Pocketful of Borders: Donkey & Elsie Marley

I’m making good progress on the borders for the Pocketful of Posies Exhibit and thought I’d show one from earlier this summer. This double page spread illustrates the nursery rhymes “Donkey, donkey, old and gray…” and “Elsie Marley has grown so fine, she won’t get up to feed the swine…”.

The hungry swine were fun to make! The stones on the path were made with chain stitches in a tight spiral.

See a detail shot of the driftwood roofs and tree in an earlier post here.

Note: See other posts from the Pocketful of Borders series here.

9 thoughts on “Pocketful of Borders: Donkey & Elsie Marley

  1. The whimsy and expertise is fantastic! I can’t tell you how much I love your work…it is so cozy!!! Those three pigs, bouncing along, darling! LOVE the additions of the wooden pieces in the houses…..you must have such fun finding the ideal shapes!

  2. Aw those pigs are adorable, and I love the sun – so cheery! The use of wood is also really amazing. You must be the most expert blanket stitcher in America by now! The borders add so much to the picture. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    I had to laugh at a comment on one of your board books on Amazon – the buyer was disappointed, saying she thought that her baby would be able to feel all the different fabric and materials used in the pictures and all she got was flat pages – she really expected a lot for her 5.99! Now why can you not make each book by hand so we all can get an amazing original work of art for $5.99!

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