Monday, September 26, 2011

Pokemon Monday #6: Requested Patterns of Four Trainers

Hello! It's Monday, so that means it's time for a new Pokemon themed post here at Dork Stitch, but this week, I don't have any new cross stitch patterns of actual Pokemon! I do, however, have a whole pile of requested patterns of Pokemon trainers from comments here and the blog's Facebook page, which I had a lot of fun making and am very happy with. (In a sidenote to Anonymous, I haven't forgotten the other thing you mentioned in last week's comment, but I am saving it for a themed post in the near future.)

The four trainers for today's post are Cilan, Iris, May, and Melody, from Pokemon the Movie 2000, and it was fairly nifty to make patterns for all of them. In order to add a bit of variety to today's post, I did make Cilan as a portrait pattern rather than the usual sprite, since he was the only one where a sprite pattern wasn't specifically requested, but I do plan to make a sprite pattern of him and a portrait pattern of Iris soon, so that post should look strangely familiar when it comes. (I have at least one portrait pattern of May in this blog's archives, if you're interested in stitching a larger image of her, too.) It was especially nice to make the smaller patterns of May and Iris, since that means that there's now a full set of Ash's female traveling companions posted here and ready to stitch, but it was fun to make one for Melody, too, so really, I had no problem at all with making the patterns in this post. To stop myself from typing an endless stream of nonsense, though, I'll start off with posting today's pattern, starting with the portrait of Cilan! The colors in the new season of Pokemon are really simplistic, without much shading or detail, so he should be very quick and easy to stitch.
Now that Cilan's posted, here are the three sprite patterns for today, featuring Iris, May, and Melody!

I have to say that, now that these patterns are posted, I'm sort of out of content for today, so I suppose that it's time to log off of here and print up these patterns to make for myself! I've been on a bit of a kick as far as stitching these sprite patterns goes, so I'm hoping to eventually get all three of them done. It shouldn't be more than a couple of days until I post here again, but until then, thank you for reading and have a nice week!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees- You Can Cross Stitch Them and Make it Look Like They're Monkeying Around

Hello! Over the past week, I have not done as much blogging here as I would have liked to, mostly due in part to the fact that on the day when I intended to make more progress on the Clannad patterns set, I ended up making tiny patterns of characters from other anime and then not actually posting them. It was fun, but in terms of blogging, it wasn't exactly productive, so I'll have to try harder for next week. Today, however, I did a set of sprite patterns featuring the members of the Monkees, since I know all of you out there and reading this were dying to stitch some 60s sitcom/music projects (for me, it's actually won't be the first), so I decided to go ahead and post it.

Originally, I was going to make this set of patterns for my sister's birthday, but after some discussion, she decided that she wanted Isaac and Miria from Baccano (the patterns for which you'll probably see here eventually), Celty from Durarara, and then Mike Nesmith instead, which has, so far, been fun to work on. When I sat down today to make the pattern of Mike Nesmith, though, it seemed like it would be depressing to make a sprite pattern of him without the other three Monkees, no matter how similar to reality such a thing would be. With that in mind, I dug around Google image search until I found a photo of them in their red shirts and jeans, since that seemed representative of them, and got to sprite editing. It took a while to get them to look how I wanted them to, especially with Peter and Davy, but I think that, in the end, it turned out to be okay. You can decide for yourself, though, by looking at today's pattern. From left to right, the members are Peter, Mike, Davy, and Mickey, but I feel like if you've kept reading this for so long, you may have known that without my saying so.

