Updated June 30, 2023.
Pixelated pictures, especially the pixelated look of old-style video games are really popular. Then I found this delightful set of pixelated letters on Pinterest, pictured below.
I’ve been rewatching Remington Steele lately. Last weekend we watched an episode that focused on video games. It got me thinking about and remembering that great pixelated look. I also have a delightful Japanese book of small pixelated pictures. It was used as the basis of today’s free project.
Any pixelated image is easy to convert to needlepoint because the image is broken into squares. Look at the image below, look familiar? It looks just like a whole stitch chart.
That’s the secret to converting the pixel image to needlepoint. Make every square on the chart a different stitch. Want to make something small? Make each stitch a Tent Stitch. Looking for a big image, make them all Waffle or Norwich Stitches. I stitched this chart in Mosaic Stitches with a darning pattern background. It’s pictured here.
You can go even bigger by turning each square on the chart into a group of stitches.
If you stitch it on plastic canvas you can use this easy finishing technique. Buy a Lee, Planet Earth, or Beth Dantz round and give it an elegant frame. They are so easy and there are so many possibilities you can finish lots before Christmas.
It’s so fun to do and so easy. Make some for yourself, or let this be an introduction to needlepoint for children or adults.