Free Designs: Dork Stitch

For your inner Dork, Geek, Gamer, Anime lover (or those you know and love) I offer Dork Stitch, not your average cross stitch charts.

Ryou - Clannad; After Story
Ryou – Clannad; After Story

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Allison (aka missy-tannenbaum) started designing anime cross stitch cross stitch on DeviantArt in 2007.  In 2009 she started Dork Stitch to expand her repertoire and has designed small cross stitch patterns of characters from movies, TV shows, Anime, Cartoons, and video games ever since.  There is no regularity to her generosity; when she has the time to create and post new designs, she offers them free. All she asks, is that if you stitch one of her creations, you send her a photo.

Dork Stitch is helpfully arranged under original content titles, so even if you haven’t a clue about Samurai Shodown you can still find patterns to stitch for those that do. Seriously, check out her extensive range of categories!

Samurai Shodown - Mina Makajina
Samurai Shodown – Mina Makajina

Allison specialises in making small retro 8-bit figures such as this Avengers series:

Most of Allison’s designs are small and only consist of whole cross stitch, so they can easily be stitched on Aida, in beads or on plastic canvas (for those who want to play with their figurines). Some designs have a few colours they are only used for a few stitches, but with small designs, they are needed to give the identifying characteristics. I recommend Dork Stitch’s designs for everyone.

Note: If a chart only calls for DMC, you are not restricted to that; you can easily substitute hand dyed floss, metallic, floss, beads etc to personalise your work.

Peppy & George from The Artist
Peppy & George from The Artist

Review

Allison’s free designs are only available via her blog; Dork Stitch. You can subscribe to her RSS feed or if you have a Blogger account, you can follow her blog.  Do to the erratic nature of Allison’s postings, I recommend book marking her site and checking it now and then.

Each post on her blog contains one or more charts; these are shown as small images. Clicking on these will show a larger file which can be saved. These images are .png files but don’t worry, they are as easy to use as .jpg images.

Software has changed over the many years Allison has been designing so some charts will appear differently. Some designs are simple black symbols on white background.  Other software provides a 10 stitch grid line and ruler and shows the symbols on variant grades of grey background.  This gives the ease of following a particular floss colour (like a colour chart) but without losing the ability to mark off as you stitch.

 

All of the charts use a large grid and easy to see symbols. They all come with a floss key/legend, design notes and colour mockup of the finished project.

Places to Buy

Allison’s designs are available for free through her Dork Stitch blog.  She also has some older designs available through her DeviantArt page.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Use code: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks DMC, and a range of fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Is this site of interest to you?  Would you stitch any of these designs?

Feedback

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