Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Fighting Game Style Cross Stitch Pattern of a Clannad Girl, With a Bonus Vocaloid!

Hello! I know that I just posted here yesterday, but I figured that since I'd made more progress on the set of Clannad cross stitch patterns and found a special bonus pattern to post, I might as well write again today! I was going to post a standard portrait pattern for Kotomi, since I started rather unsuccessfully working on her on Sunday, with a new Baccano pattern and several games of Super Collapse being what I made the most progress on that afternoon. She's about half done, though, so it shouldn't be too long before her pattern pops up. For today, though, I have a pattern of Tomoyo that I was really excited about making, even though it doesn't at all match what I did for Nagisa and Fuko.

When I found out that Tomoyo was a character that fights a lot, it seemed to me like the perfect opportunity to make a pattern for her in the style of a sprite from a Neo Geo fighting game. To be fair, I'm not sure that anything is actually the perfect opportunity to do such a project, but it seemed like fun, so, last night, I sat down and worked on it until I was ready to pass out at the computer desk. I think that I got it looking fairly accurate, since I got it down to a proper size (110 pixels tall), the right amount of colors (15, with the last spot reserved for transparent pixels in games), and, with the help of some sprites from real Neo Geo games, got some sort of approximation of the style I was going for. It was a lot of fun to work on this pattern, and, since I like stitching fighting game sprites, I'm hoping that it'll be fun to make, too. There's not as much room to alter the colors as there is in most of my patterns, but one of the things that I like about this style is how much detail can be shoved into a pattern with a relatively small number of colors by reusing them in different areas. I actually considered doing a Player 2 type of color edit for her, but since I haven't lost my mind quite that much yet, please enjoy this Neo Geo style pattern of Tomoyo, looking quite snappy in her default color scheme!
Now that Tomoyo is posted, I do have, as promised earlier in this post, a special bonus pattern which a few of you may have seen before over at 1337xstitch. It's the first pattern that I made to look like a Neo Geo fighting game sprite, featuring the Vocaloid Miku Hatsune, and, even though it was a collaboration with the mysterious ACL, who did a preliminary simplification of the image that had been requested, I still really enjoyed making the pattern, which, on my part, basically involved consolidating the colors and touching up some pixels, to get it down to 16 colors, and it was just as fun to cross stitch. Since I thought back to it quite a bit while working on Tomoyo's pattern, I figured that I might as well post it here today. Since the pattern's editable file is lost on a completely non-functioning PC's hard drive, the format I'm going to post it in is a bit odd, but hopefully, it's still completely functional.
Here is an image of what the project looks like when completed, as stitched by me, with more explanation of what I did and a link to the lettering's chart available on my Deviant Art page.
Here is the cross stitch chart itself, which looks a bit daunting here, but prints up on one sheet of paper quite nicely! If you click on this (or the key), it'll take you to a full sized version of them for more convenience.
Last, but perhaps most importantly, is the pattern's key, so that you actually know what colors are involved in this pattern! It has a bit of information about the pattern on it, too, but if you read this blog regularly, you know how much I love typing for paragraphs on end, so that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

Anyway, I've gotten two fairly large patterns posted today, which is more than I usually do, so I'm not distressed about the outcome of this afternoon. I'm still working on all of the pattern requests I've gotten lately, so I should be back and posting again with at least one of them pretty soon. Until then, however, if you have any requests or finished versions of this blog's patterns in the craft of your choosing, let me know and I'll do my best to address the new information I've received right here on this blog!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pokemon Monday #2: Gothorita and Bianca

Hello! Last Monday, when I first decided to institute Pokemon Mondays here at Dork Stitch, I had been somehow convinced that every comment on the post would be something along the lines of, "Oh, come on! We don't care if you run a Pokemon League on Monday nights! Go play your dumb card game and get this rubbish off of our screens!" However, considering that all of you watching this blog have managed to not only put up with it, but be polite about the whole thing when I decide to completely ignore what people like and/or care about and post cross stitch patterns of characters from obscure Neo Geo games,I shouldn't have been worried about the reception to posting Pokemon cross stitch patterns. Because of this, I'm back for a second Pokemon Monday, with two new patterns and a piece of finished work from a reader that actually has nothing to do with Pokemon!

