Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Small Cross Stitch Patterns of Six Love Hina Characters and Some Other Stuff

Hello! Tonight, I am giving my new computer, an older refurbished iBook that I've been using quite successfully for image editing, a little bit of a test by trying to use it to do a blog post. I'm pretty sure that it'll work, but I've put together a pretty image heavy post to see if adding pictures makes it freeze up like the desktop computer does. Either way, though, it's a good excuse to blog and watch Netflix at the same time, allowing me to inflict new sprite patterns on the world while watching Casshern and finding other completely unproductive ways to multitask.

Anyway, what's more important than the reason why I decided to do this post is probably what it contains, so tonight, I have some new sprite patterns featuring the main cast of Love Hina. When I started these this afternoon, I thought that it would take me forever to get them done, but what I'd failed to remember was that, on Love Hina, the characters wore fairly ordinary, non-elaborate clothing, and the hairstyles weren't that fancy, either. A couple of them were still sort of difficult to get right, and I did end up taking a while on them, but by the end of the afternoon, I had the six patterns that I wanted to have done finished! I'd still sort of like to make some of the supporting cast to go with these, since this set was fun to make. For now, though, here are more Love Hina sprite patterns than I'm sure any of you expected for tonight!

With all of that posted, this computer is performing beautifully so far, so I guess that I'll be able to post a photo of the three sprites that I stitched since my last post. From left to right, the first of them is Peppy from The Artist, which I'm actually really happy with. I didn't know how well all of the backstitching on her dress would work out, but I like how it ended up, and I got to use some glitter floss for the bodice of her dress, too, which was fun. The middle one is Vicious from Cowboy Bebop, who got stitched because I already had the gray floss out after making George and Peppy, and the sprite to the right is Sabrina from Pokemon, who I made because I wanted to do something with bright colors.
With both of those things posted, I think that I'm done for tonight, though I should be back with more patterns and such soon! I want to do another portrait pattern next, and since the start of March is tomorrow, I hope to have a new features post before too long, too. As always, if you have any pattern requests, let me know and I will do my best to fill them.

Before I log off, I would like to post this video that I stole off of my sister's Facebook page in memory of Davy Jones. If you're reading this blog from the U.S., Antenna TV is doing a 59-episode Monkees marathon this weekend, ending with Head, the movie this is from, and regardless of your location, Iotacons has also posted a very nice tribute tonight.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Two New Sprite Patterns Featuring Characters From Revolutionary Girl Utena

Hello! For the past couple of days, I've been enjoying stitching some of my sprite patterns, which has made me want to design some new ones, too. This afternoon, my desire to make some new sprite patterns didn't really pan out, since I instead ended up refreshing the listings for substitute teaching jobs over and over while reading reviews of really bad old anime on a long-defunct site that I found again through the Anime Web Turnpike. Tonight, however, I was just focused enough to actually get something done, meaning that for tonight's post, I have two brand new sprite patterns, featuring Utena and Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena! I've been wanting to make these characters for a long time, and actually think it would be cool to make the whole cast, since I had a lot of the series on VHS from a Right Stuf clearance bin and was always impressed by what a weird show it was. When I thought about it before, though, I thought that getting all of the details right on Utena's outfit would be too difficult, or that pixelling Anthy's fancy rose bride dress would turn out to be a pain. Tonight, however, I wanted to do some new anime sprites, so I sat down to make those two characters, and I think that it turned out well! If you'd like to decide how they look for yourself, here are tonight's new sprite patterns!
With those posted and all ready to stitch, which I plan to do at some point, this post is almost complete! Before I go, though, I want to post a photo of the two stitched sprite patterns that got my new sheet of these started off and led to this, featuring Bianca from Pokemon (because of the newly announced Pokemon Black/White 2) and George Valentin from The Artist (because of the Academy Awards). I stitched both of these within the last two days, and have quite a bit of a third one done, too! She should be ready to show off by the time I post again.

