Spring In Daigoji Temple Miniature Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Miniature Spring In Daigoji Temple Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Miniature Spring In Daigoji Temple Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Miniature Spring In Daigoji Temple Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Spring In Daigoji Temple
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 32
Canvas: Antique White
Colours: 16
Pop Culture: Japan
 
The idea for this project was a simple one, but as always, wiht simple projects, it turns out much more complicated than you first had in mind. To go back to the start of this project, we need to talk about my Miniature Pirate Sampler Cross Stitches. I was asked to do a ‘heroes and villans’ themed pattern for the XStitch magazine, and to match the nature of the theme, and magazine itself, I wanted to do two things. But with a standard sampler, it was going to be too big. So I changed the count to 32.
 
It was the first time I’d ever stitched on anything smaller than 18 count, and whist it was a great task, I wasn’t convinced to change my standard 16/18 count preference. The mag went out, the patterns were liked, however almost exactly when I got them back I was able to submit something for the National Needlecraft Awards 2019. I submitted them, and I won.
mini pirate cross stitch samplers by Lord Libidan (source: xstitchmag.com)
mini pirate cross stitch samplers by Lord Libidan (source: xstitchmag.com)

This was a super pleasant suprise and I thought to myself, it was easy enough, how about I make something for next year? So I decided to bring out the 32 count again. But this time, I wanted something a little harder. I’m in a big Japanese print kick at the moment, with my Moon Light in Yasaka Pagoda Cross Stitch and my New Moon on Tokyo Tower Cross Stitch, so I thought it would be good to do something similar. But with this, comes full coverage and changing colors a lot. I new it wasn’t going to be too easy, so I stitched up a Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch to try it out.
 
I then wanted to do something a little more special, so decided to do the whole piece using cut offs (meaning I had to delay this project while I got enough of them stored up). But, finally, I was ready to make the pattern. This, also caused issues.
Unlike smaller counts, the 32 count requires a fairly simplified pattern to work. This means any Japanese print I could find had details removed from it. So, after a lot of back and forth and false starts, I finally picked Spring at Daigoji Temple by Asano Takeji (the same artist as the previous Moon Light In Yasaka Pagoda cross stitch).

Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan with Coin

Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan with Coin
Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan with Coin

Title: Miniature Pokemon Card
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Unknown
Count: 32
Canvas: Antique White
Colours: 7
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!
Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan with Scale
Miniature Pokemon Card Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan with Scale

Miniature Retro Game Screens Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Retro Video Game Screens Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Retro Video Game Screens Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Retro Video Game Screens Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Miniature Retro Game Screens
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 12
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.

Portal Cake Reveal Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Portal Reveal Cross Stitch Box by Lord Libidan

Portal Reveal Cross Stitch Box by Lord Libidan
Portal Reveal Cross Stitch Box by Lord Libidan

Title: Portal Cake Is A Lie Reveal
Date Completed: August 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 9
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!
Papercraft Portal Gift Box by PaperChaserTO (Source: spritestitch.com)
Papercraft Portal Gift Box by PaperChaserTO (Source: spritestitch.com)

DMC Variegated Threads and their Corresponding Colors in Solids

DMC Threads Variegated Breakout by Lord Libidan

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.

DMC Threads Variegated Breakout by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Variegated Breakout by Lord Libidan

 
Looking for the DMC variations range broken out or the DMC coloris range broken out?

DMC Coloris Threads and their Corresponding Colors in Solids

DMC Threads Coloris Breakout by Lord Libidan

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.

DMC Threads Coloris Breakout by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Coloris Breakout by Lord Libidan

 
Looking for the DMC variegated range broken out or possibly the DMC variation threads broken out. We got you covered.

DMC Variation Threads and their Corresponding Colors in Solids

DMC Threads Variations Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan

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.

DMC Threads Variations Breakout 1of2 by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Variations Breakout 1of2 by Lord Libidan

DMC Threads Variations Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Variations Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan

 
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.

Discontinued DMC Variations Threads and their Corresponding Colors in Solids

DMC Threads Variations Discontinued Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan

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.

DMC Threads Variations Discontinued Breakout 1of2 by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Variations Discontinued Breakout 1of2 by Lord Libidan

DMC Threads Variations Discontinued Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan
DMC Threads Variations Discontinued Breakout 2of2 by Lord Libidan

 
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!

Why You Need a DMC Color Card

DMC Embroidery Floss Color Card (Source: stitchedmodern.com)

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!

DMC Embroidery Floss Color Card (Source: stitchedmodern.com)
DMC Embroidery Floss Color Card (Source: stitchedmodern.com)

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…

Red Bonsai Tree with shades broken out and replacement greens picked
Red Bonsai Tree with shades broken out and replacement greens picked

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.

Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan
Skin Tone Cross Stitch Thread Table by Lord Libidan

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.

Large Cross Stitch Art in a study (Source: CBC.ca)
Large Cross Stitch Art in a study (Source: CBC.ca)

Care instructions

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.

Bioshock Bird or Cage Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Bioshock Infinite Bird Cage Key Cross Stitch By Lord Libidan

Bioshock Infinite Bird Cage Key Cross Stitch By Lord Libidan
Bioshock Infinite Bird Cage Key Cross Stitch By Lord Libidan

Title: Bioshock Bird or Cage Thaumatrope
Date Completed: July 2019
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 2
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.
Bioshock Infinite Bird and Cage Thaumatrope GIF (Source: reddit)
Bioshock Infinate Bird and Cage Thaumatrope GIF (Source: reddit)

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.
Sleepy Hollow thaumatrope animated gif (Source: reddit)
Sleepy Hollow thaumatrope animated gif (Source: reddit)

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.
Bioshock Infinite Bird Cage Key Cross Stitch compared to real key By Lord Libidan
Bioshock Infinite Bird Cage Key Cross Stitch compared to real key By Lord Libidan