Season’s Greetings readers! I’m sorry for neglecting this blog for so long. Without going into too much detail due to ongoing litigation, someone crashed into my car, and I haven’t been up to stitching, typing or much of anything for a while.
However, I have spent some (a LOT) of the time watching other people play games on Twitch.tv, since I have been unable to play myself – this is a great and free service where people can televise themselves playing video games over the internet for others to watch, and viewers can join in via a text chat service. I particularly enjoyed watching a complete playthrough of the adventure / fantasy game ‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ which is a lovely colourful game that takes the player on a long journey through varied and beautiful realms, while debating the nature of destiny vs. free will
I took a screengrab of the logo that appears during the main quest, and drew up a little pattern of it. Unfortunately my stitching was super clumsy and my hands are still pretty un-co-operative, but I hope you can get the idea!
Kingdoms of Amalur Logo Screenshot
Maybe I’ll stitch it up again but to be honest, there are so many other things I want to sew that it’s unlikely!
In the meantime, I’ll upload the pattern in case anyone wants to try and do a better job than me with it!
Please click here to get it: Kingdoms of Amalur Logo PDF Chart
I intend to get back to gaming, stitching and crafting very soon, and I hope everyone has a lovely festive season! Please keep making lovely posts for me to read and enjoy while I wait to get back into my hobbies again 😀
This week, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my stitching, as I promised myself I would try to. I’ve finished all the cross stitches in both pieces that I’m working on, and only have the backstitch details and beads left to add.
Skyscape Progress Picture 10th October
Skyscape is really looking better now the art-deco linework is being added. I can’t wait to get this one up and framed with the Bioshock posters and things.
Snowman Progress Picture 10th October
I seriously love this chubby little snowman. I am genuinely excited to put the french knots in for his coal lump smile to go with his adorable rosy cheeks and carrot nose. It’s nice to be stitching this kind of scene when my house is so chilly that I can barely hold a needle at the moment, it makes me think of the positive things about this time of year instead of whinging about how cold I am all the time!
Also this week has been the Star Wars Battlefront beta, (which for the non-gamers in the audience means I’ve been running around in a video game re-enacting some of the best bits of the old Star Wars movies), and I have to say it has been amazing fun. I don’t know if there will be enough there to convince me to by this game day one, but the sound effects are straight out of the movies, the graphics are gorgeous and it really does capture the essence of the films for me. I honestly feel like it’s a dream come true for the little kid version of me who ran around on the playground with my friends pretending to be Princess Leia escaping the stormtroopers, or piloting an imaginary X-Wing through outer space. In fact, I think I’ll have to go play some more right now, before they take it away and make me pay actual money for it!
The most recent game I finished is a cute and heartwarming adventure called Tales of Hearts R (The R just means it is a remake of an existing game!). It’s a story about a young man who goes on a quest across the world to restore the shattered soul of the girl he loves, and along the way meets many friends, a few enemies, and somehow winds up saving the universe – as you do. It can also be read as a parable about the struggle to beat depression with the help and support of those around you, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit in overcoming obstacles both physical and mental.
I’ve been super busy, so I didn’t have time to chart and stitch the logo I really wanted to, which is the crystal in the bottom of the picture below, on the game case.
Tales of Hearts R Logo
Instead, I stitched up a really quick five petaled flower, which is a super simplified version of the image from the stats screen of each character:
Tales of Hearts R Stats Screen – Image from roanoke834.wordpress.com
The flower here is sort of a visual representation of the character’s soul, and each petal is one of their personality traits. You can choose which traits you want that character to embody, and your choices are reflected in the flower. It also affects their performance in combat against the monsters that roam the world, with each personality trait directly influencing a combat ability.
Cross stitch really isn’t the ideal medium to do these logos in as it is hard to get the level of detail in such a small design, but I’ve started the project that way and I feel weird about changing it up halfway through, so I will persevere. The point of these logos isn’t to be a detailed depiction of the game or even an accurate copy of anything in it, but to just be a quick visual reminder for me personally of something memorable from it. In a few months, at the end of the year, I will be gathering up these little stitches from each game I’ve completed in 2015 and making them into a little patchwork something or other – I haven’t actually decided yet between a pillow and a wall hanging!
On the off chance that anyone has any use for a chart of a slightly squashed five pointed rainbow flower, please feel free to use this one that I sketched up: Tales of Hearts R Logo Chart
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
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!