The Best Pokemon Cross Stitch

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon!

My favorite thing to cross stitch is Pokemon and for good reason. Not only is it one of the best-loved franchises out there, but there’s so much to choose to stitch, and so many in-jokes!
And all the sprites are the perfect size to stitch (unless you do all of them at once)…

To Be The Very Best Pokemon Tattoo

Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

The best like no one ever was! One day I will get this tattooed on me. You know… somewhere I can hide it so no one over the age of 30 can see it… 😛

Epic Pokemon

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

Well that was obvious wasn’t it? One of the best Pokemon stitches of all time, has to be the largest one known. Whilst the above picture is great at showing its size, you don’t really get a grasp of it until you see this awesome video below:
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Pika Pile

Pikachu Pile Cross Stitch by riotpatch (source: riotpatch.blogspot.com)
Pikachu Pile Cross Stitch by riotpatch (source: riotpatch.blogspot.com)

How cute is this!?! All credit to HardcodeEskimoKisses who created the pattern, although the above is stitched by StitchPlease. I especially love balloon Pika’s expression.

Pokemon Home Sweet Home

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

I just made this pattern available to download for free, however its been recreated by many others in slightly different styles. All Pokemon games start in your home sweet home, and this pattern only goes to glorify that!

Pokemon Badges

Pokemon Kanto Badges Cross Stitch by stitchplease (source: spritestitch.com)
Pokemon Kanto Badges Cross Stitch by stitchplease (source: spritestitch.com)

There’s only one way to be a pokemon master and that’s to collect all the badges. The above set are scaled correctly to the first season, using red/blue sprites.

Pokemon Circle

Pokemon Cross Stitch by 42kayla (source: twitter.com)
Pokemon Cross Stitch (source: twitter.com)

Another Pokemon stitch worth the epic tag, this circle uses recolored sprites, arranged in a circle, forming all 151 original pokemon, made from an official Pokemon image. You can download this epic Pokemon cross stitch pattern for free!

Ketchup Pikachu

Pikachu Ketchup Cross Stitch by PiDesign (source: Etsy.com)
Pikachu Ketchup Cross Stitch by PiDesign (source: Etsy.com)

I LOVE THIS IMAGE! One of the best scenes from the original pokemon series when they have no food, but Pikachu is hungry. Its also a great weekend project, so you might want to give it a try.

Hardest Decision

3D Pokemon Choice Quote Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
3D Pokemon Choice Quote Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

There are many pokemon quotes; such as “are you a boy or girl?”, but this one is basically a meme in a cross stitch.

Pokemon Baubles

Christmas Pokemon Bauble Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan
Christmas Pokemon Bauble Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

These were made as a request over on the SpriteStitch forums, and are pride of place on my xmas tree every year!

3D Handheld Pokedex

3D Pokedex Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
3D Pokedex Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

I know… another one of mine, but in fairness, everywhere I go on shows, everyone always asks if I’ve got it with me…

 

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8 Bit Earth Invasion Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

battleplan earth 8 bit video game cross stitch world map by lord libidan

battleplan earth 8 bit video game cross stitch world map by lord libidan
Title: Invasion Earth
Date Completed: August 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 11
Video Game: Space Invaders, Galaxian, Bosconian, Metroid, Galaga, Xevious
 
In the past I’ve created cross stitches I wanted, however I was recently contacted by SuckUK and they offered me a chance to stitch on their new world map aida in 11 count. I loved the idea of maps, I’ve even created a Pokemon map cross stitch in the past.
 
However, for a world map, I knew there was one thing I wanted. A planet invasion plan. In my head it was a follow on from my Space Invaders Simple Plan Cross stitch. It features various enemies of the 8bit era space arcade game franchises.
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Top 10 Video Game Cross Stitch

Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Video game cross stitch is my thing (along with geeky cross stitch), however there are a lot of examples of fantastic art out there, so here are my top 10:

1 – Mario Power Ups

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

One of the first ever ‘epic’ video game cross stitch patterns made by psi169 but stitched by many of the years. Its a massive 1.5m by 1m and full of awesome mario goodness.

