Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Combining Perler Beads and Cross Stitch- Finished Projects #8 and #9 of 2014

Hello! I hope that today, you guys are ready to see some really pointless crafting, because that is what I have to show off. The other day, I was sitting down and preparing to make something out of perler beads, but didn't know what I was going to do. This led to a lot of staring at a giant pegboard and a mass of unorganized beads, trying to figure out why it was so much harder to decide what to perler bead than it was to pick out something to cross stitch. I then thought that I might as well just fill my board with random beads, because it was just as good as whatever I'd pick (I was not having a very positive day), which then led to me deciding that if I did that, I could probably use it as a weird sheet of plastic canvas.

Once I thought of that, I ran and grabbed an old perler bead project that I'd made and broken to see if I could get a needle through the beads once they'd been melted. It turned out, after I stitched a few pink Xs on a Samurai Shodown character's head, that I could, so I then grabbed a bunch of yellows and off whites, hoping to make my sheet of beads look like a fake sheet of hand-dyed fabric, and spent several hours digging through buckets and putting beads onto the pegboard. That part of it was not very interesting. Later that night, though, I'd gotten the beads ironed and was able to start stitching on it with some craft thread. That was Sunday, and tonight, I finished this!
The squares that I was stitching on, because they were made of plastic beads, were so big that I didn't want to make a very complicated pattern. Because of that, I chose a sprite of Athena Asamiya from King of Fighters R-2 for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. She only has three colors and the design is pretty simple, which I think is part of what made this work. A pattern with more complicated colors and details wouldn't have looked nice at all, especially because the holes in the melted perler beads were big enough for a needle, but so small that I had to use craft thread rather than yarn to stitch this. Still, I think that this was a cool project, and I want to try it again! I'm going to sort beads ahead of time this time, so that it's less tedious making the sheet of perlers to stitch on, but I think I'll still do a Neo Geo Pocket sprite once I get the sheet made.

A week before this, I did another small, but more traditional project, using a pattern from a long defunct Sanrio patterns webpage (from Geocities!), which was run by a designer who went by the user name Lullaby Lambie. I have a lot of her patterns, but decided to stitch Pochacco, mostly because I have no stuff with that character printed on it. I did this with normal embroidery floss on neon blue Aida cloth and framed it in a 4-inch embroidery hoop. That made it way classier.
I am done posting for tonight, but have a lot of patterns saved up and will have probably some sprite patterns for you guys later this week! Until then, good luck with your crafty stuff and have a nice week!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Little Twin Stars x Robotech Because This Is My Blog and I Do What I Want

Hello! I haven't posted here for over a week, possibly because I am lazy, and now that I am posting, it is to put up an incredibly specific-interest pattern that I made for a plastic canvas project. It's cute, though, so hopefully, that compensates for the project's narrow focus!

So, I was looking at some Sanrio crossover stuff, like when they did the Sanrio x Street Fighter project line, and it occurred to me that I would be a happier person if I had some Sanrio x Robotech cross stitch patterns. Despite the fact that this is a fine idea, it did not previously exist, so I had to do it myself. Though I could go on for ages about the process of making this pattern happen, the end product was a cross stitch pattern of one of the Little Twin Stars dressed as Lisa Hayes. My original drawing had both of them, but the one dressed as Rick looked weird and blobby headed, so I only made the Lisa one into a pattern.

Before I post this, I have to preface it with the fact that I drew this at around midnight, so using the actual outfit became secondary to drawing an outfit that looked "Robotech-y." I cannot actually explain what that means now that I followed that drawing up with a good night's sleep, but I kept the color scheme and a lot of the details right, so I am okay with it. Really, as long as I got Lisa's bizarre hairstyle right, things were going to be okay, and I did, so I am happy with this pattern.

The style and size of this pattern are pretty close to the not-made-up-because-I-wanted-them Sanrio patterns that I've posted. She's 70 stitches tall, with a pleasant pastel color scheme, but the colors are simple enough that if you want to change them, it should be no problem. This also should not take too long to stitch.
I am going to start stitching this very soon, but I have done a couple of other drawings of Sanrio mascots done up like characters from sci-fi anime and it does not get more normal from here. You guys will be subjected to those soon enough.

