MY BED – Home: Part 5

PART 5 – Rooster, Cow, Parrot, Camel, Bunny, Crocodile, Duck, Cat, Pony and Sheep: Today’s post finishes up the “Home” series about making the illustration in My Bed, where all of the animal icons featured throughout the book come together in a child’s bedroom at the end.
Part 1 gives an overview of the page.
Part 2 focuses on the outside architectural details of the cut-away house.
Part 3 takes a peek inside at the furniture and the sleeping child.
Part 4 shows how I made the elephant lamp and goldfish lampshade.

Signed copies of My Bed are available in my shop here. Watch this 8-minute documentary about making the artwork for the book.

First, I want to remind those of you in the New England area that there’s only a short time left (through Dec. 31st, 2021) to see Bedtime Stitches at the New England Quilt Museum! The touring exhibition of original bas-relief embroidered artwork for the book will then travel to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE, Jan. 25 – April 10, 2022. See the the full schedule of participating museums here.

Bedtime Stitches exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

It was so much fun to find ways to cram all of the animals into the child’s bedroom – overhead and underfoot, hanging on the wall, resting on the windowsill and crowding the bed. I like to think of these mini versions as souvenirs from the places around the world where the book travels. As you can see, my interior design style is anything but minimalist.

Some of the animals are depicted in portrait form, such as the rooster and the cow.

The parrot took flight…

and the sheep emerged through french knots and chain stitches.

I shrunk the crocodile to about half it’s size. You’d think it would be tedious, but I relish this kind of thing. I like figuring out how to reduce the scale, while preserving what makes something or someone identifiable.

The crocodile was a last minute addition due to some editorial adjustments, but luckily there was room to fit him on the bed.

We filmed this little animation before the crocodile was added.

There were other changes, too. Both the larger and mini versions of the camel had to undergo plastic surgery, when a follower pointed out that African camels are the dromedary or one-hump type, which shows sloppy research on my part. So, I transformed this guy’s two-humps into one! Luckily this all happened while I was still making the illustrations, so it could be fixed before the artwork was photographed for the book.

The cat and bunny look like they’re dressed in Halloween costumes! I made them using a scaled down version of the wrapped wire method I teach in Felt Wee Folk.

This sweet little Mongolian pony completes the 5 part series about making the “Home” page for MY BED. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes at my process.
Part 1 gives an overview of the page.
Part 2 focuses on the outside architectural details of the cut-away house.
Part 3 takes a peek inside at the furniture and the sleeping child.
Part 4 shows how I made the elephant lamp and goldfish lampshade.

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7 thoughts on “MY BED – Home: Part 5

  1. Hi Salley,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to show your work.

    Just LOVE seeing you work, and how you make things for your illustrated pages,
    it’s truly inspirational for me.

    I love all things miniature, Felt, thread ,Yarn, fibres, mixed media Doll & Toymaking and Diorama’s.
    Making in general..

    i REALISE HOW PRECIOUS YOUR TIME IS.💜

    Thank you for your efforts to keep beautiful storytelling and illustration alive in your unique way of being, just beautiful.

    Jade Campbell

    ________________________________

  2. I love your stories about the making of your book. It is a true insight into your creativity.
    I love the notecards of the buttons and thread spools. I gave a pack of them to a friend who is associated with Coats and Clark! She just went crazy!!
    Take care,
    Susie

    • Thank you for checking in so regularly, with tour words of encouragement, Suzanne. It sounds like your Coats and Clark friend would also love the spool poster and next year’s puzzle, which are enlarged enough to read the various company labels.

  3. u r a maestro at what u do
    i luv all the detail u put into ur work
    i can honestly say i have never seen
    quilting like this it is perfection in its own right
    U r truly blessed
    thx for sharing

    marilyn sarconi

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