Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dork Stitch's 3rd Annual Heal Slime Day!

Hello, everyone! Despite the fact that I'm probably far more excited about this than the vast majority of the world is, today I'm pleased to bring you Dork Stitch's 3rd Annual Heal Slime Day! It is sort of a "Wow, this blog's made it for over two years? I thought I'd be sick of it and abandon the whole thing after two weeks, so that's pretty cool!" post, and, to be fair, I am pretty excited about that. According to last year's Heal Slime Day post, on this date 12 months ago, I had 34 followers rather than 121 (though I think I'm accidentally watching my own blog somehow), and I know my amount of posts, patterns, and finished work from readers has also increased exponentially, all of which I'm really excited about. I really appreciate that all of you have taken the time to visit this blog and read all of this nonsense, and hope to be around to flood the internet with more weird cross stitch patterns and borderline gibberish for much longer! Really, though, today is dedicated to Dragon Quest's Heal Slime, so here is this post's real content!

This tradition started the July 3rd before last, when I got bored and was flipping through a strategy guide for the Game Boy version of Dragon Warrior, leading me to decide to make a cross stitch pattern of a Heal Slime (or Healslime, according to Google, though I prefer the two word version). When I titled the post "July 3rd is Dork Stitch Heal Slime Day for 2009," however, it went from being just a standard blog day to the beginning of a long standing appointment post here on this blog. Heal Slime Day is as important to Dork Stitch as language itself, even if it could easily be argued that while this blog could exist without the former, it would be a bit difficult getting anything done here without the latter. Still, I have some nifty content to post in honor of Heal Slime, and hope you all enjoy it!

First of all, I would like to share some thoughts regarding Heal Slime from two prominent Deviant Artists, as I feel that you've already gathered that I feel rather positively towards the monster, unless I am playing Dragon Quest and it's standing, just out of reach, behind a line of stronger, more intimidating monsters and is healing them when I would like very much to knock them over and steal all of their experience points.

From Suzuri Heinz, an artist who is awesome at making cute Perler pieces at an incredible rate and knows much more about Dragon Quest than I do- you can find her on Deviant Art at, or on her blog, Into The Traveler's Gate, both of which I strongly recommend:
"Heal Slime day... hmm. Well, in Japan, you can find little signs to hang on your car's windows that say "Baby on Board" with a Heal Slime on it. There are other slimes on different signs, but this one always catches my attention since I'm a mommy myself. Heal Slimes tend to be the kinder, gentler slimes, and they seem to be represented in a very motherly fashion. In battle, they always put the other monsters before themselves, unless they are the only ones present. They're helpful, like in DQ8's casino where one runs the powerball-like game or with Ragnar McRyan's best friend Healie, and I find the depiction of a heal slime as the protector of a baby to be accurate given what Heal slimes are most known for."

From Hannah, my sister who thinks Heal Slime Day is stupid and said this while watching me make today's pattern over my shoulder, though she also has a cool Deviant Art page here with neat paintings and such:
"Why are you doing this? No one even likes Heal Slime. They just say they do to make him feel better."

With those two divergent views on Heal Slime having been fairly represented, I feel that it's time to wrap today's post up with the annual Heal Slime themed cross stitch pattern, which is a bit fancier than it has been in years past! Rather than just doing a chart based on a drawing or a sprite, this year I used the Heal Slime sprite from Dragon Warrior Monsters for the Game Boy to recreate Andy Warhol's famous four panel Marilyn Monroe portrait. It is frivolous, ridiculous, and probably takes too many colors for a project in a 28 by 28 grid, but it was fun to make, and I hope it will also be fun to stitch or bead or use for whatever type of project you prefer!
With all of that posted, we've come to the end of this year's Heal Slime Day, but I should have a normal post ready to go quite soon, featuring some sprite pattern requests that I got through the Dork Stitch Facebook page. Until then, though, I hope that all of my readers in America have a good Fourth of July, that all of my readers in Canada had a good Canada Day, and that all of my readers in other countries where I am not sure about national events still have a very good next few days!


  1. Happy Heal Slime Day!!

    I follow your blog and this day is special.

  2. I enjoyed reading this post FAR too much.
    That pattern is very, very cute!