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Beautiful Zelda Tapestry Cross-Stitched in Stop Motion

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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.

Speaking from experience, cross-stitch is one of the simple crafts to pick up: it’s basically paint by numbers with thread, on fabric that’s already got a convenient grid on it. Here’s what a chart typically looks like:

In addition to basica color coding, each symbol corresponds to a different color of thread, and many programs will even assign those colors according to DMC numbers (no, that’s not Devil May Cry, it’s the DMC corporation, which numbers their vast swath of embroidery floss hues for convenience).

The pattern itself was waaaay too big to match our upload limits and remain legible, so if you’d like to get the whole thing, check out the Sprite Stitch thread. (They’ve also got great resources for any other 8-bit video game project you might have in mind, whether its for cross-stitch, perler beads, or what have you). You’ll wind up with a project that’s about nine by thirteen inches, if you use the same gage of fabric (that is, with 18 little boxes per inch), and that uses 93 colors.

P.S. Yes, I know there are plenty of lovely Cave Johnson cross-stitch patterns out there, I want to make my own because ideas.

(via So Geek Chic.)

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