Counted cross-stitch is a form of embroidery in which you sew a simple x over and over in a variety of colors/shapes to make a picture. This makes it excellent for recreating pixel sprites from your favorite 8 or 16-bit video games; each pixel becomes one x. This tutorial will show you the basic of cross-stitch and teach you how to put your new skill to a fun, practical purpose by making a custom clock face!
Step 1: Choose Your Image and Chart It!
Next, use any art editing program to turn this pixel sprite into a chart. Make yourself a grid, fill in each spot with the color needed, and blow it up really big so you can see it better. As an example, here is what a 2x2 square would look like.