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Sprite Stitch Swap 2012

Time for a report on the “big” swap we have had over at Sprite Stitch. This post is gonna be pretty image heavy!

I received my gifts a couple of weeks ago, from “msstitcher”. They are really awesome! πŸ˜€

She made me a Black Mage bag, a Phantasy Star Online biscornu and a hanging ornament with a forum “joke” stitched on the front (about me and my warp-speed stitching – something I will have to share here on the blog sometime!). Here’s some more pictures!

msstitcher also included some Mario Kart sweeties and a hand-drawn card! πŸ˜€

OK, on to what I’ve beenΒ dying to share with everyone for months…the gifts I made for “starrley”! Here’s the full set of stuff, first.

I made her a Harvest Moon farm set, a Pokemon stitching, a little pouch and a painted card. I also included some Earl Grey tea and Cadbury’s chocolate.
Time for more pictures!

The Harvest Moon set. The base, the 24 crops, the house and all the figures are fully cross stitched. The figures are double sided and glued on to British coins (which I spray painted black to look like the shadows of the sprites). The crops sit on right angled (sort of) stands made of wool mix felt stitched on to plastic canvas squares. The house is actually a box that holds the crops and stands when not in use. And finally the base is one full plastic canvas sheet completely stitched with a semi-custom tileset (that bit was the hardest, I think!)
Here’s another angle:

You can see the reverse sides of the farmer and animals, and also how the stands work πŸ™‚
Whole project is 30,600 stitches and I don’t really know how many colours! πŸ˜€

Next, starrley’s favourite Pokemon.

She made a list of her favourite Pokemon, but I couldn’t choose which one I wanted to stitch so I did all ten! They are on sparkly aida (it has lurex in the weave) and it’s stitched onto felt. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so left it at that, I’m sure starrley will do something with it! πŸ˜€

The pouch.

This was a last-minute thing I made (literally the night before posting). I got this idea in my head to do something Star Trek. I was watching TNG and Picard was getting his tea…I was going to send some anyway and so this tea pouch was born! I cross stitched the words on to some dark blue aida, stitched it on to some felt and did some blanket stitch up the sides. Then I stuffed it full of Twinings Earl Grey tea bags. Perfect for a TNG fan! πŸ˜€

And finally the card (plus some bonus artwork from Ivy).

On starrley’s deviantART profile it says that Alphonse Mucha is one of her favourite artists (one of mine too, as it happens) and she had said in her swap info that she liked Erika from Pokemon. So I drew this, based on a combination of her HeartGold / SoulSilver sprite and some artwork, chucked in a few Mucha-esque elements and painted it up. I probably could have done better, maybe if I hadn’t tried to go as fast as possible! And Ivy’s picture is a smiley starrley with her name written underneath (it’s supposed to say China, although she wobbled on the C)

And that was the swap for me! πŸ˜€

Next, moar stuff for the craft fair. Lots moar. Next week is IHSW July, so hopefully I will get lots done! And I need to, because I have…let’s call him a guest…staying with me for a few days next week, and it’d just beΒ rude to be stitching all the time when…other things could be going on. If you get my meaning. πŸ˜‰
ANYWAY…will definitely have some more stuff for you soon, and possibly BEFORE the IHSW! πŸ˜€


Sprite Stitch Mini Swap 2011 ~ Part Two!

Yay! Shelby, aka RAWRmonster, received the gifts I made for her recently. So now I can show them! Here’s a picture taken at their new home:

She loves Ocarina of Time so I used that as my theme.
There is a wooden sign with an insert that has RAWRmonster in Hylian cross stitched on it, a magic bean necklace and a bag with the Spiritual Stones cross stitched in metallic thread. Also a card in the style of Zelda’s Letter (not awesome, I kinda rushed it).
I went slightly overboard on the size, I know (it was meant to be small items!) but the first sign smashed and all I had left to use was some pine. To be fair, I did make the sign self-assembly so it may have been just over the theoretical size when in pieces, hehe.
But RAWRmonster seems to be happy and that’s all I really wanted!

More images over on my deviantART page:Β http://blackmageheart.deviantart.com/

Sprite Stitch Mini Swap 2011 ~ Part One!

Part one because I’ve just sent my gifts out today, and also received some! (Part two will happen when my gifts arrive at their new home, of course.)
Isabelle, otherwise known as Craftymaster90, sent me two lovely stitchings as part of the mini craft swap.

First, this gorgeous version of the dragon symbol from The Elder Scrolls series.

She also sent me this lovely FFX Lulu, which she designed from scratch!

I can’t tell you how much I love these two pieces!
Isabelle is leaving it to me to frame / finish these however I wish, and I hope I’ll come up with something equally as wonderful as they are!

Please check out Isabelle’s other works on her deviantART – http://izzyxiii.deviantart.com/Β .

