Friday, December 28, 2012

Cute Pichu onesie!

My baby girl outgrew her 12 month Pikachu onesie, so I decided to make her a new Pokemon onesie. She's 2 now and therefore has opinions, and she wanted Pichu. On a pink onesie of course.
Here is a close-up of Pichu:
I used waste canvas. I'm happy with how this came out. :)

Super Kitty to the Rescue!

I made this from a pattern I bought on Etsy. It was so ridiculously cute I just couldn't resist. I changed the colors up a little.
The pattern is by xiaoxiao zheng. [link]

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December Challenge: Villains.... Char Char Char!

The challenge for December on Sprite Stitch is villains, and even though I know not a lot of people are familiar with Mobile Suit Gundam (not people that I know anyway), my husband is totally into it and I've seen quite a bit of if it. My favorite character is Char Aznable. I found a great sprite of him from an arcade game from 1993. Here he is:
There is a great quote to describe Char from
"Char Aznable is arguably the most iconic anime character in history. He's idolized and quoted in Japan in much the same way people in America idolize and quote Darth Vader. Known as the infamous Red Comet, Char remains Amuro's rival from the One Year War until last Neo Zeon War 14 years later. He believes that Newtypes are the next evolutionary step for mankind, and that they should inherit the universe." 
I know that it's very unlikely that I will win this challenge since not a lot of people are familiar with Gundam, but I'm okay with that. It was fun to make, I love how it came out, and my husband thinks it's "awesome." ;)
And as a bonus, here is the awesome Char song.

A Pixelated Me!

Sprite Stitch had some mini challenges, and one of them was to pixelate yourself. My husband helped me, and this was the final result:
I'm really happy with how it came out. I think it's cute. :)
My friend blackmageheart thinks that it looks like I'm holding up a little cake, but it's actually supposed to be a stitching hoop. :D

2012 Mini Swap... What I sent to msstitcher

When msstitcher listed her favorite games, and I saw Dune, I thought for sure that I would make something Dune related. My husband wanted me to do an embroidery of Sting as Feyd. You know, this iconic image:
But..... I wasn't really up to stitching that. ;)
Then I noticed that one of her other favorite things is Lord of the Rings, and she's been working on a giant map of Middle Earth for a long time. So I decided to stitch something that I've been wanting to stitch for a while, the door to Moria:
So, here it is:
I also had the perfect frame for it. Msstitcher lives in England, so this made the postage much more expensive, but I think it was worth it. This is the best photo I could get. In real life the frame is very pretty and a bit more red:
I still had to include something from Dune though. So here is the card I sent her:
The artwork isn't mine of course, but it's pretty awesome, and msstitcher loved it too.
She says that my Moria door is proudly displayed in her home. Here is a quote from her blog: "I received the best swap gift last week. I genuinely could not have chosen a better hand made gift for myself." This is very gratifying. It makes the whole swap process worth it. :) Here is a link to her blog, btw.
I also received some lovely complements on the tiny Elvish stitching. That was definitely the most challenging part of this project, but I'm glad I pushed myself to do it. This is one of those projects that looks much better in person than in photos, which is very frustrating. But overall, I think it was successful. 

2012 Mini Swap- What I Received from Petitcat

I participated in the Sprite Stitch Mini Swap, and received these amazing gifts from Petitcat!!! :clap: Yes, everything arrived in tact. :) Because I've been in the middle of moving, it's taken me a bit to take the photos, but here they are!

I'm going to quote from her letter a bit to help explain everything. First is her inventory list:
honey jar with pika-bee
dragon potholders
Pikachu colored cup holder
Star Trek place-mats
Danish marzipan chocolate
Here is a closeup of the Pika-bee jar:

Petitcat says that the jar with the Pika-bee cover on it is wild flower honey from her local farmers market, and that there is a guy who makes it himself and that it's good quality. I love honey! It's so sweet (pun intended) that you sent it to me and thought to make the cover. I love Pikachu :pika and I have a major affinity for bees. In fact, I have a silver necklace with a small bee charm that I never take off.
On to more gifts! Here is a closeup of one of the dragons from the potholders:

