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Friday, 18 January 2008

Autumn Exchange TO Claudia

Phew !!! I am SO relieved as finally this Autumn Exchange that I sent to Claudia in Italy has arrived :-)) This is my second exchange of four that I am doing for Claudia. I chose to do a little Hornbook as I know from Claudias blog that she loves them !!

Seen as it was such a tiny Hornbook I needed a tiny design for it ;-) I opted for Mary Garry's 'Seasonal Momentos' (of course choosing the Autumn design from it) for two reasons... the first is I love this sweet design and have wanted to stitch it for a loooong time, the second is I knew it would be the perfect size stitched 1/1 on 32ct for the Hornbook. I stitched a little Pinkeep featuring just the witch to make a little set :-)


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I was on a mission to find some Picot edge ribbon which is VERY hard to find here for some reason ?! Very luckily I found this lovely ribbon in York and couldn't believe it shaded in just the right colours I was looking for and came in the right width :-))) I was so excited as only us crafty people know ;-) about my find and my spirits still were not dampened even though once outside I realised the woman in the shop had totally overcharged me! I do love this type of edging on ribbon, this one yet again is a French Ribbon. It seems as if it made of a linen/silk mix but I am not sure.


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I tied a little pumpkin coloured silk bow to the ribbon that finished the Hornbook and added a tiny black bead on each side to match up with the pins on the Pinkeep.


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I felt really lucky in the fabric I found for the reverse of the Pinkeep as I wanted something with 'soft' autumn colours and if possible a touch of a blue somewhere as I know Claudia loves blues. I was over the moon my (not so) LNS had this in stock as it was all the right colours :)


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I had good fun assembling the stitching onto the Hornbook and felt rather pleased with how I managed to get it for my first attempt at one........until........wait until you hear this LOL........a couple of days after I sent it on its way LOL :D :D I suddenly realised I had stuck the design on the Hornbook the wrong way up, yes!!! LOL it is upside down !!! Did you notice too?? ;-) Maybe it will start a new trend ;-)) because in my humble opinion it actually stands up better this way for display. I am sorry Claudia and really hope you don't mind having a faulty one in your collection ;-)


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Life is returning to normal now the holidays are over and I shall get caught up with you all again soon, so until next time have a great weekend with hopefully lots of stitching :)))

50 Comments:

Blogger KreativeMix said...

Pretty Fabulous!!!!!!!

12:23 am  
Blogger Susan said...

It's adorable, Helen! Congratulations on a lovely finish. I totally know what you mean about "finding" just the right piece of finishing material, whether it be ribbons, or pins, or buttons. Cheap thrills!

12:25 am  
Blogger Becky K in OK said...

Very nice. I didn't notice about the hornbook. It's still so cute.

2:55 am  
Blogger Laura (nutmeg5) said...

What a fantastic hornbook. The little witch is so cute. Your finishing is also superb.

3:30 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Your attention to detail when finishing is amazing, Helen. It makes a world of differenct! That ribbon is gorgeous, and the backing fabric ... wow!

As for the "upside down" design - I did that on purpose when I did a little hornbook-style finish recently because it does display so much better. ;)

6:15 am  
Blogger xstitch.nl said...

What a wonderful set! The design just makes me smile and the finishes have such a beautiful and delicate look to them!

6:25 am  
Blogger KarenV said...

They're both gorgeous Helen! I'm sure Claudia loves them :)

Where did you get the hornbook from? I want to make one this year and I've got a couple of websites bookmarked, but I wondered if there was anywhere over here that sells them?

The ribbon you found is lovely - I was lamenting Hobbycraft's rather "basic" choice the other day. My city is such a crafting desert ;)

7:28 am  
Anonymous nataliejo said...

Hi Helen - How cute this set is !! I love the idea of stitching the little witch on a pinkeep ! This is so lovely ! I love the way you always do your best as regards finishing !!

8:43 am  
Anonymous Nivaira said...

my god !!!!.... ES ICREIBLEMENTE BONITO !!!!!

10:24 am  
Blogger Sally said...

Wow I love the little hornbook! It is gorgeous as is the pinkeep:)

10:47 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

Wonderful job on both pieces, Helen! And I didn't notice that it was upside down, because it looks perfect just as it is. I'm sure she absolutely loves these pieces from you!

1:29 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

What a gorgeous gift - from the beautifully stitched design, to the perfect ribbon, to the lovely backing fabric, to the beads on the bow, to the design being placed on the hornbook which I think looks just fine! Claudia must be so happy!

Do you know where I can find some mini hornbooks?

2:22 pm  
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2:53 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...

This is lovely Helen. I always stick mine on upside down too, its better for displaying I always think.

3:14 pm  
Blogger staci said...

What a gorgeous exchange!!! The stitching, finishing, attention to detail and all the special little touches are just exquisite! Wonderful job!!!

3:36 pm  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

What a beautiful finish!! I love the hornbooks too and yours is really really pretty even upside down!! I didn't even notice until you mentioned it, but maybe it will be an option to finishing them!! I love your finishes!! I am working on finishing up my round robin project then back to Stitched with Love!! Have a great day! Debby :)

5:01 pm  
Blogger Von said...

Your attention to detail always sets your projects apart, Helen! Even your lapses turn out for the best, lol!

6:14 pm  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Gorgeous gifts! Your stitching and finishing is so lovely

6:45 pm  
Blogger Carla said...

