Children, bedding, slippers and an ottoman take center stage in this 2nd part of the series about making an illustration of an a scene set in Afghanistan for my new picture book. To see how the carpet was made, click here for Part 1. The story about children’s sleeping places in different cultures around the world was written by Rebecca Bond. It will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020.
When creating characters, I start with painting faces on bead heads. Based on past experience, I think painting their features is more nuanced and emotive than anything I can achieve with stitches and fabric. It works best to paint a bunch and pick out the ones I like, kind of like an audition. Then I add hair, using the same wig-making technique shown in the new edition of my how-to book, Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures.
To check the scale of this slumbering pair, I positioned them on the layout sketch and then the actual rug.
For a miniature quilt, I stitched and embellished a piece of printed blue fabric.
It took awhile sorting through piles and piles of fabric to find some that were not only appropriate and compatible, but also distinctive enough to contrast with the rug.
These green pajamas are made from a silk remnant.
For this coverlet, I gave up on finding a print that I liked and added embroidery to a simple grey and white print.
I made mattresses and pillows and put the children to bed.
It was so fun making these wee slippers to place by the bedside.
There was also some mini upholstery to do, with this little ottoman.
Each of the illustrations has its own patterned strip, which will be used in the book design phase of the project. To keep it rigid and straight, I stitched Soft Flex beading wire along the edge. It feels good to have finished this one and I’m excited to move on to the next scene, which will be from a very different part of the world.
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