I first became aware of Salley Mavor and her wonderful textile art when I discovered her book, A Pocketful of Posies. Sally illustrates this book of nursery rhymes with beautiful needlework. I thought it would be a perfect book for me to read to our two young grandsons. I enjoy the book so much that I like to give it as a baby gift.
About four years ago Salley's started "traveling" exhibitions of her work. I was thrilled to learn that one of these exhibitions is currently taking place at the library in Lexington, Kentucky (just about two hours from my home). It was so wonderful to see the stitched pieces in person. The detail on each piece is incredible.
I thought that you might enjoy seeing some photos. Bear in mind, the needlework pieces were behind glass, which made photography a challenge. In some of the photos, you will see reflections on the glass, but I thought you would still enjoy the photos.
See if you can identify the nursery rhymes before reading the name below each photo.
One Two, Buckle My Shoe
The picture above illustrates two nursery rhymes. At the top is Deedle, Deedle Dumpling, My Son John. At the bottom is Jack Sprat Who Could Eat No Fat.
You can see more photos and read about how Salley created this picture here.
Look at the detail.
Little Miss Muffet
detail from Little Miss Muffet
This Little Piggy
detail from This Little Piggy
detail from Wee Willie Winkie
Little Bo Peep
Old King Cole
detail from Old King Cole
detail from Old King Cole
another detail from Old King Cole
Although there is a reflection on the glass, I thought I would include this photo anyway. The picture is about two nursery rhymes that I don't know--Diddlety, Diddlety, Dumpty, The Cat Ran Up the Plum Tree… and Bow, Wow, Wow! Whose Dog Art Thou?
You can see much better photos here on Salley's website.
Little Boy Blue
detail from Little Boy Blue
You can read about this piece and see more photos here.
To Bed, To Bed
detail from To Bed, To Bed
Old Mother Hubbard is illustrated on the left, and Hickory, Dickory, Dock is on the right.
detail from Hickory, Dickory, Dock
There Was a Crooked Man
Make sure you check out Salley's website, Wee Folk Studio, to see more examples of her incredible artistry. Salley also talks about her inspirations and the design process to create these marvelous works of art. You can also see if she'll have a traveling exhibit near you. I think you'll enjoy your incredible work as much as I do.
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