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Week 4: Adventurous Spirit

Happy Monday!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know, despite the hour, I didn’t forget about the newsletter; it’s just been an interesting past few days. But, I got through it and now it’s onto the emblem. This week is Adventurous Spirit, or the bane of my existence, as I started calling it.

It’s really not that difficult of a pattern, but I started off using an old version of the chart. Then as I started testing it, I realized one of the colors the program picked was super wrong. (Looked wonderful on the screen — in real life? Not so much.) Basically, I became an expert in frogging over the weekend.

Anyway, there is a color update for this week that wasn’t in the list I sent out a couple of weeks ago, 869. But, any light brown that shows enough contrast against the orange will work. The other colors you’ll need are white, 976, and 3033. And yes, the order of my emblems are different than what you have. Oops. That’s what happens when I suddenly decide to change my mind about which emblem to make for the week, LOL.

Be sure to check out/use the #destiny2cal posts. They are all amazing. This week’s pic comes from vycee25 over on Instagram. If you are alright with me posting your pic in the newsletter, let me know if you haven’t already done so.

Download the chart

As a reminder, all newsletters which have the previous emblems, instructions, legal stuff, introduction, etc. are available here. And if you’re having trouble receiving these newsletters, make sure to check your spam folder. As always. if you have any questions, drop them my way. 

Happy Crafting,
Jess 😀 😀

One Stitch, Two Stitch…

A few weeks ago, when Babe and I were watching The Punisher, an idea for a cross-stitch popped in my head.

I wanted to make the Punisher skull.

That, in and of itself, is nothing surprising. But, I also knew I wanted to use glow in the dark thread’s amazing power to do something so nerdy, so awesome, that I could hardly wait to start the project.


Laziness settled in and it took me a couple of weeks to actually make the chart, but once I did, it was off to the races. Less than a week later, this sucker was done.

Originally, I had made the skull look like the normal Punisher logo. It wasn’t until the last night of working on it that I decided to make it look more like the Netflix Punisher logo (which I think looks so much better).


So, if you want to make your own, this is what you’ll need:

Black aida cloth (I used 14 count, but you can use whatever)
DMC colors: white and E940 (Please note, do not use B5200. It is too bright and you can see the difference in white tones which spoils the glow in the dark surprise)
The chart

(The squares marked white is for the glow in the dark thread. The green squares marks where the white goes. I know it seems a little confusing, but the idea was that I wanted anything that glows to be in white so I had an idea of what it would look like in the dark. Also, if you don’t want to include the text, then just ignore the green squares and stitch everything with the glow in the dark thread.)

If you decide to tackle this, I’d love to know. If you have any questions, please let me know. As always, happy crafting!

Week 2: Planet of Peace

Happy Monday!

​So, before we get into this week’s emblem, which is Planet of Peace, I wanted to bring up a couple of things.

First, if you are looking for a pattern for a border to fit the 14″ x 18″ size I mentioned in the first newsletter, you can find it here. The color of the border is your choice, but I would remind everyone that there are A LOT of different colors going on with all of the emblems, so a neutral color might be the best option. (If I end up stitching one, I’m probably going to go for a really pale grey.)

(If you’re wondering why there is such a huge gap between the two designs it’s because I started another emblem, then decided I wanted to do this one for week 2.)

​Another thing is that I’ve realized that some of you A.) don’t want to have to make a trek to a craft store once a week or B.) don’t have a full set of DMC colors (I don’t either, LOL). So, I’m going to go ahead and give the tentative list of colors you’ll need for the next eight weeks. I say tentative because if a more time-sensitive emblem comes along, then it will take priority over the ones I have planned.

​Anyway, the color list for the next eight weeks are: 154, 310, 321, 600, 676, 733, 781, 820, 921, 976, 996, 3033, and white. For this week’s emblem you’ll need 321, 996, and white. Of course, feel free to use any substitutes as you see fit.

