7 Fandom Cross Stitch Maps to Make

So many memories are held in the trees, rivers, and houses depicted on a map. An easy trip to Nostalgiaville, cross stitching a fandom map for your best bud could be one of the ultimate acts of love (thoughtful, yet oh-so-time consuming!)

Every single one of these maps is on my to do list, and I love watching some of them come to fruition on Instagram as I follow my cross stitch buddies’ progress (I’m on there as @valestitchery. If you have a cross stitch account, look me up! I’d love to follow you back.) Check them out for yourself – some are free, some cost perhaps $5. Well worth the memories, me thinks.

  1. Game of Mushrooms
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    In this Westeros / Mario mash up, you get to enjoy recreating the famed cliffs, ladders, and pipes of Super Mario World with the flavor of Westeros.
  2. Middle Earth
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    Any LOTR fan out there would love this map by EtceteraAndStitches on their wall. Sure, you can find prints aplenty out there, but how much cooler would it be if it were handmade?
  3. Westeros
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    Another Game of Thrones goodie, this piece by RandomlyGenerated holds to the classic sense, and although for me it pales in comparison to number 1 on our list, it is, perhaps, less daunting, yes? (Hell, who am I kidding, a GoT fan would love BOTH on their wall.)
  4. Super Mario World
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    ME WANTS. This game was one of my absolute favorites growing up – and while I’d played the originals on the Nintendo, this was the one that clicked for me. This baby is second on my list of maps to make, and it is free to download for your stitching pleasure.
  5. Earthbound’s Onett Map
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    What is the first map on my list, you ask? Why, this Earthbound map, of course. Earthbound – to this day – holds a special place in my heart, right up there with Myst and Zork. This pattern will be well worth the $6, as well as many other items in ServoStitches Etsy shop.
  6. Hyrule Light World from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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    Another nostalgic video game with a map depicting all of the places I died and died again. I know several friends who would love to receive this map as a gift! The pattern maker, NERDpillo, also has the Dark World available.
  7.  The Marauder’s Map
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    I couldn’t talk about maps without mentioning the Marauder’s Map, one of the infamous tools of Harry Potter. Although it is only the cover, I say it would look fantastic framed and mounted on the wall near shelves and shelves of books.

Have you found any awesome maps you’ve stitched or added to your wish list? I’d love to know in the comments! What else do I need to add to my list??

Monday Motivation

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Sometimes it’s the little things that get you through. The first thing I do when I turn off my alarm at 5 a.m. is take a shower, and the only thing that motivates me to use soap and shampoo instead of just standing under the hot stream of water is knowing that I have to get through those motions before I can have my COFFEE. To me, coffee is Life. Just the smell of it lightens my mood. The anticipation of consuming coffee motivates me more than most things. Forget cereal or bagels – I can subsist solely on coffee if necessary. It’s an issue.

I saw this cross stitch pattern and I thought, “Man, that’s so me.” Especially on a Monday morning. I do have a framed cross stitch in my kitchen near my coffee maker already, but I’ve collected quite a few coffee-related cross stitch ideas on Pinterest and I think I may need to create a collection in my kitchen (I mean, what’s the kitchen for, other than to brew coffee??) I mean, I’m currently working on a coffee cross stitch as we speak, so enough said.

When you’re facing a tough day, it can help to focus on the little things. For me, when I’m dragging my butt around in the morning, it helps to have chosen my clothes the night before, to have packed my work bag in advance, and to know that once I get downstairs I can have some coffee. Once I’ve had my coffee, I’m functional and I can handle my shit:)

Have a marvelous Monday you guys!

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:)

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:)

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:)

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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