After the release of Mr X Stitch’s Guide to Cross Stitch and the XStitch magazine, both that I was part of, I have yet another publication coming out this year. It might not be my normal style, but I was asked to with with my good pal John Lohman to create a Hello Kitty book kit, which is being released in 4 languages!
Crafting just got a whole lot cuter. Like Hello Kitty herself, the twelve patterns in this fun, accessible, cross-stitch kit are all simply adorable. Cross Stitch Creations: Hello Kitty includes a fully illustrated book with step-by-step instructions and photographs of the finished projects, plus fun notes and details about the characters of Hello Kitty’s world. A needle, embroidery floss, a six-inch hoop, and cloth for completing two projects comes with the kit, so there’s no waiting to get started. With twelve sweet patterns inspired by the world of Hello Kitty and featuring all of her friends, adding Hello Kitty’s classic charm to clothing, pillowcases, onesies, and more has never been easier.
I’ve also been contacted about another 2 book since this, so be on the look out for the Libidan name in your bookstore! You can purchase a copy over on amazon for $13.
I’m keeping my pattern secret for now, however it is one of the patterns featured on the cover below.
The first issue comes out Summer 2017, with 80 pages, and all kinds of great things like thought provoking columns, interviews, product reviews and tips and techniques to help you improve your stitching. And to make it stand out from the competiton (just encase the contemporary side of things wasn’t enough) each issue will have a collaborative playlist to listen along to as you read. It stands to be one of the best magazines around in my mind, and I’m just crazy happy about being able to get involved from the very first issue.
Title: Micro Nintendo64 Console Date Completed: June 2017 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 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, before I decided 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.
I also created a version close to the design of the original advert that inspired me:
Title: Pokemon National Map Date Completed: June 2017 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Pale Blue Colours: 13 Game: Pokemon
I’ve always loved maps, and have been intending to create a cross stitch map for sometime, 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 realised 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.
Title: Mega Ring Date Completed: February 2017 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 12 Canvas: Bracelet Colours: 9 Game: Pokemon I got a cross stitch-able bracelet as part of a competition i won, but it had hung around for about a year. However, whilst recently playing through Pokemon Sun I remembered it, and how perfect it would be for a mega ring!
Title: Spirited Away Date Completed: February 2017 Design: Richard J. Evans & Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Orange Colours: 11 Anime: Spirited Away MotoRuxin has been doing some sweet stitches recently on really bright background aida, and it got my fingers itching for something similar. I had a quick google online, and after seeing Adam Savage’s My Neighbour Toronto costume, I got on a bit of an anime binge. And lo and behold, a Spirited Away stitch.
Title: I Believe In Mew Date Completed: January 2017 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 16 Canvas: Pewter Colours: 6 Video Game: Pokemon Back to the Pokemon Cross Stitch! I found this image on pinterest, and despite my best efforts I just can’t find the original, so shout out to the original artist. I redesigned most of it to suit my own needs, and to make it more obviously Pokemon. It also has some sweet Kreinik threads around Mew to make him look even more special. Its based off the old myth of Pokemon Blue and Red that there was a hidden Mew under the truck by SS Anne.
Title: 24 Carat Zelda Date Completed: January 2017 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: White Colours: 9 Video Game: Zelda DMC recently came out with a 24 carat gold thread to celebrate their 270th Birthday. I managed to get my hands on a very limited quantity, and after throwing a few ideas around I knew that the thing I had to stitch HAD to be the most well known gold object in video game history; the Zelda golden cartridge. There are also some non-24 carat metallic threads in there from both Kreinik and DMC.
Title: Pikachu Tea Cup Date Completed: October 2016 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 16 Canvas: White Colours: 9 Video Game: Pokemon I recently saw a super sweet Pikachu in a tea cup figurine and just knew I had to stitch it! I changed the sizes a little to fit better and it now looks super cute!
Title: Bowser Concept Art Date Completed: October 2016 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Video Game: Super Mario Bros I really haven’t made much from the Mario series, despite its popularity, and I thought that was really due for a change when I came across this original Bowser concept art on the Video Game Art Archive.