Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Capcom vs. SNK 2 Sprite Patterns and a Mysterious New Project

Hello! Today, I think that the layout of my patterns might look a little weird. I was going to work on the desktop computer, but my sister was going to watch Pulp Fiction again, and I wanted to do that, too, so I got out the cheap old Mac laptop that I bought at a used computer store in a mall, which I'd say something nice about if it hadn't crashed and needed a restart in the middle of my typing this sentence. I think that I got all of the charts looking normal, though it took slightly longer than it usually does (which is more due to the movie than my computer). As long as they're readable, though, I don't think it matters, so it should be okay.

Anyway, for today, I decided to keep going on the set of Capcom vs. SNK sprite patterns, since it seems like I hadn't made or posted any of those in a long time. I think that I'm over halfway done with the set with today's post, so I hope that I haven't wasted all of the characters people actually would want to make, disregarding my own preferences, in the first part of the set. For today, though, I have four characters that I think came out reasonably well, with Zangief and Eagle from the Capcom side and Rock Howard and Vice from the SNK one. Even though Zangief is a really popular character, I don't like him that much at all, since he's slow and the hair on his knees seems to be sort of gross, so the other three characters that I picked were sort of compensation for my making his pattern. I still think that it's a cool pattern, and I hope that those of you who are Zangief fans like it, but he is not going to be the first that I stitch by a long shot. Rather than go on and on about which Street Fighter characters I like or dislike, though, I'll just post today's four new charts and get it over with!
Now that I've got today's patterns posted, I should be done for today, but instead, I think that I'm going to post a photo of a new project that I've started. I've seen a lot of blogs do, "Guess what this project is!" things, so it seems like as good an idea as any to try that with this pattern. My first hints, aside from the photo, are that this pattern is from a book, not from the internet or one of my own patterns, and that it depicts a famous fictional character. If someone gets it from what I've done so far, I'll be really impressed, since I think that at this point, I'd forget what it was if I put it away for too long, but I can imagine someone doing it! Anyway, here is the first photo of the less than amazing mystery project.
I think that with that, I'm done for today, but I'm hoping to do a lot of spiffy new posts in the future, featuring a lot of stuff. Putting that incredibly specific preview aside, I hope that all of you have nice weekends and good luck with your craft projects!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Inherent Thrills of the Middle of Memorial Day Weekend

Hello! I have to admit right away that I'm not at my most enthusiastic today, but I got sick of playing Pangya pretty quickly today and can't think of anything more useful than this to do, so it seemed like a nice idea to post to my blog! As many of you have probably already seen, either from the thumbnail in whatever RSS reader you use (if it has thumbnails), or on the status update on the Dork Stitch Facebook page, I do have a new cross stitch pattern for today, featuring Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. I'd been wanting to make a pattern of her for quite a while, since sometimes it seems like the more reprehensible a cute cartoon character is, the better she'd be to use for a craft project. Since Billy and Mandy got put on Cartoon Planet this week, where Cartoon Network shows old cartoons with Brak interstitials for an hour, I was reminded of this goal and started work on today's pattern as soon as I was done watching TV for the night. The pattern for Mandy isn't too exciting, with just a few colors and a relatively small size, but she'd be quick to stitch and excellent for needlepoint or perler beads, which is always a nice advantage. Plus, she looks really irritated, which is as appropriate to the character as any of these patterns get.
In my last post, I hadn't really done any stitching worth posting photos of, but since then, I've finished another row in my latest set of cross stitch sprites. I started it off with the sprite I just posted of Moriarty, which, because of the whole crown jewels thing, was a little oversized, so I just decided to use the whole row on fancier sprites than normal. I only got three to fit rather than the usual five, but Moriarty (from the BBC's recent Sherlock), Yuko (from xxxHolic), and Butch and Cassidy (from Pokemon) were all fun to stitch and seem to be worth the extra plastic that they occupy. Plus, Yuko's butterfly wings utilize glitter floss, so that makes these even better.
I think that I'm done posting for now, but I should be back with more patterns and photos soon, though I'm not sure what any of them will feature. Until then, I hope that all of you have a nice weekend and do well with whatever crafts you're using to occupy the time!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Moriarty, Pangya, and a New Mini SAL (That I Haven't Started Yet)