I'm all done with this blog for tonight, but I still feel fairly enthusiastic about patterns, so I should be back and posting again rather soon! I have a few portrait patterns started and a lot of ideas for sprite patterns, so I hope they work out well. Before I go, I also want to say, in response to a comment that I got on my last post, that I post all of these patterns so that anyone who wants to stitch or bead or do whatever with them can do so. I do make a lot of them for myself or for specific requests, but if I wanted them to be private, I wouldn't post them, so the more people that do use them, the better! Anyway, have a good evening and good luck with all of your craft projects.

Monday, February 20, 2012

IHSW February and Two New Naruto Cross Stitch Patterns

Hello! Lately, I've been working on putting my town's community newsletter together, so for the past few days, I haven't been able to do quite as much blogging as I'd like. I just got a nice draft of it that I can present at a meeting tomorrow night finished and ready to go, though, so that shouldn't be an issue for the next few months!

Today's post is pretty much just going to stick to what the title says it will, starting with the small project that I did for this month's International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, as hosted by Joysze at Random Ramblings. A lot of times, I try to use the Hermit and Stitch Weekends to get a big chunk of a bigger project done, but this month, I looked at all of my big projects and just sort of decided that I didn't want to work on them. Because of that, I decided that it was time to finally try stitching one of Gatchacaz's pretty blackwork Pokemon patterns! (Piles of them can be seen and found on her blog, and they're all very spiffy.) Since I'm not very skilled with blackwork, I started with one of her easier patterns and ended up stitching Umbreon, since it's a cool Pokemon and the fill pattern she chose looked like it would look impressive when stitched. I was thrilled with my finished project, since I'd been really concerned that I'd screw the whole thing up. The original pattern called for black thread, and I decided that it would be more fun to stitch in a fake tie-dyed floss, which could have very easily gone wrong. I think that it worked out, though, even if the variegated yellow I picked for this was way too light, so here is my blackwork Umbreon, looking very rainbow-y and bright!
With that segment of the post done with, it's time for today's two new cross stitch patterns, which happen to be sprite patterns of characters from Naruto! It's been a while since I last filled any requests for sprite patterns, so today's charts are of Anko and Kakashi, who were both asked for by readers. Neither pattern is all that fancy or detailed, so even though Anko requires some backstitching, I think that both of them would look quite nice in perler beads. To be completely honest, though, I'm just happy that they resemble the characters from the anime, so I hope that you guys like them, too!

I think that I'm out of stuff to post for today, so I should probably end my blog post here. It felt sort of weird and backwards to post the finished work first and the patterns second, but I guess that it's not so strange. Either way, though, I'm hoping to make some new patterns and be ready to post again within the next few days, so until then, enjoy your week and have good luck with all of your crafting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Two Sprite Patterns of Katniss from The Hunger Games (because in pop culture nowadays, that's what every girl is named, so I really have to be specific)

Hello! Today was not my most productive day ever. I did cross stitch a little bit, but for the most part, I sat around and played video games, sat around and watched TV, and sat around and read. Even the small subbing job that I got for today involved a lot of downtime, so I managed to lounge about and read in multiple locales, though I did mix things up and write a little bit, too. When I got on the computer tonight, though, I got it in my head that, in order to make up for this lack of activity, I would do some sprite patterns and put together a blog post. It took my a little longer to do this than I'd expected, but, since the book I was reading today was The Hunger Games, I decided to do a couple of sprite patterns for Katniss, the main character. Even though I finished it, I'm not sure what to make of the book yet, though it wasn't boring, even for a page. It seemed kind of like a deranged high school anime version of this movie I saw quite a few years ago called Series 7: The Contenders, where people killed each other on a reality TV show. The outfit descriptions were more than clear enough to see if I could make patterns from them, though, and doing some sprite patterns from something people actually liked seemed like a good way to make up for the Medabots post that I did yesterday. Of course, the Medabots rubbish is not over by a longshot, since I have a vision in my head of filling a room with giant plastic canvas pictures of them, but for now, that's irrelevant. Please enjoy these two sprite patterns of Katniss, both of which will probably look weird as soon as the movie comes out, seeing as I used the book as reference rather than photos. Since it may require a bit of explanation, the bright and confusing one on the left is her, "Look at me, isn't being on fire all pretty and stuff?" outfit, while the conservative one on her right is the outfit for the games and all of that. Either way, happy stitching!
Since my computer and brain are both holding up a little better than they did last night, I'm going to take this opportunity to post a photo of the small craft that I did make tonight. While I was watching The New Girl, I decided that it was time to actually use the old battlechips that my brother had given me from his Mega Man Battle Network Net Navi toy and make a pair of earrings! They're a little oversized and clunky, but since subtlety is never really the point with Mega Man earrings, it doesn't bother me at all. Plus, they were made with really lightweight plastic, so the earrings made from them don't hurt my ears. This photo of them might not be the best ever, but I hope it gets the point across!
With all of that posted, I'm done for tonight, but I'm hoping to go through my requests list and get another couple of patterns finished and ready to post soon. Until then, have a nice day and good luck with whatever craft projects you may be working on!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mas Medabots en Punto Cruz, Mas Punto Cruz Poder

