The Results are In!
Posted on August 14, 2010 by
We’ve sequestered ourselves for the last week whilst deliberating over the ten excellent entries that made it to the top ten. With so many great Nintendo crafts making it to the top ten it was a really difficult decision, but we finally managed to pick three entries that we thought were really well made and delightful homages to Nintendo. Read on to find out more about them, and take a look at all the entries here.
1UP Mushroom Blanket
by Marlijn van de Wardt
This delightful blanket was made for the creator’s infant daughter, who Marlijn hopes to convert into a full-fledged Nintendo fan as soon as she’s able to manage a controller. Each of the granny squares took about ten minutes to make; the three-month project was largely done in front of the TV and during long car rides. She most enjoyed the process of watching the blanket take shape, as each row of squares was added and the blanket more and more resembled the iconic 1UP mushroom from Nintendo’s best-known video game franchise. Marlijn has been a diehard fan of Nintendo games from the very beginning with the NES (who could forget Super Mario Bros. 1 and Duck Hunt?). Currently, she is cross-stitching World 1 of Super Mario Bros. 3, and eventually plans to cross-stitch all of the worlds in the game. We can’t wait to see it!
Pirahna Plant Toilet Paper Cozy
by Jessica Stebbins
This humorous toilet paper cozy was hand-stitched by Paula over three lunch breaks at work. Entirely made of the scraps left over from other projects (we love the eco-friendliness that’s built right in!). Making funny cozies is a bit of a hobby for Jessica. Other ones that she’s made include a TARDIS tissue box cozy and some Final Fantasy Black and White
Mage wine cozies.
Cross-Stitched Zelda Light World Map
by Matthew Ellison
This was just so impressive, we had to award it first place. While unemployed Matthew stitched this intricate pixel map over four months, which uses over 30 colours of embroidery floss. Matthew was introduced to cross-stitching by his mother, who used it as a way to keep him occupied as a child over the summer. Eventually, he realized that the stitches look an awful lot like the pixels that make up video game art. At first, he mostly stitched small video game sprites. This piece was his first major undertaking. His advice to anyone who would like to take on a similar project? Practice first, with something small, and make sure your stitches all face the same way (or it will look odd), and definitely pick something you’ll enjoy, because you’ll be working on it for a long time! Currently, Matthew is stitching something from Zelda: The Wind Waker which requires over 150 colours.