Hello! Today, I'm not sure that my post is going to be that exciting, since today is just going to be another five sprite patterns. I'd post some photos of finished stitching, too, but since all that I've done since yesterday is stitch half of one of my new charts for today, it seems like that would be a little impractical. I had a lot of fun making these patterns, though, so I hope that you guys like stitching them!

With the sprite patterns for today, it seems like the most reasonable place to start would be with the one that I think people may actually want. Keeping that in mind, here is the third piece of my set of Sherlock patterns, featuring Moriarty. I tried to make a pattern of him when I first made the sprites for Sherlock and Watson, but was having a lot of trouble making him look distinctive or recognizable. After PBS showed the last episode of the second season, though, the whole theft of the crown jewels scene made it look like that part of it would be much easier. With his crown, scepter, and long, flowing robe, Moriarty is the biggest sprite pattern that I've posted here since the Avengers set, and fairly detailed, too. Whether you decide to cross stitch or perler bead him, though, I think that it should work pretty well!
My next four patterns for today make up a full set, featuring some of the golfers from Pangya, a Korean online golf game, in outfits inspired by Hello Kitty that they sold for Japanese players. I pretty much made these patterns for myself, and wasn't sure if I was going to post them, since it seems like a fairly limited subject. I was pretty pleased with how the patterns ended up, though, and even if you don't play Pangya (or Super Swing Golf, like it's called on Wii in the US) or have any idea what it is, the bows and frills and cat ears seem like they'd be fun to stitch. Either way, here are sprite patterns of Lucia, Cecilia, Hana, and Kooh from the game in their fluffy, girly, and overwhelmingly pink Hello Kitty outfits!

I'm all out of patterns to post for today (though I have plenty of ideas for new ones to make and post later in this week), but before I go, I wanted to tell everyone that Manka, at Himezzunk kozosen, is having a new mini SAL project! Her last stitch along was really fun, and the pattern for this one is a little smaller, but very cute, too! Her blog says that the finished projects aren't supposed to be shown off until June 2nd, so I'm holding off on stitching it. I'm looking forward to making it, though, and hoping that it turns out to be as pretty as the last one! Sign-ups for the SAL are open until May 26th, so if you'd like to join, too, there's still plenty of time.

I'm done posting for today, but I should be back with plenty more typing and patterns and all of that stuff very soon! Until then, have a nice week and good luck with your stitching!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Five Completely Unrelated But All Requested Sprite Patterns

Hello! Last night, I posted a giant pile of photos of sprites I'd stitched, with over 20 of them finally being included, in case you're curious about all of that. For today, however, I have five new cross stitch sprite patterns for you guys, with all of them taken from reader requests. Before I actually post these charts, I have to warn you that my method for choosing which requests got done today were not very technical at all. When I get a request, I write it down in a Chococat notebook, and then, months later, I remember the notebook exists and go through and make four or five of them just so I can cross them out and pretend that I've made some progress! Today's five patterns are largely a result of this pattern making methodology, so here they are!

