Friday, August 21, 2009
Stitching up Happiness
As mentioned in my previous post, I've been relatively busy these days thinking and at the same time preparing props for my second photo shoot in October. One particular prop I'm stitching is the classic Chinese calligraphy word for "double happiness" which is commonly used at Chinese Weddings. It's ligature "囍" (double happiness, or in Chinese it's read as shuangxi,"双喜") is actually putting two "喜" (joy, or happy, or xi) together. In crafting and arts, it's often modified in various creative ways.
Commonly in the Chinese community, the 囍 motives are often cut out from red colored paper and pasted on EVERY doors of the homes of the newly weds. And very often it becomes the focus of photographers covering the blissful event. So instead of just using paper I've searched the web for something a little more innovative - cross stitch. The image below is the cross stitch chart on Aida 14 Count while the image above is how it should look like when finish.
Right now, I've only completed the left half or the"guy" part. And hopefully by sometime next month I can finish the right side or "girl" part and have the completed craft posted here. I don't quite know how many skeins I need for the entire image but that too will be updated when I've completed the task.