A few weeks ago I quickly prepared a chart for a Pokemon Ranger motif to go on my wall hanging sampler thingy – a bit late, since this game came out back in 2007 and I only just got round to playing it a couple of weekends ago! Alas, my fabric scraps box is running dry, so I only had this teeny tiny absurdly high count aida to stitch it up on, and it has come out incredibly small!
It’s so small I couldn’t even take a clear photo with my phone!
The blue swirl is the Ranger series logo, the little Pokeball represents the overall series (even though they aren’t used in the ranger series) and the backstitch is meant to look like hand-drawn circular scribbles – which is what I spent several hours drawing all over my 3DS to convince Pokemon to stop freaking out about things and help me move rocks and so on!
Here’s the pattern, backstitch not included though as it’s meant to be haphazard and random: Pokemon Ranger
I’ve finished another section! Hooray! This is the 6th of 30 sections, I’m stitching it page by page so that I can do little projects in between and keep up with any commissions.
Section 6 of 30 complete!
I just love stitching such a colourful project! Lots of reds, oranges and yellows went into this bit, and when I start the next square it will be mostly blues, greens and purples. The project has over 100 different thread colours, but more than 150 individual Pokemon characters, so it really was necessary for me to go out and buy so much thread…honestly!
My thread stash has to stay super organised for me to manage this sort of epic project – I have 6 different bobbin boxes and an Excel spreadsheet to remind me which numbered thread lives where, and which project it is being used for at any given time. My only problem is running out of a colour mid-section, because I didn’t plan ahead and buy several skeins. The answer, clearly, is to go out and buy one of those lovely crates with every available colour of DMC thread neatly arranged inside…A girl can dream!
I attempted to do a little chart of the Dragon Age: Inquisition sigil for my mini wall hanging, but such a complex pattern was really difficult to miniaturize! Here’s the original compared with mine:
Dragon Age Inquisition Heraldry
My interpretation – 1″ x 2.5″
To match the other motifs, I had to keep it less than 25 x 25 stitches, which was impossible in cross stitch, so I used a few stitches for the eye, then backstitch for the actual motif. I changed the colours to match the ones used in the PS4 home screen logo, since I thought they fitted the game better – the rifts which are so important to the story are all this colour.
I think I could have done a much better job if I had more space to work with, but it’s recognisable, and that’s what will be important. It will be one amongst many similar logos and icons, so it just needs to remind me of the game and my time spent in the world of Thedas. not necessarily be a perfect replica.
If anyone wants the chart to improve upon or stitch their own version, grab it as a PDF here: DragonAgeInquisitionLogo
The hobbies which I am most passionate about are embroidery, of course, and video games. As a way to combine them, each year I like to stitch up a tiny little logo or image from each game I have finished and make them into a mini patchwork collage, as a sort of scrapbook of all the games i have enjoyed.
So far this year, I’ve had a hard time finding suitable small images to stitch up for some of the games, so I tried my hand at charting a few of my own little motifs. Here’s a sort of micro-sampler based on Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Curtain Call (What a title!)
I’ve included the crystal, which is a very important plot element in most Final Fantasy games, with some space dyed thread and blending filament for a more glassy, crystalline look; the musical notes, as it is a rhythm game based on the soundtracks of the Final Fantasy series, which are worked in the three colours used as prompts for different types of button presses, and also the series initials in burgundy and gold, which are the colours most heavily featured in the game box art.
Anyway. I spent a couple of hours perfecting this and rather than keep it to myself, I thought I’d share it in case anyone found themselves with a need for such an obscure, niche design!
Help yourself to the PDF here: Theatrhythm Curtain Call PDF – But please don’t pay much attention to the thread colours listed in the key, as I don’t use DMC threads so I had to just take a wild guess at which ones looked kind of sort of similar to the colours I’d used!