Hello! In the last year, this blog has gotten tons of new followers and readers, for which I am very grateful. However, this means that many of you were not around to witness the horror that was last year's event known as "Sprite Patterns December." Every day for the entire month (except for my attempt to cheat that led a technical error that ended in two posts going up on Christmas Eve), I posted one or more cross stitch sprite patterns every day, since I enjoy making them and they're easy for people to make as gifts for either themselves or their friends. It was a very bloody affair, where bodies stacked up like blocks in a puzzle game as I sat at my computer desk, so consumed by the desire to create familiar characters from pop culture out of old Sega RPG graphics that I had no qualms about destroying all who stood in my way as I chased my terrifying dreams.* However, I have decided that it is worth the risk to try this again, with 31 new days of sprite patterns and blog posts!
For today, I wasn't sure where to start in terms of picking characters and patterns to post, since I have a lot of them stockpiled, but since I've previously gotten requests for patterns of the cast of Final Fantasy X, I decided to start making patterns for those characters. It seemed like it would be fun both to make and stitch patterns of the characters, so, for today, I have them completed for Tidus, Yuna, and Auron. Of the three, I'm pretty sure that I did the best job on Yuna's pattern, and am actually looking forward to stitching it myself at some point. (I'm also quite proud of Auron's jug of liquor and unused sleeve, but that seems like a different story.) I think that all of them look like the characters they're meant to represent, though, even if it did lead to an overabundance of floss colors on a couple of them, so here are the first three cross stitch patterns of this December!
Kristine's Random Stitches and one of this blog's readers, who's done piles of work with some of the sprite patterns, as well as one of a surfing Pikachu, that I posted over the past year! Her focus was Pokemon, which I can always admire, and she stitched a dozen motifs (with a few repeats) from this blog's patterns as a way of decorating bookmarks and guest towels for her home. Her nifty stitching and character organization make all three of her projects look bright and cheerful, and the Pokeball and Pikachu face motifs that she added are extremely cute and fit the rest of the projects perfectly! If you're interested in seeing full sized versions of these projects with Kristine's comments, visit her original post about them at this link. For now, however, here are some thumbnail images of her bookmarks and towel!
*Note: No one was harmed at all during last year's sprite patterns December, and I actually lied about all of that gory stuff in the first paragraph. If that had been true, I would probably be rotting in jail instead of posting to this blog.