Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles Embroidery by Lord Libidan

Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles Embroidery by Lord Libidan

Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles
TMNS
Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles
Date Completed: March 2011
Design: BigRedJake/Lord Libidan
Cloth: Linen
Colours: 9
Show: Pokemon & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
 
Whilst I love cross stitch, when I was first starting out, I didn’t know if I loved cross stitch specifically, or all embroidery. So when I saw a design from BigRedJake, devoted to a combination of Pokemon and TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), I fell in love. And I knew that embroidery was the way to go.

 
However, as a starter in the world of embroidery, I didn’t go too crazy, and only did outlines, rather than filling in the details. I liked it, but I didn’t like it as much as cross stitch, so it took me a whole three years before I tried my hand at embroidery again, with my Fallout 3 VATS embroidery. But I haven’t done any since then…

Pacman Valentine by Lord Libidan

Pacman Valentine Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Valentine Pacman
Title: Pacman Valentine
Date Completed: February 2011
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 5
Video Game: Pacman
 
After I stitched up a SpriteStitch banner cross stitch I started getting more and more involved in the SpriteStitch community. One part of that was their monthly challenges, where they’d give you a theme, and you had to stitch something up. The forum members would pick a winner.
 
For the theme on the month I picked, it was “Anti-Valentine/Unlikely Partnership”. I found this rather interesting, as video games are full of the hero/villan trope, and I thought, what better than the oldest forlorn couple? I sadly didn’t win, but I came 5th out of 12, so I did well.
 
This wasn’t the only SpriteStitch competition I entered though, in fact I won with my Pokemon quote cross stitch three months later.

Fallout Vault Boy Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Fallout Vault Boy Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Fallout – Vault Boy
Vault Boy
Title: Fallout – Vault Boy
Date Completed: February 2011
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: White
Colours: 10
Video Game: Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas
 
If I had to give my list of favorite games, Fallout 3 would be RIGHT up there. Maybe even in my favorite spot. So once I had started to get some cross stitch patterns under my belt, like my Canabalt cross stitch, it was time to go big, and I knew Fallout was the best game for it.
 
I had just finished Fallout New Vegas, which wasn’t as good as Fallout 3 in my mind, however I fell in love with the lore they offered. In particular, the posters. There were tonnes, full of catch phrases and clever imagery. In addition, the new trait tree, with little images of the vault boy, really caught my eye. So my plan was to combine the two.
 
At first this wasn’t an issue, however as I moved onto the vault boy, I came across two problems. The first was that the faces in images I could find online sucked. The pixelated nature meant they seemed to be squinting constantly. The second issue, was that none of them seemed to have legs. I chose the best face I could find, edited it to my liking, then went about creating the full body. This was the biggest pixel art challenge for me at the time, as whilst I had put some sprites together for the likes of my retro trio cross stitch, I hadn’t created something from nothing before.
 
It might have been simple in hindsight, but at the time, was a massive success. The only thing I wished was included was a nuka cola bottle, however after I finished I saw an amazing poster that I included in my roundup of the best Fallout cross stitches, so I’d glad I didn’t (I couldn’t do anything that good). Although it didn’t stop me making a Fallout Nuka Cola bottle cross stitch keychain some time later.

The Soils Of Dig Dug Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

The Soils Of Dig Dug Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Soils of Dig Dug
Title: The Soils Of Dig Dug
Date Completed: February 2011
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 12
Video Game: Dig Dug
 
I said in my previous piece, my Canabalt cross stitch that I had just gone to Uni. I specifically, went to go soil science, and one of the old posters about soil on the walls really caught my attention. In short, I detailed three soil types, brown earth, podzol and gley. Whilst these probably don’t mean much to people outside of the soil science world, I noticed straight away that it was almost a perfect fit for the Dig Dug arcade game.
 
Dig Dug, apparently, knew what they were doing as when I went back to look at how accurate it was, it really blew me away. I was also in love with the bright colors of Dig Dug, which was the opposite of the massive grey Canabalt cross stitch, meaning it would be a more interesting cross stitch.

Canabalt Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Canabalt Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Canabalt
Title: Canabalt
Date Completed: October 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Pewter
Colours: 5
Video Game: Canabalt
 
Up to this point, I had been cross stitching whilst at secondary school. It was a great way to spend a few hours whilst pretending to be doing homework. But in 2010, I went to Uni, and suddenly I had a lot more time on my hands. To get rid of the hours of lectures I often played on my phone, specifically Canabalt. Now, back in 2010 it was old news, so I was late to the game, but with the visuals being really in line with my retro futuristic cross stitch I fell in love.
 
I snapped a few screenshots and then combined them together to make a mashup, and then went about making a pattern. What I hadn’t quite thought about, was the sheer size. My largest cross stitch at the time, A3 size, it wouldn’t be too much trouble, had it been a little more detailed, but it was just 5 colors of grey. On grey aida. Needless to say, I was rather happy once I had finished this stitch, just to be done with all the grey.
 
However, this wasn’t the last time I chose to do things in grey/black and white. In fact, shortly after I completed my Pokemon boy/girl cross stitch. This in turn probably led to me making my lightsaver blueprint embroidery.