Here is Petitcat's description: "The dragon potholders pattern is from a book with patterns from the Middle Ages, and I just liked it so much. The dragon is from the 13th century, so it's old, but it's one of my favorites. (I have a soft spot for really old stuff.)"
The potholders are so cool! :D They are so well made too. Did you sew the potholder part too? It's so professional. And the dragons are beautifully stitched. :)
And, of course, I LOVE the Star Trek com badges. :grin: 

Thank you so much for everything, petitcat!!!!!!!!! :hug: 

Friday, November 2, 2012

My Amazing Swap Gifts from Blackmageheart, and My Thank You Gifts in Return

I should have posted this a while ago. This is what I received in a group shot:
I got the most amazing Harvest Moon display set that you can possibly imagine. Everything is stitched! The time that must have gone into this is mind-boggling. Here is a closeup.
Not only is everything stitched on BOTH sides, she also made the little plots of land 3D so that the fruits and vegetables can stand up. The 3D house is soooo cute. Jack, the cow, the chickens, the chicks, the duck, and the ducklings are all attached to pence coins, which throws in some international flair.
She also stitched a lot of my favorite Pokemon!!! :pika (Piplup, Turtwig, Squirtle, Slowpoke, Bellossom, Pikachu, Chikorita, Wooper, Celebi, and Raichu. I'm a sucker for cuteness.)
She made me a cute tea pouch, with earl grey tea inside. This is, of course, a reference to one of the best shows ever made- Star Trek:The Next Generation.
She also included some delicious chocolate, and two cute cards. One is an awesome Mucha-style Erica (my favorite Pokemon trainer) card. The other card is from her little girl. It's super cute.

Since I got totally spoiled, I felt I just had to make thank you gifts. Here is the first one:
This is a screenshot from one of BMH's favorite game series, Phantasy Star. (It is much straighter in real life than it appears in the picture.)
I also made her a TNG badge necklace, based on the pattern I made. I also threw in a great postcard of Riker and a couple original TNG trading cards.

And so, the 2012 Sprite Stitch Big Swap was really fun and I'm so glad I participated! :D

Saturday, September 8, 2012

'Allo! Worm from Labyrinth embroidery... and more swap goodies!

Somehow I forgot to post this! I participated in the big swap at Sprite Stitch in the spring/early summer. I was assigned to make gifts for boochocoboom, and one of her favorite movies is Labyrinth. It's also my husband's favorite movie, and he immediately thought of the cute worm that says "'Allo!" I made a line drawing of him on cream fabric and stitched him up. He is framed in a 9" hoop, to give you an idea of his size. The stitches are all pretty simple, mostly backstitch, brick stitch, and satin stitch.
I also made boochocoboom a necklace with a "boo" a "choco" (a chocobo) and a "boom" (a bob-omb.)
Then, since all stitchers need a needlebook, I made her a Sprite Stitch felt needlebook in purple, one of her favorite colors.
But what did I receive? Only some AMAZING gifts from blackmageheart. I will reveal more details in the post to follow. :D

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pikachu Evolution Necklace Set

Squee! Every stage of Pikachu's evolution is soooo cute!
These are handmade, by me, Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu cross-stitched necklaces. They are on 18" black velvet cords. They are stitched on plastic canvas, so they are very durable. The backs are covered in soft felt. Pikachu measures 2" tall, from top of the ear to bottom of the head.
Cute, fun, and awesome! Take your adorable Pokemon everywhere you go. 
Interested in having a different Pokemon on a necklace? Send me a message and we'll make it happen.
Save money by buying them all in this set! If you're only interested in one, check my other listings.
Thank you for looking! :) 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Picard and Riker facepalm embroidery

Oh, the famous facepalm meme. Why not have it in embroidery form? This piece will be in the Bear & Bird gallery show "Sew Nerdy." Thanks for looking. :D
(And, "Make it sew!)
Click for large view.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Fry and Leela cross stitch

I just finished this cross stitch of Fry and Leela from Futurama. I made the pattern myself. This piece will be in the upcoming Bear and Bird gallery show called "Sew Nerdy." (link: )

Friday, April 20, 2012

AAAAdventure Time! necklaces

My newest nerdy necklace creations: Finn and Jake from Adventure Time! These would be adorable as best friend necklaces, or just added to your necklace collection. I plan on making several more Finns, each with a different facial expression, and probably a variety of Jakes as well. See them in my Etsy shop. There are more Adventure Time necklaces to come: Lumpy Space Princess, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, a worm, the snail.... the list goes on. Stay tuned!

