Watch Out for Lasers

I don’t really know what to call this category of patterns. They were linked on Twitter, but never made into a blog post making them, well, basically unfindable for the masses. The Forgotten Ones? Regardless of what they are called, now they can find their home here among their fellow patterns.

Today we have Prismatic Inferno. It’s dramatic. It’s epic. It can also glow in the dark if you replace the white and orange with some glow in the dark threads.

Space magic right there.

Click here for the chart

Also, please not that even though this is based off the emblem, this is not the regular 2″ square emblem that are found in the craft-a-long batches.

If you do decide to tackle it, please let me know by tagging me @craftinggeek on Instagram or Twitter. I love to see what y’all make with the patterns. Happy crafting!

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Week 2: Judgment’s Right Hand

June 16, 2021

Happy Tuesday all!

Talli here with week 2 of your Destiny 1 emblem crossstitch-along! Let’s all pretend it’s Monday, shall we? I will admit to life getting the best of me lately– I bought my first house and moved in two months ago, started a new job two weeks ago, and school just let out for the summer and I’m overrun with nieces and nephews. All first world problems, absolutely, but it does mean that 1) I can’t find the correct aida for this project, even though I’m almost done unpacking, which theoretically should make this easier? and 2) the week’s emblem isn’t actually finished on the substitute aida I could find. I promise this won’t be a habit and you will see the final product eventually!


This week’s emblem is from the House of Wolves questline in Destiny year 1. I happen to be using 699 in this temporary stitch, but there are about a dozen greens that are pretty close, so use what you have! Heads up that in a couple of weeks we will be using 906 which is in the parrot green family, so you may want to stay away from that range if you want your greens to contrast. (Yes, we all have our little neuroses… :D)

Click here for the chart

A quick note– I know the pattern calls for what looks like two half stitches in many cases, but I find that to be too much thread. An alternative would be to do four quarter stitches, but I find that too fiddle. What Goldilocks find juuuuust right is to do a half stitch with the color you want to pop and do a quarter stitch with the color you want to recede. I may be crazy here, so please you do you and do the stitch combination that makes you happy. But then, like, tag me on twitter/insta and tell me what you do and why! I’m super curious.

It grows late on this… Monday… night, ahem, so I shall leave you to your stitching. Happy CAL! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Destiny1CAL so we can all see your work!

Week 1: Clades Orygis

June 08, 2021

Happy Monday!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. A couple of things before we jump into this week’s newsletter. Every Monday, the newsletter will be released, but due to my schedule being unpredictable, I am going to send it out every Monday evening/night. Since I’m in California, that means for some of you who are on the east coast or overseas it will be practically Tuesday, so adjust your crafting calendars, if need be.

Also, just so no one is thrown off, I am using black aida with this set of patterns which means that I might add backstitching on emblems when their backgrounds don’t pop against the fabric.

So, this week we have Clades Orygis. And Ab Principio. And Lupi Reginae. And Memoria Ferri. And Tenebrae Lunae. Since this emblem comes in five options, I thought I would just give you all of them with their DMC colors.

You’ll notice that I cheated and used variegated thread, because, hey, it’s me. Also, it’s a reverse play on the Meridian of Light emblem where I did the background in variegated thread and the tricorn in a solid color. (You’ll also notice that I didn’t finish this week’s emblem which means this craft-a-long is starting like most of the previous ones, LOL)

Click here for the chart

Happy Crafting,
Jess 😀 

Week 0: So, I hear you like emblems…

June 02, 2021

I’ll be honest, I’m going to probably be using most of the same contents that were in last year’s intro newsletter. So, let’s get this rolling, shall we?

You’ve made the wise decision to take part of the Destiny 1 Emblem Craft-a-long, you clever person, you! Just in case you’re wondering what in the world you signed yourself up for, we will have 48 different emblems patterns that you can create to make the world a more geeky place. Each Monday, I’ll be sending out a newsletter with the pattern and color key of an emblem from Destiny 1.

For those of you who are planning to stitch along, please be aware that I’m going to be using DMC colors since that’s what I stitch with. (I’ll be talking more about colors later on.) ​ This year’s set of patterns is going to include: half-stitches, quarter-stitches, backstitching, and French knots. If that scares you, then you may want to grab your security blanket before jumping into this project. I will be linking to various tutorials if the pattern includes different kind of stitches to try and make this project as painless as possible.

