Star Wars BB-8 Cross-Stitch Pattern

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One great way to pass the time while waiting for a highly anticipated movie to come out is to craft your heart out. I’ve seen so many renderings of the BB-8 droid for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I just had to do one myself.

I mean, check out this piece of art right here:

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I love this cross-fandom work!

I made a time lapse video of my little cross-stitch project, and also have shared my chart below. (I’ve totally given up trying to make them digital – it’s just easier for me to draw it out on grid paper:)

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I can’t see the movie until Monday, but I can’t wait to be sucked into the world of Star Wars once more:)

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Halloween Projects

Autumn means cooler weather, a beautiful palate of changing leaves, and that indescribable scent of change on the air. Here in the desert we don’t really get any of that invigorating weather change, and the only things that really feel like Autumn to me are the American football season and Halloween. Instead of trees exploding with color, I see houses exploding with spider webs, witches and skeletons:) It isn’t until October when the temps finally edge out of the 100’sF. I love going to craft stores and seeing all the black, orange and purple Halloween decorations and crafts!

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This year I made a Halloween wall hang in order to bring some fresh love of the holiday into my living room. I crocheted the background and then cross-stitched into it. I sketched out the design on graph paper and found the poem online. I think it came out great, and it really has me wanting to design a wintry one next (we don’t get snow here, either, lolol).

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After that, I’ve been inspired by the movie A Nightmare Before ChristmasI saw a T-shirt design featuring Jack Skellington and the hellions doing the Abbey Road walk and just HAD to cross-stitch it. I quickly did a sketch on some graph paper to work it out, and have spent the last two nights working on it. I think it’s coming along nicely, and I can’t wait to share it when it’s finished!

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10 Awesome Cross-Stitch Projects for Harry Potter Fans

I’ve had Harry Potter on the brain lately – the first cross-stitch I ever personally designed was a golden snitch, and I am planning to undertake a laaarge blanket project featuring a sampling of HP-related paraphernalia. While on my Internet rounds in search of inspiration, I came across these awesome Harry Potter cross-stitch projects – all of which I would love to do if I had all the time in the world:

1. Alohomora

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From the simple, such as this Alohomora key.

2. HP & Friends

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To the three musketeers and their familiars:)

3. Chocolate Frog Card

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And Albus Dumbledore himself. PatronusStitch has some other cute HP designs available as well.

4. Harry Potter Monopoly

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Perfect gift for someone who loves HP and Monopoly! Love this:)

5. Academy of the Magic Arts

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For a bit of a departure from the traditional, check out this wizarding school.

6. Lumos

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I love this white on black aida! LUMOS, indeed:)

7. Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

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Wouldn’t this be the perfect personalized gift for an HP fan?

8. Hogwarts in Detail

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The colorful whimsy of this piece makes it so unique and interesting.

9. Hogwarts Castle

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Or you could go the traditional route with this impressive rendering of Hogwarts Castle.

10. Fun with Friends

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And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with this joyful scene in the Three Broomsticks?!

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Geeky Hello Kitty Cross-Stitch Pattern

I came across this free pattern, and I thought it was just too cute not to post! I grew up with Hello Kitty, and I looooove the glasses. I made this in about an hour and a half, and I think it came out so great! You can find this free pattern here.

I also made a time lapse video of this project, with some nice music in the background, as part of a project I’m working on to fill up my dining room wall with awesome cross-stitch pieces:)

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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cross-Stitch

After making so many amazing little cross-stitches, I was finally inspired to grid my own:) I sketched out the snitch on some graph paper I printed out for free (I Googled “free graph paper printables” and found tons of choices), and then marked the cross-stitch grid from that. It was very liberating, and I made a time lapse video of the cross-stitch creation for my ProsperGeek YouTube channel. I promised to post the grid here, and it was way more difficult to digitize the grid than I thought it would be, hahaha. I don’t have any special programs, or know of any special programs, and so I simply used Excel, which was slightly time-consuming:) Anyways, here is the little Golden Snitch, which fits into a 4×6 frame:

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I apologize for the “I open at the close” lettering – that was the hardest part to do! I’ll do better next time:)

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Free Pattern | CROCHET BEANIE with Cross-Stitch Embellishment

Yeah, that’s a Sherlock Holmes silhouette! I’m in love!