The first pattern for today is of a character named Aela from Skyrim, which I know very little about. I've heard so many lovely and glittering reviews for it that I feel like actually playing it would either be a wild disappointment or destroy my productivity, neither of which I'd be very excited about. Doing patterns of characters with really detailed outfits is fun, though, and I like how this came out. It was interesting to try and do a lot on a girl's sprite that was armor rather than frills, and though I'm not sure it's as cool as my She-Ra pattern ended up being, I hope that you guys like her.
The next pattern in today's request set is another Sailor Moon one, featuring Hotaru's alter-ego Mistress 9. She had a white skirt in the manga images, which I used when making the pattern because I thought it looked a bit niftier. If you'd like to give her a black skirt, though, I'd recommend replacing the white floss in the skirt with either dark grey (3799) or dark navy (939).
Our second purple girl sprite of the day features Mai Valentine from Yugi-Oh. I think that this is my favorite of today's sprites, just because it took me forever to pixel her ridiculous Yugi-Oh hair. If you'd like to stitch a sprite of a character that wears tiny skirts, cheats at trading card games, and hits on high school boys, I hope that you enjoy this sprite, because those sorts of characters are few and far between!
The third and final purple girl sprite for today is of Zakuro from Tokyo Mew Mew, who is actually the second character from that anime I've made. (Mint, in both of her outfits, was previously requested.) I'd like to make the other three girls pretty soon, since magical girl sets are fun to work on, but for now, here is Zakuro, in one of the most minimal outfits worn by any of my sprite patterns.
The last pattern for today was requested years ago, featuring a sprite of Lupin the III. I wasn't completely pleased with how it came out at the time, but for today's post, I fiddled with it until it looked right because I've been reading the Arsene Lupin novels, thanks to Project Gutenberg and my Kindle, which led me to watch Lupin the III stuff again, which led back to this. It's not a very complicated sprite, so it should be really fast to stitch, too! Plus, the bright colors are a nice contrast to today's other four sprites.
With all five of those patterns posted, I'm done for today, but I've made another small and decidedly not requested pattern set that I'm about to print for myself and post tomorrow! If you've got a request for a new sprite pattern, you can always leave it in the comments here or comment on the Dork Stitch page on Facebook. I hope that you guys like these patterns and that you're having a nice week so far!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

IHSW May- Just a Ton of Photos of Stitched Sprite Patterns

Hello! I signed up for this month's International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, hosted by Joysze at Random Ramblings, but I didn't hermit at all. Instead, I did some volunteer grocery bagging, went to the drive-in to see Safe, which I didn't enjoy, and The Cabin in The Woods, which was still cool the second time, and went to my sister's high school graduation, which was followed by eating lots of noodles and cake. In the midst of all of that, however, I stitched two of my sprite patterns. The one to the left is of Holo from Spice and Wolf (from a chart that I obviously had ready to go and then ended up totally losing) and the one to the right is of Kid from Chrono Cross.
Since I haven't posted here for a week, however, I have a ton of other sprites that I've finished to post, including my stitchings of the Sherlock and Watson sprites that I posted last Sunday! I made these earlier last week, very, very slowly, but I think they turned out well enough.
I also finished this full sheet of stitched sprites, featuring the Avengers patterns from two weeks ago, which I was very happy with, as well as several other characters. I'll list them and their sources under the photo of the completed page!
Top Row (Left to Right): Unknown (Tekken Tag Tournament), Chun-Li (Street Fighter), Alisa (Tekken), Mignon (King of Fighters: Maximum Impact), Kyo (King of Fighters), Talim (Soul Caliber)
Middle Row: B. Jenet (Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves), Ran Hibiki (Project Justice), Ky (Guilty Gear), Yui (Angel Beats), Mel (Chrono Cross), Captain America (the first dent in the Avengers set)
Bottom Row- All of these are from the Avengers set, so I won't bother with the parentheses: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, Hulk, Black Widow, Loki

With all of those photos of my cross stitched sprite patterns posted, I'm done for tonight, since I'm really tired and it's getting pretty late. I finished five charts of requested sprite patterns that I'm going to post tomorrow, though, with quite a variety of characters represented, and I hope to do some other stuff for this blog this week, too! Until then, have a good week and good luck with your stitching!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