Just like last week, I have a big, somewhat fancy pattern of a Pokemon and a Phantasy Star II style sprite pattern of one of the trainers. Thanks to an anonymous commenter, who has in all likelihood saved you guys from a pattern of a tiny grass Pokemon, today I have a pattern of Gothorita, and thanks to my having already made the pattern, today's trainer is Bianca, one of the rivals from Black/White. Both of the patterns were pretty fun to make, and I'd actually like to stitch them both at some point, but I hope you guys like them, too! If any of you have any Pokemon or trainers you'd like to see next Monday, or on any Monday in the future, just leave a comment about it and I'll see what I can do. Until then, here are some cross stitch patterns for Gothorita and Bianca!
Since the patterns portion of this post is done with, it's time to turn our attention towards some spiffy and creative stitching from Dork Stitch reader Kamryn, who's going through the Clannad patterns like nobody's business! (Speaking of those, I started a new one yesterday, so it ought to be up later this week!) Her new, and excellently stitched work is based on the dango pattern from a few weeks back, which she not only cross stitched, but also turned into a cute light switch cover! Though the project is certainly a testament to the power of clear nail polish, which she used to prevent unraveling threads and fabric, and customizable light switch plates, it's also a really cool idea and an interesting and fun way to display finished stitching. I haven't seen stitching used this way before, but I think that it looks really cute.
Even though I'm caffeinated enough that I could sit here and type for several more hours, I'm actually out of things to say in regards to this blog for the moment, so I'd better go before I've posted an entire paragraph on the jigsaw puzzles stacked up on top of my scanner or something like that. I should be back with new patterns sometime relatively soon, though, so until then, good luck with all of your crafting and have a good day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Pattern of Monkey D. Luffy, Ready For Some Cross Stitching

Hello! I haven't done a nighttime post here in quite a while, but after I made the pattern for today this afternoon, I felt like my ability to form complete sentences had somehow vanished into the ether, so it seemed like my best option was to wait. Today, however, I've actually filled a cross stitch pattern request rather than doing something weird like usual, featuring Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece! I'd originally intended to have it done late last week, but I ended up getting distracted and doing the new Final Fantasy VIII patterns and Pokemon Monday instead. (By the way, I got a request to do Gothorita for the next Pokemon Monday, thanks to an anonymous commenter, and am quite excited about making a pattern for her!) Hopefully, though, those weren't a waste of time, and I hope Luffy is up to par, too.

I haven't seen One Piece in a really long time, not since I watched one of the movies a few years ago, so I was actually pretty excited to work on the pattern of Luffy. I wasn't sure what to do or what was expected, so if you guys want a sprite pattern of him, let me know and I'll make one of those, too. For today, though, I decided to make a portrait of him looking really cheerful and enthusiastic, since that seemed appropriate for the character. It was really fun to make, since it was almost like charting something based on a coloring book, and I think it turned out fairly well, too. It's a bit larger than the Clannad and Baccano patterns, but since Luffy's character design is relatively simple, it shouldn't take much longer to stitch than those do. There's a bit of backstitching on this, too, but nothing too fancy, so it shouldn't cause too much trouble! Before I go on too long, though, here is the pattern!
Though I'm pretty pleased with how this pattern came out, there are a couple of other options for stitching Luffy available online, both in a petite and chibi form, from Anime Stitching's Dawn, which can be found on her website, here, and in an ambitious and detailed form, from the formerly prolific LittleMojo, hosted on 1337xstitch. I've seen both of them stitched before, and they look really cool, so they're definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a nice One Piece pattern.

