Nintendo Switch Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Nintendo Switch Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 3 Game: Nintendo Switch, Joycon Controllers
Title: Nintendo Switch Micro Console
Date Completed: June 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 3
Game: Nintendo Switch, Joycon Controllers
 
With my Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch done, I set about starting creating the pattern for my other Xstitch Mag project, a Micro Cassette Keychain Cross Stitch, however as I tried to get to sleep, all I could think about is how I could stitch the other Gameboys. I ignored it for a while, but as E3 graced us, I started to think; could I create Joy-Con controlers? And how would they work together, and as part of the Switch?
 
Fixed by the size limitations of my Nintendo N64 Micro Console Cross Stitch, I knew the rough size had to be small, smaller than my Gameboy Color even. I created a rough scale of the screen, and set about creating a small Joy-Con. Stitching the sections together I realised that not only would they work, but I could get them to fit into the side of the Switch screen, just like in real life. To finish it off, I added in a spacer so the Joy-Cons could be removed and held like a standard controller. In future I think I would also create a kickstand for the screen, which I can think of how to do easily now. Sadly, I think a game slot would just be too hard at this scale.
 
This project grew in size and before I submitted the idea to the Xstitch Mag, I had created the classic Gameboy, Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch, Gameboy Advance, and the Nintendo DS, all in micro form.
Micro Gameboy Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

Nintendo DS Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Nintendo DS Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 3 Game: Nintendo Gameboy DS
Title: Nintendo DS Micro Console
Date Completed: June 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 3
Game: Nintendo Gameboy DS
 
Having created every handheld by Nintendo since the Gameboy, I figured it was time to finish the job, and create a Nintendo DS. Creating the design initially wasn’t hard, as the scale was set by my Nintendo N64 Micro Console Cross Stitch and previous Gameboys, however up to this point all Gameboys used the same cartridges. The Gameboy cartridge and the Gameboy Advanced cartridge, which was a shorter version. The Nintendo DS however had a slot for both of these, AND a DS game, which was very small.
 
I created the game to start, which was a simple 2×2 black square (which shows how tiny these things are), where I could then make the cut out on the inside pieces. What became quickly obvious was the insides had to be made of 4 seperate peices, with a fifth to plug the ‘hole’ created by the Gameboy game socket, like the original. Once that hurdle was over, I then had to work out how to get the joint working, so it opened and closed. In the end, it came together well, with a small Nintendo DS game, the ability to use Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games, a small ‘filler’ slot, and a working open close mechanism.
 
This project grew in size and before I submitted the idea to the Xstitch Mag, I had created the classic Gameboy, Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch, Gameboy Advance and the Nintendo Switch, all in micro form.
Micro Gameboy Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

Gameboy Advance Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Gameboy Advance Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 4 Game: Nintendo Gameboy Advance

Title: Gameboy Advance Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 4 Game: Nintendo Gameboy Advance
Title: Gameboy Advance Micro Console
Date Completed: June 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 4
Game: Nintendo Gameboy Advance
 
The best place to start with this project is how it came about. I had created a Nintendo N64 Micro Console Cross Stitch and had intended to create a classic Gameboy in the same scale (which I later did), however instead created the Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch as it was more visually interesting. However my memory of the Gameboy was firmly set on the Gameboy Advance.
 
This new challenge was actually more interesting that it sounds, as along with creating a smaller Gameboy, a Gameboy on a different orientation, and a Gameboy with shoulder buttons, I also had to create smaller games that would still play the larger variants. Choosing the launch purple, I created something that works well, but not perfectly. In future I think an additional ‘step’ on the back will allow you to get Gameboy Advance games out easier.
 
This project grew in size and before I submitted the idea to the Xstitch Mag, I had created the classic Gameboy, Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Switch, all in micro form.
Micro Gameboy Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Gameboy Color Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 8 Game: Nintendo Gameboy, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow, Harvest Moon

Title: Gameboy Color Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 8 Game: Nintendo Gameboy, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow, Harvest Moon
Title: Gameboy Color Micro Console
Date Completed: June 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 8
Game: Nintendo Gameboy, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow, Harvest Moon
 
I had this project on the back burner since my Nintendo N64 Micro Console Cross Stitch back in June of 2017. In that time I’ve been working on my largest ever project, but also stitching some secret projects. By now I can say that I create cross stitch patterns for the Xstitch Mag, which has taken up some time, but also two books, and a third and fourth book proposal, which I can say a little more about in the coming weeks. However, with the newest Xstitch Mag project done, it was announced that the next issue was goign to be a ‘mixtape’ issue. In short, this meant I could stitch anythign I wanted, so long as it fit in the mag. I threw this idea back in the mix along with a Micro Cassette Keychain Cross Stitch.
 
My initial idea was to copy the size requirements of the micro Nintendo N64 console I stitched, but make a classic gameboy. Whilst I did go onto make a Classic Gameboy Micro Console Cross Stitch as part of the project, I initially shelved the idea, instead going for a Gameboy Color, as it looked a little more interesting.
 
Picking the launch color, lime green, I created a micro Gameboy color, with a slot at the back for games to go in and out. In addition I created a cartridge of Harvest Moon 2 (my favorite Gameboy game) and Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Yellow.
 