Hello! Since I took two Spanish classes and two French classes, I can almost never say anything accurately in either language, which would not be very helpful if I were to end up in an emergency situation in a country where people primarily spoke either language. Thanks to toy packaging, though, I can clearly indicate in any Spanish speaking country that more Medabots lead to more power, which would come in handy pretty often if I were a character on Medabots. Since I'm not, titling this blog post seemed like a nice opportunity to use this skill of mine, though I would still like to apologize to any Spanish speakers reading this for my grammar and spelling in this title.

Anyway, today's blog post is not going to be very long, but a few weeks ago, I threatened that if I didn't get any requests for new sets of portrait style cross stitch patterns, I would start in ones of characters from Medabots. I am not sure if you guys genuinely did not have any requests, thought I was bluffing, or are fans of Medabots, but I thought it seemed like an awesome idea, so, this weekend, I did a nice portrait pattern of Metabee, the robot that fights with Ikki, the anime's main character. Making this pattern was a lot of fun, and there are tons of other characters that I'd like to make, so this probably isn't the last Medabots pattern that you'll see on here. For today, though, I'm getting the set started with this cross stitch chart of Metabee!
Even more than usual, I feel like I just typed a massive pile of gibberish, so I think that I am going to quit before I start doing features and WIP photos. I'm hoping to post again with some new sprite patterns later in the week, though, so hopefully, that'll be a more normal post. I hope that all of you are having a nice day, and I'll be posting again soon!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Huge Features Post With Tons of Photos and a Little of My Own Stuff Tagged on at the End

Hello! It's been nearly a week since I last posted anything here, but, luckily, the reasons for that haven't at all been bad! This week, I got a substitute teaching job every day, which, even though for today's I went in early and left late, when the teacher decided he wanted to come back to school, was quite nice. It made me sort of a lazy blogger, since I mostly ended up using a laptop for a few minutes and then playing video games at night, rather than designing a lot of patterns or writing anything here. For today, however, I have a massive features post, featuring the work of 7 different crafters, so I hope that you guys enjoy it!

Before I get started with this, I would like to say that I am sure that I probably forgot someone while putting this post together, in which case you should e-mail and let me know, and that there is one person that I cannot remember if I asked permission to feature her piece or not. I've featured her stitching in the past, so I think it'll be okay, but if you are the person I am speaking of and are irritated about this, please contact me and I will edit this entry accordingly. I also will not be writing as much about each piece as usual, as that could take me hours to get through, and the only order that these are in is that of the tabs in my browser window. With all that said, let's start the post!