2 – Legend of Zelda Map

Legend Of Zelda Map Cross Stitch by tibtibs (source: spritestitch.com)
Legend Of Zelda Map Cross Stitch by tibtibs (source: spritestitch.com)

The epic stitches don’t end there, and as time has gone on Zelda caught up fast with Mario on the trend front. This amazing piece was the first full Legend of Zelda cross stitch map to be completed.

3 – Mario Level

Mario Level Cross Stitch by sgoheen06 (source: deviantart.com)
Mario Level Cross Stitch by sgoheen06 (source: deviantart.com)

Just look how long this is! Unrestrained from common frame sizes a whole level is stitched in this mario piece. Click to see just how detailed it is. And nice use of a sky blue aida…

4 – Home Sweet Home

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

There are literally hundreds of home sweet home patterns, including the free pokemon home sweet home pattern we gave away, however they have become so synonymous with the cross stitch community, that its inclusion within the video game sub-culture was inevitable.

5 – Pokemon Battle Screenshot

Pokemon Fight Cross Stitch by zomb13unicorns (source: spritestitch.com)
Pokemon Fight Cross Stitch by zomb13unicorns (source: spritestitch.com)

Simple in its outset of a pokemon battle screen, however infinitely more complicated once you realise the small factors such as the high level pikachu is meant to represent Ash’s from the anime. Not only has it been well received by the whole stitching community, but its even sparked spin offs like the Game of Thrones one below.
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

6 – Retro Trio Sampler

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

This piece was made my myself, so I do have a bias, however its the most requested pattern on reddit cross stitch page, so is deserving of a place in the top ten. And even better I’ve made the retro gaming cross stitch pattern a free download!

7 – Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger Cross Stitch by xstitchpixel (source: reddit.com)
Chrono Trigger Cross Stitch by xstitchpixel (source: reddit.com)

This is simply stunning. The tone of the colors shows real skill, but its completely engrossing, using one of the most iconic images from the chrono trigger game.

8 – Day Of The Tentacle

Day Of the Tenticle Cross Stitch by Stephanie Min (source: crossstitchtycoon.blogspot.com)
Day Of the Tenticle Cross Stitch by Stephanie Min (source: crossstitchtycoon.blogspot.com)

The greatest thing about this competition is the fantastic stance of the tenticle. I know its direct from the game, but they’ve taken a vector image and transfered it to a small pixel image without loosing any of the key details.

9 – Lara Croft

Lara Croft Cross Stitch by Becky Schaefer (source: mrxstitch.com)
Lara Croft Cross Stitch by Becky Schaefer (source: mrxstitch.com)

A regular, quite boring cross stitch completely changed by adding in Lara Croft (a very cross stitch unfriendly character) into the mix. It’s not Becky Schaefer’s only piece, but this was his first in this style, and it really works…

10 – Hakuen Street Fighter

Street Fighter Cross Stitch by Celes_Lionheart (source: spritestitch.com)
Street Fighter Cross Stitch by Celes_Lionheart (source: spritestitch.com)

HADUKEN! Synonomus within the video game community, and has been attempted many times with its well known code, however the thing that really brings this piece to life is the awesome positioning of the characters and lack of text, but its still obvious what it is. Very well done.

 

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Free Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch Pattern

free epic pokemon cross stitch pattern icon by lord libidan

free epic pokemon cross stitch pattern

There are multiple epic pokemon cross stitch patterns out there, and this was one of the first. Good luck!