I'm sort of sleepy right now, and I of want to go watch an episode of Robotech before bed, so I'm done blogging for now! I hope to be back soon with more patterns, though, so until then, I hope all of you are doing well and get through the weekend safely, specifically in regards to readers on the eastern coast of the US, though I do hope for everyone else reading's safety, too.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pokemon Cross Stitch Patterns Monday, Featuring Munna and Erika

Hello! I've been posting a lot lately, though I'm sure that's not really a problem, as far as posting patterns and photos goes, and I hope to keep posting a lot of new stuff as this blog keeps going. This afternoon, however, I was doing some clerical stuff for the chapter of the Pokemon TCG/video game league I've been running, and it seemed to me like it would be fun to, as long as I'm doing a lot of other Pokemon stuff on Mondays, use the day of the week for Pokemon themed posts here at Dork Stitch! I know a lot of people like to cross stitch Pokemon, so it's not like I'm having a weekly Neo Geo Battle Coliseum cross stitch patterns day every week (though that would be really fun for me), and I like making the patterns, too, so it's not really a problem for me. I don't really think there's that much about Pokemon Mondays to explain, though, so I guess I'll just get on with posting some patterns!

It seems like, as far as doing a balanced post goes, it would be best to post a cross stitch pattern of a Pokemon and one of a Pokemon trainer, so for today, I have a big pattern of Munna, ideal for needlepoint, and a sprite pattern of gym leader Erika. I picked Munna for today's Pokemon mostly because I think it's cute, though I know that my sister despises it. I've thought that having a pink Pokemon with a floral pattern was a good idea ever since it was mentioned in the first set of games, though, and having it be round and float through the air doesn't hurt its image, either. About as much thought went into my picking Erika as today's trainer. The biggest appeal for me in Erika's pattern was that I already had it done, since I'd really wanted to do a sprite pattern with a kimono a while ago but didn't really have a reason to post it. I do like grass Pokemon, though, so she's one of my preferred gym leaders, making her a natural choice for this blog's patterns.
Since this is the first Dork Stitch Pokemon Monday, these patterns are all I have for now, so I guess I'll go and do something else now. If there are any Pokemon or trainers you'd like to see in the coming weeks, though, let me know in the comments! Hopefully, I'll be posting again pretty soon with some non-Pokemon pattern requests and whatever other stuff I come up with.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The End of International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

Hello! Just as I threatened yesterday, tonight I'm posting a wrap-up of my stitching and participation in Joyze of Random Ramblings' International Hermit and Stitch Weekend! If I were a smart or practical stitcher, I would have used this weekend to try my best to make a lot of progress on one of the many stitching projects that I'm currently trying to complete. However, I really, really wanted to stitch something fluffy and cute, so I decided to dig through the patterns I'd made and stitch a Vocaloid instead. I chose a pattern of Meiko, based on the Vocaloid event that happened at TinierMe a while ago (and wasn't at all as threatening or earth shattering as I just made it sound) that I'd made for this blog at least a few months ago because it required a lot of backstitching and that seemed like it would be fun. I actually don't have too much to say about this, so I guess I'll just post the photo and finish the post. This lovely Meiko was stitched on 14-count Aida cloth with all sorts of embroidery floss brands over the course of one weekend!
Now that my stitching for the weekend is posted, I suppose I'm done for now, though I'll be back rather soon with a variety of new patterns! As always, if you have any pattern requests or have finished any of the patterns previously posted here, let me know, and I'll do my best to waste webspace based on the information you give me. Until then, however, I hope your week gets started with a complete lack of disastrous incidents!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Two New Final Fantasy VIII Sprite Patterns, Completing the Main Party!

Hello! It's been a few days since I last posted here, so I probably should have shown up with more to show for my non-posting days than two new sprite patterns. There are a lot of requests that I still plan to fill, including some new requests for Link and Monkey D. Luffy, more Clannad portrait patterns, and more sprite patterns for He-Man and She-Ra. This afternoon, however, I made a bit of new progress on the set of Final Fantasy VIII patterns, so I figured that I'd post those if I had them finished and ready to go anyway. Today's two new patterns in the set feature Zell and Quistis, and I'm actually pretty happy with how both of them came out, even if my mind was momentarily boggled by the prospect of pixelling Zell's bizarre outfit. Now that these two are done, though, the game's entire main party is all charted up and ready to cross stitch! I got Rinoa and Squall posted earlier this month, and had Irvine and Selphie done months ago, with all of those patterns easily found under the magical Final Fantasy VIII tag on this blog's sidebar. In order to find the patterns for Zell and Quistis, however, all you have to do is look directly below this text block!

