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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Lovebird" - Hornbook

I was working on the freebie "Lovebird" by Midsummer Night Designs these few days, and finally have finished to stitch it last night!
I was thinking how to finish this all the time, it was a bit big to be a Pinkeep or Pincushion, so I was thinking to make another basket lid.


But I realised that I had some wooden boards like Hornbook in my stash, and the size was just for this design!
So I decided to make Hornbook with this stitch!

I trimmed stitched piece with light pink pom-pom trim, and I think it made this a good accent.
I like pom-pom trim very much, it's so useful to hide messy parts, lol

By the way, this is a very lovely design, isn't it?
I thought this would be a perfect gift for Valentine!
So I told to my husband to give this to him, but as I expected he seemed very confused and said... "uhmmm, I'm sorry but, no thanks... I can't do anything with this... You can display at your stitching place! But thanks anyway..." LOL
See, I can't share my passion with a snowboarder, lol
I just teased him, I guaranteed that he would say so!

By the way, the wooden board that I used this time as Hornbook is like them on the left photo.
I don't know what they are, or what to do with them actually, but they were sold as "Message Board" or "Craft Borad", but I thought if they could be Hornbooks?
So I have bought them and stocked in my closet.

I think they are a bit big as a Hornbook or thread holder, if I compare to lovely Hornbook which Claudia gave me before.
But I think it's OK to use them like this time...
I'm quite satisfied this result, anyway! :D

Next time I would like to make thread holder with this wooden boards!

By the way, recently I can't use "Spell Check" system when I post the article, somehow...
I wish there were "Grammer Check" system, as well, it would very helpfull for non English speaker! lol

"Lovebird" (freebie) - © Midsummer Night Designs
28ct Cashel Linen (Cream), DMC threads (2 strands)
(I changed the thread colour #794 ---> #932)

33 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

Lovely finish! Let me tell you, thought, grammar check doesn't help that much. When I taught English, my students would use it and often, it made things worse!

Jennifer said...

Very pretty! And I always love looking at your pictures - they're so lovely and creative.

For a non-English speaker, you do quite well. I don't think so many of us would do as well in Japanese. :-)

Nancy said...

As always, this is so beautiful Yuko! You stitched the design so pretty, and I also love the pom pom trim. I think it looks perfect as a hornbook! Very clever.

My husband loves to look at my stitching, but he does not like it as a present either! Husbands are alike, right?!!

Carla said...

Very pretty!!! Love how you finished it!

Nicki said...

It's beautiful Yuko! I think it makes a perfect hornbook.

Your English is great and I'm not sure my husband would appreciate stitching as a present either :)

Angela said...

Oh Yuko, it is so beautiful. I love the way you have finished it and the pink pom pom trim is a real favourite :>) Using the hornbook was such an inspiration. What a lucky find to see these craft boards.

I think my husband would look very confused too if I gave him a beautiful romantic piece of stitching, so would my son, who is a snow boarder too :>) Never mind, we have had the great pleasure of seeing it :>)
Your English is remarkable and you should not worry about it for one minute :>)
Witrh hugs, Angela

Elisabeth Braun said...

Believe me, English grammar checks confuse native speakers, so you're better off without one! You're doing just fine and I wish I could speak more Japanese! My language is Chinese, so I know lots of characters, but I don't know how to say much in your pretty, gentle language.=)

Yes, I like Japanese things. Chinese art is often so bright and bold, whereas Japanese is softer, with gentler colours. Just like the differences in the language really!!=)

Ja-ne!

Katrina said...

Very pretty finish! And your English is great :-).

samplerlover said...

Hi Yuko, what a clever idea. I love how you used the pom pom trim.
I know exactly from my husband if I gave him something like this, so I wouldn't bother. My needlework is not his cup of tea, but if there is a golf stick attached, maybe.
Don't worry about your English, you are doing just fine - Sandra.

tkdchick said...

as usual your finishing is fantastic!

I'm missing spell check as well!

Susan said...

I think your finish is delightful!

Anita said...

Wonderfull stitching and great hornbook idea.

Jessie said...

I love the way you finished your work. The colours so matching and sweet!

Claudia said...

Ohhhhhhhh they are loooovely!!! And you used one of them in a special perfect way!!!! We had the same idea... a "Love" HB for Valentine!!!
You finish it so nicely!!!! I love those tiny pompoms!!!!

Sally said...

That is an incredibly beautiful finish Yuko. Your stitching is so inspiring.

petitescroixetbidouilles said...

What a lovely hornbook ! As usual you finish is perfect :-)))

catherine/miss poulette said...

so beautiful! it is a very good idea!! Bravo ! c'est superbe!

Pumpkin said...

Absolutely stunning Yuko! What a lovely finish and such a great idea too! Those are very neat boards. It amazing what stitchers will create in our minds :o)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wendy said...

I love your new finish! The pom-pom trim is so sweet on it and finishes it lovely. I think my husband would react the same way to a Valentine from me. I wait for him to give me presents instead!

sugardoll said...

Hi Yuko,

what a cute finish! You are truly creative!! The only thing i know about wooden boards is for you to cute fish and meat or veges with, nothing stitchy!! That is such a cute cute finish. Yey!!

Itching To Stitch said...

Very pretty stitching and beautiful finishing ;)

Solstitches said...

It's such a lovely design and you finished it beautifully.
You come up with the most creative ideas Yuko.
I had to laugh at your husband not wanting the gift :)
I'm having the same problem with the spell checker - it's a real pain.

Carol R said...

My first visit to your blog but it won't be my last. I love your finish on the hornbook - the pom pom trim is really pretty.
I wish I could speak Japanese as well as you speak English.

naphtaline said...

it's very beautifull! i'm sorry i don't no wright or speack english or japan!!! but i love! bises naphtaline

Ruth said...

Your hornbook is beautiful, but I can see how it might not excite a snowboarder very much :) Great work!

stitcherw said...

It's beautiful, I love the way you finished it too. The pink pompom edging is perfect for it.
Sue

Joei said...

Lovely finish, congrats! The pompom trim is really cute.

BeckySC said...

Beautiful! I love it :) Congratulations :)

Irene said...

Lovely finish !

Cheryl said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing! My husband would have said the same LOL

Garden Girl said...

Lovely stitching, Yuko, and your finishing is very clever. It makes a very pretty hornbook. You don't need to worry about your English ~ you do very well with that, too :~)

Lillie said...

Your choice of floss makes the design very sweet. Loved your finishing too

Eles Kleine Wunderwelt said...

Dear Yuko,
a wonderful embroidery with a super finish!
Greetings with love from
Gabriele