Little Mojo Cross Stitch Patterns

Before cross stitch really hit off in 2009 there was an undisputed king of cross stitch; Little Mojo. Sadly they’re no longer on the internet, however their patterns remain scattered across many sites, and so this is the only full list of her awesome patterns.
Please credit LittleMojo if you use any.

These patterns are all free to use, just click the image and you’ll be redirected to where the pattern is.

Video Games (370)

– Final Fantasy (16)
Final Fantasy I Sprites
Black Mage
Final Fantasy II Sprites
Final Fantasy Tactics Sprites
Freya
Golem
Greiver
Ifrit
Palidor
Pheonix
Final Fantasy V Sprites
Final Fantasy VII Sprites
Chocobo
Cloud
Clouds Wolf
Shinra

 

– Kirby (2)
Kirby Super Stars Icons
Kirby Super Stars Sprites

 

– Pokemon (352)
Free Pokemon Patterns A-Z
– TMNT (1)
TMNT NES opening screen

 

– Zero Wing (1)
All Your Base Belong To Us

 

TV/Film (31)

– Harry Potter (31)
Golden Snitch
Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy 2
Goblet Of Fire
Hegwig
Hogwarts Crest 1
Gryffindor Crest 1
Hufflepuff Crest 1
Ravenclaw Crest 1
Slytherin Crest 1
Leaky Cauldron Sign
Harry Potter Sprites
Draco Malfoy Sprites
Ron Weasley Sprites
Lee Jordan Sprites
Maruders Map
Pensive
Sorting Hat
Firebolt Quidditch Broom
The Dark Mark
Epic Hogwards Crest
Epic Gryffindor Crest
Epic Hufflepuff Crest
Epic Ravenclaw Crest
Epic Slytherin Crest
Gryffindor Crest 2
Hufflepuff Crest 2
Ravenclaw Crest 2
Slytherin Crest 2
Slytherin Crest 3
Slytherin Crest 4

 

Anime (74)

– Avatar TLA (5)
Aang
Avatar Air Symbol
Avatar Earth Symbol
Avatar Fire Symbol
Avatar Water Symbol
 
–  Berserk (2)
Guts 1
Guts 2

 

–  Cowboy Behop (4)
Cowboy Behop Logo
Edward Wong Hau Peplu Tirvsky
Edward Line Up
Spike Spiegel

 

–  Fruits Basket (2)
Kyo
Yuki

 

–  Full Metal Alchemist (13)
Edward eyes
Edward manga
Edward small
Edward
Edward 2
Edward 3
Hohenhe Im Of Light
Izumi Symbol
Lust
Maes
Manga Riza
Ouroboros Logo
Winry

 

– Gravitation (8)
Gravitation
Gravitation Eyes
Kumagoro
Shuichi
Shuichi 2
Shuichi 3
Tohma Seguchi
Yuki Eiri

 

– Gundam (3)
Heavyarms
Deathscythe
Epyon

 

–  Hack (3)
Bear
BT
Tsukasa Hack

 

– Hana Yori Dango (2)
Sojiro Nishikado
Tsukasa

 

– Inuyasha (6)
Inuyasha Logo
Inuyasha
Inuyasha 2
Inuyasha Crouch
Kagome
Miroku

 

– Ouran High School Host Club (2)
Hunney
Haruhi

 

– Parfait Tic! (2)
Fuuko
Fuuko 2

 

– Persona Trinity Soul (2)
Jun’s Persona
Shin’s Persona

 

– Ranma (2)
Genma
Genma

 

– Sailor Moon (5)
Sailor Moon
Sailor Mars
Sailor Mercury
Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Venus

 

– Spirited Away (1)
No Face

 

– Starzinger (3)
Aurora
Jesse Dart
Jesse

 

– Tenjho Tenge (3)
Ayanatsume
Bob Makihara
Masataka

 

– Yu-Gi-Oh (6)
Yu-Gi-Oh Big
Yu-Gi-Oh
Dark Magician Girl
Dark Magician Girl 2
Dark Magician Girl 3
Atem and Bakura

 

Subversive (9)

Damn I’m Good
Eat Sleep Screw Repeat
Ten Dolla Make You Holla
And The Horse You Rode In On
Mom Likes Me Best
Kiss My Fat Ass
i made u a lolcat but i ated it
Spoilt
The Internets is SRS BSNS

 

Point de croix, Kreuzstich, クロスステッチ and the foreign cross stitch that don’t get as much focus as they should

Kreuzstich heart cross stitch

When you want to look cross stitch for inspiration, go to places like google and instagram offer a whole volume of awesome pieces to choose from. However other than the generic “cross stitch” search, there are a whole host of secretly hidden and stand out awesome cross stitch to see out there. But you have to think outside the box. Specifically, to different languages.