All Sorts of Mysteries Are Afoot

Hello! Even though there's no real reason for it, it's been over a week since I last posted here, so I thought that I should actually do something today. Because of that, I have two new sprite patterns for you and a photo of a needlepoint I did, both of which are very mysterious. Since I usually put the patterns first in these posts, I'll do that again today, with new sprite cross stitch charts of Sherlock and Watson, from the TV series that's running on PBS right now. (I would have done ones to match the books, but when I was in 1890s literature class, I remember slogging through the Sherlock Holmes stories like they were irrelevant historical documents rather than actually enjoying them while everyone else in the class was like, "Oh, we're finally doing something readable!" I liked a lot of the stuff everyone else in there was annoyed at having to read, though, so I guess it had to happen with something. However, I quite enjoy the TV show.) I realize that today's patterns are just another case of, "I've been watchin' this on TV, so I decided that it needed to be cross stitched, too," but it was fun to try and make the patterns actually look like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, even if I was much more successful in one case than the other, and I know that there are others reading this blog that enjoy the program, too. Plus, on the TV show, Watson puts all of their cases on a blog, so really, this is a very reasonable thing to do. Regardless of why I made these new patterns, however, here they are, ready for you to stitch or perler bead or whatever you want to do with them! I hope you like them.
With that posted, I have a new finished project photo, of a needlepoint that I made for my mom as a Mother's Day gift. It's of Luke from the Professor Layton games, to go with one of Professor Layton himself that I stitched quite a while ago, and it was pretty fun to make. I got all of the colors slightly off, since there aren't all that many shades of craft thread readily available, giving Luke a slightly bootlegged look. I didn't think it came out too badly, but when I gave it to her, my mom said that she hated me and never wanted to see my stinking face again, so I guess I should have tried harder to match those colors. (That didn't really happen. Actually, she seemed happy with it.) If you'd like to make this, too, the pattern can be found on Tatie Grenouille's blog, alongside matching cross stitch charts of Layton and Flora. My version of it was done with cheap craft thread on 10-count plastic canvas.
I think that I'm done blogging for today, but I'm almost done with a slightly more extensive project, so I should be back to post more patterns and type way too much rubbish about that soon! Until then, have a good start to your week and good luck with whatever craft projects you're currently working on!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cross Stitch Pattern Fun With The Avengers

Hello! Text-wise, this isn't going to be the longest pattern in the world, since pizza is on its way to my house and I don't really have a new WIP photo of Noel to show off so that I can pretend I've been productive. This morning, however, I went to see the Avengers (at a packed 9:50 am show, which I'd never seen before), and it was spiffy, so I decided to sit down with the drawing program on my DS and make some cross stitch patterns of the characters from it so that I could do another pointless craft project! (If you'd like to stitch a comic book set of Avengers rather than a movie set like I have here, you should check out WeeLittleStitches- they have a really cute free pattern up on their blog, which I've started stitching.) The pattern for today are pretty standard sprite patterns, which you've probably seen before if you're a reader of this blog, though there is quite a range of complexity among them. The Hulk only has three floss colors and not all that much detail, while I think that Thor is probably one of the more complicated sprite patterns without any backstitching involved.

For your cross stitching pleasure, here are eight Avengers cross stitch patterns, featuring Hawkeye, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Loki. I plan to start stitching these later, so I hope you guys like them, too! Also, if you prefer to use perler beads, I made sure to leave backstitching and other embellishments entirely out of this set, since it seemed like they'd look cool as melty chunks of plastic.

These patterns are all that I've got for you today, so I'm done blogging for now! I should be back with new patterns in the next couple of days, though, so, until then, have a nice weekend and good luck with your craft stuff!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The End of Manka's Mini Mystery SAL

Hello! I just finished the second half of Manka's Mini Mystery Stitch Along (hosted at this blog), so I'm doing doing my final blog post on the subject! I was really glad to be able to participate in the project, since there are dozens and dozens of people working on this all over the world, with all of them looking spiffy and different. Plus, by doing this SAL, I learned both that my fake tie-dyed floss is nifty to use on black fabric and that Hungarian folk art cross stitch designs are pretty and fun to stitch. Here is my final project, stitched with two different colors of variegated floss on 14 count black Aida cloth!

