Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn; the sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
Here is the original fabric relief illustration for the rhyme, Little Boy Blue, from my book, Pocketful of Posies. My work is first mounted on foam core board for the photographer. Afterward, I stitch a felt border, remount, and frame each piece, making it ready to hang.
I tried out some different shades of upholstery fabric for the background and selected this warm brown with a vine pattern. Then I cut the border sections out of wool felt.
I used variegated pima cotton to edge the pieces with blanket stitch. Later, I added chain stitched curly cues with variegated embroidery floss.
Sheep are so fun to make, with their curly fleece. Yes, these are all french knots, but they are spaced out a bit, compared to the dense knots in the lambs from my Mary Had a Little Lamb book. (see lambs here)
The haystack is padded with wool stuffing and the texture is stitched with tapestry wool, with real pieces of straw sewn in, too.
Little Boy Blue’s hat is made from thread wrapped wire and his horn is a cactus thorn.
This original illustration from Pocketful of Posies is on display (along with 44 others) in the children’s gallery at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass. until Jan. 23rd, 2011. I will be signing copies of my book at the museum on Sunday, Dec. 5th from 1:30-3:00.
Note: See other posts from the Pocketful of Borders series here.