Sunday, September 23, 2012

On a Mission to Civilize My Cross Stitch Chart Format

Hello! As I've said before, it's been a while since I last posted any patterns. Part of this is because, when I got my new computer that took less that 15 minutes to boot up and didn't freeze when I tried to run an Atari emulator, my cross stitch pattern maker no longer worked on it. For a while, I switched off to the old computer to chart my patterns once I had the images ready to go, which was fine, though I ended up making a load of patterns at once, to minimize usage of the less functional computer and get a lot of patterns that I could post out of each sitting. At first, this seemed to work well, but today, when I intended to sit down and chart all of the patterns I had ready, I realized that I had over 30 of them to do. That was when I decided to figure out a way to do it on the computer I use most often.

After messing around with KG Stitch LE, which is a very nice program, for quite a while, I think that I've figured out how to make nice looking patterns without my other computer. It involves printing to PDFs and copious amounts of image editing, but it isn't really any more or less effort than I was taking to make these before, and I think that it looks a little nicer, too, in terms out how clearly the grid is marked. It is different, so if you stitch my sprite patterns, please take a look at today's pattern and let me know what you think! From this, though, I think that I've found a workable new format.

For the test pattern, I decided to use a sprite I'd done of Mackenzie McHale from The Newsroom, which is a show on HBO, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I didn't want to fiddle around with and post a chart everyone hated of a character someone had requested, since that would just be mean. I don't think that'll be a problem, but I hadn't been sure of that when I'd started, so it seemed reasonable to make a more cautious choice. The other reason why I chose her, which will only make sense to other people who watched The Newsroom, was that it seemed like it would be funny to use her as the first pattern in a new format. Regardless of all of that, however, here is today's new pattern, ready to be stitched, or at least looked at by people who are curious as to what the new charts will look like.
Since making patterns on this computer is working out well so far, I'm hoping to get more done with the giant pile of cross stitch patterns that I have left to chart and post them soon, too! I have lots of requests finished, and stuff that I'm not sure any of you want to go with them, so I hope that they'll all be enjoyed. Until then, have a nice week and good luck with your crafts!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

IHSW September: A Blackwork Pokemon

Hello! I am way behind on posting patterns here, despite the fact that I have 29 sprite patterns that I've finished and am ready to chart, on top of some other stuff that's almost ready to go and sprites that I've yet to design. I'm hoping to get at least a few of the patterns posted this weekend, but during the week, I've been getting tons of work with substitute teaching, so I probably won't post any before then. I've been working on a lot of request patterns/surprise charts that you may not actually want, though, so I'm looking forward to that post!

For today, I'm posting a late summary of my IHSW progress, as hosted by Joysze at Random Ramblings. As far as cross stitching goes, I've been working on stitching a lot of tiny kits lately, which is a lot of fun. I did an update on those not too long ago, and since then, I was inspired by Doctor Who to pick up a dinosaur kit to work on, which has also been pleasant. For the weekend, however, I stitched one of the blackwork Pokemon from Gatchastitch, which is a nifty blog that I've mentioned here several times before. I do have plenty of enthusiasm for my kit stitching project, but it was heavily outweighed by my desire to stitch her new blackwork Bellossom pattern. I'd never stitched an in-color blackwork pattern before, so I thought I'd screw it up badly, but it turned out to be really pretty and interesting to stitch. The yellowest of all the greens is probably a little too light, but, at least in person, it's pretty visible. Plus, I stitched it on 14-count plastic canvas, so I can make a really, really fancy standee out of her. Here it is!
Now that I'm done with that, I'm done blogging, but I think I'll be back and posting again soon. Thanks for reading, and have a nice week!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Some Cross Stitching and Perler Beading I've Finished, Including More Kits!

Hello! Before I go on and on about the stuff I made, I would like to say that I am working on some new patterns, and that, especially with the sprite ones, there will soon be a deluge of them posted. I've gotten piles and piles of requests for a wide variety of different characters from different things, so, alongside ones that I've made for my own purposes, that means that I'll have dozens of new tiny cross stitch patterns to post once I finish a couple of new sets and turn on a different machine to format them. I'll also have some nifty new portrait patterns, so I hope those end up nicely, too! For today, though, I have another pile of photos of stuff I've made and am working on, so here they are!

One of the problems with my quest to finish the tiny kits I have laying around is that it does not involve doing crafty versions of sprites, either of my own design or from video games. I still want to make that sort of thing, though, so I've just been doing it with perler beads. Getting my beads organized has allowed me to do more elaborate projects more quickly, so on Wednesday night, I did this perler version of an NPC sprite from The World Ends With You. It took a few hours to make her, and I thought I'd ruin the whole thing while I was ironing her, but in the end, I was very happy with the project! She's a little over a foot tall, and I mounted her to a canvas that's painted in a solid pearl pink. The colors are a little too orange in this photo, but not by too much, so I don't really mind it. I really want to do a perler version of another of these characters, though! Even though I reduced the colors in the sprite by two or three to accommodate the low number of perler grays, I still think she's pretty detailed.
I've also been making smaller perler stuff, though, with these four melted plastic versions of some of my sprite patterns!
From left to right, the four characters are the unnamed new female trainer from Pokemon Black/White 2, Nell from Pangya, Blue Mary from Fatal Fury/King of Fighters, and Yuna from Final Fantasy X. The middle two are both from new patterns, though neither were requested ones, and Yuna is a few months old rather than having been made on Tuesday, like the rest of them. She turned out well, though, so she got thrown in the picture.

In regards to my cross stitching, I've finished a couple more of the tiny kits that I wrote about in my last post! The mirror case kit ended up being sort of a wad of rubbish, with the wrong colors included and an incomplete chart, but as I'd been warned about the color deficiency by Little Red Emo Hood of Skates and Stitches, I was prepared with some yellow floss to substitute for one of the oranges. It was cool to sew together and ended up being a nice item, though, so that was good. After that, however, I finished a Care Bears kit, featuring Wish Bear, that I'd gotten a couple of years ago just because I knew all of the proper floss would be there. I bought it partially because I felt bad for Wish Bear being the only character in a set of 4 or 5 kits that was on clearance and partially because it was extremely cheap. I like how this one came out, too, though, so it wasn't a disappointment. The last item in the photo, at the bottom of it, is a snowman kit that I almost have finished and ready to stick in its frame, so that'll be complete by the end of the night. All I need to do is add some backstitching and trim it up.
I've made more progress with this than I expected to, but I also found two more kits, with one of them including two items, so I don't think I've gone anywhere at all. They should be interesting to make, though, so it's not necessarily a bad thing.
This is all the crafty stuff that I've done since my last post, so I'm taking my leave of this blog for now. After I finish some more patterns and stitch some more kits, however, I hope to be back with more posting. Until then, I hope you guys have a good weekend!