I love cross-stitching and I love crocheting, and recently I’ve been playing around with cross-stitch ON crochet. Cross-stitching on crochet is a great medium for larger projects such as pillows and blankets, and is fantastic for personalization. I am going to be providing some free patterns here on the blog for this particular art form, because I just need to spread the love, lol.

The first CS on crochet project that I did was a bookmark, because I just wanted to see how it would work, and I actually really love the way it came out:

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After that, I wanted to make something that I could wear, so I took the traditional beanie and worked out what size grid would fit on it, and just went to town. I made two different hats, but it was so hard to choose a grid, so I have 4 grids available below, if you’d like to personalize your own beanie.

If you are interested in learning how to cross-stitch on crochet fabric, check out the quick tutorial I made.

If you are interested in learning how to crochet, check out this video series of tutorials (including tips for working in the round, using the first 3 rounds of this exact pattern).

Without further ado, here is the first pattern:

CROCHET BEANIE with Cross-Stitch Embellishment

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Sizing: Adult – one size fits all

Materals:
-Size H Hook
-Medium Weight #4 yarn – 1 skein for main color; 1 partial skein for accent color (I used Impeccable, a Michael’s Craft Store house brand)
-Yarn Needle

Gauge: 4in x 4in = 13 sc sts & 15 rows

Abbreviations:
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – sl st
Single Crochet – sc
Round – rnd
Each – ea
Repeat – rep

Pattern:

RND 1: 2 chains, 10 single crochet stitches into 2nd ch from hook, slip stitch into 1st st to close round. (10 sts) (If you’d like help on how to get started, check out this video.)

RND 2: 1 ch, 2 sc into each st around. (20 sts)

RND 3: 1 ch, 1 sc into 1st st, 2 sc into next st, *[1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st], rep from * to end of rnd, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (30 sts)

RND 4: 1 ch, 1 sc into each of the first 2 sts, 2 sc into next st, *[1 sc into ea of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st], rep from * to end of rnd, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (40 sts)

RND 5: 1 ch, 1 sc into ea st around, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (40 sts)

RND 6: 1 ch, 1 sc into each of the first 3 sts, 2 sc into next st, *[1 sc into ea of the next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st], rep from * to end of rnd, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (50 sts)

RND 7: 1 ch, 1 sc into each of the first 4 sts, 2 sc into next st, *[1 sc into ea of the next 4 sts, 2 sc into next st], rep from * to end of rnd, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (60 sts)

RND 8: Rep rnd 5. (60 sts)

RND 9: 1 ch, 1 sc into each of the first 5 sts, 2 sc into next st, *[1 sc into ea of the next 5 sts, 2 sc into next st], rep from * to end of rnd, sl st into 1st st to close rnd. (70 sts)

RNDS 10-28: Rep rnd 5. (70 sts)

Some grids that will fit on this beanie are below. Basically any grid that is about 20 sts by 20 sts will work well. If you wanted to do some sort of motif, you have about 20 sts high and 70 sts long to work with.

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Stat Buffs for Real Life – Coffee and Pizza Cross-Stitch Projects

One of the recent cross-stitch projects I did for my cross-stitch time lapse video series was called Coffee Buffs. In video game speak, a buff is something beneficial that is added to your stats to aid you during the game – plus 10 fire resistance, plus 8 speed, etc. In real life, coffee is seriously the one thing that gives me buffs in order to make it through the day – it wakes me up in the morning and gets me going, and DEFINITELY adds to my stats when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before😀

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My son saw this project and it was the first time he ever said, “Make me one, please!!!” We are a gaming household, if you couldn’t tell from previous posts, haha. So I made him a pizza one, since that is one of his favorite things. These frames are going to go in our kitchen to spice things up a bit in there.