Even though this completes the main party from Final Fantasy VIII, I still plan to do several more sprite patterns for the game, with the list of characters I'd like to make being so long that it would look sort of ridiculous here. Hopefully, they'll work out well as cross stitch patterns, though, and it won't be too long before they get posted!

Since today's patterns are posted, it's time to move on to featuring some finished work based on this blog's patterns, starting with some new cross stitches from Tama! Not too long ago, she'd said she was out of my sprite patterns to stitch, which ultimately led to the revitalization of the Final Fantasy VIII sprite patterns set. Possibly because of this, one of her new stitched sprites features Squall, which, I have to say, looks much better than I expected it to when stitched, especially with Tama's usual nice stitching as the basis for the finished product. However, Squall has made an unexpected, and perhaps under-dressed friend in the form of He-Man, who looks very spiffy next to his jacketed companion, maybe because both of them use quite a few belts in their outfits. It's probably best if you disregard my expert commentary and just enjoy Tama's nifty stitching, though! Full versions of these photos can be seen at her previously linked blog, but here is a smaller image of her work.
In a development that is somewhat unexpected, I too have finished one of the patterns I posted here, having needlepointed the dango from Clannad. I actually made the pattern for my own purposes, since I like needlepointing blobby and cute stuff, with it being mere coincidence that it actually fit into one of the sets I've been working on posting. Regardless of why I made the pattern or what set it belongs to, though, I enjoyed switching every color in my design, deciding not to use it for an actual cross stitch project, and then needlepointing it with craft thread on plastic canvas so that it can eventually be pinned to my wall. A bigger version of this image and additional comments can be seen on my Deviant Art page, but you won't really miss much detail if you just look at it here.
Seeing as my current inability to throw together a sentence has made this blog post take much longer to write than it normally would, I no longer want to continue writing it. The fact that I'm out of new content today is a factor, too, but since the first excuse sounds more dramatic, I think that'll be my official line for today. Tomorrow or Monday, however, I'm going to post the results of my taking part in Joyze's International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, and it won't be too long after that when I post some more spiffy new cross stitch patterns! Until then, however, I hope you're all having good weekends that are just as productive (or unproductive) as you'd like them to be!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Baccano Pattern Set Continues and a Reader Stitches Something Very Quickly

Hello! I am not very focused today, so I actually first considered making the post that you're currently reading about an hour and fifteen minutes ago. However, a combination of job applications, online games, and the fact that Head is currently showing on Antenna TV (though it'll likely be over before I'm done posting here) have conspired to make me get this done really, really slowly. Now that I'm actually typing, however, I think that I should be able to get today's new pattern and impressive piece of reader work posted in a decent amount of time!

As the title for today's post has probably rightly led you to believe, the Dork Stitch cross stitch pattern for the post features a cast member of Baccano, though I'm not sure that this pattern set is going to stay in my current project rotation. I've been working on quite a few patterns based on the character portraits in the opening credits, so that I can stitch a three by three grid of the characters at a 50 by 50 stitch size, which means that I do have plenty of them to post and don't plan on shielding them all from the world for any reason. Because all of them have been reduced from a television screen's resolution to 50 by 50 stitches, however, it's been a little difficult to get them as nice as I'd like them to be, meaning that as I work on stitching them, I'm making corrections to the patterns so that they look better when I post them here. That means that they'll pop up more slowly than the set of Clannad patterns, which I'm fairly confident about, and the sprite patterns, which don't have as much detail that can get screwed up. Of course, seeing as I'm not sure anyone cares about these patterns, this may all be an unnecessary block of text, but I figured that I might as well type it anyway.