This project grew in size and before I submitted the idea to the Xstitch Mag, I had created the classic Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Switch, all in micro form.
Micro Gameboy Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

Gameboy Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Title: Gameboy Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 3 Game: Nintendo Gameboy

Title: Gameboy Micro Console Date Completed: June 2018 Design: Lord Libidan Count: 14 Canvas: Plastic Colours: 3 Game: Nintendo Gameboy
Title: Gameboy Micro Console
Date Completed: June 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 3
Game: Nintendo Gameboy
 
I had originally set out to create a classic Gameboy in the scale of my Nintendo N64 Micro Console Cross Stitch a year ago, and although I had ditched the idea in order to create the Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch at the start of this project, it just didn’t seem right to leave the classic Gameboy out. This design is actually the same as the Gameboy color, with a wider and longer body, and as a result is still able to play the Gameboy games I created.
 
This project grew in size and before I submitted the idea to the Xstitch Mag, I had created the Gameboy Color Micro Console Cross Stitch, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Switch, all in micro form.
Micro Gameboy Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch By Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Pokemon Mini Map
Date Completed: May 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 5
Game: Pokemon
 
Its really no secret that I love Pokemon, and I love maps. I even devoted a whole post to the best cross stitch maps. And honestly, about half of them were Pokemon. However, I wrote that blog after my own Pokemon map cross stitch, and whilst that map was created by me using 15 different reference images, these in game maps of regions stitched up by strangenessisconserved weren’t some of them.

pokemon region maps by strangenessisconserved
Pokemon region maps by strangenessisconserved

Weirdly, the maps in game don’t match up to what we know about the Pokemon world, especially the Kanto and Johto regions (top left and right on the image above). So I decided to combine the images to create an in-style in game Pokemon map of Kanto and Johto.
 
You can see below how my two Pokemon maps compare:
Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord LibidanPokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan
 
Interested in seeing another cross stitch map? I stitched a retro video game invasion plan cross stitch on pre-printed world aida. It might be worth a look.

I’m published in the Hello Kitty Cross Stitch Kit

hello kitty 12 super cute patterns cross stitch creations by Lord Libidan

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!

hello kitty 12 super cute patterns cross stitch creations by Lord Libidan
Hello Kitty: 12 Super Cute Patterns Cross Stitch Creations cover

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’ve now been published quite a few times. Check me out in:
Fine Art Cross Stitch Kit
Emoji Cross Stitch Kit
Star Wars Cross Stitch Kit
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting Book
Disney Classic Cross Stitch Kit
Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch book
CrossStitcher Magazine (twice)
CrossStitcher Designer Stitches Magazine
CrossStitchCrazy Magazine
& XStitch Magazine

Saturn V Blueprint Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Saturn 5 cross stitch fan made 1

Saturn 5 cross stitch fan made 1
Title: Saturn V Blueprint
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Navy
Colours: 1
Pop Culture: Space, Apollo
 
I’ve been squirreling away doing a lot of secret projects at the moment, however following on from my feature in Mr X Stitch’s Guide to Cross Stitch Book I was contacted about a new type of cross stitch magazine, XStitch, which includes contemporary and unique cross stitch patterns. I knew I had to put an idea into the ring, and so I got to work.
 
I knew I wanted it to scream out my usual style, however wanted it to be roughly A4 sized, so it fit on the pages better. I threw some initial ideas down, all which seemed a little un-Libidan like. However, when looking through my back catalogue of stitches I came across some of my blueprint cross stitches, such as the ZF-1 blueprint cross stitch. An idea started forming in my head and I realised the shape of my lightsaber blueprint cross stitch was a perfect fit.
 
I guess its time to look at the elephant in the room now. I love space. I had just finished reading The Martian for my second time when I looked at this project and my mind instantally went to space, and a very specific bllueprint; the original Saturn V blueprints. There were actually a whole raft, all made publlic a few years ago, however their detail always amazed me.
Saturn V blueprint embroidery in the Xstitch Mag
The pattern developed and got picked for the first issue. So you can find this pattern in the first issue of the Xstitch Mag. Below are a few examples stitched by readers:

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I’m featured in the XStitch Magazine!

xstitch magazine cover summer 2017

It’s been a rather busy few months for me this year, with my upcoming Hello Kitty Kit coming out, and a feature in Mr X Stitch’s Guide to Cross Stitch Book. However, when I heard about the new cross stitch magazine, XStitch, on kick starter, I just HAD to get involved.

I’m keeping my pattern secret for now, however it is one of the patterns featured on the cover below.
xstitch magazine cover 1
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.
Saturn V blueprint embroidery in the Xstitch Mag

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I’ve now been published quite a few times. Check me out in:
Fine Art Cross Stitch Kit
Emoji Cross Stitch Kit
Star Wars Cross Stitch Kit
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting Book
Disney Classic Cross Stitch Kit
Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch book
CrossStitcher Magazine (twice)
CrossStitcher Designer Stitches Magazine
CrossStitchCrazy Magazine
& XStitch Magazine

You can check out a full unbiased review of the XStitch Magazine at our recap of the best cross stitch magazines.

Nintendo 64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 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
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, and I had a play with the idea when I made my 3D arcade cabinet cross stitch and it gave me the enthusiasum 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