Our first featured stitcher of the day is Greg, coming to you from the tab that holds my Gmail Inbox! I don't have a blog to link you to on his account, but his stitched version of one of the variants of Pixie from Monster Rancher that I posted quite a while ago came out to look quite pretty! Also, the Roman numerals really add class to any piece, don't they?
My next browser tab contains Topcho's blog, bla. bla? bla!, so she's privy to the second spot with her cute magnetic bookmark, featuring last month's pattern of Ciel from Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji! The magnetic bookmark is a really cool idea, and she made it really well, too. The pink polka dotted backing matches her stitching perfectly!
The next piece for today was stitched by Dawn of Anime Stitching, and it features all of the Death Note character sprites from the most recent sprite patterns December. They look great together, and I have to admit that, if I stitched this, I'd mysteriously have Mello one stitch lower than the rest of the bottom row or something like that as the result of my continuing inability to count. She says that she plans to make this into a pouch for her son's laptop mouse, which should be pretty cool!
Our next feature, from Tiki at Tiki Stitches (whose screenname I just had to check before I typed it, seeing as I apparently have tons of common sense), is another group of patterns from December featuring the cast of The Big Bang Theory! Her stitching came out really well, and her finish is really cute, too! The tiny logo she designed looks perfect, and I love the space fabric, too.
The lovely Mudkip depicted above was stitched by Tama, of Stitching Daze, as a gift for her sister. I know that when I post something of Tama's, I always comment on how fast she is with her stitching, but in this case, she finished Mudkip within a month while having all of her old projects to work on and starting 14 other new ones! Therefore, I have no qualms about, yet again, saying that Tama is remarkably fast with her cross stitching.
The last tab on my browser was Gatchastitch, a blog written by the spiffy pattern designer Gatchacaz, so here is her impressive stitching of the Monkees sprites I posted a few months ago, done as a Christmas gift for her mother! The sprites came out nicely, but the giant Monkees logo that she designed is my favorite part of the piece, and the checkerboard border is really cool, too!
Today's last feature, which involved too much putting-10-pieces-into-one-image to be held in one of my browser tabs is by Deviant Art's prolific and skilled perler artist Otaku Luka! Since I last featured her here, she perlered this blog's sprites of (top row first, from left to right) Yugi and Kaiba from YuGiOh, the Vocaloids Meiko, Luka, and Gumi, Ash and May from Pokemon, Kyoko from Skip Beat!, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, and Cooking Mama! All of her perlers look bright and nifty, and this set is no exception at all!

Now that all of the features are done, which took over an hour even with my condensed descriptions, I'm going to see if I can type a little about my own work before this computer just stops going for the day! First of all, I finished the strawberry kit from Salvation Army that I talked about in my last post, which was fun to make! It's a little clunky, so I'm not sure what to do with it, but I like the variegated yarn that I used for the border, and, as a whole, I don't think that it looks too bad!
After finishing that, I started on one of the patterns that I posted here, featuring Holo from Spice and Wolf. It's really fun to work on, since she looks really irritated in the pattern, and I'm hoping to have it done in a few days. Here is a bad photo of what I've gotten done so far, though! She looks weird now, but I think it'll get better.
With all of that done, I'm out of stuff to write about for now, but later this weekend, I'm hoping to be back with a new pattern post or something of that sort. Thanks very much for reading, and have a good weekend!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Pattern of Hot Dog Princess From Adventure Time and Other Typing

Hello! Today, I am not feeling very focused, so I'm not quite sure how long this blog post is going to last. I actually got online to start working on it about two hours ago, and, to be fair, not working on this for the half hour or so that my grandfather was visiting was not really slacking, but I think that the hour and a half that I spent reading about old toys and drinking hot tea was indeed slacking off. Before I get distracted and wander off to do something else, though, I do have a new pattern that I'd like to post, so I am going to try and stay in this browser window for more than five minutes while I get the post written!

