I’ve been fuss’n over a needle felted sheepie ~ a no-sew fiber project! She’s a real cutie *** my sheepies are usually a bit more primitive *** but, I couldn’t help myself…she makes me smile!
She’s all decked out for All Hallow’s Eve!
She can’t decide…whether to wear the pumpkin…
…or go completely ‘batty’??
You’ll need natural (white) wool roving or batt, felting needle, foam (to protect surface from felting needle), recycled wool/felt for ears & tail (or you could needle felt them), 2 black beads for eyes (you could needle felt the eyes), wood skewers for legs – painted black, but you could needle felt the legs too. AND whatever ‘accessories’ to embellish your sheepie.
I began by needle felting a rather large oval head (compared to the body), poking over and over a hunk of wool until quite dense. Then repeat and needle felt a body. Place head and body in position, and with a little whisp of wool roving, lightly wrap around head/body & begin to needle felt to attach both pieces together. Add more wool as you go until firmly connected!
Viola! Done! OOPS! Did I mention you may need bandages…in case you poke yourself!???
LEGS: Cut a wooden skewer into four 1/2-inch lengths for the legs; I painted them black with acrylic paint. Position the legs in the ‘body’ (HINT: Drill a little hole first with a sharp object to insert the legs a bit easier and dab with a pinch of fabric glue.). Needle felt a bit of wool around each leg to tidy up! OR, needle felt four little legs and attach to body the same way you attached the head.
EARS/TAIL: I snipped a bit of wool and attached them, but you could also needle felt little ears and a tail.
I needle felted a bit of black wool roving onto the sheep’s face and sewed black beads on for the eyes, using white thread (uh oh…I said ‘no-sew’ project!). BUT, you could needle felt eyes and a nose/mouth too!
Now comes the fun part… your imagination hath no limit! I made a witch’s hat with a bit of card stock that I cut, rolled and glued, painted black and glued halloweenee-type ribbon to cover it. I also used a pipe-cleaner for the rim and needle felted a black pom-pom for the top of the hat. BUT, you could make a more traditional witch’s hat, wide brim ‘n all, cover it with a decorative tissue paper/gift wrap, or even needle felt a hat! Use scrap bulky yarn for the rim, etc.
The mini-pumpkin and bat ‘accessories’ are made with a low bake resin clay, shaped free-hand, painted and strung onto a bit of novelty yarn. HINT: Don’t forget to make a hole in your ‘bead’. BUT, you could attach a little trick or treat bag, a little cape or witch’s broom…candy corn necklace, and so on??!! See what I mean…endless possibilities. ALL one-of-a-kind! And YOU get to decide!!!
I almost forgot, for reference, my little sheepy measures approx. 2-1/2 inches tall by about 2-1/4 inches wide. She just may end up in my ETSY shop…