1999 STITCH-OFF - Masters' Category - First Place

"Golf Champion"

1999 IMPRESSIONS AWARDS - Embroidery Digitizing Award

" Golf Champion"

1999 Stitch-Off

Masters Category First Place

"Golf Champion " jacket

Stitches Magazine

June 1999 - page 80

For the first time, past Stitch-Off winners competed for prizes in the Masters category. Large Company Masters winner Klebber Mattos, Artworx Int'l, Inc., Germantown, Md and Small Company Masters winner Renee Brinks, Laguna Hills, California, each received a Signature Design digitizing package, valued at $29,000, from Pulse Microsystems, Mississauga, Ont., and a $500 gift certificate from Embroidery Supply Warehouse (ESW), both divisions of Hirsh International Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y.

Klebber Mattos, Artworx International, Inc. Germantown, Md.

Category sponsored by Pulse Microsystems, Mississauga, Ont. and Embroidery Supply Warehouse, Hauppauge, N.Y.

He is a legend in his own time. Two-time Stitch-Off winner Klebber Mattos took the industry by storm last year when his entry, Living Legends, placed first in the jacket back category and was also chosen as the People's Choice.

This year's entry, Golf Champion, is a rendition of golf legend Arnold Palmer. According to Mattos, success stories are his greatest inspiration and drive. "knowing that there are people out there doing what they love and succeeding at it, is very inspiring to me," he says. "Though I'm not much of a golfer, I've learned to admire the persistence and dedication of this great golf champion, Arnold Palmer."

When designing the art for this year's jacket back entry, Mattos says he wanted to use both, shades of gray and full colors in the images of Palmer. He also wanted the shape of the design to fit the shape of the jacket. The result was a 210,000-stitch design with 16 colors. The layout of the design is somewhat triangular in shape, narrowing at the top and becoming wider at the bottom.

Mattos used a 12-needle, single head Tajima machine and cutaway backing from Embroidery Supply Warehouse, Hauppauge, N.Y. He used thread manufactured by Madeira USA Ltd., Laconia, N.H., and Robison-Anton Textile Co., Fairview, N.J. It took him more than 60 hours to create this labor of love.


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