Jul 7, 2016

Book learning, horn style

Since I'm new to hornbooks, have only a few examples to view online, and need to balance its size to the stitchery, I need some book learning.
I think this small one is OK.
The stitch is my abbreviated version of Hannah Way.
Neither are permanently attached yet and Martha isn't even mounted.
This sort of whale tail is all wrong.  To me anyway.  Since these are samplers with alphabets I planned on displaying them with the handle down as they were used originally.  But I like them up. 
After painting this red one and then playing with the photo in Paint, I see the problem.  For this size sampler the handle needs to be wider.  Plus the length is way off.  It needs to be recut.  This type of finish resembles a frame to me and I'm wondering how many of my many free hanging samplers would benefit from board mounting.  Doesn't need to have a handle, maybe just a different scroll or patterned cut at the top. That will be another project for long after I procrastinate about the projects that were to be done a year ago.

Hours later ......

 Instead of using a sampler I made a label on parchment, aged and worn, and cut down the hornbook to fit.  Will paint it black over red, sand and age edges, maybe sell it.
Originals were not stitchery, they were paper, so I thought why not? 
AND .... they found some boxes in the warehouse for me and they will be here in a week.  I don't want to order too many because box sales are down, this is the large 6" tall/round for the Eliza Pomeroy label.  Six should be enough.

AND .... I'm taking these items down to the new antique shop today.  I love that fern stand and haven't seen anything as nice, but I am tired of storing it, and tired of dusting small pieces.  Tired of seeing dusty pieces is more like it.  The mailbox flips open and I planned on punchneedle for the lid, ain't gonna happen.  Adios!

Enjoy your day!
Thanks for visiting.


The Eveningstitcher said...

Love everything you're bringing to the mall, especially the mailbox! My basement is full of stuff going to the antique mall, some stuff going to the show in the fall, and then a pile of stuff going to the Goodwill....purge, purge, purge....but then I buy, buy, buy! It's never ending! Love your hornbooks!

Margaret said...

I love hornbooks! You're so lucky to have a built in hornbook maker. I don't have a handy person in the house here. Ah well.

Ann Neal said...

I agree with your hornbook "adjustments." Are you going to do any Christmas/holiday boxes?

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I love hornbooks for mounting stitchery...Paper would be good too. Like the wider border on first...to me the red is too thin, but that is just me.
Wished I lived closer...love the small stool.
Are those samplers new??? Great items.

Have fun and enjoy the day with Peace, Barb

Heritage Hall said...

Were you and the fern stand around the corner, as Joan would say, "can we talk?" ha.... just another should be purger dreaming.....

Carol said...

Good thoughts on the various hornbook styles and their proportions, Marly--you have such a great eye! Oh, the tiny chair you are taking to the dealer is darling... You know me and my love of "tiny!"

Barb said...

I'm like some of the other folks who have posted. I wish we lived around the corner. Great pieces. I am really enjoying the horn book ideas!

Rugs and Pugs said...

You are just so talented and come up with the best ideas.
Great stuff you are taking to the antique mall.
Hugs :)

Annmarie said...

Marly, I have a Hornbook file on Pinterest and it has about 50 pictures if you'd like to take a look. I've only done 1 so far but have another in my "To Do".

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, you are one talented gal,love!!!!! Blessings Francine.

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