Quite recently, I finally managed to complete the amazingly-titled ‘Final Fantasy Type-0 HD’, twice in fact, to see both endings. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. A lot. It was so beautiful and sad! For those who don’t know, which I suspect is most everyone who reads this blog, this is a Japanese video game about a class (Class Zero, hence the title) of military cadets with magic powers who must save the world from the tyranny of a highly technologically advanced military nation – as well as attend lessons and run pointless errands for their fellow students in between missions.
It is a game with tragic themes of love and loss, the devastation of war on a personal and national scale, the inescapable cycle of history and cute giant birds that you can ride around the countryside on.
So, I have naturally charted and stitched a mini-logo patch for my year-long project chronicling my hours wasted in video-game land and the games I have completed, and here it is:
Final Fantasy Type 0 HD Logo
I’ve used the cog as the basis of the pattern as it is a recurring motif in flags, costume designs, menus, everywhere! See some examples below –
National Flag of the Dominion of Rubrum
The kanji is taken from the official Type-0 logo, which you can see above my cross stitch in the top picture (I transferred it from traditional to typed script, which is much easier to make into little squares!) And the colours of red, black and gold are the colours of the academy uniforms, as well as the national flag and the game menus in general.
I’ll leave a PDF of the logo here in case anyone in the world ever requires something so obscure: Final Fantasy Type 0 Logo Chart
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
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