Anyway, the other night, I was sitting around with my laptop and working on cross stitch patterns when I made a chart of Hot Dog Princess, from Adventure Time. I do realize that there are characters from Adventure Time that are much more popular and much more interesting, and I would like to make patterns of them later, but because Hot Dog Princess is a hot dog and also a princess, she was the obvious choice for my first pattern. It's an easy pattern, with a low color count and not all that much detail, even though it isn't all that small, at 82 stitches wide, so it could be fun to make if you have a few movies that you'd like to watch and need something to do while you're sitting through them. Rather than just tell you convenient situations in which you could stitch this, however, I suppose that I should just post this lovely cross stitch pattern of Hot Dog Princess.
Since that paragraph took me 25 minutes to write, it would probably be best if I just left this post as it is, but instead, I have a photo of a project that I started last night to write about! I found the base for this at Salvation Army last night, for 45 cents, and wasn't really sure what it was, though it did look like a piece of plastic for a simple needlepoint of some strawberries. After doing a little bit of research into it, however, I found out that the printed plastic was part of a 1981 Fischer Price Starting Stitchery kit that also would have included yarn and a snap-on frame, which explains why it's such solid plastic and why the picture isn't all that detailed. I started working on this at about 10:00 last night, while I watched a really bad Naruto movie, so I'm not really all that far on it. Since I'm doing each cross stitch in two strands of yarn, however, I think that it should be fast to finish and pretty solidly colored, too. Here is a photo of the unfinished project, to try and show how odd the item is, and to see if any of you have seen one of these before. (The black line in the middle of the photo is my needle, which I forgot to remove before taking the photograph.)
Now that I have that posted, I think that I am actually done for now, though I hope to come back and do another, more coherent post sometime soon! Until then, I hope you guys are having good weekends and doing well with your craft projects!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Another Clannad Portrait Pattern and an Odd Cross Stitch That I Just Got Done With

Hello! It feels like it's been a lot longer than I last posted here than it actually has been, probably because I'm sort of sleepy and not thinking all that clearly, but today, I finished another cross stitch pattern in the set of Clannad charts, so it seemed like as good a time as any to start typing! I'm actually getting quite a bit further with these patterns than I ever expected, though I should probably go back and make a portrait one of Tomoyo to match her fighting game style pattern from a few months back, so it's fun to have another of them to post. Today's featured character is Kyou, who was chosen using my incredibly scientific method of looking up a list of characters from Clannad and looking up the first of them of which I hadn't yet made a pattern. It was cool to work on this pattern, since it's a bit different to make a pattern of an anime girl who's not smiling or wistfully gazing into the distance, which seems to be an issue with this set of patterns in particular. If you don't like the more aggressive expression, though, I've already gotten started on a pattern for her sister, Ryou, that has her looking all smiley and perky and all of that stuff. Before I start typing about that pattern, too, though, here is Kyou's portrait style cross stitch pattern, in all of it's charted glory! I hope that those of you who are working on stitching this set like it!
This isn't directly related to the pattern of Kyou, but as I'm working on all of these Clannad patterns, what other anime would you guys like to see sets of portrait patterns from? It's interesting to work on them, so I'm a little curious about that. Plus, having something in mind when I sit down to work on them will drastically curb the amount of fancy patterns of characters from Medabots that you'll see here in the coming weeks, though I can't guarantee that it can stop them completely.

With that said, I suppose that it's time to move to the next part of my post for tonight, in which I type about my own stitching! The other day, I mentioned that, rather than focusing and working on my big project, I'd started to work on a small ocean-themed sampler, which I hoped to have done in a couple of days. It took a little longer than I'd expected, probably because I didn't actually work on it for an entire day, but tonight, I did get the project finished! The pattern I used is from from Cross Stitch Patterns, a cryptically titled Ondori book by Misako Murayama, released in the early 1970s. Though the stitched model in the book was bright, I decided that it wasn't quite bright enough, especially since it was to be stitched on black fabric, and added a few more colors to it, which shows up most in all of the different fish. The busy and mildly confusing nature of the design can all be attributed to the designer, though, which is why I liked making it so well. This was stitched onto 14-count black Aida cloth with whatever brands of embroidery floss I had next to me.
With that, I think that I'm done here for tonight, though I hope to be back soon with new patterns, some of which may even be based on requests, and, eventually, a really big features post. Until then, however, I hope that all of you had a nice first day of February and are doing well with whatever craft projects that you're currently working on!