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3d glasses xstitch pattern

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4-inch-xstitch-kit-AWow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Project of Doom, I need to keep up!

I’ve made it abundantly clear that I absolutely hate factory-made cross-stitch patterns, so I thought I’d try my hand at making some up for myself! The Craftease Etsy shop will soon be selling DIY Cross-stitch kits, complete with fabric, DMC thread, a needle, and even a vintage hoop for hanging. All of the patterns are designed by yours truly and will feature such weird and wonderful things such as 3-D glasses (pictured), cute zombie animals, meat and organs, just to name a few. All of the patterns are super-simple and can be customized with your own colors. I’m even going to put together a few X-stitch alphabets to give your finished piece a personalized touch. If you’re feeling lazy, I’ll also be selling the finished cross-stitched pieces so you can display all of the cute without doing any of the work.  Be on the lookout for my kits in the next few weeks!

I am beyond picky when it comes to finding a good cross-stitch pattern. The ones you find in chain stores are generally benign, cutesy, harmless, and so boring I envision myself stabbing myself in the eye with my needle if I would even attempt to make one. Instead of resorting to violence, I’ve started making my own patterns and grids. Normally my projects are one-offs and aren’t intended to be reproduced, so the patterns are more of a general drawing than a nicely laid out grid. I’m trying out a new way of doing these and wanted to start sharing them with you, my lovely loyal readers. Yes, it’s girly and flowery and still kind of benign, but my original idea of a grill with a bloody steak on it needs more work (check back next week – it may well be ready by then). Check it out and let me know what you think!

Hey guys, just a little update for you: I’m almost done putting up all of my super-cute cross-stitched pieces in my Etsy store. You should probably go check them out and tell me what you think 🙂 Click on the sidebar marked “Cross Stitchery” to see all the goodness. Stay classy, America – I’m off to dinner.

zelda-title-screen-sprite-stitch1I’m proud to say that geekery runs in my family. I was 5 or 6 when my mom brought home our very first NES console, complete with what has to be the best game ever created: The Legend of Zelda. My wonderful nerd of a mother (who is older than I dare say) beat this game more times than I can count. Now my mother is very crafty as well, and like her daughter she always has about ten afghans or half-finished needleworks hanging around somewhere in her house just waiting for her to put down her game controller. I was pretty much raised on gaming and crafting from the time I was born. That’s why, when I found SpriteStitch.com, I literally squealed with joy. This website combines two of my all-time favorite things: old-school videogames and crafting. They post up all kinds of projects – not just needlework but T-shirts, Perler bead art, stained glass, even video-game themed cake! My absolute favorite section is the tons of free patterns they have in their forum. They also have links to other fun video-game and indie craft blogs to inspire you to game and craft even more.

 

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This is a project I’ve been working on for the last month and a half. I love the Ramones and pretty much all things punk, so this is right up my alley. The actual size is 8.5″ x 11″. When it’s done the entire background will be yellow. This is the kind of project that you really don’t know how long it’s going to take or how crazy it will drive you until you’re about 1/4 of the way into it. When it’s done, it’s going to be completely worth it. The pattern is actually a blown up picture of some pixel art. I put the pattern on top of the fabric and a piece of blue tracing paper, drew over what I wanted to copy, and poof! Instant cross-stitch pattern. I’ll post progress updates periodically so you can see how it’s coming along.