Anyway, I am tired and done for tonight, but will be back soon because I enjoy this nonsense. Until then, best of luck with all of your crafting stuff!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014's 7th Finished Project: The Little Twin Stars, Round One

Hello! Last year, on a day when I was not feeling very well, I made a surprisingly coherent post about a Little Twin Stars cross stitch flier that I'd ordered used from Amazon. I was really excited about getting it, because I am an easily impressed dork that's way too into Sanrio rubbish, but had not managed to actually finish any of the patterns included in the book. When I made that post in October, that was reasonable, since I'd just gotten the book that day and had classes and stuff to deal with. After a while, though, it just got kind of ridiculous. Yesterday, however, I fixed that by finally completing one of the many patterns included in the lovely cross stitch booklet. I think that I started this in October, which should tell you how fast I am at stitching and what a brilliant attention span I have.

Behold, my stitched version of Linda Dennis' pattern of the Little Twin Stars taking a nap on a moon that someone has unwisely tied a star to with a ribbon! (Really, this could cause problems. The moon looks kind of flimsy, and that star is big enough that it could tip it over and send Kiki and Lala flying. Plus, it might be gravitationally unsound. The Twin Stars must be awfully callous to just nap next to a potential intergalactic disaster.)
Because I am not a good photographer, you guys get to see the version of this that got run through an Instagram filter, as that site gives me a slight confidence boost regarding the appearance of my photos. However, I think that it is still a pretty clear image. I stitched this onto light blue 14-count with mostly non-DMC brands of embroidery floss, backstitching it with a navy blue that actually ended up being visually distinguishable from black. I then put it into a 7-inch wooden embroidery hoop so that I can decorate my campus apartment in the fall, along with an increasingly bizarre collection of other finished stitchings.

Eventually, I would like to stitch the entire Little Twin Stars cross stitch patterns flier, because it would please me to do so. I plan to start working towards that goal sometime this weekend. I haven't chosen which pattern to do next, though, so it is just as likely that I'll get all excited about picking a pattern, get distracted, and then do something else. Either way, it should be fun!

In a few days, I should be back with another patterns post, but until then, good luck with your own crafting projects! I hope that you guys are at least a little more focused than I am about getting projects done.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Fancy Portrait Pattern of a Sailor Moon Supporting Cast Member

Hello! I just spent two and a half hours doing XML markup of poems about Abraham Lincoln and his mother, so I felt like it was time to do some blogging here! I'm kind of trying to clean up all the still-to-post patterns that are sitting on my desktop, so today, I'm going to start posting a new set of portrait patterns.

When Viz announced earlier this summer that they were going to stream the old episodes of Sailor Moon with shiny new subtitles, I got all excited and wanted to make some cross stitch patterns for Sailor Moon characters. However, patterns of the Sailor Scouts themselves are not exactly hard to come by, so I wanted to do patterns for some of the less major characters. So far, I've done patterns of Ves Ves and Cere Cere, two of the girls from the Amazoness Quartet, the circus girl bad guys from the season where they have all of the weird dream mirror stuff (it may not be a perfect description, but it makes as much sense as anything would), and I'd like to make the other two girls from the group, too. Really, though, there's enough stuff out there that I could keep doing a set of portrait patterns of Sailor Moon characters for quite a long time, so I don't know how long I will drag this out. If there are any characters you'd especially like to see, though, let me know!

For today, I'm posting the pattern of Cere Cere because she has the advantage of having pink hair, which I like today. As far as my portrait patterns go, there's nothing too out of the ordinary about this, though her hair rings take up so much of the pattern that she might be faster to stitch than some of the others that I've posted. I like this pattern, though, and hope that some of you guys do, too!
I am done posting for today, but I sill have quite a bit of stuff to post, including a ton of sprite patterns that I still need to get onto cross stitch charts. I'm almost done with a project from the Little Twin Stars cross stitch flier that I posted about a while back, too, so I will probably have a photo post about that tomorrow. Until my next post, good luck with whatever crafts that you're working on!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dork Stitch's Sixth Annual Heal Slime Day!

