Close-ups (Mary’s lamb)

It’s lambing season, so the closeups are all from my 1995 children’s book, Mary Had a Little Lamb.

MHALLcoverWMThe 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.

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The barn wall is made from an old weathered shingle and the straw bed is a mixture of real straw and embroidery floss.

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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.

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The lamb’s ears are made from kid leather and the garden wall is beach stones glued in a circle

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The tree trunk is wool tweed and Mary’s toes are made of wire, wrapped in embroidery floss.  

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The leaves are cut out of artificial leaves and the wood pile next to the house is made of wooden beads.

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 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.

11 thoughts on “Close-ups (Mary’s lamb)

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. HI,

    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?
    THANKS,
    BRENDA

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