Title: Miniature Pokemon Card
Date Completed: August 2019
Canvas: Antique White
Pop Culture: Pokemon
I rarely stitch up other peoples cross stitch patterns, however it does happen. But in those instances, like the Portal Gun cross stitch, I like to edit the patterns slightly. It might be adding something new, or in this case, just doing it on a different count.
I originally found this pattern on instagram over a two years ago, and I put it in my pile for cross stitch patterns I wanted to stitch, but probably wouldn’t do. I honestly expected that to be the case for ever and never thought about it again. However I happened on someone else selling small pendants of the same pattern. It was cute. But once again, I just didn’t feel right. With the way the pokemon card has been reduced down in size, the over all thing seemed a bit too large. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Roll on 2018 when I stitched up two miniature pirate cross stitch samplers for the XStitch Magazine. I got these back from the publisher and chose to submit them into the National Needlecraft Awards. I didn’t expect to win, but I did. In fact, I won the Best Miniature Needlecraft award. It came as a bit of a shock, but the whole process really made me appreciate getting crosss stitch recognition. I decided to make another one for this year, and whilst you’ll see that one shortly, I decided to go full coverage.
This was something I decided to do after I put together a round up of the best miniature cross stitches, but I hadn’t done it before. This is where the pokemon card came back. I thought that to both test the full coverage, and to make the pokemon card even more miniature, I could stitch it in 32 count as a tester.
Sadly, by this time, the instagram post and Esty sale had both ended so I no longer had access to the original artist or pattern. However I recreated it and stitched it up in 32 count. Its now smaller than my thumb nail!
We round up some of the best flosstubers around as submitted by our users, ordered by follower count.
|Cross Stitch With Luda
A Ukranian cross stitcher, Luda posts every video in both English and her native Ukrainian. The videos are informative, well lit, professionally filmed and have a vlog feel about them.
|Priscilla & Chelsea
The dual cross stitchers Priscilla & Chelsea not only have a flosstube once a week, but also feature smaller videos on fancy floss. They work together fantastically, and always answer questions from the comments; there is a real community here.
Vonna, or the Twisted Stitcher as many know her, posts once a month, and whilst more structured as others on this list, so much happens in Vonna’s life that its always packed with cross stitch and information!
Carolyn sadly hasn’t posted in some time, but her back catalogue of videos is a gold mine of information and HAED accomplishments and as a result still deserves a place on our list.
Speaking quickly, but with a great level of energy and a good look at their cross stitch worlds, JustKeepStitching have weekly flosstubes.
|Off the Grid Needlearts
Not just Flosstube videos, but a whole bunch of cross stitch goodness through the week. Her “stitch with me” series once a week is also a great way to calm down whilst cross stitching yourself.
A little more personal and less glitzy than some on this list, the KittenStitcher gives a really good insight into her cross stitch world, whilst talking about some of the weirder things in her life. Also, its cat heavy.
Shorter weekly videos with a real mix of cross stitch from super traditional to super modern, small to massive. A great flosstuber, who also designs patterns you can stitch along with.
Shorter episodes with a traditional cross stitch heavy offering, with a great mix of samplers, challenges and chat.
|Ginger Gerald Stitcher
The first male cross stitcher on the list, Gerald is young, has a high level of production value, and are really great videos. However unlike others, his videos are usually sub-15 minutes.
A very well lit flosstube offering allows you to see a lot more of the stitches than others on the list. It tends to be almost 100% cross stitch, with no life stories, but that allows lindystitches to pack her videos with tips, tricks, info, and techniques you might not be used to.
A fortnightly update, Cathy gives you an insight into the world of a designer, instead of a standard stitcher. If you’ve ever wanted to know what its like for a designer, Cathy is a great place to start.
All videos are in Spanish, with most being re-released in English as well. The videos tend to focus more on the threads, tools and techniques used rather than completions or starts.
|Jessie Marie Does Stuff
A mixed bag of tips, challenges and other topics, Jessie Marie tends to stick to large projects and stitches on the back of challenges and tasks on a monthly basis to keep lots of projects going at once.
|Stitching In Sequins
Despite the name, there really isn’t much sequin chat, and is purely cross stitch and related topics. A mix of very short and longer videos. Tends to shift between traditional and modern stitches meaning you get a great variance of content.
Jan posts daily cross stitch videos, which cover a whole raft of topics, but also includes a flosstube every month too.
A little more standard as flosstube videos go, Jules takes us through her world of truly epic cross stitches.
Focusing on traditional cross stitch with occasional guest stars.
|Stitch ALL The Things
A weekly flosstube, with more than just cross stitch. She also has a seriously good craft space behind her.
|halfstitch cross stitch
A slightly different take on flossstube, she records a small segment every day, and combines them for a weekly cross stitch update.
The second male on our list, a fairly traditional cross stitch floss tube, with a good amount of stitch goodness.
A flosstube channel from an avoid cross stitcher, but also a cross stitch shop owner.
|Gulf Coast Stitcher
A weekly update from a cross stitch pattern seller, with a verge towards traditional.
|Michelle Bendy Stitchy
Probably the youngest person on this list, Michelle has a great flosstube with multiple camera angles to give close up shots.
|Shirl McKinney Tranquil Stitches
Shirl creates videos on a weekly basis usually, however also includes a series of smaller segments throughout the week.
