August 14, 2014

Geek & Gaming Cross Stitchery 5 – Bioshock Infinite

Filed under: Stitching — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 3:11 PM

Five minutes into Bioshock Infinite and I knew I had to make these. Five minutes in and I was conflicted – I wanted to play the game but the fact that there were cross stitch samplers decorating the iconic lighthouse had me thinking about my needles and thread.

So I kept my hands on the controller until I finished the game for the first time. But once that credit roll ended, I reached for my camera, restarted the game and snapped pictures for me to work with. My needlepoint kit was calling me and I just had to get started.

There are a total of four cross stitch samplers hanging in the lighthouse, the first one over a wash basin directly at the entrance to the tower. This one had a slightly different pattern to it only in the fact that the rose border had more of a gap between corners and no filler bits like the remaining three. I made the pattern for this one first and stitched it before working on the others.

This one hangs over the wash basin as you enter the lighthouse

The first one, over the wash basin

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August 1, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #3

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It’s finished!!

I started on my Extra Life grand raffle prize back in May (or maybe the very end of April) and last night I made the last stitches on the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map cross stitch masterpiece. It only took every extra minute of my life for 3 months, my video game backlog grew by four or five games, and I jabbed myself at least a dozen times. But if it helps the kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, then it is so worth it. All that’s left now is to find a nice frame.

I did the math and if someone asked me to make this piece as a commission it would run almost $600 plus supplies. Since every $5 donation nets you 1 entry into the raffle, the more you donate the better your odds. $100 donation is 20 entries and really bumps up your odds. And is way easier on your wallet.  (more…)

July 10, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #2

On October 25th, 2014, I will once again participate in the epic 25 hour video game marathon that is Extra Life, and it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support me with a tax deductible donation that will go directly to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

I’m hoping to hit the $500 mark again this year and so I have decided to raffle off some cross stitching in exchange for donations. The grand prize is a tapestry of the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map, which looks like this:

SMB3-Level1

It’s a little stretched but the original is super tiny

Now that I’m finishing up the second last “panel” I figured it was as good a time as any to post an updated picture here (which I will update on my official Extra Life page as well). Only 9 more dancing bushes to go!!!

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As I’m nearing the end of stitching on this beast, my thoughts turn to a secondary prize option for people who are not necessarily into video games and so I’ve been searching through my magazines and internet patterns to see if I can find anything to work on next. Leading the running (in my mind) are two very cute Gingerbread House and Haunted House patterns from Cloudsfactory, and one of two very detailed geisha patterns from one of my World of Cross Stitching magazines.

A reminder that for every $5 donation you’ll receive 1 raffle ticket in exchange.

I’ve also committed to my first game selection for Extra Life 2014: the original Uncharted PS3 game. After years of flack from my friend Patrick for not having played this, I picked up all three from GameStop the other week and have promised to play the first installment for at least a few hours this October. I have a very strong feeling that Destiny and Dragon Age Inquisition will eat up a good chunk of my 25 hours as well, fingers crossed there are no delays.

If you have any suggestions for which secondary prize I should stitch or other games you’d like to see me play, please let me know!

May 11, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #1

On October 25th, 2014, I will once again participate in the epic 25 hour video game marathon that is Extra Life, and it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support me with a tax deductible donation that will go directly to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

I’m hoping to hit the $500 mark again this year and so I have decided to raffle off some cross stitching in exchange for donations. The grand prize is a tapestry of the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map, which looks like this:

SMB3-Level1

It’s a little stretched but the original is super tiny

I’ve been working on the project for a few weeks now and I must say it is coming along nicely. There may be a couple of colours I need to adjust as I move towards the next set of panels, as I am already noticing that the locked door has a dark brown in it on the pattern.

This is the first quarter of the tapestry. Shiny!

This is the first quarter of the tapestry. Shiny!

Looking pretty sweet, right?

Now the big problem is figuring out the ticket to $$$ ratio for donations. I’m thinking 1 ticket for every $5 increment is a pretty fair exchange, considering this is a very time consuming and detailed piece. Yes, let’s go with that.