So, for those of you who want to make one large cross-stitching project, you will need a 20″ x 24″ piece of 14 count aida cloth. Each emblem will be a 2″ square. So, with the border the final project will measure approx 14″ x 18″, assuming you’re using 14 count cloth. ​

Concerning the colors, well, for those of you who don’t have a ton of different shades of threads — have fun going to the craft store! Seriously, with all the different styles of the emblems, there are A LOT of different colors. However, if you have a color that’s close to the pattern already, please, feel free to use that color instead of what is on the color key. ​

Here are the colors for the next six weeks: 03, 310, 311, 336, 444, 608, 699, 720, 796, 900, 906, 947, 970, 3803, 3820, 3852, 3853, and white. I’ll try to update the color list ahead of time, but if you were part of the craft-a-long last year, you know that it’s not going to happen consistently, LOL. 

Also, big news this year: I have a partner in crime this year! @talliroxxor has graciously offered to help me take on this endeavor by making patterns (A lot!) and will be writing some of the newsletters too! Without further ado, here’s @talliroxxor:

Hi everyone!! I’m so excited to join the crafting geek goddess Jess for this CAL. Destiny is close to my heart and making emblem patterns basically got me through the pandemic! When Jess said she was interested in doing year one emblems I was stoked to bring to life all the iconic emblems— after all, there were a lot fewer choices back then so we saw them more often! There are definitely some favorites of mine in the bunch and I hope you enjoy stitching them. Thanks for joining us on this journey and please share your work with us on Twitter and Instagram!!

Finally, part of the fun of taking part of a craft-a-long is to show off your progress, see how others in the group are doing, and basically be like, “Come on! You can stitch that emblem! You’ve got this!” If you want, feel free to use the hashtag #Destiny1CAL on whatever social media floats your boat and don’t forget to check that hashtag out too. ​

The legal stuff. Don’t sell this pattern. The charts can be used for personal use only. You can read about Bungie’s rules concerning intellectual property here: https://www.bungie.net/en/Help/Article/45842

Please drop me a line here, via my email (thecraftinggeek@gmail.com), or on Twitter or Instagram (@CraftingGeek or @talliroxxor) if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!
Jess 😀 😀

An IlLUMUnating Post

On Sunday, new Halo footage was released. (Anyone who knows me that, alongside Legend of Zelda, Halo owns my gaming heart.) Anyway, one of the awesome people over at 343 shared a screenshot of a new character named Lumu.

Adorable, right? So you know I had to stitch her.

The problem I knew I had to deal with was the fact she floated. And cross-stitch projects do not. So, I rigged up a very simple stand that you could use to make any project stand up.

So, I first decided that I would work with plastic canvas to give it support. I stitched up the design and then when I trimmed the plastic, I was sure to leave a rectangle attached (approx seven squares across, four down — but honestly based on your design, you might find that the rectangle needs to be bigger or smaller.)

Then, I made cut out another rectangle the same size.

Next, you want to make a cut that goes at least halfway down in the middle of the rectangle.

Finally, you want to fit the two pieces together.

Now, your piece can stand on it’s own! Neat!

If you do decide to make this, I would highly consider backing it with some kind of fabric or felt. The light tends to come through making it hard to see the design in certain areas.

Now if you want to make your own Lumu, you’ll need the chart and the following colors: 503, 504, and 10. (For some strange reason, my chart maker says 505 for the outline. But, if you know your DMC colors, well, 505 isn’t light green at all. So, when you see the pattern call for 505, it really means 10.)

Whether you decide to stitch Lumu or make your own stand for the plastic canvas masterpiece, I wish you all happy crafting!

Jess ❤

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Don’t talk to me or my son ever again

The Destiny art community is really the best.

Last week, Bungie released a trailer for the new Season, and within hours, my Twitter timeline was filled with so many Baby Fallen (Smallen?). I tried to not give into the trend, but you know how it is, resistance is futile and all that.

So, I made a pattern based off the dolls that the Bungie Store posted. Warning: the Smallen are very small.

I told you, small.

I modified the colors a tiny bit (the face was a little too purple) and decided that my little Smallen needed a bigger brother. I was far too lazy to make another pattern, so I decided to stitch up the same pattern over 2 and ta da! The meme came to life.

Don’t talk to me or my son ever again
I’m serious

If you’re unfamiliar with what over 2 means, it basically means that I’m stitching over 2 squares (clever name, right?) This helps a lot with quarter stitches because quarter stitches on plastic canvas usually ends up making you cry because you have to use a sharper needle to make a place to create the quarter stitch. Plus, look how cool it is close up!

I decided to fill my Smallen with some rice and use felt as a back so that they have a little plumpness to them. The pictures don’t really show that, but that is certainly one way you can finish it. You could also put a magnet on the back and turn the design into a needle minder very easily.

If you don’t want to worry about quarter stitches on plastic canvas, you can always stitch it up on regular aida cloth as well. This pattern is pretty small, so experiment and see what works best for you. Speaking of the chart, you probably need that, huh?

Click here for the chart

As always, I hope you enjoy making this little project! Happy stitching!

