Space Invader Sprite Stitch Banner by Lord Libidan

Sprite Stitch Space Invader cross stitch banner by Lord Libidan (source: spritestitch.com)


Title: Sprite Stitch Banner
Date Completed: April 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Colours: 1
Canvas: Black
Video Game: Space Invaders
 
When I first started cross stitching, I was a manbroiderer, or a male embroiderer. Back then in 2009 it simply wasn’t a thing. Even now a decade later, people are still shocked that there are male stitchers out there. So when I first wanted to explore my new hobbby online, there wasn’t much choice.
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Now, that isn’t to say people were hostile; far from it, but being male always raised eyebrows and you got the whole slog of questions about being a bloke. But that wasn’t the case with SpriteStitch. A website devoted to cross stitching geekery, being a bloke really didn’t matter to anyone. In part, this might have been due to the website creator being a bloke too. To them, it was nothing.
 
But it was special to me. So I wanted to give back. The site was going through a bit of a refresh so I designed a simple banner for the home page. For me, I wasn’t super into the idea of massive cross stitch patterns that I would later take on, so wanted simple and fast. But I also wanted something that was a bit me. At the time, using pixel based games was the only way to make a cross stitch, as the wealth of awesome cross stitch software wasn’t a thing. So by hand I drew out a pattern, the only pattern I’ve drawn by hand, and stitched it up, before I got sign off on it. What can I say, I was devoted.
 
Luckily the idea was liked and it was up on the homepage for about 8 years, when I, after becoming a moderator on the forums, a blogger on the homesite, and a co-author on a Star Trek cross stitch book with the website owner, finally removed it.

Fire n Ice/Solomon’s Key Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Fire n Ice Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Fire n Ice
Title: Fire n Ice/Solomon’s Key
Date Completed: March 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 4
Video Game: Fire N Ice
 
After finding SpriteStitch, a place to show off my geeky cross stitch, which I later made a SpriteStitch banner cross stitch for, I started in ernest creating cross stitch patterns. The first idea I had was to make a simple screenshot. But then I realised how huge that would be.
 
But undeterred I kept playing on emulators, until I found this game. It was called Fire n Ice as it as an American rom, but for us European’s its called Soloman’s Key 2, originally for the SNES. I fell in love straight away. Its premise for a game is simple; you melt ice away to solve a puzzle. I wanted to stitch something up that was a simple to this premise as possible, and finally picked a pyramid design to fit into a standard photo frame.
 
When I finished it, I put it in a frame, and stuck it up on the wall. Its since had a few places to live, but it always stayed in its frame. This, thanks to the sun, caused some problems though, as I never washed my cross stitch back then. I’ve since learnt my lesson, but its still in its frame, on my window sill.

Brown Spots on Cross Stitch
Brown Spots on Cross Stitch

I had actually hoped to create some more Fire n Ice patterns, but as time went on, I found larger and larger projects, and never went back.

Retro Video Game Trio Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Retro Video Game Trio Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Retro Trio
Title: Retro Video Game Trio
Date Completed: February 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 7
Video Game: Pacman, Space Invaders & Dig Dug
 
I sort of fell upon this idea by accident, after my last stitch, but apparently quite a few people like it, so I can’t complain ๐Ÿ˜› After my Space Invader Pacman Ghostbuster cross stitch I realised just how similar in size the sprites were. Up to this point I’d put all of my own patterns on one file, and so I had a lot of sprites mixed together. I started splitting them out, and after realising that my future Fire n Ice cross stitch project wasn’t the same size of the others, I started trying random other games. In the end I picked by three favorite 8 bit games.
 
I was planning on doing another for different games originally, I planned for Galactican, Racer X and Asteroids, however after making the pattern, and coming up with loads of other options, I never got around to stitching it. However, I did make the retro 8bit cross stitch pattern avalible with over 50 different combinations.

Original Ghost Buster Pacman Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pacman The Original Ghostbuster Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Original Ghostbuster
Title: Original Ghost Buster
Date Completed: February 2010
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Black
Colours: 4
Video Game: Pacman
 
The original Ghostbuster, and the original Lord Libidan pattern. This was my first ever pattern. In fact, I had only stitched three projects in total before this. Being a Manbroiderer, or male embroiderer, I really wasn’t loving all the cute cross stitch patterns out there. To be, they were bland, and frankly not worth stitching. But I also loved cross stitching. So I had to decide, was I going to make the patterns, or give up stitching?
 
The fact that you’re reading this probably means you know the outcome, however, I designed and stitched up a pattern. It was based on a tshirt I saw, although simplified considerably.
 
This is where the story of Lord Libidan started. I wanted to show off my creation, and found the SpriteStitch website. In turn I needed a user name, and picked Lord Libidan. There, I found a whole community of people that were like me, and that wanted to cross stitch things that weren’t boring and cute. In fact, I ended up stitching a SpriteStitch banner cross stitch for the website too.