Does anybody else wish there was just more time in the day to do more fun stuff? Why do I always have to pick the most time-consuming hobbies? I got into cross-stitch sometime in high school, and it’s been an on-and-off hobby ever since. I say on-and-off because I’ll overwhelm myself with a huge project and then stop for like a year before picking it back up again. But I’d like to show you everything I’ve worked on and what I’d like to do in the future!
I started out buying the kits from Hobby Lobby, with the pattern and all the colors that come with it. Those were fun for awhile until I discovered the internet had made amazing video game patterns. And being a nerd, that’s what I decided to focus on.
I like these smaller sprite patterns; they’re simple and only take a few hours to do. Yes, I said a few hours. Something small like this can take up to 4 hours to stitch; that’s crazy, right? It’s a very slow hobby. From left to right, it’s Kefka from Final Fantasy 6, Marle and Ayla from Chrono Trigger, and a Black Mage from the original Final Fantasy.
I stitched this really cute baby Princess Peach when I found out Allison was a girl; I totally meant to frame it and hang it in her room, but that kind of never happened.
Here’s my pride and joy: Aeris from Final Fantasy 7. Um, yes, that’s all stitched. Here’s a closeup:
I didn’t even keep track of how many hours I spent on this thing. This was back when I was working as a massage therapist, and I sometimes had a few hours to kill between appointments. I would sit and watch videos, usually The Angry Video Game Nerd, while I stitched; those were the good old days. I made a ton of mistakes, most notedly the fact that I didn’t stitch the pattern evenly on the fabric. You’re supposed to leave a few inches of space around the fabric so you can frame it, and I, a beginner cross stitcher, didn’t even think about it. So now my beautiful creation gets to stay unframed.
Here’s where I get some of my patterns:
- Sprite Stitch: Totally love this site! It’s filled with video game and anime patterns, and you can request help for converting a picture into a cross-stitch pattern. These people are hardcore and I’m jealous of the free time they have.
- Super Stitch: This is where I got the pattern for Aeris. I really think I want to do Cloud next, provided I actually go through with finishing it. I have so many unfinished patterns… I hope John’s not mad I keep spending money on things I don’t use. =)
- Pinterest: Seriously, Pinterest! I just typed in “Video Game cross stitch” and got a ton of results. They’ll sometimes take you to Imgur galleries, or Deviantart, where you can find even more.
Like I said above, I kind of want to work on Cloud next, but it depends on time. I barely have time to work on this blog during the day! We’ll have to see. =) Do any of you cross-stitch? I’d love to see pictures!
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