Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sprite Patterns of the 2014 Academy Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actor

Hello! It's been a while since I last posted, because of technical problems and tons of homework, but today, I finally have the sprite patterns for the 2014 Academy Award nominees for Best Supporting Actor and am ready to post them! I'm feeling slightly woozy today, so this post isn't going to be very long, but I am happy with these patterns, despite the fact that trying to get the hair right from American Hustle might be the most difficult task I have ever tried to accomplish with any of my sprite patterns. (Actually, one of the nominees for Best Actress was really difficult, too, but that's going to be in my next post.) I don't know if anyone other than myself is going to stitch or perler bead these patterns, but if you do want to, I hope you like them! In alphabetical order, here are the tiny cross stitch patterns of the 2014 nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, with the patterns depicting the roles for which they were nominated.
Barkhad Abdi, for Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, for American Hustle (The colors in the preview image for this are slightly inaccurate, so while it won't be perfect, the hair and facial hair will be a little better when it's actually stitched.)
Michael Fassbender, for 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill (you know, from Moneyball), for The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, for Dallas Buyers Club (This preview image has some problems, too, but unless you're going to get really upset when you stitch this and the purple shoes are a little brighter, it shouldn't be a problem.)

I had to go back and count my patterns to make sure that I had everything here, but since I came out with five sprite patterns posted, I think that I am doing okay! I am done here for now, but I hope to be back soon with sprite patterns of the nominees for Best Actress. Until then, have a nice weekend and good luck with your crafts and stuff!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sprite Patterns of the 2014 Academy Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actress

Hello! Just as I did last year, I am making sprite patterns for every acting nominee at this year's Academy Awards! I've gotten an earlier start on the project this year, since the nominations just came out yesterday, so this time, I'm hoping to actually finish stitching all of them either before or during the actual airing of the Academy Awards, instead of a couple of days afterwards. Even if I don't finish on time, though, this was a fun project last year, so it should be cool again.

For today's post, I have the five nominees for Best Supporting Actress. I had a few of these done ahead of time, since I was using an Entertainment Weekly article about award season predictions to try and get ahead with this project, and luckily, all of the actresses that I made patterns for actually got nominations! None of these patterns should be too hard to stitch or perler bead, though, as the case will be again when I post the Best Actress patterns, Jennifer Lawrence's complicated American Hustle hairstyle makes her a bit taller than the rest of the patterns. Also, as is again the case with Jennifer Lawrence, if an actor or actress was also nominated last year, which is true of three of this year's nominees, I kept the same skin and eye floss colors for their patterns. I'm not sure that this is important to anyone other than myself, but I wanted to make sure that was the case.

Anyway, in alphabetical order, today's patterns of the nominees for Best Supporting Actress feature Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and June Squibb (Nebraska). All of the patterns were made of the roles for which the actresses were nominated, so it was not some sort of weird oversight that the pattern of June Squibb ended up being in black and white. I do like making black and white sprite patterns, though, so that wouldn't be so bad.

Before I quit blogging today, I want to post a couple of fuzzy photos of projects I'm working on! First of all, here is a photo of my plastic canvas cassette tape, which I'm stitching from a pattern in Jacqui Pearce's book, Big Stitch Cross Stitch. I'm actually almost done with this, so I'll be starting to stitch these Academy Award nominee patterns after the project is over. Now that I'm done with the stripes for the background, it seems to be going a lot more quickly.
I am also trying to make a circular rug out of the tiny rubber bands that they're selling for people to use in making bracelets. When I started this, I thought that it was probably a bad idea, but it's actually working out really well! Right now, it's about 11 and a half inches in diameter, so it's about the same size as a piece of printer paper. I want it to be quite a bit bigger, though, so it could take forever.
With that, I am done posting for tonight, but I should be back either tomorrow or Sunday with patterns of the nominees for Best Supporting Actor. Until then, have a nice start to your weekend and good luck with whatever crafts you're trying to do!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Another Mascot Character Pattern, This Time from Sailor Moon!