Download link for the chart

For those of you who have started, congrats! I’ve been stalking the #destiny2cal tag and it’s so wonderful seeing all the progress. For those of you who haven’t started, no worries! This craft-a-long is really low key and it’s supposed to be fun. As a reminder, the most easiest way to find your emblems is to use the #destiny2cal tag.

Also, all previous newsletters which have the previous emblems, instructions, legal stuff, introduction, etc. are available here. And if you’re having trouble receiving these newsletters, make sure to check your spam folder. As always. if you have any questions, drop them my way.

Happy crafting!
Jess 😀 😀

Destiny Craft-a-long: Week 0

You’ve made the wise decision to take part of the Destiny 2 Emblem Craft-a-long, you clever person, you! Just in case you’re wondering what in the world you signed yourself up for, the goal is that by the end of this club which will end in September of 2018, 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 2. 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.)

​The supply list for this club is a little unusual due to the fact that this project is so customizable. I have heard from some of you who plan to stitch one large project with all 48 emblems while other plan on making each emblem in a little hoop or as individual project. Others are making perlers and some are crocheting the designs. 

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 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.

​Part of the fun of taking part of a craft-a-long club is to show off your progress, see how others in the group are doing, and basically be like, “Come on! You can stitch that bowl of ramen! You’ve got this!” If you want, feel free to use the hashtag #Destiny2CAL 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, unless you get permission from Bungie as per their rules concerning intellectual property which you can read about here: https://www.bungie.net/en/Help/Article/45842

​I’m sure I’m forgetting about a million things. To be honest, I was woefully unprepared for how many of you wonderful people wanted to take part of this. Please drop me a line here, via my email (thecraftinggeek@gmail.com), or on Twitter or Instagram (@CraftingGeek) if you have any questions. 

Happy crafting!
Jess 😀 😀

What a Wonder-ful Cross-Stitch

It started with a tweet


It ended with Spykles offering to do a collaboration with me. He makes FANTASTIC pixel art and I knew that he would make something amazing so I could cross-stitch it.


If you do decide to tackle the design, please give him proper credit. These are the colors I used for the pattern:

Artwork by Spykles
E3852, E301, E436, E3685, E168, 221, 310, 336, 415, 434, 435, 803, 945


Obviously, I used metallic threads, but if you want to save your sanity (or a few bucks), then you just use the DMC colors (3852, 301, 436, 3685). It’s a fairly quick project — you could probably finish in a weekend without stressing out too much.

If you decide to tackle it, I’d love to know! And as always, happy crafting!

All Tangled Up

I love Tangled.


Really. I LOVE Tangled.

It is my most favorite Disney movie. The singing. The cuteness. The fact that Rapunzel is my Disney Princess twin (in the things she does — not so much with the hair, LOL) So when they announced that they were going to do a series, I was very, very happy.

And when I saw the teaser art for it, I knew I had to cross-stitch it because it’s pretty awesome. (OK, I wish she was holding her frying pan, but beggars can’t be choosers. And Pascal is there and you can’t go wrong with him.)


My goal was to have it done in time for the Tangled Before Ever After movie and, amazingly enough, I did it with a week to spare. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.


Want to make your own? Of course you do.

Tangled Chart
Tangled Color Key

The finished size of 14 count aida is 11.5″ high by 7″ across. (I know, not the most common size, right?) As always, happy crafting!

Burninating the blog post

Sit back, my friends, and let me tell you a story about a man.

cwxduzbusaaguvgI mean, he was a…dragon man.

Maybe he was just a dragon.


But he was still TROGDOR.

Now I understand that some sad souls may not be familiar with Trogdor or Strong Bad emails. My heart breaks for you, but let’s just say that homestarrunner.com was making things viral before there was such a thing as being viral on the internet.

I’ve been wanting to make a pattern and cross-stitch Trogdor for a long time. But things like the Dark World, the millions of Destiny crafts, and just plain laziness kept me from doing it.

Not anymore.

Just look at all his majesty.


Want to make your own? Of course you do.

