Sprite Stitch Stitch-a-Long Week 3

So I’ve chickened out and switched from 14ct aida to 16ct for my Sprite Stitch Stitch-a-Long project. If you recall from my first post the stitch-a-long consists of four video game themed squares, but I’m planning to extend my sampler with a bunch more of the submitted patterns for display in a 16 picture multi-frame. When I tried to align the couple of squares I had stitched on 14ct fabric into the frame, it became apparent that due to the bars on the frame not being perfectly straight I had zero wiggle room for some of the squares. Meaning if my blocking isn’t completely perfect I’ll be in danger of losing some rows of stitching under the cross bars. I don’t have a lot of faith in my blocking skills so a higher count fabric will give me a little more room for error.

Here’s the new fabric gridded off before I started stitching:

Gridded aida for stitch-a-long

You can see that there’s a lot more space between where the stitched blocks will be (marked with the pink lines) and the bars on the frame. It’s a little more space than I would have liked but hopefully it will still look pretty good.

I started stitching the new fabric with the week three square – a Super Mario Bros 3 motif designed by SofaraStarfyre.

Here’s the finished result:

Super Mario Bros 3 cross stitch

There’s only one more official week to go, but there are still plenty of people just getting started, so head over to Sprite Stitch to join in on the fun!

Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long May

I’ve never joined a stitch-a-long before, and now this year I’ve somehow joined two! But how could I possibly resist the adorableness that is Amanda and Ashleigh’s Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery?

The Story Time Sampler releases a new kawaii-style motif from a classic children’s book each month for the year. I was a little late getting started on this one but am finally caught up.

Here’s where it’s at so far:

Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Sampler

And the close up images for each month:

January – Alice in Wonderland

Cross stitch of Alice in Wonderland

February – The Secret Garden

Cross stitch of The Secret Garden

March – Sherlock Holmes

Cross stitch of Sherlock Holmes

April – The Wizard of Oz

Cross stitch of The Wizard of Oz

May – Charlotte’s Web

Cross stitch of Charlotte's Web

This is one of the most fun to stitch projects I’ve ever done, and once you get past the first month, which includes all the frames and the banner, each month’s installment only takes a few nights to stitch. Meaning it’s a delightful distraction from whatever else I’m working on.

Sprite Stitch Stitch-a-Long Week 2

This second square for the Sprite Stitch SAL is from Pikmin 2 and was designed by katdun.

Pikmin 2 cross stitch square

It’s stitched on 14 count aida with two strands of floss.

I’ve never played a Pikmin game but they look pretty cute. I may have to search for a copy of Pikmin or Pikmin2 and brush the dust off the Wii…

I haven’t decided yet whether or not I will fill in the background on the squares. I think this one would look great with the background filled in, but I don’t want to do that much stitching until I’m sure this project will work in the frame I picked out. Once I’ve stitched a few more squares I should have a better idea whether I think this will work or if I’ll need to restart with a smaller count of fabric. It’s all about the trial and error!

Sprite Stitch Stitch-a-Long Week 1

I’ve been an avid lurker on the Sprite Stitch forum for a couple of years now. It’s an incredibly talented and supportive community focused primarily on cross stitching video game images. My favourite part of the forum is the challenges which includes monthly competitions, a yearly stitched quilt created for charity, swaps, and currently a stitch-a-long.

The stitch-a-long started in April with the creation of 52 patterns by forum members, followed by a vote for the favourites. From the favourites, a new pattern is being randomly selected each week for everyone to stitch. After four weeks of stitching we’ll each have a cute sampler made up of four video game themed squares.

The patterns submitted are so incredible that I really want to stitch more than four of them. I started by searching for a frame since I knew this would impact the size of fabric I would use for the squares. I was picturing a frame that would hold nine or so squares, but I ended up with this great Umbra frame instead:

Umbra Gridart 16-Opening Picture Frame

Sixteen squares is a bit more ambitious than I originally intended, but I’m pretty exciting about it. I bought my frame from Blacks but it’s readily available in many places including Amazon.

Each square in the grid is 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. The pattens I will be stitching are each 50 x 50 squares, so I decided to go with 14 count aida. It’s a bit of a risk since it makes each finished square just over 3 1/2 inches, meaning there isn’t a lot of wiggle-room in the spacing. But if it works I think it will look fantastic.

I started by griding off my fabric based on where the section bars on the frame sit, and then I began stitching:

Fabric grid

(I was too eager to start stitching to get a pic first, so the first square is already stitched).

The first square is a scene from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (one of my all-time favourite Zelda games) designed by blackberrybear. Anyone who has played the game will likely know how mean, yet hilarious, it was to hit a cucco until Link was attacked, and blackberrybear has perfectly captured that feeling in cross stitch.

Here’s the original image:

cucco attack

And my finished square:

Cross stitched Link with Cuccos

It’s stitched with two strands of floss on 14-count aida.

Be sure to check out Sprite Stitch for the full pattern.