With that posted, I don't have much more to say for today, though I hope that you guys do like the pattern! It was fun to make sprite patterns for real people, especially since it took a bit more effort to make them look right. Other than that, though, I should be back and posting again with a new Pokemon Monday on, oddly enough, Monday, and more nice posts throughout the week. I'm also considering doing another sprite patterns December, if people are interested in that, though that's pretty far off at this point. For now, I am going to get off of Blogger, but I hope that you guys have nice weekends and do well with your crafting stuff!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pokemon Monday #5: Nurse Joy's Audino and a Sabrina Sprite

Hello! First of all, I want to thank all the people who commented on my last post, since it was very nice of all of you, and I can't wait to look at all of your IHSW posts tomorrow, too. It's always really fun, but I spent today subbing for a junior high science class, which was quite a bit more difficult than a lot of substitute teaching I've done, so because of that, I'm doing this post quickly, getting offline, and heading out to the living room to watch Robotech until I'm ready to pass out. I don't at all want to miss a Pokemon Monday post, though, so I'm all ready to post two new cross stitch patterns for you guys, even though I'd be lying if I said I didn't plan to stitch these myself.

Just like the last few Pokemon Mondays have been, tonight I have a big pattern of a Pokemon and a small sprite pattern of a trainer, though some week, I'll have two big patterns, since there are a few trainers in particular I've been wanting to make. For tonight, though, there's nothing really out of the ordinary. The bigger pattern is a bit different from normal, since it's basically a portrait pattern of a Pokemon, but I was so fond of a screenshot I found of Nurse Joy's Audino that it seemed more fun to make a cross stitch pattern like that than a full body one, like the Gothorita and Swablu I posted. In terms of today's trainer, though, I decided to use a slightly more old fashioned character, so I have a sprite pattern for you of the first gen gym leader, Sabrina! For that, I ended up combining a few of her different character designs, so it's not exactly like any of them, but I think it looks enough like her, and it was fun to make, too. Before I've gone on for too long about either of these, though, I'll just post them so that you guys can print them and use them for crafts if you'd like!
Now that I've posted these patterns, I'm done blogging for tonight, since I don't think that anything I've said has made any sense at all. I'm hoping to post again very soon, though, with some more filled requests and other odd patterns, so hopefully, I'll be more coherent at that point. Also, if there are any Pokemon or trainers you'd like to see cross stitch patterns of in future Pokemon Monday posts, let me know, and I'll do my best to make something cool! Until then, have a nice week and have fun with whatever crafts you might be doing!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IHSW September, Featuring a Lot of Sprites From My Own Patterns

Hello! It's the end of the third weekend of another month, so it's time to post the stuff I stitched during another International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, as hosted by Joyze at Random Ramblings! I didn't do very well with the hermit part of it, since I was gone most of Saturday, but I feel like I did pretty well with the stitching part of things, or at least better than I expected to do. Earlier in the week, I'd just finished one of my big projects, so for the weekend, I decided to just stitch things based on the sprite patterns that I always bombard you guys with on this blog. I was feeling very positive about them, for reasons that you'll see at the end of this post, so it was easy to get through a pile of them, so I'll go ahead and show you the first four for this blog post now!
These may have been rather odd choices for a set of cross stitches, since they don't really go together at all, but, from left to right, the characters stitched here are Renge from Ouran High School Host Club, Adell from Disgaea 2, Maya from Dragon Quest IV, and Regina from Dino Crisis. Renge and Adell are relatively recent patterns, which I think shows in the level of detail I fit in compared to the other two, while Maya and Regina's sprites are from last December. I'm pretty happy with all of them, though, and managed to stitch all of them starting early Saturday evening and finishing before ten tonight. Plus, any time that I get to stitch a character who runs around shooting velociraptors while I watch the Emmy awards is fine with me. (Regina's pattern isn't posted, but if you also like Dino Crisis and want to stitch her, let me know, and I'll get it posted for you!)

The fifth sprite that I have to post for today doesn't really fit under the IHSW banner, since I did the outline on Thursday and filled her in on Friday, but I also stitched my very recent pattern of Celty from Durarara for my sister, so I figured that I might as well post that, too! The dark gray glitter floss that I used for her leather outfit may have been a bit much, but the final product looks cool, so I'm not sure I care. The motorcycle helmet was kind of cool, too, since it pretty clearly differentiates her from the other sprite patterns.
All five of these were stitched onto perforated plastic canvas, so, before I go for tonight, I sort of want to show off why that's usually my fabric of choice for projects like this! I've posted photos of my cross stitch standees on here before, which are all made using the plastic, but earlier this week, I got a fairly large amount of ones based on my sprite patterns cut out and set up, so if you ever wanted to see what thirteen of them look like organized like a grade school class photo, here's your chance!
One way or another, I think that I've posted all thirteen of these finishes on here before, so I'll leave a link to my post of this on Deviant Art for people who want to know who all of the characters are, but I always like to see what people do with their stitchings after they're done, so I thought it might be sort of interesting to show off the figurines I make of mine. This is what's going to happen to the ones I posted tonight, so when I get another big set of them done, I'll post another photo like this one!