Sunshine stitchers follows the stitching activity of a whole group of cross stitchers, with three mixed sex presenters most weeks.
|Lost in Floss
Fairly new to the youtube scene lost in floss create monthly video updates.
A fairly new channel, Jen updates us once a month with her new projects, and has more than most people on the go at once.
A British flosstuber with a traditional edge. Also includes a lot of her life as well as cross stitch.
Very very new to youtube, yet a fantastic repour with the camera.
Short videos, but a detailed look at her cross stitch world.
All of the channels featured above post regularly (once a month minimum over the last year), and their content is about cross stitch at least 75% of the time. All flosstubers have been submitted by our users and must have at least 1000 followers on their main video platform.
Title: Miniature Retro Game Screens
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Video Game: Pacman, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong
One of my most loved cross stitches is actually one of the first, my retro video game trio cross stitch. It’s simple, and it works. However, there’s only so much you can do with 8bit video games, there just isn’t the wealth of material to pull from to make complicated patterns. As a result I’ve kept it as a great thing, but something that I probably wouldn’t go back to. That was, until I found a cool phone stand.
Yeh, a phone stand. It was actually a phone stand made to play arcade games on, in the shape of an arcade cabinet. I had made a miniature Joust arcade cabinet cross stitch before, but it had always bugged me that it was only Joust, a game that isn’t really that well known. So I wanted to come up with an idea to replace the screens, but also allow me to swap out a phone.
This was a great idea in principle, but I was never going to give my phone away when someone wanted to show it off at an event, so I threw the idea away. By that time however, I had made the screens that would fit into the cabinet. I once again thought about making the whole cabinet, but it would be larger than the last one, and it would be a bit derivative. But that didn’t mean the screens had to be. In fact, they fit rather well within a photo frame.
I wanted them to look a bit more like an 8bit game and so reduced the colors to 12 (even though you can have up to 256 colors on 8bit) and placed them side by side. A simple cross stitch, that still brings back the feelings of the retro gaming era.
Included are Pacman, Dig Dug (my favourite retro game) and Donkey Kong, which is the first time it’s been stitched up by me.
Title: Portal Cake Is A Lie Reveal
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Video Game: Portal
In the past, I’ve taken a long time to get to grips with some projects. A great example of this is my 3D Pokemon Cave cross stitch which took me 8 tries to get right before I could stitch the final version. This project is similar to that, in fact, its the longest ‘in progress’ project I’ve ever had. But it had a slightly different story.
Let’s go back to the start of this whole thing, LONG before I ever stitched anything. In 2012 I wrote a post on SpriteStitch about an epic portal gift box. It was so epic, that I had to jot the idea down in my journal to come back to at a later date. This is where the project actually starts, 7 years ago. Now, I know what you’re thinking; it just took me a long time to get around to stitching it? Well, no.
In fact, I started planning it almost straight away. I set out the general design, and the changes I wanted to make to the original. That however, is where it stalled. I couldn’t work out how to get the cake to work at all, which is basically the main part. Roll on a few years and I happen to see the same candle used in the papercraft version. I give it a shot, and frankly, it worked better than I ever thought possible.
I put it in a box, ready to work out the rest, and then it stalled again. This time, I couldn’t work out the design I wanted the rest. It sat in a box. I happened to be looking for something totally unconnected, a glow-in-the-dark thread that wasn’t green, and came across it. Well, thankfully, years had passed and my idea had developed a bit. By simplifying what I wanted to do, I could create the whole design pretty quick. It actually took a little longer than I planned thanks to a few on the fly redesigns, but we’re finally here!
Using threads from the DMC variegated range can really make a project, but what happens if you’re a little short, or you want to make use of one color in particular? Well, we have you covered.
Below you’ll find each of the DMC variegated threads, with their corresponding solid colors broken out.
Looking for the DMC variations range broken out or the DMC coloris range broken out?
The new coloris range of DMC threads are some of the most exciting things to come out of DMC for years (other than the 35 new DMC threads), however using them can be a bit daunting. So we’ve broken out all the coloris threads, with each of the solid colors that make up the design.
Looking for the DMC variegated range broken out or possibly the DMC variation threads broken out. We got you covered.
The DMC variation range of threads are some of the most exciting threads DMC have produced to date, but sometimes having the colors change on their own really gets in the way. So we’ve broken out the current range with their corresponding solid colors, so you can keep stitching with the color you want, without breaking the over all look.
If you’re thinking “but the number I want isn’t on the list!”, don’t worry! You’ve probably got one of the discontinued variation threads, which we’ve also broken out for you!
Looking for the DMC variegated range broken out or possibly the DMC Coloris threads broken out. We got you covered.
Sometimes, the discontined DMC ranges really hold some great threads, and the DMC variations range, which was partially disconinuted in 2013, held some great threads. Ever wanted to bring them back? Well as with all of the variations range, they’re made up of seperate block colors. So we’ve broken out each discontinued variations thread with their solid colors, so you can recreate some of the best threads DMC ever made.
