Cross-Stitch Mario Coasters

I received one of the coolest gifts ever from my friend Lisa: cross-stitch Mario coasters.

The coasters are photo coasters with a bit of cross-stitch fabric slipped in where the photo would go. Lisa found the pattern from the Mario Power-Up post on SpriteStitch.com.

I’m a noob to cross-stitch, but Lisa had this to say:

One of the things I love most about cross-stitch in particular is that it’s perfect for old-school 8 bit characters. If you’re new to embroidery, it’s also very simple- no complicated knots to learn! Plus, you can buy cross-stitch fabric in different counts (aka resolutions) so you can start off with a wider one of 10 stitches per square inch and work your way down as you improve. The coasters were done in a 14-count fabric, but they go all the way up to 22 count per square inch (I think). There are also computer programs that many people use on sprite stitch that can turn any image into a pattern, so really, your imagination is the limit! It’s also a pretty practical skill, as once you get used to handling a needle you can switch to other types of sewing, like putting that lost button back on, very easily.

Lisa’s not only crafty and geeky, she also rocks the non-profit world. Check out her blog for Washington Toxics Coalition here.

What power ups would you include in your Mario coasters?