Catching up (or trying to, at least)

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of October already. Seems like only yesterday that I was working on the Diglett/Dugtrio thing… I guess time really doesn’t wait for anyone πŸ™‚

Let me deal with all the stuff that’s been going on since my old PC sailed off to oblivion. Of course, there was the alphabet challenge. I didn’t win (didn’t really expect to though lol), but I shared second place with riotpatch – we both got 20% of the votes each – and first place went to Sprite Stitch member “supermarkio”, congrats! Check out the final entries here.

Next up is the September mini-swap. My secret partner was “ezsebeth” from Belgium, who likes Pokemon. So I made her a hussif (a sewing pouch with goodies in) with Dragonite on the front.

Pictures taken by ezsebeth.


I think it could have gone better, but my sewing machine decided if my PC wasn’t going to work then it was going on strike. So, I ended up stitching the lot by hand! I also included goodies, such as pins, needles, scissors and things like that (I got a small sewing kit from the local supermarket and raided it :D). I hope ezsebeth likes it and can use it πŸ™‚

My swap gift was from “stephaniem” – how she ever guessed what I hoped to get I’ll never know lol. She gave me this :

A Black Mage [heart] bookmark! I read a lot, but I didn’t have a bookmark, and never got around to making one for myself (I basically just tried to remember where I was up to in a book, with limited success). The visual representation of my user name is great and I love the colours. So, thankyou stephaniem!!

I think I’ll leave it there for today (don’t want to make this post too long and bloaty), but I will continue tomorrow with more of my recent works in progress and other news.


The Craft Swap – Part Two b!

As promised – the final part of my craft swap adventures!! Here are pictures of the items at their new homes:

The Pikachu was painted in acrylic on canvas for Turqoizyoshi, and the PSIV Demi keyholder was cross stitched on 14ct aida (the frame, mount and hooks I made myself ^^) for Bamiyan.

I had a lot of fun making these, Turqoiz and Bamiyan seem to be happy so it’s been a win for everyone πŸ˜€

So…now I think I can finally say the craft swap is over for me. I think it’s been a success, and I look forward to September’s mini swap, as well as future big swaps ^^

The Craft Swap – Part Two….a!

So, a while back I said I’d post pics of the stuff I made for my secret swap partner as soon as they revealed it…unfortunately, due to circumstances unknown she hasn’t been able to. Β I’m assuming real life, it nearly always is – my best mate says real life exists to get in the way of fun and he’s probably right πŸ˜€

Anyways, I waited a couple of months and I posted up pics on Sprite Stitch, now I shall do the same here! (Meant to earlier, but see the real life statement above ^^)

What you see here is:

– Cross stitch of the intro girl and Steiner the dragon from Beyond The Beyond

– Kirby plush cushion

– A starstorm (kinda like a snowstorm, but with stars!) with Rudy and Cecilia from Wild Arms

– Crochet bag with a Red Ribbon from Golden Sun (would have been better but I kinda ran out of time, I blame real life yet again!)

And that’s what I made. I’m pretty happy with it and I can only hope that nyami (my swap partner) is too πŸ™‚

Ok, you may have noticed that the post title says part two a. This is because a couple of people didn’t receive their swap gifts – so some of us volunteered to make them new ones. I have made and sent one item each for Bamiyan and Turqoizyoshi, hopefully they will be arriving soon. As before, don’t wanna spoil the surprise by posting here (just incase they peek) but will post as soon as they have revealed em on Sprite Stitch.

And just before I go, I’ve gone and got myself a deviantART thing. It’s at http://blackmageheart.deviantart.com/ .Β Please check it out if you have time!

The Craft Swap – Part One!

The Sprite Stitch craft swap is over, there’s only a few peeps waiting to receive their stuff and/or post pics in the forums. I’m pleased to say I got my package last week, from the SS member Ellentje (from the Netherlands). Based on my favourite games, she made me a set of items that I absolutely LOVE!!


Black Mage amigurumi

Black Mage and White Mage stitched magnets

Bowie from Shining Force II stitching

Close up of Bowie

Cushion cover with a stitched "Rood Inverse" from Vagrant Story

Close up of the Rood

Pretty cool, huh? I think so. The amigurumi mage sits on my desk with my other toys, the magnets are waiting for me to get a memo board, the Bowie is waiting to be put up on the wall and the cushion is on my bed (it’s actually making my other cushion look bad – may have to stitch one up to go with it!)

I just want to say a big thank you to Ellentje, she obviously had a good think about the stuff I put in our starting questionnaire and she’s made stuff that I think suits me perfectly.

Check out the rest of the swap items here.

As to the things I have made…well I’m fairly sure my person has received their goodies, as soon as this is confirmed and they have posted pics I shall do so here πŸ™‚ So be looking out for Part Two!