Whilst most of the world tends to use the English translation for cross stitch, there are some notable exceptions. Sadly these exceptions just don’t get as much press as other pieces, so often fall into obscurity. But they’re so darn good!
クロスステッチ zelda cross stitch
The above piece, and a lot of my instagram account, uses the term “クロスステッチ” (cross stitch in Japanese), which not only features a lot of video games, geeky, anime and Kawaii, but blends traditional Japanese embroidery techniques with modern counted cross stitch in an amazing way.

There are a few places around the world that hold a strong cross stitch presence in their traditional culture. Japan as above has newly developed this fascination, however German has been doing Kreuzstich for hundreds of years, and even popularised it in England back in 1840. The believe piece is a fantastic example of work currently being done.
Kreuzstich heart cross stitch
Not convinced yet?

Ukraine has had cross stitch as part of its traditional dress for hundreds of years, and so its no surprise that Ukraine and its surrounding countries are big on cross stitch, or вышивка крестиком as it known. We’ve featured her a few times, but stand out cross stitch artist Severija shows they sill take it super seriously.
cross-stitch-helmets-by-severija
Finally, and somewhat more traditionally there’s Point de croix. Whilst France tends to stitch online under the term cross stitch, there’s a traditional backbone stitching under its own term. These tend to be almost entirely traditional, occassionally you find a sweet modern twist.
kittys_Point de croix_cross_stitch_by_ancusa

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The Tasty World Of Cross Stitch Cakes

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas

When you think cross stitch, you don’t normally think cakes. However the relationship has been out there a while. We’ve done the hard, tasty work for you, by finding those cross stitch cakes and cake cross stitch.

Cake: Ana Salinas

Originally showcased at the Americas Cake Fair Ana Salinas took the cross stitch world by storm with her fantastically realistic cross stitch cake.

awesome cross stitch cake by ana salinas
The original cross stitch cake by Ana Salinas

The thing that really made the world go crazy was the sheer detail. There’s realistic aida, with cross stitch perfectly spaced, and its just so awesome!

Cross Stitch: Sirinth

Cake don’t always have to be fancy to be tasty. Check this sweet Minecraft cake out by Sirinth who even made the pattern avalible for free on her website.
minecraft cake cross stitch by sirinth

Cake: Zoe Clark

Cross stitch cakes look hard, however once Ana Salinas took the world by storm, people started to emulate her. Most are poor emulations, however Zoe Clark has perfected a very simple method, which she even teaches on her website!

Cross Stitch: TinyLizard

These simplistic cupcakes are super sweet. What makes them even better, is you can pick yourself up a kit from EtsyStudio
cake cross stitch kit by tinylizardgifts

The Samurai Who Unknowing Brought Cross Stitch To Japan

I was once told a story of how a Samurai brought cross stitch to Japan without knowing it. Like many tales about cross stitch I firmly ignored it, however, as time has gone on, I found out the story was true. So, without further ado, here is the story of the Samurai that brought cross stitch to Japan by accident.

Edo Period (pre-1868)

Our story starts in the Edo period of Japan, a time of economic growth and strict social order. With a wealthy Imperial Court, it was a common practice for Ladies of the Court to have costumes decorated in a traditional Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu). However during these stages shishu was only available to a select group of the highest ranks of society due to high costs for its creation.
The Edo period continued with until its fall, which brought about mass social change.

Keiō Era (1865 – 1868)

One of the largest changes following the fall of Edo was the restructuring of the military. Gone were the days of samurai classes ruling over their territories. Many joined up the new military, whilst others set up businesses. One of these samurai, from Fukui in Echizen decided to bring in sanada string as a clothes accessory.
Taking many artistic cues from nihon shishu, sanada string was a more affordable option for many Japanese.
traditional Sanada string

Meiji Period (1868 – 1912)

Unlike nihon shishu however sanada string lacked artistic flair and left many Japanese wanting a more artistic clothing option. In this wake, the samurai changed his business model and instead focused on sashiko embroidery, a regimented embroidery featuring crossed stitches as part of its design, originally used to reinforce garments and as a means of repair.

