Setting foot in Maning’s last Friday afternoon after more than a decade of not visiting my once favorite store brought back memories of yesteryear's and positive feelings from creating nothing into a spectacular work of art.
I consider this place a gem; a haven for the hobbyists like me who need not tread the populated place of Divisoria and hop from one stall to the other. Buttons, threads, yarns, patterns, beads, acrylic paints and many more things you might need for your current project are surprisingly found here.
I was joyfully elated at the sight of these. I scanned my eyes for the new things they offered and sheepishly grinned to myself when I saw the sales lady eying me and must have found me nostalgic at that very moment.
Cross-stitching was introduced when I was in grade school. From then on, my love for this grew into a hobby. I have collated three boxful of numerous DMC threads, I have framed several aida cloths mostly with cottage and floral patterns and I have many more finished projects that need to be preserved and framed.
This activity can be very addicting. I could saw on and on and obliviously forget the passing of time. This is also a good means of relaxing and momentarily forgetting reality as I immerse myself to the pattern and the goal of seeing the finished product. As I see more cross stitches on the aida cloth filling up every space, the more euphoria I feel.
The visit to Maning’s has tapped my creative side. Now I am thinking of the next pattern I will purchase as I rediscovered my love for cross stitch!
Maning's2nd FL Farmer's Plaza
Araneta Center, Cubao
A short tutorial on doing a basic cross stitch Source