Here’s the latest picture that I’ve prepared for framing from Pocketful of Posies. It’s the illustration for the short rhyme, “Here am I, Little Jumping Joan/ When nobody’s with me, I’m all alone”.
"Jumping Joan" illustration from "Pocketful of Posies" 2010
The original fabric relief is small (8 1/2″ square) and was enlarged to the printing size of 10″. Sometimes I want to have figures that are larger than wee folk size, so I have them blown up a bit. I made the original Jumping Joan as large as I could, using this technique (about 5″). The floss wrapped arms and legs don’t look right any bigger.
detail of "Jumping Joan"
I tried out 2 different of shades of variegated pima cotton for the blanket stitched edging and chose the turquoise one.
I then picked out some variegated embroidery floss to use in the chain stitching.
Here are the top corner pieces, with a chain stitched curly cue line.
I also chain stitched some loops along the scalloped side pieces. I wanted to give the whole border a lift, so I sewed on some 32 gauge cloth wrapped wire to the outside edge.
I wanted the outside edge to have a crisp, defined quality, so I wrapped the wire with dark blue floss.
I added my initials and the date to the bottom corners and sewed on wire, which was then wrapped with green floss.
With the help of the wire, the finished border curves up like a plate.
I thought it was finished and then my new order of upholstery fabric came in. I’m excited about using these shades in future projects.
I had run out of options from my stash, so I bought the minimum of 1 yard in a variety of patterns and colors. The people at the upholstery shop think I’m making pillows. It’s too hard to explain, so I didn’t correct them.
I changed the background fabric from the brown to this pink and am much happier with the result.
Note: See other posts from the Pocketful of Borders series here.