If you’re thinking “but the number I want isn’t on the list!”, don’t worry! You’ve probably got one of the current range variation threads, which we’ve also broken out for you!
When it comes to threads, we all want that elusive full set of DMC threads, but for those us who aren’t so lucky, there is another thing you might want; a DMC color card. In fact, those who have all the threads often have one anyway, and they’re so useful! But why exactly?
What Type Of Color Card?
First off, lets talk about what type of color card we mean. There are basically, three types; online, printed and threaded. We want the threaded one. The online and printed ones are great, but each computer screen shows off the colors slightly differently. In fact, scanners and cameras take slightly different photos too, meaning they are never perfect. We put hours and hours into making the best online DMC thread color chart we could, however we started with a threaded version. Its the best. You can pick one up on Etsy however if you can’t pick one up right now, an online one like ours will still help you!
When To Use One
Unless you’ve used one before, it might seem like a little costly extra that really isn’t needed for most cross stitchers, however a thread color card is frankly, one of the most useful objects in cross stitch.
We’ve made a little list, but frankly, there would be LOADS of other reasons too (I pick mine up almost daily):
Designing your own pattern
When designing your own pattern, even if you put an image through an online pattern creator, the colors never, and I really mean never, come out correct. Normally they are pretty good, but hand picking colors ALWAYS makes the pattern better. The shade card not only has every color, but blocks them out in color families, meaning you can compare the slight differences in each color with ease.
When you change a color in your cross stitch pattern
We recently posted a blog on changing a colors on a cross stitch pattern and the first thing we say, is get a thread card. If you plan to change a color in your pattern you need to pick the exact color from the right family. For example, if your pattern has loads of deep colors, you want to make sure you pick a new color that is also dark, instead of something too bright that will stand out…
When you don’t have the right color and you need to make a substitution
Let’s be honest, we’ve all had to make a substitution in the past. You don’t have all the threads, or the store is closed and you want to finish, well, what are you going to do? Pick a color and hope? A color card allows you to pick the perfect replacement to one you own.
Changing hair/skin tones
We have two tools on the site a find a perfect skin tone thread guide and a find a perfect hair color thread guide however both of these use online representations of color. If you plan to pick hair/skin tones based on real world examples, a color chart can allow you to compare the real hair/skin with the threads, so you get the PERFECT color, every time.
When you want to match a DMC color to a different brand
There are loads of online guides on converting one brand from another, in fact, we have a massive 9 brand thread conversion chart on the site, however picking your color isn’t always as simple as the table suggests. In reality, each brand has slightly different colors, and whilst tables like ours makes the job much easier to compare, your pattern might call for slightly different shades.
Buying threads online
Most people buy threads online now, and whilst that is great if you have a nice list of numbers to buy, it isn’t so great if you need a whole string of shades and you don’t know the numbers. Online representations are never correct, and as we’ve said up above, there are close images, the only way to see it, is a color card.
Matching embroidery threads to embelishments
I personally stick with just cross stitch and backstitch, but I know a lot of people who add beads and other things to their cross stitch. However no one wants a bead in a weird color taking the focus away from your work. You want something that compliments. Take your shade card to the store and pick the perfect color beads and embelishments.
Matching the threads to something else
This is a slightly vague title, but lets say you want a specific color aida so you don’t have to stitch massive background areas in, or you want to stitch on top of a painted object, or want the threads to be inkeeping with the theme of the room. How are you going to match them up? Sadly, the names for threads aren’t the names for aida or paint. Picking the right shade of aida might make your job a lot easier, but only if you get the right shade, otherwise its pointless.
I know, this one seems a little odd, right? Well sadly, this is something a lot of people miss out on. You see, not all threads are the same. Many have different care instructions. Whilst DMC have a uniform care instructions across their brand, others don’t. This is often why you get rumors of running colors on cheaper embroidery threads. Don’t want your threads to run? Check the care instructions.
Title: Bioshock Bird or Cage Thaumatrope
Date Completed: July 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Video Game: Bioshock Infinite
When writing up the post for my Nuka Cola Quantum Bottle cross stitch, I spoke about how I was inspired by a thaumatrope, and referenced a previous Bioshock heads or tails cross stitch I had previously done. Well, it got my creative juices flowing.
I’m actually half way through another project, and I’ve already got 2 patterns set aside to cross stitch afterwards, but the lure of a good idea got me. I’m attempting to recreate the key from Bioshock Infinite, which you can see below. In reality, the key is only shown from one side, either the bird or the cage, based on a previously made choice in the game. However in reality, the key is a thaumatrope.
There are two different ways of making a thaumatrope (which is a 1800s toy) you can either spin a stick with two images stuck to the top, in the way the key is done here, or you can make a spinning toy using string.
I was originally planning to do the second, before I played the game again and realised what they key was. Needless to say, I knew I had to do that version, however making a bird and a cage that small is actually rather hard. I’m not 100% impressed with my bird, but it roughly looks like the real thing, and its just a little palette cleanser cross stitch before I finish my current project.