March 5, 2012

Stitching a tauntaun (geeky cross stitch patterns)

I've had an itch to cross stitch lately. It's been a while since I picked up an embroidery hoop, but I remember it being a relaxing activity. And it is, though it's a bit time consuming. It doesn't hurt that there are so many geeky cross stitch patterns available now. Though I've rounded up some great examples of nerd cross stitch in the past, I figured it was time to post patterns so I could get all of you hooked as well.

Besides the pattern, you just need cross stitch fabric (the pattern should tell you what size), needles, an embroidery hoop, and embroidery floss. It's a pretty affordable hobby until you're finished with a project and need to frame it. Even so, you can find affordable frames at Ikea, Michaels, and Jo-Ann's (especially if you save coupons). If you don't want to frame, check out this tutorial from EPBOT about putting your finished piece on a wood backing.

Want a cuddly tauntaun head, pop culture quotes, the Dark Mark, or Ron Swanson in stitches? Then shop at Bombastitch. Patterns are in the $4 range and are emailed to you within 24 hours (often much faster). She also offers complete kits with all the pieces you need! No trips to the craft store necessary.

Little pixel people are the best. Wee Little Stitches has a whole collection of your favorite groups in tiny stitches. Seriously. Batman villains, Watchmen, Shaun of the Dead, Princess Bride, all the Doctor Who incarnations, and Harry Potter are just a few of the designs this seller offers. Patterns range from $4-9.

Need a TARDIS or a Direwolf? The Crafty Companion has these and options from more fandoms. Patterns are $3 and up.

There are even some FREE patterns out there you can download and use.

You can find free dorky patterns in the form of downloadable PDFs on the Dork Stitch blog.

You can download this fantastic Han Solo sampler for no cost at all.

I'll see you at the craft store.
Oh, and my tauntaun head so far:



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