Hello! As I was talking about earlier in the week, today is Dork Stitch's 6th Annual Heal Slime Day which, due to some bad planning on my part, proves that I have kept this blog going for a little over five years! There is no particular significance to the fact that it is Heal Slime day, other than that I like Dragon Quest and made a hyperbolic post about a pattern that I posted when first starting this blog, but it stuck because I decided that it should, leading to an annual post dedicated to the character.

I'm pretty sure that not a lot of you actually care about the Heal Slime patterns, even though I have a pretty good one this year, if I do say so myself. Despite that, I really appreciate all of you guys that read this blog, use the patterns that I post, and leave comments, especially considering that some of you have been here almost since I started. Without knowing that people were reading this blog, I would have gotten bored and quit posting a long time ago. I probably still would have been making cross stitch patterns, but keeping a blog is more fun than searching for websites willing to host my stuff, so it is cool that you guys have stuck around.

Anyway, for today, I have a sprite pattern of Heal Slime! I thought that I had done this years ago, but apparently, I had not, so for today, I set about making one character from an old RPG look like it could reasonably appear in a different old RPG. (Phantasy Star is fun and all, but it is sorely lacking the Dragon Quest slimes, as are most games.) The Heal Slime sprite turned out to be pretty small, though, so I made the normal slime and King Slime to go with it, meaning that today, I'm posting three characters in one pattern! They're all pretty small and not very fancy, but I think they're cute, so I hope that you guys like today's pattern, too!
With that finished, I am done posting for today, though I have a ton of patterns ready to post and will be back soon. As always, I have a lot of sprite patterns, and then I have more Polar Bear Cafe stuff and a set of portrait patterns that I'm working on from a different and far more popular anime, too. Until my next post, have a nice end to your week and, if you're also in the USA, a good Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Penguins All Over This Blog (A Cross Stitch Pattern and 2014's Finished Project #6)

Hello! This Thursday is this blog's 6th Annual Heal Slime Day, which I, surprisingly, am almost totally prepared for! I have my pattern done and, since I never have much to say then, anyway, should be able to do the post pretty well, too. For today, though, I have penguin stuff to post, which I suspect will be slightly more popular.

Today's cross stitch pattern is the next one in my set of giant Polar Bear Cafe patterns, featuring Penguin! Though it seems like it could be miserable to stitch, if you don't mind stitching a giant chunk of off white and having that be the majority of the project, this could be the pattern for you. I plan to make this anyway, since I'd like to make the entire set, but am not really looking forward to it.

Penguin is kind of a jerk, but, as far as this pattern set goes, he lacks the clothing and accessories that Panda and Polar Bear had, so if you could care less about sitcom anime but still really like penguins, this pattern could be acceptable for your more general purposes. It shouldn't be difficult to stitch, either, since there aren't many colors and, though it's a large pattern for this blog, it's not really too gigantic. Plus, I designed it so that I could stitch it on plastic canvas, so if you'd rather cross stitch it, it should be very easy. I don't have much else to say about Penguin's pattern, so I hope that you guys like it!
My other penguin-related aspect of this post is a needlepoint of Pingu that I made for my sister during a lot of TV watching on Sunday night. This is based on a sprite from a Pingu Game Boy game that I did a very small amount of recoloring on, so if you guys want the pattern, I can post it very easily. It took about four hours to stitch, trim, and put a yarn border on this, though, which was a bit more time consuming due to the white 7-count plastic canvas I was using.I had to stitch around the outside twice to hide all of the plastic peeking through. Thanks to Instagram, though, my photo of this looks relatively nice, mostly because I shoved a filter on top of it.
I'm done posting for today, but will be back Thursday for Heal Slime Day! Until then, have a nice day and good luck with your crafts!