Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Pokemon, The Simpsons000 and every pop culture cross stitch out there.

Nintendo 64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Micro Nintendo64 Console
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colors: 13
Game: Nintendo, Pokemon Stadium & Legend of Zelda
 
I recently saw some awesome retro adverts for the SNES in a Japanese magazine and just fell in love with how they were sold. This idea floated around my head for some time, and I had a play with the idea when I made my 3D arcade cabinet cross stitch and it gave me the enthusiasm to create another 3D project, a super small console. The Nintendo64 jumped into my head, and I started planning based on a pixelated controller I had created some years ago. As it developed I also decided to include 2 controllers, and 2 games; Pokemon Stadium and the golden Legend of Zelda cartridges (using metallic threads, following the success of my gold Zelda cartridge cross stitch).
 
Once created I wanted to create a design close to the original advert that inspired me:
Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch Japanese advert by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Pokemon National Map
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Pale Blue
Colors: 13
Game: Pokemon
 
I like maps. In fact, in the past, I’ve created a few map pieces, including the cross stitch map by SuckUK, and I’ve been intending to create a cross stitch map from the ground up for some time, however, I never settled on which game. I tried a fallout vault, a hitman map, even looking into final fantasy for a while, however, I realized that there was one game I always went back to, that shared a map between all its games; Pokemon.
 
This is the national map, meaning it doesn’t contain Unova, Kalos, or any of the ranger games. However, even then, there is a large number of made-up parts. The Pokemon games have never revealed how the world looks. I used hints and comments from the games to create a unified design that looked good to me.

The Best Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch

Who holds the iron cross stitch throne? We’ll it will take less than 8 seasons to find out, beleive me. However when you see how awesome these Game of Thrones cross stitches are you’ll be itching for the new season in July!

Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)
Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)

What round up would be complete without a map of Westeros? This is a map that’s been recreated a lot on the internet, but I tracked down the first version.
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by Eponases, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)
Game of Thrones Mario Style World Map Cross Stitch by Eponases, pattern by titan413 (source: spritestitch.com)

However, that isn’t to say other versions are bad. This Mario Game of Thrones mash up is just brilliant!
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Another mash up in the form of this Pokemon stitch, back when we thought Jon and Khaleesi would fight it out… *fingers crossed for them getting married*
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)
Game of Thrones House Banners Cross Stitch on Linen by Minnie (source: minnie-allxxs.blogspot.com)

Speaking of alliances, hows this banner based cross stitch, done on linen to make it look older and more in fitting with the lore of Game of Thrones.
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)
Hodor Game Of Thrones Cross Stitch by PinsandWeevils (source: Etsy)

Hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor.
let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)
Let it snow game of thrones christmas cross stitch by Sanna (source: Pinterest)

And finally, some way off from Christmas, I know… but its so darn clever.

The Best Star Wars Cross Stitch

May the 4th be with you on this festively Star Wars themed round up!

Darth Vader Star Wars Cross Stitch by VelvetPonyDesign (source: Etsy)
Darth Vader Star Wars Cross Stitch by VelvetPonyDesign (source: Etsy)

To start us off, we have an awesome dark side composite image, making up Vader’s face out of Empire goodness. Frankly, this would be awesome if it was made in any medium, but to condense all that into cross stitch is truly brilliant.

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Next up is something I created for a Star Wars Cross stitch book, which comes in both dark side and light side examples.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet Negative Space Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)
Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet Negative Space Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

Sometimes however simplicity wins. This storm trooper, utilizing a hoop and white aida to create most of the piece is genius!

Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled LewisStar Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)
Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)

No list of Star Wars would be complete without mentioning this epic Star Wars tapestry, that is a chronology of the first 6 films in the series. At 30 foot long, and frankly some of the best films ever created, its definitely going to give the epic Pokemon cross stitch a run for its money.

BONUS ITEM! How about a Pokemon cross stitch tattoo?

