I have mentioned this before, but it deserves repeating: Star Wars is a “chick flick.”
It has love, romance, a smart and beautiful heroine, a scruffy nerfherder with a heart of gold, confused family dynamics, romantic tension, and did I mention LOVE? …. It just also happens to have a bunch space stuff. (They just disguised it as a guy flick – so we can get our dates and hubbies to watch something WE want to watch for once.)
Leia is our fabulous heroine – and I doubt there is another female movie character that is as easily recognizable. Her hair is just so iconic. But her coiffure is really the least of her “awesomeness.” She is not a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued. She is capable, smart, in charge and she gets to kick some serious butt… She also has one of the best, most romantic, yet most infuriating verbal exchanges in movie history.
Leia: I love you…
Han: I know.
…and of course she gets Harrison Ford in the end. So, if that is not one of the most romantic movies you’ll ever see, I don’t know what is.
Now almost 40 years later, she is back on the big screen. And I am thrilled! Carrie Fisher is back, and I just can not wait to see what is in store for her character.
So today we are doing Leia 1977 and Leia 2015. Here are #29 & 30 in the Perler bead/cross-stitch/Lego/pixel/mosaic series.
(NOTE: We spent A LOT of time making these designs, and are absolutely thrilled to see that they are becoming so popular, but we want to remind you that we should get credit when they are used. So, if you show your work using our designs anywhere (online and social media included), please put a “Pattern © Anette Nam Design” and link to “Maythefourthbewithyouparty.com” somewhere close by. THANK YOU! … and as always, you may not sell any products made with these patterns.)
- Perler Beads
- Tweezers (optional)
- Perler Clear Pegboards
- Removable Tape
- Printout of Pattern (download above image)
- Baking Parchment Paper (Perler Ironing Paper)
- Heavy Object with Flat Bottom
- Cork sheets with Adhesive Backs
- Scissors or X-acto Knife
- Bantha Milk (optional)
- Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
- Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
- Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
- Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
- Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
- Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
- Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heat-proof underneath to make ironing easier)
- If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
- Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
- Don’t forget the Bantha Milk. Enjoy!
Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”. With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.
Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Perler Beads – Black
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Sand
Perler Beads – Butterscotch
Perler Beads – Light Brown
Perler Beads – Brown
Perler Beads – Dark Grey
Perler Beads – Grey (Light Grey)
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Kiwi Lime
Perler Beads – Red
Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them. Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!