Now that I'm done writing about that, I'm pretty much done posting here for tonight, seeing as I'm sort of tired and want to play Pangya for a while. This weekend, however, I'm hoping to post some more sprite patterns, both in the Capcom vs. SNK 2 set and in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer one that was requested through Facebook! If you have any requests for marginal Buffy characters, let me know who you'd like to see, since I plan on making the set very extensive and don't want to leave out anyone's favorites. Until then, though, I hope you have a nice weekend and do well with whatever crafts you're currently doing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We're Up to 18 Capcom vs. SNK 2 Sprite Patterns!

Hello! This is my second post for the day, which I know is excessive, but since the two posts are on very different subjects, it shouldn't be that bad. Earlier, if you're curious, I posted a photo of my first round of progress in a cross stitch along of a Hungarian folk art motif, and now, for this post, I have four brand new sprite patterns of characters from Capcom vs. SNK 2! I'm pretty happy with how this set of patterns is going so far, especially considering the fact that I thought I'd fizzle out and forget about it after two characters. Part of the reason why I've been able to go on with this for so long, however, is that I've been purposely saving the characters I want to make the most for the end of the set. Because of that, I can almost guarantee that the last post of these patterns is going to have Athena and Sakura in it, just so I don't go, "Well, I made the characters that I wanted to stitch the most, and I'm sure that no one wants Rolento or Todo that badly! It's time to pick another game and get started with that!" I am really happy with my patterns for today, though, which feature, as I mentioned earlier, E. Honda from Street Fighter II and Raiden from Fatal Fury, with Benimaru from King of Fighters and Yun from Street Fighter III added in for good measure. I don't have too much to say about stitching these patterns, since they're pretty much the same as every other sprite pattern I've posted, so here are four more cross stitch patterns of Capcom vs. SNK 2 characters for whatever crafts you have planned!

With those posted, all that I have left to post now is my current progress photo of my cross stitch of Noel from Blazblue, which I am sort of sick of looking at right now. I got a little more of her done on Sunday night, though, and should be working on her again by the weekend. Plus, it's starting to look like a pretty big project, which is nifty, so here is a crooked photo what she looks like as of now!
Since this was, as I mentioned before, my second post today, I think that I should stop writing now and go do something else. I'll be posting again rather soon, though, with more sprite patterns in the Capcom vs. SNK 2 set, some new portrait patterns, and more stitching photos! Until then, have a nice week!

Manka's Mini Mystery SAL- Part One

Hello! Today, my post here will not be very long, and it won't have any new patterns, either, though I'm hoping to have some of those tonight or tomorrow. Recently, however, I've been participating in a mini stitch-along project, hosted by Manka at Himezzunk Kozosen, which actually has many more accent marks than I just typed it with. The pattern is in two parts, and in order to get the second half, you have to post your stitching of the first on your blog. Since I finished with that part of it this morning, it seemed pretty reasonable to post about it now.

The pattern for the SAL is a really pretty Hungarian folk art design which can be done in monochrome or full color or any way you want. For my version of it, I got out some black 14 count Aida cloth and the bag of fake tie-dyed embroidery floss that I got at Hobby Lobby and used the whole thing as an excuse to play with the tie-dyed floss some more. For the first part of it, I picked a yellow, orange and pink thread, which I thought was nifty, and I might switch threads for the second half. So far, though, it's been very nice to work on and, at least in my opinion, has come out well, so here is my photo of what I have done!
For now, this is all I have, but I'm hoping to do another, more normal post very soon. I have two new patterns done and ready to go in the Capcom vs. SNK 2 sprite patterns set, featuring E. Honda and Raiden, and I'm hoping to make a couple more of those for my next patterns post, too, so the other characters included will be more mysterious. Until then, however, I hope you're having a nice week and good luck with your own craft projects!