Now that I'm done writing about all of this weekend's stitching, I'm off to work on the patterns for tomorrow's Pokemon Monday post! I'm going to be substitute teaching for a junior high science class tomorrow, which'll be followed by the Pokemon League session itself, so it'll be a bit of a late post, but hopefully, you guys will like the new patterns! I'm hoping to get some other nice posts done this week, too, but until then, have a nice Monday!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Really Big Cross Stitch Pattern of (Not a Princess) Link

Hello! Even though it's been over a year since I posted it, the monochrome pattern I did of Princess Zelda is one of this blog's most-stitched patterns, so today, after some requests and my decision to finally stop being so slow about the whole thing, I have a matching pattern of Link. In a shocking move, I made the executive decision that, rather than sitting down to draw a fan art of Twilight Princess Link somehow simultaneously shrouded in shadow and surrounded by flames while waving Ganon's head in the air as the basis for today's pattern, I would go the previously-untraveled-by-this-blog cute path and use some of the character art from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures instead. It seemed to me that having a cheerful adventurer type of Link would match Zelda well, even though this was, alarmingly, based on an image of Blue Link. If you're enough of a purist to be bothered by that, though, just stitch him in blue and ignore my suggestion of green entirely.

While making this, I wanted to make sure that it was similar in size to the monochrome Princess Zelda pattern, so even though the width is a bit different, Link and Zelda are the same height, so they'll be suitable for displaying together. I think that they should probably be about the same amount of work to finish, too, which, depending on your patience level in regards to monochrome projects, is either good news or information that ensures you will never stitch it. Either way, though, I think that this pattern came out pretty well, and I hope that you guys like it and enjoy stitching it! Just under a year and a half after the monochrome Zelda cross stitch pattern was posted, here is a matching monochrome Link.
Now that Link is posted and all ready to be crafted by whoever might like to, it's time to feature some reader work, courtesy of Deviant Art's RuinedRhedam! Her lovely piece, featuring stitching based on three of this blog's Final Fantasy VII sprite patterns, features a lot of fancy extra detail, including a game logo that she got from the always spiffy Gatchacaz (whose blog is here and whose website is here) and some nifty looking self-designed lettering. What I found really impressive about this whole project, though, is how symmetrical the whole thing is. She gave Sephiroth a well-designed weapon to match Cloud's, mirroring his sprite's design, and plopped Vincent in the middle, looking unarmed and as if he might think his cross stitched companions are trying a bit too hard to look dangerous. In order to see a full-sized image of this stitching, check out RuinedRhedam's Deviant Art posting of it, but for now, please enjoy this lovely thumbnail!
With today's post typed up and over with, I'm off to do something else for a bit, but I should be back soon to post something in regards to the upcoming International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, hosted by Joyze at Random Ramblings. I'm hoping to have some new patterns soon, too, so that ought to be interesting to post about as well! Until then, I hope you guys have a good day or multiple good days, and always welcome requests and photos of finished versions of this blog's patterns!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pokemon Monday #4: Snivy and Misty's Sisters

