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. (sorry, it too is out of print) 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.
Your work is wonderfull. Very inspiring.
Oh, Sally, what can one say? Childhood dreams and imaginings!
Absolutely delightful and so inspiring!
Really wonderful work! Those lambs are as cute and sweet as can be. The French knots make a perfect coat for them…but it is their faces that just make me smile. You gave them such personality!
I’ve bought this book few weeks ago, for my little boy (and a bit for me too…). He really loves this little lamb ! And I REALLY LOVE to read it to him 😉
such a very sweet lamb!
This is wonderful. I know how much work went into this. It is truly wonderful. I do work such as this, and I have sheep.
Amazing detail and texture. Wool, cotton, wood, leather, metal, cashmere…..I love seeing these wonderful textures all mixed together. I think your work is unique in this way. And the love and care with which you work glows through. I love this book. love, Beth
THIS IS A WONDERFUL WORK!! IAM ADOPTING A LITTLE GRIL AND IAM TRYING TO DECOR HER ROOM WITH MARY HAS A LITTLE LAMB. DO YOUSALE THISA WORK?
Vraiment magnifique … gorgeous….