Hello! I wanted to post today, even though I don't have all that much to say, so I'm putting up another one of my anime mascot character cross stitch patterns. I wasn't sure which one I was going to post earlier today, but since I'm wearing a Sailor Moon T-shirt, I guess that I'll post Luna. This is one of the easier to stitch patterns in the set so far, since Sailor Moon did not have remarkably detailed or expensive animation, with a large amount of the pattern just being taken up by her whiskers, but I think that it should end up being really cute. It was sort of hard to choose if I wanted to make Luna look cheerful or like she wanted to murder Sailor Moon, but since I have a more bloodthirsty mascot character ready for a future post, I ended up making a pattern where she looked happier. At some point in the future, I'd like to make this pattern, and I hope that you guys like it, too!
With Luna posted and ready for you guys to stitch, it's time for another blurry photo of my plastic canvas mixtape picture, stitched from Jacqui Pearce's book Big Stitch Cross Stitch. It's getting less tedious to work on, and I'm almost done with the third set of stripes now. Plus, it looks like absolutely nothing up close, which was discouraging, but when I took this photo, I could actually see how the curled up tape from inside the cassette was going to look! I'm actually a little more excited about working on this now that I could see that. I don't think that this project will take too much longer, but I probably won't have it done before my next post.
For now, I am done posting, but I still have more mascot characters to post and more sprite patterns to do, too! The Academy Award nominations come out next week, so I'll be doing twenty patterns after that, one for each of the acting nominees, and I have a ton of requests to do and post, too. Until then, have a nice day and good luck with your craft stuff!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Pattern of Ein From Cowboy Bebop and a Fuzzy Photo of an Unfinished Project

Hello! Yesterday, I sat around and made cross stitch patterns of mascot characters from different anime, so today, I am going to post one of the four patterns that I finished. I would post more than one of them, but I'm hoping to stretch these patterns out for as many posts as possible, despite the fact that I plan to make more of them. For today, however, I am posting the pattern of Ein from Cowboy Bebop, which is probably the most realistic pattern in the set. I didn't think that this pattern would go well at all, but in the end, I think that it ended up looking okay! Plus, if you're not into anime, this could be a perfectly serviceable portrait pattern of a corgi, so for dog lovers, this pattern may also be useful. It's about 90 by 90 stitches, so it could take a while to stitch, but if any of you decide to make it, I'm sure that I will be shocked by your speed and ability to focus! Anyway, I hope that you guys like this pattern, and the other mascot characters I'm going to be posting. I'm trying to keep the sizes relatively consistent, so they might work as an okay set.
Because it was so exciting the last time that I did this, I'm posting a WIP photo of my new cross stitch project made artificially bigger with the use of seven count plastic canvas! This project comes from Big Stitch Cross Stitch, a book of patterns by Jacqui Pearce, and in the end, it's going to be a picture of a cassette tape with some of the tape unraveling from it in an unrealistically artistic fashion. Right now, however, my version of this is a few pink stripes and even fewer orange ones, both of which are much more neon than the designer originally intended. Working on it actually kind of sucks so far. I am posting this in order to keep myself going on the project, though, so the next time that I post, I will hopefully have another, slightly clearer, photo with more stripes in more colors.
For today, I am done, but I will be back soon with more patterns and another photo of my current project! Until then, have a nice day where, hopefully, you stay warm, and good luck with your craft stuff!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My First Finished Cross Stitch of 2014

Hello! A couple of days ago, I posted a WIP photo of a plastic canvas cross stitch I was working on, featuring a silhouette of an idol singer from AKB0048, an anime about a wildly misguided futuristic government that's being overthrown by a girl group that doesn't actually seem to be all that good. I thought then that I'd be able to finish the project within a couple of days, and, thanks in part to a Breaking Bad marathon on AMC, I actually did it! The photo that I took for this post, by my standards, at least, isn't even that bad.

I made the pattern for this project and cross stitched it onto two sheets of 7 count plastic canvas with glittery yarn, which doesn't really show up in this picture. After I finished stitching her, which I started in October, and cut her out, I used some silver yarn on the edges, so she'd be a little less flimsy, which seemed to work. The project ended up being about 22 inches tall, which was bigger than some confusingly bad math I'd done had led me to believe it would be, but that was actually pretty cool. Anyway, here is a slightly fuzzy photo of the finished project!
If any of you guys want the pattern for this project, let me know in the comments and I will post it! It was cool to make such a big project without completely ruining it, so I might do another giant plastic canvas thing.

This is the only thing I have to post today, but I will have some new patterns soon. Until then, I hope that you guys are starting your new year off well and having good luck with your crafting stuff!