Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Super Girly Robotech Tote Bag, Plus the Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello! As I write this post, I realize that I have gotten a lot of requests for patterns from people, ranging from characters from the Legend of Zelda to those from British radio sitcoms that are unavailable to American listeners. No one ever came here and requested a monochrome pattern of one of the characters from the last third of Robotech, and I'm pretty sure that, had I kept this blog open for years more, this still would not have happened. However, I got it into my head that Rook, who is, in fact, a character from the last third of Robotech (or, according to the magic of Google, Genesis Climber Mospeda, which is an anime title that sounds like words, as well as some non-words, drawn out of a hat and thrown together), would look super-cool and distinctly 80s anime on a tote bag, so that very pattern is what I have for you guys today. Now that I've been rude to both pattern requesters and fans of any show that Robotech absorbed into itself, it's time to move on with today's post!

First of all, I'm posting a photo of the tote bag I cross stitched this onto, using 10-count waste fabric and some cheap generic floss. It took three days to get Rook onto this 13-inch tall bag, including the part where I sat for three hours and pulled out the waste fabric with tweezers. Luckily, the fabric was pretty flimsy, or else it would have taken longer. It also would have taken longer to do this if I'd been more careful with my stitching, but, as it is, the bottom half of this is riddled with mistakes. I can't find them myself unless I match the bag up next to my chart, so it doesn't seem like a big deal, but as far as my replicating a simple pattern goes, this was not my finest effort. Still, I'm happy with how the tote bag came out! I'd be carrying it already, but it's in fairly light colors and the weather is continually messy. Once I feel confident that I can carry it outside without inadvertantly ruining the whole thing, though, I'll be using this as my purse.

If you'd like to try and replicate this experiment for yourself, or just like the image, here is the pattern of Rook that I made for the tote bag project. Like I said, it only took a few days to stitch onto waste fabric and a tote bag, so with normal Aida cloth, this project would go incredibly quickly. Plus, it apparently has plenty of room for error, so my guess is that you could stitch it half-asleep, make 20 mistakes, and still have a nice finished product. 

Now that I'm done typing this post and convincing Blogger to get it to look at least a little bit like I wanted it to, I am done for today. I should be back soon, though, with more photos of rubbish I've been stitching and some patterns that people may actually want! I'm doing a lot of magical girl sprite patterns lately, so if any of you guys have favorite magical girls, let me know! I'll see if I can make decent patterns of them to post here between all of the chunks of nonsense I have deemed to be cool. (Trust me, though, my Corrector Yui sprite looks really nifty.)

7 comments:

  1. Hola,soy de españa ,Islas Canarias,verás quiero hacer patrones de punto de cruz pero no se que programa usar para que guarden como archivo jpg o png,o simplemente dentro de un pdf te agradezco la ayuda,saludos ^^

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  2. i love your realistic looking patterns! This Robotech pattern is fabulous and just obscure enough to get the right people talking to you in public. Keep up the good job!

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  3. Excellent tote bag, she looks awesome! Looking forward to whatever you have coming up :-)

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  4. That's really cute! I love the fact that it's all in pink - girly-geek stuff is so rare!

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  5. Magical girls, huh? Have you ever seen Cardcaptors? I loved Sakura's character when I was growing up.

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  6. Could you do super mario characters.

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