Stitch Count: 300w x 4254h
Finished Size: 22″ x 30″ or 56cm x 76cm (14ct)
Number of colors: 26 (DMC)

Also avalible as a 21 color version and a pdf in black and white
 

Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch Pattern Completed by unknown stitcher (Source: Reddit)
Epic Pokemon Cross Stitch Pattern Completed by unknown stitcher (Source: Reddit)

Thinking of tackling this epic cross stitch? We have some great guides like where to find super large aida, how to tackle epic cross stitches, cross stitch gridding techniques and how to keep up motivation when tackling epic cross stitches.
 
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The Best Geeky Cross Stitch

Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)

Cross stitch is inherently geeky, however with more and more people releasing their inner geek; we’ve had some epic cross stitches.

Star Trek Sampler

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

Star Trek has long been in the realm of geeks, but with recent movies its become more and more popular, however its still firmly geeky. This sampler shows everything geeky about the series, with all its cross stitch glory!
This pattern actully came from the Star Trek Cross Stitch book myself and John Lohman put together:
Star Trek Cross Stitch Book Cover by John Lohman and Lord Libidan
Star Trek Cross Stitch Book Cover by John Lohman and Lord Libidan

Game Of Thrones Pokemon Mashup

Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)
Game of Thrones Pokemon Cross Stitch by Beki710 (source: mrxstitch.com)

Game of Thrones brought geek to the every day with the awesome books and TV series, however back when it was just into its first series this amazing piece was made. Sure, it doesn’t subscribe to the R+L=J theory, but its great use of a pre-existing Pokemon set makes it geeky in the extreme.

Harry Potter Crests

Harry Potter Crest Pillows Cross Stitch by Carlydx-x (source: Instructables.com)
Harry Potter Crest Pillows Cross Stitch by Carlydx-x (source: Instructables.com)

The Potter books and movies are great, but their attention to detail is what makes them really stand out. The production team even managed to create perfect house crests, which were quickly picked up, pixelized, and cross stitched. However, their HUGE size stopped people in their tracks, but making 4 of the things and then making pillows; there must have been magic involved.

Epic Pokemon

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

I’ve mentioned Pokemon above, and I use it a lot in my work, but the sheer size of this piece is mind blowing. The pattern was made over on the SpriteStitch forums, it’s been started (and even finished) a dozen times, but the image above was the first, and gives a great idea of its huge 4.5 foot size.

Star Wars Tapestry

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)

Talking huge; hows a 9 foot long cross stitch of the entire original Star Wars trilogy? OK, its not actually a tapestry as its purely cross stitch, but damn its cool.

Glow In The Dark Spiderman

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

This Spiderman stitch deserves a place on this list anyway, however with its clever use of glow in the dark thread it really pops.

Portal 2 Lemon Rant

Portal 2 Lemon Rant Cross Stitch by benwermers (source: spritestitch.com)
Portal 2 Lemon Rant Cross Stitch by benwermers (source: spritestitch.com)

DEMAND TO SEE LIFE’S MANAGER!
This just makes me itch to play Portal 2 again, one of my all-time favorite games EVER.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Tardis Cross Stitch by elfstitch (source: Buzzfeed)
Doctor Who Tardis Cross Stitch by elfstitch (source: Buzzfeed)

Ooh-wee-ooh…
Just looking at this makes me hum the theme tune. Doctor Who, the geekiest of 70s TV, is still loving strong today with awesome stitches like this.

Ohm Sweet Ohm

Ohm Sweet Ohm Cross Stitch by Adafruit (source: adafruit.com)
Ohm Sweet Ohm Cross Stitch by Adafruit (source: adafruit.com)

Home sweet home sampler + pun + electronics + cross stitch = the best geek inspired cross stitch ever!
I mean; this is just so geeky its hilarious. And damn that’s a good pun.

Lord Of The Rings Gateway

Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)
Lord Of The Rings Mines of Moria Cross Stitch by Jamie Sesslin (source: pinterest.com)

You don’t need to say anything about this. Its just pure amazing. Not only that, but this stitch came out before the movies. Very very impressive.