What I love about this concept is that you can personalize it to anyone’s favorite thing and gift it for any occasion.

A steaming cup of tea: +5 focus, +10 inner peace, +7 wisdom.

A bar of chocolate: +4 energy, +8 sweetness, +10 happiness.

If you could use a real life object to add buffs to your daily stats, what would it be? I’m thinking of putting together some cross-stitch grids for a future blog post and would love some input!😀

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Fan Shirt #4: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is one of those stories that stays with you for your whole life. One of my favorite quotes is “We’re all mad here.” I have a photo of a tattoo I would LOVE to get of this, but due to monetary constraints I decided it would make a great concept for a custom shirt.

Since I’ve made a few so far, I wanted to do a little something different this time around, and I’ve been wanting to use a v-neck for a while. I included a whimsical silhouette of a kitty, not only for the Cheshire Cat flavor, but because I love kitties😀

alicesketchI sketched out the stylized lettering and did a few cat renditions before I did one I liked. I cut out all the words individually and then laid them out autonomously on the shirt so that I could figure out how best to fit them around the V.

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I love the way this one turned out – I’ve worn this one a few times and love how it speaks the truth, haha. We’re all off, we’re all human, and we’re all weird. Right?!

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Terry Brooks TV Series on MTV – WHAT?

elfstonesEarlier on this blog I was being nostalgic for Zork and Myst, and now I’ve come across a trailer for the new The Shannara Chronicles, a new fantasy series on MTV (???) based on Terry Brooks’ novel The Elfstones of Shannara.

I grew up with Brooks’ Shannara series – I practically LIVED in the Four Lands during junior high and high school. They were the books that cultivated my love of the fantasy genre. They helped me mentally escape the stress and anxiety that constantly bombarded me and helped my writing blossom to the next level.

Suffice it to say, the Shannara books hold a special place in my heart – and always will (even though I’ve made several attempts to go back and reread them and FAILED! Has that ever happened to you? It’s like they’re just not the same as I remember, and so I’ll just hold onto my memories of them instead.)

The entire scenario of this TV series just doesn’t make any sense when you lay it out there: 1) a series based on Terry Brooks’ work (I mean, there have been several false starts in the past, and these books are now going on 40 years old); 2) the series is airing on MTV (I could imagine the SciFi channel, FX, or even Fox – ha, although that last one probably wouldn’t last long); and 3) Terry Brooks himself and Jon Favreau are producing it. Since it is loosely based on the book, it may give the series the leeway it needs in order to be successful – but I will tentatively reserve judgment:) Since I do not have access to MTV I’m not sure how I’ll get to watch it, but I look forward to seeing how it does!

At the very least, the trailer looks EPIC:

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Crafting Cross-Stitch Beginnings

Cross-Stitch is one of those mediums that you can use to translate anything you love, just by using mathematics. If you can pixelize it, you can cross-stitch it. This allows for infinite expressions of love, hate, and life. Much as you want to wear shirts advertising your favorite things, or plastering your walls with posters, or filling your desk at work with odds and ends – so you can use cross-stitch to the same effect. Even more so – since homemade paraphernalia is much more meaningful and unique than store-bought (although it is awesome to support the fandoms you love).

Growing up, cross-stitch was a hobby I enjoyed in order to spend my free time making something. Creating in and of itself is an act of beauty, and extra meaning is added when you spend your time doing it for others. I purchased kits from the craft store and was very ambitious with large projects that never got finished (see this video where I show some of these examples).

After a time, I began to use my free time solely on crochet, since I had a better track record of finishing afgans, hats and baby gifts (I even have an Etsy shop, and I’ll be doing some crochet videos on my YouTube channel).

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Cross-stitch peaked my interest again with the advent of fandom-inspired creations, and I am completely addicted again. My goal is to fill up my blank dining room wall with cross-stitch creations, and you can view my progress with the time lapse videos I post to my YouTube channel.

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Here’s one of the most recent ones, featuring Bender from Futurama (this is one of my favorites so far!)