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.
The first one, over the wash basin
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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…)
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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.
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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. =)
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…)
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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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