Pocketful of Borders: my black hen

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.

16 thoughts on “Pocketful of Borders: my black hen

    • I think that raffia would be more work because I’d have take the time to learn how to work with it and the scale is not small or fine enough. I like to adapt the materials and skills I have to what I need.

  1. Salley,

    You are nothing short of incredible. Another amazing piece. Love the blog and your artwork.

  2. You really are a master of color. What a gorgeous combination! Love the dark colors in the hen and the red really pops out and livens up the whole thing!

  3. Salley,

    You continue to delight and amaze me, I just adore the hen sitting in her wonderful little nest. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book next month.

  4. I agree raffia would have been too heavy – the wire is perfect on the nest as is the feather stitching on the hen. Such a beautiful scene!

  5. The combination of textures and colors is so lovely…your stitching is so meticulous! Lots of bittersweet around here. I will not look at it again with out thinking of that graceful arch.

    Really love the little hen. She has personality and such a cute face!

  6. I have pre-ordered this book from Amazon months ago. Can’t wait to get it. Your work is incredible.

  7. I just discovered your blog. I am ordering your books – Wee Felt Folks and Pocketful of Borders for me! Where can I find a list of places your traveling show will be?

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