5 Cross Stitch Tattoos You’ll Die For

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

Cross Stitch tattoos have exploded in the last few years, and no self respecting cross stitch geek would be without one. So pull up your chair, and get some inspiration from these epic stitches.

Squad Goal Squirtle Pokemon Tattoo

Not only does this have a Pokemon edge, but but mix of both cross stitch and non-cross stitch just make this an epic tattoo. Although I will say that it doesn’t follow a proper grid, so for shame on the cross stitcher who designed it!

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

Storm Trooper Helmet

This came out around the time of the newest Star Wars film, and not only is it a geeky indulgence, but the cross stitching is so NEAT.

Storm Trooper Star Wars Cross Stitch Tattoo by Eva Krbdk (source: pinterest.com)
Storm Trooper Star Wars Cross Stitch Tattoo by Eva Krbdk (source: pinterest.com)

Two Color Sailor Tattoo

So much is right about these tattoos. Firstly they’re based on traditional sailor tattoos, but with a quirky twist. Then they have non-cross stitched elements. Then they have only 2 colours. THEN they have a funky boarder that makes them look ever so slightly 3D when wearing proper glasses. Just wow.

Traditional Cross Stitch Tattoos by Mariette (source: pinterest.com)
Traditional Cross Stitch Tattoos by Mariette (source: pinterest.com)

Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleeve

There is devotion to a cross stitch sampler, and then there is the devotion of Anich Andrew’s tattoos. Known for his bold and geometric designs, this sleeve is epic.

Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleave by Anich Andrew (source: instagram)
Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleave by Anich Andrew (source: instagram)

Rose Shoulder Tattoo

The one thing that REALLY makes this work? The needle. Just that little bit extra sets the whole piece off.

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

Think there’s one we missed? Give us a comment!

Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan

Cover of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan (source: Amazon)

Once again, I have awesome news to tell you all! I’ve got another kit book out!

Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan Alternative Cover (source: Amazon)
Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan Alternative Cover (source: Amazon)

This time on Star Wars, which is sold in US, AU, UK and EU territories. Its full of cross stitch patterns from A New Hope all the way to Rogue One.

Inside of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan
Inside of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan
Cover of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan (source: Amazon)
Cover of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan (source: Amazon)

Cover of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan (source: Amazon)
Cover of the Star Wars Cross Stitch Book by Lord Libidan (source: Amazon)

There will be a killer review on Mr X Stitch soon, however if you’re itching for a stitching, get it on Amazon now!

I’ll be posting some of the completed peices over the next week, so keep your eyes out for them!
 
II’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

Is Glow-In-The-Dark really here to stay?

Harry Potter Lumos glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by craftythingsbylaura (source: twitter)

DMC have come out with a lot of new and interesting threads over the years (and still do), however one that EVERYONE knows, is the glow in the dark range. Other brands quickly followed suit, and now there are loads of different brands, shades, and constructs to choose from. However my main question, is are they really here to stay?

This post is scheduled for Halloween, and glow in the dark threads are used in almost every Halloween project for obvious reasons, however outside of October, do you really see them? My answer is pretty much no.

Bioshock Charge Vigor Cross Stitch
Bioshock Charge Vigor Cross Stitch

I’m not against glow in the dark, I’ve used it in a series of projects, like the one above which uses Sew It All’s glow in the dark aida, however a quick google search shows there simply aren’t many projects out there using the stuff.

The thread is a little complicated to use, some are worse than others, however it only compares to a metallic thread. But metallic threads are used all the time in loads of projects.
Instead, glow in the dark has been relegated to a gimmick thread, instead of being part of your go to threads.

Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)
Spiderman Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch by stitchFIGHT (source: mrxstitch.com)

I will agree that glow in the dark in all forms is used rarely, however with recent pushes into variegated thread, including DMC’s new Coloris range it seems to me that glow in the dark might not be here to stay…

Undertale Glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by cthylla (source: reddit.com)
Undertale Glow-in-the-dark Cross Stitch by cthylla (source: reddit.com)

If you want more glow in the dark goodness, this video my MrXStitch and SewAndSo delves into whats available in the market currently.

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Star Wars Dark Side Sampler Cross Stitch
Title: Dark Side Sampler
Date Completed: February 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Created for a Star Wars book proposal, this was the first in a series of stitches made for the book, however wasn’t selected. Its one of two parts for both light and dark sides of the force. The two pieces are reminiscent of cold war era art deco posters, and are made to both face each other as if they are about to fight. You can find the other one here.

