How to cross stitch your favorite game characters

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When most players hear the word “embroidery,” they’re probably reminiscent of old ladies sitting in a fancy living room and chatting about Mr. Darcy.

“This embroidery is going to look totally sick next to my collection of Greek urns.”

From now on, don’t think about that lady up there. Instead, think of these ladies here:

8 bit game checkers

Princess Zelda, Samus, and Pauline are all featured here in their original 8-bit style.

Specifically, think about 8-bit illustrations.

Just in case you didn’t know, 8-bit refers to a style of pixelated illustrations commonly found in retro games like the original Legend of Zelda, Metroid, or Donkey Kong. Since game consoles did not have the computing power to display hundreds of thousands of pixels, they had to use every pixel wisely. Numerous modern Games use 8-bit style artwork, either to evoke a nostalgic vibe or just because their developers love the way it looks.

But what do 8-bit illustrations have to do with embroidery?

One of the most common types of embroidery is cross stitch, which involves sewing hundreds of small crosses to create a pattern. This is what a cross stitch looks like:

The sweetness of the home

You might have seen something like this in your grandmother’s house.

See how it is a bit in blocks? Each point is part of a large grid. Because of this grid, it turns out that 8-bit illustrations are by nature an almost perfect cross stitch pattern.

And that’s why we are here! So you can turn your favorite 8 bit game characters into cool cross stitches!

Introduction to Legend of Zelda

This primer was designed by HappyCupcakeCreation. I bought the pattern and sewn it up last year for a friend’s baby shower.

Step 1: Choose a character

If you’ve never done cross stitch before, you’re going to want to start simple. The fewer pixels there are in your character, the easier it will be to stitch. You should also pay attention to the number of colors used. The fewer colors, the less supplies you will have to buy.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Cross stitch characters

Any of these designs would make a good first cross stitch, as would the three female characters at the top of the article.

Once you’ve sewn some of these basic designs you might want to try something more advanced. I will often make models for myself using Photoshop. Here is the model I am working at the moment. You can also turn to Etsy for inspiration.

Step 2: Turn your character into a pattern

To make it easier to assemble and count later, you’ll want to draw a grid over the image you choose to assemble. Pick a character you like and print it so that it fills most of a page. Then, with a ruler and pencil, draw lines on your image that match the edges of the square pixels.

Once you have a grid, add numbers to the top and bottom to the side. This way you know how much fabric you are going to be using before you start. It will also help you keep track of your stitches later.

If you prefer to perform this step on your computer, that also works.

Embroidery thread

Some of the embroidery floss I have acquired over the years.

Step 3: Obtain the materials

To complete your cross stitch, you will need a few items. Fortunately, they tend to be very affordable. I recommend buying these things after you have completed steps one and two.

  1. An embroidery needle. Most sewing needles will work, but if the eye is too small, you may have trouble getting the heavy embroidery thread through. A pack of embroidery needles will usually cost you less than $ 5.
  2. Embroidery thread. This special type of thread is extra thick to give your embroidery a nice, bold finish. There are hundreds of colors out there, but you’ll just want to buy the colors you need for your design. Flossing typically costs around $ 0.25 per skein, and you won’t be using an entire skein.
  3. Cross stitch fabric. Technically speaking, any type of fabric will do, but the cross stitch fabric is nice and stiff and has little holes covered which are perfect for creating your 8 bit masterpiece. If you are going to sew a white character (like Gomez from the game Fez), you might want to find a colored fabric other than white, so that your character is visible.
  4. A pair of scissors. I have to cut this dental floss!
  5. A photo frame (optional). Once you have finished your cross stitch, you can present it in a nice frame. I usually get mine from Goodwill for less than a dollar. I like to wait until my cross stitch is finished before buying a frame so I know exactly what size to choose.
Wall-E

For this Wall-E cross stitch, I had to use blue fabric so that Eve was visible. I based the model on this t shirt design.

Step 4: your first point

Let’s start by removing dental floss. You will need about an arm’s length per color if you are making a small design like one of the figures above.

The embroidery floss will be a little too thick for our needs, but luckily we can make it thinner. Tease the ends of the yarn and notice that it is actually six strands of yarn. Take three strands in one hand and three in the other and slowly separate them until you have two tufts of dental floss of equal thickness.

separation wire

If you go too fast, they will bundle together and tie up. Move slowly and it’s a piece of cake.

Take either half and thread it through your needle. I sometimes lick my finger and pinch the end of my dental floss so that the threads stick together. Once it’s in place, pull it out a few inches to prevent it from falling. One of the advantages of cross stitch is that you don’t have to tie a knot in the end of your thread. More on this topic in a minute.

Let’s put the fabric in place. Do not cut the fabric right away. Instead, you should pick a corner and stitch inward from there. This way, if your pattern is a bit larger than expected, you won’t run out of room. Don’t start too close to the edge, however. This type of fabric comes apart easily, so you will need a nice security pad for your artwork.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at this graph. Cross stitching consists of making small Xs. We will start in the upper left corner of the X, then we will move to the lower right corner.

stitch detail

The gray arrows represent when the thread is on the underside of the fabric.

For your first stitch, you will need to push the needle up from the bottom of the fabric. Pull the thread almost all along. Then pass the needle through one of the holes diagonally from where you started. Pull the needle up and down. While you are doing this, you can secure this hanging thread from before under your new stitch.

Oh hey, you have a model! Pay attention to which half of your stitch is on top. In the table above, the point from bottom left to top right is above and the point from top left to bottom right is below. Ideally, every stitch in your pattern will match.

Step 5: follow the pattern

Now that you have mastered the Single Stitch, it’s time to do a bunch more! Keep your printed design handy for reference.

To avoid re-threading your needle every two stitches, you’re going to want to embroider one color at a time. For my boss Kirby, I started with black. Try to move in a logical order, making dots next to each other as often as possible. Avoid jumping on the pattern. This will help you avoid knots in the back.

Kirby cross stitch

For my Kirby cross stitch, I started with the outline, then I did the highlights, then I filled the middle with pink.

Speaking of knots, you’ll definitely need to tie a few knots before this ordeal is over. Do not panic. Slowly work over the knots with your needle. Try to make them as loose as possible. If the worst should happen, cut it off and do your best to tuck in the remaining thread. You may need to undo a few stitches to get enough thread to go in.

Knot prevention tip: Don’t rush and shoot! Take your time with the pattern, and if you feel resistance, stop and turn it around to see what the thread is hanging on. Pull turns small knots into large knots.

When it’s time to switch to new dental floss, either because you’re out of it or you’re done with your color, you’ll want to thread your needle through the back of a few stitches to secure the end of it. dental floss. You can start your new color in the same way.

fold wire

It’s easy for the back of a cross stitch to get out of hand with knots and extra thread. Try to keep the back clean as well as the front!

Step 6: Presentation

Congratulation! Your beautiful creation is finished! You can now cut it out of its fabric and find a nice place to display it. Remember to leave a little border around your cross stitch. This type of fabric will fray and you don’t want your hard work to fray.

There are a lot of different things you can do with your cross stitch now that it is finished. You can put it in a cute card and send it to someone special. You can use it as a bookmark. You can sew it into a t-shirt or towel, if you like to sew. I usually glue my cross stitches in frames.

Framing is expensive if you go to a picture frame store, so I usually go to my local Goodwill, where most picture frames cost $ 0.99.

Kirby

Kirby Party!

Ta da!

If you’ve read this article and decided to make your own video game cross stitch, let us know in the comments! And if you have any questions or have any issues, I’m happy to try to help.

Happy sewing!


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