I’ve recently finished a pretty fun Japanese dungeon crawling game called Demon Gaze by Nippon Ichi Software, and stitched up this teeny tiny very simple design to go in my patchwork sampler.
Each of the symbols represents one of the Demons – in this game, they are men and women with super strong magical powers that you have to defeat in each of the dungeons, then they will join your team and help you defeat stronger demons, overcome evil and save the world, etc. etc. – fairly typical video game stuff, really!
The Demons are named mostly for the planets of the solar system, so I used the astrological star sign symbols for each. I got the symbol designs from this screengrab of a sword protected by the runes of the 10 Demons:
I do these little pieces with offcuts of fabric and leftover threads, so this one was made up with some really shiny satin DMC threads that I can’t even remember buying! They do look good though, shining in the sun and really vibrant on the black fabric. I wish I had a camera to do justice to them, but my photography skills and equipment are both seriously lacking I’m afraid. Maybe I will try to find a way to incorporate them into my work, but I suspect they may stay in the stash box until Christmas stitching time rolls around. It’s the only time of year that I feel like I can just go crazy with beads and metallics and glitter and no-one will think it’s tacky!
Anyway, this pattern, simple as it is, can be downloaded here: Demon Gaze Logo Chart
I haven’t posted anything here for almost a month! It has been a very busy month with lots of commissioned work which I am unable to post publicly, and all the stress and excitement of buying a new car as well. So, instead of a progress update or a completion photo, all I have to share today is this little bargain which I stumbled across in a local charity shop:
‘Protective Care’ kit by Lanarte
I’m always so excited to find hidden treasures like this in charity shops! It is a complete, apparently unopened Lanarte kit of a super cute momma elephant and her calf for only a few pounds, as opposed to the £35 RRP tag still on the back from a UK craft superstore with outrageous prices that shall not be named here! In the past I’ve snagged a box of old cross-stitch magazines and books, as well as some beautiful unfinished crewel-work tablecloths which I hope to get round to restoring and completing some day.
I was lucky enough to see some elephants up close and in person at Kruger National Park, but these were not as placid and friendly as the ones in this kit – in fact, I think it is safe to say that it was a somewhat-near-death experience! We had not gone out with the intention of finding an elephant, and I suppose he was just as surprised to see us, and charged tusks-first towards our little van. The driver reversed at full speed around a stand of trees and out of the elephant’s sight-line, securing our escape! I wonder if he was also protecting a little family like these two in the kit.
Hopefully I will have some new charts and finishes up later this week, as my commission pile is almost clear!