Monkey Island Keychain Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Monkey Island Cross Stitch Keychain by Lord Libidan

Keychain 1
Title: Monkey Island Keychain
Date Completed: September 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 10
Video Game: The Secret Of Monkey Island
 
In the past, I had done a few competitions for SpriteStitch, which resulted in my Pacman valentine cross stitch and Pokemon boy/girl quote cross stitch. However to make things a little more interesting, they decided to do a craft swap. I’d heard of other craft swaps before, but it was the first for SpriteStitch, so I was game!
 
My swap partner was in love with Monkey Island (a game I never played) so I worked my way through it, and made a double sided keychain.
 
Keychain 2
 
Thi wasn’t the first craft swap for Sprite Stitch either. Over the following years I also created an Assassin’s Creed Astergo glow-in-the-dark poster cross stitch, Assassin’s Creed pin cross stitches, Metroid blueprint cross stitch, Pokemon Japanese Gengar cross stitch and a Galaga ships cross stitch.

3D Transforming Optimus Prime Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Optimus Prime Transforming 3D Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan in robot form

Optimus 1
Title: 3D Transforming Optimus Prime
Date Completed: August 2010
Design: Lord Libidan/Paper Robots 1999
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 6
Show: Transformers
 
Plastic canvas has always drawn me, it allows for the structured cross stitch to become its own structure. However, when I picked up a few sheets all of the patterns looked so boring. A boring simple house? Neh. I wanted to make something better. So I pondered for a while before realising that plastic canvas can be used in a similar way to building blocks, and with it you can make any shape. I knew that I wanted to push boundaries a little of what was possible, and I had only just started cross stitch, so wasn’t afraid to fail.
 
I always loved fiddling with my brothers generation 1 transformer toys and it started from there. Its based on the original toy series, so transforms into a Peterbilt style semi-tractor. Initially I thought about making the robot itself, and realised I could make joints move by using wire paper clips. One thing led to another and before you know it, I was planning on hundreds of scrap peices of paper how to make it transform.
 
It got a LOT of attention, and so I started designing a second transformer; Jetfire, a robot that transforms into a jet plane. It didn’t stop there though! I even have a Soundwave tape deck trasformer, with tapes that fit inside that transform into ratbat and laserbeak!
 
Its now been featured on:
Mr X Stitch: Link
Gamespy
Reddit: Link
And won Penny Nickels Contest: Link
If you look out for Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine, I will be published in their March issue!
 
You can buy this pattern on my Etsy shop and many other transformers, so go have a look! LINK

Optimus 2

Got Milk Magnets – Harvest Moon by Lord Libidan

Got Milk Cross Stitch Magnets – Harvest Moon by Lord Libidan

Got Milk 1
Title: Got Milk Magnets – Harvest Moon
Date Completed: January 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Colours: 8
Video Game: Harvest Moon
 
I love Harvest Moon, its one of my favorite video games, in particular the versions on the gameboy color. However when playing through it recently I realised that guy drinks milk ALL THE TIME! I just happened to come back from America before I started playing it too, so I knew the “got milk” adverts were all the rage over there. Well, it didn’t take me long to make a pattern and stitch something up.
 
This project is also the first time I make cross stitch magnets. I chose to stick magnets on the back of the panels, which whilst working OK at the start, they were too strong for the glue. In newer attempts I chose to enclose the magnet in plastic canvas to solve this issue.
 
This was later extended to include Doctor Who magnets.
Doctor Who magnets
Title: Got Milk Magnets – Doctor Who
Date Completed: June 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Colours: 8
Show: Doctor Who

The World Of Tomorrow Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

The World Of Tomorrow Retro Futuristic Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

World Of Tomorrow
Title: The World Of Tomorrow
Date Completed: June 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Colours: 7
 
For my fifth self patterned cross stitch I chose something retro futuristic. This was a major passion of mine at the time, well before the general positive attitude to the aesthetic we’re seeing in 2019. As a result, there was basically nothing I could use to draw inspiration from. It took some time before I finally settled on a pattern, being the largest I had done at the time, I finally got involved in cross stitch pattern software. I learned a lot, and frankly, its a pattern I no longer like that much, but it gave me a lot of knowledge that helped me become the designer I am today.
 
Interestingly, it took me another 7 years before I stitched another non-video game project, and it was my Saturn V blueprint cross stitch, another rocket!

Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Space Invader School Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Space Invader School
Title: Space Invader School
Date Completed: April 2010
Design: Neil Grefory/Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Colours: 8
Video Game: Space Invaders
 
After the success of my first self made cross stitch pattern, The Original Ghostbuster Pacman cross stitch, I felt a little more devoted to doing something big.
 
I once again took inspiration from a tshirt I found on threadless called “A Simple Plan” which was one of their best sellers at the time. However it always bugged me that the sprites weren’t correct. This was thanks to copyright, but I wasn’t going to sell the pattern, I didn’t have that issue, so I changed the sprites to be correct, changed the colors slightly (the first time I’d done that too), and started making the pattern.
 
One thing that many people don’t know about cross stitch is that you’re fixed to a grid of a set size. As a result making the space invaders look like they got smaller, without actually getting smaller, was a challenge, but with some careful placement, I think I solved that quite well.
 
You can now download the pattern for free too, so why not stitch it up yourself?