Modern Sashiko Japanese Embroidery
Modern Sashiko Japanese Embroidery

Taishō Period (1912 – 1926)

As the popularity of sashiko increased its art form became more free, with regional differences resulting in a varied series of patterns and structures. One of these, was extremely similar to modern day cross stitch, Hitomezashi. However, still out of reach by the average Japanese person, the thread brand DMC entered Japan and offered a high quality, affordable thread.

Hitomezashi sashiko
Hitomezashi sashiko

Modern Japan (1926 – present)

Post war interest in Japan started a revolution of sorts, resulting in ‘handicraft’ or craft as westerns know it, becoming a national pass time, with speciality stores becoming well known all over the country. As time passed, handicraft stores became the largest stores in Japan.

samurai jack cross stitch
Samurai Jack cross stitch by reddit user Mrs_Hudson

My thanks to the Japanese store echizen-ya who not only corroborated this story, but was also the original store the samurai opened in 1867.

The Best Simpsons Cross Stitch

With 21 seasons under its belt and still going strong, The Simpsons has a massive following (even if some of them hate the newer episodes), however there isn’t a great deal of cross stitch out there devoted to it.
As I pointed out in my trends of 2017 post pop culture like The Simpsons is on the rise. Here are the best so far…

Springfield: Home Sweet Home

Before we begin, please be advised this post is sponsored by Hank Scorpio (evil genius) and the Globex Corporation.
the simpsons cross stitch home sweet home

The Almighty Donut

Talking of Homer, where’s my donut love?
the simpsons cross stitch do or donut there is no try
You can pick the pattern up of this awesome pattern on Etsy.

Old Man Yells At Cloud

But when it comes to the press, Grandpa Simpson has the record…
the simpsons cross stitch old man yells at cloud

That’s a Paddlin’

Talking out of turn? That’s a paddlin’. Lookin’ out the window? That’s a paddlin’. Staring at my sandals? That’s a paddlin’. Paddlin’ the school canoe? Oh, you better believe that’s a paddlin’.
― Jasper Beardly

the simpsons cross stitch thats a paddlin

Lisa Simpson

the simpsons cross stitch you are lisa simpson
Pretty sure I’m not…

Oh…

The Couch Gag

And finally, what kind of roundup would it be without a couch gag? Attempted a few times, PDX-stitch has got the furthest so far, with a 3 year stitch time…
the simpsons cross stitch couch gag

The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch Book Review

mr x stitch guide to cross stitch Cover
It’s rare that I review a cross stitch book, and I know many of you want them, but there is rarely a reason. Most books are either mass patterns, which you will love or hate based on personal taste, or a historical tome, which either appeals or doesn’t. But this book review is different. Other than being written by my good pal Mr X Stitch (Jamie), the Mr X Stitch Guide To Cross Stitch book is not a normal cross stitch book. In my mind that should give you enough information to want to read it anyway, however, we got our hands on a pre-published copy, so onto the detailed review!
mr x stitch guide to cross stitch inside page 58-59
So the first thing to say is it has 20 patterns. These are all in the modern and contemporary style, such as small pixelated Mona Lisa, or a pineapple (actually three pineapples). The idea of the patterns, whilst being great projects, is to help explain the craft. And that’s because this book is about EVERYTHING cross stitch. It starts simple, instructions for basic patterns, and moves on to more and more complicated parts of the craft, including pattern making. But instead of stopping there Jamie goes from the very humble beginnings of cross stitch to some of the most extreme stitching around, with four key outliers of the craft (myself included), who push the boundaries of the craft. This is all backed with tips and tricks from decades of expert advice, add combined into one of the best looking cross stitch books around.
mr x stitch guide to cross stitch inside page 8-9
Jamie has always been someone to push cross stitch as an art form, and I’ve gone into some detail about is cross stitch is art or craft before (which includes a picture of Jamie stitching the Mona Lisa from the book), but instead of focusing on how people think about cross stitch, Jamie actively changes your mind. His tips of color blending and using materials such as glow in the dark threads shows you how being a little braver with your own stitches can bring a cutting edge twist to your art.
 

For many, cross stitch conjures up images of cute kittens and country cottages, but this book shows people that there’s a different side to cross stitching that it’s an art in its own right, and will encourage them to be a little braver with their art.

If at this point you’re not super excited, and convinced by the photos, then I don’t know what will get you excited. Frankly, I think this might be the best cross stitch book in existence.
 

You can pick up a copy from the publisher searchpress or your local book store.