Anyway, even though I have a pile of Baccano patterns charted up and, for all intents and purposes, ready to go, the only one that I've had a chance to stitch most of is Firo, so he gets to be featured today. I do have to say that it got stitched first because it's my favorite of the set so far, since the whole hat-tipping thing seems rather spiffy. From what I've done of this, however, I can also say that he's pretty easy to stitch, with the outline somehow working in a way that guaranteed I didn't make many counting mistakes (which I do often), and he goes pretty quickly, too. If you want to adjust the monochrome, which is green here, it should be pretty easy to do, so there's also plenty of room for customization. Before I've gone on about this lovely cross stitch pattern for too much longer, though, here is Firo's chart, all ready for whatever craft you prefer!
Since today's pattern is posted and ready to go, it's time to feature some reader stitching, brought to us today by Kamryn! If you remember the last time I posted Baccano patterns, which I think was a couple of weeks ago, her WIP photo of Nagisa, from Clannad, was featured towards the end of that post, looking very spiffy and tidy. A few days ago, however, she e-mailed me a photo of her finished version of Nagisa, and it looks excellent! The stitching is near perfect, and I'm still impressed by how quickly she was finished. Regardless of all of my chatter about it, though, here is a photo of Kamryn's Nagisa, looking quite nifty and well made.

Since I've posted a new pattern and a photo of some finished work, the general order of posts on this blog now mandates that I've completed this post! I should be back with more content and some less disjointed writing soon, though, featuring more sprite patterns in the Final Fantasy VIII and He-Man sets. Until then, I hope you have good luck with your crafting and a generally okay week!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Third Cross Stitch Pattern in the Clannad Set Appears Today

Hello! In starting my post for today, I don't really feel like I have too much to explain before I get going, especially since I pretty much just said what was going to be here in the post's title. It isn't by any means the worst thing that's ever happened, but really, if I'd just been a little more creative when coming up for a title, you guys would be getting a much more interesting and informative introductory paragraph than you are right now. This, however, is all I can do for you right now, so I suppose I just ought to quit typing and get on with the post.

As you already may have guessed, today's cross stitch pattern here at Dork Stitch features another character from Clannad, following the recent patterns of Nagisa and the dango mascots. I don't know as much about the anime as I ought to, considering that I'm doing patterns for the entire cast, so they're not in any particular order. Today, however, the featured cast member is Fuko, since I thought she seemed charming and delightful. The pattern is a bit different from Nagisa's, which I hope can keep things interesting for any of you who've decided to stitch more than one of these patterns. Before I could visit my archives and look at things, though, I'd been a little worried that Fuko's pattern would look way to similar to one of the ones I'd made of Miyuki, from Lucky Star. Once I had a chance to look at both of them together, I felt a little better, since the two patterns certainly aren't identical, but they are similar enough that I think stitching them together could look sort of cute. Regardless of the older Lucky Star pattern, however, here is Clannad's Fuko, all charted up out and ready to be crafted! She should be fairly easy to make, since the only really detailed part of the pattern is her blush, which I tried using a little dithering on to get a lighter than normal effect, and it's not a terribly large pattern, either.
Since Fuko is now posted, and I don't have any other new content for today, I suppose it's time for me to leave this blog and find something else to do! Like always, if you've got any requests or finished work to show off, let me know, and I'll get back to you about it fairly quickly. I'm hoping to post here again pretty soon, probably with some new patterns in my Baccano set, but until then, I hope you are all doing well and having decent enough luck with whatever craft projects you may be trying to complete.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Filling Some Cross Stitch Sprite Pattern Requests and Featuring Some Reader Work!

Hello! I feel like I've been on the computer for a really long time, and I've got a lot of stuff to post today, too, so this post will probably be a little heavier on images than it will be on text. Still, as I'm not really sure that's a problem, I think I'll just go on with today's blogging without trying to do too much to remedy that issue.

Lately, I've been doing a lot of portrait style cross stitch patterns of anime characters, which I really like working on, both for pattern making and stitching. It gets sort of boring to do too much of one thing all in a row, though, so I was pretty happy that, within the last week, I got some requests for new sets of sprite patterns! Since the two sets are going to feature the cast of Final Fantasy VIII, which I got a small start on in December, and characters from He-Man and She-Ra, I'm not sure they'll make for terribly coherent blogging, but they have made for fun pattern making. For today, I have two patterns from each set to post, featuring the titular characters from He-Man and She-Ra as well as Squall and Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII, making it a bad day for supporting cast members on both fronts. I'm pretty happy with how these patterns ended up looking, though, particularly in the case of She-Ra. With a bit of gold embroidery floss, I'm pretty sure she could work out to be the most awesome sprite pattern ever. Regardless of my opinion on these cross stitch charts, however, here are all four of them for your viewing, stitching, beading, or general crafting pleasure!

