These are a mix of multiple games, recolored to sit along side the epic pokemon pattern.
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Video game cross stitch is my thing (along with geeky cross stitch), however there are a lot of examples of fantastic art out there, so here are my top 10:
One of the first ever ‘epic’ video game cross stitch patterns made by psi169 but stitched by many of the years. Its a massive 1.5m by 1m and full of awesome mario goodness.
The epic stitches don’t end there, and as time has gone on Zelda caught up fast with Mario on the trend front. This amazing piece was the first full Legend of Zelda cross stitch map to be completed.
Just look how long this is! Unrestrained from common frame sizes a whole level is stitched in this mario piece. Click to see just how detailed it is. And nice use of a sky blue aida…
There are literally hundreds of home sweet home patterns, including the free pokemon home sweet home pattern we gave away, however they have become so synonymous with the cross stitch community, that its inclusion within the video game sub-culture was inevitable.
Simple in its outset of a pokemon battle screen, however infinitely more complicated once you realise the small factors such as the high level pikachu is meant to represent Ash’s from the anime. Not only has it been well received by the whole stitching community, but its even sparked spin offs like the Game of Thrones one below.
This piece was made my myself, so I do have a bias, however its the most requested pattern on reddit cross stitch page, so is deserving of a place in the top ten. And even better I’ve made the retro gaming cross stitch pattern a free download!
This is simply stunning. The tone of the colors shows real skill, but its completely engrossing, using one of the most iconic images from the chrono trigger game.
The greatest thing about this competition is the fantastic stance of the tenticle. I know its direct from the game, but they’ve taken a vector image and transfered it to a small pixel image without loosing any of the key details.
A regular, quite boring cross stitch completely changed by adding in Lara Croft (a very cross stitch unfriendly character) into the mix. It’s not Becky Schaefer’s only piece, but this was his first in this style, and it really works…
HADUKEN! Synonomus within the video game community, and has been attempted many times with its well known code, however the thing that really brings this piece to life is the awesome positioning of the characters and lack of text, but its still obvious what it is. Very well done.
Cross stitch is inherently geeky, however with more and more people releasing their inner geek; we’ve had some epic cross stitches.
Star Trek has long been in the realm of geeks, but with recent movies its become more and more popular, however its still firmly geeky. This sampler shows everything geeky about the series, with all its cross stitch glory!
This pattern actully came from the Star Trek Cross Stitch book myself and John Lohman put together:
Game of Thrones brought geek to the every day with the awesome books and TV series, however back when it was just into its first series this amazing piece was made. Sure, it doesn’t subscribe to the R+L=J theory, but its great use of a pre-existing Pokemon set makes it geeky in the extreme.
The Potter books and movies are great, but their attention to detail is what makes them really stand out. The production team even managed to create perfect house crests, which were quickly picked up, pixelised, and cross stitched. However, their HUGE size stopped people in their tracks, but making 4 of the things and then making pillows; there must have been magic involved.
I’ve mentioned Pokemon above, and I use it a lot in my work, but the sheer size of this piece is mind blowing. The pattern was made over on the SpriteStitch forums, it’s been started (and even finished) a dozen times, but the image above was the first, and gives a great idea of its huge 4.5 foot size.
Talking huge; hows a 9 foot long cross stitch of the entire original Star Wars trilogy? OK, its not actually a tapestry as its purely cross stitch, but damn its cool.
This Spiderman stitch deserves a place on this list anyway, however with its clever use of glow in the dark thread it really pops.
DEMAND TO SEE LIFE’S MANAGER!
This just makes me itch to play Portal 2 again, one of my all time favorite games EVER.
Just looking at this makes me hum the theme tune. Doctor Who, the geekiest of 70s TV, is still loving strong today with awesome stitches like this.
Home sweet home sampler + pun + electronics + cross stitch = the best geek inspired cross stitch ever!
I mean; this is just so geeky its hilarious. And damn that’s a good pun.
You don’t need to say anything about this. Its just pure amazing. Not only that, but this stitch came out before the movies. Very very impressive.
I admit, I’ve watched all of Adventure Time, and I’m still not sure if its a kids program or not… But its my guilty pleasure, the thing I hide from friends… It’s so reminiscent of old school geek is great. And so is the everything burrito…
No geeky cross stitch list is complete without a smashing of retro gaming, and my Space Invader School cross stitch is a perfect example of that geekiness.
I don’t like to post rude stitches on this site, but the cult classic Alien has to be on the list. It’s summed up the tone of the film perfectly.
July’s roundup starts with a total newbie to the SpriteStitch forums, but honestly; PixelArtist really shows how to do it, with this amazing Black Mage piece.
Our monthly challenge of July was Royalty, and whilst we had loads of entries, I want to make a shout out to Slowking by rainbowfshh, just because its so awesome!
SpriteStitch may be best known for its generation 1 epic Pokemon pattern, which has taken the stitching world by storm, but how about a family devoted to the first three generations? Hellfire’s gen 3 has now been completed.
Shameless cash-in on Pokemon Go you say? Well if you insist; have these three brilliant team posters by Stitchmond.
See you next month!
How does a totally free pokemon ‘home sweet home’ cross stitch pattern sound?
With a few color changes you can have a little more fun with this pattern; like I did!
Or add a pikachu even…
“I’ve been stitching now for more than 5 years, and in that time; I’ve amassed more than 230 threads, but is it worth getting the complete set of DMC threads?”
That was a year ago, and now, with the full set of DMC threads, I can finally answer the question. However as always, its not that simple.
The story starts back when I picked up a small inch square kit from the local hobby store. I had nothing, yet instantly fell out of favor of the standard kits. So I started making my own, and buying threads up.
At first you buy a thread here. A thread there, and maybe you buy 10 or 20 for a big project. But it never really goes beyond that. You never finish a thread, resorting to reusing the same color next time, even if it isn’t a perfect fit.
But things start getting better. You start larger and larger pieces, and you’re getting picking about the right colors. Sure, you still make changes to reuse old ones, but you have 5 reds to choose from, so its OK!
But you realize buying 1 or 2 threads isn’t effective. You get batches, and you start having over-spill from your storage boxes…
So you get new storage. Maybe you get the DMC boxes.
But that makes you realize how few you have..
But you just keep getting through those blacks… So you buy a cone or two. And that’s where things hold.
You have so much selection you can always find 1st or 2nd choice threads.
And that’s where I caved. Now, to be clear, I didn’t go out of my way to buy all the threads. I had actually got an offer from a store to buy a kit at a discounted cost.
And I turned it down.
And regretted it instantly.
I made a new pattern, and pulled up a list of colors to find I didn’t have any of them, which was rare in itself. I searched my thread book for a good alternative, and didn’t have the second choice.
So I finally splurged on a full 447 set, complete with variegated threads for £250.
Whilst initially I started using a few new threads, I quickly found another problem. Over-spill. I had worked with 230 threads for the better part of 3 years, and when I brought my new set, I also got those 230.
So I had to work through all 230 threads first.
It took 9 months, and a load of stitching, but I got through it all. Now, I can use any color. Now I have so much choice every piece uses a new thread just for the hell of it.
And you know what? I finally have choice when it comes to skin color. Skin tone threads! Ahhhh!
Yes. Oh my word yes.
Even though it doesn’t seem it at first, a complete set means you can always pick the right colour. Hold it up to your screen to check its perfect, or put multiple threads next to each other and pick the best.
And it really shows in your work…