I love the way end papers of a book can be purely decorative and bring a connection to the tradition of using marblized paper. There are no interfering words to accommodate and there’s freedom to work in a different way, but capture the essence of the book. For Pocketful of Posies‘ end papers, I used only flower thread and a background of wool felt, which is plain and simple compared with the other illustrations.
To make the border for this picture, I made patterns and cut out felt strips with a wavy edge. The four corners were cut out as separate pieces. The border sections were blanket stitched with my favorite variegated edging thread, Watercolours by Caron.
Since the illustration was such a simple, flat chain stitched pattern, I thought the border could use some jazzy up. I embellished the border with glass beads and silk ribbon embroidery.
I added some lavender rick rick to the inside edge of the border to help set it apart.
All of the border sections were then sewn together into one continuous strip.
Then, with pins, I positioned the border on the end paper illustration and stitched it in place on the upholstery background fabric.
Note: See more posts in the Pocketful of Borders series here.