This illustration from Pocketful of Posies is for the rhyme, Hickety, pickety, my black hen, she lays eggs for gentlemen. My descriptions will be brief, as I’m working hard to finish all of the borders for the upcoming traveling show. The colors vary in this series of photos becuase I took them at different times of day, under different lighting conditions. The color green is famously difficult to reproduce anyways. Here’s the fabric relief piece sewn to foam core board, before a border was attached. Yes, I made the egg basket, by wrapping and coiling wire around and around. Pretty obsessive, but necessary!
The arched hen-house is made with bittersweet vine, with driftwood floor boards.
The border need a little punch, so I sewed some purple perle cotton around the outside edges.
The embroidered leaves could also be seen as feathers.
The hen’s nest is made from some curly excelsior packing material and her feathers are highlighted with purple metallic thread.
This coloring is more true to the original piece.
Note: See other posts from the Pocketful of Borders series here.