Hello! It's another Monday, so it's time for another Pokemon post here at Dork Stitch, and since it's not a holiday, I'm actually getting the post done in a rather timely fashion! Like every week, I have a Pokemon cross stitch pattern and a trainer themed sprite pattern, though things are slightly different for today. A few months ago, I started a set of patterns for the new set of starter Pokemon, featured in Black and White, and even though I intended to get it done in a reasonable amount of time, I posted Oshawott, got a Tepig done a few months later, and then sort of forgot about it. For today's post, however, Snivy had been mentioned in some recent comments, so I figured that I might as well finish off the set. In the likely event that someone wanted to stitch Snivy without bothering with the other two starters, I did my best to make sure that it was a nice standalone pattern, so hopefully, you guys will find it to be an appropriate representation. It should be easy to stitch, too, with only a few colors, and if you don't want it for the set or anything, the background can be left out fairly easily, too. Rather than just type about the Snivy pattern, though, I suppose I'll post it!
With that up and ready to stitch (or whatever your craft may be), I have to admit that today's sprite pattern, featuring Misty's three sisters, has very little to do with the Pokemon pattern at all. If I wanted to stretch it, I guess I could just say that it works because Snivy is green and one of them has a green swimsuit, but really, I just like the old episodes of the Pokemon cartoon and wanted to make some characters from it. This pattern was pretty fun to make, since I don't usually fiddle around with multi-character sprite patterns, but in order to recreate an old Topps trading card I have, I decided to use some of the side view sprites in order to get all three of the sisters lined up properly. I like how it came out pretty well, though, so, with that in mind, here's a sprite pattern of the sisters of Cerulean City for your crafting joy!
Right now, I am inexplicably running out of steam, but before I go, I want to feature a couple of nifty new stitched sprites from The Stitching Reaper. Last week, I wrote about the start of her nifty set of Sailor Moon cross stitches, and the other day, she finished a couple more of them! Her most recent stitched scouts are Sailor Venus and Sailor Pluto, and though I'm sure that I'm quite biased towards this project, I think that they look really well stitched, bright, and cheerful! The images below are just thumbnails, but if you check out her blog, linked above, you can see larger photos of these and a really pretty stitched geisha, too.

In the interest of not getting so frustrated with Blogger that I throw the computer on the floor, I think that I am going to be finished with this post now! As always, requests are very welcome, as are photos of finished work, but for now, I'm off! I hope all of you have a good day, and I should be posting again very soon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cross Stitch Sprite Pattern Dumping Day, With Durarara, Disgaea, Ocarina of Time, and Vocaloid Charts

Hello! The last time that I posted here, I wrote about a ton of work from readers, a lot of which was based on the sprite patterns I've been posting for a little bit under the last year. Since I'm not very focused, this made me want to sit around and make tons of sprite patterns so that I could stitch them later, which is a bit of what I've been doing for the past few days. I haven't stitched any of them yet, since I'm trying to actually finish a larger project that I'm working on, and none of these, save for one that had been mentioned months ago, are requests, but here are five new Phantasy Star II style cross stitch sprite patterns for your crafting enjoyment!

The first pattern up for today is the one that I've been wanting to make for the longest period of time, featuring Vocaloid Kaito. When I first started making these patterns, the Vocaloids were the first thing I'd done, since I'd been seeing them a lot online and their designs looked distinct and fun to stitch. Tons of them got posted on Christmas last year, but because they were my first sprite pattern project, a few of the characters, most notably Kaito, were missing due to my lack of practice and skill. Every once in a while, I'd go back and try to make a nice sprite for him, but I just kept messing up and not getting it quite right. Today, however, I decided that I was sick of screwing around with it and made up my mind that, before I did my post for today, I would have a presentable and cool Kaito pattern. After a longer than usual time spent moving pixels and colors around to get things just right, I think I finally got it! Without any further ado, here is a pattern of Vocaloid Kaito, ready to stitch or bead or whatever you want to do with it.
The next two charts in today's sprite pattern lineup are both of characters from Durarara, which were designed to stitch for my sister's upcoming birthday. She wants a couple of Baccano ones, too, and I imagine that she wants those more, but when I turned the computer on last night, I really wanted to do a sprite pattern of Celty, so these got done first. The pattern of Shizuo is probably the most detailed one I've got for today, both because his hair was complicated and seemed to require backstitching to get even remotely right and because I wanted him to have that vending machine he throws in the opening credits for good measure. In contrast, Celty is tied for the second least complicated of the day, since it looks like the motorcycle helmet should be a little easier to stitch than the standard face is, though I'm not sure why that would be. That makes her pattern pretty different from the others, though, which should make her interesting to stitch. Before I've typed too much about technicalities, though, here are Celty and Shizuo!

