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Yoshi Cross-Stitch Project

I’ve been meaning to post this on Sunday, but I didn’t have the time.

For anyone that doesn’t know me, I’ve taken up the hobby of Cross-stitching. I started late last year around September. I was always amazed at the awesome creations people made at Sprite Stitch and wanted to do the same thing. Video Game/Pixel art is becoming more and more prevalent each day, and with each day I keep seeing more and more awesome things being created.

I will post past projects I’ve done in a later post, but for now here is my current project: Super Mario World Yoshi Home Sweet Home

I used various screen shots and images from the internet that I uploaded onto a program I purchased called PC Stitch Pro. It’s a lot like Photoshop, except you’re creating cross-stitch patterns. It’s pretty awesome and very well worth the money. I can pretty much upload any image and make a cross-stitch pattern out of it. I will say, however, that when you upload an image, you have to take some time to edit the pattern because the upload doesn’t perfectly transform to the pattern.

A few specifics about this pattern:
18 Count Aida (18 stitches per inch)
7.5″H x 9″W (135 x 160 stitches)
26 different colors
21,600 stitches total

This is the largest project that I’m doing to date. My past cross-stitch projects didn’t have much of a background, where this was definitely does have a background. I’m trying to do at least 100 stitches each day and have been posting my daily progress on Twitter. I will also be posting images on a weekly basis of my progress. I think this will be fun because with having to post my progress on Word Press and Twitter, it will motivate me more to cross-stitch everyday.

Here are a few images that I’ve taken so far.

Cross-stitch start

This is the start up of the project. With the aida cloth, I use a sewing machine to seal of the edges by using a zig-zag stitch so there will be no fraying. I also mark up a grid of 10×10 squares around the center, so I can easily navigate to where I need to make my stitches. And of course, where would I be without my size 28 tapestry needles, print-out guideline, pin cushion with various pins, and super sharp scissors?

Here are all the flosses that are used in the project, all 26 of the vibrant suckers. I making my own floss holder by using manila folders and a hole punch. It’s cheap and customizable.

And finally my first day’s progress: 160 full cross-stitches and 80 half stitches.

So there’s my project, wish me luck!

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