Pokemon Squirtle Squad Cross Stitch Tattoo (source: instagram.com)
Pokemon Squirtle Squad Cross Stitch Tattoo (source: instagram.com)

The Very Best Pop Culture Cross Stitch

We’ve shown the best geeky cross stitch before on our site, but with the lines blurring on popular culture and geek, we feel its time to post some killer cross stitches!

Pokemon

Pokemon go was massive last year, and continues to be a stable app on many of our phones thanks to gen 2, but nothing compares to how awesome the original epic cross stitch is. This version by Eponases shows just how much effort is required with 8 months of stitching.

Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)
Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch by Eponases (source: eponases.com)

Video Games

There are frankly loads of video game cross stitches out there now, a large volume of which are mine… but the reason cross stitch got such a cult following back in 2010 was partly due to awesome work being shared on the likes of technabob. This amazing example by psi169 is one of my all time favorites.

Mario Power Ups Cross Stitch by Psi169 (source: spritestitch.com)
Mario Power Ups Cross Stitch by Psi169 (source: spritestitch.com)

Harry Potter

Harry Potter will ALWAYS (see what I did there?) be a part of our hearts, but there is so much going on in the books and movies, how can you stitch all of them? Well this brilliant Potter inspired sampler by Etsy shop FeltLikeStitching is made particularly poignant by adding a little golden flair.

Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)
Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)

Tattoos

1 in 3 people have a tattoo. Hard to get away from now-a-days, but its rare to see a truly brilliant one. However, this rose cross stitch tattoo, whilst not my personal favorite, still goes to show there’s talent out there.

Cross Stitch Shoulder Rose Tattoo by Tattoodo (source: pinterest.com)
Cross Stitch Shoulder Rose Tattoo by Tattoodo (source: pinterest.com)

Star Wars

When you think of a Star Wars cross stitch there is only one that comes to mind. The “Coruscant Tapestry” has become so popular it was even posted in major English newspapers.

Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled LewisStar Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)
Star Wars Coruscant Tapestry by Aled Lewis (source: boingboing.net)

If you wanted to check out some other Star Wars cross stitch I have a book out too.
Star Wars Cross Stitch Cover by rhys turton lord libidan

Star Trek

Whilst I did have a hand in the below pattern, thanks to my Star Trek Cross Stitch Book, the fact that the below sampler is so fantastic is the designer has merged multiple patterns into one, making a super stitch.

Star Trek Sampler Cross Stitch by samapictures (source: samapictures.com)
Star Trek Sampler Cross Stitch by samapictures (source: samapictures.com)

Sherlock Holmes

This awesome little sherlock cross stitch is only made all the cooler by it being so small. aliciawatkins occasionally sells them on her Etsy, so keep your eye out for a chance to get one.

Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)

Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones hit the world my storm, and its clear we’ll get spin offs, but whilst the story is all about being the king or queen, everyone knows its all about owning the map. And now you can thanks to RandomlyGenerated’s Etsy store, featuring this brilliant map you can develop as the stories continue on.

Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)
Game Of Thrones cross stitch by RandomlyGenerated (source: Etsy.com)

This we missed one-off, or want to submit your own? Hit us up with an email or link!

5 Sherlock Holmes Cross Stitches to Get You Into Sherlock Fever

We’ve been waiting a while, but on new years day we have the first of the new series of Sherlock. So to get everyone in the Sherlock-y spirit here are my personal top 5 Holmes cross stitches!

Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)
Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

sherlock inconvenient gif (source: giphy)
sherlock inconvenient gif (source: giphy)

I remember in the books laughing silly at this moment, and its oh so similar font to the show…

Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Sherlock Little Brains Cross Stitch (source: google images)

I think the size of the piece only goes to show just how far Sherlock is from the regular human. He has a long way to come…

Sherlock Silhouette Cross Stitch by sewingforgirls (source: sewingforgirls.blogspot.com)
Sherlock Silhouette Cross Stitch by sewingforgirls (source: sewingforgirls.blogspot.com)

sherlock fascinating narrative gif (source: giphy)
sherlock fascinating narrative gif (source: giphy)

He makes everyone feel so small. And this classic stitch works wonders by showing just how majestic he is.

