Star Wars Cross Stitch Book

Once again, I have awesome news to tell you all! I’ve got another kit book out!

Star Wars Cross Stitch Alternative Cover

This time on Star Wars, which is sold in US, AU, UK and EU territories. Its full of cross stitch patterns from A New Hope all the way to Rogue One.

Star Wars Cross Stitch inside by rhys turton lord libidan

Star Wars Cross Stitch Cover by rhys turton lord libidanThere will be a killer review on Mr X Stitch soon, however if you’re itching for a stitching, get it on Amazon now!

I’ll be posting some of the completed peices over the next week, so keep your eyes out for them!

Is Glow-In-The-Dark really here to stay?

DMC have come out with a lot of new and interesting threads over the years (and still do), however one that EVERYONE knows, is the glow in the dark range. Other brands quickly followed suit, and now there are loads of different brands, shades, and constructs to choose from. However my main question, is are they really here to stay?

This post is scheduled for Halloween, and glow in the dark threads are used in almost every Halloween project for obvious reasons, however outside of October, do you really see them? My answer is pretty much no.

Bioshock Charge Vigor Cross Stitch
Bioshock Charge Vigor Cross Stitch

I’m not against glow in the dark, I’ve used it in a series of projects, like the one above which uses Sew It All’s glow in the dark aida, however a quick google search shows there simply aren’t many projects out there using the stuff.

The thread is a little complicated to use, some are worse than others, however it only compares to a metallic thread. But metallic threads are used all the time in loads of projects.
Instead, glow in the dark has been relegated to a gimmick thread, instead of being part of your go to threads.

spiderman glow in the dark cross stitch

I will agree that glow in the dark in all forms is used rarely, however with recent pushes into variegated thread, including DMC’s new Coloris range it seems to me that glow in the dark might not be here to stay…

sans undertail glow in the dark cross stitch

If you want more glow in the dark goodness, this video my MrXStitch and SewAndSo delves into whats available in the market currently.

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch
Title: Dark Side Sampler
Date Completed: February 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Created for a Star Wars book proposal, this was the first in a series of stitches made for the book, however wasn’t selected. Its one of two parts for both light and dark sides of the force. The two pieces are reminiscent of cold war era art deco posters, and are made to both face each other as if they are about to fight. You can find the other one here.

Star Wars Light Side Sampler Cross Stitch

Star Wars Light Side Sampler Cross Stitch
Title: Dark Side Sampler
Date Completed: March 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Created for a Star Wars book proposal, this was the first in a series of stitches made for the book, however wasn’t selected. Its one of two parts for both light and dark sides of the force. The two pieces are reminiscent of cold war era art deco posters, and are made to both face each other as if they are about to fight. You can find the other one here.

The illegal cross stitch movement

Following on from is cross stitch dead? and the rise of Twitch cross stitch 1, part 2 & part 3, there’s one other facet of modern cross stitch that’s making waves; public cross stitch.

Pac-man-milan-1

This new wave of cross stitch appears to be an off shoot of the well known knitting group Stitch London (previously Stitch ‘n’ Bitch), known for knitting around key London landmarks in aid of charity. However some clever so and so realized that the multi-color non-destructive knitting had another effect; positivity.

That person was Miss Cross Stitch (nothing to do with Mr X Stitch). As a designer and keen stitcher she wanted to get away from the concept that it was only done by grandma’s, so packed up her needles and started stitching in German cities with bungie cord. Years later she was contacted by another member cross stitcher in Barcelona, and the movement was started.

Unlike traditional graffiti its seen as a positive force within the community, with little to no police impact (although there is some), and yes, its illegal, but I think we can all agree we’d love to see Pacman Ghosts in our neighborhood…

If you’re more interested in the exploits of Miss Cross Stitch you can check out an awesome interview on Make:, or her website.
Pac-man-milan-2

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch
Title: Pikachu Tea Cup
Date Completed: October 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Canvas: White
Colours: 9
Video Game: Pokemon
I recently saw a super sweet Pikachu in a tea cup figurine and just knew I had to stitch it! I changed the sizes a little to fit better and it now looks super cute!
pikachu-cup-figure

Does 10,000 hours make a cross stitch master?

Everyone has heard the old adage of 10,000 hours of practice making you a master, however how true is this?

