It’s lambing season, so the closeups are all from my 1995 children’s book, Mary Had a Little Lamb.
The 32-page hardcover first edition is out of print, but Mary Had a Little Lamb has been re-released as a board book. Read further to learn how some of the illustrations were made.
The barn wall is made from an old weathered shingle and the straw bed is a mixture of real straw and embroidery floss.
The lamb is made of wool felt, then covered in wool french knots. Mary’s dress is made of a cotton sock and the furniture hinge is a hook and eye.
The lamb’s ears are made from kid leather and the garden wall is beach stones glued in a circle
The tree trunk is wool tweed and Mary’s toes are made of wire, wrapped in embroidery floss.
The leaves are cut out of artificial leaves and the wood pile next to the house is made of wooden beads.
This scene inside the schoolhouse has desks sawed out of wood and a real slate black board.
Note: See other posts in the Close-ups series archive here.