Bringing Your Grandmother’s Art to Cebu Design Week

Related story: Ganchillo Artistico for Art in The Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City: 1st Yarnbomb / Crochet Installation in Cebu?!?


I felt intimidated when Cebu Crochet Group was invited to “yarn bomb” a tree in front of the ECCP (European Chamber of Commerce) in celebration of Cebu Design Week (which is part of the Cebu Business Month celebration) because “Cebu Design Week” sounded like something for sophisticated high art or something like that. And, then here we are a bunch of people hooked to this craft they categorized that is for grandmothers, CROCHET…

I mean I know there is so much art about crochet; but still, even as a crocheter, I could not help but underrate it as something any grandmother can do. Hey, you don’t really need some art degree or some highly creative skills to do crochet. You just get a hook, yarn, and a lot of time and patience; then viola, you have a beanie, mandala, etc. You suddenly then become this uniquely creative person to the unknowing friends.

But I guess at the end of the day, there’s no such thing as high art or low art. It’s all art!

But us, we got GRANNY ART!!!

So most thankful to Aboitiz and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines for inviting Cebu Crochet Group for letting us share Granny Art for the Cebu Design Week.

And, also mad love and thanks to all of us, crocheters, who turned into grandmother mode, shared time and resources in yarm bombing a tree for the Cebu Design Week. (If I missed out a name, I’m sorry. Please message me.)

Sarah Palmares
Yasmin Jumao-as
Bernadette Dy
Sharol Valdez
Jodessa Dayanan
Raquel Canedo
Jori Canedo
Geofel Flores
Judy Desamparado
Leigh Castillano
Machina Suganob
Joanne Trinidad
Irene Del Mundo
Enriquita Enriquez
Geraldine Yap
Trisha Veliganio
Fe Palmares
Maria Cielo Aljecera
Cory Campus Ortiz
Mil Ann Cabigas
Margaret Buenconsejo
Avril Jzaniah Cimafranca
Jocelyn Amo
Enille Zen
Zerah Canedo
Yaweh Canedo

We were supposed to just yarn bomb 1 tree, but there were so much love shared; we ended up spreading the love to all the neighboring trees. Grandmothers are really the beast and best!

I guess that’s what make CROCHET such a cool “art” because it’s just like your grandmother — there’s so much love to spread.

Here are some behind-the-scene photos from the preparation to installation of ECCP Tree Yarn Bombing. (Photos from me and Sarah Palmares)

The different faces of your Grandmother’s Art. Plot twist: There is as young as 9 years old crocheting doilies / circles contributing to the yarn bomb.

Thank you Casa Gorordo Cafe for accommodating us! =)

Thank you, ECCP Cafe, for the space!

Again, BIG BIG THANK YOU to all! I wish I had some deep thought to share to end this post so just let me #bloggerpose. Kidding! =)

Ganchillo Artistico for Art in The Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City: 1st Yarnbomb / Crochet Installation in Cebu?!?

Cebu Crochet Group: join here >>
Upcoming Event: Nationwide Crochet in Public, May 12, 2018 >>


The Outlets at Pueblo Verde (a property development of Aboitiz Land) has been actively contributing to the  art scene of Cebu. They have a mural in one of the areas of The Fork. Then, last April 27-29, 2018, they hosted Art in the Fork (#ArtInTheFork) in which the Cebu Crochet Group has the privilege to be part of in putting up the Ganchillo Artistico, a yarnbomb / crochet installation.

Photo from The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

I’ve been wanting to post about the first ever yarnbombing / crochet installation of Cebu Crochet Group for Art in the Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu but I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START. For a crocheter like me, it felt like joining Miss Universe.  Even if I were just a “clapper” of Miss U, it’s still such an overwhelming experience that it’s just so hard to put them in words!

So first let me instead invite you to please visit The Fork of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu. There’s a lot of restaurants and outlet stores where you can also swing by while you’re there. =)

Next is BIG THANK YOU to the marketing ladies of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde (Aboitiz Land properties) for collaborating with Crochet Cebu Group for the Ganchillo Artistico. When they approached us for a possible yarnbombing event, it was surreal! It was like, “Seriously, this is happening in my life time?!?”

Also, thank you for introducing us to the talented crocheters of Aboitiz women’s group, and giving us the chance to work with them. I’m so sorry that I failed to have a photo with the crocheters of Lilo-an who pitched in crochet stitches.

With Geofel & Bryle of Aboitiz

With Danielle, Aboitiz marketing

Then, reality set in, “So where could we get crocheters crazy enough to do this with us?!? Seriously, why did I/we ever say yes to this?!?”

We had 3 weeks to prepare for it, and along the way, the doubt of being able to pull it off started to creep in. So there was always a bit of uncertainty if were we really moving forward? Were we really going to make this happen?

But, one thing I learned, never underestimate a hooker’s determination!!! A week before the opening of Art in the Fork, all sorts of crochet motifs, granny squares, doilies / circles, chevrons, amigurumis from 30 different crocheters started to trickle in. Despite that most of us are mothers or/and working, everyone managed to sneak in some stitches by hook or by crook!

And, every thing just fall into places.

BIG HUGS and THANKS to the CEBU CROCHET GROUP, as well as to others I missed to mention. Special shoutout to Sarah Palmares (@tomatofire_crochets in IG) for keeping every one and every thing in sync. =)

For the parting words, I’m going to steal Bernadette Yu-Dy’s (@5chubbyfingers in IG) words:

Thank you everyone who pitched in #ganchilloartistico at Pueblo Verde. Nothing brings community together like an insane over the top project like yarn bombing. ❤ It was an exhausting but fun process.

As a remembrance to the “exhausting but fun process” of Ganchillo Artistico’s, following are some photos from the preparations to the installation of Ganchillo Artistico for Art in The Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu!

From @tomatofire_crochets camera:

From @_happy_hook_:

From @5chubbyfingers:

From Raquel Canedo’s camera:

From mine: Special thanks also to the ABLE Service staff who helped us put up the Ganchillo Artistico.

We hope that this would re-awaken our love for crochet, or inspire us to find the craft that we could lose ourselves into! =)

For those who want to connect with crocheters / hookers of Cebu, you can join Cebu Crochet Group in facebook >>. Cebu Crochet Group’s upcoming meet-up event:
What: NATIONWIDE CROCHET IN PUBLIC CEBU
When: 2PM. May 12, 2018
Where: Lava Fudge, SM Seaside
FB Event page: fb.com/events/1470641599713470/

Buying Yarns in Cebu, Philippines

“Sis, where do you buy your yarns?” is a question I would get from time to time in instagram.

This was also the very first question I had when my nanay tried crocheting again. I think I had tried all sorts of places where I think it’s possible to buy yarns: from the “merkado,” neighborhood school / office supply stores, book stores, malls, and downtown / Colon of Cebu. Cebu does not have a dedicated store for crochet / knitting supplies. We could mostly find yarns in fabric / sewing notions suppliers.

Just a quick note, the most available yarns in Cebu are acrylic and the mercerized cotton threads. Acrylic is a synthetic type of yarns, and tend to be warm. The cotton are of course come from the cotton, so they’re closer to being natural and cooler.

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