The next pattern for today is of Saria, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and I actually don't have much to say about this one. I had a lot of different patterns of Princess Zelda, so I thought I should have one of Saria, too, and she was pretty easy to make. I should have a large and fancy pattern of Link posted soon, but for now, please enjoy this tiny pattern of Saria.
Today's last pattern is probably the least exciting of the five, featuring Adell from Disgaea 2, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out, so I decided to post it anyway! A while ago, I had a pattern of Rozalin posted, and I wanted to make her, but it seemed like it would be more fun to stitch her if I had another sprite pattern to match, so I ended up making Adell. When I first started working on this pattern, I really hated it and thought that it looked really stupid, but as it is now, I think that it actually looks like the character! He's sort of a boring character, as far as Disgaea goes, but it does seem to look like him. Here's the pattern, though, so you can decide for yourself if there's any resemblance to the in-game character design or not.
With those five patterns posted, I'm out of pointless new content for today, but I have a lot of requests to do and some other patterns I'd like to make, too, so it shouldn't be too long before I post again! If you stitch anything based on these patterns or have any requests, I will do my best to address that in good time, but until then, have a good weekend and good luck with all your crafting!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two New Sprite Patterns and a Ton of Work From Readers

Hello! I was working on stuff for this blog this afternoon, but still felt a tiny bit off, like I did while I was posting last night. After a few hours of playing Disgaea 2 and some really good chocolate ice cream, though, I'm ready for a substantial post here at Dork Stitch, with some new He-Man and Sailor Moon sprite patterns and three really cool photos of work done based on previous patterns!

Before I actually post today's patterns, I'd like to address a few request/comments I got, since I'm not sure how to respond to the comments directly. In response to Moje, who commented over the weekend, I do have a cat pattern which I've recently finished test stitching. There are a couple of changes I'd like to make to it, so it won't be up tonight, but it should be posted relatively soon! As for the comment made by Anonymous yesterday, who I think is probably the same one I've heard from on other Pokemon Mondays, I hadn't really meant any small green Pokemon in particular, since I just like grass types, but Snivy is cool, so I'll have one next Monday!

With that all done with, it's time to post today's patterns, which cover two previous requests and feature Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask and He-Man's Teela! I made these this afternoon, and though I sort of had the mindset that they'd both come out looking weird and bad, I ended up being pretty happy with them, so I hope you guys are, too! I don't have much specific to say about either of these, other than that Tuxedo Mask takes a bit more backstitching than normal and that Teela has the same gold floss listed as She-Ra, making her an ideal candidate for more usage of gold floss. Other than that, though, these should be very similar to the other dozens of sprite patterns posted here, so hopefully, they're what you guys were expecting!

