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Free Pattern Friday: I Choose You!

Today for free pattern Friday I have another magnet or badge cross stitch idea featuring Pikachu!

pikachu cross stitch chart

This pattern is a simplified version of the same Pikachu pose originally posted by Birdie Stitching. You can right click and choose “Save As” to save the pattern, or download a PDF version from Craftsy.

Here is what Pikachu looks like when stitched on plastic canvas:

photograph of a cross stitched Pikachu magnet

I hope you enjoy stitching up this Pikachu; share pictures if you do!

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WIP Wednesday: Simpsons Couch #1

Today’s work in progress Wednesday update showcases a new project, the Simpsons on their beloved couch!
photograph of partially completed simpsons cross stitch showing Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Bart, Snowball and Santa's Little Helper

This is actually one of two cross stitch projects I’m working on, the other being a small hoop, but that one is a gift for a friend, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Eventually the Simpsons are going to take up most of the 15 by 18 inch piece of aida cloth I’m stitching on. You can see the silhouette of Homer emerging on the left, particularly his belly. The two straight vertical lines on the far right are going to be a floor lamp. You can probably tell that I’m working this a page at a time. Except for a few stitches on each page that are far away from everything else, I’ve finished three of the six pages.

What are you working on this Wednesday?

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Signal Flags Sampler Finish

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Ahoy, the signal flags sampler is finished! I am so pleased with how it turned out; although I did have a dye-bleeding scare when I washed it, I have fixed it and now it is perfect.

picture of completed cross stitched maritime signal flag sampler

You can’t even tell that the DMC 321 gave it pink spots! I think that the dye bled when I ironed it with a steamy iron. I managed to get the stains out by soaking it all day in an ice water bath, and I rubbed some of the pinkest areas with an ice cube. Now I know to prewash that floss!

The big flags on top are the alphabet flags (A-Z), the small square flags in the middle are a famous message sent by Horatio Nelson, and the trapezoidal flags at bottom are the numbers 0-9. The border is a visual representation of Morse Code, starting with A at the top left and continuing around clockwise through the numbers, ending with zero (the bottom border should be read upside down).

picture of back of signal flag sampler showing the tabs for hanging and the blue and white sailboat print of the fabric

I backed the project with this great blueprint-style nautical print. There was no designer information on the selvage, just a note that it was exclusively available at Joann Fabrics. I found it in the quilting section with the other cotton prints. I bought a yard and have a lot leftover, so I might make some pillowcases.

photo of the maritime signal flag sampler hanging on the wall

And here it is hanging up in my bedroom, right above a poster for my alma mater’s centennial (it’s also right above the wireless router and the modem, but I didn’t think you’d want to see those.) I attached a length of ribbon to the back so that it can hang invisibly from a dowel (or from a take-out chopstick, which is what I actually used, being short on dowels at the moment).

And if you want your own signal flag sampler (to hang above your wireless router or anywhere else), you can buy the pattern in my Etsy store! It’s only four dollars and the pattern includes an explanation of what the flags and the Morse code mean.

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Free Chart: Weighted Companion Cube

Here is another free cross stitch chart, a tiny Weighted Companion Cube, from the great Portal video games.

Portal companion cube cross stitch chart

Save the chart by right clicking on the image and choosing “save as.” Or download the chart as a free PDF from Craftsy!

This Companion Cube is just over 1 inch (2.54 cm) square on 14 count canvas, the perfect size for a cute badge or magnet. Here is what one looks like made into a magnet:

photograph of cross stitched portal companion cube magnet

Enjoy, & share pictures if you stitch this pattern!

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