Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch By Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Pokemon Mini Map
Date Completed: May 2018
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 5
Game: Pokemon
 
Its really no secret that I love Pokemon, and I love maps. I even devoted a whole post to the best cross stitch maps. And honestly, about half of them were Pokemon. However, I wrote that blog after my own Pokemon map cross stitch, and whilst that map was created by me using 15 different reference images, these in game maps of regions stitched up by strangenessisconserved weren’t some of them.

pokemon region maps by strangenessisconserved
Pokemon region maps by strangenessisconserved

Weirdly, the maps in game don’t match up to what we know about the Pokemon world, especially the Kanto and Johto regions (top left and right on the image above). So I decided to combine the images to create an in-style in game Pokemon map of Kanto and Johto.
 
You can see below how my two Pokemon maps compare:
Pokemon Mini Map Cross Stitch by Lord LibidanPokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan
 
Interested in seeing another cross stitch map? I stitched a retro video game invasion plan cross stitch on pre-printed world aida. It might be worth a look.

Nintendo 64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Micro Nintendo64 Console
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Plastic
Colours: 13
Game: Nintendo, Pokemon Stadium & Legend of Zelda
 
I recently saw some awesome retro adverts for the SNES in a Japanese magazine and just fell in love with how they were sold. This idea floated around my head for some time, and I had a play with the idea when I made my 3D arcade cabinet cross stitch and it gave me the enthusiasum to create another 3D project, a super small console. The Nintendo64 jumped into my head, and I started planning based on a pixelated controller I had created some years ago. As it developed I also decided to include 2 controllers, and 2 games; Pokemon Stadium and the golden Legend of Zelda cartridges (using metallic threads, following the success of my gold Zelda cartridge cross stitch).
 
Once created I wanted to create a design close to the original advert that inspired me:
Nintendo64 Micro Console Cross Stitch japanese advert by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Map Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon National Map cross stitch by Lord Libidan
Title: Pokemon National Map
Date Completed: June 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Pale Blue
Colours: 13
Game: Pokemon
 
I like maps. In fact, in the past I’ve created a few map pieces, including the cross stitch map by SuckUK, and I’ve been intending to create a cross stitch map from the ground up for sometime, however I never settled on which game. I tried a fallout vault, a hitman map, even looking into final fantasy for a while, however I realised that there was one game I always went back to, that shared a map between all its games; Pokemon.
 
This is the national map, meaning it doesn’t contain Unova, Kalos, or any of the ranger games. However even then, there is a large amount of made up parts. The Pokemon games have never reveiled how the world looks. I used hints and comments from the games to create a unified design which looked good to me.

Pokemon Mega Ring Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Mega Ring Cross Stitch

Pokemon Mega Ring Cross Stitch
Title: Mega Ring
Date Completed: February 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 12
Canvas: Bracelet
Colours: 9
Game: Pokemon
 
This project was slow to come about. About a year previous I had won a cross stitch-able leather bracelet as part of a competition I won for my minature arcade cabinet cross stitch, but it had hung around in my stitching kit boxes, I simply didn’t know what to do with it.
 
I brought it back out again after stitching a leather notebook cover with a pikachu cross stitch and tried to come up with an idea of what I could use it for. I just so happened to have finished playing through Pokemon Sun. In the game the character is given a mega ring, roughly the size of the bracelet, and I thought it was a perfect fit!

Spirited Away Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Spirited Away Cross Stitch

Spirited Away Cross Stitch
Title: Spirited Away
Date Completed: February 2017
Design: Richard J. Evans & Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Orange
Colours: 11
Anime: Spirited Away
 
MotoRuxin, a Twitch streamer who cross stitches, has been doing some sweet stitches recently on really bright background aida, and it got my fingers itching for something similar. I haven’t really done much with exciting colored aida, other than my red aida background gengar Japanese print cross stitch. At first I tried finding a bright purple, my favorite color, however I settled for orange.
 
I had a quick google online, and after seeing Adam Savage’s My Neighbour Toronto costume, I got on a bit of an anime binge. And lo and behold, a Spirited Away stitch. The design is by Richard J Evans, who does pixel art of loads of anime films.

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch
Title: I Believe In Mew
Date Completed: January 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Canvas: Pewter
Colours: 6
Video Game: Pokemon
 
Back to the Pokemon Cross Stitch! I found this image on pinterest, and despite my best efforts I just can’t find the original, so shout out to the original artist whoever you may be!
 
I’ve been meaning to get back into stitching tattoo inspired cross stitches, such as the portal tattoo and Pokemon tattoo stitches people rave about. Not only are they a great project to stitch as they take so much time, but the pattern design phase is fantastic. In this tattoo I redesigned most of it to suit my own needs, and to make it more obviously Pokemon.
I believe in mew
It also has some sweet Kreinik threads around Mew to make him look even more special. Its based off the old myth of Pokemon Blue and Red that there was a hidden Mew under the truck by SS Anne. Actually, mew has been hidden in my cross stitch before; most people don’t realise mew is on the walls on my 3D Pokemon cave cross stitch.

Golden Zelda Cartridge Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Golden Zelda Cartridge Cross Stitch

Golden Zelda Cartridge Cross Stitch
Title: 24 Carat Zelda
Date Completed: January 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: White
Colours: 9
Video Game: Zelda
 
DMC recently came out with a 24 carat gold thread to celebrate their 270th Birthday. Whilst the price for a full skein of thread made from actual gold was super high, I was able to get my hands on a very limited quantity. It wasn’t large at all, but I looked around at what other people had done with it: nothing. In fact, due to its cost they kept it whole and didn’t use it. So I decided that I would stitch with mine and be the only person to do so.
 
I had a think what would be important enough to warrant gold thread being used, and after throwing a few ideas around I knew that the thing I had to stitch, HAD to be the most well known gold object in video game history; the Zelda golden cartridge. There are also some non-24 carat metallic threads in there from both Kreinik and DMC, but part of this cartridge is pure gold.
 
This project inspired me to use gold thread again with my micro Nintendo64 cross stitch cartridges.

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pikachu Tea Cup Cross Stitch

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-cup-figure

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Bowser Concept Art Cross Stitch

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!

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch

Pokemon Great Wave Cross Stitch
Title: The Great Wave
Date Completed: October 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Video Game: Pokemon
 
I love Japan. That shouldn’t be too surprising to hear if you read my site regularly. In the past I’ve taken the traditional Japanese print style and created cross stitches out of it, like my Japanese Gengar cross stitch. However I’ve never done a faithful rendition of the style.
 
A while ago I went to the museum in London and saw a print of the Great Wave, and its stuck in my head for a while, maybe a year or more. I recently remembered it when I saw missypena’s Great Wave Off Kanto posters.
With her permission I remade the two images, combined them and edited them to fit the original slightly better. This work took maybe 200 hours or more, and is by far the largest piece I have completed. However, I think it might be my best to date.
 
Thankfully my work with the great wave came in super handy, as its one of the artworks featured in my Fine Art Cross Stitch book!