As if you hadn’t noticed by all the music in the shops, the ever dropping temperature, and the not so subtle hints about gifts from friends and family; Christmas cometh. Its officially 4 weeks away, and what better way to celebrate than Christmas Pokemon baubles. You can even get these patterns if you wanted to stitch them up before the big day!
Title: Yoda Date Completed: November 2015 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Film: Star Wars Never have I ever wanted to stitch this much green. I would love to say it was only stitched once, but as the pattern was for our Star Wars cross stitch book I had to get it right so I changed colours 3 times, restitching the whole thing in the process. Oh, the just of green…
Story. Story. Story. I can’t say it enough. Its the thing that changes the pattern the most. A standard sprite for example is a nice pattern, but to see the sprite interacting with a background, or posing the sprite in a special way; that’s what makes the difference. The Pidgey’s below are both sprites from the first games, however the first has a custom background. Now, which looks best?
Devil In The Detail
Details are important, and are normally the first thing people see when looking at a piece. In the below Portal pixel art patterns you can see small dots by the eyes. Whilst these could all be the same, the fact that each is detailed to that point goes to show how much more different they each are, and when placed next to each other really show up those differences.
In video game cross stitch in particular, the sprite is likely to come with a big black border. Now, whilst this is fine, and can be used as a feature, like most of my own work, the black line can detract from the sprite itself. Instead a very dark version of the color next to it can make a nice contrast to the sprite and make it pop more.
Somewhat connected to the outside lines, shading makes a massive difference to a piece. A heavily looked over area of pattern making is the color picking. Instead of choosing the standard sprite images, which were made to go on a white background, consider darkening them when putting them in a shaded area, or on black/dark aida. Pikachu in the example below is in a dark area, with a dark aida, so has his colors changed to suit.
Every good cross stitcher knows that you need to ensure the top stitch is always the same direction, so that the off stitch doesn’t stand out. Well, what if you WANT something to stand out? Now there are two ways to acheive this. The first is which orientation you want the top stitch; if you have something of interest in one corner then you want to have the top stitch oriented to point towards it (your eye naturally follows the top stitch). The second way to utilize this is to change the orientation of the item of interest, and thus bring your eyes to it. What I will say is this works so much better in person that through images, but its definitely something to consider.
Last of all, theres the signature. You may not sign your works, but if you do, consider its placement. You see a lot of people adding the signture to the bottom right just outside of the peice, however every other kind of artist does it *inside* the corner. Why not follow suit? Alternatively there is the Japanese approach of signing on the top corner, bringing attention to the well thought out signature of the artist. Or what about an inverse colored name seal?
These are just a few ideas to help you make a pattern, a superb pattern. Big thanks to our Pokemon & Portal friends for a helping hand.
Title: Storm Troopers Through The Ages Date Completed: October 2015 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Film: Star Wars When we got the go ahead for out Star Wars cross stitch book this is the first thing that came into my head. Storm troopers through the three trilogies of movies.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is out, and what better way to bring in the Potter goodness, than with a roundup of some of the best Harry Potter cross stitches!
At the top of the class we have this killer take on a traditional sampler, where all the sample stitches are Potter icons, with the golden snitch standing proud.
On the matter on snitches, this 99 problems satirical stitch is a fantastic way to use typography with imagery.
He-who-must-not-be-named is back again, with the dark mark. This fantastic example includes a sweet how to guide.
One of my personal favorite parts of the series, and wish I had my own at the time, and this cross stitch really brings it to life without over working it.
With a heavy heart I bring back bad memories of Dobby. However when Dobby was still with us, he had some fantastic moments; just like…
This epic Harry Potter coat of arms cross stitch has been attempted by a lot of people, so many no one really knows where the pattern came from, however this example, with some truly fantastic framing really makes it stand out as one of the greatest epics out there.
Finally we have the super clever glow in the dark Lumos spell.
Title: Star Wars Factions Date Completed: October 2015 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Film: Star Wars During the book design and sign off stage for our Star Wars cross stitch book we knew that the Rebel logo cross stitch and Imperial logo cross stitch needed to be designed. We made three designs and picked the best, but in order to get the sign off we were required to make 2 patterns. Cleverly we stitched half off each, and in photoshop mirrored each half to create the whole. I went back in future to redo both separately, however, I still think this one is the best.
Title: Rebel Logo Date Completed: October 2015 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Film: Star Wars Created as the first ever complete pattern for our Star Wars cross stitch book this rebel logo went through 3 different designs, and 1 test stitch before becoming a reality. I can still look at it now and see the enjoyment I got from working on the book. You can find the Imperial logo cross stitch and mixed star wars logos cross stitch on my portfolio page.
Cross Stitch tattoos have exploded in the last few years, and no self respecting cross stitch geek would be without one. So pull up your chair, and get some inspiration from these epic stitches.
Squad Goal Squirtle Pokemon Tattoo
Not only does this have a Pokemon edge, but but mix of both cross stitch and non-cross stitch just make this an epic tattoo. Although I will say that it doesn’t follow a proper grid, so for shame on the cross stitcher who designed it!
Storm Trooper Helmet
This came out around the time of the newest Star Wars film, and not only is it a geeky indulgence, but the cross stitching is so NEAT.
Two Color Sailor Tattoo
So much is right about these tattoos. Firstly they’re based on traditional sailor tattoos, but with a quirky twist. Then they have non-cross stitched elements. Then they have only 2 colours. THEN they have a funky boarder that makes them look ever so slightly 3D when wearing proper glasses. Just wow.
Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleeve
There is devotion to a cross stitch sampler, and then there is the devotion of Anich Andrew’s tattoos. Known for his bold and geometric designs, this sleeve is epic.
Rose Shoulder Tattoo
The one thing that REALLY makes this work? The needle. Just that little bit extra sets the whole piece off.
Title: Boba Fett Date Completed: March 2015 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Film: Star Wars Created for a Star Wars cross stitch book proposal, this was the first in a series of stitches made for the book. It was designed a year before however, and only stitched once the proposal started to come together as an example of what might be in the book.