That's a beautiful set you made for Claudia!

8:48 pm  
Blogger The Silver Thistle said...

Claudia is so lucky! Your pieces are fab!

Rik-rak is impossible to find here too :(

You found a great piece though, it matches perfectly.

10:00 pm  
Blogger Deanne J said...

So cute!!!

12:59 am  
Blogger Carol said...

Oh Helen! You are so modest, but you are also so very talented! I just adore it! I had that pattern once and am totally kicking myself for selling it on ebay so very long ago... sigh...

2:40 am  
Blogger BeckySC said...

OOOH, I just love your exchange for Claudia :) I bet she is just so happy with your choice!! GREAT work, Helen :)
((((hugs))))

4:48 am  
Blogger Sharon said...

Beautiful exchange!

8:26 am  
Blogger Heidi said...

What a sweet little witch on the design! I love both the pinkeep and hornbook. I am partial to hornbooks and am trying to talk my step father into making me one again. Where did you find such a tiny one? Great job and I am sure the swap gifts will be cherished.

~~ Heidi ~~

8:54 am  
Blogger Angela said...

Helen,
Your gift to Claudia is just breathtaking. I love all Mary Garry's designs and this one looks especially good finished like this. I just love the little hornbook and would love to know where you got it. I really like the design stuck on upside down, you can hang it up then! The backing fabric on the pinkeep is really beautiful, so dreamy :>) AND black pins, now they are just gorgeous, did you paint them yourself - sorry - too many questions:>)
Best wishes Angela.

6:36 pm  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Oh wow, Helen! Another masterpiece! lucky Claudia...

7:34 pm  
Blogger Katrina in NZ said...

just lovely Helen, hope you have a great weekend too :)

9:39 pm  
Blogger stitcherw said...

It's adorable, and what a fun idea to make it into a set.
Sue

11:33 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Ooh Helen, what a gorgeous little set you've made. I love the hornbook and didn't notice that you had stuck the design the wrong way round either. I had planned a couple of finishes with the same design myself last Halloween but sadly didn't get around to doing them. I think they will have to be a must for this year now that I've seen yours!

11:11 am  
Blogger Andrea said...

Wonderful exchange gifts. I didn't realise the hornbook either. I would of thought your way was better, as you say, for display purposes.

12:33 pm  
Blogger Leena said...

Oh how beautiful! It's great to hear that your exchange arrived finally. You've done wonderful work with these, they are so pretty!! So many lovely details, congratulations :) I always so much enjoy looking at your lovely photos, you really are a talented photographer as well!

1:30 pm  
Blogger Patti said...

This set it just gorgeous and you are such an inspiration with your stitching, finishing and photography as well. You are just so talented and I admire you so much. Lots of love Patti xxx

12:41 am  
Blogger Marie-P said...

To the master of miniatures...your work is spectacular! I LOVE this MG design, have not seen it. How very lucky claudia is to receive such a wonderful exchange from such a talented stitcher!

9:06 pm  
Blogger Nelapx said...

Helen tienes cosas muy lindas.... felicidades y el regalo de la caja en ltela es hermoso

5:56 am  
Anonymous Cécile said...

I love this design. I stitched it for a pinkeep exchange for halloween. Your's is great and the horbook too, congratulations.
I'm happy to know that we will read you again soon

5:04 pm  
Anonymous brodstitch said...

I am very happy to read your blog.
and I see so beautiful things!!!!
Where are you living in England?
I was several years at Wilton near Salisbury.

11:12 pm  
Blogger Garden Girl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Helen and for your nice comment. Your finishes are exquisite!

11:16 pm  
Blogger NIKY said...

They're lovely.

3:57 pm  
Blogger Chelle said...

Beautiful finishes! I think the "upside-down" is good, so much easier to display. The little witch is so cute on there!

12:01 am  
Blogger Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Such fun to have these pieces, Helen! I have a thing for the MG's--they are just darling. Was the hornbook up-side-down? I didn't know there was a right-side-up! Oh, well, I was the one always going "up the down staircase" anyway! :p
Love and hugs, Deb

10:29 pm  
Blogger Sachiko said...

This is lovely Helen.
You choosed design and fabrics are so nice!!I love them!!
And Thank you for the your another blog(tutorial).

11:23 pm  
Blogger Shelly said...

Awesome work! You are very talented!

3:30 am  
Blogger Nelapx said...

ohhhh Helen esta muyyy hermoso... me encanta...

12:23 am  
Blogger tkdchick said...

Wow, what an amazing finishing job!!!

4:35 am  
Blogger Yuko said...

Oh Helen! What a lovely gift to Claudia...
I'm speechless. Everytime when I see your works I'm so impressed and can't find the words...
You are so talented as well as Su.
You two and your mom are so creative and just awasome!

2:45 am  
Blogger Pam said...

Helen, your finishing is lovely, as is your blog - beautiful photography!

3:34 pm  
Anonymous p said...

That's so beautiful!! I look at your blog with great pleasure so I award you a "you make my day" award on mine! Have a nice day!

8:38 am  
Anonymous rachie said...

Hello from France !

I really enjoyed visiting your blog where there so many cute things !!!

My english is not very improved and I hope i'm understood...

I invit you to come and see my blog

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and I would be very pleased to have your comments...

See you soon

Rachie

8:59 pm  
Anonymous penelope said...

It's adorable,lovely and fantastic your hornbook!By by from Italy. Rita

4:22 pm  

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