Eye Candy

I just came from the DMC exhibit in our local mall. Every so often (maybe 2 or 3 times a year), DMC Philippines would hold either a contest or an exhibition and with it comes a reunion of fellow stitchers. I still remember my first such event last year. Beginner stitchers then (me!), were treated to an intro lesson to cross stitching.

This time around, I was grateful to realize I was considered part of the "group" already. I had real life stitching friends! Not just folks that I've met over facebook but real life cross-stitching, needle-wielding happy chattering friends. I still consider myself a beginner stitcher...but an expert collector.

It was fun! Finally, a little circle of people who understand the draw...the lure of stitching. How hot the burn for hunting stitching treasure is.

We even had an impromptu lesson after I pleadingly asked someone to teach me how to make the neat  back that I saw last reunion/contest. (Someone had stitched a project whose front of the cloth is as neat as the back of the cloth and vice versa).

Time for me to thank Honey now for teaching me. (THANK YOU!!!)  I'll post pics another time when I take the time to 'practice' what was preached. Right now.. I just want to showcase some of the works our locals have stitched. Each patterns is either an original (from personal photos) or DMC patterns.

At times like this, I'm proud of being Pinoy. Skill, patience, creativity comes shining out... take a gander at the photos...

This is the father-in-law of Arlene Braid (who made this one). He really plays the bagpipes!  WOW.

I'm grateful to our local DMC company. They take the time to host events like this. If it weren't for them? I wouldn't have fallen head over heels for cross stitching. And I give them also a lot of props for keeping the art from dying. They're doing their best to fan the flames so people will get back into it.

I have to admit, here in the Philippines, it was in the 80's and early 90's where people would cross stitch A LOT. It became a fad and it almost became extinct. DMC Phil has been nursing the cross stitching population and bringing it back to life. Thanks DMC! More power to you guys!!

Cross stitching, for me is an art form. A way of making sure something of YOU will last longer than your lifetime. It's therapy-- a way of calming yourself and being happy in your solitude. You become at peace with yourself and with the world when you stitch.

Special mention to this one... I forgot to get the name of the stitcher... but can you see the amount of metallic thread she used!?!?! (**take note: You can't get ThreadHeaven here!) AND she added a metallic gold rosary...and little gemstones to make this an uber special pattern. 


Mrs. Love said...

Wow, I really like the fourth pic down, the one with the waterfall!! Beautiful!! :)

Cath said...

Wow , some amazing pictures there. X

blue star stitcher said...

Wow,those are all really large pieces! Madonna and child one is beautiful with all the beading/metallics. What talent.

weustygirl said...

oh my, that is spectacular. So glad that you had an awesome time and got some amazing photos...so which of those incredible designs did you do :)

ArtsyFartsy Panda said...

Haha! None of those are mine. I don't near enough time or the skill to be picked in an exhibit such as this. :) There's a requirement as well. It has to be a pattern that's designed by DMC or DMC's STITCH-A-PHOTO. All my patterns are from HAED or Mirabilia or L&L or US designed booklets. :)

Maybe someday.. far-far-away... :D

SoCal Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing all those photos! You're so lucky to have a DMC exhibit to go to so often. I would love to see something like that around here.

Veronica said...

A wonderful exhibit to attend to be sure. Beautiful photos!