Cross Stitch Cufflinks

As the Lord of cross stitch, its no wonder I wear cufflinks, but I feel all the manbroiderers and partners of cross stitchers should hold up the flag more often! Cufflinks are a great way to do this, but also pose quite a challenge to make in themselves.

The first pair featuring characters from the Cave Story video game, are fantastic examples of super tiny cross stitching; these are 42 count! By Benjibot
cave story cross stitch cufflinks by benjibot
Alternatively you could lower the count and make something like these awesome Just Dance cross stitch cufflinks to show off that you can break into spontanious dance moves as soon as the suit is off.

If video games aren’t your thing, you can always use them to monogram your shirts on the cheap. These linen based cross stitch cufflinks ooze class.

Or, if you want hard wearing, how about resin filling a pair, like these from craftster?
pacman cross stitch cufflinks

Free Epic Pokemon All Generations Cross Stitch Pattern

epic pokemon all generations cross stitch
This is the big one. The most outrageous and insanely huge pattern I’ve found anywhere on the internet. It’s a combination of the first 5 generations of Pokemon, using generation 5 sprites. It’s basically a combination of the separate 5 epic pokemon generations cross stitch patterns we posted last week.
It’s a massive 798,000 stitches, with the finished piece well over a meter wide and tall on 14 count (almost 1.5m x 2m). If you attempt it, I salute you!
 
Stitch Count: 798w x 1000h
Finished Size: 57″ x 71.5″ or 145cm x 182cm (14ct)
Number of colors: 234 (DMC)

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A few people have requested both color and black and white versions of the pattern. I’m working of this currently, however due to its size the program keeps crashing… :/


Lastly, the only person so far that is still stitching the pattern is samarin6 who last gave us the below update back in 2015, with just over 25% of the pattern complete; 3 years in.
pokemon epic all generations cross stitch by samarin6
 
Looking for something else? Check out our list of free cross stitch patterns for more.

Cross Stitch Fabric Types

Moving on from my history of cross stitch, I’ve started looking into the various parts of cross stitch and breaking down some of the walls people see when starting out. One of these has got to be the fabrics used for cross stitch.

Simply put, there are four types of fabric used:

  • Aida (the most widely used)
  • Hardanger
  • Linen
  • Evenweave

There are then also specialist fabrics:

  • Waste Canvas
  • Plastic Canvas

A note on counts:
Before we get into what makes up a fabric, we should mention counts. In short, this is the amount of full cross stitches you can get in a line, for an inch. The most common type is a 14 count, which is an Aida. Some fabrics come only in set sizes.

Aida

14 count aida cross stitch fabricAida was invented in 1986 specifically for cross stitch and counted cross stitch. As a result its the most widely used fabric for cross stitch, and is very likely to be the type your using.
Its made up of regular holes on a semi rigid starch heavy cotton. It allows you to cross stitch in perfect squares by using the holes given.
They come in different size counts, from 10 to 32.

Hardanger

Hardanger cross stitch fabric exampleHardanger is very similar to aida, however is 100% cotton without starch, meaning its very easy to stretch and warp. It comes in 22 count only,, however cross stitch can be done over 2 “sets” giving 11 count. Prior to 1986 this was the most common fabric for cross stitch, and most historic examples of cross stitch are on Hardanger. Since the invention of aida Hardanger has dropped massively in popularity and is very rare currently.

Linen

linen cross stitch fabricLinen is a very traditional fabric used for embroidery, made up of flax. It can come in a large varience of types, with smaller or larger holes, however its normally found as a 22 to 36 count.

Evenweave

aida and evenweave togetherEvenweave however is a combination of multiple fabric types. Officially aida is a type of linen, but with added starch and even spacing. Evenweave however is linen with even spacing, but no starch. The image here shows that whilst Evenweave is normally much higher count, it can vary from 18 to 32.

Waste Canvas

14-Count-Waste-Canvas cross stitch fabricThe first of out specialist fabrics, waste canvas is made to either dissolve in contact with water, or to be able to pull it apart when wet. Its effectively a type of aida, but with larger holes and special starch that washes out. It usually only comes in 14 count.
Despite its very specific purpose, you can still cross stitch objects without waste canvas.

Plastic Canvas

different types of plastic canvas cross stitch fabricGoing the other way for a specialist thread, plastic canvas is made to be stiff, so you can make 3D objects. It comes in a variety of types, as seen in the image, and some plastics are stiffer than others, meaning you can use them for different purposes. They come in 14 count normally, however I have seen 16, 18 and 22.
An example of what can be acheived with plastic canvas is my transforming cross stitch robot.