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WIP: Zelda Cross Stitch

Written by Sarah on January 4th, 2013 Posted in cross stitch, embroidery, gift, holiday, instagram

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been nerding out a bit recently. You may have also been afraid I’d traded in my knitting needles for Aida canvas but, don’t worry, it’s just a passing phase.

I spent all of December working on an ambitious cross stitch project. That’s right. I was gift-crafting and it got out of hand. And I learned my lesson. Because I didn’t finish said gift. (And I didn’t finish a couple of other gifts either since I’d spent so much time on this one.)

Anyway, I was keeping the project off of the blog on the off chance that its recipient is a reader (doubt it, but, you know, better safe than sorry!) but since the project remains incomplete, I had to show him something to prove that I hadn’t forgotten to bring a gift.

zelda cross stitch

My cousin John is an avid gamer. I have fond memories of watching him play through the entirety of Ocarina of Time while I cheered him on and he made sarcastic comments. He got me my first N64 game for Christmas years ago. We hang out a lot still and he and Jon (boyfriend Jon, I know they have the same name) have become close friends since they both work in the same field (three guesses as to which). Last year, I got him this awesome poster. (The year before that, I made him homemade ketchup. He likes hamburgers.)

Since John has a history of giving cool gifts and because he took me to the Symphony of the Goddesses concert after Thanksgiving (Guys, it’s a live orchestra playing Zelda music. That is some higher-level nerdom), I thought making him a really neat 8-bit cross stitch would be perfect. And I knew he’d love it.

zelda

Sounds easy enough. Take one of the badass title screens from an early 8-bit Zelda game, slap a grid over it and get to it, right? WRONG. God was I wrong. Besides the fact that I don’t really know anything about proper counted cross stitch, this pattern is GIGANTIC and involves something like 10 colors! And this shit is tedious! And that’s coming from someone who knits entire faire isle sweaters with five colors on size 3 needles for laughs. I DO NOT have the patience for cross stitch.

(By the way, when I was planning out my Christmas Craft Domination Tour of 2012, Jon thought I was being a little over ambitious, that I might regret piling on the crafts. And while I hoped to be Tom Hanks in this scene in A League of Their Own, I ended up getting hit in the face with all of the incomplete gifts.)

zelda

Long story short, I banged this thing out for a month. I worked on it every moment I could short of bringing it to work and slaving over it during my lunch hour. Then some work popped up and I had to put it aside up until the weekend before Christmas. Short story even shorter, it didn’t get finished. Not even nearly a little bit close to done. And I ran out of both black and dark grey embroidery thread and I bought them both from two separate stores across town. What was I thinking? Recipe for disaster.

While I’ve got a ton of stuff in the works, I will NOT give up on this project. I really love how cool it looks and I would love to see what it looks like when it’s finished. I don’t regret it and I am so excited to make something really awesome for John. I know I can get it done but I just need a little time off, I think. Stay tuned. This is not the last you’ve seen of this WIP. You can’t defeat me, cross stitch!

Now if only I could play the Song of Time and give myself a few more months before Christmas 2012…

Did you finish all of you ambitious plans for Christmas gifting? What are some cool nerdy things you’ve made? Any cross stitch tips? Anyone know where I can buy some Anchor floss?

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Comments (6)

  • Emma
    January 4, 2013 at 10:05 am |

    I love this! I’m always overly ambitious when it comes to cross stitch as well, not realising how blimmin’ long it takes. I wish you all the luck in finishing this!

    • January 4, 2013 at 10:22 am |

      It looks like it will be so simple but it is deceptive! I’ll keep you updated!

  • January 4, 2013 at 10:10 am |

    Wow, I’d watched the progress on instagram, but hadn’t realized you’d charted it yourself. That will be amazing. I like cross stitch sometimes, but never anything like this. You will conquer it!

    • January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      Thanks! I did chart it myself but not really extensively, to be honest. I put a grid over it in Photoshop but some of the areas I’ve been a little more “free hand” (if you will). The rocks are mainly the same look so I don’t have to follow the chart as strictly as I did for the waterfall.

  • January 5, 2013 at 3:01 am |

    I just bought myself the supplies to stitch Jean Luc Picard. All I need are 2 more shades and a hoop and I’ll be off to the nerdy races as well!

    • January 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm |

      That sounds awesome. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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