pages 18/19 from "Pocketful of Posies", Houghton Mifflin 2010
This double-page spread pictures 3 rhymes from my upcoming children’s book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. I’m preparing the fabric relief illustrations for a traveling show, which you can learn about here.
Illustration mounted on foam core board
I chose a border of dark felt to contrast with the light lavender background. The outside edges were blanket stitched with variegated pima cotton.
The corner pieces have the usual squiggles, along with my initials and the date.
The 4 side border pieces are green, with variegated embroidery floss loops. These pictures show the tea house, which illustrates the rhyme, “Polly put the kettle on”.
detail from "Polly put the kettle on"
Here’s the cobbler shop from “Cobbler, cobbler mend my shoe”. I cut out the wooden signs with a jig saw and painted them. The shoe sign is a little over 1″ long. The cobbler’s apron is made of leather.
detail from "Cobbler, Cobbler, mend my shoe"
Here is the finished border mounted on the stretched upholstery fabric background.
pages 18/19 with the finished border
This shows the bakery for “Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake”. The baby buggy is made with floss wrapped wire, coiled around like a basket. Yes, I admit that it’s a bit obsessive.
detail of "Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake"
detail, page 19, "Pocketful of Posies"
Note: See other posts from the Pocketful of Borders series here.