What you’ll need:

aida cloth (I used my normal 14 count fabric)
DMC thread: 3757, 827 (if you’re going to make the notebook paper lines — I didn’t because I’m, again, lazy, LOL)
The chart!

If you decide to tackle this, I’d love to know. And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Off to the Races


I fell in love with this design last year when Bungie first introduced the SRL. The colors are fantastic and the geometry of the design just stuck out, but for whatever reason, (I’m assuming I got distracted with another project) I didn’t even start to make the pattern. This year, I decided, would be different.

This design is really not that difficult (with the exception of stitching black thread on black canvas, but if you chose a different color, say an oatmeal or dark grey color aida cloth, you’d be able to sail through this pretty easily.)

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I also made a snowflake design that came from Bungie’s The Dawning event which is SO SUPER quick, it’s almost ridiculous. (The fake snow is optional, LOL)

What you’ll need:

For the SRL cross-stitch:
The chart!
DMC colors 3865, 321, 310, and white
aida cloth (I used 14 count like normal which makes the design about 7.5″ x  4″)

For the snowflake:
The chart!
DMC colors 963 and white
aida cloth (on 14 count, it’s just under 4″)

I’d love to see if you tackle either of these and as always, happy crafting! ❤

Jolly Ol’ St. Koopa

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through Peach’s house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a Mouse(r)

Er, ok, I’ll leave the poetry to someone else.


So, if you’ve been on Twitter, you’ve seen me working on this Bowser, er, King Koopa, cross-stitch. I was looking at my new cup when the idea came to me.

I’ve got two variations, one with the Bullet Bills and another with winged Koopas. I haven’t had a chance to test the pattern out yet so I don’t have a set color list yet. Fortunately, the colors are pretty obvious so I don’t think you could go wrong with just eye-balling the whole thing.

Also, this pattern is really, REALLY, wide. On a 14-count, it’s just over 14 inches (and under 4 inches tall), so just be sure to plan accordingly. Also, those *super neat* gold lines between the characters is just a reference, LOL. Please, do not use them as guides — just more like suggestions if you want to drape strings between each bullet/koopa.

The Bullet Bill chart
The winged Koopa chart

On a personal note, you may have noticed that on the sidebar to the left, I have a link to a campaign that I’ve started. It’s to raise money to buy sewing machines for people in South Asia. Having a sewing machine allows for people with little or no education to make some money, helping their families. I figured, hey, since I’m blessed to have an opportunity to stitch things for fun, I’d like to be able to try to raise money for a much more nobler cause. Of course, there is absolutely no pressure to donate, but if you’d like to give a few dollars to an awesome cause, that would be amazing too. (Or just spreading the word would be really, REALLY helpful as well.)

Donate for sewing machines ❤

Anyway, if you do decide to tackle this chart (or any others), let me know! I love to see what y’all have been creating! And as always, happy crafting! ❤

Tag Along


If you have been following me over on Instagram and Twitter then you know my crafting life has been dedicated to finishing a zillion tags that I’m sending out which can double up as ornaments.


I’ve had a lot of questions and comments about them, so I thought, “Hey, you know, it’s probably time for a blog post to address it.”

The most-often asked question is, “Where did you get the tags? Did you make them yourself?”

The answer to the second question is


The answer to the first question is Hobby Lobby. They are $5.99 for 10 (minus the discount if you have a 40% off coupon) A delightful person on Instagram told me that they were available on anthropologie.com, but it seems like they out of stock. But, you absolutely can still make this pattern on regular aida cloth, or use it as a perler pattern.

The chart! 

I guessed with the colors until I was happy with them. If you want to use the colors I used they were:

white (all)
black (all)
321- red (all)
420 -brown (all)
742- yellow (all)
754- peach (all)
815- maroon (Cap shield)
825- dark blue (Cap shield)
3346- green (all)
3799- dark gray (Destiny traveler)


If you’re only making one style, you won’t need all of the colors and you can adapt the colors to what you have/can find. I hope you enjoy this project if you do decide to tackle it. And as always, happy crafting! ❤