Adventure Time’s Everything Burrito

Adventure Time Everything Burrito Cross Stitch by LadyBeta (source: reddit)
Adventure Time Everything Burrito Cross Stitch by LadyBeta (source: reddit)

I admit, I’ve watched all of Adventure Time, and I’m still not sure if its a kids program or not… But its my guilty pleasure, the thing I hide from friends… It’s so reminiscent of old school geek is great. And so is the everything burrito…

Space Invader School

Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

No geeky cross stitch list is complete without a smashing of retro gaming, and my Space Invader School cross stitch is a perfect example of that geekiness.

WARNING – RUDE WORDS

Alien Cross Stitch

Alien Cross Stitch by ScarlettStitches (source: Etsy.com)
Alien Cross Stitch by ScarlettStitches (source: Etsy.com)

I don’t like to post rude stitches on this site, but the cult classic Alien has to be on the list. It’s summed up the tone of the film perfectly.

 

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Free Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch Pattern

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Free Cross Stitch Pattern

How does a totally free pokemon ‘home sweet home’ cross stitch pattern sound?

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

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Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Or add a pikachu even…
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by umlauts (source: @xstitchmag)
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by umlauts (source: @xstitchmag)

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Pokemon Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

 
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Journey To A Complete Set Of DMC Floss Threads

Full set of DMC threads

“I’ve been stitching now for more than 5 years, and in that time; I’ve amassed more than 230 threads, but is it worth getting the complete set of DMC threads?”

That was a year ago, and now, with the full set of DMC threads, I can finally answer the question. However, as always, it’s not that simple.

Full set of DMC threads
My full set of DMC threads ordered by number

The story starts back when I picked up a small inch square kit from the local hobby store. I had nothing, yet instantly fell out of favor of the standard kits. So I started making my own and buying threads up.

The early years

At first, you buy a thread here. A thread there, and maybe you buy 10 or 20 for a big project. But it never really goes beyond that. You never finish a thread, resorting to reusing the same color next time, even if it isn’t a perfect fit.

Cross stitch is my main hobby

But things start getting better. You start larger and larger pieces, and you’re getting picking about the right colors. Sure, you still make changes to reuse old ones, but you have 5 reds to choose from, so its OK!

But you realize buying 1 or 2 threads isn’t effective. You get batches, and you start having over-spill from your storage boxes…

I’m serious about this now.

So you get new storage. Maybe you get the DMC Thread Storage Box.
But that makes you realize how few you have.

But you just keep getting through those blacks… So you buy a cone or two. And that’s where things hold.

You have so much selection you can always find 1st or 2nd choice threads.

Purchase

And that’s where I caved. Now, to be clear, I didn’t go out of my way to buy all the threads. I had actually got an offer from a store to buy a kit at a discounted cost.
And I turned it down.

And regretted it instantly.

I made a new pattern and pulled up a list of colors to find I didn’t have any of them, which was rare in itself. I searched my thread book for a good alternative and didn’t have the second choice.
Or third.
Or fourth.

So I finally splurged on a full 447 set, complete with variegated threads for £250.

DMC thread number wraps
So many DMC thread number wraps…

Post purchase

Whilst initially I started using a few new threads, I quickly found another problem. Over-spill. I had worked with 230 threads for the better part of 3 years, and when I brought my new set, I also got those 230.
So I had to work through all 230 threads first.

It took 9 months, and a load of stitching, but I got through it all. Now, I can use any color. Now I have so much choice every piece uses a new thread just for the hell of it.

And you know what? I finally have a choice when it comes to skin color. Skin tone threads! Ahhhh!

Is it worth it?

Yes. Oh, my word yes.

Even though it doesn’t seem it at first, a complete set means you can always pick the right color. Hold it up to your screen to check its perfect, or put multiple threads next to each other and pick the best.
And it really shows in your work…

You can pick up a set yourself on at Etsy.com
I don’t have that illusive Limited Edition Golden Skein though…