King Boo stitched necklace

This was another Deviant Art commission, again for sale to everyone in my Etsy store. The interesting thing about this piece is how challenging making the pattern was. King Boo is from newer, 3D Mario games, instead of the retro Mario games. The older games use 8 bit or 16 bit sprites, which are easy to convert into cross stitch patterns. After a lot of work, I was able to make the 3D Mario Boo look as though it could have been from an older game. I am pleased with the outcome. :)

More Pokemon Necklaces!

Three more Pokemon necklaces: Eevee, Piplup, and Umbreon. They are all for sale in my Etsy store. The listings also have details, such as sizes. The Umbreon was initially a commission for someone on Deviant Art, but it is so popular that I decided to make more. :D

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pikachu necklace

This is a handmade, by me, Pikachu cross stitched necklace. It is on an 18" black velvet cord. It is stitched on plastic canvas, so it is very durable. The back is covered in soft felt. Pikachu measures 2" tall, from top of the ear to bottom of the head.
Cute, fun, and awesome! Take your adorable Pokemon everywhere you go. :)
Interested in having a different Pokemon on a necklace? Send me a message and we'll make it happen.

For sale on Etsy: link

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

5th appearance on Mr X Stitch

I love this blog, and I've been fortunate enough to be featured on it 5 times now, as of today. :)
Here's the link.
Links to the other four:

Battlin' Bellsprout

Another Pokemon! This one in mid-battle. I used satin stitch for the background again. I like how it looks and it's so much faster. :D

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Geekiest Towel In The World

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Towel. Once I had the idea, I just had to do it. There was no room for the Crushers. (Sorry, Bev and Wes!) I have the pattern as a PDF if anyone would like it. Even geeks need to wash their hands...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My vintage sailor girl

I came across this old line drawing online one day, randomly during an image search. She was so adorable that I just had to stitch her. Her skin is a bit peachier than it appears in the photo. It's pretty much all backstitch and satin stitch. She's in a 7" hoop.
The drawing of her is what I used to make the avatar for the SocialEmbroideryClub. I guess she's kind of our mascot... :D

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Latest challenge entry, plus free pattern!

The current challenge at (in the forums) is... hard to explain. Here's an excerpt:

"You have a choice of project types (or you can do both, if you're like that). One type with dimensions of no larger than 32 x 8 (pixels / stitches). One type in a space of any shape from a game, but with something different inside it. There's going to be a limit your entries on this, I don't wanna see more than two of each type from you! That is 4 in total, for those of you who may just be waking up, or going to sleep, or are rubbish at counting. So choose wisely!"

Here is my first entry for the 8 x 32. I call it "The Chicken Strip." :D
The chicken is from Harvest Moon, and the chicks are from Minish Cap.
Click on the pattern to see it bigger (and to be able to read it, unless you've got eagle eyes!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rex Bumblesworth cross stitch, 100% original

This is my first ever 100% original cross stitch. My husband loves to draw, and we turned his sketch of a cute bee into a pattern. I am selling the pattern in my Etsy shop:
It's not the greatest photo, but I'm going to try to take a better one. I'll be making and stitching a lot more patterns based on my husband's illustrations.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Look what's on the front page at!!!!!

It's my pea embroidery, as the photo for Featured Projects! Click to see it bigger, or visit Craftster (it's an awesome site):

Friday, February 17, 2012

Embroidered and Quilted Wall Hanging

I made this about 3 and a half years ago, when I was pregnant with my first baby. I started it as a lap quilt, and then I turned into a wall hanging. I quilted the squares together, then I embroidered my designs and embellished with buttons, then I added padding and a back, and then I quilted the whole thing and added an edge. It's kind of lying at an odd angle, but in real life it's a rectangle. :)