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It’s #30for30creating time

It’s getting close to #30for30creating time!

Don’t know what that means?  Pick a project (new or old) to work on for 30 minutes every day for the month of June. Then, starting on June 1, post a picture on your social media platform of choice and tag it with #30for30creating. Repeat the process for each day. Simple!

I know that 30 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you compare what you had at the beginning of the month to what you have at the end, it’s really remarkable to see all of the progress you have made. 

Also, be sure to check out #30for30creating throughout the month of June — let’s encourage each other to great, new creative heights!

Still got some questions, hopefully these will help you out! 

1.) What if my project takes less/more time than 30 days?

Don’t have a project that will take you a month to finish? Then, work on it for 30 minutes until it gets done then you make the decision of whether or not to move to another project or be done with the challenge. Or, maybe you’re like me, and you know your project won’t get done in 30 days. That’s ok too! 

2.) I want to ______, does that count?

Probably! When I first started this idea, I had originally called it #30for30crafting, but over the years people had been inspired to do so many things that didn’t exactly fit into the crafting umbrella (bullet journaling, writing poems, home décor, etc.) that it was decided to broaden the term to make everyone feel welcome! If it uses your creativeness, it’s good!

3.) Do I have to take a picture every day?

No. Not at all. Maybe you want to make a blog post or maybe you want to post weekly pictures of your progress. That’s fine! 

4.) What if I want to start on the [insert day here]?

That’s not a problem. I know some people want to start early, others are starting later. Just commit to your 30 days and make awesomeness!

5.) Do I only have to work on the project for 30 minutes each day?

Nope! Some people like to work in longer sessions and that’s fine. As long as you hit that 30 minute each day mark, you’re golden! 

6.) I missed a day. Now what?

Just add a day to the end, if you want. Or double the time the next day. Or, better yet, don’t stress out about it. If you want to “make up” the day, you can, but this isn’t school and is supposed to be fun not stressful!

Have any more questions? Feel free to reach out on Twitter or write a comment to this post below. 

Happy creating! 

Jess 😀

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Let the Guardian Games Begin

I know people of the internet have opinions about Guardian Games, but I had fun last year and I’m planning to do my part to make sure the Warlocks win this year. But, I wanted to give everyone a chance to celebrate their favorite class, so ta da!

While you’re waiting for the games to start (or waiting during your matchmaking), stitch up your class and get the gold! Or, if you’d rather just stitch up the logo by itself, I got you covered too.

I hope you enjoy making these! Have fun playing the Guardian Games! (And go Warlocks! LOL)

Guardian Games Logo Chart
Hunter Chart
Titan Chart
Warlock Chart

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Triple Threat

When I finished the emblem project last January, I really didn’t think I was going to stitch any more D2 emblems. Stitching one would have seemed silly and there was absolutely no way I was going to try to come up with another 48. But, then I saw the Vendor Seasonal emblems for the Season of the Chosen and, boom, inspiration struck.

I really liked the designs which were made by @thejessmeyers. (You know I’ve already gotten the Gambit one because, of course I have.)

Taking pictures of projects stitched on black aida continues to confound me. The black of the fabric is never bold enough, the designs are always washed out. I mean, just look at how NOT crisp those stitches are. Ugh. Literally the worst.

ANYWAY, if you’re like me, you’ll want to stitch these up, so I have combined all three patterns into one file. I’ll also have them listed together on the main emblem pattern page…eventually. (just setting up realistic expectations, lol)

Click here for the chart

If you do end up making these, I hope you enjoy them! Happy stitching! ❤

THIS POUCH IS AMAZING

So, I found these little embroidery pouches at Target and, in my usual manner, decided to drop all other projects and start this immediately.

I decided I was going to do a Destiny themed one. At first, I didn’t think I would be able to fit an emblem in the design, but I found Rain of Ashes and, lo and behold, good ol’ Shaxx managed to fit. (Note: If you are trying to recreate an emblem with these bags, you should choose a design that is NOT full coverage. You will lose the corners just due to the fact that it’s a half-circle and the emblems are squares. So you should totally count out the pattern before starting.)

So I didn’t know how stitching would go, but I have to say it was super easy. I had to frog some stitches and even that wasn’t a hassle.

I had originally used the loop method with six strands and the result was a very full square, but I thought that took away from some of the novelty of the project so I restarted with the loop method with three strands which is what I stuck with. (If you don’t use the loop method, you’ll want to use six strands.)

The one thing I will warn you is that if you want full coverage like this one, you will need a lot of thread, especially since I used 6-strands. I know I used 1.5 skeins of the red; so you’ll just want to plan accordingly.

If you can find these, I highly recommend them! They are super fun and a quick project!

Happy Crafting!