Cross-Stitching ..... An Expensive Hobby?

charmingchel By charmingchel, 24th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Cross-stitching is one of the embroidery stitches taught to students in their Home Economics Class. Through the years, I saw my Mother doing this during her past time and began to like it and later on, I was also engrossed making my own artwork.

"IN THING" in the 90's

In the mid 90's, there were good and complex cross-stitch designs sold in the market, and so many women, housewives, college students, celebrities, most especially here in the Philippines, were excited to do some Cross-stitching on an Aida Cloth. There were finished products framed and exhibited in Novelty Stores and price is costly from P5,000-P10,000 pesos.

My First Obra Maestra

It was in 1997, that my Godmother requested me to follow the 6 Cherubs design and she supplied all the materials needed and paid me P3,000 pesos for Labor. It was 2 feet X 3 feet wide when framed. She sold it for P10,000 pesos to a member of their Charismatic Group, who collects framed cross-stitch.

A Good Hobby

Cross-Stitching is a good hobby. It's intricate detail needs more patience. The time and the effort exerted in making one design would last for months and even years. But, when you're done with it and see the finished product there's a sense of fulfillment and happiness. You feel proud of what you have accomplished.

My Mom's Artwork

My mother has the most number of finished Cross-stitch designs. Through the years, some of them where given and sold to friends, co-teachers, relatives. My brother was able to ask 2 of her very intricate works and now being displayed in his living room. He is so fast, isn;t it....hahaha :-))

She still has 2 more unframed items and one unfinished design. I'll be the one to frame when I have extra money.

Displayed in our house

At present, we stopped doing this. One reason, it's not anymore the in thing. Secondly, the cost of the materials have gone up, especially the DMC thread and lastly, our eyes are already defective especially Mom's.

Well, I still can do it, but not now.... in due time, I will finish the design mom wasn't able to finish and maybe, I can make more and more beautiful designs in the future.

Our wall decor in the living room, dining room and master's bedroom are all framed cross-stitch. When visitor's visit our home, they would appreciate our collections of cross-stitch.


Art, Artwork, Cross Stitch, Eagerness, Effort, Happiness

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A simple person with simple dreams and aspirations in life. An unemployed Nurse who enjoys writing in different online site.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Quite a talent on display. Too bad it has gotten more expensive.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Great job with the cross stitch and those designs on the walls are beautiful. I did a bit in school but like you said we ladies need to give it a break because of our eyes.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Aug 2014 (#)

I cross-stitched when it was popular -- in the 90s like you said. Mine never turned out looking like your beautiful work though. I always pulled the strings too tight!! Oh no! Oh well. Great piece.

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author avatar charmingchel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks to all for the nice compliment and for the appreciation.

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