Extra Life donations are already open so feel free to donate now and/or as often as you’d like. Because this is for the kids, after all. =)

 

August 26, 2013

Geek & Gaming Cross Stitchery 4 – The Ladies of Final Fantasy VII

Filed under: Stitching — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 11:13 PM
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Yuffie, Tife, and Aerith from Final Fantasy VII

As I gear up for Extra Life 2013, I’ve been going through some of the video game and pop culture patterns I’ve found all over the internet in an attempt to stitch a few as samples I can use to manipulate (read: politely urge) my friends and family to give slightly higher donations this year in exchange for some awesome new home decor. Knowing how popular Final Fantasy VII is (not my personal fave, that would be FFIX), I dug out the patterns I found on Gatchastitch and figured what the hell.  (more…)

April 3, 2013

Geek & Gaming Cross Stitchery 3 – Yoshi Kitchen Decor

Filed under: Stitching — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 12:06 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in regards to my efforts to stitch a bunch of awesome things to decorate with, but today I can finally say I have finished my largest project to date! The Yoshi Butcher Chart that I started on a ways back last year had the final back stitches done last night while playing catch up with The Walking Dead (I am still 4 episodes behind).

I found this pattern on SpriteStitches and knew I had to make it. Unfortunately, neither Michael’s nor JoAnn carried black 14 count Aida large enough for the canvas so I went with an oatmeal colour instead. This meant I needed to add black backstitching around the preparations, but I think it still turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to figure out how I am going to get it ready for the wall. Maybe a frame, maybe a scroll look…. Decisions, decisions!

Many thanks to Siva on SpriteStitches for sharing the pattern.

 

September 26, 2012

Wreck It Ralph Cross Stitch

Filed under: Stitching — Tags: , , , — Yukino @ 6:21 PM

As a gamer and avid fan of animated movies, I absolutely had to make this cross stitch after seeing the second trailer for Wreck-It Ralph. The Bad Guy Affirmation comes from the clip as the close to BAD-ANON meetings.

You can download my .sth file (works in KG-Chart) for the pattern by right clicking and saving this link: Wreck-It Ralph Affirmation Pattern .

Feb 14, 2013 EDIT: I figured out how to convert my .sth file into a PDF. Please ignore the Japanese at the bottom of the page; you can still tell what the dimensions are as well as what colours of floss I used. Right click here to save the file.

April 28, 2013 EDIT: Just got an email from dreamingpixels over at GeekCrafts that she wrote about this pattern today. I am flattered that she found my little corner of the net and is sharing it with her readers. =)

June 20, 2012

Geek & Gaming Cross Stitchery 2 – Kitchen Decor

The pineapple is a sensitive beast. ~Fat Tony (Darkness 2)

I have a dream kitchen, filled with beautiful stainless steel and black appliances, a gas range, double ovens and a walk-in pantry even Nigella would be envious of. It will be filled with all sorts of awesome Fred & Friends kitchen gear and I’ll have many sets of Japanese tableware, at least one pattern for every season.

In this dream kitchen there will be no room for the typical “You are what you eat” pig plaque or a frog scrubby holder. Only the coolest and most awesome parts of my culture will be allowed. Figuring there is no time like the present to start, I’ve been working on the first pieces of my kitchen collection.

Thanks to Darkness 2 I found my first bit of true inspiration. Fat Tony’s love affair with fruit immediately earned him a spot on my future walls. I decided to start with his observations on the pineapple, which led to the above freehand pattern. It may not be the prettiest cross stitch pineapple out there, but hey, I think I did OK.  Next on my Fat Tony list, his ruminations on plums. (more…)

October 25, 2011

Geek & Gaming Cross Stitchery – Bit.Trip, I Maed a Gam3 & IT Crowd

Filed under: Stitching — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 3:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I decided to take up cross stitching, thanks mostly to a Twitter friend posting links to super cool patterns she found on Etsy. I purchased four patterns from that store and dragged my husband to the craft store to buy all sorts of embroidery floss, fabric and other tools of the trade.

The first (and most basic) of the patterns I bought from VelvetElvii’s store is a quote from one of my favourite episodes of The IT Crowd, “The Final Countdown”. In this episode, Moss has been accepted as a contestant on Countdown, a popular UK spelling show. As an eight time winner, he is invited to the elusive 8+ club, where his new nemesis, Negative One, challenges him to a game of Street Countdown (played exactly like regular Countdown but on the street). He accepts the challenge with the following quote:

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