Saturday, October 3, 2009

Customer Spotlight #8: David Cesak

This is the eighth in our series Cobweb Corner Customer Spotlight. Enjoy the interview and the fabulous photos chosen especially to share with you. Please comment after reading the interview - the featured stitcher will be thrilled to know you took the time to admire and comment on their craft.

Tell us something unusual about your self: I am 56 years old and live in Dallas, Texas. I have a great wife and great family. I am taking my first born son to college soon and I know I am going to miss him. I also just got through stitching him the Texas Tech logo and I am waiting to pick it up from the framers so he can take it with him. His friends want me to do them one too.

How long have you been stitching and how did you start? I have been stitching since 1976. I started out in crewel and then went to counted cross stitch. I worked in the oilfield as a Drilling Fluids Engineer and lived on the rigs 7 on and 7 off. Had lots of spare time so I decided to take up knitting.

Why did you select the pieces you did to share with us? The Monopoly Board in my opinion is my best work. It took the longest. It is by C&L Crafts & Co. The Wizard I do not know (readers, if you know the designer let me know and I'll add it in here), and the Spice of Life and The Crawfish Boil are by Leslie Wristers.

Do you have a favorite designer or style that you prefer? INot really. If it catches my eye then I will do it.

Is there anything you wish would change in the cross stitch industry? Not really. I think that the industry on the whole is pretty good. I sometimes wish there were more patterns that men would be interested in doing.

How often do you stitch and where do you do it? I stitch about 2 hours a night in the living room while I listen to TV. Sometimes on the weekends I have been known to stay up to 2 or 3 o’clock, getting so tied up in my work I forget what time it is.

Are you embarrassed to admit to friends and family how much stash you have on hand? Not at all. My friends always look at my wife and say how good the pieces are and she tells them not her and points to me. They do not believe it. Most of the frames I have and the all the left over threads and patterns that I have done and would like to do are hidden from view in a bar in the living room that is not used for anything but my stash and equipment.

Do you have a favorite quote? Tomorrow is Tomorrow

Anything else you would like to add? I would love for someone to make a pattern for a V-22 Helicopter in say the Coast Guard colors. The V-22 is the tilt-rotor helicopter from Bell/Textron Helicopter. If you know of anyone please let me know.

Thank you David! Please post comments/questions for David below.


blueladie said...

Great pieces, David! BRAVO on your stitching! I hope you find your hoped for piece (V-22 Helicopter) soon.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your fabulous pieces with us! I especially loved the Monopoly board. Hope you find your V-22 Helicopter.

~Sue~ said...

Hi David,your stitching is wonderful! I'd love to see more "men" get into the art of creating wonderful pieces of art with a mere needle and floss! Thanks for sharing with us.

Caleb and Emily Designs said...

Both and offer to turn photos into cross-stitch patterns. If you had a nice picture of the V-22, perhaps they could help you out?



Anonymous said...

Hi David. I'm very impressed with your stitching. It's so refreshing to a man do cross stitch--I wish there were more. I did a monopoly board myself several years ago. It's hanging on my living room wall! Keep stitching.

Anonymous said...

Love the tabasco sauce designs - I see 1 each in the future of my sons - they are both addicted!

Great stitching.

Anonymous said...

Great work, David. I have the Monopoly chart and fabric in my stash but have been hesitant to tackle it. Love the 2 tabasco designs. Keep up the great work.

Mary-St. Louis said...

You do beautiful work David! My favorite is the Monopoly board. I love to read about men cross stitching because it's NOT a woman's thing, it's an artistic thing for anyone. Keep up the beautiful stitching!