Star Wars Light Side Sampler Cross Stitch

Star Wars Light Side Sampler Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Star Wars Light Side Sampler Cross Stitch
Title: Dark Side Sampler
Date Completed: March 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Film: Star Wars
Created for a Star Wars book proposal, this was the first in a series of stitches made for the book, however wasn’t selected. Its one of two parts for both light and dark sides of the force. The two pieces are reminiscent of cold war era art deco posters, and are made to both face each other as if they are about to fight. You can find the other one here.

The illegal cross stitch movement

Video Game Cross Stitch Graffiti in Milan by Miss Cross Stitch (source: sayraphimlothian.com)

Following on from is cross stitch dead? and the rise of Twitch cross stitch 1, part 2 & part 3, there’s one other facet of modern cross stitch that’s making waves; public cross stitch.

Video Game Cross Stitch Graffiti in Milan by Miss Cross Stitch (source: sayraphimlothian.com)
Video Game Cross Stitch Graffiti in Milan by Miss Cross Stitch (source: sayraphimlothian.com)

This new wave of cross stitch appears to be an off shoot of the well known knitting group Stitch London (previously Stitch ‘n’ Bitch), known for knitting around key London landmarks in aid of charity. However some clever so and so realized that the multi-color non-destructive knitting had another effect; positivity.

That person was Miss Cross Stitch (nothing to do with Mr X Stitch). As a designer and keen stitcher she wanted to get away from the concept that it was only done by grandma’s, so packed up her needles and started stitching in German cities with bungie cord. Years later she was contacted by another member cross stitcher in Barcelona, and the movement was started.

Unlike traditional graffiti its seen as a positive force within the community, with little to no police impact (although there is some), and yes, its illegal, but I think we can all agree we’d love to see Pacman Ghosts in our neighborhood…

If you’re more interested in the exploits of Miss Cross Stitch you can check out an awesome interview on Make:, or her website.

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch
Title: Pikachu Tea Cup
Date Completed: October 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Canvas: White
Colours: 9
Video Game: Pokemon
 
I was watching a youtube video and the vlogger brought themselves a pack of three pokemon in teacups. These Japanese edition toys are SUPER hard to get in the UK (belive me, I tried), and so I wanted to stitch it instead. Unlike most of my stuff instead of creating image from scratch I placed together existing sprites, like my surfing pikachu and Pokemon battle cross stitch. I reshaped the tea cup and the shading was terrible, but with a little change of sizes to fit a little better and it now looks super cute!
 

Pikachu in a cup figure (source: Amazon)
Pikachu in a cup figure (source: Amazon)

Does 10,000 hours make a cross stitch master?

Lightsaber Blueprint Cross Stitch Embroidery by Lord Libidan

Everyone has heard the old adage of 10,000 hours of practice making you a master, however how true is this?

Thanks to the sheer size of cross stitch its no wonder that 10,000 hours are a possibility, however I doubt that a large proportion of people ever stitch that much. As a result, the remainder that do could be classed as masters, but whats my hour count?
Time to do the math.

Year 1-3:
20 (4 hour every weekday) + 16 hours (weekend) = 36 hours
x 50 (average weeks a year negating holidays) = 1800
x 3 (years = 5400
Year 4-6:
5 (1 hour every weekday) + 16 hours (weekend) = 21 hours
x 50 (average weeks a year negating holidays) = 1050
x 3 (years = 3150

Total: 8550

So I’m not a master. Well, it shouldn’t shock you to see that this isn’t the first time I’ve done that calculation. However within a year I will be, and so this begs the question; will I be a master soon?
The basics were covered off easily, within the first few weeks, maybe 50 hours. So for the remaining 8500 hours I’ve been doing nothing but practice. There are no badges like Pokemon to check your master status, and so we have to look at other identifiers.

pokemon master badges
Ash Ketchum still hasn’t won the Pokemon League, even with 58 badges…

I’ve been lucky enough to have been in 5 shows, work on a book, work on another book, be part of 5 publications and have another book deal. But none of these actually prove I’m any good at what I do, just that I can promote myself well. And so what other identifiers can you look at?

Well, for starters I still haven’t learnt how to do a french knot. I only really started ending my threads correctly a year ago. But I make all my own patterns, and pick colors by eye.

However in my mind, those 10,000 hours need to be used correctly. It’s not about the practice, its pushing the boundaries. I’ve played with transforming cross stitch, made stereoscopic cross stitch, made tattoos, blueprints and made perspective altering pieces; and I think its these I wear as badges of honor. My way to being a master.

That said; I still won’t class myself as a master. I think that’s the thing. To be a master you need to never stop trying to improve. I learnt that from Jiro.

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch
Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch

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.
 
Not only did it fit my prefernce for grey only stitches, like my Canabalt cross stitch or Pokemon Quote to name a few, it also showcases some of the excellent art game maker create, and don’t get enough focus for. This bowser is actually slightly different from the ingame model, so its a unique piece to me!