Thanks to the sheer size of cross stitch its no wonder that 10,000 hours are a possibility, however I doubt that a large proportion of people ever stitch that much. As a result, the remainder that do could be classed as masters, but whats my hour count?
Time to do the math.

Year 1-3:
20 (4 hour every weekday) + 16 hours (weekend) = 36 hours
x 50 (average weeks a year negating holidays) = 1800
x 3 (years = 5400
Year 4-6:
5 (1 hour every weekday) + 16 hours (weekend) = 21 hours
x 50 (average weeks a year negating holidays) = 1050
x 3 (years = 3150

Total: 8550

So I’m not a master. Well, it shouldn’t shock you to see that this isn’t the first time I’ve done that calculation. However within a year I will be, and so this begs the question; will I be a master soon?
The basics were covered off easily, within the first few weeks, maybe 50 hours. So for the remaining 8500 hours I’ve been doing nothing but practice. There are no badges like Pokemon to check your master status, and so we have to look at other identifiers.

pokemon master badges
Ash Ketchum still hasn’t won the Pokemon League, even with 58 badges…

I’ve been lucky enough to have been in 5 shows, work on a book, work on another book, be part of 5 publications and have another book deal. But none of these actually prove I’m any good at what I do, just that I can promote myself well. And so what other identifiers can you look at?

Well, for starters I still haven’t learnt how to do a french knot. I only really started ending my threads correctly a year ago. But I make all my own patterns, and pick colors by eye.

However in my mind, those 10,000 hours need to be used correctly. It’s not about the practice, its pushing the boundaries. I’ve played with transforming cross stitch, made stereoscopic cross stitch, made tattoos, blueprints and made perspective altering pieces; and I think its these I wear as badges of honor. My way to being a master.

That said; I still won’t class myself as a master. I think that’s the thing. To be a master you need to never stop trying to improve. I learnt that from Jiro.

Cross Stitch Tattoo Explosion

With 1 in 3 people having a tattoo on average worldwide, it’s not surprising to see so many. However recently there has been an explosion of cross stitch tattoos. Initially it looks like a perfect storm to create this, however if that was the case, we would have seen the explosion 3 years ago.
No, this is something different.

cross-stitching-tattoos-eva-krbdk

The Perfect Storm

I’ve said it above, but tattoos are everywhere now. The old and young don’t get tattoos, leaving about a third of the population. Therefore if you DON’T have a tattoo you’re the exception. And with this we’ve seen a lot of…questionable tattoos based on pop culture and hobbies. A great example of this is sewing, spurred on by the Great British Sewing Bee, and similar programs. However this has been building for some time, slowly pushing itself into mainstream culture.

But when I look back on the history of cross stitch tattoos, there’s pretty much nothing. The most well known contemporary stitcher, Mr X Stitch, has one, but its obscure enough that it might be anything… And then, from out of the blue, we hit a massive leap in interest. The below google trends record shows that in July 2015 cross stitch tattoos leap in interest. But why?

cross stitch tattoo and sewing tattoo google trends

Eva Krbdk

It’s all down to Eva. She’s a Turkish tattoo artist that loves cross stitch and watercolors. Whilst most of her tattoos are watercolor based, Turkey has had a deep relationship with embroidery, and so she started getting contacted to change her stitches into tattoos. She’s been active since 2013, starting will small pieces, but recently she’s been asked to do massive pieces like the below:

cross-stitching-tattoos-eva-krbdk-space

What I really love is that she works with the canvas of skin in a similar way to aida. She fills in white areas, leaves space between crosses (like real aida), makes the stitches unique, but also positions the top stitch in the same direction for every cross. It’s not hard to see why Eva has such a backing, and I’m happy to see it continue.

cross-stitching-tattoos-eva-krbdk-space invader

If you haven’t got your fill of tattoo images here, I would strong suggest checking out her instagram which has both her cross stitch tattoos and awesome other tattoos.

video game cross stitch tattoo

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch
Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch

Title: The Great Wave
Date Completed: October 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Video Game: Pokemon
Not too long ago I went to the museum in London and saw a print of the Great Wave, and its stuck in my head for a while. I recently remembered it when I saw missypena’s Great Wave Off Kanto posters. With her permission I remade them and edited them to fit the original slightly better. This is the largest piece I have completed so far, but I think it might be my best to date…

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