Sherlock Cross Stitch by Melefim (source: google images)
Sherlock Cross Stitch by Melefim (source: google images)

The classic phrase (even though its constantly misquoted) makes the perfect sampler with Cumberbatch himself.

Sherlock Not a Psychopath Cross Stitch Pattern by GeekyStitches (source: Etsy)
Sherlock Not a Psychopath Cross Stitch Pattern by GeekyStitches (source: Etsy)

sherlock psychopath gif (source: giphy)
sherlock psychopath gif (source: giphy)

You can get this awesome one as a pattern from GeekyStitches Etsy store.

Star Wars BB-8 Cross Stitch

Star Wars BB-8 Cross Stitch
Title: BB-8
Date Completed: November 2015
Design: John Lohman
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Created by my good friend John Lohman for our Star Wars cross stitch book this was one of the last patterns we made, as the movie wasn’t out yet. We were given access to some proprietary information, including images of BB8 before most of the world knew about him. It was an awesome experience (if slightly scary to sign an NDA), however, we really think we’ve captured his essence.

Star Wars Yoda Cross Stitch

Star Wars Yoda Cross Stitch
Title: Yoda
Date Completed: November 2015
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Never have I ever wanted to stitch this much green. I would love to say it was only stitched once, but as the pattern was for our Star Wars cross stitch book I had to get it right so I changed colors 3 times, restitching the whole thing in the process. Oh, the just of green…

Star Wars Troopers Cross Stitch

Star Wars Troopers Cross Stitch
Title: Storm Troopers Through The Ages
Date Completed: October 2015
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
When we got the go ahead for out Star Wars cross stitch book this is the first thing that came into my head. Storm troopers through the three trilogies of movies.

Harry Potter And The Curse Of The Brilliant Cross Stitch

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is out, and what better way to bring in the Potter goodness, than with a roundup of some of the best Harry Potter cross stitches!

At the top of the class we have this killer take on a traditional sampler, where all the sample stitches are Potter icons, with the golden snitch standing proud.

Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)
Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch by Christine, pattern by FeltLikeStitching (source: bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com)

On the matter on snitches, this 99 problems satirical stitch is a fantastic way to use typography with imagery.

99 problems but a snitch aint one Harry Potter cross stitch (source: pinterest)
99 problems but a snitch aint one Harry Potter cross stitch (source: pinterest)

He-who-must-not-be-named is back again, with the dark mark. This fantastic example includes a sweet how to guide.

Voldemort's Dark Mark Harry Potter Cross Stitch by CraftyGamerUK (source: Etsy)
Voldemort’s Dark Mark Harry Potter Cross Stitch by CraftyGamerUK (source: Etsy)

One of my personal favorite parts of the series, and wish I had my own at the time, and this cross stitch really brings it to life without over working it.

Mischief Managed Harry Potter Cross Stitch by DarlingVioletStitch (source: etsy)
Mischief Managed Harry Potter Cross Stitch by DarlingVioletStitch (source: etsy)

Always…

Harry Potter Always Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)
Harry Potter Always Cross Stitch (source: Etsy)

With a heavy heart I bring back bad memories of Dobby. However when Dobby was still with us, he had some fantastic moments; just like…

Dobby the House Elf Harry Potter Cross Stitch (source: google images)
Dobby the House Elf Harry Potter Cross Stitch (source: google images)

This epic Harry Potter coat of arms cross stitch has been attempted by a lot of people, so many no one really knows where the pattern came from, however this example, with some truly fantastic framing really makes it stand out as one of the greatest epics out there.

Harry Potter Coat of Arms Cross Stitch by grumble-king2 (source: deviantart.com)
Harry Potter Coat of Arms Cross Stitch by grumble-king2 (source: deviantart.com)

Finally, we have the super clever glow in the dark Lumos spell.