, Topcho had already stitched Kadaj! Despite the feelings of inadequacy that resulted from my seeing her finished work that was created in the same amount of time it took me to sit around, play video games, stitch and undo about two dozen crosses, then play more video games (but a different game on a different system, so it was totally okay), her stitched version of Kadaj looks quite nice and goes really well with the pale pink Aida cloth! Here is an image of her work with a larger version visible at her blog, linked above!
With that posted, I'm done blogging for the day, though I hope to be back with some more patterns and spiffy pictures of people's finished stitching soon! As always, I'm taking pattern requests, though, as you can tell, I'm not terribly speedy with them, and if you decide to use this or any other pattern posted here, I'd love to see your finished project! Other than that, though, I hope that all of you have very nice weekends and good luck with your current crafting projects!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Final Fantasy VII Sprite Cross Stitch Pattern Set Returns From Hiatus

Hello! It has been ages since the initial requests for these patterns started coming in, but today's post here at Dork Stitch is dedicated to two more entries in the set of Final Fantasy VII sprite patterns! A lot of characters have been mentioned, and I am going to try to get all of them done within a reasonable amount of time, but for today, I have patterns for Cloud and Kadaj, because Cloud is the main character, and when I was deciding which ones to make, Kadaj was a name which was difficult to forget. There's not too much to say about the patterns themselves, since they're pretty typical of the Phantasy Star II style patterns, except with more pixel belts randomly tossed around their outfits. On the Cloud chart, though, there are two shades of dark gray in his clothing, which I thought looked nice, but is really pretty unnecessary, so if you've only got one of them sitting around, it doesn't matter at all if you fold one shade into the other. Other than that, though, they ought to be fast and easy to stitch, so I hope that they prove to be worthy additions to the FFVII set for all of you who have been stitching these or plan to do so!

Well, with those two patterns up, I don't have too much to say, but I do hope to get a couple more in this set done relatively soon! The next two might be waylaid by my posting a different pattern type, or a bigger pattern, probably from a franchise or anime way less people are interested in, but they will materialize. If you have any requests for Final Fantasy VII characters you'd like to see all dinky like this, or pattern requests of any other type, let me know and I will do my best to make them for you! Until then, however, I hope you are having a good week and will be posting again soon!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Ton of Photos of Finished Stitching By Dork Stitch Readers and One Finished Stitching From The Dork Stitch Writer

Hello! Tonight's post here at Dork Stitch (and the first one for February- I think I'm being a massive slacker!) is dedicated to the ultra-nifty work of four readers of this blog! It is pretty image heavy, but if I was going to showcase stitched versions of the patterns posted here without images, I think that I'd be a pretty terrible blogger. Everything here is really cool, though, so I hope that you enjoy looking at all of this spiffy work!

The first work to be showcased here tonight is a lovely version of the big Princess Zelda pattern that I posted here a while back (I think last summer) from Shio, a reader that e-mailed me some images of their finished work! Right now, Gmail is being idiotic and not letting me write back to say thank you for the kind message and all of the cool photos, but hopefully, I'll be able to do that in just a few minutes! Regardless of my technical difficulties, I hope that you enjoy Shio's finished stitching of Zelda, stitched in a mysterious fiber called Omegacryl. Actually, it's not mysterious, since I've seen it at Hobby Lobby, but had no idea it could be used in such a manner! It looks very good, and the purple is really bright, too.
The next finished work for display here is from Topcho, the writer of bla. bla? bla! and, shockingly enough, the artist known as Topcho on Deviant Art. (I know, it's bizarre, right?) A few weeks ago, her outstanding stitch of the Phantasy Star II style Reno pattern was featured here, but now, she's stitched three more cast members of Final Fantasy VII, featuring Tifa, Vincent, and that charming gentleman Sephiroth, on her lovely light pink Aida cloth. Reportedly, the borders stitched on these are required to stop some of the characters from running away, but I don't think they should worry. Pink suits all of them well! Before I go on with too much nonsensical yapping, though, here are the stitches, which can be viewed in larger images on either of Topcho's linked sites!

The next victim of this Dork Stitch features day is Tama, writer of Stitching Daze,  who has stitched a top-notch version of the Duo Maxwell sprite from the Gundam Wing pattern set that I posted not that long ago! I think that it is cool that she decided to make his eyes bright purple instead of the standard issue black pixels that I'd put them on the chart as, and it makes him look more alert than he otherwise would have, which I think is a good trait for a Gundam pilot to have, from what I have seen of various Gundam programs! Here is the image of Tama's stitching for all of you to enjoy, though, with a larger version available for viewing at her blog.

The last, but certainly not least, feature of reader's work in this post goes to DawnMLC, of Anime Stitching and a Deviant Art page, who has stitched three cool versions of some of this blog's Phantasy Star II style patterns, featuring Marge Simpson, Lois Griffin, and Scarlett, the girl from Farm Frenzy! (I feel like there's quite a drop off in the fame of the characters towards the end of that list, and certainly a drop in the amount of dialogue spoken by each of them, but it is of no importance in the land of crafts.) This might sound minor, but when Dawn stitched Lois, she said that some of the colors in my original chart were a little off, so she changed the hair color to DMC 3853 and the pants color to a thread number I'd forgotten to ask about, in case any of you want to stitch her yourself. At any rate, though, here is Dawn's stitching, with bigger versions of each photo available for viewing at her previously linked Deviant Art page!

Before I go, I want to say thank you to all of you guys that showed off your finished work in the first place! It was really cool to see all of these patterns put to use, eight of them in total, and all of these finished works are really well done, nifty, and unique! I have a bunch of requests for more cast members of Final Fantasy VII, so I need to get to work on those so I can post them tomorrow or Tuesday. In my last move of the night as the writer of this blog, however, I am posting a photo of one of my own stitched versions of a pattern from this blog! The pattern, which features Shermie from the King of Fighters games chatting on her cell phone, is over a year old, so it's way back in the Dork Stitch archives, but I wanted to use some Neo Geo Pocket Color style sprites for needlepointing, so Shermie seemed to be suitable for the project at hand! Plus, it was fun to stitch, which never hurts matters.
With that out of the way, I am now really done posting for the night, though I will be back and posting again very soon! If you have any pattern requests or have made your own version of a pattern from this blog, let me know and matters shall be addressed posthaste. Otherwise, I hope that your week is off to an excellent start and this week, the weather holds up better for everyone involved!