Etsy seller Alicia Watkins creates simple, charming cross stitches of your favorite geeky quotes and pop culture moments. The little signs, ranging from a “Brains Sweet Brains” sign to Star Trek and Douglas Adams homages, are sweet, and often humorous images that give us nerdy favorites with a hand stitched twist.
Has there ever been a more harmonious conflation of style and medium than the pixelated aesthetic popularized by early computer graphics and the comparatively ancient craft of cross-stitched embroidery? Perhaps the triple conflation of cross stitched sprites for popular cultural touchstones whether or not they’re related to video games. XStitchMyHeart has a great wealth of patterns for the cross stitchy nerd, or anyone who knows one.
So, earlier this week my roommate finally gave me the motivation to, by voicing an affirmative desire for, starting to put together a cheery cross stitch sampler (bordered by curling vines and fruit) of Cave Johnson’s Combustible Lemons rant from Portal 2. Which lead me to r/crossstitch, which lead me to Sprite Stitch, which lead me to a forum thread on how to use free software called KG Chart to turn .jpgs into cross-stitch patterns, featuring this very pattern.
Naturally, I was delighted not only to see today that somebody had actually made it (Redditor Notpodell‘s wife), but that they’d done us the good turn of making it into that internet video crack cocaine: the time-lapse video. You can take a look at a bit of the the pattern below the jump.