With all of those patterns posted and ready to make, it's time for this blog post to turn towards featuring some reader work, starting with the prolific Tama, who's made two more of this blog's Final Fantasy themed sprite patterns! Her stitching is very nicely done, just like always, and on today's subjects, Selphie and Tifa, the colors look really bright and impressive. If you want to see the full sized image of Tama's work, check out her blog, Stitching Daze, but here is a smaller picture of her work!
The next reader work feature for today comes courtesy of Tazzy, who used some of the patterns from this blog to make spiffy bookmarks. She stitched a few Final Fantasy VII sprites, featuring Cloud, Sephiroth, and Genesis, with some delicate and lacy flair lent to them by the bookmarks themselves and some very nice color choices for all of their eyes. I've been told that Sephiroth even has some blended floss in his eyes by a very reliable source, which is quite fancy indeed. (That reliable source, by the way, was the artist, so I think she ought to be trusted.) Tazzy also did a really cool version of the pattern of Sebastian from Black Butler that I posted a while ago, making for a very classy and butler-y bookmark! All of her pieces that I've been going on about can be seen in the photo directly below this block of text!
The last, but not least, of the reader work features for today comes from Deviant Art's NintenDani, who used one of this blog's Pikachu patterns to decorate a tidy and nice sewn pouch! I really hate working with yellow floss in large quantities, so I have to say that I'm envious of both how clean all of the yellow stitches look, and her focus, as she says the cross stitching portion of this project only took her four hours. At any rate, though, both her cross stitching and her pouch look excellent, and can be seen in all their glory in her Deviant Art gallery! For the purpose of this blog post, however, please enjoy this smaller version of the photo.
After all of those patterns and features, I think I may actually be done with today's post, which was fun to write, but seemed to take about a year to get through. I was really happy to have so much content for today, though, and hope to be posting again rather soon! For the next few posts, I think I'll still be working on patterns from my current projects, which are portrait style cross stitch patterns of characters from Clannad (with Fuko probably coming next) and Baccano (with Jacuzzi likely being the next pattern) alongside the two sets of sprite patterns I started working on today. It's pretty likely that I'll get distracted and make something that has nothing to do with any of that at some point in the near future, though, so you guys also have that to look forward to. If any of you have any pattern requests or finished work you'd like shown off, let me know, but for now, I'm getting off of this blog post and continuing with my day!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hannah and Kamryn Pick Up Needles and Begin to Stitch With Vigor

At the first post of a new set of cross stitch patterns, which are sure to haunt this blog for many days to come, is it important to try and determine who the main character of such a post would be? Perhaps it's the patterns themselves, today featuring Issac and Miria from Baccano. They each measure 75 stitches high, making them well matched, and their relatively low color count means that stitching them wouldn't be such a chore, either. Besides that, everyone knows that a cross stitch patterns blog is often visited for the patterns, making them at least look like the stars of the show. Go ahead, look at them and see what you think.

If you take a look at these, though, you'll see that they're just cross stitch patterns. They might look nice, sure, but can they really move the story along? If you go a little deeper, it might be easier to say that the main character is Hannah, who asked for these patterns in the first place and even went so far as to consider leaving the message "moar baccano patterns plz" on the Dork Stitch Facebook page's wall. She's even started to stitch one of these patterns, with her progress on Issac visible below, meaning that her work done before the rest of the world even got to see them put her at the forefront of activity related to this blog post.
If you go another layer deeper, however, maybe it has to be said that Kamryn is the main character of this post. After all, her request for Clannad patterns set this recent rash of portrait style cross stitch patterns into motion. Her work on Nagisa, pictured below, is at least as notable as Hannah's on Issac, and if she's the root of today's patterns, it's not unreasonable to argue her importance.
All of this talk about main characters and posting about WIPs is probably a little silly, though, so I'll let all of you get back to your important lives. I should pop up again soon, with some new patterns and more chatter, but until then, I hope you're having a diverting day.