With those patterns posted, it's time to move on to some nifty photos of work by Dork Stitch readers, starting with a Perler project from virtual pet enthusiast and writer at Tamagotchi Diaries, Aurons_Girl! I don't feel that I've made any secret of the fact that I very much enjoy watching True Blood, with the upcoming season's finale putting that in the forefront of my mind, so I was thrilled to see her Perlered (if that's even close to a word) rendition of my old pattern of Bill Compton enjoying an old fashioned golf game on his Wii! Her beadwork is very nice, with spot on colors and intensely even ironing, and, even though this isn't part of the piece, I like how it looks against the wood grain, too. If you'd like to see a full sized version of this craft, visit it at Aurons_Girl's flickr page, but here's a slightly smaller version for your viewing enjoyment!
The next featured work for today comes from the sinister sounding, but, as far as I can tell, very cool and polite, Stitching Reaper, who's been cross stitching some Sailor Moon characters based on the sprite patterns from here! I definitely recommend checking out her blog, The Stitching Reaper, if you get the chance, since she's done some really nice Sailor Moon stitching from Alcanurewen's patterns and posted progress shots of several WIPs, too, but for now, here are some spiffy cross stitches of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Neptune, all looking very bright and pretty on 14-count perforated plastic canvas, which makes me want to get some out and stitch a pile of sprites, too. As always, if you want to see the full version of her photo, you have to go to her blog, but here is her work in most of its glory!
Our last featured stitcher for today is Stitching Daze's Tama, who seems to have more focus and energy directed towards stitching in one day than I do in an entire week. If you've ever visited her blog, you'd see that not only does she stitch tons of the sprites from here, but she also has a battalion of very fancy and detailed projects that she puts tons of time and effort into! I'd easily recommend reading it, but for now, I'd like to turn my attention towards the two newest additions to her sprite collection, She-Ra and Rinoa! Both of them as as well stitched as ever, and her work with the gold floss on She-Ra is really excellent, especially considering what a pain metallic floss is to use. The pink border is cute, too, and though it has nothing to do with Tama's stitching, I quite like it. Here are her new stitchings, though, just waiting to be stared at both here and on her blog!
After all of that, I think I've had my fill of blogging for the night, though it probably helps my quitting that I'm out of content for now. While I was writing about the finished projects, though, I got really excited about making and stitching more sprite patterns, so you guys will probably have a few more of those to put up with in the next couple of days. Aside from that, however, I still have plenty of larger requests that I plan to complete, along with whatever I end up getting distracted by and posting about, so I should be posting pretty frequently for the time being! Until I'm here again next, though, I hope all of you are having good weeks and excellent luck with your craft projects!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pokemon Monday #3: Generation Three and a Splash of Blue!

Hello! Even though this is a Pokemon Monday post, I'd like to begin by apologizing for a lack of features today. If you've finished some crafts based on Dork Stitch patterns and I said you'd be featured in this post, you can expect to see your work here tomorrow or on Wednesday! I'm sort of lazy and getting driven up the wall by allergies today, so I get the feeling that, even though I love all of the stuff I've seen and am set to write about, if I did it tonight, I'd go, "Yeah, yeah, whatever, it's nice, isn't it?" even though I think much more than that. Because of that, I've seen fit to move it to the next post, which shouldn't be very far off at all!

As for the actual Pokemon Monday part of this post, which I hope has a title much in the spirit of Pokemon's cartoon, I have, as per the last two weeks, a new cross stitch pattern of a Pokemon and a sprite pattern of a trainer for you, though today's choices might be a bit odd. Today's Pokemon is Swablu, for no reason other than that I think it's cute and puffy looking. The pattern I made for it is a bit different from the last two in that I used a screenshot from the anime as the basis, so that it looked a little less static than it otherwise would have, but I don't think that'll make much of a difference. It's not a terribly large pattern, and the color count is relatively low, so it should be fun and easy to stitch! I'm considering making it myself, to match a Wingull that I put on plastic canvas, but since that's a fairly irrelevant statement, I'll quit typing and just put up Swablu's cross stitch chart!
As for the Pokemon trainer sprite pattern to be included in this post, I actually had quite a bit of trouble choosing a character to use! I'm not going to list who my options were, since that would doubtlessly lead to frustration that I chose the character I did, but after determining that, although she has no clear connection to the Pokemon, Ruby/Sapphire's Elite Four trainer Phoebe would look nice next to a Swablu, she became the clear choice for tonight's post. I actually haven't done too many sprite patterns of summery outfits or beachwear, so it was sort of interesting to try that, but I don't think she came out too badly! You can judge for yourself by looking at the pattern right here.
With these patterns of Phoebe and Swablu, another Pokemon Monday here at Dork Stitch has drawn to a close, but if there are any Pokemon or trainers that you'd like to see in next week's post, let me know! As you can tell from this post, things get a little obscure if I'm left to my own devices, but doing requests is fun, too, so I'm happy either way. I should be back with another, less regimented post within a couple of days, but, until then, I hope your weeks have gotten off to good starts!