Miniature 3D Joust Arcade Cabinet Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Miniature 3D Joust Arcade Cabinet Cross Stitch

joust arcade cabinet
Title: Joust Cabinet
Date Completed: April 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 7
Video Game: Joust
 
While researching a different 3D project (which later turned into the micro Nintendo64 3D cross stitch console) I came across a Joust arcade cabinet by SunQueen1 on imgur. She’s done a few others before, but this was a perfect rendition of the Joust game, and I knew in cross stitch it would be a third of the size she created, which would challenge my miniature plastic canvas ability (which later came in handy on my super miniature 3D Pokemon city cross stitch a few months later). How could I say no?
 
What I didn’t realise at the time, was there was a Gamers Delight cross stitch competition being run by the DeviantArt group stitchingpirates. They asked if I’d like to enter, and I won!

Zelda Dangerous Alone Shadowbox Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Zelda Dangerous Alone Shadowbox Cross Stitch

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Title: Dangerous Alone
Date Completed: April 2015
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 11
Video Game: Zelda

In all my video game stitching career I’ve never stitched anything Zelda related. Whats that all about?
I’ve tried creating a 3D depth image before without success, and realised I needed something a lot smaller scale. I figured, what better than the classic “Dangerous to go alone!’ scene?

3D Pokemon Cave Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

3D pokemon cave cross stitch

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Title: Pokemon Cave
Date Completed: June 2013
Design: Lord Libidan
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 11
Video Game: Pokemon

This has been in the planning for more than a year before I started, and took almost 6 months to complete.
The reason it took so long is simply the challenge of having such a piece come out at you on plastic caves, on a 45 degree angle (plastic canvas means you can only use 90 or 0/180 degrees). However, after giving up on the project a total of three times, I finally worked out a way to do it.
Its based upon a series of works by the painter John Wilson after I saw a few of his pieces in a local art store. The effect should be that the cave looks to go inwards, and when you move your head (or the camera), the cave goes with it, forcing perspective, whilst all the time, it comes out at you.
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3D Pokemon Character Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

3D Pokemon Character Cross Stitch

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Title: 3D Pokemon Character
Date Completed: March 2013
Design: Lord Libyan
Canvas: Card
Colours: 3
Video Game: Pokemon

This was actually a test I’ve had planned for just over a year. The sprite has been split into multiple levels and stitched on plastic canvas on top of each other, making the sprite look like its coming out of the page, and that the perspective it correct.
Whilst it does work, I think scaling up of this idea would not.
The sprite was a combination of Pokemon Red/Blue and Gold/Silver main characters.

3D Transforming Soundwave Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

3D Transforming Soundwave Cross Stitch

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Title: 3D Transforming Soundwave
Date Completed: March 2012
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 6
Show: Transformers
 
After doing my optimus prime transformer cross stitch and jetfire transformer cross stitch, people started to notice me. I was in a few magazines and people were visiting my site. This came with a few requests for other patterns, and the majority of them were for a new transformer; Soundwave.
 
I created a rough pattern, but came across an issue; the tapes. Soundwave has a series of transformers that fit into the cassette deck on his chest, however due to the scale I’d used in the previous transformers the size of the tapes was tiny! Thankfully I was able to work them out and created two awesome transforming cross stitch tapes; ratbat and laserbeak.
 
Once I worked that out, I felt a little more relaxed so tried to make it have a few special accessories; two batteries that fit into his back that convert to a cannon on his shoulder and a gun on his arm.
 
I am also planning on making a starscream, and might try my hand at megaton, although he is going to be EXTREMELY hard to do…
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You can buy this pattern, and my other transformers on my Etsy shop, so go have a look!
 

Fan made transformers:

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3D Transforming Tapes – Ratbat & Laserbeak Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

3D Transforming Tapes - Ratbat & Laserbeak Cross Stitches

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Title: 3D Transforming Tapes – Ratbat & Laserbeak
Date Completed: November & December 2011
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 5
Show: Transformers
 
With a transforming Optimus Prime cross stitch under my belt, and a Jetfire cross stitch too, my next big challenge was Soundwave. Unlike the other two however Soundwave created his own list of problems; but there was one big one. The tapes.
 
To anyone unaware, Soundwave has a series of smaller transformers that fit into the cassette deck on his body. Making tapes shouldn’t be too hard, however in order to keep Soundwave in scale to the others, it gave me very small tapes indeed. Before I could attempt the robot, I had to tackle the tapes first. So I picked Ratbat and Laserbeak.
I also intend to make the rest of his tapes; Buzzsaw, Rumble & Frenzy.
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It turned out these worked perfectly! I was then able to create the 3D transforming cross stitch Soundwave, and these tapes fit perfectly.

3D Transforming Jetfire Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

3D Transforming Jetfire Cross Stitch

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Title: 3D Transforming Jetfire
Date Completed: May 2011
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 4
Show: Transformers
 
After doing my previous optimus prime cross stitch transformer, I wanted to continue the series. Many people related the Optimus Prime to a paper robot made by PaperRobots1999 (Sadly no longer active), however they also had a few other photos of future projects which never happened due to the site closing. This was one of them, meaning I had to work out the pattern based off of a picture; for the first time ever.
Like optimus, its based on the original toy, so is a Macross VF-1S Valkyrie in generation 1 anime colors.
 
I have also made plans for a Soundwave cross stitch transformer which you can get on my etsy store.
 
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
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To find more contemporary and video game cross stitch, see my gallery, and if you want to have a go yourself you can find patterns and kits on my etsy store!

3D Transforming Optimus Prime Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Optimus Transformer – Robot 3D Cross Stitch

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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