It’s spring here this week. Yup, it is. Regardless of the temperatures and weather forecasts, to me it is SPRING.
There are some woolly sheep that live down the road from us. They are absolutely adorable especially at the end of the winter when their coats get big and thick.
Have you ever been to a spring sheep shearing? It’s so much fun to watch. I would highly recommend it.
I found these adorable little sheep at an antique sale recently. They looked out of place and had to come home with me.
I purchased the three sheep on the left, the one on the right I made to go with the others. Here’s how I did it:
White and Black Wool Roving (you can purchase this from craft stores in the knitting department)
Cinnamon sticks or twigs for legs
small piece of floral foam
I began by winding the white wool roving tightly around the palm of my hand to make a ball. After I started this I realized I wasn’t going to have enough wool, so I ended up using a piece of floral foam in the middle of my sheep body and winding the wool around it to save on materials. You can do it either way. You could also use a cheaper wool yarn in the middle of the ball/body and put the white wool roving around the outside.
After a time, I slipped my palm out of the wool, and began winding in the opposite direction. Continue winding as before changing directions until desired body shape is formed.
After I formed my body (remember mine has foam in the middle, I forgot to take a picture of it), I used the black roving to make a head.
I just bunched up the wool and used the felting needle to secure it into the wool. It takes a bit of stabbing, but it does work.
After the face, came the ears. I used more wool and draped it across the top of the head, then secured again with the felting needle. Sorry for the poor picture, I don’t have a tripod yet, it’s hard to shoot and use the needle at the same time.
I used cinnamon stick legs, and secured them into the foam body with hot glue. Make sure your sheep will stand up before gluing.
Then the last step was to “fluff” the sheep out by adding scraps of wool around the body to give a curly effect. I had bits of leftover roving about 2-3″ long, and worked great for this process. I applied them randomly in a curly pattern all over the sheep body.
I did not felt my sheep, but you certainly could. If you decide to felt, be sure to use 100 percent wool yarn, and do not use the foam. Make your yarn ball/body, then put it through the wash cycle and dryer cycles to felt it before adding the head, ears and legs.
Be sure to come back March 3 for the Mega Spring Linky Party!